Death Café Brings Conversations About End of Life Issues to Castle Douglas

first_imgAcademics from the University of Glasgow have teamed up with Age Scotland to hold an evening of conversation about death and dying in a Castle Douglas café to mark Death Awareness Week. Although a death café is not a support group, information will be available for anyone who would like to seek professional advice on issues such as how to write a will or an advance directive. Iain Howie, Regional Ambassador for Age Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “Death should no longer be regarded as a taboo subject. Death is inevitable for all of us, but reluctance to discuss the issue can lead to unnecessary distress and confusion regarding end of life care and funeral wishes. Death cafes provide an ideal setting for individuals to learn what choices are available in a casual, informative setting.” “Death cafés are increasing in popularity and we are helping different venues and groups to organise them in the Dumfries and Galloway area. It’s a chance for people to come together and talk about any issue they wish, relating to death and dying.” The Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, based at the University of Glasgow’s Dumfries Campus, is investigating the rise in popularity of death cafés. This research is part of a Wellcome Trust-funded project Global Interventions at the End of Life. Death cafés are believed to have started in 2004, when Swiss sociologist, Bernard Crettaz, hosted “Cafés mortels” and included them in a book about his research. In England, Dying Matters Awareness Week runs in parallel with the Scottish event. Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. “We are delighted to have the support of the Designs café, which is a lovely venue.” Death Awareness week runs from 9-15 May, 2016, organised in Scotland by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief which is an alliance of organisations and individuals that want to work together to raise public awareness of ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement and to promote community involvement in death, dying and bereavement. This year’s theme is ‘it takes a village’, celebrating all the people who have ever come together to care for a dying person. Death is a subject which many people find difficult to talk about, and this rare event offers local people the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences in a safe and relaxing environment. He added: “In my experience, death cafés are very rewarding. You get to tell your stories and express your opinions and experiences about a matter that affects us all, something which we don’t often get to do in our normal social circles. There are always some laughs too. Professor David Clark, founder of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, said “We are delighted to be working with Age Scotland, Designs Café and local organisers to hold this death café in Castle Douglas during Death Awareness Week. The team will not be carrying out any research at this event. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn  The event is free and open to all, and will be held at the Designs café in Castle Douglas. It runs from  7-9pm on May 9.last_img read more

Australia beat Windies to win series

first_img Share NewsSports Australia beat Windies to win series by: Associated Free Press – December 29, 2015 59 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Australian bowler Mitch Marsh (C) celebrates with teammates after dismissing West Indies batsman Denesh Ramdin (L) on the fourth day of the second cricket Test in Melbourne on Tuesday. (Photo: AFP)MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) – Australia swept aside the West Indies for a 177-run victory in the second Test on Tuesday to take the series and retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.After winning the first Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs, the Australians dismissed the Caribbean tourists for 282 late on the fourth day.Australia declared their second innings on their overnight score of 179 for three with a 459-run lead, and grabbed three wickets in the middle session.With a fifth day still open, the tourists were 146 for four at tea at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Despite a 100-run stand for the sixth wicket between skipper Jason Holder and former captain Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies lost their remaining four wickets quickly to be all out 1.3 overs before the scheduled finish.Holder went for 68 off 86 balls, while Ramdin chipped in with 59 off 90 in his best Test score for two years.Spinner Nathan Lyon was named man of the match with seven match wickets while all-rounder Mitchell Marsh finished with four for 61 in the second innings.The final Test of the three-Test series will start in Sydney on Sunday.last_img read more

Fogarty sings the praises of Maher and Devaney

first_imgPhoto © Stephen Gleeson JD Devaney scored the winning goal for Our Lady’s yesterday mirroring a last minute goal he scored for Borris last Sunday.After yesterday’s Harty Cup win Our Lady’s Templemore now face St Flannan’s of Ennis in the semi final on the weekend of January 26th.Both will also line out with Borrisoleigh on the 19th in the club All Ireland final.Speaking to Tipp FM Sport after yesterday’s victory Our Lady’s manager Noelie Fogarty said the duo were exceptional. Borrisoleigh hurling duo Kevin Maher and JD Devaney have been lauded for their efforts this January by Our Lady’s Templemore manager Noelie Fogarty.Both former Tipp minor hurlers made a massive contribution to Our Lady’s one point victory over Thurles CBS in yesterday’s Harty Cup quarter final.Kevin Maher lined out at centre back for his school after playing for Borrisoleigh last Sunday in the All Ireland club semi final.last_img read more

Two teams in contention for title heading into final round

first_imgAs the curtain comes down on the SBF Petroleum/Cricket Guyana Incorporated Jaguars 50-over Franchise League, two teams remain in contention for the title but defending champions, Essequibo, already has one hand on the trophy ahead of today’s final round. After six rounds, Essequibo are on 25 points, trailed closely by Lower Corentyne with 20 points.West Demerara and West Berbice are locked on 19 points each while Upper Corentyne and East Bank Demerara have 14 points. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 5Ronsford Beaton has been impressive as he seeks a recall to the national team.Jonathan FooRicardo AdamsKemol SavoryNial SmithOf the remaining teams Georgetown has five and East Coast Demerara are yet to score a point. Mathematically these teams have fallen out of the title race. Essequibo will face East Bank at Everest and will no doubt be going into the contest as favourites. They have played consistent cricket as a unit with Kemol Savory leading the way with bat in hand.The 23-year-old has scored 291 runs with three half centuries from six matches. He has been well supported by the unsung hero of the team, Quentin Sampson, who has scored 237 runs with runs coming at crucial moments in the game.Meanwhile, with the ball their left-arm spin army has done the job for them led by Ricardo Adams who leads the wicket-taking column with 19 wickets along with 109 runs. The skipper, Anthony Adams has also been effective with both bat and ball, scoring 122 runs to go along with his 12 wickets.In the seam department, Ronsford Beaton has set fire under the selectors’ chair for a national recall with pace and bounce that earned him eight wickets in his three innings including a brutal 5-18 against Georgetown.A win will see them retaining the title but they could have their work cut out for them with East Bank reinforcing their team with Sherfane Rutherford. Despite not living up to expectations, East Bank, on paper features a decent team that can on any given day upstage teams. Trevon Griffith has made inroads with a century but has not pushed on in the other innings from positive starts as he sits on just over 200 runs in the tournament. Vishaul Singh has been nearly the same with 198 runs inclusive of two fifties. The likes of Sachin Singh and Ronaldo Ali Mohamed, both potent all-rounders, have not yet fired in this competition.Left-arm spinner, Trevon France has led the way with the ball, taking 13 wickets but with the others struggling, Griffith has filled the gap with nine wickets.Contrastingly, Lower Corentyne will have all to play for when they face Upper Corentyne at Cumberland. The require a win including a bonus point, which is earned by beating a team by 1.25 times their run rate and rely on East Bank to beat Essequibo in an effort to lift the crown.Lower Corentyne has relied heavily on the services of Jonathan Foo who is the tournament’s leading run-getter and the only player with more than 300 runs. The 29-year-old looked content to see out impactful bowlers and destroy the bad balls, chalking up three 80 plus scores in six innings.He has provided guidance for West Indies youth team-bound Kevlon Anderson. The youngster has score 231 runs and together they have accounted for 62 percent of Lower Corentyne’s runs.Their bowling department has been one dimensional with seamer, Nial Smith standing head and shoulders above the rest with 15 wickets. Left-arm spinners, Veerasammy Permaul and Kelvin Umroa have taken 10 wickets each. In the face of that, Upper Corentyne is not expected to roll over without a fight especially with Anthony Bramble and Clinton Pestano in the set up.Both West Demerara and West Berbice can eagerly await a decent end to their tournament run when they face each other at Tuschen. A win with a bonus point will not be enough for either team to dethrone Essequibo but that could see them finishing second if Lower Corentyne loses their match. East Coast, like Georgetown, will want to cap off their poor season with a win when they meet at Lusignan.last_img read more