first_imgAlthough nobody was found smoking in children’s playgrounds in Donegal, there was evidence of tobacco in a number.An investigation carried out by the HSE has shown that smokers across Donegal are beginning to put their children first. It follows research across Donegal’s 47 county council playgrounds which failed to find anyone smoking in the children’s play areas.The investigation was carried out by HSE Health Promotion and Improvement staff over the last 6 months. However, there was evidence of tobacco butts and packaging at 15% of the playgrounds visited.Also signage erected in the playgrounds have been vandalised and also some of the wording on the signs has faded over the last 6 years and require replacing.The HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service and Donegal County Council have been working in partnership on the Smoke Free Playgrounds initiative since 2009.Donegal was the first county council in Ireland to introduce the Smoke Free Playground signage and currently all playgrounds owned or operated by Donegal County Council are being upgraded to include the bilingual signage below. The aim of this initiative is to discourage people from using tobacco in these children’s environments, which is a small step towards de-normalising tobacco use.Commenting Fiona Boyle, HSE Smoking Cessation Advisor in Donegal, said this initiative was developed in response to the significant amount of research available that if children see their parents, grandparents, older peers or carers using tobacco, they are more likely to experiment with this drug themselves or strive to be like their role models.“The HSE approached Donegal County Council as they own and operate a large number of playgrounds throughout Donegal, and they agreed to this project in order to promote smoke free environments where children play”.The Smoke Free Signage is also a prerequisite for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Capital Grant Funding Scheme for Play and Recreation 2015 which some of the playgrounds in Donegal would have hoped to avail of.All projects funded under the scheme must provide confirmation that ‘No Smoking’ signage will be displayed in play spaces and facilities funded under this scheme”. ASH Ireland, which is the leading anti-tobacco advocacy organisation in Ireland, has also contacted County and City Councils throughout Ireland encouraging them to voluntarily introduce smoke free playgrounds in their local areas and there has been a very positive response with most now having smoke free signage in place.ASH Ireland suggests that ‘young people are influenced by the normalisation of tobacco use and when it is restricted for adults, especially in areas used by children, it helps to denormalise tobacco use. It also creates a cleaner environment as tobacco litter is well established as being our main urban waste and it is important that this waste doesn’t form part of our children’s play area’.The Smoke Free Playground signage also provides contact details for anyone wishing to access the 13 FREE smoking cessation clinics throughout Donegal to assist them to quit tobacco.The clinic locations are; Buncrana, Carndonagh, Carrigart, Donegal Town, Dungloe, Falcarragh, Killybegs, Letterkenny x 4 clinics, Lifford and Stranorlar. Fiona Boyle also commented that ‘the best way to quit tobacco is by using appropriate treatment i.e. Champix or Nicotine Replacement Therapy in conjunction with behavioural support, such as that offered by the HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service and they can be contacted on Tel: 074 9104693.This is one of a number of initiatives that the HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service are involved in which aim to prevent young people starting to smoke and to reduce the exposure of children to second hand smoke and the related ill health caused by this exposure.NO BUTTS – INVESTIGATION SHOWS DONEGAL PLAYGROUNDS ARE SMOKE-FREE was last modified: August 14th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalHSEplaygroundsSMOKINGlast_img read more

first_imgThe Corinthia Hotel in London is fast becoming the talk of the town, as early visitors invited to tour the project site absorb the scale, magnitude and opulence of the massive project underway.The £270 million development is one year away from completion, and works are progressing to plan. The 40,000 square meter site has been entirely stripped down, partially demolished and is now being rebuilt and fitted out. The project is being hailed as the first new grand hotel to be built in London for over a century. The building itself is a landmark, formerly the Ministry of Defence straddling Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall Place, with panoramic views over Trafalgar Square, the River Thames and all of the major sights of Whitehall. The Corinthia Hotel will feature a 300-bedroom luxury hotel, having the largest bedrooms in London, and including 45 suites, some of which located on duplex floors inside the historic turrets and serviced by private lifts and private terraces. A 3,000 square meter spa, unique in its design and scope, will complement the hotel. Furthermore, 12 ambassadorial apartments, the largest one occupying over 1000 square meters, are being developed at the luxury end of the market, for eventual use as prime residences in central London.As works progress, select members of the London establishment, opinion formers and associates of Corinthia are being invited regularly to visit the project and see for themselves the new hotel unfolding before their eyes. The first such gathering was held last week, when senior directors from Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Coutts and Credit Suisse together with invitees from Harrods and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, were given a tour of the project personally conducted by Alfred Pisani, chairman of the Corinthia Group. At the end of the tour, the guests were hosted to a sumptuous lunch prepared on site in a temporary kitchen by Massimo Riccioli, the celebrated chef owner of La Rosetta Restaurant in Rome, Italy, who has agreed to personally relocate to London to be the chef patron of the specialty restaurant at the Corinthia Hotel London.The Corinthia Hotel & Residences in London is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2010.TOP: VIPS IN LONDON ENJOY PRE-OPENING LUNCH PERSONALLY HOSTED BY ALFRED PISANI, CHAIRMAN OF THE CORINTHIA GROUP. MASSIMO RICCIOLI, THE CELEBRATED CHEF OWNER OF LA ROSETTA RESTAURANT IN ROME, WHO WILL PERSONALLY BE THE CHEF PATRON OF THE SPECIALTY RESTAURANT AT THE CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON, PREPARED THE LUNCH IN A TEMPORARY KITCHEN ON SITE.BELOW: ALFRED PISANI, CHAIRMAN OF THE CORINTHIA GROUP, GIVES PERSONAL TOUR OF THE CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON PROJECT TO VIPS. JOINING PISANI IS MASSIMO RICCIOLI, CELEBRATED CHEF OWNER OF LA ROSETTA RESTAURANT IN ROME, NEW CHEF PATRON OF THE SPECIALTY RESTAURANT TO BE LOCATED ON SITE.www.corinthia.comlast_img read more