A Donegal-based woman has gained a major lift on her road to recovery from spinal injury, thanks to a team of kind-hearted donators.Anita Jackson, 42, has been using a wheelchair for the past two years following a horror fall in Kenya.But that long and challenging rehabilitation journey has been boosted this week as a successful fundraiser helped Anita buy two pieces of home exercise equipment. Anita and her partner Manus Gallagher, from Burtonport, were forced to go public with an appeal to raise funds for a leg and arm trainer in March.It took just a few weeks for Anita’s story to touch the hearts of hundreds of people all over the country, who rushed to help the couple reach their target of €4,400 on GoFundMe. Thanks to almost 200 donators, Anita is now able to do regular training at home.Anita told Donegal Daily: “I’m really shocked and so appreciative of how nice people can be. Every single person who donated is amazing.“We bought the Motomed and SkiErg last Friday evening and I’ve been using them this week. “I feel like everyone who donated is cheering me on and helping me to get better. I was really tearful when I saw the fund total go up.”Anita Jackson training in the new crowd-funded MotomedAnita’s life was turned upside down in 2016 when she suffered an incomplete spinal injury in a freak fall on holiday in Mombasa. Some doctors feared that she would never walk again. But the determined woman has found a way to get back on her feet after she and Manus moved from their former home in London to Donegal.Anita is now making great strides in her physiotherapy with the No Barriers Exoskeleton. She has used the robotic therapy tool to take over 65,000 steps, while she wanted to complement her progress with home training on a Motomed.Anita Jackson with her partner Manus Gallagher. Anita is a service user of the Letterkenny-based No Barriers Foundation, which provides exoskeleton therapy for people with spinal injury, MS, brain injury and stroke. (North West Newspix).However, due to demands in the HSE, she could only have access to this equipment every three months before it went to another patient.Anita and Manus were inspired to buy the Motomed privately through a GoFundMe campaign, which was a sure success.The overall total raised was €6,397, and the extra money was used for a skiing exercise machine and physiotherapy sessions. Anita said: “I’ll get to use the equipment every day now. The fundraiser has given me a huge chance to progress and get my life back.“Before I had my accident I used to go to the gym a lot. This has made me change a negative experience into a positive one. It’s given me such a boost of hope.”Anita Jackson training with the SkiErg machine, which was funded through GoFundMeAnd there are more than a few winners from this campaign.“The other person who used the HSE motomed must be really happy too because I think they will get to use it full-time now,” Anita said. Such kindness from friends, family and strangers has given Anita even more encouragement to progress in her rehab.She said: “I just have to keep the positivity up and make it happen, not just for me but for the people who backed me too. I’m amazed at how loving and helpful people can be.”Woman gains boost of hope from rehab equipment appeal was last modified: April 5th, 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)Tags:anita jacksonfundraisergofundmeRehab
Ruben Loftus-Cheek came on as a substitute. [Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire]Goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave Chelsea a 2-0 win over Fulham at Stamford Bridge. Here’s how we rated each player in the west London derby.ChelseaKepa Arrizabalaga: 6Had nothing to do in the first half, but needed good reflexes to keep out a Calum Chambers header from a corner after the break and was stretched to keep out a later drive from the defender.Cesar Azpilicueta: 7Some important blocks made by the Spaniard, but also got forward often. One menacing low cross was almost converted by Giroud at the near post. Booked for a late tackle on Tom Cairney.Antonio Rudiger: 7Rock solid alongside David Luiz. Important interception at the start of the second half and won some vital headers.David Luiz: 8Had a fascinating battle with Aleksandar Mitrovic, which the Brazilian won hands down. Also launched several attacks with some fine passes from deep.Embed from Getty ImagesJorginho: 6Always looking to administer a death by a thousand cuts with his effective, short passes. Never far from the action, offering an outlet and snuffing out dangerMateo Kovacic: 6Not very noticeable, but helped Chelsea establish firm control in the first half. Made way for Loftus-Cheek’s more progressive surges into the opposition half.N’Golo Kante: 7Played as if determined to prove a point to Maurizio Sarri about his value – given implied criticism of late. But still looks a bit uncomfortable in more advanced midfield role. Was always snapping at Fulham heels and won the ball to set up the early opener.Embed from Getty ImagesMarcos Alonso: 5Endured plenty of jibes from the away end in relation to off-field issues and maybe it unsettled him a little, as some of his crossing and overlapping was not as effective as usual.Pedro: 7Looked sharp from the word go. Cut inside to drill past Sergio Rico in the fourth minute. Some sterling work tracking back and good work between enemy lines. Rare to see him complete 90 mins.Olivier Giroud: 5Disappointing follow-up to his two Europa League goals in midweek. Had one shot blocked after being played in by Hazard, but too many of his first touches and passes were a little off colour.Eden Hazard: 6Quiet by his standards, but claimed a great assist for the second goal after sweet interchange of passes. Drifted from flank to flank in search of space but Fulham did well to keep him mostly under wraps. Had one deflected shot saved and lifted a powder-puff free-kick into Rico’s arms.Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 7On to great acclaim for Kovacic after 67 minutes. One typically surging run invited Hazard into space before the danger was snuffed out but then rifled in the clinching second goal after a fine move.Embed from Getty ImagesAlvaro Morata: 5Replaced the ineffective Giroud after 70 minutes and soon had a great chance, but skied over, with Rico prone after blocking a Hazard shot. Frustration showed when he was booked for a petulant foul.Davide Zappacosta: 6On for Alonso for the last 15 minutes or so for only his second league appearance of the season.FulhamSergio Rico: 8Commanded his area and distributed the ball well, while coming up with crucial stops from Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard in particular. Another solid outing from the Spaniard.Cyrus Christie: 5Struggled to contain Hazard and the overlapping Marcos Alonso, ceding possession too many times and over-hitting almost every cross he made.Embed from Getty ImagesDenis Odoi: 6Made a slow start but improved as the game progressed, sweeping up several balls in behind and standing up to substitute Alvaro Morata when he came on. Looks to be forming a decent partnership with Alfie Mawson.Alfie Mawson: 7Got in the way of numerous Blues efforts and stood tall in several aerial challenges against Giroud. Perhaps allowed Pedro to cut inside a little too easily to give the hosts the lead.Maxime Le Marchand: 6Still doesn’t look particularly comfortable at left-back and was caught out of position before Chelsea’s second, which killed the game off.Calum Chambers: 7Had three great chances saved by Kepa, including a powerful header from a corner and a first-time drive in the second half. Did a decent job of outmuscling Mateo Kovacic and cutting out passes in the middle, although his own were not up to scratch either.Embed from Getty ImagesStefan Johansen: 5Got a rare start in André Schürrle’s absence, but was largely absent himself throughout the first half. The Whites improved considerably after his substitution at the interval.Jean Michaël Seri: 5A rather sloppy performance from the Ivorian, who was deployed at the base of a midfield diamond in the first half. Robbed by Kanté in the build-up to Pedro’s opener and gave the ball away with multiple errant passes. Another off day for him.Tom Cairney: 7Shielded the ball excellently to kick-start the Whites’ attacks and gave his team plenty of impetus, especially after the break. Couldn’t quite unlock a stubborn Chelsea defence, despite a 94% pass success rate.Embed from Getty ImagesRyan Sessegnon: 6Found it difficult to settle in an unusual advanced right-sided role with no winger to help Christie defensively. Withdrawn at half-time as Fulham shifted to a 4-4-1-1.Aleksandar Mitrović: 6Got very little service into feet and was frustrated in the air against Antonio Rüdiger, but put in a tireless shift and kept fighting to the end.Floyd Ayité: 7Provided a much-needed outlet and dynamism on the left after his introduction at the break, as Claudio Ranieri’s formation change proved more successful.Aboubakar Kamara: 6Battled against Marcos Alonso and got in behind a couple of times, helping set up Fulham’s best chance via Cairney and Chambers.Neeskens Kebano: 6Didn’t have much time to influence the game but did well to intercept a cross as Chelsea countered late on.See also:Loftus-Cheek seals derby victory for ChelseaRanieri praises Fulham players after derby defeatSarri admits tension affected Chelsea playersRanieri surprised by Chambers’ impact in midfieldAzpilicueta signs new Chelsea contractChelsea duo are passed fit for Wolves clashLoftus-Cheek targets regular Chelsea placeInjury problems for Leicester ahead of Fulham clash Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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Professor Ken Boffard, is the first Africanto be elected as the president of the International Society of Surgery (ISS). (Image: www.asgbi.co.uk) MEDIA CONTACTS • Professor Ken Boffard International Society of Surgery +41 61 815 96 66 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • SA shines at world travel show • SA restaurant best in the world • Medical tourism in SA to grow • Barnard: surgeon with heartNosimilo NdlovuProfessor Ken Boffard, chief specialist and clinical head of surgery at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, has been elected world president of the International Society of Surgery (ISS).He is the first African to be elected world president in the organisation’s 110 years of existence. The ISS is the largest and oldest global surgical organisation. Founded in 1902, the body represents general and specialist surgeons in 108 countries.They also integrate several subspecialties of the practise of general surgery. The International Association of Endocrine Surgeons addresses endocrine surgery; the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care deals with trauma and intensive care, including military medicine; International Association for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition is in charge of the multiple aspects of nutritional support and metabolic surgery, and Breast Surgery International, focuses on breast diseases in surgery.Professor Boffard will lead the organisation during, 2010 and 2011. Speaking of his appointment, he said. “To me, this offers an opportunity to join existing resources worldwide in improving surgical education in situations where it is not necessary available.”“I regard my election as a direct compliment to Charlotte Maxeke and its staff, for the work they have achieved. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to broaden access to surgery.”Boffard trained for in medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he is the currently chief specialist and clinical head of surgery. He worked in the United Kingdom before returning with his knowledge and skills to one of South Africa busiest trauma centres at Charlotte Maxeke, Johannesburg Hospital.His specialities include vascular trauma, critical care, trauma systems, and trauma education. He is the former World President of the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care. He has also served as the South African Governor of the American College of Surgeons.Appointment applauded“The election of Prof Boffard to the highest office of this world organisation is proof yet again of the calibre of health professionals and the high level of expertise that we have in the public health sector, said Qedani Mahlangu, the country’s Gauteng provincial minister for Health and Social Development.“We wish him well and we are certain that he will represent our country and our province well. His knowledge, skills, and years of experience have indeed contributed to making Charlotte Maxeke hospital a centre of excellence,” said Mahlangu.
27 March 2014 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope will transform perceptions of Africa, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said on Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s launch of the first antenna of South Africa’s SKA precursor, the MeerKAT. “With SKA, things will definitely change. Africa will no longer be the receiver but a major contributor to technology, and hopefully young scientists on the continent will benefit,” Henekom said. The minister was speaking to the media in Pretoria after the first ministerial meeting of the nine SKA African partner countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. The SKA will be a mega telescope about 100 times more sensitive than the biggest existing radio telescope. It will include 500 000 antennas scattered across southern Africa and Australia. Phase 1 of the SKA will be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia, while Phase 2 will see the eight countries partnering with South Africa. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and conclude in 2024, at an estimated cost to the SKA member countries of €1.5-billion. At Wednesday’s meeting, the nine African countries signed a SKA readiness strategy and joint implementation plan stipulating the resources in time, funds and human capital to be made available by each country by 2015. “We encourage each partner country to work towards establishing relevant human capital development programmes and instruments aimed at building a new pipeline of researchers, scientists and engineers, technical skills and expertise for the successful implementation and substainability of the SKA and other radio astronomy programmes and initiatives,” a communique issued after the meeting reads. Towards an African telescope network The nine countries also plan to mobilise the funding and technical resources needed to realize Africa’s own vision for radio astronomy, which includes the creation of an African-owned network of radio telescopes – capable of supporting an African very long baseline interferometry network – in the nine SKA partner countries. Very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) is an astronomical technique that uses widely separated radio telescopes in unison to simulate a single telescope hundreds or thousands of kilometres in diameter, producing the clearest, highest resolution images of some of the most distant objects in the universe. The greater the distance between the telescopes, the greater the resolution of the images produced in this way. Africa’s large north-south geographical spread would therefore make for a powerful VLBI network. The African VLBI Network project aims both to fill a major gap in the global VLBI network and, by boosting engineering and science skills development across the continent, to pave the way for the arrival of the SKA. In June 2012, the board of the African Renaissance Fund, which is located in South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, approved R120-million in funding for initial work on the project, which will involve recycling disused telecommunications dishes spread out over a number of countries. South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology has added another R21-million in funding for the project, which is being driven by SKA South Africa and the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) near Johannesburg. To keep the wheels turning, Hanekom said South Africa was already providing training for seven Ghanaians who will operate and maintain the soon-to-be radio telescope at Kutunse in Ghana. In all, 90 students from other African countries had been trained in South Africa, and it was hoped that more people from the partner countries would be trained over the next few years. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
Products as diverse as pizza boxes, architectural membranes, certain paints, carpet treatments, and coatings for metal roofing contain a common type of chemical that is drawing fresh concern from a group of scientists, public health experts and others. The New York Times reported that scientists are concerned about a class of chemicals called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).DuPont and other manufacturers dropped one type of PFAS over concerns the chemical increased the risk of cancer and caused other health problems. Chemicals developed to replace that PFAS are the focus of new health warnings, The Times reported.The chemicals are used in thousands of products. According to the FluoroCouncil, an industry trade group, the list includes a variety of building materials, such as architectural membranes, caulk, wire and cable, paint and metal roof coatings. PFASs make materials more durable, more UV-resistant, and less likely to corrode, among other things. Scientists call for more researchWriting in Environmental Health Perspectives, Linda Birnbaum, the head of the national toxicology program for the Department of Health and Human Services, pointed to a statement called the Madrid Statement, which warns of the dangers of PFASs.“The Madrid Statement documents the scientific consensus about the extreme environmental persistence, bioaccumulation, and potential toxicity of the overall class of PFASs,” Birnbaum and fellow author Philippe Grandjean wrote.Since the document was presented at a conference in Madrid, Spain, in 2014, more than 200 scientists and professionals from 40 countries have signed it, she added.The FluoroCouncil says the replacement PFASs, called short-chain PFASs, are much less dangerous than the original long-chain PFASs, and that they are not expected to harm either human health or the environment.The authors, however, cited warnings that the two groups of chemicals aren’t really that different.“Given the fact that research raised concern about the long-chain PFASs for many years before action was taken and that global contamination and toxicity have been documented in the general population, potential risks of the short-chain PFASs should be taken into account when choosing replacements for the longer-chain compounds,” they wrote.There are numerous examples of industry replacing one group of chemicals with another, they said, adding, “Manufacturers may yet incur costs if the closely related alternative is later found to be as toxic as its predecessor.”They called for more research into the potential health risks from short-chain PFASs, and suggested safe alternatives for all current uses of PFASs be identified.“The question is, should these chemicals continue to be used in consumer products in the meantime, given their persistence in the environment?” they wrote. “And, in the absence of indisputably safe alternatives, are consumers willing to give up certain product functionalities, such as stain resistance, to protect themselves against potential health risks?” Industry calls the chemicals ‘essential’The American Chemistry Council said PFASs were “essential technology for many aspects of modern life,” according to the article in The Times, and that tests by the Environmental Protection Agency found the newer PFASs were safer than the chemicals they replaced.“We don’t dismiss the right of folks to debate this,” said Thomas Samples, DuPont’s head of risk management for the division that makes the chemicals. “But we just believe based on the 10-year history of extensive studies done on the alternatives that the regulatory agencies have done their job of determining that these things are safe for the intended uses.”
A shocking video of over three dozen students, mostly girls, crying inconsolably together without any apparent reason in their classroom has flummoxed Jammu & Kashmir education authorities, prompting them to provide psychological counselling to children. The authorities swung into action soon after the video related to the last week incident occurring on two consecutive days, June 13 and 14, at a school in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir went viral. Nearly three dozen students, mostly girls, of the government high school at Bani in Kathua could be seen in the short video clip lying on the floor and crying inconsolably as their teachers try to console them.“On June 13, the impact was less but on the next day soon after the morning assembly was over and the children were heading for their classes, such a behaviour was witnessed,” Kathua Chief Education Officer Prem Nath told PTI.The officer said he immediately deputed teams from nearby schools and the sub-divisional magistrate and tehsildar concerned along with a medical team and an ambulance was rushed to the school. The medical team examined the children but found no health problem with them. “We also contacted children’s parents and were informed that some of them have shown similar behaviour at their homes,” he said, adding there was nothing wrong since then in the school and the children are attending their classes as usual. He said a two-member ‘guidance and counselling’ team was deputed to the school on Thursday morning for the benefit of the children and to avoid mass hysteria.“The team will continue its counselling in future as well,” he said, adding the principal of the school was directed to immediately call the parents if any student repeats such behaviour in future. Meanwhile, a teacher of a school in Doda was suspended after a video showing him brutally beating some students allegedly for reporting late to his class went viral on social media. In the second video, the teacher was seen beating up over a dozen students at Gujjar and Bakarwal Hostel in Doda district for reporting 10 minutes late to their tuition classes on June 18. The teacher, Mohammad Yaseen Choudhary, was immediately placed under suspension soon after the video went viral, said officials, adding he was directed to remain in office from morning to evening till the completion of the inquiry, which was ordered into the incident.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police encountered a criminal on Saturday evening who was wanted by the Punjab and Delhi Police in connection with more than half a dozen cases of cheating and forgery.The Special Cell on receiving a tip off that Manoj Kumar Vashishtha, the slain criminal, was to visit a restaurant in central Delhi’s New Rajender Nagar. Subsequently the police laid a trap and surrounded the restaurant. Manoj, on realising, the presence of cops opened fire at the team. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreOn retaliation and self defence, the police fired a shot at Manoj following which he slumped to the ground. The public in the area started running helter-skelter on hearing bullets being fired. The police took Manoj to a hospital where he was announced brought dead.There are no reports of any casualty according to the police. Sources added that post-mortem will be conducted on Sunday and the body will be handed over to his family later.
Eating vanilla yoghurts with lower fat content gives people a stronger positive emotional response, says a new study.“We were surprised to find that by measuring emotions, we could get information about products independent from whether people like them,” said lead author Jozina Mojet from Food & Biobased Research, Wageningen University in the Netherlands.The researchers used a new method called an emotive projection test to determine the effect of different yoghurts on people’s moods. Three groups of at least 24 participants were each given a pair of yoghurts to taste. The pairs of yoghurts were of the same brand and were marketed in the same way, but had different flavours or fat content. The team then tested their emotions using four methods, including the new emotive projection test. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers found that vanilla yoghurt elicited a strong positive emotional response, supporting previous evidence that a subtle vanilla scent in places like hospital waiting rooms can reduce aggression and encourage relationships among patients and between patients and staff.The team also looked at the sensory effect of the yoghurts. There was no difference in the emotional responses to strawberry versus pineapple yoghurts, but low-fat versions led to more positive emotional responses. The research was published in the journal Food Research International.