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Delight for Deele College as three students win top national award

first_imgThree students from Deele College are celebrating national success this week after they came first place in the Foroige Youth Entrepreneurship Programme in Dublin on Thursday afternoon.The three girls, Ellie Barron, Saffron Porter and Stephanie Harper are Transition Year students in the school and their product ‘Clean Guard’ beat off stiff competition from students from across the country to take the top prize.The girls will now go on to Barcelona to represent Ireland at the European stage of the competition. They say that simplicity is the trademark of genius and that adage certainly rings true for the girls, who have come up with a simple, yet an ingenious way for athletes to keep their mouth guards or gum shields clean and free from bacteria.Through their involvement in sport and their participation in the Donegal Enterprise Board Workshop, they identified a niche in the market and a problem that needed a solution.They created ‘Clean-Guard,’ which consists of a liquid sanitiser, a brush and a container, which doubles as both a cleaning container and a holder for taking to games or fights.The product works in fifteen minutes and leaves the mouth-guard fresh and ready to use for the next outing. Ellie Barron, Saffron Porter and Stephanie Harper took the top spot at the Foroige Youth Entrepreneurship Programme.The feedback that the girls have received has been phenomenal, with boxing sensation, Jason Quigley giving his seal of approval, just days after his last victory.He came to the school to meet the team behind the product and gave it his seal of approval.“After my last fight, I fired the mouth-guard into my bag and it was covered in blood. I took it out two days later and had to spend ages cleaning it with boiling water and a toothbrush.“It would have been great to have a cleaning product for the gum-shield and I will be using ‘Clean-Guard’ from now on so well done to the girls for creating something that we, as athletes, need.”There were buoyant scenes in the school on Thursday afternoon, when word filtered back that the team had won the overall prize and a trip to Barcelona in September. The girls were inundated with congratulatory messages, one of which came from the current Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, who congratulated the girls on their creativity, initiative and marketing skills.He highlighted the benefits of Transition Year, which allows students to take their learning outside the classroom and embrace their creativity. He also noted that the girls have the ability to take this product further.School principal, Mr Joe Boyle, was understandably delighted with the girls’ achievement and he says that it was a proud day for both the school and for the families of those involved.“I can’t emphasise the gravity of what the girls have done in winning a national competition which pitted them against the very best in the country. I’d like to say well done to the girls and indeed their families, who have supported them throughout this competition.“I would also like to pay a special mention to their teacher, Ms Orla Gallagher, who has worked night and day to help the girls.“I would also like to show my appreciation to Liam Porter, who is not only a past student of the school but a big supporter of everything we do here at Deele College.“Liam has been an invaluable asset to the team throughout. I would also like to thank all those was assisted the girls in any way for the competition.“On Monday, we have one of the highlights of the school calendar, which is our annual prize-giving and the girls will undoubtedly be honoured for their hard work and success on the day.“We are delighted that Education Minister, Joe McHugh TD will be here to join us for this celebration.”Delight for Deele College as three students win top national award was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Breast cancer is on the agenda

first_imgThe above infographic disproves some of the myths people believe about breast cancer and the threats it poses. (Image: Brand South Africa)Breast cancer awareness month is under way this month in South Africa and the rest of the world, when organisations, corporations and the public help to spread awareness and information about the disease.Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among South African women and the second most prevalent of all cancers among women of all races around the world. Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common form of cancer.According to the 2009 National Cancer Registry, one in 33 South African women will suffer from breast cancer at some point during their lives.“The designation of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Africa reflects a nationwide drive by public and private health care structures to raise awareness of this debilitating disease across all races and class structures,” the Department of Health said in announcing the event.With health care forming an integral part of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) it is important that South Africans are informed about how to ensure their wellbeing as well as of those for whom they are responsible.Raising awareness of breast cancer and arming people with a working knowledge of the disease ties in with meeting the NDP’s health care pillar.“The only way we are going to address women’s sexual and reproductive health, including cervical and breast cancer, HIV and Aids and TB, is to ensure that policies, programmes and services are integrated,” said Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, South Africa’s first lady.Madiba-Zuma was speaking in New York City on 27 and 28 September, where she used her attendance at the 70th session of the United Nation General Assembly to promote women’s health awareness. “It is my responsibility to the people of South Africa to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive health is kept high on the national and global agenda.”AT RISKMany people believe that they have no risk of breast cancer for a number of reasons, such as the idea that if there is no known history of the disease in their family, they will not get it. Although having a history of breast cancer in your family does increase your chances of developing the disease, however, the absence of cancer in your family does not mean you are not at risk.Many people are under the impression that breast cancer is only a threat to women; contrary to popular belief, men can contract the disease as well, although they are less likely to do so than women. One in 1 249 men worldwide will get breast cancer during their lifetimes.This is because men have far less breast tissue than women and thus run less of a risk of developing cancerous cells in their breast – but that does not mean it cannot happen.Regular examination, done yourself or by a professional, as well as mammograms can go a long way to avoiding the complications inherent in late discovery of breast cancer. (Image: ICON)EARLY DIAGNOSISThroughout October, organisations such as Cansa and the Pink Drive are raising awareness of the disease. They are encouraging people to care for their health as well as support those who have the illness.Best health practices are promoted during breast cancer awareness month, and people are encouraged to undergo regular routine checks to identify the development of cancerous cells early on and take measures to reduce risk.“Early diagnosis gives the cancer patient a higher chance of complete cure and less extensive surgery,” explains Dr Sheldon Godinho, the president of the Radiological Society of South Africa. “Early detection is a critically important factor in winning the battle against breast cancer.”Regular examination, done yourself or by a professional, as well as mammograms can go a long way to avoiding the complications inherent in late discovery of breast cancer.As International Breast Cancer Month continues through October, people of all ages and genders should take the time to support those suffering from breast cancer and ensure their own health and wellness.last_img read more

Heavyweights Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller hurl insults instead of leather

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, is shoved by Jarrell Miller, right, as they pose for photographs during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in New York, to promote their upcoming fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Staring contests, shouting matches, some shoving. Even a near mix-up with some members of the audience.All part of the pregame show, if you will, when heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Jarrell Miller shared a makeshift stage at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief World fencing body ‘interested’ in France’s embrace of lightsaber SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ He’s coming over to Miller’s backyard; the heavyweight known as Big Baby (23-0-1, 20 knockouts) is from Brooklyn. Joshua basically shrugs when that’s mentioned.“He gasses out, he gets hit a lot,”Joshua said of the 300-pound Miller. “He’s slow.”Miller wasn’t slow to insult Joshua at every turn Tuesday, calling the Briton everything from “phony” to “no role model” to a “prom queen.”“I am ready, you have no idea,” he said. “I breathe, eat and sleep Anthony Joshua. I got a picture on my wall of Anthony Joshua. I wake up in the morning with Anthony Joshua.“The way I got here is unconventional, something out of a fantasy book. I worked hard for this, hard. Ground it out. I got to go to war.”ADVERTISEMENT The title fight, Joshua’s U.S. debut, isn’t until June 1. The WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belt holder is unbeaten (22-0, 21 knockouts), but has only fought in the United Kingdom, where he’s filled London’s Wembley Stadium and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium for defenses of his title. Now, it’s the Garden, an arena synonymous with boxing, but a new locale for the champion.“I am not here to win a popularity contest. I don’t want to focus on the recognition part,” Joshua said. “That’s a losing battle. But as far as fighting around the world, I like to fight wherever the market is. In the U.K., we had 100,000 coming out and that’s why it made sense to be fighting there. At the moment, it’s brilliant to be at Madison Square Garden, with a global audience.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Madison Square Garden is massive. Madison Square Garden is really big, brilliant. Wembley holds a lot more people, but this is something different and new territory.“We’ve built it from the ground up in the U.K., and now we’re coming over.”center_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Miller especially was annoyed when Joshua said he would train for the fight in Brooklyn. And as allegations from each boxer flew about alleged use of illegal substances — Miller tested positive for a banned drug in 2014 — they shouted over each other into microphones at a news conference without ever really answering questions.Miller claimed Joshua “has to have people look up to him like he is some kind of a god” while adding Joshua is “a puppeteer.”But they were ready to make some predictions. Before leaving the stage early, Miller vowed he’ll step out of the Garden ring in June as the champion. And Joshua promised, “I am going to knock him out on June 1. He’s the softest puncher in the heavyweight division.”“I just gave him a big paycheck and some cheeseburgers,” Joshua joked. “It was an easy promotion.”The bout will be streamed by DAZN in the United States and televised by Sky Sports in the U.K. Hopefully it will have more jabs and hooks and uppercuts with the gloves on in the ring and not the mouthing off that marked the beginning of the promotion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more