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first_imgA NEW initiative to raise awareness of autism will see many buildings and landmarks in Letterkenny turn blue for tonight – including the town’s landmark St Eunan’s Cathedral.The Letterkenny Autism Family Support Group (LAFSG) is behind the initiative which will also see the Polestar and Dry Arch roundabouts lit up blue to encourage awareness of autism.There has been a huge surge in the number of people being diagnosed with the condition in Co Donegal. Said spokeswoman Breda McCloskey: “A new diagnostics team was set up last year through the HSE’s Early Intervention Team. As a result of this there has been a surge in the number of children diagnosed with autism in Letterkenny.“The reason is that before, there was only one person who was able to diagnose, but now with the dedicated team it is becoming a lot easier.”LAFSG is providing support to more than 100 families in the Letterkenny area. It was set up in 2009 to provide support and assistance to the parents and families of children with autism.The group thanked local people and businesses in Letterkenny for supporting today’s initiative. “We hope that by turning things blue it will make people stop and think,” she added. LETTERKENNY TURNS BLUE FOR AUTISM was last modified: April 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LETTERKENNY TURNS BLUE FOR AUTISMlast_img read more


first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Turning over a new leaf in 2018, Calvin Abueva believes that Alaska’s disastrous run last year is already a thing of the past.“We already buried our losing streak in 2017,” Abueva said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “This 2018, it’s a new goal that we’re building this year,” said Abueva.The Aces are currently on a three-game winning run after a 97-83 victory over Ginebra on Sunday in a game where they surged ahead in the second half after trailing by nine in the first two quarters.“We lost our focus on our execution and on our defense in the first half. But in the second half, the coaches allowed us to settle down and think of the things we felt we needed to do with our defense and that’s how we got the victory,” said Abueva in Filipino.Abueva finished with nine points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks to back up Vic Manuel, who had 18 points, five boards, and two assists.“I’m just doing my role as a veteran of this team. I’m just trying to show what I can do and double my efforts,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Regular fixtures in the playoffs, the Aces plummeted in the standings in the 2016-17 season.Alaska suffered an early exit in the quarterfinals courtesy of eventual runner-up Ginebra in its bid for a third straight finals appearance in the Philippine Cup last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThings didn’t get better from there as the Aces figured in the bottom half of the standings in the import-laden conferences where they suffered a 13-game slide.But that was then, and after two losses to start the new season, 2018 was nothing but great for Alaska. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Key players’ absence, Tenorio’s struggles too much for Ginebra to hurdle Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Abueva, though, said that the Aces can’t get too ahead of themselves as they seek to keep their roll going.“We’re just thinking of sustaining this and prepare for Blackwater. I hope we can continue this and extend our winning streak,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more


first_imgApril 18, 2008: A new beast was about to take the cricketing world by storm and no one had any idea what kind of impact it would have on the game. Yes, India had won the World T20 and the cricket-loving public here wanted more of this razzmatazz format.  Would it be a hit? Or would the IPL peter out despite the big moneys and the glitz?The questions were answered by a Kiwi from far ashore . Brendon McCullum was signed up by the star-studded Kolkata Knight Riders , who took on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match of the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League, exactly nine years ago. (Also read: Royal Challengers Bangalore suffer major blow: AB de Villiers ruled out vs Gujarat Lions)New Zealand, it must be remembered, had been exposed to the frenetic world of T20 cricket, a lot before the concept had hit home here in India. Riding on experience and sheer skill, Baz took apart an RCB attack that was led by two very able India pacers – Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan. The legendary Jacques Kallis was tonked for 48 runs in his four overs while Australian leg-spinner Cameron White conceded 24 runs in one horror over.The other KKR batmsen just played a supporting role around McCullum as he blazed 10 fours and 13 sixes in a 73-ball 158 not out. Two of world cricket’s giants – Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting, two of McCullum’s four batting partners that evening at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, were mere spectators. (Also read: April 18, 2008 – Brendon McCullum 158* brings Royal Challengers Bangalore to their knees in IPL opener)advertisementDavid Hussey, who batted at No.4, stayed on for 12 balls to merely take singles and had the strike back to McCullum so he could do more carnage on an already battered bowling line-up.What happened to some of the stars involved in the inaugural IPL clash:- Following the onslaught, RCB were shot out for 82 to crash to a 140-run defeat. The team underwent a major revamp and soon turned into one of the most dangerous units in the IPL.- RCB stormed to the final next year when the IPL was held in South Africa- KKR won the title twice in 2012 and 2014- Jacques Kallis later moved to KKR and was an integral part of a successful outfit. He is their present coach and wields enormous influence in the team- Ganguly, Ponting, Zaheer, Rahul Dravid, Hussey and Sunil Joshi retired from international cricket since that iconic IPL opener.- Zaheer is now captain of the Delhi Daredevils where Dravid is coach- Mark Boucher’s (RCB wicketkeeper for the inaugural edition) career came to an abrupt end when he was hit by flying bails in a tour match in England.- Most importantly, a 19-year-old, who walked out to bat at No.3 for RCB, that evening, is the biggest superstar in world cricket today. Virat Kohli, who was yet to debut for India, had made 1 before being done in by Ashok Dinda. Kohli, has since, peaked new scales for India and only last year, hit a record-smashing 973 runs and four hundreds in the IPL. He is currently India and RCB captain.McCullum also quit international cricket after leading New Zealand to the 2015 World Cup. He played for Chennai Super Kings and was bought by Gujarat Lions in 2016.In a quirky coincidence, McCullum and Kohli will face off again later on Tuesday when Gujarat take on RCB, nine years down the line from that surreal evening in Bengaluru.last_img read more


first_img LANSING – Legislation written by state Rep. Daniela García, which continues a hospital’s ability to maintain an automated prescription device within its facility or an affiliated location, was approved by the state Senate Wednesday and is headed to the governor’s desk.House Bill 5877 is in response to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations that stipulated automated devices could be operated within a hospital only if it had a licensed pharmacy at the same address. The DEA also specified that if a device was located at an affiliated facility of the hospital, it would have to be under the control of a licensed pharmacist.“Hospitals will be able to continue to offer the same level of pharmacy services to patients with this legislation,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “Patients would have been negatively impacted by the federal regulation, so we acted quickly so that continuity of care for patients would not be interrupted.”Automated devices, commonly referred to as Pyxis machines, are a secure measure to ensure the correct medication and dosage is prescribed for a patient, via a licensed health professional. Hospitals and health care facilities have been using the prescription devices, with security measures such as fingerprint recognition, to assist in correct distribution of medications for almost 30 years.“Without this legislation, the DEA regulation would have affected 47 health care facilities across the state in 2017,” said Rep. García. “There’s no estimate to how many patients could have been affected, especially with health systems relying on affiliated facilities to provide care and services across a larger area.”###About Rep. García:State Rep. Daniela García is a first-term lawmaker representing the 90th House District. The 90th District represents southern Ottawa County, including the cities of Zeeland and Holland. Rep. García can be reached toll-free at (517)373-0830, via email at [email protected] or on her website. For additional updates follow House Republicans on Facebook and Twitter. 15Dec Automated prescription device legislation approved by Senate Categories: Garcia News,Newslast_img read more


first_img Categories: Lower News,News A proposal to fix Michigan’s no-fault car insurance system, supported by state Rep. Jim Lower, today was signed into law.The new law will bring hundreds of dollars in savings to drivers in Gratiot and Montcalm counties through lower car insurance prices – offering personal injury coverage options, combating fraud and abuse, and addressing medical costs.“I am proud to be a part of the historic 100th Michigan Legislature and the reforms within this proposal are truly historic due to the decades of gridlock that state government faced with this issue,” said Lower, of Greenville. “The Legislature took the lead on this after hearing loud and clear from residents across the state who were facing tough financial decisions because of the high cost of car insurance. They needed real rate relief and this plan delivers that.”Mandated unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance plans is a primary reason why costs are so high in Michigan. The new law allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – all while providing more affordable options.For the first time in Michigan’s history, drivers will be able to have a choice in their level of PIP coverage. Beginning in 2020, many will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose PIP limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.Other reforms include:• A fee schedule to rein in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging far more to treat car accident victims than other patients.• An anti-fraud unit will help crack down on those abusing the system, helping to further lower car insurance rates.• Non-driving factors, such as ZIP codes, home ownership and educational level, can’t be used to determine rates. 30May Rep. Lower commends signature of plan to reform state’s broken car insurance systemlast_img read more