A young Donegal woman has written a touching and searingly honestly blog about how being diagnosed with epilepsy has changed her life.Kira Williams, a make-up artist, wants to draw attention to epilepsy and to help others to learn how to live with the condition.This is her story. “I’ve always loved being creative. Drawing squiggly lines on my face as a kid and playing around with anyone else’s makeup. At 17 I turned my hobby into my career. I’ve been working as a makeup artist since then. I’ve always worked hard at it improving my skills year by year.“In January 2016 I had my first seizure and it was a bad one at that. The doctors didn’t know why I had one, stating that I had had too much to drink even though my blood alcohol levels were not high. Anyway, after tests all throughout the year and being admitted to hospital I was diagnosed at 20 years of age with epilepsy. It’s something that’s changed my life forever. Epilepsy. What even is it? I mean I know people have “fits”, but me? Not me, I’ve always been healthy!“Epilepsy has made my life so far quite trying, I’m not going to lie. One reason for this is because I’m newly diagnosed and I’m on a lot of medication. It’s the medication really that’s the toughest. It makes simple daily tasks impossible- waking up for one. I’m never fully awake anymore as these drugs have made me so exhausted to the point that most times I don’t remember falling asleep and often sleep for hours upon hours. It doesn’t matter where I am, I’ll fall asleep. I often don’t remember conversations I’ve had either which is annoying for the other party! It has suppressed my appetite (yay!) so I have to “remember” to eat. (Luckily enough I’ve enough meat on my bones to keep me going for a while lol)“But the worst thing I think is how it’s affected my career and independence. I work in retail at the minute, however find myself having to constantly go take breaks to sit down and have a glass of water because it’s impossible to stand for any longer than 10 minutes. It’s hard for someone who last year worked hard and loved her job and had no problems- to finding it difficult to manage daily tasks we all take for granted. When I was not on medication I had constant terrible headaches more frequently and have had 7 witnessed seizures between January and October. Since being started on medication the seizures haven’t stopped but I hope in time they will. It is a very scary thing to live with, I’m afraid to sleep on my own as I’ve had seizures in my sleep. I’m scared to go out with friends in case I have a seizure whilst out… Which has happened a few times. I also get so embarrassed when it happens in public or in private. You lose all control of your body and then don’t remember how or why or what is going on. It is embarrassing but it’s something I have to get used to because the condition itself is not.“It’s such a common condition that not many people talk about. It’s time to break the silence because of this “stigma” attached to it! I feel that it’s important for people to be seizure aware- What to do if you see someone have a seizure. More often than not when someone is out having fun, having a few drinks, the first thought people get is “Wooow she is pis***, look at the state of her!” Instead of judging, go help 🙂 I’ll leave a link below to first aid for a seizure. I will admit it’s a scary sight too if you’ve never seen one before it certainly freaked me out the first time I seen someone having one!“Back to the stigma, epilepsy doesn’t disable everyone as a person, more often than not when people get to my age they’ve already been diagnosed and have been on treatment for a while so they’re fine to work and get on with life. It’s also one of those things you can’t see physically until you actually have a seizure, don’t ever doubt someone just because they look fine on the outside, it’s the same as mental health. I’m struggling right now because it is all new and I’ve never had to admit to myself I may not be physically able for some things right now. I hope in time that I will get better and will be seizure free for a long time. Until that happens I have to stay positive, healthy and look after my body. It really is your temple and I didn’t realize how much I took it for granted until this year!Look after yourselves, Kira X”You will get a lot of info from: www.epilepsy.ieBe Seizure Aware- https://youtu.be/WP4NZcfadIk1You can also donate to support epilepsy Ireland. Young Donegal woman’s heartfelt blog on being diagnosed with epilepsy was last modified: October 21st, 2016 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)
There are great celebrations at Lough Eske Castle this week after the CARA Organic Beauty Spa was named as Ulster’s Spa of the Year 2019.The award was announced at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards, which was attended by CARA Organic Beauty Spa Manager Haley O’Neill and Spa Therapist Caitriona O’Donnell, who accepted the prize on behalf of the whole talented team. Established in 2009, the Irish Tatler Spa Awards represent the highest national accolade for Ireland’s best spa and wellness destinations. The Irish Tatler Spa Awards set industry benchmarks in quality, aiming to encourage and celebrate excellence in Irish spa services and treatments.The Lough Eske Castle CARA Organic Beauty SpaDónal Cox, General Manager of Lough Eske Castle said “We are absolutely delighted for Haley, Caitriona and all the team here at CARA Organic Beauty Spa. “To receive an award like this is a great accolade and a result of the team’s hard work and devotion to all of our guests at CARA Organic Beauty Spa. The spa team work tirelessly to provide our guests with the best treatments and service possible, this great care and attention has been a major contribution to our continued success at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards.”The Thermal Suite at Lough Eske Castle Delight as Lough Eske Castle Spa is named Best in Ulster was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:awardscara organic beautyLough Eske CastleSpa
UJ Soweto campus inspires creativethinking, Minister Naledi Pandor said. UJ is home to some of South Africa’sforemost intellectuals. Struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela(left) attended the new campus openingceremony.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Herman EsterhuizenMedia RelationsUniversity of Johannesburg+27 559 36653 or +27 72 129 0777RELATED ARTICLES• SA university gets global nod• New centre to foster science careers• Science university for Botswana• First university for MpumalangaBongani NkosiThe community of Soweto now has access to a state-of-the-art higher learning facility, following the multimillion-rand upgrading of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) campus in the township.Formerly known as Vista University, the UJ campus is now of the same stature as universities in South Africa’s more affluent towns. It sports a more exciting look than Vista, which was built by the apartheid government to prolong racial segregation in tertiary education.The university was transformed at a cost of R450-million (US$62-million), a sum allocated by the government in 2005. Science and Technology minister Naledi Pandor commented that the design “inspires creative thinking”.The sparkling Pimville campus was unveiled on 4 February at a ceremony that also marked the opening of UJ’s academic year. South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and UJ’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Ihron Rensburg were on hand to do the honours.“I am confident that the expansion of this campus will play a key role in addressing developmental needs of the broader Soweto community,” said Motlanthe.The facelift included the construction of new lecture halls, a students’ residence, an ICT facility and law and health clinics. A new student centre and a sports ground are also part of the package.The residence on campus is named after Hector Pieterson, the 12-year-old who was slain by apartheid police during the 1976 students’ protest against the compulsory use of Afrikaans in schools. It accommodates more than 300 students, while others will stay in two leased residences in the nearby Soweto suburbs of Orlando and Dube.Community members will also have access to the facilities. The law clinic will provide legal advice to residents and pupils at surrounding schools will benefit from extra academic lessons on weekends.The Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises Development, part of the campus, has been reaching out to Soweto’s entrepreneurs since 2008. It’s headed by accomplished Soweto businessman Dr Thami Mazwai and offers leadership lectures to the public each month.“It is important to bear in mind that this Soweto campus has been designed with a clear intention of being an asset to the local community,” Rensburg said.Soweto-based construction businesses also scored big from the renovation process. Contracts worth about R37-million ($5.1-million) were awarded to the local contractors.Top academic studiesThe campus offers full-time courses in management, economic and financial sciences, education and humanities. UJ’s campuses around Johannesburg offer other industry-related courses such as engineering.Soweto is currently offering five undergraduate degree courses, seven undergraduate diploma programmes, two doctoral and three masters’ courses, and one honours course. UJ is planning to enrol 7 000 students at the campus by 2013.Students from Soweto and neighbouring areas such as Sebokeng, Orange Farm and the East Rand will be close enough to take full advantage of opportunities offered by this latest addition to Gauteng’s academic sector.As South African students are known to travel very far for their education, the campus can also expect to draw students from provinces like Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, neither of which has its own university.“Our vision for the Soweto campus is that it will become the campus of choice for most students,” said Rensburg.UJ is one of the country’s leading universities, attracting 65 000 new students for the 2011 academic year. Many were disappointed as the university can only take in 13 000 first-year students.“Our students come from all parts of South Africa, and we also have close to 2 500 international students from 52 countries,” Rensburg said.Honouring stalwartsBuildings in the campus are named after stalwarts in the struggle against apartheid. The naming committee opted for icons who had a direct impact on Soweto.They include the late Pan Africanist leader Robert Sobukwe, who lived in the township between the 1970s and 1980s. The late Dr Nthato Motlana, a Soweto activist and businessman who was also Nelson Mandela’s physician, has a lecture building named after him.Preacher and composer of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika Enoch Sontonga, Afrikaans struggle hero Bram Fischer, author and activist Ellen Khuzwayo, activist Anton Lembede, youth leader Tsietsi Mashinini, and prominent teacher TW Khambule are also honoured.“These great South Africans all lived selfless lives so that others can prosper,” Rensburg said. “It is fitting, then, that these heroes should posthumously be honoured for the rich legacy they have left behind.”
A day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar raised doubts over the functioning of the EVMs in the recently held Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shot back saying such complaints are made by those who lose. “This is a classic example of blaming the machine for their (NCP’s) inability to win elections. The type of politics that the Opposition playing is something like finding the cure without the diagnosis of the disease,” State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said. ‘Couldn’t solve problems’The minister said the Congress-NCP ruled for over 47 years in the State and over 50 years in India, but could not solve the problems of the people. “It is time for the Opposition to do some introspection instead of blaming of the machines,” he said.In a party meeting called to review of the results of the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, the NCP president said he always had doubts over the efficiency of the EVMs and their numbers. “When the Congress won the elections in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, there were doubts in my mind as to whether it was done to ensure a victory in the general elections,” he said.Mr. Pawar said the BJP is now working to pull down these governments. “All three States are adjacent to each other and now the BJP is planning to bring them down,” he said. While clarifying that there will be no merger with the Congress, the NCP president had appealed to the party workers to forget the results of the Lok Sabha elections. “The Assembly polls will be held within a 100 days. Forget the Lok Sabha results. Focus on our party, our candidate,” he said.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to remove the confusion over the status of refugees who came to Assam between 1966 and 1971 and add their names to the citizens’ list to be published by July 31.The midnight of March 24, 1971, is the cut-off for detecting, detaining and deporting illegal migrants under the 1985 Assam Accord, which was signed between the Centre and leaders of the Assam Agitation that took place between 1979 and 1985. The Accord stipulates that those who came from Bangladesh between 1966 and 1971 be barred from voting for 10 years before their citizenship is considered.A major stream of refugees entered India after the India-Pakistan war in 1965 and during the war for liberation of East Pakistan that resulted in the birth of Bangladesh in 1971.“There is a confusion over the status of those who entered India from the ‘specified territory’ between January 1, 1966, and March 24, 1971. Many people belonging to this category were identified by the Foreigners’ Tribunals and asked to register themselves with the competent authority,” CPI(M) leader Deben Bhattacharyya said in a letter to NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela on Friday.“A big number of such people registered themselves… They are very much eligible for inclusion in the NRC. But there prevails a lot of confusion among NRC officials in some areas over their eligibility…,” he said.The CPI(M) urged Mr. Hajela to order the inclusion of the people belonging to the 1966-1971 refugee stream in the NRC.