first_imgMajella O’Donnell is set to give a ‘searingly moving’ account of her life so far in a tell-all new book, her publishers have announced.She will tell of the break-up of her first marriage, her fights with depression and later cancer and her life now with singer and husband Daniel.It’s All in the Head: My Story, charts her life story. The book will be released on October 9 by UK publishers Simon & Schuster just two weeks after her sister in law Margo O’Donnell launches her biography.Majella covers her decision to have her head shaved for cancer charities on the Late Late Show.“It was a public declaration from a private woman, a statement of enormous courage in her fight against breast cancer,” according to her publishers.Majella’s publishers promise readers a compelling story about “a woman who has learned about life the hard way, but who, with the love and support of her family, husband Daniel, and the public by her side has come through with a force of character and a deep-seated determination that will inspire us all”. Yesterday Daniel and Majella jointly undertook the Ice Bucket Challenge at The Irish Fiddler pub in Tenerife, making donations to both motor neurone and cancer services in Ireland. Daniel nominated Irish singer Dominic Kirwan, while Majella nominated Noeleen Murphy of the Irish Fiddler pub. MAJELLA SET TO RELEASE ‘SEARINGLY MOVING’ BIOGRAPHY was last modified: September 13th, 2014 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) Tags:biographyMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

Alec Burks details how Paul George trade led to Warriors signing

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.OAKLAND – The trade sent shockwaves seemingly everywhere. The Clippers became NBA contenders. The Lakers have a backdoor rival. The Thunder appeared on the verge of beginning a rebuilding project. When the Thunder traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, the deal did not just ensure Kawhi Leonard would commit to the … [vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/07/12/bang_c02d9b2b-23ab-4386-80f5-a9d214cd1e45″]last_img read more

Survey of agriculture reveals challenges, opportunities for Ohio agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA NASS) recently released its five-year, comprehensive survey of U.S. agriculture, the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Using that data, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has published an analysis, “Ohio Agriculture: The Changing Contours of Farming,” which illustrates important trends and opportunities for growth and investment in Ohio agriculture.“The new NASS data reveals ongoing challenges, like an aging farmer population and consolidation in agriculture, but also very positive growth in the number of beginning and organic farmers, as well as an increase in farmland for the first time in decades,” said Amalie Lipstreu, policy director for OEFFA. “These trends provide data needed for Ohio policymakers to make real investments to grow the agricultural economy in the state and create jobs that contribute to community economic, environmental, and social health.”The USDA NASS census was sent to millions of farmers and sought information from any farm operation generating $1,000 or more of agricultural products.Other notable findings from the survey include:The number of women operators in the U.S. increased 27%.In Ohio, 91% of farms are 499 acres or less and the amount of leased land in farming decreased by almost 165,000 acres.Nationally, the number of conventional farmers seeking organic certification increased by almost 40%.Ohio is sixth in the nation in the number of certified organic farms and second in the nation in the number of acres being transitioned to organic production systems.“The growth in interest in organics, which is a voluntary, market-based certification program that requires a comprehensive annual farm plan, inspections, and oversight, should send a signal that organic agriculture is a viable option for improving water quality in Ohio,” Lipstreu said. “As the Governor and the Ohio Legislature contemplate ways to incentivize good management practices, certified organic production systems — which help to build soil structure and reduce runoff — need to be prioritized.”Other areas ripe for investment, according to Lipstreu, include local and regional food systems. The value of food sold directly to U.S. consumers almost doubled since the last census.“Investments in meat processing, as well as fruit and vegetable processing and distribution infrastructure can result in a huge return on investment,” she said.To access the complete report and analysis, visit read more

Germany launches quest for new Wimbledon contenders

first_imgWhen Wimbledon got underway 25 years ago the reigning men’s and women’s champions were German but since then the country, once a tennis powerhouse, has yet to find another champion to succeed Michael Stich and Steffi Graf in London.While German women have had two more finalists with Sabine Lisicki and Angelique Kerber at the All England club since Graf’s last win there in 1996, the men have had none.Of the seven editions of Wimbledon between 1985 to 1991 Germans Boris Becker and Michael Stich won four between them.Apart from his three Wimbledon crowns Becker also won two Australian Open titles and one U.S. Open in his career, with no German able to emulate him or Stich since then.”With an output of altogether four Wimbledon men’s singles titles between 1985 and 1991, Michael Stich and Boris Becker certainly defined an era in German tennis history,” German Tennis Federation President Sepp Klaus told Reuters.”Both were exceptional athletes and their names are still closely associated with our sport.”Klaus was quick to point out players like Rainer Schuettler and Tommy Haas had since reached the last four in London while Philipp Petzschner won the doubles competition in 2010.Despite Philipp Kohlschreiber and Nicolas Kiefer reaching the last eight, Germany have clearly missed the chance to build on their successful tennis run as other nations did before them.Sweden churned out a string of top professionals following Bjorn Borg’s successful era, with Stefan Edberg, Mats Wilander and Thomas Johansson winning men’s singles slams.NEW CONCEPTadvertisementBecker-mania and the German public’s enthusiasm gradually ebbed as success became rarer in the 2000s with Becker’s biggest headlines late in his career concerning off-court issues.Sponsors also moved away from the sport in Germany leaving the country without a Tier 1 event after the German Open in 2008 was downgraded from its Masters series status.Even worse, the Berlin women’s tournament, one of the oldest women’s competitions in the world, was abolished nine years ago despite being a top tier event.Klaus said the DTB’s new concept for promoting young talent launched in April would deliver the country’s next top players more efficiently.The idea is to identify talented youngsters earlier and draw them into the federation aged 12-14 while also linking top talent with national team coaches to facilitate the move from youth player to professional.With hugely impressive 20-year-old Alexander Zverev, the world number 12 who has stormed to three titles already this year, turning the spotlight more on tennis in Germany, the timing could not have been better.”The new concept of the DTB will provide a structure in which young players will hopefully thrive,” Klaus said.”It is our aim to find and support these talents at an earlier stage and to help them even more with the transition to professional tennis.””I am convinced that our efforts will pay off and strengthen German tennis, and especially German men’s tennis, in the long run.”last_img read more

Celebrate Solutions: The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 16, 2010June 20, 2017By: Mariko Rasmussen, Program Assistant, Women DeliverClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post was originally published on Women Deliver’s blog. Reposted with permission.Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. The state faces major challenges in improving and increasing access to health care services, but they are making significant strides. The Government of Tamil Nadu developed a Health Policy in 2003 with a focus on the health of low-income communities and families. The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project supports this strategy through several interventions, especially those aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality. The World Bank recently provided more funds, in addition to the original financing in 2004, to further improve health services quality and access while supporting state-wide management systems implementation.The Project has utilized several innovative and effective measures (PDF). To increase access to necessary maternal and neonatal health services, 80 comprehensive emergency obstetrics and neonatal centers have been established and strengthened, leading to improved quality of care for women and infants. This care includes health education, nutritional support, and HIV/AIDS testing and counseling. In addition, 385 ambulances have been provided under the project, managed under a public private partnership, increasing emergency transport services in rural areas. These public private partnerships have also provided mobile out-reach health services as well as other services.The Project also launched a pilot program that includes ensuring women’s reproductive health through cervical cancer screenings. The pilot program has had great success with 84% of women in the target age group of 30 – 60 years being screened in the Theni and Thanjavur districts and the scheme could be extended to the whole of Tamil Nadu.To ensure that women’s and infants’ health visits are recorded, an electronic health management system was established and is now operational in 38 secondary level hospitals, with plans to extend to all 270, and to 18 medical colleges. These electronic records prove invaluable in maintaining and monitoring a woman’s and her infants’ health throughout the continuum of care.From these interventions and more, Tamil Nadu has seen improvements in both maternal and infant health. Infant mortality has decreased by 35%. The state’s maternal mortality ratio has decreased 50% from 167 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1999 to 111 in 2006, while India’s MMR in 2008 was 230. While this is exciting progress, it is still 25 times higher than in developed countries. But with further improvements to quality of care and strengthened comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care, Tamil Nadu is on the right track.Share this:last_img read more


first_imgThe 13th Annual First Contact Sports and Cultural Festival played at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Sporting Complex on 25-26 November 2006 was a resounding success with a record number of teams competing underneath the sweltering Queensland sun.The First Contact Festival draws 10,000 people annually and features fast and furious on field action, sprint races, and unique non-stop entertainment on the main stage featuring performers and singing and dancing troupes from various cultures. There is a real family atmosphere for the tournament with free rides for kids, and food and market stalls offering modern and traditional fare and arts and crafts from different cultural backgrounds.Over 102 teams competed for $ 30,000 in prize money and trophies in this unique cross-cultural event in Men’s Open, Mixed Open, and Schools divisions.The fourth annual “Battle of the States” between New South Wales and Queensland Indigenous Teams was also contested across the three competing sections.To cap off a feast of high quality representative Touch Football, the Inaugural “Challenge of the Nations” featured a New Zealand Maori selection up against the Papua New Guinea Birds of Paradise, and the 2007 FIT World Cup Australian Open Mixed Team taking on the First Contact Invitational Australian Indigenous Mixed Team. The International games were prefaced by emotional renditions of National Anthems and traditional dances that created a wonderful atmosphere for participants and crowds alike.The “Challenge of the Nations” game featured a white hot New Zealand team led by Drummayne Dayberg-Muir and 2007 New Zealand World Cup representatives Troy Skinner and Rachel Stevenson who defeated a game PNG side 11-3.The highlight for many spectators was the lunchtime history-making clash between the First Contact Australian Open Mixed Indigenous selection and the current Federation of International Touch (FIT) Mixed Open World Champions, Australia.Department of Human Services (DHS) Ambassador for Indigenous Servicing, and Rugby League “Immortal” Arthur Beetson (OAM), was on hand to present the playing strip to the Invitational Indigenous Australian Mixed Team that included 2007 World Cup Open Australian Representatives Bo De La Cruz, Phil Gyemore, and Peter Stoddart, as well as 2005 Youth World Cup players Ricky Morris and Katie Shaw.The First Contact Indigenous Aussie team began brilliantly and scored first for a 1- 0 lead, but the Australian Mixed team, who were involved in an arduous 3 day training camp in the South East Queensland corner over the weekend in preparation for the 2007 World Cup, was stung into action and settled to find their rhythm to complete a 5 – 1 victory at full-time.Australian Mixed Open Co-Captain Tony Eltakchi produced a dominant performance and was well supported by Amy Fong, and Ben Mc Cullen in a solid team effort from the World Champions.In the Battle of the States Queensland claimed the 2006 title with victory over New South Wales in two out of three divisions.Queensland defeated New South Wales in Schools 8-5, and in the Mixed Open 5-3, but the Blues salvaged some pride with a thrilling 5-4 victory over their traditional Interstate rivals in the Men’s Open battle.In the main section of the tournament, Kempsey won the Schools section with a 5 – 2 defeat of Woodenbon Central, with Kempsy’s Kieran Vale (Male) and Megan Archibald (Female) winning the Player of the Final awards.In the Mixed Open Division Koori Kama 1 prevailed over Freeze ‘N’ Hot 5 – 2, with the talented Shaw family scooping the Player of the Final Awards.Luke Shaw (Male) and daughter Katie (Female) capped a memorable weekend for the family with their awards adding to the First Contact Indigenous Australian Invitational Team selection and Battle of the States selection for Queensland for the three sisters – Katie, Missy, and Jess.In the premier Men’s Open Division Galaxy Touch, led by player of the Final Chris Lukins had a resounding 7 – 3 win over Hoops ‘N’ Health.Teams, referees, and spectators traveled from far and wide to be a part of the 2006 tournament and the First Contact crew and the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association worked tirelessly to produce a fantastic experience for all participants.In 2007 Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch will assist First Contact with additional tournament support and assistance to consolidate the Festival as a nationally recognized calendar event.First Contact ChairPerson Robbie Williams,who has been the driving force behind the tournament since its inception in 1994, is extremely proud of the event and looks to the future with optimism.“It’s a great event – it brings all cultures together in a 100% drug and alcohol free environment. It is a true community festival, where pride in your people and heritage is expressed. It showcases sporting ability and many Indigenous artists. It is exciting that we have now reached a standard where this tournament is considered worthy of major event status.” Mr. Williams said.Queensland Touch Branch Manager Jeremy Sorensen is equally pleased with the strengthening of ties between First Contact and the State and National affiliated bodies. “There are on-going discussions and plans to strengthen our involvement to help the tournament in technical areas such as refereeing, coaching, and selecting and to assist with the promotion of participation from affiliated teams from around the State.” Mr. Sorensen said.All the different ’mobs’ that traveled from far and wide have headed home happy to have caught up with the extended Indigenous family, and to have made new friends from across the cultural spectrum. The victors have their trophies and some extra money in their pockets for Christmas presents, but on a weekend such as this there are nothing but winners everywhere you look.last_img read more

22 days agoLille striker Loic Remy has no Liverpool regrets

first_imgLille striker Loic Remy has no Liverpool regretsby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille striker Loic Remy has no regrets over his failed Liverpool move.The Frenchman was all set to replace Luis Suarez at Anfield only for the Reds to pull the plug on a deal after the striker failed his medical, with him later joining Chelsea.He recalled: “I was supposed to sign for Liverpool. I went for the medical in Boston, then apparently I failed the medical.”For me, everything happens for a reason, which means at the end of the day, Chelsea. We had a fantastic season.”This year Liverpool had been in trouble, it was not the Liverpool of the previous season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Five stories in the news for today Aug 22

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, Aug. 22———VOLUME OF OPIOIDS PRESCRIBED DOWN IN ONTARIOOntario doctors appear to be prescribing lower overall amounts of opioids, say researchers, but many longtime users continue to be given daily doses that exceed national guidelines. The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network says the number of people prescribed an opioid remained relatively constant over the past five years, with 1.95 million, or one in seven Ontarians, treated with the potentially addictive medications last year.———19 WILDFIRES MERGE TO CREATE MONSTER B.C. BLAZEMore than 400 firefighters are working to contain the largest recorded wildfire in British Columbia’s history. Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service says 19 fires have merged in an area west of Quesnel in the Interior, creating a single fire estimated to be 4,674 square kilometres in size. He says co-ordinating a response is a challenge because the fire measures more than 130 kilometres from one end to the other. The previous record for a B.C. wildfire was 2,250 square kilometres in 1958.———SENIORS’ BENEFIT COSTS TO SKYROCKET: REPORTA review of the country’s largest seniors benefit program is predicting all-time highs in spending over the coming years with waves of baby boomer retirements. Program spending is projected to hit about $247 billion by 2060, an almost five-fold increase from planned spending this year, as more Canadians hit retirement and live longer.———PM TRUDEAU TO BE FETED AT NYC GALAJustin Trudeau will be honoured at a prestigious international-affairs gala in New York City next month. The prime minister is among the honoured guests at this year’s Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awards. Past recipients include former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. The black-tie gala will be held Sept. 19 while the prime minister is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.———GLEN ABBEY COURSE WINS HERITAGE DESIGNATIONThe greens and fairways at the Glen Abbey golf course in Oakville, Ont., won’t be turned into condos and stores any time soon. Town council voted unanimously Monday night to designate the golf course under the Ontario Heritage Act. Mayor Rob Burton says the designation means there are rules to follow when it comes to preserving the heritage of a property, but adds there is still “flexibility” and an appeals process.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release the retail trade figures for June.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend a commemorative ceremony in Ottawa to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.— The Commons defence committee will discuss Canada’s abilities to defend itself and our allies in the event of an attack by North Korea.— The Fraser Institute will release a study examining Canada’s equalization program.— The Sears Canada bankruptcy protection proceedings return to court in Toronto.— Canada’s new astronauts, Lt.-Col. Joshua Kutryk and Dr. Jenni Sidey, will meet with the media in Houston.last_img read more

Mike Tyson breaks ground on California marijuana ranch

first_imgCALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. – Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is becoming a California marijuana reports that Tyson and partners on Dec. 20 broke ground on a plot for a cannabis resort in California City, a remote Mojave Desert town that’s about a 110-mile (177-kilometre) drive north of Los Angeles.Partner Robert Hickman tells the website that the undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated and that Tyson Ranch will be an oasis.In a video of the event, California City Mayor Jennifer Wood thanks Tyson for his commitment to the community, saying the industry will provide medical marijuana to people in need, revenue, jobs and income for residents.Calls and emails from The Associated Press to a Tyson representative and the mayor were not immediately returned Tuesday.last_img read more

Dhoni ”might” play the next game, says Raina

first_imgHyderabad: Stand-in-skipper Suresh Raina said captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni “might” play the next game after missing Chennai Super Kings’s six-wicket defeat by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL here. Dhoni was ruled out of the match with back spasm, paving the way for Raina to shoulder captaincy responsibility. “His back was stiff. He is feeling better and might play the next game,” Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony. For a team that has won seven of their nine matches this season, the defeat was a wake-up call, Raina said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I think it is a very good wake up call.” CSK were restricted at 132 for five after they opted to bat, and then, SRH chased down the target with 19 balls to spare. “I think we didn’t put a decent score on the board and kept losing wickets. We lost too many wickets in between and that’s why it cost us the game. “We should have looked for partnerships and should have rotated our strike better. Hence, we were 30 runs short,” Raina said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Man of the Match David Warner (50) thanked the crowd for support. “Great support, even though there is plenty of yellow, they are a fantastic crowd. Sometimes we have been a bit hesitant, against Kings (XI Punjab) the wicket was quite tough. Me and Jonny (Bairstow) have been mixing and matching quite well. “I have two beautiful children, one more on the way, and a beautiful wife and I can’t thank them enough. I have fantastic support from over the world and it has been overwhelming here in India,” Warner said. Sunrisers Hyderbad captain Kane Williamson applauded the team for its efforts. “Very good performance all around. CSK started well with the bat but the way we performed in the back half was outstanding and the chase was superb. I don’t think the wicket changed too much,” he said. “Rashid (Khan, who claimed 2/17) has been an outstanding performer for a number of years. He was brilliant today. Warner was brilliant. A match-winning knock with Jonny (61 not out),” Williamson added.last_img read more