first_img WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – April 29, 2020 Nearly 5,500 children have been waiting at least six months to see a psychologist in the community.According to the HSE’s latest figures, almost 3,200 kids have been waiting over a year.There’s a big variation in waiting lists across the country – with Donegal, North Dublin and Galway among the worst affected areas.Mark Smyth, the president of the Psychological Society of Ireland, says staff shortages are a big part of the problem……….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleNI Executive should consider recommending cloth masks – SDLPNext article119 vacant general beds at LUH News Highland Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebookcenter_img Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Child Psychologist waiting lists still high in Donegal WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgWenger and Sanchez after the Cup finalSydney, Australia | AFP |Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Tuesday insisted unsettled striker Alexis Sanchez is going nowhere, saying he expected him honour his contract and potentially sign an extension.The Chilean, 28, has a year left on his Gunners deal but is yet to sign a new contract and has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and Manchester City.Reports in Britain have said he could be offloaded for up to 80 million pounds (US$103 million, 90 million euros), but Wenger suggested this won’t happen.“The players have contracts and we expect them to respect their contracts. That’s what we want,” he said in Sydney about the striker.Asked if he remained determined to keep Sanchez and not let him go to a Premier League rival, Wenger replied: “Yes, that is a continuation of what I said at the end of the season. That’s what we will do.“He adds great value to the squad and I think as well he is a great lover of the club.”Sanchez, who at times last season cut a disgruntled figure as Arsenal struggled with form and uncertainty over Wenger’s future, is not on the team’s pre-season tour to Australia as he rests after last month’s Confederation’s Cup. But Wenger said reports that the Chilean ace had informed him that he wanted to leave the club were not true, replying with a curt “No”.He added: “I think the easiest way to manage a player is in the final year of his contract. It is in his interest to do as well as he can.“Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be on his final year of his contract next season, because he can extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season.“So it is not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal Football Club.”Arsenal play two pre-season friendlies in Sydney this week, against Sydney FC on Thursday and Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 In January, ThurstonTalk published an article about ways that local home owners can put real cash back into their wallets by investing in their home’s energy efficiency.Thurston Energy, a program of the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC), is in the final weeks of a rebate program which can help Thurston County home owners make good investments to improve the efficiency of your home, reduce your carbon footprint, all while making your home more cozy and comfortable.Over the past six months, Thurston Energy has processed 87 Cold Cash rebates in Thurston County.  The agency has paid out almost $100,000 in rebates – true dollars going back into Thurston County home owner’s pockets.According to Energy Services Manager, Mark Rentfrow, Thurston Energy has generated $547,307 in private investment in the community.Some home energy improvements are relatively inexpensive and easily to implement, but other projects, such as heating upgrades, can be quite an investment.The rebates, both in time and total amount available, are are scheduled to expire on June 21 so act now to take advantage of these offers.Thurston Energy offers three different rebates for Thurston County home owners.  Since each rebate builds on the other, you need to start at step one.1. Schedule a Home Energy Audit – $200 rebate.Using a Blower Door can help your Energy Auditor find areas where heat is escaping your home.During a Home Energy Audit, Thurston Energy connects property owners with a trained energy expert to evaluate your home’s energy performance.  The auditor uses high-tech diagnostics, such as blower door tests and infrared photos to identify air leaks and heat loss.Upon completing the audit, the home owner receives a complete report with cost-effective strategies to improve your home’s efficiency.To schedule a Home Energy Audit, call Thurston Energy at 360.528.2112 or visit their website.2. Take 30% off (up to $1,000) your weatherization bill.Many projects, suggested by the Home Energy Audit, are simple and easy to install.   Repairs such as replacing weather stripping and air sealing around the house are quick weekend projects that provide a high return on investment.Fill out a few forms on Thurston Energy’s website to qualify for a rebate of 30% of the costs, up to $1,000, for completing weatherization projects.3. Upgrade your HVAC system, with 30% savings.A more expensive project to undertake is an improvement to your heating system.  Check out new technology such as ductless heat pumps, high efficiency ducted-heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps or 95% efficiency gas furnaces.After completing your audit and weatherizing your home, you can qualify for the HVAC improvement rebate.  Thurston Energy will recommend an approved contractor to complete the repairs.Thurston Energy has partnered with Generations Credit Union to offer low interest loans for energy efficiency projects.  More information about this loan program is available here.To apply for a home energy efficiency rebate, visit Thurston Energy’s website or call 360.528.2112.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Hands On Children’s Museum Dr. Rob Perlot examines a child during a free dental screening at the Hands On Children’s Museum.South Sound children can benefit from free dental screenings, a dental office exhibit and fun, hands-on learning activities to promote the importance of dental health in February at the Hands On Children’s Museum.Free screenings take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each Saturday in February. Families who bring their children in for screenings receive free admission.Through partnerships with dozens of South Sound dentists, Hands On has been providing free screenings since 2001. In 2014, Hands On partner dentists donated their time to screen 371 children, 100 more than in 2013. They also provide dental information to family members.“The screenings are a first dental experience for many South Sound children,” said Dr. Scott Rowley of Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry, and screening sponsor for the event. “Screenings provide parents free access to a dentist and allow local dentists to show we care about the children of this community.”Access to dental care is important. About 1 in 5 children, ages 5 to 11, have at least one decayed tooth that needs treatment, according to the Center for Disease Control.Hands On is also celebrating Dental Health Month with a Puget Sound Dental Office exhibit, an exciting play area where kids can don a lab coat to become a dentist and examine their patients.Special activities in the museum’s popular MakeSpace lets kids tinker, create and make monster mouths, t-shirts, a tooth fairy pillow or paint with toothbrushes and floss.For a full schedule of screenings and activities, visit: Hands On Children’s MuseumThe Hands On Children’s Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families and school groups.The museum’s programs and exhibits are designed to encourage interaction and inquiry, as well as participation from the entire family. A landmark destination for the region, the museum is expected to serve more than 310,000 visitors in its third year. It is the most-visited children’s museum in Washington State.The museum opens its doors to 85,000 children and families each year through its Free & Reduced Admission programs.For more information about the Hands On Children’s Museum and Dental Health Month, visit read more

first_img Watch for crane flies – In the spring we see a lot of damage from crane flies. Home owners often think the big dead spots or thinning patches are just damage from the winter, but it can be crane flies, typically in the early year. Crane flies eat the grass right down to the roots. By the time you see it is too late. February or March is the time to treat for it. Submitted by Rob Rice Homes“Without being meticulously maintained, any landscape will not look good, even if a lot of dollars are spent and it is landscaped to the hilt,” explains Ernie Unroe of Pacific West Landscape, LLC who has worked with Rob Rice since he began building homes 30 years ago and has watched Rob’s communities flourish.“A lot depends on the homeowners associations to maintain the neighborhoods, Ernie explains. “Rob works with those associations, many of them well beyond his builder responsibility.”Ernie says that from his experience a beautiful lawn is not just about the landscaping. Its ongoing health is about maintenance.“A yard that is maintained really well will, in the long run, be much better off than one that isn’t maintained,” Ernie continues. “Homeowners can get frustrated because their lawn doesn’t look as good as the one across the street. We carefully lay them out with the same quality plants, trees and grass around the same time. The difference is how they are maintained.”Ernie’s Top Three Tips for Lawn Care Fall fertilizing – If you are only going to fertilize your lawn one time a year, the most important time is the late fall. Fall fertilizer is different than the one used in the growing season, it encourages root growth and strength. You don’t want a high nitrogen fertilizer that would promote a lot of green top growth, but going into winter that will weaken it. Use a fertilizer that provides good root structure that is going to make the grass stronger during the winter and will give it a much better bounce coming into spring. Use the right spreader – You tell people to fertilize and they end up with bright green stripes on their lawn. To avoid those stripes do not use a drop spreader. Fertilizer works where it is placed. Use a broadcast spreader that turns and whirls the fertilizer out everywhere. Or do it out of a five gallon bucket and fling it like you are feeding the chickens.center_img Facebook29Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

first_imgBy John Burton |MIDDLETOWN — Affection and appreciation were the prescriptions as generations of patients, friends and family offered their gratitude and kind words for a long life spent in medicine.At the party, held at the Middletown Arts Center on Friday, Aug. 4, Harry M. Swartz, M.D.  celebrated his retirement after a 58-year career in medicine. Generations of  his patients – including this reporter – were on hand, joining Swartz and his family, friends and others to acknowledge the years of service.“I love him. He’s a great doctor,” said Ida Fairlie, a 92-year-old Atlantic Highlands resident, who has counted Swartz as her primary physician for more than 50 years. “My whole family went to see him,” she said. At times, family members were too ill visit Swartz’ office. “When they couldn’t get there,” Fairlie recalled, “he’d come over.”Swartz, 86, lives in Rumson, and as of the end of May stepped back from his family practice, which he conducted at 138 Cherry Tree Farm Road, in the township. During his decades in practice he said he’s seen children grow up, have their own families he’s treated and always feeling very much part of their lives. Along with his busy practice, Swartz for many years served as the official physician for Middletown Township and for the Middletown Police Department, he said.Swartz acknowledged it was a bittersweet day seeing so many familiar faces from so many years, offering their well wishes and good cheer after in many cases caring for them. “It is wonderful to see everyone and I feel wonderful,” he said.For approximately the last 30 years Swartz has partnered with his son, Stephen J. Swartz, M.D., sharing responsibilities for the practice.“How can you describe being so close?” Stephen questioned. During their three decades working alongside each other, “spending our days together, eating together,” he had developed similar traits. “We think alike, manage patients alike,” he said. And most importantly, he concluded, “What Dad has done is make patients family.”Stephen, a Little Silver resident who also serves as medical director of CareOne at King James rehabilitation facility, Atlantic Highlands, will be continuing with the practice. However, he is planning on moving it to a new location. The new site has yet to be determined but will be in Middletown.“They’re great doctors, both of them,” said Bob Eckert. Eckert, a patient some 40 years ago, served as Middletown’s mayor 1978-79 and served on the Township Committee from 1975-81. He now lives in Berkeley Township in Ocean County but continued to rely on Drs. Swartz for his medical treatment. What made the elder Swartz such a great physician, Eckert said, is “I think he is very caring,” as well as his medical skill. “He could diagnose you right away,” Eckert recalled with a snap of his fingers. “He’s very accomplished.”What marked Swartz’s time treating patients is “his compassion, his caring,” Fairlie said.“He always gives his patients respect,” Stephen added.“He always has time for you,” added Christine Goetz, Middletown. Goetz has been a longtime patient, who said her husband had died a few months ago and Swartz provided so much comfort to her as she was grieving. “He got me out of the house,” Goetz said of the doctor. “That’s Dr. Harry for you,” she said.“The one thing I learned from him is humility,” said Sidney Swartz, M.D., Harry’s son who is a Florida anesthesiologist.“Other than being a great physician, that’s probably the most important thing I learned from Dad,” Sidney continued, “the way he treats people…You really are supposed to help people and he always did that.”So far retirement is good, Harry said. “I get up a little later in the morning now,” he said. “You know, people say you get bored in retirement. Not me. There’s plenty to do.”Harry’s wife, Renee Swartz, said he’s been spending his time taking up gardening and Harry acknowledged he’s been enjoying going to the beach. Renee is chairwoman for the Monmouth County Library Commission, where’s she’s been active for many years, and plans to continue. She suspects her husband will find things to keep him active. “Oh, I’ll keep him busy,” she said.Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry offered a county proclamation naming Aug. 4, 2017 as Dr. Harry M. Swartz Day.This article was first published in the August 10-17, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgThe next big Granite Pointe event will be an all ages scramble and banquet on October 5th to raise funds for course improvements next year. The Kelvin Ward team came away the winner at the Grinchmas tournament this past weekend at the Granite Pointe at Nelson Course.Team Ward, including Mike Pozin, Lorraine May, Ruth O’Bryan, Larry Marinas, won by two strokes with a 12-under-par round of 60.Team Scheldrups won the Sunday Chapman event by one with a net score of 8 under par (64).last_img

first_imgTERMON GIRLS WIN COUNTY U13 ‘A’ FINALHarry McGlynn, a name synonomous with ladies gaelic football in Termon and indeed in Donegal, and his daughter Lisa guided Termon’s talented u13 girls team to success last Friday evening.  An evening ideal for a county final in O’Donnell park saw Termon overcome Naomh Conaill. With the U14 A title, U12 silverware in the bag and having already overcome the likes of St.Eunans and Glenfin en route to the final Termon entered the game as favourites and didn’t disappoint.From the throw-in Termon’s hunger was evident as Mya Alcorn won the ball and bolted straight up the pitch shooting just wide of the mark. Subsequently Ciara McGarvey won the kick-out to open the scoring with a point.  The Glenties’ defence worked hard with Karla Doherty and Orla O’Donnell winning some good ball and working forward but Sarah Kho and Katie Mellett were impassable in the Termon defence and after Sinead McGettigan broke down a Glenties’ attack she passed to Lauren Mullen who fed full forward Aoife Kelly the ball to slot home the maroon and white sides first goal of the day, 1-1 to 0-0. Termon continued their blitz attack with Mya Alcorn adding a further 3points and Aoife Kelly another 1-1. The Glenties youngsters settled and dug deep as Natalie McDaid broke free to fire over Glenties’ first point of the day.  Lauren Furey added another point and Grainne Agnew scored a fine goal.  Referee Mickey Mulhern awarded a penalty to Emma Doherty and Glenties called on their captain and goalkeeper to strike from the spot.  Despite taking the penalty well, hitting toward the bottom right corner of the goals Termon’s Orla Corry pulled off an amazing save, diving across the goalmouth and quickly clearing the ball.  Eimeair Alcorn was fantastic in midfield for the burn road outfit as she carried the ball 50metres up the pitch, passed to cousin Mya Alcorn who split the posts once again.  Amy McGettigan cut out the following Glenties kick-out and scored a magnificent goal to widen the gap before half-time, 4-6 to 1-2.Naomh Conaill began the 2nd half well but the Termon defence of Sarah Kho, Maeve Doherty and Sinead McGettigan proved too experienced and strong for the young Glenties girls and denied them any scores. However Termon notched up a further 5pts through Casey Gallagher, Sarah Kho, Aoife Kelly, Ciara McGarvey and Amy McGettigan.  Naomh Conaill never gave up and Maria Bonnar continued to work hard for her team and got a goal her efforts.   Unfortunate for Glenties though hopes of a comeback were dashed as Termon introduced super sub Orla McLaughlin who quickly  bagged herself 3-1. Aileen Doherty and Grainne Agnew added another 2pts for Glenties but it was Termon’s Mya Alcorn who got the final say with a goal after some great play from team mate Ciara McElwaine. Final scoreline Termon 8-12 to N.Conaill 2-4.Termon’s experience had proved too much for the young promising Naomh Conaill side. Captain Mya Alcorn accepted the trophy from LGFA county secretary Siobhan Coyle. Termon will now represent Donegal in the Feile Peil na nOg 2016.Termon:Orla Corry, AmyMcGettigan(1-1), Maeve Doherty, Katie Mellet, Lauren Russell, Sarah Kho(0-1), Sinead McGettigan, Mya Alcorn(2-4), Eimeair Alcorn, Ciara McElwaine, Ciara McGarvey(0-2), Aoife Giles, Jodie McFadden, Aoife Kelly(2-2), Niamh McBride,Subs used: Casey Gallagher(0-1) for N.McBride, OrlaMcLaughlin(3-1) for Aoife Giles, Aine Gallgher for Aoife Kelly, Kelly Ellis for Katie Mellett, Ella McGlynn for Lauren Mullen, Michaela Gallagher for Ciara McGarvey, Aibhe McDaid for Amy McGettigan, Rebecca Steel for Maeve Doherty, Saerlaith Gallagher for Ciara McElwaine, Latisha McGarvey for Sinead McGettigan. Glenties: Bronagh Gallagher, Emily McDaid, Karla Doherty, Niamh Kelly, Shauna Boyle, Maria Bonnar, Orla O’Donnell, Natalie McDaid, Grainne Quinn, Aileen O’Donnell, Ciara Molloy, Grainn Agnew, Emma Doherty, Laura Furey, Niamh de Bruin.LADIES GAELIC: TERMON GIRLS WIN COUNTY U13 TITLE was last modified: October 17th, 2015 by John2Share 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

first_imgThe Humboldt Eagles made it two straight against the visiting WBSC Colts at the Arcata Ball Park on Wednesday evening, although this time around they had to fight a little harder.After shutting out the Colts 8-0 in the series opener on Tuesday night, the Eagles had to overcome a mid-game scare on Wednesday before pulling away for a 9-5 victory.The win lifts the Eagles to 10-1 on the season, and keeps them perfect against under-17 opposition, with their only loss coming against the 19-under …last_img read more

first_imgSpeaker of Parliament Max Sisulu; President Jacob Zuma, Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile and DA leader Helen Zille convened at the summit to speak about an all-inclusive society that is proud and caring of one another. (Image: Ray Maota) The Soweto Gospel Choir led delegates in the singing of the national anthem. (Image: Jenny Tennant) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lisa Combrinck  Communications Director: Department   of  Arts and  Culture  + 27 12 441 3144 RELATED ARTICLES • Hold on to freedom, says Brand SA • Human rights revisited • German tourists in love with SA • Born free to ReporterSouth Africans have embarked on an in-depth process of deciding what kind of society they want to create – and a major part of that process is the National Social Cohesion Summit which took place recently at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto.Some 3 000 delegates joined President Jacob Zuma, summit host arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile, members of the cabinet, MPs, and representatives from the various political parties and civil society bodies, to come up with a declaration of what needs to be done to create a caring and proud society.The summit took place on 4 and 5 July 2012, and featured discussions on the role of organs of state such as the judiciary, Parliament and other legislative bodies and political parties, as well as the role of civil society, including business and labour, and other NGOs such as the Foundation for Human Rights, Molo Songololo and Lead SA.The summit, Mashatile said, aimed to “carve a shared destiny that the country belongs to all who live in it”, deepening the development that has been taking place since the advent of democracy 18 years ago.Under the theme Working together to create a caring and proud society, delegates decided on the steps to take to lead to a society where, despite differences, South African-ness comes first.“We must use our diversity to compel us to a common future,” Mashatile added.Not only a talk shopThe National Social Cohesion Summit is not a talk shop, but must bring about something tangible to work towards.In his opening speech, Zuma noted that the summit was “a crucial dialogue” where people had come together “to bring to life what our forebears left for us as a legacy” – that the country belongs to all.All the speakers emphasised that the summit’s theme reflected on South Africa’s history of selflessness, as well as the vision of the leaders in the democratic movement, in burying apartheid and building a new society.South Africans, Zuma said, are unique, “a people with an inspiring history” who do not hesitate to tackle difficulties and challenges.“We are going to try and find a way to live together in peace and harmony, building a united nation,” he said.Freedom Charter to help social cohesionThis summit looked at how best to bring about a cohesive, democratic and prosperous society. In mapping the direction, cognisance has to be taken of the challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality, homelessness, landlessness and divisions of race, class and gender.During the event, various commissions explored aspects of economic inequality, spatial divisions, social engagement, issues around prejudice and discrimination, and national identity.At the end of the two-day gathering a declaration was drawn up – a living document with guidelines and outcomes.Delegates came from all walks of life, from across the country – and the choice of venue was no coincidence. Speaker after speaker referred to the Freedom Charter, the original road map to democracy that was drawn up on that very spot in 1955.South Africa’s Constitution strongly echoes the points drawn up in the Charter, and its preamble picks up the founding principles of that significant declaration: “We, the people of South Africa, recognise the injustices of our past; honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.”Now, almost two decades into a democratic state, is the time to reflect on these foundations and forge a future where all South Africans can call this country “home”.Principles of social cohesionAccording to the Department of Arts and Culture, social cohesion and nation building can only be based on the following principles: constitution and democracy; human rights and equality; non-racialism, non-tribalism and non-sexism; unity in diversity; inclusivity and social justice; redress and transformation; intergroup and community co-operation; social solidarity; active citizenship; civic responsibility; and national consciousness.“These principles serve as the touchstone of social cohesion and are aimed at fostering shared values and greater cohesion within diverse communities and national unity between them and across the country,” said Mashatile.Views of political parties on social cohesionPolitical parties ranging from the African National Congress (ANC); the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA); Inkatha Freedom Party; United Democratic Movement; and the Pan Africanist Congress gave their views on how they can help in fostering social cohesion.ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said: “As a country we should make sure of the independence of the three pillars of the state – the judiciary, legislature and executive – and that of the media is upheld.”DA leader Helen Zille gave a multilingual speech citing the importance of languages in gaining social cohesion.“We should make policies that strengthen society and give youngsters the opportunity to work and develop the country into what they want it to be,” said Zille.last_img read more