Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon laid to rest as mourners hear how content he was in family and life

first_img‘THERE was just something about Diddler’.The words of Barry Dillon, as he read a eulogy at the Funeral Mass of his brother Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon this afternoon rang true for the huge crowd of mourners.The skies darkened over Newtowncunningham, with the sun peeking its rays through, as hundreds turned out to say a final farewell to the east Donegal village’s best-known son. The 45-year-old father-of-three from Ballybegley passed away on Thursday evening after a brave battle with Motor Neurone Disease.He had fought the debilitating illness with such courage and had bore his soul during an interview in the summer when he told of how he was learning ‘to do things differently.”He was the athlete, the butcher, the GAA coach, the anything and everything to those who knew him.“Many said that he was one in a million however we feel that there was no one quite like Diddler,” Barry said. “He got on with everybody no matter what their age.  He was the life and soul of any social gathering.“If Love could have save Paul, he would have lived for ever.”Staff from Kernan’s Eurospar, where Paul worked, formed a guard of honour, while members of Lifford-Strabane, Inishowen, Letterkenny and Foyle Valley athletic clubs did likewise on the approach to the Church. Paul’s remains were carried through a guard of honour formed by Naomh Colmcille GAA club on the way into the Church.Paul “Didler” Dillon. (North West Newspix)A butcher in Kernan’s, Paul was the bubbly figure whose infectious smile and sometimes mischievous persona made him a popular figure with the scores of customers and the staff with whom he shared a bond that went far beyond the counter.Predeceased last October by his mother, Deirdre, a little under a year ago, Paul is survived by wife Emma, his daughters Lilly-Ella, Heidi and Daisy, his father Tommy, his brothers Gerard, Barry and Raymond, his sisters Caroline and Ciara. Barry remembered in the eulogy: “Diddler was so content with his family and loved his life. He didn’t want for anything else, in his eyes he had it all.”Hundreds – 1,200 in fact – had lined the same streets of the village just over seven months ago.The ‘Dash for Diddler’ drew unprecedented crowds in February to raise funds ad part of a fundraising drive undertaken by a local committee spearheaded by Councillor Paul Canning.Back then, the beads of sweat dripped down the reddened cheeks after the run through the quick course. Paul Dillon after completing a Waterside Half Marathon.Today, many of the same people wiped their cheeks again, this time clearing the tears that trickled at the thought of a much-loved man taken much too soon and much too young.Paul was an athlete with Lifford-Strabane AC who ran all distances from 5k locally to marathons.His last race was the North-West 10k in May, 2018.Earlier today, he was remembered by participants at the Donegal East Half Marathon with Lifford-Strabane AC members running the course a little earlier than the scheduled time in order to be on time to pay their respects.Just four weeks ago today, a team of 15 of his friends and family took turns to push Paul, who had used a wheelchair in recent months, around the 13.1-mile course of the Waterside Half Marathon – a venture that helped raise in excess of €8,000.Paul Dillon was a familiar face at the front of the field at athletics events across the North West.Today, some of them carried their brother, friend and colleague to his final place of rest as You’ll Never Walk Alone – the anthem of his beloved Liverpool – rang out.The Church of All Saints was packed to overflowing and the throngs of people who gathered outside was an illustration of the impact, imprint and legacy Paul Dillon has left behind him.Truly, there was ‘just something about Diddler’.Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon laid to rest as mourners hear how content he was in family and life was last modified: October 1st, 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:diddlerFr Ciaran HarkinMNDMotor Neurone DiseaseNewtowncunninghampaul ‘diddler’ dillonPaul Dillonlast_img read more

Monday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Athletics outslug Rangers in Khris Davis multi-homer game

first_imgARLINGTON — The A’s beat the Rangers, 14-9, on Friday at Globe Life Park. They lead the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild card by one game, temporarily.Chris Bassitt’s stuff wasn’t hitting it’s typically sweet notes and spots. He allowed a season-high six runs on two three-run home runs by Danny Santana and Sin-Soo Choo. Sheldon Neuse, in for Matt Chapman at third, made an error on a potential double play that busied the bases for Santana’s home run.But the A’s offense had an answer for it all. …last_img read more

Watch for Falling Ants

first_imgDid you know some ants are gliders?  When Stephen Yanoviak (U. of Texas) was studying insects in the rain forest canopy in Peru, he was struck by the fact that ants kept landing on his arm.  This launched his team’s investigation into gliding ants.  They took video cameras into the jungle and documented their unique mode of locomotion.  They found that the bugs could rotate around and change direction in midair, even when falling like a rock.  Most of the time (about 85%) the ants landed back on the tree trunk, able to crawl back up to home.  They published their work on “directed aerial descent” in Nature,1 unsure whether the ants were escaping predators or just having fun.    “This is the first study to document the mechanics and ecological relevance of this form of locomotion in the Earth’s most diverse lineage, the insects,” they wrote.  A press release on UC Berkeley News tells more about the study, with photographs of the ants and interviews with the research team.  How the ants turn around in midair and control their landings is still unknown, but like many insects, they have sticky feet that enable them to cling to many surfaces.  “It’s an amazing discovery,” said Robert Dudley of the team.  So ants join certain species of squirrels, lizards, frogs and even some snakes (and humans) as gliding champions – this time, in the ultralight class.1Yanoviak, Dudley and Kaspari, “Directed aerial descent in canopy ants,” Nature 433, 624 – 626 (10 February 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03254.It seems unlikely that ants would lose their wings through evolution, then re-evolve this behavior as a poor substitute.  Surely the power of natural selection would have favored wings evolving again to let the ants fly back home rather than forcing them to walk straight up against gravity.  Why select lucky mutations for controlled descent when wings were so easy to evolve?  It must have been a piece of cake if they showed up in reptiles, mammals, birds and insects.  Didn’t these ants have Haeckel’s recapitulation memory for how to evolve wings all over again?  After all, walking sticks did, we are told (see 05/28/2003 entry).  “Ah,” young disciples,” Exalted Master Charlie gently scolds, “One must not presume on the path Mother Nature will take.  A bumbling tinkerer is She.”  So in her toyshop, she apparently forgot how to produce rubber-band airplanes, and decided to make miniature Buzz Lightyears, who mastered the art of “falling with style.”(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

US honour for South African scientist

first_img19 May 2014South African Bob Scholes, a systems ecologist well known for his contributions in the fields of global change, ecology and earth observation, has been elected as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, an honour bestowed on the world’s best scientists as chosen by their peers.With this achievement, Scholes – a researcher with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – joins the ranks of a small number of elite South African scientists, among them the late Phillip Tobias, a renowned paleoanthropologist best known for his work at South African hominid fossil sites.According to Thompson ISI, who maintain databases on scientific publications worldwide, Scholes is among the top 1% of environmental scientists worldwide based on citation frequency, publishing widely in his chosen fields. He has a particular interest in the savannas of Africa and has over 30 years of field experience in many parts of Africa and the rest of the world.The National Academy of Sciences is an independent, non-profit society, established by an Act of the US Congress in 1863. Regarded as one of the top scientific academies in the world, it now has 2 214 members and 444 foreign associates. Foreign associates are non-voting members of the Academy.Its task is to provide independent, objective advice to the US government on matters related to science, engineering and medicine. Nearly 500 of its members have won Nobel Prizes.Only 21 foreign associates are elected annually, and there is no membership application process. Only Academy members may submit formal nominations of their peers. This is then followed by an extensive vetting process that results in a final ballot at the Academy’s annual meetings in April every year.According to the Academy, members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the Academy is regarded as one of the highest honours that a scientist can receive.“I am blown away and I am humbled,” Scholes said in a statement issued by the CSIR last week. “It puts me in the company of internationally respected colleagues. It is a huge honour, both for myself and for South Africa. I hope to spread the benefits by helping the South African Academy of Science, of which I am also a member, to reach its full potential,” he added.Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom congratulated Scholes on his election, saying it was a great honour for South Africa “because it recognises the excellent work of South African researchers and scientists and their contribution to the global body of knowledge and addressing some of the global environmental challenges.“Scholes’ elevation and appointment to this prestigious position will serve to inspire other South African researchers to reach the same level, and encourage young and aspiring scientists to work harder and learners to consider careers in science.”A National Research Foundation A-rated scientist, Scholes is a Fellow of the CSIR, Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, member of the South African Academy, and honorary professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.According to the CSIR, Scholes has been a leader in several high-profile studies, including the Assessment of Elephant Management and the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change. He has also led research campaigns such as Safari 2000 and the Southern African Millennium Assessment.He has been a member of the steering committee of several global earth observation bodies, as well as several International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) research programmes. He served as coordinating or lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during the 3rd, 4th and 5th assessments, and was co-chair of the Conditions Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Issues and Interventions: New Research

first_imgBy Caitlin Hunter and Heidi Radunovich, PhDMcCoy, T. (2015). Issues & Interventions: New Research.In a special issue of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, the focus is on presenting relevant information to health and mental health care professionals, first responders, educators, law enforcement officers, and any other professional who might interact with military service members, veterans, or their families [1]. The pages of this issue are teeming with information which can be useful in a variety of contexts. But overall, the research presented can help professionals of all disciplines become acquainted with the unique challenges and issues faced by military personnel, veterans, and their families and friends, as well as the various interventions and programming which is proving useful for others. The following is a synopsis of this special issue, based on an introductory article by Chan (2014).The first section of this special issue focuses on challenges to providing care for military veterans. Topics of interest in this section are: training military service members and their families post-deployment; post-deployment difficulties and barriers to seeking help; common struggles during the transition from military to civilian culture; Moving Forward, an innovative social problem-solving program used by the VA; and veteran-specific jail diversion programs. The focus of the second section is the concept of working with gender-sensitive issues, as well as sexual-gender minority veterans, or veterans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). This section contains research on barriers to LGBT veterans receiving care at the VA as well as exploring the ways mental health care professionals can engage more male veterans in counseling services for an extended period of time. The third section explores the effects of deployment and reintegration on children and spouses. The information in this section covers: the effect of deployment separation on parenting and children’s emotional, behavioral, and health outcomes; factors which contribute to positive family adjustment during deployment; and coping with attachment stressors. The fourth section rounds off the special issue by discussing the experiences and treatment needs of children, adolescents, and spouses of military personnel. The articles in this section discuss: ways to treat the partners of military personnel who suffer from PTSD; factors that increase resiliency in military families during all stages of the deployment cycle; strategies for building attachment in military families; and reasons why adolescents in military families do not attempt to make use of mental health services. This special issue will be helpful to anyone who works or interacts with military service members, veterans, or their families. This research is likely to be very useful in understanding the best ways to help military families, and the best directions to move in for future research. References[1] Chan, C. S. (2014). Introduction to the special section: Research on psychological issues and interventions for military personnel, veterans, and their families. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 45(6), 395. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038496This post was written by Caitlin Hunter  & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Activists fear ‘misuse’ of children during poll campaign

first_imgChild rights organisations fear that children may be used extensively during campaigns by political parties, especially in rural areas, for the coming elections.One such group, Campaign Against Child Labour, Odisha, has written to major political parties in the State to refrain from using children for various odd jobs during the campaign process. CACL convener Sudhir Sabat said their organisation has decided to request the Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha to take steps to stop the use of children during campaign by political parties.‘Cheap substitute’According to a study by CACL, children are used as cheap substitute for paid labour by politicians for pasting posters, hanging banners, distributing pamphlets and even participating in campaign rallies. When someone in the family is a political activist, children often get dragged into the election campaign process.CACL members said this time the likelihood of children being roped in for the poll process is even more as the Lok Sabha and the Odisha Assembly elections are scheduled after the school examinations are over. A large number of students would have time on their hands.Children from poor families mostly get involved in the election campaign process for easy money. “These poor children spend their whole day in the campaign process for ₹50 to ₹100 and some food. For similar work, an adult would be paid ₹500,” said Mr. Sabat. It is also seen that children, despite getting lesser pay, are more energetic and enthusiastic during the election campaigning. They even pick up vices like hooliganism and liquor consumption in the process, he alleged.Crime under JJ ActCACL members said use of children under 14 years of age in an election campaign is a crime as per the Juvenile Justice Act. Added to that, Odisha has targeted to end child labour in the State by 2025. “So it is the duty of every political party aspiring to form government in the State not to use children for their campaign,” said Mr. Sabat. He lamented that none of the major political parties have come out openly and directed their candidates against “misusing” children during their campaign.last_img read more

Rodrigo strikes as Atletico held by Valencia in La Liga opener

first_imgMadrid, Aug 21 (AFP) Atletico Madrid failed to get their La Liga title bid off to a winning start, as Rodrigo earned Valencia a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla Stadium. Angel Correa gave Diego Simeone’s visitors a 26th-minute lead yesterday, but Rodrigo struck in the second half for the home team and last season’s runners-up Atletico failed to find a winner. There are high hopes at the Wanda Metropolitano that Atletico can muster a serious title challenge, after keeping their key players in the close season and claiming an impressive extra-time win over city rivals Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup last week. But they were given a tough test to start the campaign at a strong Valencia outfit who will be playing in the Champions League this season for the first time since 2015 after finishing fourth. “It’s a shame because we wanted to bring the win home and we didn’t manage it,” the 23-year-old Correa, who also scored in Atletico’s opening league game 12 months ago against Girona, told BeIN Sports Spain. “The effort we put in for the Super Cup isn’t an excuse for us, we know how to repeat that kind of effort. There is a long way to go before talking about it (the title), we must continue to work.” Simeone gave a La Liga debut to Thomas Lemar, who joined from Monaco for 72 million euros ($84 million) in July, but the French World Cup winner struggled to make an impression and was hauled off in the 63rd minute.advertisement Atletico moved ahead midway through the first period with a wonderfully-crafted goal. Antoine Griezmann showed great skill to cut inside and slip a defence-splitting reverse pass to Correa, which Argentinian winger collected in his stride before firing low past home goalkeeper Neto. Saul Niguez wasted an excellent chance to make it two shortly after half-time when he shot wide, and in the 56th minute when Rodrigo lashed home right-footed after controlling Daniel Wass’s looping header on his chest. The 27-year-old scored 19 goals for Valencia last season to earn a Spain call-up for the World Cup and his club will need him to continue that form after sending Italian striker Simone Zaza on loan to Torino. Valencia had opportunities to snatch all three points, but the closest they came to a second goal was when former Arsenal centre-back Gabriel’s header hit the post with 23 minutes remaining. “We proved that we’re at a very high level against a great opponent and even if there is still some way to go, that’s what we’ll need this season,” said Rodrigo. Later on Monday, Iker Muniain scored in the third minute of injury time to give Athletic Bilbao a 2-1 win over Leganes at the San Mames, after Jonathan Silva had equalised for the visitors following Peru Nolaskoain’s 27th-minute opener. Reigning champions Barcelona got their title defence off to a strong start with a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday, before Gareth Bale scored as Champions League holders Real Madrid beat Getafe 2-0 on Sunday. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Coronado Bridge closed for 4 hours due to man threatening to jump

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCORONADO (KUSI)- A man on a motorcycle threatened to jump off the Coronado bridge caused closures on both sides of the bridge for nearly four hours.KUSI’s John Soderman is at Coronado City Hall with more on the story. KUSI Newsroom, December 6, 2018 Posted: December 6, 2018 Coronado Bridge closed for 4 hours due to man threatening to jump KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

NPR Photographer Interpreter Killed In Afghanistan

first_imgNPR photographer David Gilkey at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on May 29, 2016.Updated 3:15 a.m. ETZabihullah Tamanna (left) and David Gilkey in Afghanistan on June 2.David Gilkey, an NPR photojournalist who chronicled pain and beauty in war and conflict, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday along with NPR’s Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna.David and Zabihullah were on assignment for the network traveling with an Afghan army unit. They were in an armored Humvee driven by a soldier of the Afghan National Army. All three were killed after the Humvee was hit by rocket propelled grenades in an apparent ambush.NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman and producer Monika Evstatieva were also in the convoy, traveling in a separate vehicle. They were not injured.Tom reports that when the journalists’ remains arrived by helicopter at Camp Shorab in Helmand Province — where the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division has a training mission — an honor guard of “dozens and dozens” of U.S. soldiers stood at attention and saluted.David was 50 and Zabihullah, who for years also worked as a photographer, was 38.David was considered one of the best photojournalists in the world — honored with a raft of awards including a George Polk Award in 2010, a national News and Documentary Emmy in 2007 and dozens of distinctions from the White House News Photographers Association, including 2011 Still Photographer of the Year.It is fair to say that David witnessed some of humanity’s most challenging moments: He covered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He covered the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. He covered the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa. He covered the devastating earthquake in Haiti, famine in Somalia and most recently the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.His images were haunting — amid the rubble, he found beauty; amid war, he found humanity.Back in 2010, after he covered the earthquake in Haiti, he talked about his craft. The camera, he said, made things easier.“It’s not like you put the camera to your face and therefore it makes what you’re seeing OK, but certainly you can put yourself in a zone,” David said. “It’s hard, but you can’t get caught up in it and become part of it. You still need to maintain your state of mind that you are helping tell this story.”His craft, he said, was about more than journalism.“It’s not just reporting. It’s not just taking pictures,” he said. “It’s, ‘Do those visuals, do the stories, do they change somebody’s mind enough to take action?’”In an email to staff, Michael Oreskes, NPR’s vice president for news, said David died pursuing that commitment.“As a man and as a photojournalist, David brought out the humanity of all those around him,” Michael said. “He let us see the world and each other through his eyes.”Zabihullah Tamanna was a photographer in Afghanistan for years. Here, one of his images of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai (right) during a talk with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on February 21, 2009.Keith Jenkins, the general manager for digital at the National Geographic Society who edited David at NPR, said he and David talked a lot about the dangers of the work David was doing and how much longer he could keep doing it.“Ultimately, he felt it was really important to tell those stories and to tell them to a society that can very often forget that we have people in harm’s way on a daily basis,” Keith said.David also understood those risks.“It’s a very hard thing to put into words, the peace you sort of make with what you’re gonna be doing,” David said. “I’m not saying you walk into these situations and you’re fatalistic about it but you also are preparing and making decisions based on the sort of level of threat that is there.”Zabihullah, who was known as Zabi, worked as a photojournalist for the Chinese news agency Xinhua. More recently, he wrote for Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency. Zabihullah kept a tick-tock on the country. He wrote the big news — when a new Afghani president was sworn in — but also covered the daily attacks and drone strikes that killed militants and civilians.NPR’s Philip Reeves recruited Zabihullah to NPR. He called him a “great colleague.”“He was a lovely man, with a great eye for a story and deep wisdom about his country,” Philip said. “He clearly loved his family.”Zabihullah leaves behind three young children.Secretary of State John Kerry released the following statement:I was saddened to learn today of the death of an NPR photographer, ‎David Gilkey, and his colleague Zabihulla Tamanna, who were part of a crew reporting on Afghan forces in the southern part of the country.This attack is a grim reminder of the danger that continues to face the Afghan people, the dedication of Afghan national defense and security forces to securing their country, and of the courage of intrepid journalists — and their interpreters — who are trying to convey that important story to the rest of the world.David Gilkey certainly never shied away from conveying those stories, whether there in Afghanistan or Somalia, Haiti, Gaza, Iraq and dozens of other places around the world. He was ‎more than a gifted photographer. He was a gifted story‎teller, who understood the power of imagery to enhancing the power of understanding. He will be sorely missed.Teresa and I send our t‎houghts and prayers for these courageous individuals to their colleagues, friends and families.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more