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  2. When Nikita arrived in Shannon Airport in June 2017, he had no idea of the life-changing experience he would have in Fermoy, Co. Cork with the loving Hogan family. Nikita, now 16, is returning to Ireland for a third time next Tuesday 25 June, following the success last Summer’s health-boosting trip. Nikita, like so many other children living in Chernobyl’s bleak shadow, has had to live with adverse health effects as a result of the deadly 1986 accident. Nikita has what is now known as a ‘genetic marker’ which he carries with him for generations to come. Abandoned at birth by his parents, Nikita lives in orphanage ‘No. 7’ in Minsk, Belarus along with Maryna who is also hosted by the Hogan family each year. Nikita spent last Summer with Richard and Sheelagh Hogan, who instantly noticed a boost in the teenager’s health and wellbeing. The Summer Rest and Recuperation Programme gives children, who come from impoverished backgrounds and state-run institutions, a health-boosting reprieve from the toxic environment and high levels of radiation to which they are exposed. During the month-long stay, radiation levels in the children drop by nearly 50% and up to two years is added to their life expectancy.
  3. What time is it? ⏰ 💥It is Learning Disability Week time! 💥 🏏Let's talk all things sport and inclusion. 🏓 🏃‍♀️Physical activity is a great way to make new friends and get involved with your local community. 👋 Let our running group show you what we mean.😉
  4. Hey Pete! Yes it is by chance, I can read this. Or have...thanks to Mich who passed it my way, bless her... Nice one you saw Tool! I am glad you enjoyed their set, they are truly a special band ain't they! New album August 30th too... How are you anyhow?
  5. I’m glad you had such a good time! 😎 Tool are a great band. I’m surprised they hadn’t played there for so long. And, obviously, I approve of your next show! (See below for proof.) I’m seeing them again myself in September. Have a great time!
  6. ✌️out Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival! Thanks everyone to stopped by to fight AIDS with us.
  7. HOW (RED) WORKS OUR IMPACT PRODUCTS PARTNERS GET INVOLVED (RED)ITORIAL ENGLISHESPAÑOL IS THERE A CURE FOR HIV/AIDS? If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve likely seen a few headlines about the AIDS fight—but unlike 30 years ago, it’s been mostly good news. Thanks to developments from doctors, scientists, and researchers, the world is inching closer and closer to finding a cure to HIV/AIDS. However, despite the incredible progress, the fight to end AIDS is still in jeopardy. So, is there a cure? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. Here’s what you need to know about the “cure” to HIV/AIDS: THE REAL STATUS ON THE “CURE” Let’s be clear on what the latest cases of reported “cures” mean. Scientists are careful to describe the current “cure” as a case of “long term viral remission,” meaning that the HIV virus is suppressed, but still present in the body. The patients currently reported as “cured” are off treatment and not experiencing any symptoms. THE BERLIN PATIENT Talk of the first known, sustained cure started with Timothy Brown, known as “the Berlin Patient.” Brown was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 and in 2007, his HIV went into remission after undergoing a bone marrow stem cell transplant. Prior to his transplant, Brown had been diagnosed with leukemia. His body wasn’t responding to aggressive chemotherapy, so his doctor came up with the novel idea to swap his vulnerable tissue with healthy stem cells from a donor carrying a rare CCR5 mutation called CCR5-delta 32. CCR5 is a protein receptor that HIV uses as an entry point to the immune system. If someone carries the CCR5-delta 32 mutation, this entry point is blocked off, making it essentially impossible for the carrier to be infected with HIV. Only a very small population of the world has this mutation. After finding the right donor with this mutation, Brown received the transplant and then stopped taking his ARVs. Brown was observed to see if his HIV would resurge, and after a year, his doctor deemed him HIV-free. In February 2009, the final results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Today, Brown is still off HIV treatment and continues to show no signs of the virus. THE LONDON PATIENT Over the next decade, similar attempts to replicate Brown’s results failed—that was until “the London Patient” earlier this year. While he has chosen to keep his identity anonymous, we know the London patient was diagnosed with HIV in 2003, and then with advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2012. Like Brown, his body resisted chemotherapy, and as a result, his doctors recommended a stem cell transplant from a donor with the CCR5 mutation, which was conducted in 2016. After observing him for 18 months, scientists declared the London Patient to be HIV-free. In March 2019, the final results were published in the science journal Nature and made front page news with headlines like “HIV is Reported Cured in a Second Patient.” THE FIRST LIVING HIV+ ORGAN DONOR A few weeks after word was out on the London Patient, the world received more hopeful news. Nina Martinez became the world’s first living HIV-positive person to donate an organ to an HIV-positive recipient, giving the anonymous patient one of her kidneys. Until recently, the medical world considered it unsafe for someone with HIV to live with only one kidney, but thanks to antiretroviral treatment, those with HIV can be organ donors without the past fear of complications. WHAT IT ALL MEANS These results are incredibly hopeful and show that new approaches to HIV treatment are slowly becoming increasingly effective. That being said, it’s important to remember that these successes occurred under very special circumstances. The procedures were intended to treat cancer, and they came with a large price tag and an even larger risk. After the Berlin Patient, many of the attempts to replicate his treatment ended with the virus coming back, or with HIV+ patients dying from their cancer. Brown himself almost died because of the toll the procedure took on his immune system. These discoveries also do not change the current situation for most of the 37 million people currently living with HIV, nearly two-thirds of whom are in sub-Saharan Africa. Given nearly half of all people living with HIV still need access to HIV medication, a rare, dangerous and costly procedure isn’t a realistic solution to the AIDS fight. This is why the Global Fund, the organization that receives 100% of (RED) dollars, is so important. While the medical community continues to work on finding a safe, cost-effective cure for HIV/AIDS, Global Fund programs in over 100 countries are focused on scaling up access to antiretroviral treatment—the current, closest thing to a cure for people living with HIV. These programs also provide prevention services, care, treatment and education to the people most affected by HIV, which are crucial to limiting the spread of the virus. We should applaud these discoveries, but we’re not at the finish line yet. AIDS is still a crisis but it doesn’t have to be. When you shop (RED) products on Amazon.com/red, you’re helping to change this.
  8. 0 TECHNOLOGY 5 African innovators to watch in 2019 and beyond 3 May 2019 3:38PM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation have announced their shortlist, and we’re paying close attention to five of the impressive nominees! Talented, ambitious and committed to technological excellence, we’re sure they’ll be making waves over the next year and beyond. Here’s a look at some of the stand-out individuals and inventions that made the shortlist: Muzalema Mwanza, Zambia Muzalema Mwanza’s creation of a Baby Delivery Kit is making waves. The kit includes the tools that expectant mothers in Zambia are often asked to bring to hospital themselves — including a hygienic sheet, scalpel and sanitary pads. It will be particularly useful for midwives participating in home births and for midwives working in under-resourced clinics. The Baby Delivery Kit demonstrates how innovation can empower communities. Mwanza is already leading a team that produces thousands of kits a month. Her commitment to reducing the amount of infections in newborns, coupled with a desire to empower mothers-to-be, show how well-deserved Mwanza’s place on the shortlist for this year’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation really is. Collince Oluoch, Kenya Using your own life experiences to create systems that can improve the lives of others is a skill Collince Oluoch knows well. Through his own experiences as a vaccination volunteer, he was driven to innovate and create a model that would address the shortcomings that he witnessed. He created Chanjoplus — an impressive online system that helps parents and healthcare workers maintain records and keep children up to date with lifesaving vaccinations. Chanjopolus is even built into Kenya’s national healthcare system, meaning Olouch’s creation is already helping to yield far-reaching, life-saving results. Although currently in a pilot phase, volunteers are steadily receiving the training that will see Chanjopolus go through its second trial and continue to grow. Beth Koigi, Kenya Beth Koigi created Majik Water in Kenya — a stellar illustration of innovation. Majik Water harvests water from the air to provide water which is affordable, clean and safe for drinking. This is then held in “Water ATM’s” which enable people to ‘withdraw’ the amount of water they need. Water ATMs are already popular in Kenya, but Magik Water breaks the mould by actively seeking ways to supplement this technology with something affordable. This marks a sharp contrast from the other water ATM suppliers, and reaffirms Beth Koigi’s position on this shortlist. Anne K. Rweyora, Uganda Driven by a desire to empower Ugandan women in a sustainable way, Anne K. Rweyora created Smart Haven Technologies. This awesome innovation is centered around the creation of smart, sustainable homes which are built from appropriate yet equally affordable technologies. Using designs that reduce temperatures indoors, solar water, and locally designed bricks are just a few examples of how Anne and her team are committing to building an environmentally conscious enterprise. Rweyora’s passion for increasing home ownership among women was born out of her work as a social worker. To increase opportunities for those in areas where they’re building, the team intentionally train more artisans than needed during construction to provide local men and women with free training sessions. Safiatou Nana, Burkina Faso Safiatou Nana is the mind behind SolarKoodo, an impressive moveable solar water pumping system. Her innovation has the potential to change farming completely! Through her mobile pump technology, users are able to pull water from boreholes in off-grid regions where water tables drop very low. SolarKoodo can also be used to electrify homes! During the dry months in the Sahel region arming can become a near impossible task due to lack of water. Nana’s commitment to improving access to water in these more difficult areas is reflected in SolarKoodo’s design. Read more about the other innovators on the shortlist, and keep up with developments on the prize here!
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  11. Got back from Download today and I'm still just about alive! Wonderful weekend. Finally got to see Slipknot headline on the Saturday who I've been dying to see for ages and they were everything I hoped they'd be and more. Tool headlined the Sunday - it was their first UK show in 12 years and they were truly incredible. (If by pure chance MacFoley happens to read this, thanks for recommending them to me all those years ago!) So many other amazing bands as well. Next up for me is Interpol at the Brighton Dome next Wednesday!
  12. Beautiful. I'm glad you got tickets. I've been reading the presale threads.
  13. There is still a Sun! 

  14. It's kind of quiet at the office today 😴 so just for fun I tried to see what kind of tickets were left . As of 2 minutes ago it seems I could purchase quite easily (if I wanted them) 4 GA or 4 RZ in the RedHill pre-sale So probably one of the easier show to get a good ticket. Luc
  15. Ha ha Brendo 1704 that’s so funny. Yes we have all been there. I love the ‘swearing and other parenting no-no’s in front of the kids’. Hee hee. When the kids go...they will understand what all the tension was for!
  16. OK - So today i got to go for my first ever pre-sale for the Singapore show. Due to location and circumstance, I had never been in a position to go through this process before, so having been a member of U2.com for years, the Singapore announcement was a dream come true. Having watched from the sidelines for a number of years, i had always thought the moderators did a fanstastic job, and felt a strong sense of community within Zootopia. Today, when things went a bit awry in the presales, I experienced first hand what I have watched for years and I am very grateful. The image below pretty much sums up the roller coaster from this morning and for me two things are very clear: 1. buying tickets for these concerts is in no way a neutral experience, and 2. The moderators annd community are just fantastc. What is also missing from the picture is "thankfullness" to the mods, and to the community who actively participate in helping others. This is literally off the chart.
  17. Here's the FB link for the fan meetup group for those who are attending the Singapore Show https://www.facebook.com/groups/309624866650478/
  18. 44, 989 - It has been nice and sunny today. Although I've been indoors for a lot of it. My normal three hours at the library turned into 5 and a half hours as whichever group was last in on Friday left it in a complete mess. I counted at least 40 books in the wrong place, 5 had to be retrieved from down the back of bookcases, 4 damaged so badly I had to send them in to the central library to see if they can be repaired... and the children's section looked like a bomb had gone off Utterly frazzled, but we got it sorted in the end.
  19. This morning I got my laptop up and running around 15 min before presale started and got in the ticketing site like a minute after the start of the presale. So no worries....
  20. Save that confirmation number and keep your contact with the customer support service. Give them alternative email addresses... one of those may work.
  21. Hi mods, bought 1 GA Ticket for Singapore in todays presale, allthough if I got an order confirmation number I haven‘t received an E-Mail confirmation yet. During a call this morning the hotline confirmed my order and wanted to send the confirmation again, but still not receive anything. Any reason to worry about? And before you ask also nothing in the spam/junk folder🤔
  22. Welcome to the Zoo. Meet Joe, some reading to give you a bit of an insight : http://onlineonthehorizon.com/ga-guide/
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