Royal touchdown at Shannon

first_imgShannondoc operating but only by appointment 19/5/2015 REPRO FREEBritain’s Prince Charles greets Rose Hynes and Neil Pakey, Shannon Group when he and his wife Camilla arrived at Shannon airport ahead of their official visit to Ireland.. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters.Britain’s Prince Charles greets Rose Hynes and Neil Pakey, Shannon Group when he and his wife Camilla arrived at Shannon airport ahead of their official visit to Ireland.. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters.Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles touched down shortly before midday on Tuesday at Shannon Airport for their visit to Ireland.The Prince and Duchess were welcomed on arrival by Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes, CEO Neil Pakey, Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen and Deputy Mayor of Clare County Council Joe Cooney.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Welcoming Prince Charles and the Duchess, Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes said that she took the opportunity to congratulate them on the birth of Princess Charlotte earlier this month.“We were delighted to welcome the Prince and Duchess here to Shannon and it was another very important day for us at the airport.  Prince Charles was very relaxed and was looking forward to his visit.“He was very friendly and warm.  He was only here for a brief time on arrival but I did get to congratulate him on the birth of his granddaughter Princess Charlotte.  He was like any grandfather, very proud. He said ‘that’s so kind; it’s wonderful that it’s a girl’.” Print 19/5/2015 REPRO FREEBritain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall arrived at Shannon airport ahead of their official visit to Ireland.. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. WhatsApp First Irish death from Coronavirus Advertisement Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook 19/5/2015 REPRO FREEBritain’s Prince Charles is greeted by S’le Maguire Department of Foreign Affairs at Shannon airport ahead of their official visit to Ireland.. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Email Prince Charles also noted in the conversation his desire to see the Burren.   “I explained to him that I was from the Burren and he said that the author and poet John O’Donoghue had always wanted him to come to the Burren. I knew John O’Donoghue personally and said to Prince Charles that John would be delighted today if he were still alive to know that the visit was happening.”Shannon Group CEO Neil Pakey said the couple were in a relaxed mood. “Both Prince Charles and the Duchess seemed very pleased to be here.  Prince Charles was, in particular, looking forward to getting a look at the Cliffs of Moher as he flies up to Galway.  He though it would be a wonderful view from the air.“It was quite windy here on arrival but the Duchess said she was pleased to be here and that the weather was no different to home.“It’s been a very busy few days here at Shannon. On Sunday we welcomed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and today we have the Prince and Duchess.”Deputy Pat Breen said that it was a pleasure to welcome Prince Charles and the Duchess to Shannon and Ireland.  “It’s a very significant day for Shannon, for Clare, for the West of Ireland and the entire nation.  This is an important visit for Prince Charles and the Duchess and, indeed, for Ireland.“I am delighted that they have decided to fly in through Shannon, the gateway to this wonderful part of Ireland.  They will feel the warmth of our welcome across the region.  This visit will further strengthen relations between Ireland and the UK and I am personally delighted that it’s all starting here in Co. Clare at Shannon Airport.” Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL 19/5/2015 REPRO FREEBritain’s Prince Charles is greeted by S’le Maguire Department of Foreign Affairs at Shannon airport ahead of their official visit to Ireland.. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. 19/5/2015 REPRO FREEBritain’s Prince Charles and Pat Breen TD when he and his wife Camilla arrived at Shannon airport ahead of their official visit to Ireland.. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TAGSCamillaDuchess of CornwallfeaturedNeil PakeyPrince CharlesRose Hynesroyal visit.Shannon airport 19/5/2015 REPRO FREEBritain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall greeted by S’le Maguire Department of Foreign Affairs (far left) when they arrived at Shannon airport ahead of their official visit to Ireland.. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. 19/5/2015 REPRO FREEBritain’s Prince Charles Neil Pakey, Shannon Group when he and his wife Camilla arrived at Shannon airport ahead of their official visit to Ireland.. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. 19/5/2015 REPRO FREEBritain’s Prince Charles (centre) Rose Hynes and Pat Breen TD when he and his wife Camilla arrived at Shannon airport ahead of their official visit to Ireland.. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Twitter 19/5/2015 REPRO FREEBritain’s Prince Charles greets Rose Hynes, Shannon Group, Pat Breen TD and Neil Pakey, Shannon Group when he and his wife Camilla arrived at Shannon airport ahead of their official visit to Ireland.. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Previous articleTicket winners for Strauss under Big TopNext articleLacing legacy and vision in cultural sectors Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. No vaccines in Limerick yet NewsBreaking newsLocal NewsRoyal touchdown at ShannonBy Bernie English – May 19, 2015 1176 last_img read more

Quality and quantity of key crops changing

first_imgChanging environmental conditions around the globe caused by human activity could negatively impact the health of millions of people by altering the quantity and quality of key crops, according to two new studies from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. One study found that decreasing numbers of food pollinators such as bees — falling in part because of pesticide use and habitat destruction — could lead to declines in nutrient-rich crops that have been linked to staving off disease. The second found that increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) could lead to lower levels of zinc in food and thus to much more zinc deficiency.The study about pollinators appeared in The Lancet and the study about zinc in The Lancet Global Health, both on July 16, in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health report, “Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch,” which broadly assessed the scale of the threats to health, development, and civilization posed by the multiplicity of environmental changes brought on by human activity.“This is the first time that the global health community has come out in a concerted way to report that we are in real danger of undermining the core ecological systems that support human health,” said Samuel Myers, senior research scientist in the Harvard Chan School’s Department of Environmental Health, the senior author of the pollinator study and lead author of the zinc study. Myers, a commissioner and co-author of the report, spoke on a panel about environmental change, its drivers, and health impacts at a Planetary Health Commission launch event on July 16 at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City.“All of human civilization has taken place during a very stable set of biophysical conditions, but we are now changing those conditions at a rate that’s never been seen before,” Myers said. “Whether we’re talking about land use, deforestation, degradation of global fisheries, disruption of the climate system, biodiversity loss, appropriation of fresh water, changes to aquatic systems — all of the changes are profound and they’re accelerating, and they represent a significant challenge to global health.”Pollinators and nutrient-rich cropsIn the study of pollinators, Myers and his colleagues looked at people’s dietary intake data for 224 types of food in 156 countries around the globe to quantify total per capita intake of vitamin A, folate, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds under various pollinator decline scenarios. They then estimated the potential health impacts of declines in pollinators — mostly bees and other insects.Pollinators play a key role in roughly 35 percent of global food production and are directly responsible for up to 40 percent of the world’s supply of micronutrients such as vitamin A and folate, which are vital for children and pregnant women. Over the past decade, there have been significant declines in animal pollinators worldwide.The researchers found that the complete loss of animal pollinators globally would push an additional 71 million people into vitamin A deficiency and 173 million more into folate deficiency, and lead to about 1.42 million additional deaths per year from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and malnutrition-related diseases — a 2.7 percent increase in total yearly deaths. A 50 percent loss of pollination would result in roughly half that impact, the researchers found.Most of this burden of disease would result from reduced consumption of foods that protect against NCDs such as heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. Unlike the populations frequently impacted by environmental degradation, many of the most vulnerable populations are in relatively developed countries. Researchers found that those most vulnerable would be in eastern Europe and in central, eastern, and Southeast Asia, where risks of NCDs are high and intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds is highly dependent on pollinators.The study also found that most of the estimated pollinator-related disease burden had to do with locally produced crops, not imported ones. “This means that most countries can benefit greatly by managing their own pollinator populations, protecting both their public health as well as crop yields,” said lead author Matthew Smith, research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health.Increased zinc deficiency estimatedFor the study on zinc, the authors modeled how much zinc would be available to people through diet in 188 countries, under both current and elevated levels of CO2. They noted that zinc is a key nutrient for maternal and child health — too little leads to increased risk of premature delivery, reduced growth and weight gain in young children, and decreased immune function. Roughly 17 percent of the global population was estimated to be at risk of zinc deficiency in 2011, according to recent studies.Citing previous research that found that elevated concentrations of atmospheric CO2 lower the content of zinc and other nutrients in important food crops such as wheat, rice, barley, and soy, the authors estimated that CO2 emissions caused by human activity could place between 132 million and 180 million people at new risk of zinc deficiency by around 2050. Those most likely to be affected live in Africa and South Asia, and nearly 48 million people in India alone — populations already burdened with the world’s highest levels of zinc deficiency, and reliant on crops for most of their dietary zinc.The authors suggested possible interventions for those at highest risk for zinc deficiency, such as zinc supplementation, fortification of staple foods with additional zinc, the application of zinc-containing fertilizers to crops, or the development of bio-fortified strains of crops such as rice and wheat.Other Harvard Chan School authors of the zinc study included Joel Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology; and Itai Kloog, former visiting scientist, and Antonella Zanobetti, senior research scientist, both in the Department of Environmental Health.For more information about the reports, visit the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health website.last_img read more

Made to be Broken: The tale of the A.T. record-breaking Speedgoat

first_img“I want to go out and enjoy my life, and I hope people can understand that how they should live their own life: just be happy with what your doing. We have one chance out here. For me, it’s just about having fun,” said Karl Meltzer, the winningest 100 mile runner of all time.Meltzer, known as the Speedgoat, has made his life one of passion and exploration. He moved to Utah at the age of 19 to pursue his love of skiing, working as a bus boy at a ski resort so he could ski all day and work in the evenings. Skiing more than 100 days a year for eight years, Meltzer considered himself a ski bum. The snowless summers left the young Meltzer with nothing but hundreds of miles of beautiful high-altitude trails, which he started to explore by foot. Being a ski bum soon transitioned to being a running bum.“It slowly turned from just running to running farther distances until one of my friends said I should run the Wasatch 100, and I was like no freaking way am I running that far,” said Meltzer. “I ended up entering, I finished, but most people when they finish their first 100-miler are like, ‘I’m never doing this again.’ But three days later I was like ‘Where do I sign up?’”Meltzer finished 27th his first year. The year after that, he finished 7th. The third time, he won and set the course record. That is when Meltzer realized his potential.Last year, two decades after completing his first ultramarathon, the 49-year-old Meltzer set the speed record—or fastest known time (FKT)—on the 2,189 mile Appalachian Trail in 45 days 22 hours and 38 minutes. He ran south from Maine to Georgia just 10 hours quicker than the previous record set by Scott Jurek in 2015.However, this wasn’t his first attempt at the speed record of the AT. In 2008, Meltzer made an attempt simply by looking at maps and doing little to no research and finished in 54 days becoming the fourth fastest to complete the trail. He again attempted the FKT in 2014, this time doing much more recon, driving the entire AT with his wife in 2013, despite his research, his crew chief managed to miss him several times.“There is something about the AT that draws me back. If I was able to come to Southeast every summer and train, I would. I just love it. Out west in Utah, where I live, I have great trails, I have great mountains. It’s killer. But something about this trail draws me back. It’s got a good vibe to it,” Meltzer said.In the spring of 2016, Meltzer and one of his main sponsors, Red Bull, decided to send a film crew along with him this time around to document the chase.“When we decided to do this documentary, we agreed the film crew could not get in the way, like pull me aside and say, ‘Hey let’s do an interview for 10 minutes.’ That would impede on the record attempt. It was really about the record, not the film,” Meltzer said.He failed twice on previous A.T. speed record attempts, but he had learned from his previous mistakes, and he was confident that he could break the record. Beforehand, he drove the roads near the A.T. and marked out on a map each place his crew was to meet him. His crew was led by his father and his crew chief Eric Belz.Meltzer even did a practice run earlier in the summer, covering the first six days of the Maine section of the trail as a rehearsal. “It was just about getting the crew practice so they can find me. It’s not as simple as dropping a pin and coming to me. GPS doesn’t work everywhere,” Meltzer said.Meltzer got started with his adventure in late August, starting at Mount Katahdin in Maine and running nearly 60 miles in the first day.Meltzer said Maine might be his favorite state along the A.T. because it’s like running through a tunnel of green. “You come up on these amazing views and are then submerged back into the thick lush forest.”“The hardest state for me was probably Pennsylvania,” said Meltzer.  “It’s rocky, it’s hotter, and the trail isn’t as good. That week while I was in Pennsylvania was when my shins were really bothering me, so I was going through this rocky nasty terrain with an injury basically. That was really hard.”Meltzer’s days consisted of running, eating, and sleeping. On average, he ran for 14 hours per day, usually hitting the trail by 5 a.m. and finishing between 7 and 9 p.m. He maintained a pace of  around 3.4 mph. Then he would sleep in the crews van for 8 hours and repeat it all the next day.“It goes back to the crew being efficient with having meals ready for me when I arrived. I was usually in bed within half an hour of getting to the van. My focus was to sleep. Every morning when I got out I was like, ‘Alright when am I going to be done so I can sleep again.’Completing these long adventures has given Meltzer a new perspective on what “distance running” is.“You build this amazing base, all these miles, and what sticks in your head is that 100 miles is not that far,” said Meltzer, while his wife laughed at him. “Go run the AT as fast as you can, and then 100 miles is nothing. I mean sure it hurts while you’re out there, but after a few days, it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.”Watch the full documentary Made to be Broken which follows Meltzer’s record setting run here.last_img read more

Caddies drop bags for Amazing International Caddy Championship

first_imgCaddies from six countries put down their bags and picked up clubs to compete for a set of golf equipment and a trip to Vietnam at the Singha Amazing International Caddy Championship 2014 held at Siam Country Club. Organized by Singha Cooperation Co., the second-annual tournament attracted 29 caddies from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and China on Monday, Oct. 6.  Prizes included airline tickets and accommodations in Da Nang, Vietnam and seven sets of golf clubs.Female golfers line up at the Singha Amazing International Caddy Championship 2014 held at Siam Country Club in Pattaya on Oct. 6.Caddies competed in four categories: International Caddy Championship, Singha Amazing Thailand Caddy Championship, Flight B (HC.15-24) and, finally, Gross Score, the winner of which won the trip to Da Nang. In the International Caddy Championship, first prize went to Ranko Tanaka from Japan with a score of 78.  Natasuki Mizukoshi from Japan shot 80 to place second and Ja Yeon Sejong from South Korea took third with an 83.Winners of the Gross Score prizes, (front row) Phanida Tocheun from Suanson Pradipat Golf Course, Saithong Wongwian from Laem Chabang, Boobpaporn Leebo from Thai Country Club, and Siripen Jannin from Suanson Pradipat Golf Course pose with tournament officials and sponsors.In the Singha Thai bracket, first place went to Phanida Tocheun from Suanson Pradipat Golf Course with a score of 84.  Second place was Juthamas Kawsa-ard from Krisda City Golf Hills, scoring 85 off HC 13, and third went to Somkuan Kunlapa from Laem Chabang Golf Course with an 88 score.In the Flight B (HC.15-24) bracket, Sukanya Buapralard from Plutaluang Navy Golf Course took first with a gross 85 and 34 Stableford points.  In second place was Piangrutai Jangin from The Emerald, scoring a gross 88 off HC 17 and 33 points, while in third was Duanpen Kabram from the Royal Navy Golf Course after shooting an 87 off HC 15 for 32 points.Caddy girls pose for a photo at the Singha Amazing Thailand Caddy Championship 2014.The four caddies to win the Vietnam trip in the Gross Score contest were Phanida Tocheun from Suanson Pradipat Golf Course (84), Saithong Wongwian from Laem Chabang Golf Course (90), Boobpaporn Leebo from Thai Country Club (91), and Siripen Jannin from Suanson Pradipat Golf Course (91).Winners of the Singha golf bag in the nearest the pin contest were Natasuki  Mizukoshi from Japan, (66 centimeters from hole) Duanpen Kabram, (1.24 meters), Kanyarat Jankong (1.4 meters) and Chawinee Ongsakun (1.45 meters).A caddy prepares to tee-off at Siam Country Club in Pattaya.last_img read more

Royal Varuna Yacht Club celebrates 60 years of sailing history and…

first_imgHe continued, “Angelo Gaultieri, who became Commodore 45 years ago, is a regular contributor on the committee and with the Phuket King’s Cup; Richard Van Den Heuvel is still a valuable member of the committee; Peter Cummins played a big part of putting RVYC on the map, both with his relationship with His Majesty the late King Bhumipol Adulyadej, but also his prolific writings about the Club in various media.  Al Chandler has also been a very proactive supporter of junior sailing from being a president of International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) in the 1970s onwards to active and generous support throughout the years, including the latest IODA Optimist’s World Championships.”Commodore Mark Hamill-Stewart address the club members and guests at the 60th Anniversary party, November 18.The event was a memorable occasion, bringing members together in celebration of this milestone, which culminated with a spectacular fireworks show.The Royal Varuna Yacht Club was founded in 1957 by HSH Bhisadej Rajani and Walter J. Meyer and other members at a time when Pattaya was little more than a sleepy little coastal village.  A two-story wooden seaside house with a beach ideal for sail-boats was located as the site of the first Varuna clubhouse, now a restaurant close to Bali Hai pier.Flag-Commodore Mark Hamill-Stewart (centre-rear) poses with staff members who have all contributed to the Club’s success over the past 20 years.As Pattaya began to develop and the concrete closed in, the Fourth Commodore, Rachot Kanjanavanit (l967-l970), secured the present site – one of the best on the Eastern Seaboard – designed the clubhouse and, in October, l967, led the move “over the hill” to Pratumnak.  The modern new clubhouse is a more recent affair and was opened by His Majesty the current King, then the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in 2004.His Majesty the Late King Bhumibhol Adulyadej and HRH Princess Ubolratana, both keen sailors, regularly sailed at Royal Varuna Yacht Club.  His Majesty became an enthusiastic and skilful helmsman, tutored by Prince Bhisadej who assisted the King in building his own enterprise craft, the “Rajpatan”.  One of the memorable outings was in March of l965 and consisted of a race from Varuna to Koh Larn, with the British Royal Consort Prince Phillip also participating as a guest sailor.The unique puppet performance brought fun and enjoyment to all.On September 14, 1968, His Majesty the late King, accompanied by HM the Queen, the Crown Prince and the Princesses, officially opened the Royal Varuna Yacht Club at its current location at Kasetsin Beach in South Pattaya.During the following decades, a quantum leap in enthusiasm for yacht racing took place, with the original – mostly wooden – Fireballs and Enterprise sailing boats being replaced by the sleek Hobie Cats, single-handed Lasers and an assortment of other fiberglass catamarans.  These craft require much less maintenance than the original classes, an important factor in the busy lifestyles evolving among the Thai and expat communities, reflecting a faster-moving world-at-large.From left: Capital TV’s Les Nyerges, Royal Varuna Yacht Club General Manager Baz Osborne, Pattaya Mail Media MD, Peter Malhotra and former RVYC Commodore and sailing author Peter Cummins enjoy the atmosphere at the party.Ruchai Kanjanavanit, brother of Fourth Commodore Rachot, actually introduced the Optimist dinghy into Thailand in the early 1970s with the little dinghy carrying the auspicious number THA 1.  It was shortly afterwards, however, that Al Chandler realized the potential of the Optimist craft for the training of juniors – and for helping ensure that a pool of young sailors was ready to move into adult classes.  Al placed his time, his formidable drive and personal resources behind the development of the Optimist in Thailand.Royal Varuna Yacht Club has given much time and effort to the development of youth sailing and will no doubt continue to do so.  The Club has consistently co-operated with the Royal Thai Navy and the Junior Sailing Squadron of Thailand (JSST) and, makes RVYC facilities available for training, practice and racing.The Royal Thai Navy band played 50s & 60s period music at the party to bring back memories of yesteryear.With 450 members, Royal Varuna is a family oriented club for sailors of all abilities, from the uninitiated to serious racers.  The Club offers a year-round sailing program with cruising and racing and also sailing tuition for adults in its extensive sailing program under RYA accreditation from the UK.For more information about the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, visit website: www.royal-varuna-yacht-club.com.(Above) The modern Royal Varuna and (below) the first clubhouse located at Bali Hai when Pattaya was no more than a sleepy fishing village.This photo from 1970 shows a group of prize winners with their trophies after a round the islands race at Varuna.The modern uniquely styled clubhouse is shown fully decorated on opening day in 2004Promoting junior sailing through the Optimist dinghy schools program has become an important directive for the Club.The Topcat World Championships were held at the Club in 1997.The Royal Varuna Yacht Club occupies one of the prime beachside locations in Pattaya.The Club welcomed international sailors from around the globe when it hosted the 2017 Optimist World Championships in July this year. His Majesty the late King Bhumipol Adulyadej was a regular visitor and sailor at the club during its formative years.Thailand’s famed Royal Varuna Yacht Club held a celebration for its 60th anniversary on Saturday, November 18 with over 200 members joining the gala dinner event held at the club’s ocean-side premises in South Pattaya.His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, then the Crown Prince, places a garland on a Laser sailing boat presented to him during the grand opening of the new Royal Varuna clubhouse in 2004.The main dining terrace was resplendent in a 1950’s theme to reflect the period of the club’s inception.  Jazz and classical style music was provided by the Royal Thai Navy band and a unique puppet performance brought additional entertainment for those in attendance.Flag Commodore Mark Hamill-Stewart paid tribute to a number of loyal staff members who have contributed to the club’s performance for more than 20 years and also to those involved in the many important events successfully hosted at the club.  The highlights include the World OK Dinghy Championships in 2013, the recent Optimist World Championship in July this year and the promotion and development of sailing sports to the International Schools in Thailand.“The Club is not merely the buildings, the land, the staff and its members.  It is a true case where the sum is greater than the constituent parts,” said the Commodore.  “I would like to mention a few members who have stood the test of time and have made very significant contributions to the heart of the Club almost since its inception and there are of course many others who have made significant contributions, these deserve recognition.”last_img read more

The Mayday Foundation Announces Partnership with Parenting Coach, Emily McMason

first_imgFacebook96Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Mayday FoundationWhen a family’s life is turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis, there are many pieces to pick up. In Thurston and Grays Harbor Counties, families are able to turn to The Mayday Foundation for immediate, practical financial support.  Now, this assistance extends beyond getting help with paying household expenses and into the emotional side of being a parent while coping with cancer.“My time with The Mayday Foundation families is an important way to be a part of our community response to caring for those affected by cancer,” said Emily McMason. Photo courtesy: The Mayday Foundation“Along with financial assistance, The Mayday Foundation now includes a complimentary session with parenting coach, Emily McMason,” explained founder and executive director, Amy Rowley.  “We are able to expand our support of the family past paying rent and mortgages and delivering gas and grocery cards and allow each family to access Emily’s vast knowledge of parenting techniques. Parenting advice and coaching is critical since most families have not coped with a health care crisis of this magnitude.”Emily McMason, who holds a masters degree in education from Harvard University, is also a mother of two children being raised in Olympia. “A healthy community is one in which we reach out and care for one another. It matters to me to give back to the community in which I live, work and raise my children. My time with The Mayday Foundation families is an important way to be a part of our community response to caring for those affected by cancer,” said McMason. “My passion for parents and children makes working with The Mayday Foundation a natural connection.”“Emily’s generous donation of time means local families can gain the emotional support they need to cope with cancer and still be the parent they want to be to their children,” added Rowley.  “The first concern, when a parent is diagnosed with cancer, is ‘will my kids be ok, will they be able to recover from this upheaval?’ Providing access to a trained, professional parenting coach rounds out The Mayday Foundation’s support.”For example, parents may choose to talk with Emily about processing the news, adjusting to new normals, redefining family balance and boundaries, help with understanding the reactions of those you love or imagining the family with a post-cancer perspective.“A cancer diagnosis isn’t simply about our health—it is about our whole life,” added McMason in summary. “Our parenting role doesn’t stop when cancer becomes a part of a family’s life—instead it gets more complex. Spending time with families as they navigate these new spaces is an incredibly meaningful way for me to give back to my community. It’s an honor to work with The Mayday Foundation families and provide emotional support as well as practical tools for parenting as they cope with cancer.”To connect with Emily McMason, visit the Evolving Parents website or call 360-951-0563. Coaching is available to individuals, couples or whole families.To keep up with how The Mayday Foundation is making an impact in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties, visit www.maydayfoundation.org or follow the non-profit organization on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.last_img read more

NCAA allows Division I coaches to spend more virtual time with athletes

first_imgCoaches can only spend eight virtual hours a week with student-athletes, according to a press release from the NCAA. They must only participate in “nonphysical countable activities” which can include film review, chalk talks and team meetings, according to the same press release.  “This change not only allows coaches to continue to educate their student-athletes but also fosters the connectivity that comes with team-based activities,” said M. Grace Calhoun, the Council chair and athletic director at Penn.  On Thursday, the NCAA announced its Council Coordination Committee voted to allow Division I coaches in all sports to have more virtual connection with their teams. This policy will take effect starting on Monday, April 20 and last until May 31. center_img The NCAA is also requiring student-athletes to be given at least one day a week off without any nonphysical countable activities.last_img read more

Sheep industry scholarship opportunities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship FundOhio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation in coordination with the Dr. Jack Judy Family has created the Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship Fund to support future sheep farmers through a memorial scholarship program. The Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship Fund is offering a minimum of one $1,500 scholarship to a deserving young person who is at least a second year undergraduate student pursuing an agricultural degree.“We want to thank Dr. Jack Judy’s family for making a major contribution to this scholarship fund, it is a tremendous tribute to the family’s interest in the sheep industry and the family is very hopeful that this scholarship program will make a contribution to the sheep industry in Ohio” said Roger A. High, OSIA Executive Director.To assist the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association in “growing” this Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship program, please send memorial contributions in the name of Dr. Jack Judy to Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, 280 N. High St., P.O. Box 182383, Columbus, OH 43218. The family of Dr. Judy, who passed away in April 2015, has established a memorial scholarship in his name to be administered through The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.According to his niece Jennifer Walker, the family has agreed to award the annual scholarship to a second-year college student who is either a member, or have parents who are members, of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association.“The student doesn’t have to attend an Ohio school,” Walker said. “But he or she must be a resident of Ohio and be a member, or have parents who are members, of the association.”Interested and qualified students can apply online at ofbf.org/foundation through June 30. Walker said finalists will be interviewed by a selection committee comprised of Walker and members of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association during the Ohio State Fair. This year interviews will take place July 30 and the winner will be announced July 31.“Preference is given to (agriculture) majors but it is not a necessity,” Walker said.Judy was a member of the Ohio State University Department of Animal Science until his retirement in 1984. For 33 years he specialized in the study and teaching of sheep production and management. He had the title of Professor Emeritus when he left OSU. He was inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame in 1985.Always passionate about his students and their course of study, Judy was a faithful supporter of the Ralph Grimshaw scholarship, awarded through the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. Grimshaw, who was chairman of the sheep department at the State Fair, and Judy were close friends, according to Mark Judy, Jack’s brother. Ralph H. Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship ProgramOSIA is again sponsoring the Ralph H. Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship to support future sheep farmers through its scholarship program. OSIA is offering a minimum of one $1,000 scholarship to deserving students that have graduated from high school and college students pursuing college degrees. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in agriculture.“The Ohio sheep industry depends on young people who are considering and pursuing a career that will be beneficial to the Ohio and United States sheep industry,” said Roger A. High, OSIA Executive Director.Applicants or their parents must be members of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and a 2016 graduating high school senior enrolled in, or a student currently attending a college or technical school. Completed applications and essays must be postmarked by June 30, 2016.Visit www.ohiosheep.org after May 15, 2016 for more information and to download an application.last_img read more

ODA announces expanded Asian Longhorned Beetle quarantine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) today announced the addition of 576 acres of the East Fork Wildlife Area to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) quarantine zone in Clermont County. The addition increases the total square miles regulated for the beetle to 62 square miles, up from 61 square miles. The movement of hardwood logs, firewood, stumps, roots and branches within these regulated areas is prohibited.The quarantine expansion is the result of newly discovered infested trees found in late 2016 within the Williamsburg Township portion of the East Fork Wildlife Area, south of Clover Road. ODA and USDA APHIS tree inspection crews surveyed trees in the area, and infested and high-risk tree removals are occurring as part of the ALB eradication effort. A map of the regulated area can be found here.East Fork Wildlife Area consists of 2,705 acres that are managed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife for public hunting and fishing in southwestern Ohio. It is unlawful for any person to remove wood from a wildlife area without first obtaining approval.Adult ALBs are large, shiny black insects measuring 1 to 1 ½ inches long, not including antennae, with random white spots. Their white-banded antennae can be as long as the body itself on females and almost twice the body length on males.Signs of infestation include perfectly round exit holes (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter) made by adult beetles when they emerge from trees; pockmarks on tree trunks and branches where female beetles deposit eggs; frass (wood shavings and saw dust) produced by larvae feeding and tunneling; early fall coloration of leaves or dead branches; and running sap produced by the tree at the egg laying sites or in response to larval tunneling. The beetle will infest various common trees in Ohio, including all species of maple, buckeye, willow and elm.To report signs or symptoms of ALB, call the Ohio ALB Eradication Program Office at 513-381-7180 or report online at asianlonghornedbeetle.com.last_img read more