Donegal woman to present thesis at Olympic World Conference


first_imgA CHARTERED physiotherapist from Inishowen will present her thesis at next year’s International Olympic Committee World Conference.Ellevyn Irwin will travel to Monaco in March 2020 to attend the IOC World Conference on the prevention of injury and illness in sport. Her abstract, entitled ‘Clinically-orientated assessments of hamstring muscle strength are reliable’ caught the eye of the organisers and the study will also be published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.When the envelope arrived, emblazoned with that distinctive logo – the five interlocking rings – Ellevyn was stunned. “I was surprised when they came back to say it was accepted,” the 30-year old tells Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.“When I submitted it at first, it was a shot in the pond. I was surprised when they accepted it. This is a really well renowned conference. It’s great for my profile to be able to say that the IOC World Conference wants to use my thesis.”After graduating from Trinity College with an Honours degree in physiotherapy, she turned turn a chance to complete a PhD. Instead, she completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from UCD, which she completed in 2018. Professors Eamonn Delahunt and Ulrik McCarthy-Persson urged her to submit her thesis for consideration for the Conference. Alongside fellow students Grainne O’Callaghan and Aine Tunny, Ellevyn carried out a group project.The thesis was based on testing hamstring strength, using a handheld dynamometer.“We carried out the study in three different phases,” Ellevyn explains.“The first was to test the reliability of the devise. For example, I’m six feet tall and Grainne is 5’5” – so, was there a difference in each test? Will I resist the strength better? “It was really accurate and reliable even though there was a height and strength difference.  “That facilitated the project for phase 2, when we gathered a normative pool of data on 150 athletes, GAA players, soccer players and rugby players.“We had the idea for phase three, but time constrains meant we didn’t get around to that yet.”Ellevyn is an accomplished sportswoman herself. With 48 caps playing basketball for Ireland, she has been on the European stage with the country.Locally, she has turned out for the LYIT basketball team and has won All-Ireland and Ulster medals with Donegal ladies Gaelic football teams. Ellevyn Irwin is an accomplished basketball player – who has played 48 times for IrelandEllevyn’s sporting interests were diverse having also been a six-time Irish Inter-Varisty Ladies Freestyle Skiing champion.She worked with the Donegal senior football team under Rory Gallagher’s management and was part of Gary McDaid’s backroom with the Donegal U20s over the last two years. She also works with the Irish basketball team and was with Gaoth Dobhair in 2019.After leaving Trinity, Ellevyn – who has also worked with Derry City’s academy – spent some time at Leinster Rugby, working alongside senior physio Brendan O’Connell.“I learned so much there at Leinster, it was a brilliant experience,” Ellevyn says. “I was with Donegal when I decided that I wanted to do the Masters and I started in 2016. “My background has helped me so much. I played a lot of sport and that helped get in to work with the Irish basketball team. “I love being in the team environment, even if I’m not actually playing. I’ve sort of given up my own sport, but I still play as much as I can.“It doesn’t seem like work to me – I’m just part of a team and going to training like everyone else.”Ellevyn has chartered physiotherapy clinics in Buncrana and Letterkenny. For more information, check out: http://www.ellevynirwinphysio.com/Donegal woman to present thesis at Olympic World Conference was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:buncranaEllevyn IrwinInternational Olympic Committee World ConferenceIOCMonacoOlympictrinity collegelast_img read more

My Life as a Freedom Fighter


first_img4 April 2003Letlapa Mphahlele’s “Child of This Soil” (Kwela) is a window on events during the turbulent years of the apartheid struggle. All the hardships and suffering, the nomadic lifestyle and the unpredictable lives the freedoms fighters lived are wrapped in this moving book.Mphahlele, a cadre of the Pan Africanist Congress’s Azanian People’s Liberation Army (Apla) – having gone into exile unsure of which political organisation to join – tells in this carefully crafted book his own story during this volatile period.In exile in his quest to get military training to allow him to fight for his land, Mphahlele makes it pellucid how precariously freedom fighters lived – moving from crevice to crevice across Africa in their quest to wrench their land from the lethal jaws of apartheid.Mphahlele found it saddening how people working towards a common goal could turn on one another, showing how power struggles and lack of co-ordination took their toll on organisations fighting colonialism.Mphahlele, after brief spells in Botswana and Lesotho jails, rose through the ranks within Apla, and with his colleagues lived like hunted animals for retaliating against the massacres perpetrated on blacks by the apartheid regime.When PAC leaders called for an end to armed struggle as apartheid neared its demise, Mphahlele was incensed. He defied the call and went underground after a spate of attacks on white targets.Mphahlele concedes in his book that the struggle for liberation has been won, but wonders if people got what they fought for – especially land. And he reminds his readers that “whites can even allow an African government to run the country so long as it doesn’t interfere with their grip on land. Do you think whites can give up without a fight?”Mphahlele rebuffs the claim that he was an enemy of the state, writing that “the deadliest beasts, miles from ubuntu [humaneness], are not in the shantytowns – they are in the boardrooms of multinational companies and on the stolen farmlands”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

BRICS summit ‘growing in stature’


first_img26 March 2012The fourth annual summit of the BRICS grouping of powerful emerging economies takes place in New Delhi, India this week.President Jacob Zuma will lead a high-powered delegation of South African government ministers and business leaders to the event, which will see the presidents and prime ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa discussion issues ranging from the state of the world economy to the need to adapt to global climate change.In parallel discussions, business leaders from the five countries will tackle a range of issues, including improving banking services to support intra-BRICS trade and investment, increasing cooperation on renewable energy and technological innovation, and achieving food security and through sharing scientific research and technology transfer.Rising stature of emerging nationsCommenting the increasing stature of the summit, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said the relative decline of the West’s traditional political and economic power had coincided with the rising global stature of emerging nations.“The BRICS grouping is the most concrete and rapidly evolving example of this phenomenon,” Matola said in a statement on Monday. “In just four years, the formal agenda for cooperation and consultation has expanded dramatically to span politics, trade and business, science, academic and cultural interactions.”Matola said the BRICS countries would not agree on everything, being competitors in a number of areas, but had adopted many common positions – the most recent being at the G20 meeting in Mexico in February, when the BRICS finance ministers agreed that the presidency of the World Bank should be open to all candidates and not restricted to American candidates.US President Barack Obama’s nomination on Friday of Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-born doctor and international public health expert, “suggests these views are increasingly gaining traction,” Matola said.“Likewise, South Africa has found resonance within the BRICS grouping for its calls for the reform of global governance systems such as the UN system, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to make them more responsive to the needs of the developing world and Africa.”‘Enormous opportunities for trade and investment’Closer cooperation between the BRICS nations also promises enormous opportunities for trade and investment within and through all five member countries.Last year in South Africa, seven BRICS securities exchanges announced plans to cross-list each others’ indices and to jointly develop new products by June 2012. The seven exchanges represent a combined listed market capitalisation of more than US$9-trillion and 9 481 listed companies.Matola said the BRICS summit gave South Africa an invaluable opportunity to promote not just the country but also the extraordinary opportunities on the African continent, which the IMF estimates will be home to seven of the 10 fastest growing economies between 2010 and 2015.Actively driving African integration“We believe South Africa is an integral part of Africa and works to increase its stability, unity, prosperity and international influence,” Matola said.“We are actively driving Africa’s regional integration efforts, including developing continental north-south rail and road links, expanding ports and energy capacity and skills.“Simultaneously 26 African countries agreed to create a single free trade area by mid-2014, covering the Southern, Eastern and Central Africa. The $1-trillion free trade area will effectively expand South Africa’s market from 50-million to 600-million – placing us in a similar category in terms of market size as our BRICS partners.”The fifth BRICS summit will be held in South Africa in March-April 2013.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Choosing a New Wood Stove


first_imgThe pellet stove optionOne way of taking some of the variables out of the picture is by opting for a pellet stove, which would operate more automatically than a wood stove fed by hand, Charlie Sullivan suggests.Pellet stoves incorporate electrically driven augers that move compressed wood pellets from a hopper to the firebox; the feed rate is determined by the setting the temperature on a thermostat. And that’s part of the problem: without electricity, the auger won’t work.“The issue with pellet stoves is that we’d rather not have to depend on the electric grid (and we don’t have alternative power),” Applebaum says.Granted, Sullivan says, but some pellet stoves can be run on a 12-volt battery as a backup, and the battery pack could be sized to run the stove for as long as she wanted. He points to four companies that offer than option on their pellet stoves: American Energy Systems, Sierra Products, Inc., Quadra-Fire, and Thelin Hearth Products.Dorsett suggests another problem with pellet stoves: the cost and availability of fuel.“A few years ago many people in my area got caught short during an exceptionally cool stretch of spring weather, and many of the local vendors don’t restock after early March, and there was a real run on retail pellet inventories,” he said. “It’s a more convenient fuel than cordwood in many ways, but it isn’t nearly as cheap. And (as a co-worker of mine recently discovered as she shivered while waiting for the UPS truck to arrive with the replacement board) the power controls will sometimes have reliability issues, too, just like any other electromechanical whatzit.” Err on the side of smallMarc Labrie sees parallels between the size of a wood stove and the size of a house: “Do you prefer one that is 2% of the time too small or 98% of the time too big?”Referring Appelbaum to Woodheat.org, Labrie argues there’s nothing green about a big wood stove with a smoldering fire. “Gone are the days of loading huge unspilt blocks and choking off the air supply before bed,” he writes, “a procedure that wastes much of the wood’s potential and coats the chimney with flammable creosote.”For his money, a small firebox with a hot fire keeps both the chimney and the glass doors cleaner with less work.Yes, replies Dorsett, but having a wood stove with a small firebox means someone will have to stay up to tend it. “Some amount of oversizing still works OK, and lets you get more sleep on the really cold nights,” Dorsett says. “A reasonable compromise is ~1.5x oversizing, which still means it has to hot enough that the glass will stay clean. (Some stove designs are better than others at keeping the glass clean too.) But until you’ve done the heat load calculations it’s hard to pick one.”And, Holladay points out, there is the human variable, which makes the ideal 500 degree burn target a matter of wishful thinking rather than reality.“A wood stove isn’t like a furnace. It is fueled by humans who load it with oddly-shaped chunks of wood, and who have a variety of needs: a desire to warm their cold hands, to dry their mittens, and to make a fire last all night, with coals to greet them in the morning,” Holladay says. “All of these factors mean that aiming for 500 degrees is probably not going to happen.” All About Wood StovesWood Stoves: Safety FirstUnderstanding Pellet StovesHow to Provide Makeup Air for a Wood Stove A small, hot fire is bestA fire that burns quickly and intensely is the most efficient kind because it produces the most heat per unit of fuel, and also the least amount of air pollution, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay says. Hot fires also produce less creosote than low, smoldering fires that are starved for air. RELATED ARTICLES GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE center_img Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost adds these thoughts:We often ask a lot — and I think too much — of our wood stoves: burn cleanly and efficiently, heat a space or room as well as a whole home, fire and heat up quickly yet accomplish an overnight burn. Their job is tough enough to begin with, being both the heating plant and the distribution system.So I would just like to add a resource and another perspective:The best resource on choosing a wood stove is “Buying, Installing, and Maintaining a Wood Stove.” This is actually great content and a collection of the best resources on specific aspects of the challenge. And note that the EPA has a list of approved products that includes both catalytic and non-catalytic stoves.Gary Goodemote is the owner of Friends of the Sun here in Brattleboro, Vermont, as well as the chair of our local Sustainable Energy Outreach Network. Gary has been selling, installing, and maintaining wood stoves for more than 25 years. When I asked him about the Applebaum situation, here is what he said:“It sounds like a medium to large stove would be a good choice. I try to get people to think of the future when they may find that a new, high-efficiency stove is more enjoyable to use than their old stove. In that case, they would do well to have a larger stove and get more use out of it. If they’re certain that they won’t use it that much, no matter how easy or enjoyable it is, than they should probably go with a medium stove. I wouldn’t recommend a large stove if the expectation is that people will use it just once in a while to heat the whole house.“It’s hard to get more than four- or five-hour burn times from a small stove. A medium stove can give a user seven or eight hours. For many people, seven to eight hours is the minimum acceptable burn time and that’s often the determining factor. New, high-efficiency stoves can be slightly oversized and still be efficient, as long as they’re heated up sufficiently to start with. If a stove is drastically over-sized, it’s hard to get it up to temperature initially without overheating the space.“One more factor that often comes into play is the setting. A small stove would look and feel okay in a room that is smaller and has a low ceiling. It may look and feel out of place in a room with a vaulted ceiling and a lot of wall space, not matter how well matched it is by the numbers.“The most difficult sizing situation for us, in the store, is for people who have very well insulated, very tight construction, small homes. It’s very likely that anything we might recommend for a wood stove would be too large.” Patricia Appelbaum is in the market for a new wood-burning stove, one without a catalytic element, to provide mostly supplemental heat for her 1,600-square-foot home. There are a lot of models to choose from, and that’s part of the problem.“We understand that a non-cat stove needs a minimum temperature of around 500 degrees for an efficient secondary burn,” she says in a post in GreenBuildingAdvisor’s Q&A forum. “But we would like to have enough capacity to heat the whole house occasionally if necessary.”Appelbaum’s family already has an older wood stove, a large model, that some people in the family like to run at a lower-than-optimum temperature. Before buying a new stove, she’d like to know whether having one with a smaller firebox would make any difference.That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Heating Stoves“Going to a stove in the 50,000-55,000 Bth/h range can still work for a house with a ~25,000 Btu/h design heat load, but try not to go beyond that,” advises GBA reader Dana Dorsett. “Once the stove is up to temperature, it will still burn cleanly when throttled back to ~25% of its rated fire, which isn’t going to roast people out very quickly.”The thermal mass of a stove becomes an important factor when the stove is used only intermittently but at high temperature, he adds. But there’s a caveat — when the output of the stove is three or four times more than the heating load, it won’t be as effective.“A soapstone stove can be 2x oversized for the heat load and still work well with an intermittent high-temperature burn strategy,” Dorsett says, “but less well at 3-4x oversizing, since it takes time to get the stove up to temperature (due to the thermal mass that helps you coast between firings).”last_img read more

Odisha gangrape victim kills herself


first_imgThe class IX girl allegedly gang-raped by four security personnel in combat attire near Kunduli of Odisha’s Koraput district on Oct 10 last year, committed suicide in her home at Musaguda village on Monday afternoon.At around 2.30 pm, her family members, who had returned after some work found her hanging inside the house locked from inside. She was seen hanging on her dupatta. The family members broke open the door and took her to the Kunduli Community Health Centre (CHC). According to Sunabeda Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Narahari Nayak, the victim was declared ‘brought d dead’ by the CHC doctors. Angry villagers at Kunduli CHC refused to allow the police to remove the body for post mortem till evening. Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, who had returned to Bhubaneswar on Monday after being conferred with ‘ideal Chief Minister’ award at the eighth Indian students’ parliament at World Peace University, Pune, on Sunday condoled the girls death BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan criticised the BJD government for the girl’s suicide.State president of Mahila Morcha of Odisha BJP, Prabhati Parida said that they would holddemonstrations throughout the State for two days against the handling of the incident. Congress hads decided to hold ademonstration on the issue, at Kunduli on Tuesday. Congress leader and former Congress MP, Pradeep Majhi said leaders of Odisha Congress would reach Kunduli by Tuesday morning. “The victim committed suicide due to mental stress and frustration as she was unable to get justice from any source,” Mr Majhi said.The victim had alleged that on Oct 10, 2017 she had been gang-raped near Kunduli under Pottangi police station by four persons in combat attire On Oct 16, four persons from her village had been taken into custody for interrogation .last_img read more