Families welcome improved respite service

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Advertisement AFTER a near year-long campaign, respite facilities in Limerick have been returned to their former capacity.  Additional services are also being provided. Families affected by the cuts implemented last June, which resulted in a reduction of over 50% in respite services, received letters from Bawnmore this week confirming that the facility would be fully restored for the remainder of the year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Delighted with the development Sarah Hurley, a lead figure in the campaign to restore respite in Limerick, and in her late 70s, has cared for her son, John, 38 who suffers from Down Syndrome, at home all of his life.  “The service had been cut to three days per month, but has now been restored to one week per month, along with an additional week during the summer,” she told the Limerick PostShe believes that a meeting held with the new Minister for Disability Kathleen Lynch in recent months was key to the restoration.“She realised how badly the service was needed and how much money parents who use respite are saving the State, by caring for their children at home.- I’m very relieved as the cuts should never have happened.“I’m optimistic that we will have full respite in the future and I’m looking forward to my first week-long break shortly and John is also looking forward to seeing all his friends at the house.”.Owen South has also been a key figure in the  campaign for restoration of respite.“It will actually be better than it was, as there will be an extra week respite in the summer and emergency cover, which wasn’t there before, if a parent falls ill.“We were very optimistic after meeting with Minister Kathleen Lynch, that she would put her words into actions and the full funding appears to have been restored. It’s been a long campaign but we had to stick to it as this was a basic right that was taken away”.Both Ms. Hurley and Mr. South praised the efforts of deputies Kieran O’Donnell and Jan O’Sullivan, the local HSE and Norma Bagge of the Brothers of Charity.Deputy O’Sullivan expressed her delight at the outcome.“Over 60 families were directly affected by the recent cuts in funding, resulting in their campaigning publicly for funding and support.“The Brothers of Charity provide a first class service in Limerick, and the anger expressed by people all over the city was clearly evident following the closure of the respite service –  it is wonderful to have it restored.” Twitter Printcenter_img WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsFamilies welcome improved respite serviceBy admin – May 19, 2011 541 Email Previous articleGarda ombudsman to investigate Punches Cross collisionNext articleMoney scams rampant in Limerick adminlast_img read more

MOUNTAIN TREKKERS: Douglas Topolse takes trek of a lifetime

first_img Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Published 2:00 am Saturday, July 25, 2015 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen That, too, is Philmont Scout Ranch.Douglas Topolse, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 41 in Troy, recently returned from Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He said the experience will be remembered as the best of times and the worst of times and an experience for all times.“I bought a T-shirt with a check box for ‘Number of Times a Philmont,’” Topolse said. “There are eight check boxes. I could only check one. But my goal is to check all eight.” SUBMITTED PHOTOSeven members of Troop 3 Boy Scouts of America from Marianna, Fla., and two members of Troop 41 from Troy, Ala., completed a 12-day, 80-mile trek in the mountains of northeastern New Mexico.  They have been preparing for over a year for the trek at the BSA high adventure camp called Philmont Scout Ranch.  From Marianna, Troop 3 scouts JAC Clikas, Owen Gilley, Keary Nichols, Matthew Pelham and Daniel Tillman, along with two adult advisers, David McArthur and Barry Tillman, were joined by scout Douglas Topolse and adult adviser David Runyon from Troy. Together the nine formed a trekking “crew.”Imagine a sky so dark that it’s possible to see the individual twinkling of a million stars.That’s Philmont Scout Ranch.Imagine the sun so bright that its rays bounce off white rocks, blinding the eyes. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article You Might Like Piece of work: ArtBridges Workshop attracts teachers from four counties MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLGentry Hassett, Pike County High School, created a pattern for her quilt project that was colorful and lively… read more Every day for the next 12 days was an adventure and a challenge.“The first three days, we had a crew coach with us,” Topolse said. “After that, we were left to do the rest of the trek on our own.”Some of the trek was trudging along, putting one foot in front of the other. But the entire trek tested the mettle of the young men and their leaders.Twelve days is a long time, and 80 miles is a long way when you’re hiking every step of the way, Topolse said. “There was some level land, but most of it was moderate slopes and steep slopes. On an eight percent slope, every 100 feet you trekked you went up eight feet. That was hard trekking.”Hiking Big Red at 11,000 feet above sea level provided an even greater challenge than expected.“We were above the timberline so there were no trees and the air was thinner,” Topolse said. “Hiking was already difficult and then there came a storm with thunder, lightning and hail. The hail was large and it hurt. There was nowhere for us to take shelter, and we were still 10 miles from our base camp. That was a big challenge for us.”Topolse said there are two types of base camps at Philmont, a staff camp and a trail camp.“At the staff camp, there are things to do, like blacksmithing, black powder rifle shooting and horseback riding,” he said. “At the trail camps, we just ate, rested and did chores around the campsite – going to the stream to get water and cleaning the fire pit.”For the Scouts, there were no burgers hot off the grill or fish to fry.“We only ate things that you could add water to,” Topolse said. “We did have beef jerky and granola bars. My personal favorite meal was maple brown sugar oatmeal, packaged orange juice and a granola bar.”The one cooked meal the Scouts had was at the chuck wagon.“Most things were related to time periods at Philmont, so we had a trail dinner,” Topolse said. “The dinner was cooked in cast iron pots. We had stew, cornbread and cobbler, and it was good!”On the trail, the Scouts packed their food and the food bags were not lightweight.“Some of the time, we were carrying packs that weighed 60 to 70 pounds,” Topolse said.Along the trails there were places of interest. One of those was the site of a plane crash – a U.S. bomber from the 1940s.“Scouts used to get to stand on the wings of the bomber and have their pictures taken – walking on wings at 10,000 feet — but no one is allowed to do that now because of the condition of the plane,” Topolse said. “I would like to have done that.”The days along the trail were hot, sometimes getting up to 100 degrees or more. Nights could be pleasant at around 68 degrees or extremely cold, from 30 to 20 degrees, depending on the altitude.“On top of some of the mountains we would be so close to the sun that the sun would soak into the red rocks and burn your feet and bounce off the white rocks and send a glare into your eyes,” Topolse said. “The nights were different. One night, we were called out of our tents and told to gather at a big tree. We were out there in our pajamas, rubbing our eyes. Our leader told us to step back five steps and look up. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. A full moon with millions of stars. And, there was one bird flying across the sky. An eagle. I’ll never forget that.”Other nights, the sky would turn purple and the natural light from the moon and stars would be so bright that it would have been possible to read a book.The nights were as amazing and the days were hot and dry.On the last day of the 12-day, 80-mile trek, Topolse said his crew approached the Trail of Tears.“You could see the base camp, and then the trail would switch and you couldn’t see it,” he said. “It was that way for what seemed like forever. ‘Where did base camp go?’ There were 62 switchbacks on the Trail of Tears. When we finally saw base camp for real, we all wanted to run to it.”For those who venture the 12-day trek at Philmont Scout Ranch, there are several stages of emotions.“First, you are excited to be there,” Topolse said. “You’re all pumped up and ready to go. On days two and three, you experience grief. It’s hot, your pack is heavy and you are trudging from one camp to the next. Two miles seems like 200 miles. Then you come to a fork in the trail and take the wrong fork and have to go back. You don’t make that mistake again.”Then comes the pain and suffering from the physical strains of the trek.“You can’t pick up your foot high enough to step over the rocks. Every part of our body hurts,” Topolse, said. “You wonder why you’re there. You want to go home.“Then, comes denial. You can’t believe it’s happening. It’s just a bad dream that you want to go away. ‘Somebody, please wake me up.’”Acceptance comes next, and you just want to get the heck out of there, Topolse said.“Then, comes my personal favorite,” he said. “Excitement again. You go running down the trail knowing that you have done it. You have met the challenge of Philmont Scout Ranch. That is real excitement.”Topolse stood with his crew, waiting for their “after” photograph to be taken. The trekkers were dirty and grimy. They were 12 days older and much wiser in the ways of Mother Nature’s wilderness. They felt pretty good about themselves and what they had accomplished. It showed in the “after.”But for Topolse, the “after” photo taken on July 11, 2015 was the beginning of a lifetime affection for a place called Philmont Scout Ranch. He will be back. MOUNTAIN TREKKERS: Douglas Topolse takes trek of a lifetime Topolse and Dr. David Runyan of Troop 41 joined Boy Scout Troop 3 in Marianna on a 12-day trek across the sprawling Philmont Scout Ranch, which is the Boy Scouts’ premier High Adventure base. Philmont features 214 miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness.Topolse had been preparing for the12-day, 80-mile trek for about six months. He went on hikes from 10 to 42 miles. He hiked with other Scouts who had signed on for the challenges of a 12-day Philmont trek. Topolse is a skater, so he was accustomed to bending his knees and pushing his limits. He was ready for Philmont.“I was so excited to get to base camp,” Topolse said. “I rode out with ‘Doc’ (David Runyon), who was the adult advisor for our crew. It took us three days to get there. Philmont is an amazing place. On the day that we came into camp, 92 other troops arrived. The next day, we were given our crew number 627-S. Six-Twenty-seven was the day our trek started and the letter ‘S’ corresponded to the number crew that left on that day.”Topolse said his crew had a “before” photograph taken but he had no idea how different he and the other crew members would look when the “after” photograph was taken. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Watch Before It’s… SUBMITTED PHOTOSeven members of Troop 3 Boy Scouts of America from Marianna, Fla., and two members of Troop 41 from Troy, Ala., completed a 12-day, 80-mile trek in the mountains of northeastern New Mexico.  They have been preparing for over a year for the trek at the BSA high adventure camp called Philmont Scout Ranch.  From Marianna, Troop 3 scouts JAC Clikas, Owen Gilley, Keary Nichols, Matthew Pelham and Daniel Tillman, along with two adult advisers, David McArthur and Barry Tillman, were joined by scout Douglas Topolse and adult adviser David Runyon from Troy. Together the nine formed a trekking “crew.” Sponsored Content SUBMITTED PHOTOSeven members of Troop 3 Boy Scouts of America from Marianna, Fla., and two members of Troop 41 from Troy, Ala., completed a 12-day, 80-mile trek in the mountains of northeastern New Mexico.  They have been preparing for over a year for the trek at the BSA high adventure camp called Philmont Scout Ranch.  From Marianna, Troop 3 scouts JAC Clikas, Owen Gilley, Keary Nichols, Matthew Pelham and Daniel Tillman, along with two adult advisers, David McArthur and Barry Tillman, were joined by scout Douglas Topolse and adult adviser David Runyon from Troy. Together the nine formed a trekking “crew.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Secrets Revealedlast_img read more

Bianca becomes Canada’s first-ever Grand Slam champion

first_img… beats Serena Williams in gripping finalTEENAGER Bianca Andreescu stunned Serena Williams in gripping US Open final to claim a first Grand Slam title and deny the American a 24th major.Williams, 37, did not cope with the 19-year-old’s quality in a 6-3, 7-5 loss.Canadian Andreescu, in the main draw here for the first time, lost a double break in the second set before taking her third match point and falling to the ground in disbelief.“This year has been a dream come true,” Andreescu told the crowd.“I am beyond grateful and truly blessed. I’ve worked really hard for this moment. To play on this stage against Serena – a true legend of the sport – is amazing.”To the disappointment of a stunned home crowd, Williams has now lost four successive major finals.“Bianca played an unbelievable match,” Williams said. “I’m so proud and happy for you, it was incredible tennis out there.”Williams, seeded eighth, looked edgy throughout as she aimed to match Australian Margaret Court’s tally of all-time major wins, handing over three of Andreescu’s five breaks of serve with double faults.By contrast, 15th seed Andreescu played with the confidence which has marked her out as a star in a stunning breakthrough year.She is the first Canadian to win a tennis major and the first teenager to win a Grand Slam since Maria Sharapova claimed the 2006 title at Flushing Meadows.Andreescu kept her nerve to take a third match point with a forehand down the line, dropping her racquet to the ground and then, after a warm hug with Williams, lay on the court with her arms spread out as she contemplated her achievement.After returning to her feet, she used a hastily-arranged step ladder to climb into her player’s box and embrace her nearest and dearest, including parents Nicu and Maria.Before the match, Andreescu said if someone told her 12 months ago she would be facing Williams in the US Open final she would have thought they were “crazy”.Tellingly, in a sign of her unwavering confidence, she said she would not have felt the same if they told her the same thing a fortnight ago.Twelve months ago she lost in the first round of qualifying at Flushing Meadows and was ranked outside the top 200 in the world.But she has become the most talked-about young player on the planet following a remarkable rise this year.Andreescu, whose Romanian parents Nicu and Maria migrated to Canada in the 1990s, had only played six tour-level matches at the turn of the year.Since then she has won prestigious WTA Premier title at Indian Wells and Toronto, rising to 15th in the world as a result, and raking in of £1.79M of her £1.97M career prize money.Now she will rise to fifth in the world and take home another $3.85M (£3.13M) after this success.Andreescu was fearless throughout her maiden Grand Slam final and unfazed by the occasion of playing an American icon on the biggest tennis court in the world.‘ANDREESCU IS THE REAL DEAL’ – REACTIONTennis great Billie Jean King: “Congratulations to Bianca Andreescu on winning her first major title at the #USOpen. She is Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion! The Future is now. A phenomenal effort by Serena Williams, until the very end.2019 Cincinnati Masters champion Madison Keys: “Congrats Bianca Andreescu on your first Grand Slam. So happy for you! Always a fighter, always inspiring – win or lose – Serena Williams. Such a great match to watch.”Wimbledon champion Simona Halep: “Congratulations Bianca Andreescu on an amazing performance and your first Grand Slam! Romania is very proud of you.”Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “Congratulations Bianca Andreescu! You’ve made history and made a whole country very proud.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Guiao wary of ‘dangerous’ Kia

first_img“Some people think that Kia is an easy assignment but it’s not. Definitely they will be a better team than last year, and that’s what we have to prepare for.”The tussle will also serve as the PBA debut of Kiefer Ravena, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.Guiao said the key for the Road Warriors in this first game will be to focus on the task at hand and not get distracted.“We’ll try to focus on what we can do and not on the uncertainties and the controversies. You can’t do anything about it. It’s just a distraction, if you think about it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netYeng Guiao has been branded as an unconventional coach before — one who uses unusual lineups and fields in players who do not necessarily fit the mold of most cookie cutters.But even the fiery coach would admit that he has not seen anything as unconventional as to that of Kia’s approach.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Durant spoils Kobe’s special night, lifts Warriors over Lakers in OT “We haven’t seen the ‘unconventional’ ways they’re talking about,” Guiao said as new-look NLEX faces the Picanto to open their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup campaign Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“We are also going to be in the dark because that might be the weapon they are talking about. Everybody is curious on what they have with their unconventional system. We haven’t had any chance to scout them, but the other team has already scouted us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith the uncertainty that Kia brings, Guiao knows that the Road Warriors have their work cut out for them, especially with the Picanto leaning on veterans like Ronald Tubid and JayR Reyes, who both experienced triumph with San Miguel over the past year.“The problem with that is Kia has something to prove especially after the controversy. A team that has something to prove is always dangerous and that is something that we have to be careful of,” he said. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Steelhead season showing signs of life

first_imgThat little shot of rain seems to have done the trick. For the first time this season, just about all of the coastal rivers are starting to see winter steelhead show up in decent numbers. From the Chetco to the Eel, the reports have all been good. Boats drifting the Chetco are landing one to three fish a day, with some scoring two-fish limits. After a couple weeks of tough fishing, the Smith bounced back over the weekend and fished well. In Humboldt, the Mad is full of steelhead, and back …last_img read more

Biblical Archaeology News

first_imgOne point where theology and science intersect is in the field of archaeology.  Here are a few recent stories that bear on historical claims in the Bible.Pool of Siloam update:  Last fall, the discovery of the probable Biblical Pool of Siloam was announced (see 12/24/2004 story).  In its September-October 2005 issue, Biblical Archaeology Review has published a detailed article with photographs about the find and the continuing excavation.  See also the LA Times article copied by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where reporter Thomas L. Maugh II seems pretty confident it is the real thing.Nebuchadnezzar’s Nephew Nabonidus News:  Science magazine reported on presentations at an international convention of Assyriologists last month.  Researchers discussed recent archaeological finds in Tayma that confirm that Nabonidus, nephew of the Biblical Nebuchadnezzar II and father of Belshazzar (see Daniel 5) was indeed present in Tayma (Teima) in Arabia while his son Belshazzar remained in charge of Babylon (in modern Iraq).  This corroborates an explanation for apparent discrepancies between the Biblical account and earlier archaeological inscriptions that had suggested Nabonidus (not mentioned in the Bible), not Belshazzar, was the true king of Babylon.  For background on the resolution of this controversy, see ChristianAnswers.net and BibleHistory.net.    Speaking of Iraq, EurekAlert provided progress reports on efforts to restore the Mesopotamian wetlands (see 05/01/2003, 08/18/2003 and 02/25/2005 entries).  In short, a little hope, but a long way to go.King David Ruled Here:  The Biblical Archaeological Society also reported today the discovery of a “massive public structure” that could be the palace of King David, used not only by David but also his dynasty in Jerusalem.  The structure, now being unearthed south of the Temple Mount by archaeologist Eilat Mazar, contained an inscription with the name of Yehochal, mentioned in Jeremiah as being a senior official in the court of later king Zedekiah.  Archaeologist Gabriel Barkay told the New York Times, “this is one of the first greetings we have from the Jerusalem of David and Solomon.”    Artifacts from the Davidic period are hard to come by not only because Jerusalem is a holy site for three major world religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), with all the cultural and political tensions that creates, but also because the entire city was ransacked and destroyed multiple times, particularly by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC and the Romans in 70 AD.  King David reigned much earlier, from 1025 – 985 BC (see CARM timeline).Update 09/08/2005: Haaretz.com has a longer article about the find.  It gives two sides: the view of discoverer Eilat Mazar that it supports the traditional dating of the Davidic kingdom, as well as the minimalist response of critics like Israel Finkelstein.  One strong point about this discovery is its in situ status, which allows it to be excavated by respectable archaeologists under the watchful eye of critics.  This will rule out accusations of forgery that have dogged some other artifacts that have surfaced in recent years.Each new artifact or structure uncovered in the lands of the Bible brings excitement, but why any more than the greatest, most detailed inscription of all, the Bible itself?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more