6th December, 2001
District Lions Club
Douglas Lions members and their many volunteers will be collecting at both Shopping Centres in Douglas on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th December in order to provide food hampers to the needy this Christmas. Your support would be appreciated.
Tales from Crab Lane
Ballintemple National School, Crab Lane, Cork has produced a beautiful little book called a Tales from Crab Lane", in order to raise much needed funds for their small school of 170 boys and girls. "Tales from Crab Lane" is unique, because it has been written and illustrated by the school children themselves, ranging in age from 6 to 11 years.
The books displays the imagination and beautiful innocence of the children in their stories and pictures. Each story and illustration exudes charm and enchantment, from the horror and yet happy ending of "A Jungle Adventure", to the triumphant ode to "The Rockies' hurling team.
"Tales from Crab Lane" retails at £5 and is available from Ballintemple NS @021 4293608 and in Russells Books, Castle Filling Station, Blackrock and Togher, and Supervalu, Blackrock. All proceeds go towards the Ballintemple National School Fund. Every aspect of this book from design through to printing was done on a voluntary basis.
PHYSICAL FITNESS AND YOU
As we approach the festive season, some of us are tempted to ignore the importance of keeping fit. In this issue and the next we hope to throw some light on the subject. All we have done is ask What is Physical fitness?. What we found out makes interesting reading:
Physical fitness is the ability to meet the physical demands of daily life and to resist diseases associated with inactivity. It enables people to perform well in sports and other activities, and to look and feel their best.
Physical fitness can be classified into two main kinds: (1) performance-related and (2) health-related. People face different physical demands in the course of their occupations and leisure time. Therefore, the necessary type of conditioning, which may be called performance-related physical fitness, varies from one individual to another. For example, a stockbroker who runs marathon races for recreation requires a high capacity of the heart and lungs to deliver oxygen to leg muscles. On the other hand, a factory worker who lifts heavy crates but reads for relaxation primarily requires great leg and upper body strength to meet daily physical challenges.
The requirements for health-related fitness are similar for all people. Everyone must maintain certain aspects of health-related fitness to feel good and to resist disease.
Performance-related physical fitness includes such qualities as muscular strength, aerobic power, anaerobic power, anaerobic capacity, and flexibility.
Muscular strength is the ability to produce force in a single effort. This type of strength is vital to such athletes as discus and javelin throwers, rugby players, boxers, hurlers, footballers, shot-putters, and weightlifters.
Aerobic power is the highest rate at which a person's body can produce energy in the muscles through the use of oxygen. Aerobic power depends on good lung function to supply oxygen to the blood, a strong heart to pump blood to the muscles, and muscles that are efficient in using the oxygen sent to them. Great aerobic power is common among endurance athletes, including cyclists, distance runners, rowers, and distance swimmers. These athletes may have twice the aerobic power of untrained people.
Anaerobic power is the ability to produce great force quickly, a combination of speed and strength. The term anaerobic means without oxygen. Highly anaerobic activities use up energy so fast that they can be sustained for only 30 seconds or less. Anaerobic power is needed in such events as the high jump, long jump, 50- to 100-meter sprints in track, rebounding in basketball, and weightlifting.
Anaerobic capacity is the ability to sustain great force for up to 30 seconds. It is important in 200- and 300-meter sprints in track; 25- and 50-meter swims; and any sport involving brief bursts of maximum effort.
Flexibility is the range of motion of body joints. Great flexibility is needed in such activities as dance, gymnastics, high jumping, hurdling, long jumping, and wrestling. A high degree of flexibility may also help prevent certain injuries.
Next week we look at Health Related Fitness
URSULINE SECONDARY SCHOOL - PRIZE GIVING
On Monday night, December 3rd, the Ursuline
Secondary School Blackrock, celebrated another eventful year at
the Prizegiving Ceremony. The Principal, Sr. Mary, congratulated
all recipients on their awards. Academically it was a very
successful year The Leaving Cert. results were excellent with a
high percentage of students achieving 500 points or more. Twin
sisters Alva and Lynn Sheehy were awarded UCC Entrance
Scholarships. Their success was marked by a special presentation
on the night. Helen Dwyer was awarded the prize for highest
academic achievement at Junior Cert. level. A special award was
presented by the CSO to 3 students who achieved A 1 in Leaving
Cert. Honours Maths and who are currently using Maths at third
level. They were Alva Sheehy, Lynn Sheehy and Lisa Cummins.
The Young Enterprise companies at the school had a very successful year and in the Oxford Delegacy Enterprise Examination the results for Ursulines were spectacular. Aisling Kiely won an award for scaring the highest marts in marketing in Ireland and Emer Lehane achieved the highest overall combined marks in Ireland. Sarah Farrelly, past pupil who had gone through the Young Enterprise experience in secondary school and who subsequently set up her own very successful business was chosen to represent Ireland at the European Enterprise Seminar in Sweden this summer.
The musical interludes were from The Sound of Music which enjoyed a very successful run in October,
Students were congratulated on their community involvement. The Interact Cub at the school received special mention under the guidance of the Douglas Rotary Club. The members of Interact raised several thousand pounds for local charities.
Students were presented with awards for achievements in debating verse speaking and public speaking both in English and Irish. Maths1 Sports, Music, Art and Cookery were also recognised.
Deirdre Clune, T D.. Fine Gael spokesperson on Environment and Consumer Protection, a former pupil of the school was Guest Speaker on the night She received a warm reception from a hall filled with parents, teaching staff and friends. This Prizegiving Ceremony was an historic occasion as it was the last formal school function held at the old school, which was founded in l843. Pupils and teachers are looking forward to moving to the new state of the art school where the long tradition of Ursuline education will continue.
ACUPUNCTURE IN IRELAND & CHINA
Continuing with Kenneth OConnor ( Lic.AC, AC, C. Ac. China, M.A.I.Ac.) on his visit to China
Acupuncture, for some strange reason, seems to be the last resort for most people, until of course, they realise there is nothing to be afraid of. Most people's experience of needles is that of those used to give injections. take blood etc. Acupuncture needles differ from these hypodermic syringes in that they are much finer and are solid rather than hollow, they are designed to part the skin without excessively cutting the tissues. You may experience a slight prick as the needle penetrates the skin but this is a momentary experience, most people would describe the feeling as virtually painless or no more painful than plucking out a hair. What happens after the needle is inserted is of much more importance and you must provide feedback on what you are feeling to your practitioner. Most people feel a dull ache. tingling or feeling of heaviness or numbness around the area where the needle is, occasionally a mild electrical pulsation radiating away from the site of the needle is felt. Reactions such as these to needling are of vital clinical importance to the Acupuncturist and signify that the Qi has been accessed. The needles are then left in place from 5 to 30 minutes and may be occasionally manipulated by the Practitioner.
Having taken the detailed case history, the practitioner might take your blood pressure, look at your tongue and spend time taking your pulses. Having arrived at a diagnosis and treatment protocol, the practitioner will try to outline this to you. The practitioner will outline where needles are to be inserted and for how long. S/he may also use Moxibustion and cupping techniques. The practitioner will then ask you to undress to the level necessary for the insertions of the needles, points on the limbs are most commonly used. If your condition is of a musculoskeletal nature (e.g. back pain, muscle strain, tendinitis etc.), the practitioner may use a small battery-powered TENS machine attached to the needles. If you are in any doubt at any time as to what is going on then ask the practitioner there is a very good reason why needles are being inserted into your feet when your problem is a headache!
In short there are no side effects from Acupuncture. Acupuncture is about re-balancing the body's energy and quite often a sense of relaxation and general well being results after a course of treatments. Because of this re-balancing effect, other conditions may resolve or become less bothersome while you are undergoing treatment for a different condition. Even if you are treated inappropriately by a practitioner, the body is likely to compensate for this and nullify the effects of the inappropriate treatment.
When choosing an Acupuncturist ensure firstly that the Acupuncturist is a Member of a recognised body such as the A.I.Ac. and carries full Professional Indemnity Insurance. Your personal rapport with the Acupuncturist is important so try to find somebody with whom you feel comfortable, who understands what you want to achieve from treatment and who will take the time to explain how he/she feels acupuncture can help you. Just like orthodox medicine, acupuncture has its limitations so ask about the practitioner's previous experience with conditions similar to your own and the signs and symptoms that indicate progress.
Finally confirm that your chosen practitioner uses single use sterile disposable needles only. Leave immediately if the practitioner re-uses needles. All Members of the A.LAc. use only single use sterile disposable needles. Members are also bound by strict Codes of Clinical Practice and Professional Ethics.
...continued next week.
Health strategy noes nothing to tackle breast
cancer. CHRISTMAS PARTY CEILI
The Owenabue Valley Traditional Group celebrates five years of ceili dancing with a Birthday Party Ceili at the Carrigaline GAA Pavilion on next Saturday 8th December. The renowned Abbey Ceili Band will provide the best of traditional music for dancing from 9.30. p.m. to 1.30. a.m. with a break for tea at 11.30. p.m. The Hall is specially decorated for this night of celebration.
Headshave for Cork Cancer Research
1 in 3 people have cancer at some point in their lives. To raise awareness of and aid research into cancer in Cork, a group of young people have formed together to raise money for this cause. With your help they aim to raise at least £35,000. So far they have organised gigs, table quizzes, plays as well as other events. Their activities will culminate in the Savoy Night-club, Patrick's Street on Wednesday December 19th, when eight young people will be getting their heads completely shaved.
The account for the campaign is held in the AIB, Bishopstown, a/c number is 29137041. For any more information on sponsoring or joining the campaign call Mairtin at 086 354 35 45 or Ronan at 086 849 22 80.
Dedication Ceremony for the S.H.A.R.E. (Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly) Day Care Centre on Sheares Street, by Brian Crowley, MEP and Chairperson, Finbar Dennehy, S.H.A.R.E. Committee for 2001, on Friday, December 7, 2001, at 12:30 p.m.
The S.H.A.R.E. Day Care Centre, which will provide a full range of residential and non-residential services and facilities and 14 residential apartments for the elderly, is due for completion in June 2002.
Designed to cater for 50-100 people each day, it will have a lounge/TV room, arts and crafts room, restaurant area and provide chiropody, physiotherapy and hairdressing facilities with Southern Health Board personnel on site. The cost of the facility is over £4 million.
Since 1975 S.H.A.R.E. has provided over 200 housing units for the elderly in Cork City.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Question My employer has told us that a number of
employees may be made redundant. Can you please let me know what
I am entitled to?
Answer What you may be entitled to under legislation depends on how long you have worked for your employer, your age and your normal weekly earnings. However, you may negotiate a redundancy payment that exceeds the minimum entitlement under the statutory redundancy scheme.
Redundancy arises where an employee's job ceases to exist and he/she is not replaced for such reasons as the financial position of the firm, because of reorganisation or lack of work or the firm closes down. Employees with two years service should receive at least two weeks notice of redundancy, rising to eight weeks for those with at least 15 years service.
The Redundancy Payments Acts, 1967-1991 oblige employers to pay redundant employees their "statutory redundancy entitlement". To be eligible you must be between the ages of 16 and 66, in continuous employment for at least two years with your employer, paying Class A social insurance contributions and normally working at least 8 hours per week.
The lump-sum redundancy payment is calculated as follows subject to a maximum week's pay of £400 per week.
A half week's pay for each year of reckonable employment between the ages of 16 and 41 years
A week's pay for each year of reckonable employment over the age of 41 years. Plus an additional week's pay.
In calculating reckonable employment ordinary sick leave over and above 26 weeks, occupational injury over and above 52 weeks, maternity leave over and above 18 weeks and career breaks over 13 weeks in a 52 week period are excluded.
There is no tax payable on the statutory redundancy lump sum.
Further information is available from the Employment Rights Information Unit, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Davitt House, 65A Adelaide Road Dublin 2. Tel: Ol 631 3131 (Lo-Call 1890 201615 from outside the Ol area) and Cobh Citizens Information Centre, The Parish Centre, Roches Row, Cobh Tel: 4814422
BACK TO GOLF - REDUCE YOUR HANDICAP
by Dr. Nichola Dunne BSc. (Hons.) Chiropractic; D.C.
Are you increasingly blaming poor golf on a bad back, neck, shoulder, hip or knee? How often have you used this excuse for playing badly? Can chiropractic help to reduce your golf handicap?
Did you know that the 5 most frequent injuries on the professional golf tour are:
Left wrist 23.9%
Low back 23.7%
Left hand 7.1%
Left shoulder 6.9%
Left knee 6.6%
Chiropractic is the 3rd largest health care profession in the Western world after medicine and dentistry. Chiropractors are specialist manipulative practitioners who concentrate on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of joints, muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. Chiropractors pay special attention to the spine as its close relationship to the nervous system can result in head, arm, back and leg pain, pins and needles or numbness. From an examination of the spine and nervous system, chiropractors detect areas of poor movement in the spine. Chiropractors return normal movement to these areas by manipulating the vertebrae thereby improving joint mobility, relieving pain and muscle spasm.
Chiropractic is well recognised as an effective form of treatment for low back pain. However, it is also effective in treating neck, shoulder, arm, hip, knee and ankle pain. As in any sport, pain free movement and full flexibility is essential or a golfer to perform well. It goes without saying that not only pain but also restricted movement and stiffness in any part of the spine or other joints (e.g. shoulder, hip and knee) will impair a golfers form. When standing alongside the first tee, the furthest thoughts from the golfers mind should be worries about pain during the swing, difficulty picking up the ball or stiffness when the game has finished. Such thoughts are not condusive to good golf!
Its no wonder that golfers complain of aches and pains. Golf puts a huge strain on the spine. The normal back swing requires a 90° shoulder turn and 45° turn of the hips while still looking down at the ball. Any restriction of mobility in the spine or other joints will reduce the length of the swing and ultimately decrease the distance the ball is hit.
Chiropractors use specific manipulation to improve joint mobility and reduce any nerve irritation. Chiropractic treatment aims to provide normal joint function thereby reducing stiffness, pain and muscle tension. Chiropractors also aim to balance muscle strength, which is vital for golfers as co-ordination of the shoulder, arm, back and leg muscles is literally the name of the game!
So, some tips to help reduce your handicap:
Give yourself an advantage see your chiropractor and enjoy pain free movement and reduced stiffness during and after your game.
Remember prevention is better than cure. Warm-up before you start such exercise will improve spinal mobility, reduce the chance of injury and ultimately and most importantly, improve performance.
Contact Dr. Nichola Dunne BSc. (Hons.) Chiropractic; D.C. at the Douglas Village Chiropractic Clinic (021 4361559) for further information.
Veterinary Ireland Companion Animal Society
At a conference at City West Hotel convened by
VICAS on Sunday 25th November, the first ever forum comprising
representatives of all of the veterinary and welfare groups was
established to deal with the problem of the destruction of stray
dogs in Ireland. The conference was opened by the RTE radio
presenter, Derek Mooney, and was addressed by international
The conference heard that between 24000 and 30000 healthy dogs are destroyed annually in dog pounds around the country. A stray Irish dog is 24 times more likely to be destroyed than its equivalent in Britain. Last year a total of 24980 unwanted pets were destroyed. At the conference today, delegates agreed that these figures are unacceptable. A joint committee was elected to develop a strategy on neutering, microchipping and other aspects of responsible pet ownership. The new joint committee will lobby government on behalf of the many groups who are working in this area, including vets, local authorities, animal welfare groups and animal sanctuaries.
The Silver Jubilee of the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield Grange Parish (1976 2001). Celebrations take
place in the Church this weekend: Thur. 6th Dec. - 7.30PM / Fri 7th Dec.. - 7.30 PM / Sat. 8th Dec. - 7.00PM
Ballygarvan Camogie Club are holding their Annual Christmas Bazaar on Sun 9th Dec 2001 in the GAA Pavilion
in Ballygarvan. Great prizes to be won. Santa arriving at 2.30PM. Everybody welcome.
The Grange Swimmers
The Grange Swimmers who again this year are raising money for the Childrens Leukemia Ward of the Mercy
hospital in Cork through their Christmas Day Swim. Since 1995 they have raised over £373,000.
There is also a web site at www.grangeswimmers.utvinternet.ie
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