My Donegal – with Mental Health Nurse and blogger Shane McDermott

first_imgShane McDermott is a Mental Health Nurse (graduate of LYIT) based in Letterkenny and Stay at Home Dad to his daughter Sally who has anaphylactic allergies to milk and egg. He is also a Parent Blogger at and runs his Instagram page @dairyallergydad documenting his daily antics with Sally and their poodle Carlsson. This is Shane’s ‘My Donegal.’Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why? There are so many great places in Donegal but if I had to pick one, it would be Rathmullan. It’s got the beach, the forest, the playground and many good spots to grab a decent coffee. It would seem to have it all. I’m back there nearly every week so it must be good!Where in Donegal do you call home?I am originally from Dublin but I have called Letterkenny my home for the best part of a decade. I may always be considered a blow–in but my daughter Sally was born in LUH so I’m claiming my Donegal Residency that way!Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?It has to be the main man, Packie Bonner. A Donegal/Irish legend who I look up to both figuratively and literally. He’s a big man and I’m 6’3! What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Glenveagh National Park has to be one of the highlights of anyone’s trip to the NorthWest. When we have visitors, it’s always the first place we take them. I always brag about how lucky I am to have this amazing place in my back garden. Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?Donegal summers by a mile! Our estate often turns into an ice rink in the winter where, if you have anything but a 4×4, you’ll probably end up abandoning your car at the bottom of the hill and walking home.What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal? I would head straight for Downings for a pack walk on the beach with Sally and the fluffiest poodle in the west, Carlsson. I would then go up for a bite to eat washed down with a pint of Guinness at the Harbour Bar,  looking out over Downings Bay and reflecting on how Donegal is a class the County. That’s how to spend a day!What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I’m all about gut health and the benefits of drinking kombucha and my favourite brand is Synerchi Kombucha, from a local brew-master based in Gweedore. I can’t recommend this stuff enough!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? The most prominent Donegal ambassador has to be good oul’ Daniel O’Donnell. My Granny’s all-time favourite musician. A cultural Irish icon! He waved at me once from his 10-foot parade float at the Mary of Dungloe festival. In fairness, I lifted my baby daughter Sally high in the air to get his attention! I even got a thumbs up. Sound man!Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?John O’Donnell. No hesitation. Businessman and now, the Mayor of Letterkenny. Controversial choice but true!Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Packie Bonner again – the man! I might only have been 7 years old but I will never forget that save against Romania in Italia ’90. I was kitted out in the full yellow Goalkeepers kit and I’m pretty sure I fell off the couch as I was celebrating so much. The good oul’ days of Irish football.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?My favourite place to eat is definitely Wholegreen in Letterkenny. My daughter was diagnosed with a dairy and egg allergy so their vegan options are ideal for our needs. Their cakes are dangerously good too. I usually order two slices just for myself!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I would love to see the introduction of one or two more vegan restaurants. I would really love a vegan takeaway for those Friday nights, junk-food cravings.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?I love the way you can use ‘Hi’ at the beginning or the end of a sentence. You can even use it at both the beginning and end! I was out with my friends from Dublin recently and I came out with, “Hi, its some fine day out there, Hi” They stared at me as if I had two heads! What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?As a Mental Health Nurse and with some element of bias, I consider mental health difficulties to be some of the biggest challenges facing the people of Donegal today. Substance misuse is also a serious and increasing concern and can be a contributory factor in such challenges. With a growing youngster, it plays on my mind. What is your favourite Donegal food?You can get the best scones in Donegal and that’s a fact! I still argue that a scone is pronounced rhyming with ‘cone’ though! This is a contentious matter.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?This is not centralised to Donegal, but worrying about what others think (especially the neighbours) seems to be a nationwide obsession. Too much time is wasted worrying about what others think. Life is short and we should all be buoying each other up, not taking each other down. Do you have a favourite local band?The Beefsteak Dancers are a fine band and produce some great music and really get the crowd going!If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?It probably wouldn’t go far but I think it’s horrendous that cancer sufferers often have to endure journeys of up to 5 hours just to receive chemotherapy treatment, elsewhere in the country. I would give anything I had to change this. Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?I’m going with big Packie. Daniel can never match the heroics of Italia ’90. Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? This is an easy one and is without doubt, my daughter. Donegal is the reason she is here and there is nothing in this world that makes me more proud than Sally. My Donegal – with Mental Health Nurse and blogger Shane McDermott was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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James DeGale and Hadillah Mohoumadi go head-to-head

first_imgJames DeGale and French challenger Hadillah Mohoumadi square-up at the press conference ahead of their European super-middleweight title clash at Glow, Bluewater, this Saturday.(Video courtesy of iFilm London and Hennessy Sports)See also:Upbeat DeGale eyeing title showdownDeGale discusses Saturday’s fight and his spat with Eubank JnrMohoumadi out to cause an upset in title clash with DeGaleDeGale v Mohoumadi: Watch the pre-fight press conferenceDeGale keen to produce sharper displayDeGale and Harrison weigh in ahead of Saturday’s title fightsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Del Norte’s Peyton Healy, St. Bernard’s Betsy Brown named H-DN MVPs

first_imgMcKinleyville >> After enjoying league-title winning seasons and deep runs into the North Coast Section playoffs, Del Norte’s Peyton Healy and St. Bernard’s Betsy Brown were honored as MVPs of their respective Humboldt-Del Norte Leagues as the conference released its all-league selections on Friday.Healy, a versatile junior that played several positions led Del Norte to 21-6 overall record a share of the Big 5 title with the Arcata Tigers. Both Del Norte and Arcata garnered several …last_img read more

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‘We mean business’: President Zuma

first_img7 May 2009Education, healthcare, rural development, the fight against crime, and creating decent jobs will be the priorities of South Africa’s new government, says President-elect Jacob Zuma, who aims to have his new Cabinet in office in a matter of days so “we can get down to business”.Delivering his acceptance speech after being elected as President of the Republic by an outright majority in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Zuma said the focus would be on effective implementation.“We are determined to leave an indelible mark in these five areas.”However, the government’s immediate priority would be to respond decisively to the challenges posed by the global economic downturn. “We must move quickly to implement the framework agreed by government, business and labour to protect jobs and boost the economy,” he said.Zuma will be inaugurated as President at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, and is expected to announce his new Cabinet on Sunday. He said he intended to have the Cabinet assume office by Monday.While not divulging who his ministers and deputy ministers would be, Zuma said he had gained from the wisdom of five top African National Congress (ANC) officials who he had consulted on the matter. “I should be able to produce a team that will work very hard, and with necessary speed,” Zuma said.“We mean business when we talk about faster change.”Zuma told Parliament that the country’s new government under his leadership would be “more hands-on, more accessible”, and do its best to deliver on its commitments.“As the Executive we will do our best to be more hands-on, more accessible and to deliver on our commitments.”Zuma said that over the next five years, South Africans would be able to depend on their public representatives to serve them with dignity and respect and to maintain the decorum of Parliament, which is the face of democracy.He said his administration would work with the country’s opposition parties on issues that are of national interest.He thanked the outgoing Cabinet and outgoing President Kgalema Motlanthe for their good service. Motlanthe’s tenure will end with Zuma’s inauguration on Saturday.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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South Africa plans for mass urban migration

first_imgSouth Africa’s urban population is growing larger and younger, and it is envisaged that nearly 80% of the total population will be living in an urban area by 2050.By 2030 more than 70% of the population will be living in cities putting a strain on infrastructure and the provision of services. (Image: Derek Smith)Brand South Africa reporterCo-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel said this yesterday in the National Assembly, when he briefed the portfolio committee on the draft Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF).“South Africa is urbanising rapidly. The United Nations estimates that 71.3% of South Africa’s population will live in urban areas by 2030, nearly 80% by 2050. South Africa’s urban population is growing larger and younger. Two-thirds of South African youth live in urban areas.”Cities and large towns produced over 80% of the national gross value added and metros were growing twice as fast as other cities, he explained. Towns had much higher – about 40% – average incomes compared to the country as a whole, while employment grew twice as fast in metros.“Between 1996 and 2012, metros accounted for 75% of all net jobs created in South Africa. Despite this, ‘urbanisation of poverty’ is increasing, especially in townships, informal settlements and inner cities.“Urban areas are dynamically linked to rural areas – flows of people, natural and economic resources. Urban and rural areas are becoming increasingly integrated, as a result of better transport, communications and migration,” Nel explained.Interdependence of rural and urban spaces needed a comprehensive, integrated approach to urban development.Informal settlements spring up around major cities as people come in search of opportunities. (Image: World Bank)High concentrations of people, buildings and infrastructure, he added, increased risk to natural disasters, climate change and variability. Reducing urban risk was critical to achieving sustainable urban growth. Safety, particularly in public spaces, was an essential ingredient for the creation of liveable and prosperous cities.The deputy minister said urban spaces needed to be designed and managed in a way that made citizens feel safe from violence and crime.“By 2030, South Africa should see reviving rural areas and creating more integrated, balanced and vibrant urban settlements. To achieve this, the country must clarify and relentlessly pursue a national vision for spatial development.”Integrated Urban Development FrameworkThe IUDF seeks to unlock the synergy that comes from co-ordinated investments in people and places, as well as marking a new deal for South African cities and towns. It builds on the National Development Plan (NDP) and its vision for urban South Africa.“We want cities to be inclusive, resilient and liveable,” Nel said. The NDP placed “transforming human settlements and the national space economy” at its centre.The IUDF aims to guide development of inclusive, resilient and liveable urban settlements. It provides a new approach to urban investment by the developmental state, guiding the private sector and households.Urban spaces needed to be designed and managed in a way that made citizens feel safe from violence and crime. (Image: Katarzyna Pawelczyk)Its vision speaks of liveable, safe, efficient cities that are socially integrated, economically inclusive places where residents participate actively in urban life.Nel said this vision recognised that South Africa had different types of cities and towns, which had different roles and requirements. The vision must be interpreted and pursued in differentiated and locally relevant ways.To achieve the vision, there were four strategic goals:Access: to ensure people have access to social and economic services, opportunities and choices;Growth: to harness urban dynamism for inclusive, sustainable economic growth and development;Governance: to enhance the capacity of the state and its citizens to work together to achieve social integration; and,Spatial transformation: to forge new spatial forms in settlement, transport, social and economic areas.Extensive consultations on the IUDF were being undertaken, Nel said, and the final draft would be completed by November.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Smart farming fights climate change

first_imgThe Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience programme is the first provincial climate change policy for agriculture in South Africa, and specifically focuses on food security. (Image: Darling Tourism Via Media Club South Africa)A collaboration between the University of Cape Town and two provincial government department seeks to develop long-term resistance methods to climate change.Western Cape agriculture plays an important role in South Africa’s economy in terms of job creation and socio-economic development, even while it is vulnerable to climate change.The university and the departments of agriculture, and environmental affairs and development planning recognised that a strategic and co-ordinated approach was needed to develop long-term resilience to climate change. This could be done through climate-smart agriculture and by placing the sector on a clear pathway towards a green economy.Their collaboration has brought about the Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience programme. It is the first provincial climate change policy for agriculture in South Africa, and specifically focuses on food security. It promotes climate-smart agriculture.SMART AGRICULTUREThe programme is tied to the Western Cape’s five-year provincial strategic plan and the strategic goals of the provincial department of agriculture. One of the key goals is to optimise the sustainable use of water and land resources to increase climate-smart agricultural production.Collaborative planning and action within and between public and private sectors includes players such as organised agriculture and industry associations, farmers, agri-processors and agri-business, labour and civil society, and research and academic institutions.According to the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), the project has achieved an understanding of expected climate risks as well as effects on and vulnerabilities in agriculture. It has established important linkages between resource sectors, water, energy and agricultural production. It has also shown that vulnerability is high across the sector.The project’s framework to battle the harsh impact of climate change has been its biggest success so far. It has identified regions that have a milder climate and where climate change will not be as dramatic.These may become the future centres of food production.ADAPTING TO A CHANGING CLIMATEThe province has already shown it has the capacity to adapt, with local companies already providing energy-saving low-carbon solutions to farms and agri-businesses. Leading wine estates have installed energy-saving measures and systems for renewable energy generation.The Fruit Look Project is a prime example of how the province is adapting. The project uses satellite images to help fruit farmers increase their irrigation efficiency. These solutions must be harnessed to stimulate innovation and technology transfer for climate change adaptation and mitigation.It takes a strong spatial approach, and has created 23 spatial zones. This is because the risks and effects of climate change differ widely across the province. It is all dependent on climate, soils, vegetation and farming systems.Through this project the western marginal grain zones such as the Rooi Karoo-Aurora, are expected to shift to livestock production. This zone will become hotter and drier. Some zones could benefit from mild warming and wetting, for example the southern GrootBrak-Plett zone.According to the ACDI, the project proposes a focus on four strategic areas, with the aim to:Promote a climate-resilient low-carbon production system that is productive, competitive, equitable and ecologically sustainable.Strengthen effective climate disaster risk-reduction and management for agriculture.Strengthen monitoring, data and knowledge management and sharing, and lead strategic research for climate change and agriculture.Ensure good co-operative governance and joint planning for effective climate change response implementation for agriculture.Public and private partnerships are helping to make South Africa’s food security mission a success. Play your Part too; and send us your story.last_img read more

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The Bucks Game 1 Win May Come To Haunt Toronto

MILWAUKEE — The Bucks have dropped only one contest all postseason, but for much of Wednesday night’s game against Toronto, Milwaukee was falling victim to the same problems that doomed them in that defeat.The Raptors, just like the Celtics in Game 1 a round earlier, were walling off the painted area with several stoppers, making life difficult around the rim for likely MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Those efforts in half-court situations often dared the Bucks’ role players to shoot from outside — something Milwaukee was ready and willing to do, but generally failing with.But unlike in that loss to Boston, the Bucks found their stroke just in the nick of time against Toronto, and they paired that offensive breakthrough with a defensive effort that stifled the Raptors’ scorers late. The result: The Bucks earned a 108-100 victory here in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.Milwaukee big man Brook Lopez (29 points) was sensational, hitting three triples in the final quarter, including what turned out to be the game-sealing three with just under two minutes to play. He helped turn the tide in what up to that point had been a dismal 6-of-35 performance from deep by the Bucks, the most prolific 3-point shooting club after the Rockets during the regular season.Even after Lopez and his Milwaukee teammates shot 5-of-10 from there in the fourth, the Bucks finished at just 25 percent (11 of 44) on the night, easily one of their worst showings all year. On many levels, that — paired with a relatively mild night from Antetokounmpo (24 points and 14 rebounds on 7-of-16 shooting) — suggested that the Raptors were in great shape to steal a game on the road. And none of that even covers the Raptors’ biggest bright spot: Guard Kyle Lowry, who’s been impactful but inefficient on offense during these playoffs, having a stellar 7-of-9 night from deep. Lowry went scoreless in Toronto’s playoff opener but was decisive on Wednesday, pouring in 30 points.Yet it was all for naught in a game that will haunt the Raptors if they ultimately lose the series. Toronto got almost nothing after halftime from its non-All-Stars. Excluding Lowry and Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors shot 1 for 23 from the floor in the second half (and that lonely basket was a third-quarter buzzer-beating triple from Pascal Siakam). Arguably even worse: Outside of Lowry, no Toronto player even scored a basket in the fourth period, a span in which his teammates shot 0-for-15. Leonard had two free throws; Siakam had one. No one else scored.Norm Powell missed on his lone attempt. Fred VanVleet and Danny Green misfired twice each. Leonard and Siakam tried and failed three times apiece. And Marc Gasol bricked all four times.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s fair to wonder if fatigue is partly to blame for the Raptors’ shooting struggles — they missed a handful of open looks down the stretch after entering the series with far less rest than Milwaukee got. But the Bucks’ No. 1 defense also deserves credit for making life tough on Toronto.Antetokounmpo said after the game that Milwaukee, which deployed Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon on Leonard, sought to push the Raptors star to his left throughout the night. The numbers bear that out: 11 of Leonard’s 15 drives were to his left on Wednesday (or 73 percent), according to data from Second Spectrum. That’s a pretty substantial shift from what he normally does: 57 percent of his drives were to his right over the course of this season. (The Bucks have made this a regular part of their defensive effort against elite scorers, most notably against lefty James Harden, whom they had success against by forcing him to his right.)Using other wings on Toronto’s best player, a replication of what the Bucks did during the regular season, allowed Antetokounmpo the freedom and energy to roam and offer help on D. He made a pair of huge plays on that end to stop the fire-breathing Lowry in the fourth quarter, impressively forcing the guard into a double-dribble early in the period before literally swatting away the Raptors’ last-ditch effort in the closing seconds of the ballgame.It’s worth mentioning that Toronto did plenty right in this game, too. Unlike in Game 7 against Philly, in which a handful of Raptors looked almost afraid to shoot, Lowry and others weren’t hesitant on open looks, even if their shots were off the mark in the second half. And the Raptors’ defensive plan likely would have earned them a victory had it not been for Lopez’s outburst in the last period. Early on, they swarmed Antetokounmpo whenever he entered the lane. The Bucks shot 23 percent (3 for 13) on drives during the first half, down from the 55 percent Milwaukee shot in drive situations in the first two rounds, according to data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. Toronto found success when it forced Giannis into half-court scenarios during that span, limiting him to just 3-of-9 shooting from the field with three turnovers. (By contrast, he shot 3 of 4 during the first half when he managed to get out in transition.)Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The real difference was Lopez, a player the Bucks signed for a criminally cheap amount of cap space this past offseason, finding his touch from outside. His last triple stemmed from a play on which the Raptors, again concerned about an Antetokounmpo drive through the lane, overcommitted with one too many help defenders. Gasol helped too far down into the paint on Giannis, leaving Lopez wide open behind the left wing. Lopez’s play will be worth watching going forward. If Toronto can’t slow him down with their current lineup, the Raptors may have to go smaller in hopes of speeding up the game, which would make it more challenging for Lopez to defend and stay on the floor.Toronto showed it can more than hang with the Bucks. But given that Milwaukee shot unusually poorly from outside and didn’t get an otherworldly performance from its superstar, the Raptors should be kicking themselves that they didn’t close the game better and find a way to steal one on the road. Opportunities like those don’t come very often against teams of Milwaukee’s caliber.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Man claims to be Uber driver tries to break into Chula Vista

first_img September 16, 2018 Posted: September 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man posing as an Uber driver tried to break into a Chula Vista home Sunday morning, an officer said.Around 7:30 a.m., a woman walked out of her home on Gilbert Place near East J Street to get the newspaper when a man approached her and claimed to be her Uber driver, Chula Vista police Lt. Gino Grippo said.“She didn’t order an Uber, so she went back inside and he tried to force his way into the home,” Grippo said.The woman and her husband, who was inside, managed to keep the man outside and shut the door on him.Police responded to the area and tried to apprehend the man, Grippo said. He resisted, and officers had to place him in a restraining device.The man, 39, was found to be in possession of what appeared to be cocaine, Grippo said. It wasn’t clear if he was under the influence of any substances at the time of the incident.The man was first taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation, then booked into jail on suspicion of charges relating to drugs, burglary and resisting arrest, Grippo said. Man claims to be Uber driver, tries to break into Chula Vista home KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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