Donations aiding Guillain-Barré syndrome patient’s “slow” recovery

first_imgYoung cane cutter Pooran Ramcharitar, who was recently diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome and is in urgent need of financial aid to facilitate his treatment, on Monday moved one step closer to recovery when the David and Leila Persaud Foundation made a generous donation of 0,000 to his cause.The funds were handed over after calls by the man’s family were made for financial assistance in order to have him treated for the rare condition.The Foundation has its origin in two charitable individuals – David Persaud, former Managing Director of Toolsie Persaud and former Chairman of David Persaud Investments Limited, along with his wife, Leila Persaud – who passed in 2011, but left their fortune to establish a foundation to fund the needs of persons with serious medical conditions.The couple are remembered for their humanitarian work in supporting those who were in need medically. Subsequent to their passing in 2011, the mandate of reaching out to these less fortunate people with medical conditions was passed on to their offspring, who have since been maintaining the family’s record.This was attested to by their contribution to the young man, who is in dire need of medical attention since being diagnosed with the syndrome, which is suspected to have been brought on by the mosquito-borne Zika Virus.The 22-year-old, currently a patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital, was diagnosed with the condition over three weeks ago and has since been on a ventilator at the institution.His father, Surendra Ramcharitar, on Monday said Pooran was recovering “slowly but surely”. He said although doctors have not been detailed in their reports on the young man’s condition, the family has gotten confirmation that he had improved.Ramcharitar related that his son was unable to do anything for himself, and communicates with the family by nodding.Doctors had indicated to the family that the young man was in need of 25 bottles of vaccine to improve his condition, with each bottle costing $110,000, totalling just over $2.7 million.Ramcharitar informed that the support from the public has been overwhelming as more individuals and organisations are generous with their finances. He disclosed that thus far, they have been able to raise a total of $2.4 million, and more funds are coming in.When the diagnosis was made, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud had posited that the Syndrome might be closely associated with the Zika Virus. This has not been yet confirmed, however.The Guillain-Barré syndrome is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances the symmetrical weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until certain muscles cannot be used at all and, when severe, the person is almost totally paralysed. Guillain-Barré syndrome can affect anybody. It can strike at any age and both sexes are equally prone to the disorder. The syndrome is rare, however, afflicting only about one person in 100,000. Usually Guillain-Barré occurs a few days or weeks after the patient has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally surgery will trigger the syndrome. In rare instances vaccinations may increase the risk.Most individuals have good recovery from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome.Director of the David and Leila Persaud Foundation, Christopher Persaud hands over the cheque to the young man’s fatherlast_img read more

2014 MWF Participants Get US$46,000 Grant

first_imgSome beneficiaries of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (the Young African Leaders Initiative) have received US$46,000 grant from the US Embassy in Monrovia to help them implement projects they are currently undertaking.The grant signing ceremony took place at the US Embassy on June 17, and beneficiaries include Yassah Lavelah, James Alben Greaves, Matthew Fred and James Mulbah.Briefly commenting on the grant, US Ambassador Deborah Malac said they have helped Liberia and there is still more to be done so Liberians can develop their own country.She said the beneficiaries, having attended the fellowship last year and beginning to engage in projects to make use of what they achieved, the embassy was providing the grant to augment their efforts in reaching out to other Liberians.The US$46,000 grants will support health and education sectors in Montserrado and Grand Bassa counties.It will be used to support immunization campaigns for children in Paynesville, develop mentorship programs for youth in Grand Bassa County and computer literacy skills training for 2,000 youth in Grand Bassa County, and provide information on the prevention of infectious diseases to five communities in Montserrado County.One of the beneficiaries, James A. Greaves lauded the US Government for its contribution toward development of Africa, including Liberia and expressed confidence that both knowledge acquired at the fellowship and the grant provided will be fully utilized to impact others.The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).President Obama launched the YALI program in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.The program was renamed Mandela Washington Fellowship last year to honor the late South African President and statesman, Nelson Mandela.The Mandela Washington Fellowship sends 500 young African leaders to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training, and creates unique opportunities in Africa for the participants to network with other youth leaders on the continent and to put into practice their new skills by leading organizations, communities, and countries. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jobless rate at 5-year low last month

first_imgThe unemployment rate for Hispanics dropped to 5.1 percent, a three-month low, while the rate for blacks climbed to 8.3 percent, a three-month high. The rate for women held steady at 3.8 percent. The rate for men declined to 4 percent. The economy ended up adding 32,000 more jobs in January and February combined than the government estimated a month ago. Economists found that encouraging in assessing the health of the job market and the overall economy. Workers’ paychecks grew last month. Average hourly earnings climbed to $17.22, up from $16.55 a year earlier. That represented a solid 4 percent increase. Wage growth is good for workers and supports consumer spending, which is indispensable to the economy’s good health. But a rapid pickup – if prolonged and not blunted by other economic forces – can raise fears about inflation. Spiraling inflation would whittle away any wage gains, hurting workers’ wallets. The Federal Reserve’s biggest concern is that inflation could flare up. Even so, many economists predict the Fed will keep interest rates where they are for much of this year. In a separate report, the Fed said consumers borrowed less freely in February; they boosted their use of credit at a 1.5 percent pace, the slowest in four months. The moderation reflected less demand for auto, educational and other loans. The new employment figures come as President George W. Bush continues to cope with a lackluster job-approval rating of 35 percent from the American public, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll. On the economy, just 38 percent approve of the president’s stewardship while 60 percent disapprove, the poll shows. Tapping into that discontent, Democrats are championing policies to close the gap between low- and high-income workers and make it easier for workers to form unions. Economy’s winners, losers The economy added a total of 180,000 jobs in March. Here are some of the winners and losers: Winners: Construction: 56,000 new jobs added over the month. Retailers: 35,900. Health care: 29,500. Educational services: 15,800. Leisure and hospitality: 21,000. Losers: Factories: cut 16,000 jobs over the month. Telecommunications: down 6,200. Rental and leasing companies: minus 5,200. Accounting and bookkeeping services: minus 4,900. Janitors and maintenance workers: down 3,700. SOURCE: Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Those include people looking for work at factories, where jobs in March were cut for the ninth straight month. Makers of autos, furniture, clothing and textiles all eliminated jobs last month. Another soft spot: residential construction, a casualty of the housing slump. But there were many more job winners than losers. Construction jobs led the way, especially for contractors and for commercial building. Retailers, health care providers, educational services and leisure and hospitality companies were among those boosting their payrolls. “Businesses have a very good appetite for hiring workers. The job market is sturdy,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. “It is a good time to be looking for a job, particularly if you have skills and education.” Against that backdrop, unemployment fell from 4.5 percent in February to 4.4 percent in March. That matched the rate in October – the lowest in five years. Here, too, there were winners and losers. WASHINGTON – If you were looking for a job as a teacher last month, you were in luck. Same goes for health workers, retail clerks and building contractors. All told, the economy added 180,000 new jobs, dropping unemployment to a 4.4 percent rate that matched a five-year low. The mostly positive snapshot of the nation’s employment climate, released by the Labor Department on Friday, showed that companies ramped up hiring and paid workers more. That’s good news for employees and jobseekers, and bodes well for the national economy, too, which is suffering a sluggish spell and a painful housing slump. “For most people, the job market is still hitting on a lot of cylinders, especially for people who are willing to upgrade their skills. It is not leaving a large number of people stranded,” said John Challenger, chief of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an employment research firm. “But there are pockets where people are having a difficult time,” he said. last_img read more

PACKED ‘HOUSE’ PROMISED TONIGHT FOR LETTERKENNY MUSICIAN’S NEW ALBUM

first_imgBridgin Carr, Jason Friel, Trudy O’Donnell, Karen McBrearty, Celine Bradley, Catriona McIntyre, Kyra McBrearty and Laura Foody. Photo- Clive WessonThere promises to be a packed ‘House’ tonight as well-known Letterkenny musician Bridgin Carr launches her latest album.The new cd, Anam Bri, features original Celtic and folk songs about life, more life and Arranmore!The gang are coming to Carlow to represent Ulster in the upcoming PanCeltic Festival on 7th March, and Jason Friel will be unveiling this song, Sometimes, tonig Special guests tonight are Jacqui Sharkey, Blue Ribbon Arrs and of course, Foireann Bri.Admission for the event at House, Voodoo is free and a beautiful night of music which kicks off at 8pm is guaranteed..! PACKED ‘HOUSE’ PROMISED TONIGHT FOR LETTERKENNY MUSICIAN’S NEW ALBUM was last modified: February 26th, 2015 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)last_img read more

DD Fitness: Do we really need more protein?

first_imgYesterday two companies that supply supplements to the Irish market, launched their new ‘Protein Easter Eggs’.The eggs are low in sugar, have 26 grams of protein in them, are gluten free and are made with 73% Cocoa powder.The suppliers went to great lengths to ensure that they would be of high quality with the ingredients, but the question remains, do we need a high protein version of an Easter egg? The Irish diet in general is low in protein. We usually have a carb based breakfast, have a slice or 2 of meat at lunch and then dinner would be our main source of protein throughout the day.This is how Irish people have always eaten and from examining food diaries over the past number of years, it continues to be the case.So, the question is just how much protein is enough?This will depend on a few of the things I mentioned above. Are you training? What age are you? What are your goals? (Fat loss or muscle gain)If you are inactive, the RDA of 0.8g per kg of bodyweight is more than enough for you.If you weighed 70kg, you would only need 56g of protein daily.For older adults, this increases to 1g per kg of bodyweight, so a 70kg older adult would need 70g of protein daily.For active individuals, especially those involved in strength training regimens, studies have consistently shown optimal intake to be about 1.6 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. So, a 70kg individual who was training would need between 112g and 140g of protein per day.For an alternative and a method that I personally use, set your protein at 1g per pound of GOALThis means that if you want to be a lean 70kg (154lbs) you would consume 154g of protein per day.This would change again if you were a natural physique competitor or natural body builder and would range from 1.8g – 2.8g per kg of bodyweight depending if you were in a calorie surplus or deficit. If you are not currently training and are going by the WHO guidelines, you don’t need that much protein per day.The High Protein Easter Egg has 26g in it and a 70kg adult who is not training only needs 56g of protein per day, so you would be getting half of your daily protein count from this.The biggest question that should be asked is, do we need a High Protein Easter Egg at all?Easter Sunday is one day of the year.Anyone who needs a lot of protein in their diet, probably already knows how to get it without having to resort to getting it from a chocolate egg.If their diet isn’t set up to allow for something that occurs 1 day per year, it is too restrictive.It all comes down to choice.If you want to buy the High Protein egg and it will allow you to have one, where you normally would abstain, go for it.If you want to have a normal Easter Egg, go for it.No diet should be that restrictive that you can’t make something fit, 1 day per year.Remember that, your diet is how you eat not a restriction on what you eat.#TrainSmarthttp://www.rushefitness.ie/Or contact me on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTDDD Fitness: Do we really need more protein? was last modified: March 14th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare 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:Easter eggsemmet rushefitnessproteinweight losslast_img read more

Sporting Lisbon star tells West Brom he’s not interested in move

first_img1 Adrien Silva West Brom have ended their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon captain Adrien Silva.After almost joining Leicester City last summer, the 28-year-old is now ready to leave in search of a new challenge.West Brom are fans of the midfielder and they were one of several sides in England hoping to land him.But, according to Diario de Noticias, the Baggies have pulled out of the race to sign Silva after he snubbed their approach.The Portugal international reportedly has no interest in joining a side which isn’t playing in the Champions League next season.West Brom’s failure to land Silva could be good news for Tottenham, though, who are still being linked with a move for Silva.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS LADIES EARN BRILLIANT VICTORY OVER MALIN

first_imgRed Hughs GAA NotesThe lads were in action away to Urris on Saturday evening with both seniors and Reserves playing.The reserves was the early game throwing in at 6pm. The lads were missing a few of the regular starters but put in a brave performance.It was nip and tuck most of the way with the lads from Clonmany pulling away in the later stages the final score was Red Hughs 0-11 Urris 3-8The senior lads had a tough battle on their hands with Urris already putting them to the sword at home earlier in the season.This game was a great spectacle with some terrific play from both teams. Every man was doing his bit for the cause and nobody was hiding. With the game coming to a close the Home side were three points to the good.But the Red Hughs lads dug deep rallied by a terrific point from veteran Eugene Browne.They added three more point in the dying minutes to run out worthy winners by a solitary point. The final score was Red Hughs 1-10 Urris 1-9They now meet Urris again at home next week in the first game of the championship.Senior Ladies The ladies had a great victory over Malin at home today.It was a very tight first half as each side had some good periods of domination and making it count.The visitors were physically stronger around the middle of the park and the Reds ladies struggled to take control but managed to go in at half time 2 point up on a score line of 2-2 to 1-3.The second half was a very different affair the with Red Hughs ladies taking control all over the park. In wave after wave of attack they almost scored at will and left the Malin girls shell shocked. It was Malin’s first defeat of their league campaign.The Cross girls ran out easy winners on the day and the final score was Red Hughs 4-10 Malin 1-6. Well done girls keep up the hard work now.Minor BoardWell done to the under 8 boys and girls on Saturday hosting their home blitz.They had a great squad out and played three great games.Also thanks a million to all the tea ladies and parents who brought in sandwiches etc for the tea and anyone else who helped out on the day.​The under 10 boys and girls now host their home blitz this Saturday Morning at 11am. The club would also like to ask parent of these children to provide some sandwiches etc for the visiting teams.The under 12 boys played Buncrana away on Monday evening they put in a gallant display but were beaten by six points in the end.The also play Convoy on Wednesday evening in Convoy Throw in 6.30pmThe under 13 boys start their pre season training this Friday at 6.30. Lyndo asks everyone who wishes to play to attend with the start of the league only three weeks away.The Under 16 boys suffered defeat in their league match away to Convoy last Friday evening.The lads had a slow start in the game and left too much ground to make up.The club wish a speedy recovery to David Gallen who sustained a broken finger in the game.Thanks to Damien and Rita Wright who took him to hospital to get treated on the night.The minor lads played Malin at home on Monday evening in their opening game of the championship.They were very wasteful in front of goal in the first half kicking 10 wides and wasting a couple of goals chances.Malin were still well in the game at half time with the scor line of Red Hughs 1-4 Malin 0-3 The second half seen the Reds lads adding another nine point to their tally and Malin added 1-3.The final score was Red Hughs 1-13 Malin 1-6 Scorers for Red Hughs were James Carlin 1-2, Johnny Carlin 0-5, Corey Gallagher 0-2, Connor Gallagher 0-1 Justin Mc Bride 0-1 Jason Sweeney 0-1The local league will start this Friday evening and then revert back to Wednesdays there after.Everyone is asked to be there by 6.30 to get teams organised etc and be ready to start at 7pm sharp. Anyone who hasn’t registered can do so at 6.30 on Friday evening.The Registration evening for the Kelloggs Cul Camp will be on Thursday 10th of July from 7-8pm in the Clubhouse.The cost off the camp is €55 for 1st child €45 for 2nd child €40 for 3rd and subsequent children.Lotto & 100+ Club ResultsNumbers drawn 7,5,8,2,3,6,1,4 One winner matched three number was Mary Anne Ward Tiernisk recieves €50Next weeks Jackpot is €4125100+Club winner this week was number 4 Eamon Gallagher Lismullaghduff recieves €100Thanks to everyone for their continued success.Other NewsWell done to everyone who took part in the Red Hughs 5K. There was a great turnout on the night with almost 200 taking part.From the very young to the not so young. Thanks to Alice Doherty , Kathy Kelly, Marie McColgan , Frances Callaghan, Brónagh Callaghan, Brónagh Kelly,Frances Wilson,Charlie Doherty,Joseph Carlin,Gerard Gallagher,Martin Wilson,Charlie Callaghan, Michael McColgan,Stephen Mcmenamin,Mark Connolly Stephen Gallagher and Liam Doherty for all their help.​Thanks to the Vintage club for their help in running the event and to Donegal Creameries for their sponsorship.Monellan Woods WalkYoung and old alike can now travel safely to and from the Red Hughs pitch from ‘The Glen’, through Monellan Woods, via a newly constructed path.The path, which is for pedestrian and cyclists only, can be accessed through the old lane that runs alongside Sarah Anne Kelly’s house (opposite Philip and Betty Gallaghers).Walkers are also free to use the Red Hughs car park to park their vehicles is needed.This project is a joint venture between Crossroads and Killygordon Enterprise (CAKE) and Red Hughs.The development would not have been possible without the voluntary digger work of John Doherty (Curragh) as well as the hedge cutting of Gerard Byrne and clearance of bushes along the lane by Mickey Kelly.It is hope that further works on the upgrading of the route through Monellan will be carried out in the coming months, thanks to Coillte.A lot of time and effort went in to this project, so the local community is being asked to take care of it, keep it clean and report any incidences of vandalism.Likewise, people travelling through Monellan Woods should respect this wonderful amenity and keep it litter free.​GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS LADIES EARN BRILLIANT VICTORY OVER MALIN was last modified: July 1st, 2014 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:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

SAND AHOY – DONEGAL VILLAGE TO ATTEMPT CASTLE-BUILDING WORLD RECORD

first_imgA seaside village is to attempt to break the sand castle-making world record.Residents of Dunfanaghy are to attempt the feat at Killahoey beach on September 15th next.And among those who will be armed with a bucket and spade will be members of the Donegal GAA team who have signed up for the challenge. The record of the most number of sandcastles built in one hour is a bucket-busting 571.But residents in Dunfanaghy, who already have 11 community groups organised for the challenge, are in a confident mood.The record attempt will be staged as part of the famous Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival.Organiser Sian McCann said they are hoping to attract as many sandcastle-builders as possible. “We’re going to create a real party atmosphere and we’re hoping to get as many people on the beach as we can.“There is no rule as to the number of people who can build castles so the more the better chance we have of smashing the record.“If we get a good day we could set a record that could stand for a very long time.”Ends SAND AHOY – DONEGAL VILLAGE TO ATTEMPT CASTLE-BUILDING WORLD RECORD was last modified: August 16th, 2012 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:Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festivalsandcastle world record attemptlast_img read more

RNLI LAUNCHED 77 TIMES ACROSS DONEGAL LAST YEAR

first_imgThe RNLI had a total of 77 calls across Co Donegal last year.National figures released shows a total of 939 calls with more than 1,000 people rescued.In Donegal the Arranmore Lifeboat was launched 35 times and rescued 29 people. The Lough Swilly Lifeboat also launched 35 times while the Bundoran Lifeboat was put to sea 7 times and rescued 14 people.Those rescued included swimmers, walkers, members of a Triathlon race and also a woman who had been cut off by the sea. RNLI LAUNCHED 77 TIMES ACROSS DONEGAL LAST YEAR was last modified: January 22nd, 2013 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:RNLIlast_img read more

Gardai investigate theft of €38,000 digger and trailer from yard overnight

first_imgThieves have stolen a €38,000 mechanical digger and trailer from a yard in St Johnston overnight.The Hitachi 26U digger, which had been hired out from a private company, was being used to carry out work by Donegal County Council.The digger was on a trailer and the thieves had to remove a considerable amount of other equipment to get the digger out of the yard. The digger and trailer had been hired out from Watson Hire.Owner John Watson told Donegal Daily that this was a very organised operation.“From our information we know the trailer was taken around 7.30pm. They had to move a lot of equipment to get the trailer and digger out.“They removed all of our branding stickers which we found on the ground. They knew what they were doing. “We know that it crossed the border and we would appeal to anybody who knows of its whereabouts to contact us,” he said.Gardai investigate theft of €38,000 digger and trailer from yard overnight was last modified: March 18th, 2019 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:DIGGERdonegalGardaiSt Johnstontheftlast_img read more