PNG win gold in women’s softball

first_imgIn the best of three, PNG have won 2 out of 3 games which has secured gold for them. American Samoa settled for silver.PNG scored early in the game and by the bottom of the third inning were up 3-0. PNG’s power batters in Florence Daple and Beverly Pasen kept the scoreboard ticking, bringing runners home.Another slugger in Nadia Bais brought two more runners home through a line drive to bring the score to 7-0.The game was called off at the bottom of the fifth inning after the mercy rule was applied.PNG’s pitcher Juliet Seri was again on target, taking three strike outs for the game. American Samoa’s pitcher Kelly Osterbrink also registered three strike outs.The last game will be played tomorrow at 10am.last_img read more

Ecobank Gets New Managing Director

first_imgMr. Gilles Guerard, former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Rwanda, has now been appointed to serve as the new managing director for the branch of the bank in Liberia.Guerard took over from Kola Adeleke, who has taken another assignment in Zambia, Lusaka as the new manager in that East African country.Ecobank capital is responsible for overseeing all Ecobank Group treasury, investment banking and asset, managing businesses across the continent.As of his appointment, Guerard said, he is committed to enhanced efficiency that will bring about customer satisfactory as well as creating improved shareholder.He promised to work along with the Government of Liberia as well as the banking sector to improve the economic.“Kola has done a great job”. Mr. Guerard said he will continue from where Adeleke stop, and will improve on it. He indicated that he will be delicate with customers and within the framework of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) regulationsHe lauded the outgoing Ecobank Managing Director Kola Adeleke for his contributions to the growth and development of Ecobank-Liberia.He promised that the bank will do it best to contribute to the economy of Liberia, and will focus on financial inclusion and the development of the capital market. He expressed the hope of having a cordial working support from employees and their partners.Earlier in his farewell remark at the dinner tendered in his honor at the Monrovia City Hall, Mr. Kola Adeleke said he has learned a lot since coming to Liberia, recalling his time working in the country as “remarkable.”He explained that over the last five years, his administration made positive contributions to the growth and development of Ecobank-Liberia and to the growth and development of the banking industry in the country.He disclosed that his administration also over the years contributed immensely to the growth and economy of Liberia, for which his heart will always be with Liberia.“I have made positive contributions as managing director of Ecobank-Liberia to the growth and development of Ecobank Liberia; to the growth and development of the banking industry, and to the growth and economy of Liberia,” Mr. Adeleke added.Mr. Adeleke pointed out that Africans owes Africa the responsibility of development and economic growth. For that, he expressed the need for Africans including investment partners on the continent to collaborate efforts that will ensure that the continent is move rapidly to the next level in terms of development, while at the same time, ensuring that capacities of Africans are develop as well.He urged fellow Africans to drop self interest by rising up to solving the challenges of poverty; because doing so will bring pride to Africa and Africans. “We need to drop our self interest by rising up to solving the challenges of poverty, because doing so will make us proud of the continent we call home,” he stressed.He said it was also important for Africans to commit themselves to the growth and development of the continent.He then commended authorities at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for what he referred to as the level of support they rendered the Ecobank.Mr. Adeleke served the bank in Liberia as it managing director from February 2010 to February 2015.As a result of some major improvements done under his administration, the management of the bank last Friday held a dinner at which time; Mr. Adeleke and his wife was both shower and decorated with gifts from the bank’s family as well as staffers and friends.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Getting to Best’: Ellen Chairs Education Roundtable

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday chaired an Education Roundtable Meeting held on the theme, “Getting to Best.” The meeting was in further consultations with stakeholders on how to improve the country’s education sector.The meeting with education stakeholders, according to Executive Mansion release, was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium where the President was joined by Education Minister George Werner and the leadership of the Education Ministry, Cabinet Ministers, International Partners, educational authorities of private and public institutions, advocacy education organizations, and student advocacy institutions, among others.During the meeting, President Sirleaf warned that reforming the education sector to “best” is going to be a long road, and not a quick fix. “Whatever we do is going to take years,” she warned, nothing, “Our challenge is to start the process, get the elements of that process right taking into account the recommendations advanced by the participants.” She urged Liberians in the education sector to continue with consultations at different levels – students, teachers, parents-teachers association, among others and further discuss and address some of the many challenges affecting the sector including the ills in schools and how they can be overcome. President Sirleaf then thanked all those who attended the meeting for their insightful participation especially the international partners, who have been there with the MOE authorities providing support and pieces of advice. “I just want to see this spirit continue,” she said, emphasizing that the responsibility of building the country rests on Liberians primarily; but is thankful for the partnership that the country has that has enabled it to go beyond its own resources and capabilities.Earlier, George Werner made a presentation on the topic, “Getting to Best,” and outlined nine priority projects which, he said will lay the foundation for quality learning for children in Liberia over the next two years. He named National Roll-out of the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA); Qualified Teachers with the Skills to Improve Learning Outcomes; Supported and Motivated Teachers will Improve Learning Outcomes; and School Infrastructure Meets the Needs of Children.“Others priority projects are schools and for teachers to have the resources to improve learning; improving enrolment and retention; lay the foundation for children’s education with early childhood education; young people to have the necessary skills to secure Jobs through Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET); Girls’ Learning Outcomes Improve; and the MOE, and schools are accountable for children’s learning. Minister Werner emphasized that statistics on education in Liberia show that 42 percent of primary school age children are not in school; more than 20 percent of young people aged 15-24 are illiterate; while one-third of young people are not employed, educated or trained.He reiterated that the education system is referred to as a “mess” “because there are not enough safe and quality schools, core literacy and numeracy skills are not taught, over a third of our teachers are not qualified and young children are not prepared for school and start late.”Continuing, he said girls are less likely to enroll, stay in school and graduate, secondary-level education is under resourced, centralized system is unaccountable to schools and students, and young people cannot access market-driven and relevant TVET. “We must act now to stop another generation losing out on an education,” he warned, adding that immediate change is necessary to get to best.Participants proposed a number of suggestions to enhance the MOE in getting to the best. They suggested that ownership and the role of communities are key; the need to strengthen the role of civil society; the need for decentralization, safe school environment, and improved partnership.They also proposed the need for teaching nutrition to students and parents; health of students, as well as guidance and counseling.Other proposals advanced by the participants were the need to curtailing violence (sexual and gender-based); improve resources for education; take concrete actions to address education issues; improve response time in addressing teacher replacement and placing teachers on payroll; ensure accountability and spend resources efficiently; rebrand TVET, focus on after-school programs; establish a national inspectorate board, ensure parental education, build play grounds at all schools, reform the school curriculum; among others.Meanwhile, as part of the commemoration of Liberia’s 168th Flag Day anniversary, President Sirleaf has launched the National Curriculum on Citizenship Education.During the commemoration of the 168th Flag Day anniversary at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion under the theme, “The Flag, Our Identity,” yesterday President Sirleaf stressed that the Curriculum on Citizenship Education is an indispensable tool for enhancing citizens’ education. The Curriculum on Citizenship Education appreciates, but substantially departs from previous initiatives, which have focused on helping students understand the branches of government with emphasis typically focused on the president. This initiative provides the framework for a broader learning experience in the art of citizenship beginning with an understanding of our identities, families, environments and the communities within, which we live, and the organization and functioning of government. It also helps students understand and appreciate the complex patterns of interaction, rights, obligations and duties of citizenship. Organized with incremental levels of complexities, the content will be taught from Grades 1 through Grade 12.As this is the completion of the first phase, President Sirleaf thanked the Governance Commission and the Ministries of Education, and Finance and Development Planning for working together towards its completion and called on them to do what they can to secure the required resources to begin the textbook writing project so that in a year’s time, the teaching of citizen’s education can be strengthened as they commence introducing the new textbooks in all schools.“I hope that by the time of the 2017-2018 school year, Citizenship Education would form an integral part of the curriculum of every school in our country,” she indicated. Touching on the choice of celebrating our ‘Community’, President Sirleaf reflected on the ability of our communities that took ownership and led the process as Liberia battled the Ebola virus disease (EVD). “The ability of our communities to take ownership and lead the process as we battled an unknown enemy—truly manifests an engrained sense of identity, patriotism and commitment to service,” she said, adding, “It is a nationalistic service to people and country that replaces tears with hope and a restored self-esteem population.”She stressed that as a people, we have something to celebrate owing to our unique identity, which must be divorced of politics and pettiness. “It is that identity that positions us to recognize that ‘war-war’ can be replaced by ‘joy-joy’,” she furthered.President Sirleaf indicated that it is our solemn appreciation that “one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all” is not only a manifestation but an inherent embodiment of our identity. That is all the reason why the Flag serves as a constant reminder of a recognition and testimony of who we are as a people and as a nation.Prior to the indoor program, 20 high schools in and around Monrovia participated in the usual drill ceremony. This was a major highlight of the day’s activities that included President Sirleaf, who is Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), and the Ministers of Education and Defense that received the Eyes-right salute from students.This year’s 1st place winner and Best Eyes-Right was G. W. Gibson High School; 2nd place and Best Drilled, Cathedral High School; and 3rd place and Best Dressed, St. Theresa’s Convent. They each received a presidential award of US$600, US$400 and US$200, respectively. Each school also got US$150 and a medal for their participation. The Muslim Congress High School was selected as the Most Discipline School.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Selfishness, Lack of Integrity, Tearing Liberia Apart

first_img– Advertisement – When we assess the problem confronting Liberia’s progress among the other poor countries of the world, not much will be attributed to lack of technical capacity or resources. Instead, all will be blamed on selfishness and lack of integrity. This tendency has led many, both in and out of the public sector, to become corrupt.The unfolding financial saga at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), for instance, is described by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as a “conflict of interest” because people in the public sector were giving themselves loans using money that was meant for the private sector. This act points to the theory of Solipsism (the belief that the self is all that you need to exist) that is at work in every sphere of the Liberian society. It is an open secret that almost everywhere you go, in both private and public sectors, you must pay bribes to people if you want your problem solved. In recent times it was reported in the Daily Observer that two Customs Officers of the Liberia Revenue Authority were caught on video receiving a US$500 bribe to compromise a process at the Freeport of Monrovia.Nowadays, patients have to get to hospitals very early to secure numbers for L$50 or more to receive treatment. At some banks where people of diverse backgrounds go to transact, tellers tend to favor those who give them bribes, leaving a huge number of people standing in queue all day long.In the June 14, 2017 edition of the Daily Observer, we see an event that unfolded at the Senate on Tuesday where only four Senators were in session. One can come to the realization from this situation that lawmakers do not feel accountable to their employers, the citizens who voted them into office, but consider themselves lords and demigods. Tuesday and Thursday are the days set aside, by their own rules, for regular session at the Legislature. But where were they on Tuesday when session was suspended?In Liberia, it is commonplace for workers not to show up for work while friends in the system falsely log in their names to conceal their absence. Recommendations from friends and families have enabled many to occupy positions for which they are grossly unqualified, and the same people are grossly underperforming and stunting the growth and development of the employing entities.Not only that, some organizations, too, have hazardous policies under which an employee’s or contractor’s labor is exploited. Interestingly, they can pay employees at their own discretion, or when they feel like it, without compassion or regard for the Labor Laws of Liberia. Even those who consider themselves victims must at times take responsibility for their plight. It is often said: “If you want to hide anything from Liberians, put it in a book.” For example, in our law books, there are rules that govern the conduct of elected public officials. When those rules are violated, the law has procedures through which the government and public may seek redress up to and including removal from office.This information is in our law books, but we have to be willing to read them! Our primary defense against corruption and lack of integrity is knowledge. Without knowledge we have no power; without power, we will be trampled upon every single day.This emphasis on integrity in our recent editorials stems from the fact that lack of this moral value is causing much harm to the society. It is not only stunting the economic growth of the country, but also telling the rest of the world that we are not a serious people.In the June 14 edition of this paper, Madam Victoria Cooper-Enchia, the Chief of Party of Digital Liberia E-Government Project, speaking at the Fifth Consultative Meeting of United Women in Liberia, urged Liberian women to build INTEGRITY, which she said is as important as building roads, hospitals, schools, churches, mosques and businesses. She said the process must be something intentional and not imposed. This reminds us that our insensitivity to integrity and preference for selfishness, dishonesty, indiscipline and insincerity has come to the attention of others. It can be recalled that at the Liberia Development Conference earlier this year, a Dutch national operating an NGO in Liberia said that there was no societal ethics in Liberia, and people were behaving as they please.We are therefore urging Liberians from all walks of life to begin the change we want by building integrity, and realize the negative consequences selfishness and dishonesty have on our country. Fronting for foreign businesspeople, profiteering, evading taxes, overt discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, among others, all constitute activities that reflect lack of integrity in society. As we will shortly be going to elections, we must pray for leaders who will instill discipline in the society to change our selfish, insincere and dishonest attitude towards Mama Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

USA beat Jamaica 2-1 to win sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup

first_img0Shares0000Team USA captain Michael Bradley holds the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after defeating Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 CONCACAF Final, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, July 26 © AFP / Robyn BeckSANTA CLARA, United States, Jul 27 – Jordan Morris’s late strike lifted the United States to a 2-1 victory over Jamaica on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.The United States captured their sixth Gold Cup crown — one shy of Mexico’s record seven victories in the regional championship for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Morris sealed it in dramatic fashion with a goal in the 89th minute.A misdirected Jamaican clearance was knocked down by US super-sub Clint Dempsey near the penalty spot and Morris blazed a right-footed shot past Jamaican keeper Dwayne Miller and inside the right post.Jozy Altidore’s superb free kick had put the United States ahead in the 45th minute, but Jamaica’s Je-Vaughn Watson equalized in the 50th as the underdog Jamaicans pushed the US hard.Jamaica were playing in their second straight Gold Cup final, after falling to Mexico in 2015.Jordan Morris (R) of the US celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Jamaica during the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final match, at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on July 26 © AFP / Mark RALSTONThat year they ousted the United States in the semi-finals, while this year they sent the Mexicans packing.Although they have joined the US and Mexico as the only teams to reach back-to-back finals, they are now just the second team to lose consecutive title matches.Since the inception of the Gold Cup, Mexico and the US have won all but one edition, with Canada triumphing in 2000.Jamaica lost their talismanic goalkeeper, Andre Blake, to a hand injury early in the contest.Miller was in goal as halftime approached, when US captain Michael Bradley was fouled in mid-field and Altidore curled the ensuing free kick over the wall and into the top corner of the net.Miller soared to get his fingertips to the ball but couldn’t keep it out of the net.Jamaica pulled level when Watson bulled his way past Morris on a Kemar Lawrence’s corner kick to volley a short shot past US goalkeeper Tim Howard.USA’s Gyasi Zardes (L) fights for the ball with Je-Vaughn Watson of Jamaica during the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final match, at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on July 26 © AFP / Mark RALSTONMorris admitted that he was stung when the man he was marking scored — and relieved he could make up for it with the game-winner.“Credit to Jamaica — they made it very tough for us,” Morris said. “I was nervous — it was my guy that scored on the (Jamaican) goal. So I was trying to make up for that any way I could.“Obviously, I take responsibility for it, but luckily I could put it in the back of the net.”For Jamaica, however, Morris’s goal was “like a dagger in the heart,” Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore said.“But again, this is football,” he said. “If you look in the semi-final against Mexico, the same thing happened in that game (when Jamaica scored an 88th-minute winner).”The first real chance for either team had come in the 19th minute, and the play proved costly for Jamaica.Altidore fired a 25-yard blast and Blake rose to make the save. Trying to score from the rebound, the United States’ Kellyn Acosta crashed into Blake, whose right hand was injured badly enough to take the Jamaican captain out of the game.He had led Jamaica to three shut-out victories in the tournament, including a 1-0 triumph over defending champions Mexico in the semis.– ‘This means everything’ –The United States are now unbeaten in 14 matches since Bruce Arena returned for a second spell as coach, taking over from Jurgen Klinsmann after the German was sacked in the wake of a 4-0 loss to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying last year.The US were less than convincing in group play with a young, inexperienced squad, but Arena called in veteran stars for the knockout rounds, adding Altidore, Dempsey, Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Tim Howard.“This means everything,” said the 38-year-old Howard, who hadn’t allowed a goal in the tournament until Wednesday. “As you get older and get to finals, there’s so much pressure to win because I don’t know how many more finals I’ll come back to.”Arena said the tournament showed the US were heading in the right direction, with World Cup qualifying set to resume on September 1.“We had a tournament where we scored by far the most goals of any team, were second in goals conceded, got five wins and used 27 players,” Arena said. “It was an exercise that was outstanding for our program. Certainly not perfect, but for what we were trying to accomplish, we (succeeded at) that.“We’ve made progress, but have a long way to go. Certainly, we need to integrate our (absent European-based) players, which is difficult. … I’ve got to find the right blend. We’re a long way from qualifying for a World Cup, and that’s the objective for sure.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Delta Scientific installs road barriers in Sydney

first_imgPALMDALE – Delta Scientific announced it has installed anti-terrorist vehicle barriers at the international cruise ship terminal at Sydney Harbour in Australia. Delta’s DSC501 barriers lie flat in the road until activated, at which point they spring up at a 45-degree angle. “We are pleased that the Port of Sydney Harbour chose Delta Scientific barriers to protect this critical passenger terminal,” Delta Scientific Senior Vice President David Dickinson said in a statement. “The DSC501 was designed for the U.S. Navy, and has also been selected for use at U.S. embassies around the globe. We have installed over 1,000 of these high security barriers throughout the world.” The DSC501 barricade is designed to stop and destroy a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling 50 mph. It is set in a foundation only 18 inches deep. At Sydney Harbour, the barriers prevent speeding vehicles from getting past the guard post at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, where about 90 vessels are expected to dock during the busy summer months. Nearly 160,000 passengers are expected to come through the port, representing a major part of Australia’s tourism industry. The anti-terrorist barriers were installed as part of an effort to upgrade security at ports in the state of New South Wales. Other heightened security measures include closed-circuit TV cameras, exclusion zones and security patrols. Delta Scientific has more than 250,000 square feet of production facilities in Valencia and Palmdale. It builds high-security vehicle-barricade systems, parking-control equipment and guard booths. Corporate headquarters, equipment sales, systems engineering and technical service are in Valencia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Water bank plan upheld on appeal

first_img A Ventura Superior Court judge in 2004 ruled in favor of the CLWA, a decision the Los Angeles appellate court affirmed. A three-judge panel agreed the the CLWA acted properly when it declared the plan had no problems, citing a 1994 environmental impact report for another Semitropic banking program. That program proposed to store 1 million acre-feet of water for several water purveyors, including Castaic. “Neither CWN nor any other member of the public submitted factual data supporting assertion that information relied on by Castaic in the 1994 EIR was outdated,” the judges wrote. The court also agreed the CLWA was the correct agency for the project; that perchlorate contamination and methods to remove it were addressed in the environmental review process. The court called the plaintiff’s allegations that the project would induce urban growth a “faulty premise” because it was stated as a 10-year plan. “This information is sufficient to support a finding that the Project will not cause significant growth-inducing impacts,” the judges wrote. Masnada said the agency spent more than $1.2 million defending against the lawsuit, though CLWA is named in another legal challenge to the Semitropic deal. Friends of the Santa Clara River is suing the state Department of Water Resources over its approval of the project. “This ruling makes me feel that much better about the suit,” Masnada said. “Frankly, I think they should drop it, but I don’t expect them to.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A state appellate court Thursday upheld a lower court decision allowing a local water agency to bank of groundwater in Kern County – a plan two environmental groups challenged alleging officials failed to study the project’s impacts as required by law. The 2nd District Court of Appeal decision is a blow to the California Water Network and Friends of the Santa Clara River, who sued Castaic Lake Water Agency over its 2002 Groundwater Banking Program. The agency had proposed to store 24,000 acre-feet of water for 10 years with the Semitropic Water District in Kern County, which officials said would safeguard supply during drought years. “It was all about us banking some water for a few years,” said Dan Masnada, CLWA’s general manager. “They try to say it was a permanent transfer and that it was growth inducing. It was great that the court did not believe any one word they said.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The two environmental groups sued, claiming the local water wholesaler violated the California Environmental Quality Act because it failed to conduct the necessary studies. The CLWA had skipped the more detailed review when it declared the project would have no significant environmental impacts. Carolee Krieger, president of California Water Network, referred questions to attorney Stephan Volker, who did not return calls for comment Thursday. It was not known if the plaintiffs are planning another appeal. The plaintiffs also alleged the state Department of Water Resources, instead of CLWA, should oversee the project; that water quality at Semitropic’s facility is suspect due to contamination by the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate; and that it violated the public trust because it would spur urban growth and impact biological resources and traffic. The CLWA oversees the Santa Clarita Valley’s allocation of State Water Project water, which makes up about half the region’s annual supply. Critics of the water agency contend that much of that water is available only on paper because it rarely gets full entitlement from the California Aqueduct water, which the CLWA does not receive every year. Environmental groups maintain there is inadequate water to support development – some 22,000 homes are proposed for North Los Angeles County in the coming decades. last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: We are starting into the 2nd week of the new year.Resolutions will be in full swing as we try and finally find a way to reach our goals.There are endless exercise and nutrition opportunities that we can try, and yet some of us will still find ourselves wondering how we polished off that tub of ice cream without really knowing that we did it. Self-sabotaging is a strange behaviour.For the person doing it:They know what they need to doThey know that they are self-sabotagingThey don’t seem to be able to stop themselves from doing itFor some, it is almost like an entitlement; as if they have earned the food, or alcohol, or both.Why is it then, that we self-sabotage?Stress can be a huge contributor to self-sabotaging behaviour. You may be reading this and thinking that you aren’t particularly stressed at the moment. But remember that stress is not limited to a singularity.It can come in many forms and it can lead to behaviours that can ultimately lead to weight gain.Have you ever found yourself mindlessly eating a tub of ice cream while you brood about your latest romantic rejection?Have you ever found yourself eating a takeaway in front of your computer as you try to make a work deadline?Are you a small business owner, desperately trying to make ends meet when you suddenly realize your waistline has expanded?Are you a busy parent who seems to have no time for yourself and your idea of a meal is grabbing something as you take the kids to another activity?Have you found yourself opening a bottle of wine after another stressful week?If you recognise yourself in any of these scenarios, you’re not alone and it’s probably not your fault.When you are under stress, you may find it more difficult to eat well. During times of particularly high stress, you may eat in an attempt to fulfil emotional needs — typical “stress eating” or “comfort eating”.You may also be likely to eat high-calorie foods during times of stress, even when you’re not hungry. These foods are usually hyper palatable foods that have fat and carbs in them, are high in calories and usually taste great, as most unhealthy foods do.Whenever I meet a client who has this sort of self-sabotaging behaviour, they can get very uncomfortable whenever the subject matter is brought up.They usually try and defend their behaviour and can be resistant to change.And why wouldn’t they? This is how they deal with stress.Telling them to stop is completely useless; It’s like telling them to stop being stressed.We have to realise that the reason we find ourselves in situations like this is because of factors other than our love of food.To prevent weight gain during stress and to reduce the risk of obesity, we have to get a handle on our stress and the cause of it.When you feel less stressed and more in control of your life, you may find it easier to stick to healthy eating and exercise habits.Try these stress management techniques to combat stress-related weight gain from the Mayo Clinic:Recognize the warning signs of stress, such as anxiety, irritability and muscle tension.Before eating, ask yourself why you’re eating — are you truly hungry or do you feel stressed or anxious?If you’re tempted to eat when you’re not hungry, find a distraction.Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast, if you tend to binge at night.Identify comfort foods and keep them out of your home or office. (If it’s not there you are less likely to eat it)Keep a record of your behaviour and eating habits so that you can look for patterns and connections — and then look for ways that you can overcome them.Learn problem-solving skills so that you can anticipate challenges and cope with setbacks.Practice relaxation skills, such as yoga, stretching, massage, deep breathing or meditation.Engage in regular physical activity or exercise.Get adequate sleep.Get encouragement from supportive friends and family, or tell them that you are under stress and this may be the cause of your problems.If you feel like you might be trapped in a cycle of self-sabotage, that may be rooted in unhealthy stress reducing habits, try and go on a “stress reduction binge.”You may need to try a variety of new activities to see if you can create new habits for stress relief, but it will be worth it.Ideas might include different types of exercise; yoga, meditation, dance, massage, an artistic pursuit, a talent or interest.The key is to get out and try things you have never tried before and make these your new ‘bad’ habits.#TrainSmartTo keep up-to-date with tips and information on how to stick to your goals in 2015, check out my page at Rushe Fitness through the link below. RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: SELF-SABOTAGING YOUR OWN GOALS? was last modified: January 10th, 2016 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:donegalemmet rushefitness columnkeeping your goalsself-sabotagelast_img read more

Farmers and landowners warned not to cut hedges until September

first_imgAlmost two-thirds of Ireland’s bird species nest in hedges and these hedgerows provide natural corridors that permit wildlife to move between habitats so from the end of February until the start of September hedge-cutting is not permitted. The closed season on hedge-cutting, adopted under the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, recognises the importance of conserving hedgerows and other vegetation for breeding birds and other animals and plants.Public works involving the disturbance of hedgerows during this period may only be carried out for reasons of public health and safety. “Hedgerows are distinctive features of our landscape in County Donegal,” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.“Hedges and other wild vegetation provide food and shelter for insects, birds and other animals. Donegal County Council recognises the importance of maintaining hedgerows as part of wise conservation of our natural heritage, good farming practice and protecting County Donegal’s natural and picturesque beauty.”Under the County Donegal Heritage Plan, Donegal County Council and The Heritage Council commissioned the first survey of hedgerows in County Donegal.This comprehensive survey provided baseline data on the extent, composition, structure, condition and management of hedgerows in County Donegal. Hedgerows cover approximately 1.5% of the land area of Ireland and it is estimated that there are 10,408 kilometres of hedgerows in County Donegal. Irish hedgerows are home to almost 40 species of trees and shrubs. In County Donegal, five main hedgerow types were identified:♣ Ash, Hawthorn and Blackthorn with Holly and Gorse: this type was the most common of all hedgerows surveyed;♣ Beech, sometimes observed around existing or abandoned buildings;♣ Eared Willow, Rusty Willow and Gorse: this type was the most species-rich hedge type;♣ Hawthorn, Gorse and Rusty Willow: this hedgerow type was the second most species-rich type; and ♣ Cotoneaster, Fuchsia and Privet, often around existing and abandoned dwellings.The study found that 7% of hedgerows are either remnant or derelict with a further 40% of hedgerows losing structure meaning that they are not in a favourable condition for fulfilling their role in providing wildlife habitats and stock–proof barriers.If you would like to find out more about the wise management of hedgerows, The Heritage Council has produced a booklet with advice on best conservation practice and on planting native species. Copies of the booklet entitled Conserving Hedgerows/Caomhnú Fálta are available free-of-charge from the County Donegal Heritage Office on (074) 917 2576 or by e-mail at: The Hedgerow Survey of County Donegal can be downloaded from the County Donegal Heritage Office website at: Farmers and landowners warned not to cut hedges until September was last modified: February 21st, 2017 by StephenShare 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:cuttingdonegalhedgelast_img read more


first_imgDUFFYThe death has taken place in The Donegal Hospice of Jim Duffy, Carnamaddy, Dunfanaghy. Removal from the Hospice today at 4.30pm going to his late residence. Funeral Mass in St Michael’s Church, Creeslough on Saturday at 11am with burial afterwards in Doe Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to The Donegal Hospice c/o any family member. Family time 11pm – 10am and on the morning of the funeral.SWEENEY The death has taken place at her home of Tillie Sweeney, Garryharry, Letterkenny. Remains are reposing at her home. Removal from her late residence on Saturday at 12.45pm for service at 1.30pm in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Letterkenny. Burial in Gortlee Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Trinity Presbyterian Church or The Friends of Letterkenny Hospital c/o Charlie McClafferty Funeral Director, Churchill and Letterkenny.McFADDENThe sudden death has taken place in Limerick of Hugh McFadden, Moyle Road, Milford and formerly of Rathmullan and Kerrykeel. Remains reposing at his residence from 11am tomorrow (Friday) Funeral from there at 1pm on Sunday for 2pm Requiem Mass in St Joseph’s Church, Rathmullan, followed by internment in the adjoining cemetery. House private from 11pm and 11amDONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011 was last modified: December 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:2011DECEMBER 15DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAYlast_img read more