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In the Chernobyl affected regions contamination of the land remains the biggest health threat.

31 years on caesium-137 is the principal source of radiation in the zone around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant also known as ‘Death Valley’ or the ‘Exclusion Zone’.

Caesium 137 is one of the radioactive isotopes that was distributed by the reactor explosion and it causes the greatest risk to the health of the people in the Chernobyl affected regions. It finds its way via the food chain into the human body.

There is no safe dose of caesium 137 and according to Professor Yuri Bandashevsky “Any dose is an over dose of caesium 137- there should be no question about acceptable levels in the body.”

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We had a great Culture Night 2017. Thanks to all our local samba drummers, Peter Crann and his Itchy Feet Samba Band from Sligo, Laois Arts and a fantastic audience.  The sun shone down on Portlaoise and we were momentarily in Rio....

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In Rwanda, this sisterhood of farmers is banding together to beat poverty
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In Rwanda, this sisterhood of farmers is banding together to beat poverty

November 22 2016 | By: GUEST BLOGGER

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By Maria Russo, Executive Director at Humanity Unified International

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Dativa stares intently at the wall with her crystal blue eyes – an uncommon physical trait among Rwandans – as she shares the story of her life since the genocide in 1994. A mother to 11 children, five of whom were killed during the war, Dativa struggles to pay for basic necessities such as food, healthcare and school fees. Dativa’s husband was also killed during the genocide, so she carries the family’s entire financial burden alone. After the genocide, she took in seven orphans all of whom she cared for on her meager salary as a farmer.

As the driving force of the Rwandan economy, agriculture employs 70 percent of the population. Women perform the bulk of the labor, putting in approximately 51 hours per week on farm and domestic duties compared to men who work 40 hours.

Most women farmers lack the means to purchase high-quality seeds and proper storage facilities to protect their crops. Many also never received education on effective farming methods to increase yields and to ensure that the soil on their land remains healthy. This creates a cycle of subsistence farming leaving very little or no profit from outputs for farmers to use as a source of income or capital.

Today, Humanity Unified International, a New York-based nonprofit is working to change this.

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Currently, the organization is empowering Dativa and 99 other women through a farming cooperative project that will ensure each woman earns a self-sustaining, livable income after completing a one-year intensive educational program.

Bernadette is a member of Dativa’s cooperative and shares similar difficulties. She has three children all of whom she struggles to keep in school due to the expensive fees. Her husband left one day and never returned, so she too bears the family’s financial burdens. Bernadette recently took in the 4-year-old child of a friend who passed away. The child’s father is mentally ill and incapable of properly caring for her. In spite of all the responsibilities Bernadette carries each day, she continues to look forward to a future that ensures her needs and the needs of her children are met.

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Photo credit: Humanity Unified

Both Bernadette and Dativa are benefiting from Humanity Unified’s program, which provides them with the skills and knowledge necessary to triple the cooperative’s yields over the course of one year. The 100 women enrolled in the cooperative, most of whom earn less than a dollar per day, are also attending workshops on gender-based violence, women and children’s rights, nutrition, positive masculinity (which includes male partners) and workshops designed specifically for single and widowed women. The program also provides training in cooperative management, savings and loans and effective agriculture methods.

Since 2015, Humanity Unified has been working in Rwanda with their partner Aspire Rwanda, a local NGO that works to empower poor women to rise above poverty. The two organizations share similar missions dedicated to poverty alleviation through education, food security, and economic opportunities.

The cooperative project is having an incredible impact on the beneficiaries who now understand their rights as women, wives, and mothers. The women are also learning how to be leaders in managing the needs of the 25-hectare farm to ensure that yields increase dramatically over the coming year.

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Photo credit: Humanity Unified

“I like being in the cooperative because I feel supported by the other women,” says Sylvia, 30 and a mother of three.

For Rwandan women, the benefits of being part of a cooperative stem deeper than simply existing as an organization owned and run jointly by its members who share profits and benefits. Ethnic tensions created before and during the genocide still exist regardless of the government’s attempt to unite people by identifying as “Rwandan” rather than associating with a specific tribe. The genocide caused deep divides among the Hutus and Tutsis, so employing the cooperative model to bring women from different ethnic backgrounds together to work towards common goals resulting in financial benefit is a win-win. This type of structure creates tolerance, compassion, and a sisterhood among the women enrolled.

On any given day at the farm, you’ll find the women clustered together tending to a specific project or caring for their individual plots. The camaraderie is as apparent as Rwanda’s magnificent rolling green hills. It’s common to hear laughter and to see friends walking arm in arm as they set out for the road home. Sometimes in early morning, when its quiet, you’ll hear the sweet sound of voices humming a song that has great meaning in Rwanda: “Amahoro,” the word for “peace” in Kinyarwanda. For many of the women, this is a chance to find peace in their life and to look forward to a self-sustaining future as a successful farmer.

Learn more about Humanity Unified International, and sign up today to join ONE in the fight for gender equality on International Women’s Day 2017.

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9 amazing African destinations you HAVE to see

September 27 2017 | By: GUEST BLOGGER

 
   

By Lauren Ahn, ONE Digital Intern

We LOVE highlighting the incredible work of people in Africa who are fighting for quality education, feeding their communities, and even campaigning to get their community fresh water. But what about the continent itself as a top travel destination? It’s an incredibly diverse and beautiful place, from the heights of Kilimanjaro to the coasts of South Africa. That’s why we’ve picked a few scenic spots that you NEED to know about. Read what the experts below have to say, then start planning your trip!

Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo credit: Push the button/Wikimedia Commons)

Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo credit: Push the button/Wikimedia Commons)

“The Carr-Hartley family have the rare honor of sharing their manor estate with some of the most beautiful, endangered creatures in the world: Rothschild giraffes. Located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, the manor-turned-hotel sprawls across 140 acres and is home to eight giraffes. Opened in 1984 by the previous owners, the small boutique hotel offers guests the chance of a lifetime to hang out with these gentle giants. Every morning at breakfast the giraffes stroll up to the house and poke their heads through the windows and doors looking for morning treats. Guests can feed them right from the breakfast table, take photos up close and interact with the giraffes through the second-floor bedroom window.” —Jenna Rak, Huffington Post

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Two cheetah brothers in Okavango Delta, Botswana. (Photo credit: Arturo de Frias Marques/Wikimedia Commons)

Two cheetah brothers in Okavango Delta, Botswana. (Photo credit: Arturo de Frias Marques/Wikimedia Commons)

“One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the River Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronized their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods. It is an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes. The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammals, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog, and lion.” —UNESCO, World Heritage Centre

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. (Photo credit: Carine06/Wikimedia Commons)

Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. (Photo credit: Carine06/Wikimedia Commons)

“Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan section of the great volcanic massif called the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC. Gorillas, of course, pay no heed to borders and are known to cross between the countries, although most habituated groups are to be found in Volcanoes National Park. …There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. That precious hour spent in their company – watching the group playing, sulking, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do – is extraordinary.” —Expert Africa

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

A crocodile basking by the lake in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa. (Photo credit: Steve Slater/Wikimedia Commons)

A crocodile basking by the lake in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa. (Photo credit: Steve Slater/Wikimedia Commons)

“The diversity of life at iSimangaliso is staggering, on par with any of the large nature reserves in South Africa. There are 526 bird species, 36 snake species, 35 frog species, 5 species of turtle, 80 species of dragonfly, 110 species of butterflies, more than 2,000 species of flowering plants, more than 100 species of coral, and hundreds of ocean and freshwater fish species, as well as a wide collection of African wildlife like elephant, hippo, buffalo, hyena and leopard. It is one of two places in South Africa where it’s still possible to see a leopard walking on the beach.” —Scott Ramsay, Getaway

Hot Air Balloon Rides over Sossusvlei, Namibia

A hot air balloon over Namibia. (Photo credit: digr/Wikimedia Commons)

A hot air balloon over Namibia. (Photo credit: digr/Wikimedia Commons)

“As the sun’s first rays peek over the scarlet sand dunes, the hot air balloon drifts slowly upward, revealing the undulating landscapes of Sossusvlei. As you float amongst the clouds, the sun rises dramatically over the horizon, throwing hues of gold and rose across the vast sky… Many animals gaze up at the neon ball in surprise and curiosity as it passes overhead. The seasoned pilot will eventually select the perfect landing spot, just in time for a grand celebratory bubbly breakfast, where you can recap the morning’s bucket list moment as you savour a delicious morning meal. —&Beyond

Lagos, Nigeria

 

“The economic and cultural powerhouse of the country thanks to an influx of oil money, Lagos has an exploding arts and music scene that will keep your yansh engaged far past dawn. If you’re headed to Nigeria, you’ll have no choice but to jump right in.” —Lonely Planet

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls. (Photo credit: John Walker/Wikimedia Commons)

Victoria Falls. (Photo credit: John Walker/Wikimedia Commons)

“Taking its place alongside the Pyramids and the Serengeti, Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’) is one of Africa’s original blockbusters. And although Zimbabwe and Zambia share it, Victoria Falls is a place all of its own. As a magnet for tourists of all descriptions – backpackers, tour groups, thrill seekers, families, honeymooners – Victoria Falls is one of Earth’s great spectacles. View it directly as a raging mile-long curtain of water, in all its glory, from a helicopter ride or peek precariously over its edge from Devil’s Pools; the sheer power and force of the falls is something that simply does not disappoint.” —Lonely Planet

Rock Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

Monks sitting in front of the Bete Amanuel rock church in Lalibela, Ethiopia. (Photo credit: Jens Klinzing/Wikimedia Commons)

Monks sitting in front of the Bete Amanuel rock church in Lalibela, Ethiopia. (Photo credit: Jens Klinzing/Wikimedia Commons)

“The chiseled creations have turned this mountain town into a place of pride and pilgrimage for worshipers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, attracting 80,000 to 100,000 visitors every year.

There are several stories surrounding the creation of the churches, one of which says that humans worked during the day and angels would speed up the building overnight. Some historians say construction was completed at a remarkable pace, taking about 23 years. Carved out of volcanic tuff rock, the famous churches have been built in a variety of styles. Some of them were chiseled into the face of the rock, where others stand as isolated blocks, like the iconic church of Saint George, constructed in the shape of the cross. A complex and extensive system of drainage ditches, tunnels, and subterranean passageways connects the underground structures.” —Errol Barnett, CNN Travel

Nairobi, Kenya

 

“Visit Nairobi, Kenya and take in this relatively young city’s vibrant life and verdant surroundings. Enjoy views of the Nairobi River, scale nearby mountains, catch glimpses of lions, rhinos and antelopes in one of Nairobi’s many national parks and spend a day out of the sun in one of this African metropolis’ plentiful museums. …Travel to Nairobi for an exciting adventure you won’t soon forget.” —Travel + Leisure

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9 amazing African destinations you HAVE to see

September 27 2017 | By: GUEST BLOGGER

 
   

By Lauren Ahn, ONE Digital Intern

We LOVE highlighting the incredible work of people in Africa who are fighting for quality education, feeding their communities, and even campaigning to get their community fresh water. But what about the continent itself as a top travel destination? It’s an incredibly diverse and beautiful place, from the heights of Kilimanjaro to the coasts of South Africa. That’s why we’ve picked a few scenic spots that you NEED to know about. Read what the experts below have to say, then start planning your trip!

Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo credit: Push the button/Wikimedia Commons)

Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo credit: Push the button/Wikimedia Commons)

“The Carr-Hartley family have the rare honor of sharing their manor estate with some of the most beautiful, endangered creatures in the world: Rothschild giraffes. Located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, the manor-turned-hotel sprawls across 140 acres and is home to eight giraffes. Opened in 1984 by the previous owners, the small boutique hotel offers guests the chance of a lifetime to hang out with these gentle giants. Every morning at breakfast the giraffes stroll up to the house and poke their heads through the windows and doors looking for morning treats. Guests can feed them right from the breakfast table, take photos up close and interact with the giraffes through the second-floor bedroom window.” —Jenna Rak, Huffington Post

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Two cheetah brothers in Okavango Delta, Botswana. (Photo credit: Arturo de Frias Marques/Wikimedia Commons)

Two cheetah brothers in Okavango Delta, Botswana. (Photo credit: Arturo de Frias Marques/Wikimedia Commons)

“One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the River Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronized their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods. It is an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes. The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammals, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog, and lion.” —UNESCO, World Heritage Centre

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. (Photo credit: Carine06/Wikimedia Commons)

Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. (Photo credit: Carine06/Wikimedia Commons)

“Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan section of the great volcanic massif called the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC. Gorillas, of course, pay no heed to borders and are known to cross between the countries, although most habituated groups are to be found in Volcanoes National Park. …There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. That precious hour spent in their company – watching the group playing, sulking, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do – is extraordinary.” —Expert Africa

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

A crocodile basking by the lake in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa. (Photo credit: Steve Slater/Wikimedia Commons)

A crocodile basking by the lake in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa. (Photo credit: Steve Slater/Wikimedia Commons)

“The diversity of life at iSimangaliso is staggering, on par with any of the large nature reserves in South Africa. There are 526 bird species, 36 snake species, 35 frog species, 5 species of turtle, 80 species of dragonfly, 110 species of butterflies, more than 2,000 species of flowering plants, more than 100 species of coral, and hundreds of ocean and freshwater fish species, as well as a wide collection of African wildlife like elephant, hippo, buffalo, hyena and leopard. It is one of two places in South Africa where it’s still possible to see a leopard walking on the beach.” —Scott Ramsay, Getaway

Hot Air Balloon Rides over Sossusvlei, Namibia

A hot air balloon over Namibia. (Photo credit: digr/Wikimedia Commons)

A hot air balloon over Namibia. (Photo credit: digr/Wikimedia Commons)

“As the sun’s first rays peek over the scarlet sand dunes, the hot air balloon drifts slowly upward, revealing the undulating landscapes of Sossusvlei. As you float amongst the clouds, the sun rises dramatically over the horizon, throwing hues of gold and rose across the vast sky… Many animals gaze up at the neon ball in surprise and curiosity as it passes overhead. The seasoned pilot will eventually select the perfect landing spot, just in time for a grand celebratory bubbly breakfast, where you can recap the morning’s bucket list moment as you savour a delicious morning meal. —&Beyond

Lagos, Nigeria

 

“The economic and cultural powerhouse of the country thanks to an influx of oil money, Lagos has an exploding arts and music scene that will keep your yansh engaged far past dawn. If you’re headed to Nigeria, you’ll have no choice but to jump right in.” —Lonely Planet

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls. (Photo credit: John Walker/Wikimedia Commons)

Victoria Falls. (Photo credit: John Walker/Wikimedia Commons)

“Taking its place alongside the Pyramids and the Serengeti, Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’) is one of Africa’s original blockbusters. And although Zimbabwe and Zambia share it, Victoria Falls is a place all of its own. As a magnet for tourists of all descriptions – backpackers, tour groups, thrill seekers, families, honeymooners – Victoria Falls is one of Earth’s great spectacles. View it directly as a raging mile-long curtain of water, in all its glory, from a helicopter ride or peek precariously over its edge from Devil’s Pools; the sheer power and force of the falls is something that simply does not disappoint.” —Lonely Planet

Rock Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

Monks sitting in front of the Bete Amanuel rock church in Lalibela, Ethiopia. (Photo credit: Jens Klinzing/Wikimedia Commons)

Monks sitting in front of the Bete Amanuel rock church in Lalibela, Ethiopia. (Photo credit: Jens Klinzing/Wikimedia Commons)

“The chiseled creations have turned this mountain town into a place of pride and pilgrimage for worshipers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, attracting 80,000 to 100,000 visitors every year.

There are several stories surrounding the creation of the churches, one of which says that humans worked during the day and angels would speed up the building overnight. Some historians say construction was completed at a remarkable pace, taking about 23 years. Carved out of volcanic tuff rock, the famous churches have been built in a variety of styles. Some of them were chiseled into the face of the rock, where others stand as isolated blocks, like the iconic church of Saint George, constructed in the shape of the cross. A complex and extensive system of drainage ditches, tunnels, and subterranean passageways connects the underground structures.” —Errol Barnett, CNN Travel

Nairobi, Kenya

 

“Visit Nairobi, Kenya and take in this relatively young city’s vibrant life and verdant surroundings. Enjoy views of the Nairobi River, scale nearby mountains, catch glimpses of lions, rhinos and antelopes in one of Nairobi’s many national parks and spend a day out of the sun in one of this African metropolis’ plentiful museums. …Travel to Nairobi for an exciting adventure you won’t soon forget.” —Travel + Leisure

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26/09/2017

Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath and Maynooth University partner on a new orchestral programme

Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath and Maynooth University partner on a new orchestral programme

‘JUST PLAY’ is a developmental orchestral programme designed by Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath in partnership with Maynooth University Department of Music. The project aims to provide young instrumentalists ages 11 to 19 (grade 5 standard and above) with a unique opportunity to train with leading professionals.

Applications are now being accepted for JUST PLAY Sinfonietta, an ensemble aimed towards young musicians who are looking to be challenged in their individual and ensemble playing. Enthusiastic, hard-working string, woodwind, brass, percussion, harp and piano players are welcome to apply.

There are many benefits to joining JUST PLAY Sinfonietta – from making friends with similar interests, to performing with great musicians and educators.

The JUST PLAY team will bring together experienced performers and professionals from Maynooth University and Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, under the guidance of Artistic Director, composer and conductor Andrew Synnott, and Deputy Director Karen ní Bhroin. Current students of Maynooth University Department of Music will also form part of the ensemble and act as ‘learning buddies’ to the young instrumentalists. 

During each rehearsal the team will explore new repertoire with the young musicians, extending instrumental and ensemble skills to achieve great orchestral playing as they work together towards a fantastic performance.

All applicants will be expected to commit to attending the full schedule of rehearsals in addition to the final Concert, as follows:
  • 25 November, 2017
  • 9 December, 2017
  • 3 February, 2018
  • 3 March, 2018
  • 7 April, 2018
  • 21 April, 2018 (Finale Concert)

Rehearsals will take place over a full day, from 11am to 4pm, and are based in Athlone Institute of Technology. Please check for potential date clashes in advance of applying.

Cost: €100 (non-refundable membership fee)

There is no audition – application is by completing the online form and through teacher recommendation. Selection criteria will apply. It is not necessary to have previous experience of playing in an ensemble. The number of places available will be dictated by the final instrumentation of the ensemble.

APPLY ONLINE NOW (Deadline for receipt of applications: 27 October, 2017)

For further information about this and other projects and initiatives at Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath contact:

Margaret Broome, Development Officer
Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, Offaly County Council, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

t: 057 9357400
e: mbroome@offalycoco.ie
musicgenerationoffalywestmeath.ie

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The Music Generation Mayo new youth music space, The Core Mayo, based in Ballina Arts Centre is offering tuition in guitar and drums.

For more info go to www.thecoremayo.com or contact Philip Cassidy on 087 7485954/philipcassidy@msletb.ie

Check out the flyer!

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Some people forget how important it is to just have fun!

Anything from evening classes, watching sport, to taking a day trip with friends helps people enjoy themselves and learn new skills.

Find out how we deliver leisure services for people with a learning disability https://www.mencap.org.uk/…/services-you-c…/leisure-services

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