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first_img14 years old Niamh Toland from Kerrykeel begins an intensive week of chemotherapy ahead of her life-saving stem cell transplant surgery in a major battle to restore her health, reports the Tirconail Tribune today.Niamh who resides at Gortcally is a third-year student at Loreto College Milford.She has been diagnosed with the rare ‘Severe Aplastic Anaemia’ disease will undergo the bone marrow surgery in Crumlin Hospital Dublin on October 1st. She will be admitted to the hospital on next Sunday and all going she can expect to be back home in around two months time.Niamh’s younger brother, Niall, aged 12 who is a pupil at Kerrykeel national school has volunteered to donate 25% of his marrow to allow the surgery to go ahead.He was originally tested in May and got final confirmation of being a matching donor in July.Severe Aplastic Anaemia is a condition that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells as the bone marrow system shuts down. The major function of bone marrow is to generate blood cells. Bone marrow contains two main types of stem cells. Hematopoietic stem cells, found in red marrow, are responsible for the production of blood cells.The journey for the Toland family began when Niamh suffered a virus attack during the Christmas holidays last year.She was rushed to hospital on January 7th on the first day back at college after the Christmas break. While enjoying the first break of the day, her friends were left shocked as Niamh’s appearance suddenly became jaundiced.Following a series of tests, biopsies and blood tests, the disease was finally confirmed on May 1st.It can be caused by a virus, hereditary factors, immune disease, or exposure to chemicals, drugs, or radiation. However, in about half the cases, the cause is unknown. The definitive diagnosis is by bone marrow biopsy; normal bone marrow has 30–70% blood stem cells, but in aplastic anaemia, these cells are mostly gone and replaced by fat.The illness which is classified as “SAA” is a disease in which the bone marrow does not make enough blood cells for the body.The disease is treated by transplant and there are risks involved including the rejection of the donor marrow and while it is hoped all goes well, there are no guarantees.For Niamh and her family, it has already been a long journey that began on her first day back at Loreto College in Milford. During the morning break another student reported to her teachers that Niamh’s complexion had turned ‘yellow’ and she was feeling unwell. During the Christmas holidays Niamh felt off colour and her energy levels had fallen drastically. Her mum, Bridget, rushed to the college and brought Niamh to A&E at Letterkenny University Hospital. She responded well to medication in Letterkenny and was admitted to Crumlin Hospital for the first time on January 13th… it was the start of a very long journey and a very traumatic period of waiting and hoping by her family circle.She recovered sufficiently to be released from Crumlin on January 23rd and got back to college after the mid-term spring break.But during the Easter holidays further worrying symptoms developed: a rash, unexplained bruising of tissue. Niamh was rushed back to hospital in Letterkenny for further blood tests and her blood count levels was found to be dangerously low.A further visit to Crumlin for a biopsy confirmed the family’s worst fears… Niamh’s virus attack at Christmas had left her with SAA and in a real battle for survival.Over the summer, the family has spent many anxious days in Letterkenny hospital. Twice weekly they had to report to the paediatric unit for blood count tests which were then relayed to Dublin. Only then could the consultants in Crumlin prepare for further transfer of bloods by road to Letterkenny.The transfusions would finally arrive and on many occasions, Niamh and her family left for home after being in the hospital for a period of 15 hours.Niamh had been looking forward to her Junior Cert next year but that is now on hold.But being energised by her family and community support, she is planning to sit a number of subjects, all being well and she will have help with her studies while recovering at home.She says the main issue right now is that her immune system is not working and every little incident can turn into a life-threatening event. She’s wearing ‘three pens’ that deliver essential medication into her system and explains very candidly: “On the exterior I’m the healthiest looking girl in the college…but internally I am very, very ill.”While Niamh remains in Crumlin, she will be busy studying a number of subjects for her junior cert and like most 14 years old she hopes that she can finally return to a normal life with the hopes and dreams of youth on her side.Niall will have his own procedure carried out during a short stay in the hospital but he will not be allowed to play football for a number of weeks afterward as his marrow levels return to normal.After her discharge from Crumlin, Niamh will have to return there on a twice-weekly basis for DNA sampling.Family members have now launched a GoFundMe page which can be accessed by logging into on gofundme.com/niamhtoland14. (https://www.gofundme.com/niamhtoland14)Your support will be much appreciated.Life-saving surgery for Kerrykeel girl Niamh was last modified: September 19th, 2019 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)last_img read more


first_img26 November 2009Durban’s R3.1-billion Moses Mabhida Stadium is complete and ready to host the world’s football stars and thousands of fans who are expected to descend on the city for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.The 56 000-seater stadium, which took 32 months to build, has created 26 000 jobs and changed the look and feel of the city.“This world-class engineering and architectural feat is a true example of what can be achieved by team work, the sharing of skills and the collaboration between public and private enterprise,” said the head of Durban/eThekwini’s 2010 programme, Julie May Ellingson.“There is no doubt that each and every person who has worked on this project can stand proud and know that they have made their mark in history.”The stadium is scheduled to host five group matches, one second round match, one quarter final and a semi-final match during the World Cup.‘Stadium for the people’It features a “sky car” able to carry 25 people at a time to its highest point, an adventure walk up 550 steps to the southern side of the 106-metre arch, and a bungee swing across the pitch. Twenty-four 24 shops which will serve visitors on non-match days.This, Ellingson said, would further help maintain the stadium’s financial sustainability.eThekwini Mayor Obed Mlaba said this was a great moment for the city: “It is a moment that fills me with a pride I know is shared by all the people of Durban. Because this is a stadium for the people, just as baba Moses was a man for – and of – the people.“The 2010 Fifa World Cup was the spur, but one of our main priorities was to build a multi-functional venue that would be the envy of other cities and benefit the people of Durban for years to come,” he said.The stadium’s first official match, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, has been sold out. The Durban World Cup venue will host the local derby between AmaZulu and Maritzburg United, and all 22 000 tickets have already been snapped up.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


first_img12 February 2010 President Jacob Zuma has announced a number of new measures to help boost South Africa’s education system, saying education and skills development were at the centre of the government’s policies. Delivering his State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, Zuma said that as from this year all grade 3, 6 and 9 students would write literacy and numeracy tests that were independently moderated. The government aimed to increase the pass rate for these tests from the current average of between 35% and 40% to at least 60% by 2014, he said. “We want to improve the ability of our children to read, write and count in the foundation years,” Zuma said. “Unless we do this, we will not improve the quality of education [in the country].” In addition, each school would be assessed by officials from the Department of Basic Education and would be given an auditable written report. Measures were also in place to assist South Africa’s teachers, such as providing them with detailed daily lesson plans. Learners would also be provided with easy-to-use workbooks in all 11 languages. “Our education targets are simple but critical,” Zuma said. “We want learners and teachers to be in school, in class, on time, learning and teaching for seven hours a day.’ He urged parents to co-operate with the government in making this a success. Among the performance areas that would be closely monitored were the number of matriculants qualifying for university entry as well as the maths and physical science pass rates in matric. This followed a continuous decline in South Africa’s matric results, to a 60.6 percent pass rate in 2009. Zuma said the government wanted to increase the number of matriculants qualifying to enter a Bachelor’s degree to 175 000 a year by 2014. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


first_imgThe Philippine men’s national volleyball team yielded to powerhouse Vietnam, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20, at the start of the 29th Southeast Asian Games volleyball competition Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos may have faltered in straight sets but they had their moments especially in the third set, where they managed to take a 16-13 edge.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program But the errors piled up for the Philippines, allowing Vietnam to take control, 23-19, en route to the victory.The Vietnamese hope to win the gold medal this time after settling for second place in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore following a three-set loss to Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Nextlast_img read more


first_img“I’m sticking to the brand that we are still the underdogs since we won just one game,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, who is looking for his third NCAA crown.Behind the heroics of Robert Bolick, who had nine of the last 11 points of his team, the Lions grabbed Game 1, 94-87, before a huge crowd last Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDonald Tankoua and Davon Potts also made an impact for the Lions, combining for 42 points as they spoiled the Pirates’ perfect record.San Beda skipper Javee Mocon said their team’s experience in pressure situations remains their only edge against a Lyceum team which has depth and firepower. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next “This is the finals,” said Mocon. “This is a test of character. We would like to show everybody that although Lyceum has all the heart, we want to show that we have a bigger heart because we are champions.”The series opener followed the trend of the two elimination round meetings between the two powerhouse squads won by the Pirates. Only this time, the Lions found their stride in crunch time with Bolick doing most of the damage.But instead of sulking shortly after their first loss in 19 games, Lyceum coach Topex Robinson owned up to the defeat and vowed that his troops will be ready for war on Thursday.Robinson was particularly happy with the way the Pirates fought even after the Lions took a comfortable nine-point edge heading into the final seconds.“The players—we could have just rolled down and died,” said Robinson. “But they just wanted to fight. That’s how we always honor the game, by giving our best until that final buzzer. We’re not gonna just roll down and die.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOn the cusp of a 10th title in 12 years, San Beda isn’t letting go of its underdog label the way Lyceum isn’t giving up on its dream of nailing a first NCAA crown.After pinning on the Pirates their first NCAA Season 93 loss in Game 1 of the title series, the Red Lions hope to come out strong and sew up the crown Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Pressure on for Azkals after draw vs Nepal MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more


first_imgResultsMen’s Open – Australia 15 defeated England 1 Women’s Open – Australia 11 defeated South Africa 1 Men’s 30’s – Australia 18 defeated Germany 2Men’s 40’s – Australia 16 defeated Scotland 2 Senior Mixed – Australia 8 defeated by New Zealand 9 Men’s 35’s – Australia 8 defeated South Africa 7 Mixed Open – Australia 14 defeated England 1Men’s 40’s – Australia 20 defeated Niue 2Men’s Open – Australia 16 defeated Cook Islands 1Mixed Open – Australia 15 defeated South Africa 2Senior Mixed – Australia 13 defeated England 0 Women’s Open – Australia 21 defeated France 0Stay tuned to the website for more information.last_img


first_img​Bulgarian Football Union president resignsby Ian Ferris10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe president of the Bulgaria Football Union, Borislav Mihaylov, has resigned, reports BBC Sport.Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called for him to quit on Tuesday after the racist abuse of England players in the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.Monday’s match, which England won 6-0, was stopped twice because of racist behaviour by home fans, which included Nazi salutes and monkey chants.The BFU said the move “is a consequence of the recent tensions” but did not mention racism in their statement.The statement said the tensions had created “an environment that is detrimental to Bulgarian football and the Bulgarian Football Union”.It added that “Mihaylov expresses his firm readiness to continue helping in the development of Bulgarian football in every possible way”.Earlier on Tuesday, the Bulgaria prime minister “strongly condemned” the fans’ behaviour and called for Mihaylov to resign “immediately”.”After yesterday’s shameful loss of the Bulgarian National Team and given the bad results of our football, I ordered to end any relationship with BFU, including financial, until the withdrawal of Borislav Mihaylov from the post,” he added. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer targeting two strikers in Januaryby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting two strikers in January.The Red Devils have struggled this season and sit down in 14th place in the Premier League table after nine games.They have scored just ten goals having let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both leave in the summer without replacing them.And now it’s been claimed that Solskjaer wants two strikers in January as he aims to get Manchester United back on track.The Sun says Solskjaer will be backed with funds to improve his side with United struggling on the pitch. last_img


first_imgAn overhead shot of Tennessee player dunking against Kentucky.KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It is no secret that Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive tackle and Ole Miss commit Drew Richmond is major target for Tennessee. The Vols are hosting Richmond on his final official visit before signing day on Wednesday, and the student body at today’s Auburn-Tennessee basketball game was well aware of Richmond’s presence. Here’s a Vine of the UT students chanting for the big-time recruit:Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is going all out for Richmond’s visit, personally hosting the prospect himself over the weekend. Jones not-so subtly attempted to get the student section to up its intensity as he and Richmond walked by.Five-star treatment for a five-star prospect. If Richmond doesn’t end up flipping to the Vols this week, it won’t be for lack of trying on Tennessee’s part. [ RockyTopInsider ]last_img read more


first_img(Clockwise from the top left: Amber Tuccaro, Delores Browers, Katie Ballentyne and Edna Bernard)Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsThe remains of four Indigenous women have been found over the last 13 years within a small rural area near Leduc, Alta. that police suspect could be a lone killer’s dumping ground.Just last week the skull of Delores Browers was found after the Metis woman went missing over 10 years ago.The discovery was made east of Leduc in a wooded area along Range Road 241 near Rolley View road.Browers was 33 when she was last seen hitchhiking a ride in May of 2000.Edna Bernard, 28, was found in 2002 in a wooded area on Range Road 245 just north of Rolley View road.Katie Ballentyne, 40, was found in 2003 in a farmer’s field near Range Road 235, north of Township Road 500.Amber Tuccaro, 20, was found in 2012 in a wooden area east of Leduc near Range Road 241 and Highway 623.[wooslider slideshow_speed=”2.5″ slider_type=”attachments” limit=”10″]In the cases of Browers, Bernard and Ballentyne they worked as sex trade workers but Tuccaro did not.Several media outlets have suggested the rural area where these bodies have been found could be a dumping ground. The RCMP have not denied this or the possibility that one person could be responsible for all four murders.“Certainly it is a consideration and a possibility that’s being explored,” said Mary Schlosser, communications advisor for Edmonton RCMP. “These are high priority files and the investigators are working on them.”She also said it’s possible that given the close proximity of where the remains were found, the RCMP may be conducting more searches for other bodies in the area.Browers’ family waited a long time for answers in her disappearance and issued a statement expressing relief to have finally learned what happened.“While we are saddened to have confirmation that Delores’ remains have been found, there is a sense of thankfulness as well. We loved Delores and are grateful to have some closure,” the statement read.“While we are grieving with some sense of relief, we know there are many families who have yet to find the answers they are seeking.”Bernard’s family is still waiting for answers.Bernard was found dead shortly after her body had been set on fire. She was the mother to six boys and struggled with an addiction to cocaine. Bernard also worked in the sex trade in Edmonton to support her habit.Her sister Caroline Bernard remembers her as “the best sister anyone can have” and expressed sorrow for Delores’s family.“That’s painful…I hope the other families that are mourning their loss- I hope they stay strong and remember the good things about their lost loved one,” said Caroline Bernard. “I hope they catch the bastard (who did it).”Ballentyne was mother of four when reported missing in April 2003.Ballentyne also struggled with a drug addiction and sold her body for money on the streets of Edmonton.In July 2003 her badly decomposed body was found in a field in Leduc County.Tuccaro, of Fort Chipewyan, was last seen getting into an unknown man’s vehicle during a visit to Edmonton in August 2010.Tuccaro was also a mother to a 14-month-old son when she disappeared.A group of horseback riders discovered her skull in September 2012.No one has yet been charged in any of the four women’s deaths. Over the years there have been some leads and investigators have at times believe they came close to solving these crimes.According to court documents, the RCMP at one time believed Bernard and Ballantyne were victims of the same killer.In 2007, Thomas Svekla, of Edmonton was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two Edmonton street workers. However, he was only convicted of second-degree murder in the death of one of them and is now serving a life sentence.Syekla was also considered a suspect in several other homicide investigations including those of Bernard and Ballantyne.In 2012, the RCMP released a cell phone recording of Tuccaro and an unidentified man who was in her company when she disappeared in the hopes that someone would recognize his voice.Then in 2013, the RCMP put up giant billboards in Leduc featuring her image with the slogan “Have you heard the voice?” further hoping that it help them to find out what happened to her. The billboards have since been removed.There are two common trends in the killings that apply to all four women: they were all Indigenous and they were all hitchhiking.Hitchhiking is a common way to get around in a lot of Aboriginal communities, however, the RCMP said it’s considered high-risk behavior when done in an urban setting.“One of the messages we are trying to get out is getting into a car with someone you don’t know is not a good idea. Hitchhiking is really high risk behaviour because it makes you vulnerable,” said Schlosser.Julie Kaye, director of community engaged research and assistant professor of sociology at Kings University in Edmonton said this circumstance does arouse suspicion about the possibility of a serial killer on the loose.“How can it not?” said Kaye.After all, Canada has had serial killers before.“When you see it’s not the first time that we’ve had serial killers in this way in Canada,” she said while referencing notorious B.C. murderer Robert Pickton who targeted a large amount of Indigenous women who worked in the sex trade.However, she went on to say that regardless of whether or not a serial killer is involved there are broader questions to be addressed. That is, the long-standing issue of missing and murdered Indigenous Women in Canada and the targeting of Indigenous women for these types of crimes reflective of the broader pattern seen across the country.“It’s horrific and another example of the disproportionate violence that Indigenous women face and especially Indigenous women involved in the sex industry,” said Kaye. “They’re not consenting to violence or harm just because they’re working in the sex industry.”The tragedy of the loss of all of these women will not be forgotten until justice is served, if the Stolen Sisters and Brothers Awareness Movement (SSBAM) has anything to do with it.The Edmonton based grassroots organization has been working with the victims’ families to provide support and to assist in raising awareness to help solve the murders.“I think the fact that these were Indigenous women kind of verifies what we’ve thought all along,” said April Wiberg of SSBAM. “When women are targeted to be victims of violence there is a racial element involved… If they had not visibly been Aboriginal would they still be alive today?”[email protected]last_img read more