Getting in the holiday spirit

first_imgRoznos said the wreaths are purchased from a supplier in Washington. The green rings are made of noble fir boughs and arrive assembled. The group then uses ribbons and clusters of pine cones to decorate the branches around Dec. 1. This year, they spent a few days at Roznos’ house to construct all the wreaths. “I’ve done the arithmetic, and we can do about three wreaths per hour,” Roznos said. “We put in a little over 200 hours.” The sales drive evolved 12 years ago when the group decided to change the fundraiser from a yearly Christmas tree lot to something smaller and more manageable. The wreaths usually last about a month, through Christmas. The Y’s Men’s Club tries to sell all 600 within a week, because of the short life of a wreath made of real branches. “Some years, we have what I would call orphan wreaths,” Roznos said. “Like last year, we had almost 50 left over.” Wreaths not purchased in the fundraiser are donated to local charities. This year, the decorations are selling fast. Only about 50 are left after less than a week of selling. Club Treasurer Gerald Cox, who usually sells more than 30 wreaths, said the fundraiser is an opportunity for fellowship with other members. “It’s a cheerful thing at Christmastime,” Cox said. “People enjoy the product. It’s a nice thing and people like to share in that.” Cox said the club’s members all participate on some level in the drive, including the group’s four female members. “Some clubs throughout the United States are changing their name to the Y Service Club,” Cox said. “That’s a little more descriptive of what we are. It really should be something that includes women.” The club also organizes a pancake breakfast in February and collects newspapers for recycling throughout the year to raise additional funds. Cox said the fundraisers are the greatest purpose of the group. “This is not a breakfast club or an eating club or something,” Cox said. “It’s a service club.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Y’s men’s Club WHITTIER – “Put one on your door and sell four more.” That’s the motto members of the Y’s Men’s Club are living by this month, manufacturing and selling 600 wreaths to raise money for local YMCA projects. Each member of the 50-person club is required to sell at least five of the $20 wreaths to family and friends. Some members go much further, selling dozens of wreaths and spending a weekend decorating with pine cones and ribbons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We have one 93-year-old member who sells 60 wreaths or more each year,” member Terry Roznos said. Roznos, 48, heads the committee which organizes the wreath fundraiser. Burt Parminter, the elder selling champion for the club, said he was a charter member of the club’s local chapter in 1948. Although he is not as active as he once was, he still manages to outsell everyone else in the group. “Members get together and assemble and put the decorative parts on, then distribute them,” Parminter said. “This year I’ve been under the weather, so I’m only helping to distribute, and doing that substantially by telephone.” Roznos said the drive brings in about $4,500 each year, of the $30,000 the Y’s Men’s Club raises annually. The money will go to projects on the local YMCA’s “wish list.” “I think it’s important to recognize that all the money we do make gets returned to the YMCA,” Roznos said. last_img read more

D-DAY FOR CREESLOUGH AS DANNY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RETIRE

first_imgA huge crowd turned out to support Danny Lafferty and help save 40 jobs in CreesloughA bank is being urged to work with a struggling business in a bid to secure 40 jobs and save a local village.Lafferty Enterprises was given 100 days to get its affairs into order and to show it can trade profitably.An Examiner was appointed to  two companies in Creeslough and judgement on its future is to be passed down this Thursday. Following significant work over the last number of months, proposals for Scheme of Arrangement for creditors has been prepared for Lafferty’s Supermarket, the world renowned Corncutters Rest and Lafferty Service Station in CreesloughDanny Lafferty, who runs the family business, has revealed he is retiring from the business this Friday but hopes to be able to pass the business on to his two sons.He thanked the AIB, the Revenue Commissioners, Dongeal County Council and all the suppliers who have been very supportive over the last of number of months.“I will be retiring on Friday after 43 years in business, I will be either handing the keys over to the next generation or a receiver. “The survival of the companies are are much dependent on the support of the state bodies and I hope they back the scheme otherwise it will be the State that will end up losing the most through redundancies, loss of revenue and the significant knock effect that it will have on other local business.“Jobs are very difficult to come by and even worse in Donegal, and if the scheme does not get it through other business in the village will probably have to close as well”.The Save Our Village committee say they have been humbled to have received message of support Paul McGinley, Ryder Cup Captain, whose father is from Creeslough and other well known GAA figures for Donegal and Ireland.Mr Lafferty would also like to thank the over 1,000 people that attended a local meeting and the messages of support that he has received from all over the world.The SOV (Save Our Village) Committee wish to thank in particular Mr Sean Carr of Vision Accountancy for his all help and guidance over the last number of months. D-DAY FOR CREESLOUGH AS DANNY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RETIRE was last modified: May 27th, 2013 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:CreesloughDanny LaffertyExaminerlast_img read more

DONE DEAL! Everton complete the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye

first_imgNew Everton manager Ronald Koeman has completed the signing of his first outfield player after Idrissa Gueye joined the club from Aston Villa.The Toffees triggered the Senegal international’s £7.1million buyout clause last week and the 26-year-old has agreed a four-year deal at Goodison Park.Gueye is Koeman’s second signing since he took over from the sacked Roberto Martinez in mid-June, having brought in Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham.Koeman is looking to advance his transfer dealings before the start of the new campaign with Wales captain Ashley Williams understood to be on the verge of a £10million move from Swansea.However, Manchester City’s pursuit of John Stones and Chelsea’s reported attempts to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku may mean there are still a few changes to come before their campaign kicks off at home to Tottenham on August 13.“Idrissa will provide quality in our squad in the midfield and we want to increase the quality in the team,” said Koeman.“He was one of the players last season with the best record in interceptions and pressing in the midfield. We need this kind of quality and I’m happy to have him joining our club.”Gueye was second only to Leicester’s Premier League-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante in terms of the number of combined interceptions and tackles made across Europe’s top five leagues.He moved to Villa from Lille last summer and made 38 appearances in all competitions as Villa were relegated from the Premier League.“I am very happy to be here at Everton and I am very happy and excited to put on the Blue shirt to start the new season here,” he said.“Everton is a big team with big players and great fans. The manager told me he is very happy to have me here and that we will have time to talk about football after.“I am a defensive midfield player and I like making passes and also getting forward.“I have played a season with Aston Villa which was a hard season but I think my style is good for the Premier League. Idrissa Gueye: Everton’s new midfielder has been compared to N’Golo Kante 1last_img read more

Man sentenced in fatal crash

first_img Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Morgan pleaded no contest in February to drunk driving with injuries, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and felony child endangerment, prosecutors said. Morgan’s 7-year-old daughter was with him in the crash. Morgan on Thursday was allowed to withdraw his plea to endangering his child and the count was dismissed because he complied with certain conditions in the prior 30 days, including not drinking alcohol and attending three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week. Morgan will be required to serve 85 percent of his six-year, eight-month sentence. Ramos was pronounced dead at the scene. Ramos’ daughter, Michelle Summers, had minor injuries, and Ramos’ 3-year-old granddaughter, Victoria Summers, suffered a severe head laceration. Ramos’ husband told authorities that his wife, daughter and granddaughter were returning from a shopping trip when the collision occurred. LANCASTER – A man who caused a fatal crash by driving drunk past a stop sign and hitting a compact car carrying a Palmdale woman, her daughter and granddaughter was sentenced Thursday to nearly seven years in prison. Robert Morgan, 43, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent at the time of the Oct. 23 crash in which Maricela Ramos, 42, was killed. Ramos’ 1993 Ford Escort was hit broadside on the driver’s side at Avenue J and 40th Street West by Morgan’s 1997 Chevrolet truck. A friend of Ramos’ family read a statement written by Ramos’ husband because he was too emotionally upset to read it himself, prosecutors said. “He explained what a wonderful woman his wife was, that she was a mother and a grandmother. He said he and his wife a couple of years ago purchased a house on 2 acres and were just starting the best time of their lives,” Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer said. “He said he didn’t hate the defendant but that the defendant will have to face a different judge sometime in the future. The last thing he said was please don’t ever drink and drive again.” last_img read more

Bird-flu expert doubts transfer

first_imgWASHINGTON – Bird flu is not likely to change overnight so that it spreads from person to person, nor is it likely that a sick bird migrating to the U.S. will trigger human illness, the government’s top bird-flu scientist said Tuesday. “One migratory bird does not a pandemic make,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health’s infectious disease chief, said in an interview with The Associated Press. What are the odds that the H5N1 strain of bird flu will spark the next worldwide influenza epidemic? There’s no way to know, Fauci said. Reassuringly, it must undergo a series of genetic changes before it could become contagious among humans instead of just birds. Scientists might see those signs while studying the virus itself, but an early warning would be if doctors or nurses caring for someone who caught H5N1 from a bird in turn got sick, something that hasn’t happened anywhere yet, Fauci said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“It is entirely conceivable that this virus is inherently programmed that it will never be able to go efficiently from human to human,” Fauci said. “Hopefully the epidemic (in birds) will burn itself out, which epidemics do, before the virus evolves the capability of being more efficient in going from human to human.” But the government must prepare for the worst – “it would be unconscionable not to” – as officials gear up in case bird flu does spark a human pandemic, he added. And that makes for confusion as the public hears a drumbeat of dire warnings that has only intensified as the spring migratory season arrives. “People ask me, ‘How worried should we be?”‘ Fauci said. Not very, is his answer – unless bird flu does begin showing signs of evolving into more of a human threat. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DELIGHT AS MISSING PETS REX AND HOLLY FOUND SAFE

first_imgHolly and Rex have been found safe and well.There was delight in on Letterkenny house after their two pet dogs were found safe and well after going missing.The dogs, Holly and Rex, went missing on Sunday around 11am.But thanks to an alert put out on Donegal Daily, the two dogs turn dup safe and well last night. The dogs had not been wearing collars but their picture alerted a member of the public who contacted their owners.Last night owner Diane McBrearty said her family were delighted to have the two much-loved dogs back home.“Thank you so much for helping us out both pets holly and Rex were found safe and sound and are reunited with the family. They were found thanks to the help of the post on Donegal Daily. Thank again,” she said.DELIGHT AS MISSING PETS REX AND HOLLY FOUND SAFE was last modified: August 25th, 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:dogsdonegalfoundletterkennylast_img read more

Young actors to perform murder mystery play in An Gríanan Theatre

first_imgRow B productions has been set up by a group of young, aspiring actors to bring together local youth and successfully write and produce a a murder mystery play called “Checking Out” , during their school holidays. They have learned new skills and the project enabled them to work together as a team without any adult directorship.As part of this challenge the talented group have had to find funding to deliver this ambitious plan. They have approached friends, family and local business and have planned a number of fundraising events in the coming weeks to provide some much needed cash.A car wash, car boot sale and cake sale are some of the events they are seeking your support for and all details will be posted on their Row B Productions Facebook page very soon. The money raised will go towards theatre rental, props, costumes, set and other purchases to ensure a successful performance. A trailer filmed locally about the production can be viewed on their Facebook page ‘Row B Productions – Public Information Page’ and it is already receiving huge interest, having amassed over 3,000 views. Tickets are on sale this week and predictions so far are that this event will be a huge success when they take to the stage in An Gríanan Theatre on the 24th August.This is just the beginning for Row B Productions they have many more exciting plans for the future. The skills they have learned through this project so far will be of huge benefit to them in the years ahead. If you can support or help this group in any way please get in touch.‘Checking Out’ will run in An Gríanan Theatre on the 24th August, and tickets can be purchased in the An Gríanan box office, online on www.angrianan.com or via telephone on (074)-91-20777Young actors to perform murder mystery play in An Gríanan Theatre was last modified: August 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ACTORAn Grianan Theatrerow b productionslast_img read more

Ranking the top 15 managers in European football – surprise number one?

first_img 15 15 2. Antonio Conte (Chelsea) – After the Blues’ horror show in the Premier League in 2015/16, nobody expected Antonio Conte to win the title in his first season at Stamford Bridge. They did not have the best of starts and a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in September left them reeling and eighth in the table. Conte reacted to this by changing his formation to revolutionary 3-4-3 and Chelsea went on a 13-match winning run. They stayed top, were impressive and well-drilled, while Conte continued to entertain with his animated touchline antics. The Italian is a passionate manager and it will be interesting to see how his side cope in the Champions League next term. He has three Serie A titles and a Premier League winners’ medal to his name in the last five years, which is some achievement. 6. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) – LaLiga has a reputation for being a two-horse race between Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Diego Simeone’s Atletico side have changed that. The Argentine tactician is animated, energetic and enthusiastic and his players put in maximum effort for him. They have won LaLiga, Copa del Rey and the Europa League, while coming close by losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final on two occasions. He has rightly earned the reputation as one of Europe’s top managers and has been linked with a number of jobs, including Arsenal. He bizarrely shortened his contract at the club earlier this year, increasing speculation further. 5. Carlo Ancelotti (Bayern Munich) – The 57-year-old’s Bundesliga triumph means Ancelotti has now won the title in Italy, England, France and now Germany. He has three Champions League triumphs on his managerial CV, including La Decima with Real Madrid and he has more than proved his credentials at the highest level with some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Not only that, he has a reputation for being a classy manager since starting at Reggiana in 1995. 15 13. Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Spaniard will admit to being disappointed by his first season in the French capital. Laurent Blanc was unfortunate to lose his post at Paris Saint-Germain last year after winning the treble, but it was his failure to advance in Europe which cost him. The Ligue 1 side’s wealthy owners turned to Sevilla boss Emery, who had turned into somewhat of an expert in Europe after winning successive Europa League titles. PSG retained two cups in Emery’s first campaign at Parc des Princes, losing the league to a talented Monaco, while in Europe they exited at the round of 16 stage after blowing a 4-0 first-leg lead over Barcelona. Emery is regarded as a tactical genius, playing a pressing game while keeping his sides compact and tough to beat. If given time, he could well be the man to bring the European trophy to Paris. 15 3. Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus) – The 49-year-old recently signed a new contract with the Old Lady, keeping him in Turin until 2020. After a poor spell which saw him sacked by AC Milan (despite winning Serie A in 2011), Allegri replaced Antonio Conte at Juve in 2014, guiding them to three successive Serie A titles, two Champions League finals and three Coppa Italia victories. His managerial stock has undoubtedly gone up and he was tipped as a possible replacement for Arsene Wenger during rumours surrounding the Arsenal boss’ future. He has developed a reputation as a master tactician, with his teams playing with fluidity while also being extremely disciplined defensively. They were impressive en route to the Champions League final, with a mixture of experienced and up-and-coming stars. 7. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – Guardiola had a successful start to his managerial career, transforming a disjointed Barcelona side to win three LaLiga titles, two Copa del Reys and two Champions Leagues before winning three Bundesliga titles and two DFB Pokals with Bayern Munich. Now his ultimate test lies in England with Manchester City. Like Jurgen Klopp, the Catalan brought a lot of expectations and he had a trophy-less first year at the Etihad. They secured Champions League football for next season with a third-place finish and they played some great football at times – they won their first six games and towards the end of the season hit five past Crystal Palace and Watford. He has already started his summer of spending by recruiting Bernardo Silva and goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, while a number of older players have already left the club. Guardiola is a football purist and obsessed with winning and his managerial stock remains high. 9. Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) – The Portuguese boss is often criticised for his methods, but he gets results and will return Manchester United to the elite. In his first season at Old Trafford, they were disappointing in the Premier League – finishing sixth – but won the League Cup and Europa League, thus qualifying for next season’s Champions League. He looks set to spend big in the summer as he continues to mould his own squad. His record speaks for itself across a number of Europe’s top leagues and he is a true winner – he will set up his sides to avoid defeat at any cost. 15 15 4. Leonardo Jardim (Monaco) – With Paris Saint-Germain’s recent dominance, nobody fancied Monaco for the Ligue 1 title at the start of 2016/17, but Jardim’s young talented side triumphed, as well as reaching the last four of the Champions League. The 42-year-old faces the ultimate test now, as his side looks set to be dismantled, with Bernardo Silva already sold to City while the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Fabinho and Benjamin Mendy are in demand. He had them playing stunning football at times and should he help them retain the title or go one further in Europe, a number of clubs will be queuing up for his signature next summer. He was rightly rewarded by Monaco this week, penning a new and improved contract at the club until 2020. 15 12. Ronald Koeman (Everton) – It is not often you see top players turn into top managers, but the Dutch legend’s stock is increasing rapidly. His first job was with Vitesse in 2001 and he gained good experience with Ajax, Benfica, PSV, Valencia and AZ Alkmaar before coming to the Premier League with Southampton. He had big boots to fill after Mauricio Pochettino’s departure to Tottenham, but he continued the good work at St Mary’s by taking them further up the table to seventh and then sixth, despite selling key players along the way. He had a good first season with Everton, helping them to qualify for next term’s Europa League, playing some good football and giving opportunities to youth players. He was linked with replacing Luis Enrique at Barcelona and, going by his comments, it would be no surprise to see the 54-year-old in the Camp Nou hotseat in the future. 11. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) – A manager that has divided opinion and generated a lot of talk over the last few months – and years – but he is here to stay for two more seasons. He has managed some of Arsenal’s best ever sides, played brilliant football and more. Some feel he is behind in the game, but Wenger has been a top custodian to Arsenal and, according to reports, he is prepared to spend big this summer. His side always start well and look like they could go all the way and lift the Premier League title, playing great football along the way, before a mid-season dip in form. He has only recently switched to a back three and showed tactical naivety, but the Frenchman is still up there as a quality manager. 15 1. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) – It has been an incredible 18 months for Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager. After a period in charge of Real’s B team, he was brought in to replace Rafa Benitez and he soon found his feet as boss of the world’s biggest club. After less than six months in the hotseat, he won the Champions League before securing a LaLiga-Champions League double the following season, helping them become the first club to retain the European Cup since its reformat in 1992. The Frenchman has had to deal with some of world football’s biggest stars, and he has been praised for his management of Cristiano Ronaldo with the Portuguese star now 32 years old. He has dealt with the off-field politics of being Madrid manager extremely well, has a cool and calm persona on the sideline, communicates brilliantly with his players and is well respected given his career as a world-class midfielder. He has given chances to young players such as Casemeiro (from the B team) and they played some great football en route to lifting the trophy. 10. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – The German brought a lot of expectations when he arrived in England to replace Brendan Rodgers at Anfield. We have seen evidence of his methods and brilliant attacking play, but he still has a lot to prove. He will be hoping to shore up his defence – his side conceded too much last term, add strength in depth – they were often caught out due to injuries, and improve his side’s fitness – his high-intensity approach clearly had its impact on players tiring at stages in the season. One of his main objectives in his first full season at Liverpool was to qualify for the Champions League, which he has done. He took the club to the final of the League Cup and Europa League last season and has won the Bundesliga twice, DFB Pokal and reached the Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund. Plus he has an extremely likable personality. 15 15 15 14. Ralph Hasenhuttl (RB Leipzig) – This time last year, it is fair to say Hasenhuttl and RB Leipzig were fairly unheralded outside Germany, although the club were rapidly developing the reputation of being one of Germany’s most hated clubs. The Austrian was tasked with taking charge of the club in their first ever season in the Bundesliga and nobody could have predicted how well they would settle (both with a new boss AND in a new league). At one point, they were even being tipped to battle Bayern in the title race. With an extremely young and talented side, they were runners up – three points clear of Borussia Dortmund in third and 15 points behind the champions – and picked up plenty of plaudits along the way. Providing they can keep hold of their top talents, such as Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg, it will be interesting to see where Hasenhuttl can take them next year in the Bundesliga and Champions League. 15. Julian Nagelsmann (Hoffenheim) – click the right arrow, above, to see who else makes talkSPORT’s list of top 15 managers… – Eyebrows were raised when the 28-year-old was appointed by Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim to replace Huub Stevens in February 2016. He faced a tough task in his first senior managerial position, with his side second bottom in the league and five points adrift of 16th (where a relegation play-off is required). Rather impressively, they finished the season in 15th, made some additions and then came fourth in 2016/17. Hoffenheim will enter qualification for the Champions League group stages next season and you would back Nagelsmann to get his side to the group stages. Now 29, he has a promising career ahead of him. 15 15 15 Managers are now world stars and more important than ever.Huge sums are being paid to get Europe’s top bosses in charge of clubs and the Premier League’s managerial list is more star-studded than ever before.READ MORE: Eight highest-paid managers in the Premier League: Including Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola wagesIn recent days, Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri have signed new contracts to end speculation over their futures.Antonio Conte became a Premier League champion at the first attempt, while Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp may have tasted success in the Bundesliga, but they had a difficult first full season at Manchester City and Liverpool respectively. So who is currently the best club manager in the continent?Click the right arrow, above, to see who else makes talkSPORT’s list of top 15 managers and, as ever, comment with your thoughts, below… 15 8. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) – Pochettino was relatively unknown when he arrived in England to replace Nigel Adkins, who was unfortunate to lose his job at Southampton. It proved to be a masterstroke as the Argentine boss soon had an impact on the side, with an exciting style of football. He left for Tottenham after less than 18 months and he has done brilliantly. He has spent considerably less than their Premier League rivals, but has still seen them in the thick of a title race in two seasons, finishing third and second respectively. He gives youth opportunity and puts faith in young English talent. Reports linked him with the Barcelona vacancy, but the 45-year-old says he will never manage the Catalan club due to his connections with nearby Espanyol. Poch is building something special in north London – even helping them better Arsenal in the league for the first time in 22 years – and he could be the man to help the club secure their first league title since Bill Nicholson’s 1960-61-winning side. last_img read more

GAA: ‘WE CAN ONLY GET BETTER’ – McGUINNESS

first_imgDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness is delighted to have a full squad back as the Ulster champions prepare to do battle with Cork.Club and colleges demands on players have eased and he will have a full line-up in the Allianz Division One clash this weekend.Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden, Eamon McGee, Martin McElhinney and Christy Toye are all available after defeats to Down and Laois. “With the exception of a few players who have niggling injuries, last night was the first time we had our full squad out on the pitch,” he said.“We had a bit of an in-house game. That is the first one of those games we’ve had. Everything else is over now. The players are all freed up. From now on it’s just about Donegal.”He said the return of his ‘big men’ will help the Donegal cause.“Big men make a difference. You can have a small fella who is well put together, but if you have two or three men who are 6ft 3 or 6ft 4 and they are well put together, then it’s a different story. Thankfully, those five players are all in that bracket,” McGuinness said. Throw in at Ballybofey on Sunday is 2pm.Cork SF team to play Donegal: 1. Ken O Halloran; 2. Ray Carey, 3. Eoin O’Mahony, 4. Eoin Cotter; 5. Noel O’Leary, 6. Graham Canty, 7. Paudie Kissane; 8. Alan O’Connor, 9. Fintan Goold; 10. Paul Kerrigan, 11. Mark Collins, 12. Patrick Kelly; 13. Colm O’Neill, 14. Donncha O’Connor, 15. Barry O’Driscoll.  GAA: ‘WE CAN ONLY GET BETTER’ – McGUINNESS was last modified: March 2nd, 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:donegal v corkGAA: ‘WE CAN ONLY GET BETTER’ – McGUINNESSlast_img read more

Low back pain- chronic

first_imgDefinitionLow back pain is common. Almost everyone has back pain at some time in their life.Often,the exact cause of the pain cannot be found.Low back pain that is long-term is called chronic low back pain.Alternative NamesNonspecific back pain; Backache – chronic; Lumbar pain – chronic; Pain – back – chronic; Chronic back pain – lowCausesA single event may not have caused your pain. You may have been doing manyactivities, such as lifting the wrong way, for a long time.Then suddenly, one simple movement, such as reaching for something or bending from your waist, leads to pain.Many people with chronic back pain have arthritis.Or they mayhaveextra wear and tear of the spine, which may be due to:Heavy use from work or sportsInjuriesor fracturesSurgeryYou may have had a herniated disk,in whichpart of the spinal disk pushed onto nearby nerves. Normally, the disks provide space and cushion in your spine. If these disks dry out and become thinner and more brittle, you can lose movement in the spine over time.If the spaces between the spinal nerves and spinal cord become narrowed, this can lead to spinal stenosis. These problems are called degenerative joint or spine disease.Other possible causes of chronic low back pain include:Curvature of the spine, such as scoliosis or kyphosisMedical problems, such as fibromyalgiaor rheumatoid arthritisPiriformis syndrome, a pain disorder involving a muscle in the buttocks called the piriformis muscleYou are at greater risk for low back pain if you:advertisementAre over age 30Are overweightAre pregnantDo not exerciseFeel stressed or depressedHave a job in which you have to do heavy lifting, bending and twisting, or that involves whole body vibration, such as truck driving or using a sandblasterSmokeSymptomsDull achingSharp painTingling or burning sensationWeakness in your legs or feetLow back pain can differ from person to person. The pain may be mild, or it can be so severe that you are unable to move.Depending on the cause of your back pain, you may also have pain in your leg, hip, or on the bottom of your foot.Exams and TestsDuring the physical exam, the health care provider will try to pinpoint the location of the pain and figure out how it affects your movement.Other tests you have depend on your medical history and symptoms.Tests may include:Blood tests,such asa complete blood count and erythrocyte sedimentation rateCT scan of the lower spineMRI scan of the lower spineMyelogram (x-ray or CT scan of the spine after dye has been injected into the spinal column)X-rayTreatmentYour back pain may not go away completely, or it may get more painful at times. Learn to take care of your back at home and how to prevent repeat episodes of back pain. Thiscan help you continue with your normal activities.Your doctor may recommend measures to reduce your pain, including:A back brace to support your backCold packs and heat therapyTractionPhysical therapy, involving stretching and strengthening exercisesCounseling, to learn ways to understand and manage your painThese health care providers can also help:Massage therapistSomeone who performs acupunctureSomeone who does spinal manipulation (a chiropractor, osteopathic physician, or physical therapist)If needed, your doctor may prescribe medicines to help with your back pain:Aspirin, naproxen (Aleve), or ibuprofen (Advil), which you can buy without a prescriptionLow doses of prescription medicinesNarcotics or opioids when the pain is severeIf your pain does notimprove with medicine, physical therapy, and other treatments, your doctor may recommend an epidural injection.Spinal surgery is considered only if you have nerve damage or the cause of the back pain does not heal after a long time.In some patients, a spinal cord stimulator can help reduce back pain.Other treatments that may be recommended if your pain does not improve with medicine and physical therapy include:Epidural injectionSpinal surgery, only if you have nerve damage or the cause of your pain does not heal after a long timeSpinal cord stimulation, in which a small device sends electric current to the spine to block pain signalsSome people with low back pain may also need:Job changesJob counselingJob retrainingOccupational therapyOutlook (Prognosis)Most back problems get better on their own. Follow your health care providers advice on treatment and self-care measures.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if you have severe back pain that does not go away. Call right awayif you have numbness, loss of movement, weakness, or bowel or bladder changes.advertisementReferencesClarke JA, van Tulder MW, Blomberg SE, et al. Traction for low-back pain with or without sciatica. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;(5):CD003010.Henschke N, Ostelo RW, van Tulder MW, et al. Behavioural treatment for chronic low-back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;(7):CD002014.Chou R, Huffman LH. Medications for acute and chronic low back pain: a review of the evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians clinical practice guideline. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:505-514.Chou R, Huffman LH. 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Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more