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Respite overnights down 39% in Donegal

first_imgRespite overnight services have decreased by a ‘worrying’ amount in Donegal, according to newly-released figures from the HSE.The number of respite overnights for people with disabilities has dropped from 6,469 in 2014 to 3,906 in 2018.And the number of day-only respite sessions in Donegal has been halved in the past four years – down from 1,474 in 2015 to 747 in 2018. Day and night respite services are accessed by people with a disability such as an intellectual disability, autism, or physical or sensory disability.Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon says it is worrying that respite overnight services have decreased in Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and Roscommon.Deputy Scanlon commented, “It is very worrying that there has been reductions in the number of overnight respite services across the board in the North West. The need for overnight respite places is needed yet the government have overseen a decrease in these services.“Looking at the figures it is unlikely we will see increases in the number of respite overnights. At best any increase will be modest and will still be significantly behind what was delivered four years ago. “Nationally there has been a drop of some 26,523 respite overnights for people with disabilities between 2015 and 2018 – representing a 14.3% decrease.“Overnight respite is crucial for many families. It provides a much-needed break for carers in particular. Demand for respite is not going to fall and we need to address it and give those who need it so much the break they deserve”, concluded Deputy Scanlon.Respite overnights down 39% in Donegal was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:healthrespitelast_img read more

Man Utd are losing a top-class player, says Fulham boss Meulensteen

first_imgManchester United will lose a “world-class defender” when Nemanja Vidic leaves in the summer, according to Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen.The 32-year-old centre-back has stated he will leave the champions when his contract expires at the end of the season in search of a new challenge abroad.Meulensteen worked with Vidic while part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s backroom staff at United, and he hailed the Serbian international ahead of Fulham’s trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.“Vidic has been very important for United over the years. He’s been rock solid – a fantastic defender and a world-class player,” he said.“He’s been a top player for Man United and a real cornerstone of the success they’ve had over many years.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

10/10/10 – Be Part of a Worldwide Geocaching Record Attempt

first_img10.10.10. – Geocaching under the Hills (GC2G1Jm) Plovdiv, BulgariaOn October 10th of this year there will be an Event Cache on a Bulgarian hillside, a 10 minute, 10 second Flash Mob near a hotel in Tianjin, China and two geocachers in the United States will even make 10-10-10 their wedding day.These are just three of more than a hundred geocaching events dotting the globe on 10-10-10.  Geocachers are taking October 10th, 2010 (10-10-10) to celebrate 10 years of geocaching and 10 years of Groundspeak in 2010.  You can join too and make geocaching history.The geocaching community is attempting to break the record for number of accounts that logged caches in a single day.  Currently that number stands at 56,654.  Even one log on 10-10-10 counts since we are tallying how many accounts log a cache, rather than the number of caches logged.One 10-10-10 Event Cache will be remembered forever by at least two geocachers.Vader takes a Bride 10/10/10 @ 10:10:10 (GC2CXX3) Lord Vader of the Mini Martin Warriors and Nozy RN are taking the 10-10-10 celebration to a new level.  Their 10-10-10 event is titled, “Vader takes a Bride 10/10/10 @ 10:10:10” The Virginia couple is exchanging wedding vows at exactly 10:10:10am on 10/10/10.Portions of the 10-10-10 worldwide event will be captured in a Lost & Found video. You can play a part in the video clip which will be posted on Geocaching.com and its social media sites.  Take your video camera along on your 10-10-10 adventure.  All you have to do is simply record a ten second clip.Tell the camera your geocaching name, the location (city, state, country) where you’re geocaching and one sentence about why you chose to geocache on 10-10-10.  Post your short 10-10-10 clip to the Geocaching.com Facebook Page by the end of the day on 10-10-10. Posting your video clip on Facebook grants consent for its use in the Lost & Found 10-10-10 video.  The best clips will make the video.Currently ten Canadian Provinces, 17 locations in the United Kingdom, more than 40 American states  and even an outpost in Afghanistan are signed up to commemorate 10-10-10 by geocaching. Don’t miss out!  Explore the Geocaching Events Calendar to join an event near you. Log a cache that day and help break a geocaching record.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – August 19, 2010August 19, 2010In “Community”Geocaching.com Leap Day – Leaps into the Record BooksMarch 2, 2012In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Winner! The Worst Product At CES 2013

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout At last, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), launchpad for the world’s least-necessary inventions, is over. But now comes the most fun part of the show: We asked you to nominate the worst products you could find on the show floor, and boy, did you deliver.As promised, the first person who submitted the winning loser will receive a brand new, 32GB Nexus 7 tablet with cellular data, a pretty great gadget. It’s one of Google’s flagship devices, which was announced at Google’s own conference last summer. That’s not the kind of thing that gets launched at CES. CES is the kitchen sink of electronics products. And here, as dug up by ReadWrite readers, are the worst of the bunch.Dishonorable Mention: The USB Flipperizer 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App There is no question what the worst product at CES was. Maulik Shah was just the one who told us about it the fastest, and he’s getting a Nexus 7 for his troubles. Here’s Maulik’s review of the iPotty:Attached is my pick on worst of the best or best of the worst @ CES. I spotted an old fashioned classic toilet training for toddlers called iPotty by CTA Digital caught my attention which allows parents to attach an iPad to it. This way, junior can gape and paw at the iPad while taking “care of business” in the old-fashioned way. They also plan to “reward” toddlers for accomplishing the deed by monitoring the time spent on the app.Yours for $40 from Amazon.com in March. Where’s my Nexus 7?It’s on the way, Maulik. This is the worst. The worst. I don’t need to explain why. It’s like WALL-E meets Idiocracy, but worse because it’s for LITTLE CHILDREN. From John Zeisler (and many others who followed), this was the most popular entry in the 2012 Was A Stupid Year category. It’s a smart fork. A HAPIfork. It tracks your eating habits and blinks if you’re eating too fast. It’s the most 2012 thing ever, except that it’s not networked; you have to plug it into your computer via USB.This thing won Design & Engineering Showcase Honors at CES. That hurts to know. All it does is track how often you lift your fork to your mouth. Are you going to get one and wash it after every meal? Don’t ask me how much it costs. They didn’t say. I don’t even know if it exists. All the press images are computer mock-ups. This is CES we’re talking about.The Winning Loser: The iPotty jon mitchellcenter_img Noah Jacobs found this beauty advertised on what looks like a conference lunch room table. It best represents the Tiny Waste Of Materials category, the little gizmos that just deplete the Earth’s resources for no reason.The website advertised on this crazy-looking flyer calls it The Flipper, but the flyer itself calls it the Flipperizer. Whichever it is, this is like one of those infomercials that makes up a problem and then sells you the solution. “Don’t you hate it when you try to plug your USB cables in upside down?” Uh, I guess.Dishonorable Mention: The Steady Snake Tags:#CES 2013 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… John Kilmister found this monster, which gets an honorable mention for being ugly and terrifying. It’s actually a somewhat handy thing, but it’s too scary-looking to use with dignity.The Steady Snake is a tensile hose beast that you use to position your iPad or camera on your lap or or desk – or around your neck. It’s a neat idea, but I would be afraid of anyone who used it.Runner Up: The HAPIfork Related Posts last_img read more

The Road Home: Rebirth Of A Sony PlayStation Fangirl

first_imgBut with the PlayStation’s hardware chops, 3D worlds were immersive in an entirely new way. Bubsy 3D was a particularly cruel embodiment of the growing pains from side-scrolling 2D gaming to 3D gaming, but something about moving around on that extra axis gripped me nonetheless.In 1999, my mind was blown again. On a whim, I rented Final Fantasy VIII from the gas station that I could walk to at the front of my neighborhood. And as anyone who’s ever played a Final Fantasy title knows, it isn’t the kind of game you rent. After a bleary-eyed 48 hours with my new PlayStation gem, I reluctantly pushed it into the returns slot.That day, my love of gaming turned a new, more mature leaf – one with more side quests and sleepless nights. From that point on, the PlayStation became synonymous with the open-world gaming that made my imagination itch.A Gaming Dark Age – And A Renaissance taylor hatmaker 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App My, what a difference a generation makes.A console generation, in the case of Sony’s PlayStation 4. After a well-crafted press event at E3, Sony’s console has even Xbox diehards peering over the fence – and me too. It took Sony’s bold offensive approach to the future of gaming to make me remember, but it all came crashing back. (See also: PS4 vs. Xbox One: Who Will Win The Living Room?)I’m a PlayStation fangirl. And until this week, I had altogether forgotten myself.A Simpler, More Pixelated TimeBack when life was simpler and populated by considerably fewer bits, I owned a PlayStation. It wasn’t my first console (My dad bought me a Nintendo for making straight As in the first grade. Later, the Sega Genesis and I had more than a casual dalliance) but it became my special portal into the sprawling fantasy worlds that absorbed my attention in a way that then-understimulating environment seldom did. In 1995, Sony’s new console was a cutting edge slab of hardware. My first games were terrible and few. I spent a disproportionate amount of time playing kind of awful titles, but it didn’t matter – ESPN Extreme Games and its jerky control system had me occupied for months.Worse, I may be the only person to have ever played Bubsy 3D – a perennial favorite on “worst video games ever made” lists – to completion, which inspired in me both a feeling of closure and a vast relief that I’d never have to look at the jagged platforms of its awkward 3D hellworld ever again. Now, on the eve of the next-gen PS4 and Xbox One, the choice seems just as clear again. Impressed as I am the bells and whistles of Microsoft’s living room conquistador, Sony nailed it on price ($399), DRM (none) and the meat of what matters to its core gamer demographic (gaming).I may have skipped a PlayStation generation, but from the looks of things, I should be headed home soon.PS4 and controller images courtesty of Sony; Final Fantasy image courtesy of Square-Enix; World of Warcraft image courtesy of Blizzard; PC gaming image by Taylor Hatmaker By 2008, we were still dutifully playing it in our East Village apartment, wrapping up elaborate quests for rare items on rainy days when we didn’t have work or school.To The Dark (Green) Side And Back AgainBy 2009, I was a full console generation behind and suddenly faced with a choice. I was a PlayStation person — PS games renewed my love in vast, imaginary worlds time and time again. But it was the seventh generation of gaming consoles, and now people were playing with and against each other, all online.In the end, I betrayed my deep PlayStation roots and bought an Xbox 360. All of my friends were playing on a thing called Xbox Live, and the PlayStation was a hundred bucks more expensive anyway. I bought a 360, but to this day, it’s never felt quite right. The console feels designed around shooters and Kinect-era casual games rather than the kind of epic titles, like the Final Fantasy series, that lured me in way back when.  5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#PlayStation 4#Sony Related Posts My love of gaming flourished for a while, but the summer before I started high school, I quit playing cold turkey. Video games didn’t seem like a thing that girls did – straight ones, anyway – so I tried to reinvest my energies elsewhere, like shuffling listlessly around the mall. That seemed more socially acceptable than obsessing over plain text online RPG strategy guides and flawlessly executed boss battles.So I did normal girl stuff, casting sidelong, apologetic glances at my trusty PlayStation, quietly collecting dust on the shelf it’d rested on for years.Fast forward to college. No longer boxed in by the social mores of being 16-ish, my passion for gaming was back on. I’d moved to New York for school and started dabbling in World of Warcraft after a few friends introduced me to the whole online RPG phenomenon, but my nostalgia for the PlayStation still burned bright.By winter break of my sophomore year, with falling snow turning to grayish sludge, I made my 15-block pilgrimage to the used games store on Broadway where I bought a slightly worse-for-wear PlayStation 2. My then-girlfriend and I holed up in my dorm for days on end with that thing. We never had the newest games, but we loved whatever we played. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Chennai Open 2015 Tipsarevic pulls out

Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic (in pic), the 2013 singles champion, on Thursday withdrew from the upcoming ATP Chennai Open due to health issues. The former World No. 8, recovering from a foot surgery, was all set to make a return to competitive tennis in the new season and granted a singles wild card.Sweden’s Elias Ymer will now battle it out in the main draw of the upcoming tournament, debuting as a wild card entry in the 20th edition. The 2015 edition of the ATP 250 tournament, has an exciting lineup that includes world no. 4 and defending singles champion Stanislas Wawrinka, world no. 14 Feliciano Lopez, world no. 15 Roberto Bautista Agut and world no. 22 David Goffin. Other leading players include Spaniards Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Marcel Granollers, Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu and 2014 finalist Edouard Roger-Vasselin. read more

APG tapped to represent Oman Air

first_imgTags: People VANCOUVER — Oman Air has appointed APG as its General Service and Sales Agent representative in Canada.APG will be providing full sales and marketing services as well as ticket booking facilities through its call centre and sales offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.Founded in 1993 and the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air has seen massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, says APG.Oman Air now operates a network of 35 destinations in 20 countries, with a modern fleet. It took home the ‘Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East’ award at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017.“Oman Air is delighted to launch our new cooperation with APG in the Canadian market,” said Mourad El Haj, Manager Offline Sales & Global Contracting of Oman Air. “Together with Air Canada, Oman Air connects the Canadian market with The Sultanate of Oman and other interesting destinations in the Middle East, Africa, the Indian-Subcontinent and the Far East smoothly through Europe. The potential demand for Oman as a destination and Oman Air as a leading carrier in Canada has rapidly increased and enables our new GSA APG to offer our network, award winning product and service and the Omani hospitality to our Canadian guests.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAPG partners with over 200 airline clients through its offices in almost 180 countries. APG’s services include not only airline representation but also interline e-ticketing solutions, fare filing and BSP support services. Posted by Friday, October 6, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img APG tapped to represent Oman Air << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more