Seaview House to open under new operator within weeks

first_imgSeaview Respite House in Mountcharles is set to open under the operation of RehabCare in the coming weeks, despite anxiety over the future of the service.RehabCare, who is the new service provider at Seaview House, confirmed that the centre will open once final remedial works are completed at the site in Dromore Lower, Co Donegal.Funding problems surrounding the charity have created confusion over the future of services at Seaview House. The healthcare charity is seeking €2M from the Department of Health to bridge a funding shortfall. However RehabCare have said that they met with families a number of times in recent weeks to keep them updated on the progress of the transfer of the service at Mountcharles. Respite provision will increase from three days to five at Seaview HouseA spokesperson for RehabCare said: “We are very much looking forward to opening the doors at Seaview House shortly and rolling out this nurse-led service which we know is vital to the community.“We would like to take this opportunity to guarantee that every step has been taken to ensure minimal disruption to service users, and we want to reassure families that continuity of care and the provision of a person-centred quality service for the adults and children who will access this service is our number one priority.”Seaview House to open under new operator within weeks was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South African paddleboarder conquers the Atlantic Ocean

first_imgSouth African surfer and endurance athlete Chris Bertish has become the first person in the world to singlehandedly cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). He paddled more than 7,000km in 93 days.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)CD AndersonFollowing almost five years of preparation for the once-in-a-lifetime voyage, Chris Bertish’s epic trip began on 6 December 2016 in Agadir, Morocco, armed only with his will to succeed and a custom-made 6m paddleboard that incorporated a small living cabin powered by solar panels.In addition to facing days and nights alone on the open water, Bertish encountered extreme weather conditions (hot, wet days and cold nights), 7m wave swells and relentless currents, giant cargo ships and close calls with some scary ocean creatures.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Travelling through the Canary Islands, Bertish faced off with whales and squid, inquisitive about his vessel. “I was getting pulled down through waves by a creature,” Bertish explained at a press conference at the end of his journey in Antigua, on 9 March 2017. “It was like something out of some science fiction film.”This was not Bertish’s first foray into extreme water sport. Over the last 25 years, he has become something of a legend in South African and international surfing communities, being one of the few surfers to master and win the notoriously dangerous Mavericks Big Wave surfing competition in California, US, where some of biggest waves recorded reach over 16m.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Bertish also holds a number of South African and world records for endurance stand-up paddling. In preparation for his Atlantic crossing, in 2013 Bertish set a world record for the fastest English Channel crossing on a paddleboard in five and half hours.During his Atlantic crossing, Bertish paddled an average of 70km, 12 hours a day, and up to 100km during the final week of the journey. In one 15-hour day, he paddled 115km, setting up another world record for distance travelled on a paddleboard in a single day.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)“It was…pretty incredible, driven by a passion and a purpose greater than yourself, and that powered me to get through everything, day in and day out,” said Bertish in a Skype interview with National Geographic.While he slept well in his small cabin, surviving on freeze-dried food packs and energy supplements took a toll on his body. Exhaustion can be a make-or-break factor in any human endurance endeavour, and Bertish needed to find a balance in physical and mental health to have any hope of completing the journey. He had to be prepared for anything fate and the ocean were going to throw at him. “It’s more than the endurance side that was difficult to keep going. I had to manage the elements and manage myself mentally. I had massive system malfunctions that I was trying to troubleshoot myself.”And his efforts were all for a good cause. Representing various charities, including the Signature of Hope Trust, the Lunchbox Foundation and Operation Smile, Bertish used the high-profile endeavour to raise funds to build schools in South Africa, fund youth feeding schemes and create awareness of life-changing cleft-palate surgeries. During his trip, he raised almost R6-million, even taking donations from fellow ocean travellers he met while at sea.“Knowing the impact this would have,” Bertish told National Geographic, “made every day out on the open ocean worthwhile.”At the end of his epic trip, Bertish, who is also a much sought-after motivational speaker, wrote on his Facebook timeline: “The more time I can spend in the ocean, in any shape or form, the better. I’m a waterman and the ocean is my inspiration. It’s where I truly feel alive, comfortable, content, happy and free.“Nothing is impossible, unless you believe it to be.”In between preparing a book about and a documentary on the record-setting Atlantic quest, Bertish has now got his sights on his next challenge: conquering the vast Pacific Ocean in 2020.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Source: National Geographic, Huffington Post   Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Three Lions tax: is it fair for pubs to charge 50p more for a pint during England matches?

first_imgShare on Messenger … 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. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Food Pubs World Cup 2018 Pass notes Share via Email World Cup Share on LinkedIn Name: Three Lions Tax.Cost: Between 10p and 50p.Appearance Almost invisible.Of course. This government is always trying to pull the wool over our eyes. We should … This has nothing to do with the government.What’s it about then? “Three Lions” makes me think it must relate to that immortal band of heroes who have come to heal our nation, the England men’s football team. That’s right.Outrageous! This England squad should be tax-exempt for life, and all five penalty-takers instantly made dukes. Or maybe just an earldom for Henderson. No, no. You’re getting this all wrong. The “tax” in question is not being paid by the players, but by the England fans who watch matches at pubs owned by the mighty Stonegate group.What kinds of pubs are we talking about? Walkabout, Yates, Popworld …I see. Massive, rowdy booze barns. You might describe some of its establishments that way. Certainly the footage that emerged from Walkabout in Sheffield on Tuesday night, and after the Tunisia win, was … atmospheric.I remember. What great fun they’re having. And, of course, there was that business outside Walkabout in Plymouth, when one fan celebrated by jumping on to, then falling off, a moving car.That kind of fun is not so great. It’s a good metaphor for England at World Cups, though.True. Although we’re going to win them all now. Yeah … Anyway, the point is that Stonegate has raised drinks prices by as much as 50p a pint during England matches, to the consternation of the Sun, which first reported it.I see. And is consternation justified? Stonegate doesn’t think so. A spokesperson said: “Event pricing notices are displayed in certain venues.”That sounds suspiciously vague. The spokesperson added: “It is common practice … to implement event pricing when big events take place.” Apparently, it is needed to cover the cost of hiring more staff, using plastic glasses, cleaning up afterwards and so on.But hang on a minute … won’t the pubs also make more money because they sell more drinks? Yes, that’s a rather good point. In fact, Stonegate recently said it expected to make an extra £6m from this World Cup.You would think that would buy a few plastic glasses. You would. What’s more, not every big venue raises drinks prices during matches, and at least one pub industry expert says it is not “common practice” at all.Still, if people choose to pay, they choose to pay. It’s like Uber surge pricing, I suppose. Sure. And everyone loves Uber right …? Oh.Do sing: “Thirty pence more hurt/Never stopped me drinking.”Don’t sing: “It’s on at home/It’s on at home/It’s on at/The football’s on at home.” features Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Harmony Cup huge success

first_imgIn what was another great example of Touch Football bringing communities together, the second annual Harmony Cup was held at Doyle Ground, Parramatta on Sunday. Hosted by NSW Touch Football, Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL), the Harmony Cup saw participants from a variety of countries playing in games of Touch Football in both boys and girls divisions.Countries represented throughout the day included, Ghana, Malta, China, Sudan, the Cook Islands, Singapore, Australia, Tonga, Sri Lanka and Malaysia as well as many more. A number of players had limited Touch Football experience, but this didn’t stop them from having a lot of fun and learning about the game.Riley Sohier, NSW Touch Football Development Manager, spoke on the importance of events such as the Harmony Cup, and their ability to bring people together, as well as the benefit it can bring to those who are new to the country or a community, through involvement.TFA Participation Manager, Adam Raptis, also highlighted the importance of these days and the universal impact Touch Football can have due to its diverse and inclusive nature. Raptis also mentioned the 2015 FIT Touch Football World Cup, where a number of the nation’s playing today will be represented in late April next year. The eventual winners of the Girls competition for this year were the PCYC Spartans, who were victorious over the Baulkham Hills side, 2 – 0 whilst United Africa took out the Boys competition, overcoming the First Nation Academy, 5 – 2. All teams are already looking forward to next year’s event! Photos from the event will soon be available on the Touch Football Australia Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Related LinksHarmony Cup!last_img read more

10 months agoSpurs make contract offer to Barcelona target Rabiot

first_imgSpurs make contract offer to Barcelona target Rabiotby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have tabled a bid to PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.The France international, off contract in June, has fallen out with PSG management after refusing to consider new terms.Mundo Deportivo says the Londoners have put together a lucrative £133,000-a-week contract to try and snatch the Frenchman.The midfielder is set to leave the French capital after falling out with the PSG hierarchy – the player’s mother even revealed the relationship between club and player has completely deteriorated.Barcelona are also in contact with Rabiot about ferrying him away from Paris. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoSolskjaer admits Ferguson in his ear at Man Utd

first_imgSolskjaer admits Ferguson in his ear at Man Utdby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Sir Alex Ferguson has been in his ear since his appointment.Solskjaer says he has received advice from Sir Alex Ferguson since becoming caretaker manager at Old Trafford.When asked what is the most valuable trait to learn from Ferguson, Solskjaer said: “The hunger to improve, the hunger to win. To get up next morning, if you win or lose, to try and improve the club.”He is the best ever, I would be stupid to not try and learn from him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

SEC Unveils New Conference Tag Line At Media Days

first_imgThe SEC's logo with a grey background.SEC Media Days kicked off this afternoon, and while most of the news is geared towards the individual members teams, coaches, and players in attendance, the league made an announcement as well. The SEC unveiled a new conference tag line at the event: “It Just Means More.”New tag line for the SEC: pic.twitter.com/GjkD1oS4hz— Chuck Dunlap (@SEC_Chuck) July 11, 2016 For football fans in SEC country, the slogan definitely rings true. People say that college football is a religion in the Southeast. It’s not too far off.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Bruce Springsteen And Chris Martin Join U2 For World AIDS Day

first_imgAs the world reaches a tipping point in the AIDS fight, (RED) and its iconic partners Apple, Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company and Starbucks marked World AIDS Day 2014 by rallying millions of people around the AIDS fight, and raising money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.The Edge and Chris MartinCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur via PR NewswireAIDS has killed nearly 39 million people since it was first discovered, but new statistics show we are finally at the “tipping point” of the disease, with more people getting access to life-saving treatment than those who are newly contracting the disease. This progress has been called “the beginning of the end of AIDS” and it is critical that we continue the momentum so we can finally end the AIDS pandemic.From a surprise World AIDS Day performance in Times Square to thank America for its leadership in the AIDS fight, to innovative social media campaigns, (RED) partners went all out to drive money to and public attention on the fight against AIDS. Key highlights of these efforts include:Times Square Goes (RED) with a Surprise World AIDS Day ConcertMore than 15,000 people packed New York’s Times Square for a surprise World AIDS Day event – A (RED) Thank You Presented By (BANK OF AMERICA)RED – held to thank Americans for their leadership in the fight against AIDS. To date, 13 million people are receiving life-saving AIDS medicine in the developing world thanks in large part to US leadership and funding. The concert included performances by Kanye West and Carrie Underwood, as well as by Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. of U2, joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Springsteen and Martin each took a turn as frontman for U2 at the invitation of the entire band, as Bono remains under doctors’ orders to refrain from performing until fully recuperated from his injuries. All of the artists performing graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation, following Bono’s bike accident.In addition to presenting the Times Square event, as part of a $10 million commitment announced earlier this year, Bank of America will donate more than $3 million to the Global Fund as a result of World AIDS Day activities. These efforts include donating 10 cents of every purchase when using the Bank of America debit card, and 40 cents for every social media engagement with a special video featuring (RED) co-founder, Bono. Additionally, on December 2nd, the Bank of America Winter Village at New York’s Bryant Park dedicated its annual holiday tree lighting to the AIDS fight. This year’s event was hosted by Sara Gore, New York Live and LX TV’s Open House front woman, and featured live performances from Ingrid Michaelson and Catey Shaw.Apps for (RED) & Apple Retail on Black Friday and World AIDS DayFrom November 24 through December 7 a special section on the App Store, called Apps for (RED), offers 25 apps with exclusive new content. Every time a customer purchases a participating (PRODUCT)RED app or an exclusive In-App Purchase, all proceeds will go to the Global Fund. Among many others, Apps for (RED) includes Angry Birds, FIFA 15, Clash of Clans, OVER, Monument Valley and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.Adding to the $75 million Apple has raised to fight AIDS since 2006, on World AIDS Day, Apple donates a portion of sales at Apple’s retail and online stores around the world. Plus, on Black Friday, Apple donated a percentage of gift cards distributed with the purchase of select Apple products.Coca-Cola invites the world to ‘Share the Sound of an AIDS Free Generation’The Coca-Cola Company is partnering with (RED) to raise money and awareness through their “Share the Sound of an AIDS Free Generation” campaign. In collaboration with Omaze, a leading fundraising platform that specializes in offering the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences, fans can donate to win special experiences include going backstage with Bono and receiving a signed (GRESTCH)RED guitar, joining Avicii on stage, seeing Queen and Adam Lambert on tour, or spending the day with OneRepublic. In addition, new tracks from Queen featuring Freddie Mercury’s vocals, Wyclef Jean & Avicii, Aloe Blacc and OneRepublic have been released on iTunes with proceeds going to the Global Fund.Starbucks donates to the Global Fund for every handcrafted beverage sold on World AIDS DayHaving raised more than $12 million for the Global Fund, (RED) partner Starbucks will make a donation to fight AIDS for every handcrafted beverage sold on December 1 across participating stores in the US and Canada. For the first time this year, fellow (RED) partner Bank of America will match Starbucks’ 10 cent donation when My Starbucks Rewards members purchase a handcrafted beverage with a registered Starbucks Card at participating U.S. stores.Mark Dybul, Executive Director, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said; “This is a landmark World AIDS Day – not only because we are at a tipping point in the fight against HIV, but because (RED) and its partners are campaigning harder than ever to help end this epidemic. (RED) has raised more than $275 million for the Global Fund, and the incredible campaigns in support of World AIDS Day set a new standard and make a tremendous difference.”“We know that an AIDS Free Generation can become a reality in a few short years, so we are beyond proud to see our partners applying their smarts, creativity and commerce to show the world what can be achieved when we sharpen our focus on the fight”, said Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED).More ways than ever for people to support (RED) and fight AIDS • Buy “Joel the Lump of Coal”, the extraordinary new track from The Killers in support of the fight against AIDS. The track is The Killers’ ninth song for (RED), and is available to download on iTunes with proceeds going to the Global Fund. • Buy any Beats headphones or speakers on December 1 and a portion of proceeds will go to the Global Fund. • Book tickets through Live Nation or Ticketmaster until December 14 and add a $5-25 donation to (RED)’s fight against AIDS. • Buy a beautiful bottle of (BELVEDERE)RED and 50% of the profits go to fight AIDS. • Run a (TELCEL)RED 5k or 10k road race on December 7 in Mexico City. • Buy the new (aden+anais)RED limited edition swaddle pack designed in collaboration with Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani and Rachel Zoe, and 100% of the profits will go to fight AIDS. • Give the gift of small business with the SQUA Reader, which enables merchants to run their businesses while helping fight AIDS. • Buy the new (MOLESKINE)RED Special Edition #oneREDday Collection including a notebook, planner, pen, and luggage tag and help fight AIDS. • Buy a (FATBOY)RED product from FatboyUSA.com on December 1 and Fatboy will double their contribution to the Global Fund.A (RED) Thank You Presented By (BANK OF AMERICA)RED was broadcast live on YouTube, and radio across the US including iHeart Radio which became iHeart (RED) for World AIDS Day. The event was also broadcast as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

WRITER ANNMARIE MACDONALD ALLEGES EXPLOITATION HARASSMENT DURING TIME AT SOULPEPPER THEATRE

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Writer Ann-Marie MacDonald, pictured in 2014. ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG FILES Advertisement TORONTO — Acclaimed writer Ann-Marie MacDonald says leaders at the Soulpepper Theatre Company “bullied and harassed” her after she raised concerns about a fundraiser that auctioned dinners with a cast of actresses.Without their knowledge, the women who starred in “Top Girls,” were “sold” to the highest bidder by Soulpepper organizers under the guise they were willing participants, MacDonald alleged in an interview Friday.It led the author of 1996 novel “Fall on Your Knees” and former host of CBC’s “Doc Zone” series to raise the issue first with the theatre company and then with her union. Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I was outraged, personally, and on behalf of my colleagues,” she said while recounting the incident, which happened nearly a decade ago.“To my mind, not only was it an egregious infraction of (union) rules, it was unbelievably disrespectful, arrogant and presumptuous.”MacDonald said she decided to come forward after hearing about the sexual assault and harassment allegations levelled against Soulpepper founding artistic director Albert Schultz earlier this week. She was also motivated by Soulpepper’s recent decision to sever ties with longtime guest artist Laszlo Marton after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against him in late 2015.MacDonald was among the women starring in Soulpepper’s 2008 version of “Top Girls,” a British play about a career woman who celebrates her work promotion with a dinner party of prominent women from throughout history.The all-female cast included an array of other Canadian actresses, including Megan Follows, Diana Donnelly and Robyn Stevan, a founding member of Soulpepper.MacDonald was the production’s equity deputy, responsible for raising workplace issues that arose among union members.She said the cast had “a strong wish” to skip the dinners, although the actresses were concerned about repercussions.Soulpepper leaders also discouraged her from contacting board members and supporters who purchased the dinners, she said, adding that she was “laughed off” by a board member when she raised her concerns.Soulpepper did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.MacDonald also filed a formal complaint with her union, the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.Union representative Lynn McQueen said she told her that perceived volunteering, without getting actual permission from the participant, is outside the terms of an artist’s contract.Soulpepper ultimately issued an apology to the cast, MacDonald said, although the dinners went ahead as planned without her attendance.Schultz resigned Thursday in the wake of four lawsuits filed by actresses against him and Soulpepper alleging sexually harassment.None of their allegations have been tested in court and neither Schultz nor Soulpepper have filed a statement of defence. Schultz said he will “vigorously defend” himself against the allegations.MacDonald said her pursuit of answers wasn’t tied to the most recent developments.“I had no idea these things were happening in terms of the sexual assault claims and lawsuits,” MacDonald said.“I was simply doggedly, in my own small way, trying to pursue something that I thought, ‘There’s a loose end there.”‘MacDonald said she hopes adding her story to the voices of other women who have worked at Soulpepper will help in the long run.“If we are really talking about a healthier and new era, I think I have something to contribute about the importance of making links among different types of abuse,” she said.“If I can be brushed off, stonewalled, laughed at by a board member when I persisted in reporting what I knew I had to report … Just imagine how a 24 (or) 25-year-old woman feels fresh out theatre school.”by David Friend / The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more