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Dover Greg Lightheart, assist Lirum Scott. Delhi goal: Talyn Whitfield, unassisted In the Six Nations game Matt Townsend lead the way for Dover with a goal and 2 assists, Greg Lightheart one goal and one assist, Lirum Scott one goal and one assist, Connor Hart one goal, with single assists going to Tarik McKay, Rhys James and Matthew Lightheart Scoring for Six Nations was Dallas Porter and the assist going to Tye Hill.

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Courtesy of The Alzheimer Society of Haldimand Norfolk Recently, the word dementia has gained attention and understanding for many people. Dementia is used to describe a set of symptoms, which includes a decline in memory, judgement and understanding. There are many illnesses that share these symptoms with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common cause of the dementia symptoms. Lately in the media, a relatively new word has been added to our vocabulary to describe some people’s experience with memory loss. It’s called Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI. However, MCI is not an illness that falls under the definition of a dementia. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a relatively new term used to describe changes in the brain that lead to difficulties with thinking skills that are greater than expected for a person’s age and education levels, but are lesser than those seen in dementia. MCI is a descriptive term rather than a specific medical condition or disease. It describes memory loss that is apparent to the individual and often those around them. The memory loss is supported by formal memory testing. Other features of dementia, however, such as impaired reasoning or judgement are typically absent. Dementia occurs as a result of changes in the brain that cause impairment of thinking and memory that have a significant effect on daily functioning. People with MCI are still able to do most of their normal daily activities but these might be more difficult than before. MCI is usually detected by using similar testing methods to those used for dementia. This begins with the doctor talking to both the person and if possible a friend or family member to get a thorough understanding of the person’s medical history, the medication they are taking, the memory problems they are experiencing and any other relevant information. The doctor may use a variety of tests in order to rule out other possible causes of memory loss including depression, stress, medication problems or a nutritional deficiency. People suspected of having MCI will usually be tested with general tests for cognition and memory function such as those used in

diagnosing dementia. It is important to note that at this time doctors are still evaluating the diagnostic criteria for MCI. Patients should understand that just because a doctor is using the tests for dementia it does not mean that dementia will be the diagnosis. An added challenge is determining if a person has MCI, which can be problematic for doctors because it is difficult to define how much memory impairment is considered “more than normal”. Currently, a great deal of research is being conducted into MCI to help doctors make more accurate and timely diagnosis. Medical conditions that affect blood flow to the brain such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or coronary artery disease can contribute to MCI. Chemotherapy may also contribute to MCI. Stress, anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, physical injury to the brain as well as certain medications can also affect thinking abilities. It is not always possible to identify what is causing MCI. MCI affects memory but it can also affect other thinking processes such as language, visual-spatial skills, attention or executive functioning. MCI can occur for many different reasons. Sometimes it is a precursor to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia such as Lewy Body dementia or Frontotemperal dementia. Making an appointment with your family doctor to discuss concerns about memory loss is the first step toward seeking a diagnosis. After an initial assessment, the doctor may make a referral to a memory clinic for further evaluation. Neurologists and geriatric psychiatrists are also able to address memory related concerns and make referrals for further testing if necessary. Once someone has been diagnosed with MCI, ideally their goal will be to continue to live well. The person will benefit from learning some strategies that are currently recommended for maintaining brain health. While not preventative, these are important factors in preserving brain health. The Alzheimer Society of Haldimand Norfolk has further information about MCI as well as practical tips to help people living with memory

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By MARG WERDEN Costa Rican sea turtles

During my recent vacation in Costa Rica, I had the experience of seeing sea turtles come out of the ocean to nest as well as watching hatchlings make their first perilous journey from the nest back to the ocean. Although I knew this happened at this time of the year, I did not expect to see it. What a surprising thrill! There are four species of hardshelled sea turtles found along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast: Green Turtles, Hawksbills, Olive Ridleys, and Loggerheads. In addition, the Leatherback Turtle, which has a soft, but firm, leathery shell, is also found here. Although not 100 per cent certain,

A security guard posted to keep an eye on newly-hatched turtles digs up a nest that had “hatched out” overnight to rescue any hatchlings that couldn’t get out; in this nest, he found five live turtles and one dead one. I believe what I saw were the Olive Ridley (also known as Pacific Ridley) turtles, the most abundant of the Costa Rican turtles. It was difficult to ascertain the species because the beach is kept as dark as possible since the turtles are extremely sensitive to ambient light. Some beaches with a high concentration of tourist attractions are no longer used for nesting. Olive Ridley turtles are legendary for their synchronized nesting, known as arribadas (arrivals), in the Guanacaste region in the northwest of Costa Rica, which occur at two- to four-week intervals. During an arribada, as many as 120,000 Ridley turtles used to emerge to nest during a four- to eight-day period from July to December. However, these

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An hours-old Olive Ridley turtle hatchling made its way out of a two-foot-deep nest, over “hills” caused by tourists’ footprints, and into the ocean under the keen eyes of some nearby Black Vultures looking for an easy meal.

Evidence that several female Olive Ridley turtles had come ashore to lay eggs and then returned to the ocean could be seen every morning on the beach.


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numbers have declined in recent years. Smaller arribadas occur from January through June. The night we were strolling on the beach, we found three females, but also saw evidence of several others, which had already finished nesting and had returned to the ocean. Olive Ridleys nest every year, sometimes as often as three times a season. When a female Ridley comes ashore, she digs a hole up to two feet deep with her hind flippers and then deposits about one hundred eggs before covering them with sand once again. The incubation period is about fifty days, if the nest isn’t dug up by any number of predators including humans, who illegally dig up the eggs for consumption. At Playa Ostional, one of the most popular turtle-nesting beaches, 20 to 30 million eggs may be laid during one season, so many that eggs laid at the beginning of an arribada are destroyed by later-arriving turtles. As a result, the nearby villagers are allowed to collect and sell some of the eggs (approximately 10 per cent) laid at the beginning of an arribada. The money is used to fund turtle research and to build schools and medical clinics. These eggs are clearly marked as being legally harvested. Otherwise, it is illegal to take or sell sea turtle eggs in Costa Rica. Ridley turtles are mostly carnivores and can dive as deep as 500 feet to eat shrimp, crabs, snails, sea urchins, jellyfish and fish eggs. They will also sometimes eat algae and seaweed. Full-grown Ridley turtles have a carapace length of about 25 to 30 inches and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds. They get their name from the colour of their heart-shaped shell, which is grey at birth, but becomes olive green once the turtles mature. They have one or two claws on each of their paddle-like flippers. Approximately seven to eight weeks after the eggs are laid, the hatchlings dig their way out of the hole. It is estimated that only

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one per cent of these young turtles will survive to adulthood. In fact, many perish before they reach the ocean because they are preyed on by crabs, racoons, pigs, snakes, and birds. As I was walking on the beach early one morning, I noticed one of these hatchlings laboriously trying to make its way to the water. On a tree, just above the hatchling, sat three Black Vultures eyeing the hours-old turtle. I stood guard over it until it was in the water. However, that was only the start of this turtle’s hazardous life. Pelicans and other sea birds, large fish, sharks and man-made hazards will be just some of the many dangers it, if female, will have to avoid in order to return to this beach in approximately 15 years, when she reaches sexual maturity, to lay her eggs. A rough estimate of the worldwide population of nesting female Olive Ridley turtles puts their number at about 800,000, but this number is down dramatically (50 per cent since the 1960s) from previous populations. As a result, like all sea turtles, they are listed as vulnerable, threatened or endangered all over the world. The conservation efforts on behalf of sea turtles are some of the most important projects in Costa Rica. On the beach where I saw the turtles, there was a security guard posted day and night to protect the nesting females and the hatchlings. Every morning, the guard would patrol the beach looking for evidence that

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a nest had “hatched out”, looking for a series of small tracks down to the ocean. If he found such a nest, he would immediately begin to dig it up to help the last few hatchlings get out before they died. In one such nest, he found five live turtles and one dead one. He protected the live ones during the day before releasing them into the ocean in the evening when the threat from pelicans and other large seabirds was lessened. Although governments have laws in place to protect Olive Ridleys and other sea turtles, eggs are still

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harvested and nesting females are slaughtered for their meat and skin. In addition, it is estimated that more than 60,000 sea turtles, mainly Olive Ridleys, are caught and drowned in shrimp trawl nets in the waters off Central America each year. Another major threat to all species of sea turtles is coastal development, which is destroying their nesting sites. Seeing this cycle of species renewal that has been going on for millions of years was truly wonderful and one of the highlights of my visit to Costa Rica.


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