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Donegal’s taxi drivers to gain suicide prevention skills under new initiative

first_imgTaxi drivers in Donegal are set to gain potentially life-saving skills under a new Taxi Watch Suicide Prevention scheme.The innovative project, which started in Derry, trains taxi drivers with suicide prevention skills and teaches them how to help somebody who may be in distress or‍ feeling suicidal.Taxi Watch recognises the value of taxi drivers and night taxi drivers, in particular, as front-line service providers who have direct contact with a large and varying cross section of the community. The project will be launched in Donegal at an event in Letterkenny next week by Local Link Donegal, with support from the HSE’s Connecting for Life Programme.All Taxi and Hackney drivers in Donegal are invited avail of this opportunity to come and learn about Taxi Watch on Monday 21st January from 11.30am – 1.00pm at the Function Room, Century Cinemas, Letterkenny.Through Taxi Watch, drivers get basic training and support which will enable them to be more aware and better equipped to respond appropriately should they find themselves in a situation where there is potential of a suicide or to recognise the signs of a potential suicide.“So far, initiatives in Derry, Kilkenny and other parts of the country have saved hundreds of lives and it is hoped that the Donegal taxi and hackney drivers will become important players in the current county wide effort to reduce suicide,” said a Taxi Watch Donegal spokesperson. “Please come along and avail of this opportunity to hear and learn all about this great “hands on” initiative – Taxi Watch!”For more information contact Local Link Donegal on 074 9741644Donegal’s taxi drivers to gain suicide prevention skills under new initiative was last modified: January 11th, 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:connecting for lifeLocal Link Donegalsuicide preventiontaxi watchlast_img read more

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Disney Cruise Line News — Week of March 16, 2019

first_imgDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsIt’s official! The purchase of Lighthouse Point by Disney was signed on March 7. While the development of this property on Eleuthera will be quite a ways from now, when complete it will include areas dedicated to Bahamian vendors of local goods, as well as conservation areas.The DCL website has been updated with the Port Adventures that will be offered this summer when the Disney Magic visits Brest and Toulon, France. It will be the first time DCL will visit these ports of call.Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week: Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of Call Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Star Wars: The Last JediAvengers: Infinity WarSolo: A Star Wars Story Incredibles 2 Ant-Man and The WaspChristopher RobinThe Nutcracker and the Four RealmsCocoThor: RagnarokRalph Breaks the InternetMary Poppins ReturnsCaptain MarvelFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationCruising is always a cause to celebrate! Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon, or first cruise, there are a number of gifts and extras you can order to be delivered to your stateroom to start off your cruise in full celebratory style. You could open the door to your stateroom, all decked out in nautical decorations. Or find a beautiful flower arrangement waiting for you. Send your sweetheart a sweet treat – a customized Mickey-shaped cake, a fruit platter, or even a bottle of bubbly to kick off the fun. Spoil your significant other with luxurious matching robes. If you are cruising during a holiday, there are even options to help celebrate the seasons, including mini Christmas trees and Easter baskets. Want to give the gift that keeps on giving? Add onboard credits to the account of your favorite cruiser. Even if they did, in fact, leave you behind on land. Options do vary by port, and are available to view on the DCL website. Recently, the deadline for ordering was updated, and you can see the full chart here.Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The Disney Cruise Line Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.last_img read more

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Photo of the Week: Incredible Science Machine Team Topples ~250,000 Dominoes

first_imgThe thirty-something woman and her young son rushed in front of me as I reached for the door to the Westland Shopping Mall entrance. Do you know where the dominos are set up? she hurriedly asked as she looked back at me. No, I replied. But I’ll see you there in a few minutes! I shouldn’t have worried. There was a beeline in one direction as groups of people quickly walked to the east side of the shopping mall.What were we all there for?To see almost 250,000 dominoes fall down! What else would I be doing on a hot almost-95 degree summer afternoon in southeastern Michigan? Especially when the lead organizer is from my home town of Canton, Michigan? Incredible Science MachineLed by 22-year-old Steve Price, Incredible Science Machine is a group of 18 chain reaction and dominoes experts from around the world who gathered together this month to build the world’s largest dominoes chain reaction.Work began July 10 as the team set up dominoes in the shopping mall in Westland, a western suburb of Detroit, Michigan. As part of the project, the team aimed to break the Guinness World Record for the largest domino circle field (around 70,000 dominoes).In addition, the team was competing against themselves in their goal to beat their own 2015 record of most dominoes toppled in America. Last year, the team toppled 197,598 dominoes at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, Michigan. This year’s goal? A few more: around ¼ of a million dominoes.The Dominoes Fall!Hundreds of people stood five to ten-deep as they waited to watch the intricate colorful dominoes tumble down. And when it started, it was impressive!I couldn’t always see the little movements, but managed to catch some of the bigger cascades of dominoes falling: the stadium, the collapse of towers, the chain reaction circle were amazing to watch! Oohs and aahs grew from the crowd as smaller sets of dominoes falling down led to larger sets falling. Loud applause and shouts were heard when the stadium came down and when the domino circle finally tumbled. Kudos to the TeamThe team incorporated all kinds of games, toys, and everyday objects into their project; it wasn’t only dominoes. Balls would roll, an inflated globe moved, as they set in motion the process of dominoes tumbling across a 6,000 square foot chain reaction on the floor of the mall. Think of your childhood games when a marble travels through a track, winding back and forth. That’s the kind of fascinating game play we saw as dominoes tumbled down over 20 minutes. And with their international theme, the project had different areas that represented Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Antarctica.The team hugged each other and shot high fives as they celebrated the last domino coming down. Did They Make It?I didn’t learn until later that to meet the Guinness World Record, the dominoes had to be counted after they fell down, in front of witnesses.By late yesterday afternoon, a Facebook post announced the results:Congrats to the team on all their hard work and efforts! Shoutout to SponsorsAs someone who organizes events, I know this kind of production takes a number of sponsors to cover the costs and expenses of the complicated dominoes construction. Shoutout to:Zeal Credit UnionBulk DominoesFairway ProductionsSmarter Every DayTrix TrackThe official video will be posted within the week, and I’ll link or add it to this post (not sure what their permissions will be for embedding the video). I can’t wait to see the dominoes fall again next year! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedUser Experience Groups in Metro DetroitWhen I attended my first Internet User Experience conference in Ann Arbor in the mid-2000’s, I knew I wanted to get involved with local user experience groups. The people I met at the conference were doing all the things I found fascinating about the web: user research, usability testing, and…In “User experience”Photo of the Week: 2017 MINI on the MackWhat else would I be doing on a beautiful summer morning in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, other than watching over a thousand Mini Coopers drive over the Mackinac Bridge in an effort to break the world record? I wasn’t alone. Dozens of people were lined up along Bridge View…In “Michigan”February 2018 User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”last_img read more