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first_imgDonegal Action for Cancer Care have very serious concerns for eligble women aged 50 to 64 in the Inishowen area who are due to have their free breast-check mammogram this year.Cancer campaigner Betty HolmesThe unit is now not returning to Buncrana and eligible women must from now on attend the unit at Letterkenny.DACC had worked very hard from early 2007 to secure a BreastCheck Unit for the women of Donegal and continued their work for a second unit into Inishowen which began screening eligble women in November 2010. In 2013 census figures show there were 2915 women in the 50 to 64 years age group in Inishowen.BreastCheck is a Government-funded programme providing breast screening and invites women aged 50 to 64 for a free mammogram on an area-by-area basis every two years.The aim of BreastCheck is to reduce deaths from breast cancer by finding and treating the disease at an early stage.Back in May DACC raised their concerns with BreastCheck in Dublin when they received a phone call from a lady in Inishowen who had received an appointment to attend the unit in Letterkenny.At that time BreastCheck said there were no known plans to remove the service from Inishowen. At that time it was thought that the ladies circumstances made it easier at that time to attend the unit in Letterkenny. DACC already have serious concerns regarding the Breast Unit in Letterkenny as due to staffing difficulties it is manned only 3- 3.5 days per week and as far as DACC are concerned this is totally unsuitable to meet the needs of the women of the area. BreastCheck have today told DACC that it is operational 5 days per week. This is not so.“At this time we in DACC have to ask is this another important & lifesaving service that is being taken away. We are told that the vast majority of women in the area being invited for screening during this round, will have been screened in Letterkenny previously. This is not so. The Unit was in Buncrana in 2013 and wasn’t due to return until month or so ago.“We are very upset & annoyed that this has happened with no notice. No matter what way you look at it, it is the removal of a very important service from Inishowen. The Unit in Letterkenny is scheduled to stay till the end of the year so how will they be in a position to screen all the extra eligble women? Indeed it should not have happened, it is a disgrace. ” said Betty Holmes DACC.Back in 2010 when the announcement that a second unit was being located in Buncrana Mr Tony O’Brien who at that time was Director of the National Cancer Screening Service said there are in excess of 13,550 eligible women aged 50 to 64 living in the county.“Due to the high numbers of eligible women to be screened it is necessary to introduce an additional mobile screening unit to ensure all women in the county are offered equal access to breast screening in a timely manner. “I am delighted that BreastCheck can provide this additional service to women in north Donegal.”DACC are now asking what has changed? Why is it now not important to have eligble Inishowen women offered equal access in a timely manner? Has Inishowen moved closer to Letterkenny, has the map changed?As far as DACC are concerned this is not acceptable. We must again ask “ Where on the National agenda are Donegal women’s & people’s lives?It is very important for DACC to state clearly that wherever you live in Donegal if you receive an invite for your free mammogram please attend. Remember the live you save might be your own! If you are in the age group 50 to 64 years and have not received an invite please contact BreastCheck and get registered. BreastCheck is a Government-funded screening service that is offered to women aged between 50 and 64 every two years. A mammogram is a simple procedure and an appointment only takes about half an hour in total. BreastCheck encourages every woman in Donegal who receives an invitation for a mammogram go for her appointment.BreastCheck compiles a register (list) of women eligible for screening from information supplied by the Department of Social Protection, General Medical Services and private health insurance providers. The register contains a woman’s name, address and date of birth. This information is used to invite a woman for her mammogram when BreastCheck is screening in her area.BreastCheck advises all women aged 50 to 64 to make sure their name is on the BreastCheck register by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or checking online at www.breastcheck.ie.Once on the register and known to the programme, a woman will automatically receive a letter and her invitation for a mammogram when BreastCheck is screening in her area.If a woman is not on the BreastCheck register, there are two simple ways to have her details added. She can either register herself online in the ‘self search and register online’ section of www.breastcheck.ie or there are self registration forms available from BreastCheck that can be completed and returned by Freepost. These forms are available on request by calling the BreastCheck information line on Freephone 1800 45 45 55.DACC EXPRESS CONCERN AFTER REMOVAL OF BREASTCHECK CANCER UNIT was last modified: August 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Betty HolmesbreaschckBreast CheckDONEGAL ACTION FOR CANCER CARElast_img read more

first_imgNational Marine Month is under way in South Africa, and it is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on the country’s unique, geographic position. The ocean economy has the potential to alleviate poverty and create jobs. But how much do you really know about our seas? South Africa’s ocean economy has the potential to help the country achieve its goal of poverty alleviation and job creation, as outlined in the National Development Plan. (Image: Media Club South Africa)Related Articles• Gallery: Celebrate Marine Month in South Africa • Two oceans & biodiversity  • Plans to tap into South Africa’s oceans on track • South Africa protects its oceans  • South Africa moves to unlock ‘blue economy’ Research and text: Priya PitamberGraphic: Sachin BabooClick on the image below for a larger view.Sources:Department of Environmental Affairs The Conversation South African Government Operation Phakisalast_img read more

first_imgDifferencesAir leakage: It’s true that neither insulation is an air barrier. Neither cellulose (even when dense-packed) nor fiberglass meet any technical standard for an air barrier. However, cellulose will slow air flow whereas fiberglass does not.When dense packed into a wall cavity, cellulose prevents most air flow. Even loose-fill cellulose slows some air movement.Flammability: Fiberglass and cellulose have different issues with fire and flame spread. Fiberglass is spun glass; it won’t burn at any normal temperature. Under direct flame, it will simply melt. However, most fiberglass batts are faced with kraft paper which most certainly will burn.Cellulose is ground-up paper. Very early cellulose-style insulation was quite flammable. (I mean, c’mon — it’s paper.) During the ’70s and ’80s, cellulose couldn’t shake a bad reputation stemming from (possibly apocryphal) stories about insulation fires.Modern cellulose is heavily treated (about 15% by volume) with boric acid, borax nitrate or ammonium sulfate. [Editor’s note: see Daniel Lea’s 3/8/2012 comment on this point below.] These chemicals aren’t harmful to people, but are very effective flame retardants and help reduce pest issues. Modern cellulose manufacture has sufficiently high production standards that product quality and flammability are no longer issues of concern.Ease of installation: Anyone can insulate a wall with fiberglass batts. It’s just a matter of cutting around electrical outlets, slapping the batts into the wall cavities and stapling the facing to the studs. Unfortunately, a fast, sloppy installation usually results in voids or imperfections. Proper installation of fiberglass batts is slow, meticulous work (which is why most fiberglass batt installations are fast and sloppy.)Fortunately, it’s harder to do a sloppy job with cellulose, although installing cellulose in a wall requires special equipment like high-powered insulation blowers which are a sight more powerful than the Geo Metro versions you can rent at the Big Box store. Also, unless you like blowing out your finish drywall, more than a little experience is helpful.Embodied energy: Embodied energy is the sum of energy required for a project or material. Fiberglass has a much higher embodied energy than cellulose insulation. Fiberglass is glass that is melted and spun into fibers like cotton candy. There are fiberglass brands which use recycled content but more often they use new raw materials.Most cellulose brands use a high recycled content and the production process (shredding paper and adding fire retardant borates) uses much less energy.Extreme cold: Last, the two types of insulation react very differently in extreme cold. During very cold weather — the type of weather sometimes seen in Minnesota or Maine — heat is quickly stripped from fiberglass insulation, and the R-value of fiberglass insulation drops. Cellulose doesn’t suffer as acutely from this problem. Of course, prices can vary from contractor to contractor, and may vary if you have access to a special deal, but in general, fiberglass batts and cellulose are usually the cheapest insulation options.Ease of Installation: Fiberglass has become the most popular insulation in the world because it is effective (if properly installed) and inexpensive. Contractors and do-it-yourself folks don’t need special training or equipment to install it. (However, inexperienced installers often do a sloppy job of installation, reducing the effectiveness of the insulation job.)When installed in an attic, blown-in cellulose requires about 3 molecules more effort. The job requires an insulation blower and 30 minutes of training from the guy at Lowe’s. (An important note: I am talking about blown-in cellulose here… not damp-spray, netted, or dense-packed cellulose.)R-value: Fiberglass batts and cellulose deliver comparable R-value (between 3.5 and 3.7 per inch). This can vary based on many factors, including settling, wind-washing or outside temperature, but in general the R-values of the two products are similar.Air leakage: Both types of insulation help retain heat, but neither one can act as an air barrier. Both cellulose and fiberglass allow air to pass through and need to be paired with an air barrier. The effective R-value of fiberglass can be particularly affected by air flow.Moisture: Neither insulation is a fan of moisture. Both cellulose and fiberglass can retain large amounts of moisture. Because of their high air permeability both can dry out very quickly.Cellulose and fiberglass are fibrous insulation which can easily trap moisture. If paired with a vapor barrier in a high moisture environment like your basement … it can be problematic.Wind washing: Lastly, when blown onto the floor of an attic with vented soffits, both loose-fill cellulose and fiberglass are susceptible to wind.A strong gust of wind will blow loose insulation all over the attic. With Maine’s stiff sea breezes, I’ve seen several houses whose insulation is blown entirely to one side. Loose-blown insulation requires properly sealed and blocked eaves to prevent wind washing. Installing Fiberglass RightHow to Install Cellulose InsulationBorrowing a Cellulose Blower From a Big Box StoreGBA Encyclopedia: Insulation ChoicesBlown Insulation for Attics: Fiberglass vs. CelluloseUnderstanding R-Value SimilaritiesCost: First off, both cellulose and fiberglass are inexpensive. Among the wide range of available insulation materials — including XPS foam board, EPS, polyisocyanurate, rock wool, and spray foam — cellulose and fiberglass are, inch for inch and square foot for square foot, the least expensive. The two least expensive and most commonly used residential insulation are fiberglass and cellulose. Granted, fiberglass is about 50 times more common — but a distant second is still second.Unless the homeowner opts for spray foam, the insulation choice usually comes down to fiberglass vs. cellulose. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of each one? How are they similar and how are they different?At first blush, itchy pink fiberglass and fluffy gray cellulose seems quite different. But the two types of insulation wouldn’t be competing for the same share of the housing insulation market if they weren’t in many ways alike.center_img BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH How to Insulate and Air-Seal Pull-Down Attic StairsHow to Insulate and Air Seal an Attic HatchCan Switching to a Dual-Flush Toilet Save Heat?Essential Energy-Audit EquipmentThe Journal of Poor HomebuildingCape Cod Style Homes Are Difficult to Heat RELATED ARTICLES Which insulation should you choose?So should you insulate with cellulose or fiberglass? Well, I’ve included a photo showing insulation being installed at my house. (Click Image 2 below to see the photo.)We dense-packed the wall cavities with cellulose. I choose cellulose because of the better air sealing, and comparable R-value for the same price. Should you insulate with cellulose or fiberglass? It depends on the project at hand.last_img read more

first_imgTOP TRIO: Paes earn well but not quite as muchIs Sachin Tendulkar worth Rs 100 crore? Never mind over five years or fifteen, but is any man worth that much? Television commentator Harsha Bhogle snorts at this very common, very middle-class question. “Tendulkar is the world’s most underpaid sportsman,” he,TOP TRIO: Paes earn well but not quite as muchIs Sachin Tendulkar worth Rs 100 crore? Never mind over five years or fifteen, but is any man worth that much? Television commentator Harsha Bhogle snorts at this very common, very middle-class question. “Tendulkar is the world’s most underpaid sportsman,” he says. “After all he is the No. 1 athlete in his sport’s biggest market.”Globally world No. 1s rake in much larger figures:TOP TRIO: Bhutiaaccording to Forbes magazine (March 2001), Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher’s earnings in 2000 was $59 million (Rs 278 crore); tennis star Andre Agassi’s take-home was $17.5 million, and golfer Tiger Woods earned a $2.2 million appearance fee just for showing up at a tournament in Europe last month.He made close to $70 million in 2000 from endorsements and prize money. Tendulkar’s new deal at Rs 20 crore a year from World Tel and approximately Rs 60 lakh as match fees every year as of 2001 stacks up to about $4.5 million a year.TOP TRIO: AnandAs far as Indian entertainers go, Tendulkar has beaten them all with this deal. According to Komal Nahata, the editor of trade magazine Film Information, “This is the first time a sportsman has given film stars a run for their money. What is unique in Tendulkar’s deal is surety and consistency.”Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan may command a price today but there is noAshwarya Raiguarantee they will cost the same in five years time. It is said that Roshan Jr. charges Rs 3 to 5 crore per ad. Interestingly S. Kumar’s, who own the Tamarind clothes line that Roshan endorses, wanted Tendulkar as their brand ambassador, but he proved too expensive.The other Bollywood marquee names cost as much as Tendulkar Shah Rukh Khan’s endorsement comes at Rs 2.5-3 crore, while Aishwarya Rai’s fee is between Rs 1.5-Rs 2.5 crore per deal but popularity or the lack of it can lead to huge swings in those figures.advertisementHritik RoshanWhen compared to other Indian sportsmen, only Grand Master Viswanathan Anand’s earnings come close to Tendulkar’s though not through endorsements but from hefty appearance fees, which range from $100,000 (Rs 47 lakh) to $250,000 per event, and chess’s generous prize money earnings. For example Anand earned $660,000 when he became world champion.Tennis No. 1 Leander Paes also earns more from prize money in his best year, 1999, he picked up close toShahrukh Khan$800,000. His three major endorsements of that year ranged between Rs 15-20 lakh each. Footballer Baichung Bhutia’s endorsements are modest in comparison. The footballer made between Rs 10 and 15 lakh in endorsements when he played in India, most of them for companies based in his home state, Sikkim.He plays for English second division club Bury FC now and earns a monthly wage of approximately 8,000 (Rs 5.2 lakh). Is Tendulkar worth it? His sponsors think so. Deepak Jolly, vice-president, corporate communications, Pepsi, who signed Tendulkar on in 1993, says, “He is cent per cent brand equity and worth every paisa.”last_img read more

first_imgInFocusThe raising of Nazi and Confederate flags in a yard in small town Saskatchewan raised  the ire of a First Nations man who drove to the town to take them down and burn them live on social media last weekend.While more than 30,000 people have viewed the video that inspired a hashtag in support of the flag-burner, it also re-ignited racial tensions in a province that sees flare-ups too often.“Its always been there, its always below the surface,” said Coun. Fabian Ironeagle of the Pasqua First Nation, surrounded by Saskatchewan’s grain belt.“Everything we do, where ever we go, there are certain situations we’re put in as a First Nations person where you can actually feel it sometimes, where people don’t like you.”(The Nazi flag flying in Saskatchewan)Eleanore Sunchild is a Cree lawyer from Thunderchild First Nation in the central part of the province.She said traveling elsewhere in Canada feels much different than living as a First Nations person in her home province.Just three years ago, Colten Boushie, a young Cree man, was shot dead by a farmer for trespassing on his property near Biggar.The farmer, Gerald Stanley, walked free.“There are parts of Saskatchewan where you don’t go,” Sunchild said. “And a lot of those areas are the rural areas, just because its not safe, especially in the wake of what happened to Colten.“It gave people a permission to be more open with their racism,  and they are, as you by this display of the Nazi flag.”Kamao Cappo of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation agrees the racial tensions are more openly displayed“(After Stanley’s acquittal) it become more obvious and people feel they have more permission to do what they like,” said Cappo, who filmed himself being thrown out  of a Canadian Tire store in Regina in 2017, after being racially profiled as a thief. He was in the store buying a chainsaw.Sunchild said there are allies in the province but they’re too few and too quiet.“Maybe they feel ‘it’s not my fight’ so I’ll stay silent but how will it change if we’re all silent,” Sunchild said.Meanwhile the flag burner, Caleb Pelletier, 21, told APTN InFocus he stands by his decision to take action when the town and the police, refused to.“I’d rather stand up than shut up,” Pelletier [email protected]last_img read more

If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Jan. 12, 2016), we look at whether Alabama’s onside kick won the Tide this year’s college football championship. We try to work out who the heck is going to be crowned Super Bowl champion. Plus, we ask whether Alex Ovechkin is the best hockey player of all time. And we give you a Significant Digit on the awesome Lionel Messi as he secures his fifth Ballon d’Or. Also, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump makes his Hot Takedown debut. Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Neil Paine on what last weekend’s wild-card games really mean.Neil Paine writes about why there is no Super Bowl favorite.FiveThirtyEight’s college football coverage.Neil Paine reports on the quality of goalkeeping in modern hockey.Ben Morris explains why Lionel Messi is impossible. read more

Political organizations host panel on future of SDSU West Plan

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 and the League of Women Voters of San Diego hosted a panel discussion Thursday about planned renovations to the current SDCCU Stadium site and surrounding area.San Diego voters approved Measure G, the SDSU West initiative, by a 54.5-45.5 margin during the Nov. 6 election. San Diego State University is expected to begin negotiations some time in 2019 to purchase the land from the city of San Diego. Until then, the plan for a 35,000-seat football stadium, an SDSU campus extension, commercial and residential space and a public river park remains only conceptual.San Diego City Council members Barbara Bry and Scott Sherman and SDSU Assistant Vice President of Divisional Communications & Strategy Gina Jacobs were expected to participate in the discussion.Sherman represents City Council District 7, where the aging stadium currently sits, and endorsed SDSU West’s election competitor, the SoccerCity plan. Bry, meanwhile, endorsed SDSU West in January, well before most of her colleagues on the council. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: December 14, 2018 December 14, 2018 Political organizations host panel on future of SDSU West Plan KUSI Newsroom last_img read more