Donegal woman launches third book on M.E. awareness – Picture Special

first_imgAn inspirational Donegal woman has released her third book on the debilitating impact of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.).Valerie Moody from St Johnston is bedridden with severe M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), but she dedicates herself to raising awareness of the disease and campaigning for local supports in Ireland.Valerie was joined by friends, family and special guests at her home on Saturday 6th July for her third and final fundraiser. John Andrew Moody, John Moody, Valerie Moody, Dinny McGinley, Ian McCracken and David Moody at the launch of Many Days a 3rd book by Valerie Moody telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonUsing a typewriter in bed, Valerie wrote her third book ‘Many Days’ highlighting the problems of M.E. sufferers. Her latest release has been praised as an important account which aims to change how M.E. is diagnosed before treatment can be discovered.Valerie Moody with her guests at the launch of Many Days her 3rd book telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonIn her speech, Valerie described M.E. as a terrible disease “that creeps silently into homes and communities unnoticed and robs the individual of almost everything except life itself especially in the more seriously affected particularly in the initial stages.”She said: “This disease should never be allowed to exist unchallenged without medical intervention.“This sadly is where the M.E. community is at today. “No M.E. experts, no M.E. Clinic, no help.”Linda Elliott and Winnie Lyttle with Valerie Moody at the launch of Many Days a 3rd book by Valerie telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonValerie added: “The M.E. Community are a forgotten people remaining invisible to our governments and our medical establishment.“We do need more input, more funds available for research, a better understanding of our disease and symptom recognition and definitely more empathy and acceptance within our medical establishment.”In her newest book Many Days, Valerie has written 71,000 words to give a voice to the M.E. Community.She said that Saturday’s launch was her own humble attempt to enlighten and encourage change. The book was officially launched by Former Donegal Minister Dinny McGinley. Proceeds from the event will be donated to M.E. research.See more photos from the special event, by Clive Wasson, below:Some of the crowd enjoying a cup of tea at the launch of Many Days a 3rd book by Valerie Moody telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonDinny McGinley speaking as he launched ” Many Days” a 3rd book by Valerie Moody telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonMay Lowery and Iris Long at the launch of Many Days a 3rd book by Valerie Moody telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonCauldwell and Loraine Smyth at the launch of Many Days a 3rd book by Valerie Moody telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonIrene Moody, Alan Moody, Barbara Moran and Dorothy Moody at the launch of Many Days a 3rd book by Valerie Moody telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonValerie Moddy at the launch of Many Days her 3rd book telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonIan McCracken, MC and Dinny McGinley at the launch of Many Days a 3rd book by Valerie Moody telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonDrew Nelson, David Moody and Lesley Matthews at the launch of Many Days a 3rd book by Valerie Moody telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonLorraine, Cameron and Kate Beck at the launch of Many Days a 3rd book by Valerie Moody telling of her experience of M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Photo Clive WassonDonegal woman launches third book on M.E. awareness – Picture Special was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Chronic Fatigue SyndromeMyalgic Encephalomyelitisvalerie moodylast_img read more

North American Manure Expo in August

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Less than two months remain before this year’s edition of the North American Manure Expo (NAME), being held August 3 and 4 near London.The annual event provides an opportunity for custom manure applicators and livestock producers to advance their knowledge of manure-nutrient utilization while showcasing the latest technology in manure handling, treatment and application.“[Manure Expo] is the BEST event to learn about manure and connect with other manure enthusiasts,” said Mary Wicks, the 2016 expo co-chair and a research associate with The Ohio State University’s college of food, agricultural, and environmental sciences and college of engineering. She is also involved with Ohio Composting and Manure Management (OCAMM).“Tours and demonstrations will provide ‘hands-on’ opportunities to learn about best practices and technology,” she said. “Presenters from the livestock industry, universities, and ag organizations will share information that will improve manure handling and application practices and help everyone understand their importance for crop production and protecting the environment. The trade show is like icing on the cake, with a chance to learn about the latest products and technologies and ask a real person those burning questions.”Registration for the North American Manure Expo is free and available online at agannex.com/manure-manager/manure-expo.The 2016 event is being held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, home of Ohio’s Farm Science Review. Two action-packed days have been planned.On August 3, attendees can choose from one of three all-day tours — beef, dairy, or compost and nutrient management — followed by pit agitation and solid/liquid manure separation demonstrations (cost $20). The Manure Expo grounds open at 3 p.m. where attendees will be able to visit with various vendors and enjoy dinner. More than 90 manufacturers and service providers will be exhibiting their wares as part of the expo’s trade show. There will also be educational sessions involving a presentation from Livestock Water Recycling, Puck Pump School plus information on small farm manure management and cover crops. The grounds will be open until 8 p.m.On August 4, the trade show opens at 7:30 a.m. and features a full day of educational sessions. Topics include:Water quality initiatives and regulationsReducing phosphorous runoffLiquid manure handling and applicationSolid manure handling and applicationManure safety and transportAnaerobic digestionNew technologiesBiosecurity procedures“I am very excited about the educational programs we are offering,” Wicks said. “We have a great team, which has made the work fun and productive. As a result, we have a wide array of offerings in the types of programs and information offered.”Manure application demonstrations, including solid and liquid manure spreaders, compost turners, subsurface drainage plus spreader calibration, are also planned. The show will run until 6 p.m.For more information on the 2016 North American Manure Expo, including a detailed agenda of tours and educational sessions plus directions to the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, please visit agannex.com/manure-manager/manure-expo.“Manure is a valuable resource that can provide nutrients to crops and organic material to the soil,” Wicks said. “By using best management practices, livestock and crop producers and custom applicators can improve their bottom line, improve their soil quality, and reduce the risk of nutrient runoff to streams and lakes.”The 2015 expo, held in Chambersburg, Penn., was a winner of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The 2016 edition of the show promises to be just as exciting and educational.The 2016 North American Manure Expo is being hosted by The Ohio State University and the Midwest Professional Nutrient Applicators Association. The event is owned by the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin. Annex Business Media, publisher of Manure Manager magazine, serves as the show manager.last_img read more

The Business Of Competitive Displacements

first_imgReaching your dream client can be difficult. Creating an opportunity when your dream client is already satisfied and when they have no compelling reason to change feels like mission impossible. You are in the business of competitive displacements.You might be tempted to seek more receptive “prospects” with the idea that you can teach them why they should use your product, your service, or your solution. If your product is new, if it doesn’t already have an existing market, this might be necessary. But if you want to grow a business and increase sales in a mature market, you are in the business of taking business from your competitors.UnqualifiedThere is a reason some companies aren’t using what you sell; they don’t need it. Because a prospect is receptive is no indication that they have a compelling need for your product.  Nor does it mean that you can create a compelling case for them, no matter how good your pitch, and no matter how good your math.The thing about selling to people who don’t buy what you sell is that they don’t buy what you sell. If they had a compelling need, they would already be buying. Some of the most receptive prospective clients you will ever meet will never buy. And some of the least interested prospects you call in will (eventually) spend enormous sums of money with you.Selling the IdeaThe conceptual sale takes longer and rarely produces big numbers. Making the conceptual sale is tough. If someone doesn’t have the belief that they need what you sell, it takes a lot of time to make your case convincingly. That time would be better spent with your dream clients who already understand why they need what you sell and how it benefits them.Avoiding What Is DifficultYou already know who your real targets are, you just wish selling was easier. One of the biggest reasons you want to sell to receptive prospects who don’t already purchase what your company provides is that it is simpler to call on responsive non-prospects then it is to call on unreceptive dream clients who already have a strategic partner that provides what you sell.Truth be told, the coldest dream clients on your list are the most important targets for you to pursue. The longer it takes you to begin calling on them, the longer it will take you to win their business. The sooner you begin to nurture those relationships and persist in your pursuit, the sooner you will have an opportunity. That opportunity will never present itself if you spend your time with unreceptive, unqualified, non-buyers.One final word about competitive displacements. Know that even if you are not aggressively trying to displace your competitors, they are competitively trying to replace you. Make no mistake about it, you are in the business of competitive displacement. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Debate Begins on Building Bill

first_img The Minister pointed out that Sections 30 to 32 of the Disaster Risk Management Act are specially connected to the Building Bill as they define, give ministerial powers and make provisions for the creation of ‘specially vulnerable areas, which are the no-build zones. In his remarks, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who piloted the Bill, said it not only creates and maintains standards for construction, and the maintenance of physical structures across the country, but it is also a comprehensive approach to the development of the built environment in the country and the promotion of sustainable development. Debate on the Building Bill, which seeks to establish a modern legislative framework that will serve to reduce the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment and ensure public safety, began in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 6).In his remarks, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who piloted the Bill, said it not only creates and maintains standards for construction, and the maintenance of physical structures across the country, but it is also a comprehensive approach to the development of the built environment in the country and the promotion of sustainable development.He noted that this approach is significant for what it prevents and also for what it facilitates.The Minister said that one of the most important restrictions in the Bill is that of adverse possession, otherwise known as squatting, which continues to be a grave problem facing the country.“While the issue surrounding squatting has been extensively discussed, the ongoing challenge for residents and for the Government of the day is significant. There is the continuous threat of injury and death through flooding and land slippage that accompanies the squatting in low and high areas, respectively,” Mr. McKenzie said.He added that aligned to these issues are the social and capital losses, noting that provisions of the Bill will help to reduce and prevent squatting in Jamaica and to make the urban and rural spaces much safer.The Minister said the Bill should be seen as a critical companion to other legislation, such as the Disaster Risk Management Act, the Local Governance Act and the Local Government Financing and Financial Management Act.“The Building Bill emphasises the importance of local government to national order and development by, among other things, vesting local authorities with regulatory powers within their jurisdictions. It also gives them the discretion to seek public- and private-sector expertise, to ensure that internationally recognised engineering standards and practices govern all construction practices,” he explained.He said the connection between the management of construction activities and the prevention of land use in designated areas, which are generally called ‘no-build zones’, is very clear.“These are areas where the vulnerability to floods or earthquakes, or other such high-risk disasters, is so great that mitigation efforts are either impractical or impossible. Such areas must be abandoned, if currently occupied; banned from use, if unoccupied; or be subjected to highly restricted uses,” he emphasised.The Minister pointed out that Sections 30 to 32 of the Disaster Risk Management Act are specially connected to the Building Bill as they define, give ministerial powers and make provisions for the creation of ‘specially vulnerable areas, which are the no-build zones.He said that a number of agencies, including the National Environment and Planning Agency, the National Works Agency, and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management have, over time, been mapping vulnerable communities and areas across the island.This, he said, is critical to the identification of no-build zones, and to their designation as ‘specially vulnerable areas’.“Regulations are presently being developed to give practical effect to Part Seven of the Disaster Risk Management Act, which is devoted to specially vulnerable areas. This, aligned with the Building Bill, will help to substantially close the circle of enforcement and compliance that is needed,” the Minister noted.“We must be proactive and protect and preserve public and private infrastructure, rather than suffer physical and economic losses, as we respond to weather systems year after year,” he added.The legislation will also streamline the permit application system to eliminate unnecessary referrals and expedite responses; facilitate the introduction of special express services; and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities regarding accessibility, safety and user-friendliness.It also provides for the establishment of the National Building Code, and identifies the Bureau of Standards Jamaica as the agency that will set the acceptable local and international standards for construction.In addition, the legislation establishes that the municipal corporations are to be the local building authorities and will be responsible for inspecting, certifying and taking the actions necessary to approve new structures, change existing buildings, or destroy dangerous structures. Story Highlights Debate on the Building Bill, which seeks to establish a modern legislative framework that will serve to reduce the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment and ensure public safety, began in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 6).last_img read more

Bullitt on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum

first_img“Bullitt” on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum November 5, 2018 Posted: November 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dave Scott, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Car enthusiasts from around the world have a rare opportunity to view up-close the original “Bullitt.”The 1968 Fastback Mustang, driven in the movie by actor Steve McQueen, is on display here in San Diego.KUSI’s Dave Scott joined us live from the San Diego Air and Space Museum Monday afternoon with more. Dave Scott last_img read more

Inquisitive koala goes for midnight stroll around Australia hospital

first_imgClose A koala has been caught on camera going for a night-time stroll around a hospital in Australia, checking out the waiting room and emergency department.The koala, who has been named Blinky Bill, was picked up by the CCTV at Western District Health Service hospital in western Victoria.Rohan Fitzgerald told ABC the animal appeared very casual and relaxed as he did the rounds: He seemed to know exactly what he was doing.After about three minutes, at about 3:30am, he investigated sufficiently and made sure everything was in order and then decided to exit the building.Blinky Bill was filmed on 20 April and the hospital has now posted the footage on its website. The film has become an overnight sensation with thousands of views from across the world.Hospital staff saw the koala but decided to leave him alone. He went through a number of automatic doors, but could not gain access to one so wandered into another room before leaving the hospital.Normally we dont have people come into our emergency department that are less than a foot tall, Fitzgerald said.He wasnt that obvious to begin with. He entered the doors and theyve opened automatically for him and thats come into our waiting room.Ive heard there have been koalas visiting local homes in the area for a number of years now.This is the first instance Ive seen a koala come into our hospital. You never know who youre going to see when you come to Western District Health Service.last_img read more

Cadila Healthcare gains 20 on positive observation by US FDA pharma stocks

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai in this file photo on November 9, 2016 (representational image).IANSCadila Healthcare shares flared up on the BSE on Thursday after the Zydus Cadila Group company informed the bourses that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not find any observation (under number 483). The stock closed 19.94 percent higher at Rs 429, lifting in the process, many pharma stocks such as Sun Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma and Jubilant Lifesciences.”We are pleased to announce that the US FDA inspected our Moraiya facility from February 6 to 15, 2017. At the end of the inspection, no observation (483) is issued,” Cadila Healthcare said in a regulatory filing to the BSE on Thursday. The Moraiya facility generates ~60 percent of US revenues for the company.Read: Nasscom could give a projection of 6-8% for FY 2018; TCS to consider share buybackThe BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty snapped their two-day losing streak on Thursday. The 30-scrip benchmark index Sensex closed 146 points higher at 28,301, while the NSE Nifty ended 53 points up at 8,778. Top Sensex gainers were Sun Pharma, Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Steel and Tata Motors.The BSE Healthcare index outperformed the Sensex and closed 2.46 percent higher.A rise in metal prices on the London Metal Exchange (LME) aided the rally on Indian stock markets. “Metal stocks recorded smart rally on account of increased base metal price on LME. Vedanta climbed up 6 percent to close at Rs 263. Hindalco gained percent to close at Rs188,” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note.State Bank of India and associate banks SBBJ and SBT also gained on the clearance given for the merger of associate banks with the parent entity.Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 216 crore on Thursday, according to provisional data released by the NSE.The Indian rupee closed 17 paise lower at 67.07 to the US dollar, while gold prices gained Rs 75 to end at Rs 29,700.last_img read more

New telecom policys ambitious target Internet access to 13 billion Indians

first_imgManoj Sinha, Minister of Communication and Minister of state for railwaysPIBThe new Telecom Policy of India, expected in March 2018 will set an ambitious target of providing affordable internet access to almost 1.3 billion people and push domestic manufacturing to cut down on imports.”Internet to all will be the basic principle and to give a boost to telecom manufacturing would be a key factor of the new telecom policy,” said Communication Minister Manoj Sinha to Economic Times.The government last year decided to introduce a new telecom policy to facilitate growth of the sector and meet the requirements of next generation technologies.According to the reports, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has already started the work on the new telecom policy this year. Minister Sinha also said that the policy will be finalised by March 2018.Last month, a research firm KPMG said that mobile Internet users in India is expected to surge and cross the 300 million mark by 2017 from about 159 million users at present.Though India has low Internet penetration compared to other developed nations, the country still has the third largest Internet user base in the world with more than 300 million users of which 50 percent are only mobile Internet users.Reports also suggest that the number of internet users in India will rise to 730 million by 2020, as against its 350 million users at the end of 2015. By the end of this decade India would also surpass the number of internet users in the US.The new telecom policy once implemented would boost the number of mobile internet users and with cheaper facility it will also penetrate the rural India.According to the telecom minister the new policy is forward looking and current challenges of new technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) will also be taken care of. A rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata February 3, 2014.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriAnalysts forecast that high-speed data services with cross-industry IoT applications and AI-driven services could open up close to 20 percent of additional revenue opportunity for the industry.The players in the telecom industry are working on the call drop challenges and to improve the service quality.Once the new telecom policy is implemented, it is likely to remove the distinction between local and STD calls too. It is also expected to ensure faster and cheaper availability of internet service. The service providers will no longer be needed to take separate licenses for operations in different parts of the country. A single licence would be enough.last_img read more

Indian theatre faring poorly

first_imgIt’s faring very badly… because the kind of state subsidised or state sponsored theatre that we have is very mediocre, because of the bureaucracy involved and a lot going on that is very unhealthy for artistic growth’, Dattani said in an interview. An out-of-the-box-thinker, the Mumbai-based Gujarati has also donned the director’s hat for movie ventures such as the Shabana Azmi-starrer Morning Raga and Mango Souffle (2002), tagged as the country’s first gay male film. He was in the city to conduct an intensive acting workshop organised by art and culture magazine Kindle in association with the iLEAD educational institution and The Corner Courtyard, a newly-opened boutique hotel. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He is the first Indian playwright in English to receive a Sahitya Akademi award. And to pump fresh life into regional theatre, there’s a need for more money, more collaborations and at the heart of it, artistic integrity, says he.‘Collaborations are good…one can learn from marketing techniques…how they (international theatre) can sustain themselves in stiff competition. Acknowledging that films are “our bloodline”, he conceded that while Bollywood can be meaningful, its shallowness has influenced commercial Indian theatre. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Bollywood is inspired by shallow Hollywood and commercial Indian theatre is inspired by shallow Bollywood’, he said pointing out the vicious circle. Moreover, the ace playwright highlighted the flip side of blindly aping western concepts in theatre, that is adopting a text-based approach while traditionally it is a rich blend of text, dance, music and drama. International influences, he said, ‘are not necessary at all’. ‘In fact, sometimes I feel they are detrimental. I am not against cultural collaborations but what I am talking about is blind following of western concepts and systems – which is what modern Indian theatre does. Noting some encouraging trends in Indian theatre, such as its becoming more visually rich – in terms of intelligent use of space and spontaneity – and shifting away from verbosity’, Dattani said the surge in numbers of international collaborations and experiments hasn’t yielded anything original.Known for exploring sensitive issues, he dubs recent instances of curbing creative freedom in India as an ‘unhealthy trend’ but also a ‘backhanded compliment’ to the might of art forms in bringing about change.‘I think it is a very unhealthy trend and in a way it’s a backhanded compliment to theatre because people are saying that theatre is powerful enough to make a difference and that is why you are bringing in all these restrictions,’ Dattani added.‘With these restrictions the first freedom that goes is the freedom of expression and the rest follows,’ said the man behind thought-provoking works like Dance Like a Man, Thirty Days in September and Final Solutions. In his tryst with theatre and films, the 55-year-old has delved deep into topics of gender bias, communal tensions and homosexuality among others. A staunch believer in theatre’s power to ‘reflect society’, Dattani said the medium should be channeled to showcase the current scenario of increasing violence against women as well as bring out the ‘much-ignored’ lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) community.last_img read more

Road shut for week for emergency repairs due to gas leak

first_imgThe approximate location of the closure (marked A) (Image: Google/INRIX) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA road is set to be closed for a week following a gas leak this morning Maunders Road is shut in Milton while emergency repairs take place following reports of a leak earlier today. The street is shut in both directions at the junction with Newford Crescent – with traffic data company INRIX reporting the closure is outside The Old Bike Shed. The road is set to reopen by next Friday (February 23). A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “Maunders Road is closed at the junction of Newford Crescent due to a gas leak.” For more traffic and travel news visit our dedicated channel here or visit our live news service for the latest news, traffic and travel updates and weather from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Read MorePolice urge drivers to ensure cars are secure – after spate of attempted break-ins For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.last_img read more