Outrage as HSE fails to fund community hospital projects in Donegal

first_imgThe government and Health Service Executive (HSE) have been slammed over what has been described as their ‘throwing good money after bad’.Pearse Doherty was commenting after it was confirmed over the weekend that the HSE has still not received formal approval for the capital funding required to redevelop both St Joseph’s and Ramelton Community Hospitals.It is now understood that hundreds of thousands of euro will now be spent carrying out minor refurbishments and upgrades in order to ensure that both facilities can comply with HIQA standards for older person services. “At a meeting of elected representatives and the HSE held on Friday last, it was confirmed that the necessary formal approvals required in order to proceed with the long-awaited St Joseph’s and Ramelton Community Hospitals projects have still not been given,” Doherty said.“This means that, in the absence of the capital funding needed to finance both these builds, then it is highly unlikely that construction will commence in the short term.“Instead, the HSE will now spend some hundreds of thousands of euro on minor upgrades and refurbishment works at both units in order to bring them up to an acceptable standard and to deal with compliance issues concerning HIQA standards, including constructing en-suite rooms and other measures to ensure greater privacy and dignity of patients.“This is yet another example of government throwing good money after bad on sticking plaster solutions instead of doing what they should have done long ago which is making the capital funding available to deliver these badly needed projects at both hospitals,” he added. “This ridiculous situation comes despite repeated assurances from the Government that they are fully committed to the retention of long term residential care at St Joseph’s and Ramelton Community Hospitals, yet their inaction tells a different story.“Instead, patients and their loved ones, as well as hospital staff and the wider communities of Stranorlar and Ramelton have been strung along and lied to by Fine Gael Ministers time and time again,” Doherty said.“This is simply not good enough and I fully intend on raising the issue of both hospitals with the Minister this week in the Dáil before the summer recess because clearly, this government is still failing to see the serious consequences their indifference is having on all those who depend on these vital services.”Outrage as HSE fails to fund community hospital projects in Donegal was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Latest: Swansea City 0 QPR 0 – Rangers within sight of first away point

first_imgQPR goalkeeper Rob Green has produced a number of fine saves at the Liberty Stadium to leave his team within sight of their first away point of the season.He was off his line quickly to deny former Rangers man Wayne Routledge and did well to tip away Kyle Bartley’s header.Green was less convincing when he misjudged Gylfi Sigurdsson’s tame effort and the ball trickled narrowly wide of the target.But he redeemed himself six minutes before the break by diving to his left to brilliantly claw out Sigurdsson’s free-kick.At the other end, Niko Kranjcar curled a free-kick over the bar and Leroy Fer was unable to apply the finishing touch to a free-kick from Joey Barton.Fer later had Rangers’ best chance of the half but his header from Kranjcar’s cross was saved by keeper Łukasz Fabiański.And as the visitors finished the half strongly, the dangerous Eduardo Vargas fired wide.Green was called into action again after the restart, twice denying Wilfried Bony, first by saving from the Ivorian after he had been set up by Routledge and then keeping out his volley.Richard Dunne, available again after suspension, returned to the QPR side, with Nedum Onuoha moving to right-back and Mauricio Isla dropping to the bench.Kranjcar kept his place, while Bobby Zamora is still out. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Yun, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Kranjcar, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Isla, Mutch, Phillips, Hoilett, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Digital ambassadors to teach ins and outs of wifi to Joburg

first_img12 August 2015The Jozi Digital Ambassadors Programme is a co-operative project between the city of Johannesburg and University of Johannesburg (UJ) that will offer residents the opportunity to learn how to access and use the various public wireless facilities around the city.Launched on 7 August, the programme will roll out over the next 18 months, offering interested young people an opportunity to become digital educators to residents and the chance to gain the digital literacy knowledge that will make Johannesburg a truly connected city.Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says the initiative forms part of the city’s roll out of 1 000 wifi hotspots. Digital ambassadors, consisting of ambitious young residents with a basic knowledge of IT and an innovative spirit, will be selected to teach over 700 000 city residents in the art of competently using and substantially benefiting from the broadband connections in their areas.Training of the selected digital ambassadors will be given by UJ staff and students from the engineering, IT, management and education departments. It will be hosted by UJ’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, using a cloud-based learner management system incorporating open source learning.“The digital ambassadors will enable the broader Johannesburg community to engage with digital technology; for example, in online job-seeking opportunities, banking applications and access to digital services,” says Professor Johan Meyer, the head of the university’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.Digital ambassadors will be mentored in business acumen and given insight into the digital world to enable their own innovation enterprises.Interested young people can apply to be digital ambassadors through the Jozi@Work portal on the city of Johannesburg website. Once selected and trained, the ambassadors will be tooled with electronic tablets, branded marketing material and deployed in designated areas where free, public wifi has been installed. They will teach residents how to access online services, including banking and digital map navigation, as well as how to interact with platforms such as Jozi@Work and other employment-search tools like the LinkedIn social network.Joburg hopes its Digital Ambassadors Programme will turn entrepreneurial young people into service providers who offer the crucial knowledge and digital literacy that is needed to fully utilise its high speed broadband. In addition to increasing Joburg’s digital footprint, it is believed the programme will further create a platform for innovation, economic growth and community development.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Global upends Ceres; Kaya snaps winless spell

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Matthew Hartmann struck in the first half as Global Cebu made a triumphant homecoming at the expense of fierce rival Ceres Negros, 1-0, on Wednesday night and move up to third in the Philippines Football League at Cebu City Sports Center.Playing its first match at home, Global also drew a solid game from goalkeeper Patrick Deyto, who produced a string of saves to preserve a clean sheet and lift the Cebu side to a fifth win in eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum, EAC now marked NCAA teams Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Still, the match drew a league record 5,350 fans.Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller was also sent off in the 12th minute for a challenge on Sekou Sylla, who was also given a straight red after the incident.Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Kaya FC Makati snapped a three-match winless run with a 3-1 win over Stallion Laguna.The result meant Global moved up to third with 17 points, while Kaya jumped to fourth with 14 points. Ceres fell to fifth with 13 points, while Stallion is still in seventh with three points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hartmann scored in the 43rd minute, curling the ball home from a difficult angle and catching Ceres substitute goalkeeper Michael Casas off his line.The second edition of the Visayas Clasico also had its share of controversy with Ceres complaining on Tuesday about the conditions of the pitch.The Cebu Football Association and Global only had three weeks to prepare the field, which had some uneven areas without grass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It was very important because we got all three points,” said Global Cebu FC head coach Marjo Allado, whose side avenged a 0-1 defeat last month at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.“These players never want to let down the fans. We focused on the game, not on the field.”last_img read more

Scorpions sting Mets to win first women’s open title

first_imgWomen’s open:NSW Scorpions 7 def NSW Mets 6.It has been described the best game of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League.NSW Scorpions ended NSW Mets’ domination in the women’s division by claiming the Elite Eight title in a thriller.A touchdown to Yasmin Meakes with 15 seconds left on the clock gave the Scorpions a 7-6 victory.Three touchdowns were scored in the final minute as the two combatants threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other.The win maintained the Scorpions’ perfect record at the 2014 tournament.It also gave them their first NTL women’s open title.Scorpions’ captain Elesha Dougal said it was an incredible achievement for her team.“People said at the start [of the tournament], ‘errr, I don’t know how they will go’ but we have just proved them all wrong,” Dougal said.“I am so proud of the girls. It was the hardest game we’ve played in and I knew it would be; so credit to our team and credit to Mets. They pushed us.“We believed in ourselves so a full credit to the girls and the coaching staff.”In a match that was tit-for-tat until the final whistle, the Mets opened the scoring first through Botille Veitte-Walsh.Both teams attacked each other’s scoreline but could not get the touchdown.A bit of Kylie Hilder magic put Laura Peattie over for a touchdown to level the scores.The Scorpions hit the lead through Yasmin Meakes but it was cancelled out by Claire Moran’s touchdown in the corner.In the final two minutes, Mets scored twice and Scorpions once, which made the score 4-3 in favour of the two-time champions.Shortly after the break another Hilder pass put Sarah Peattie over the line and levelled the scores again.Scorpions hit the lead when Lizzy Hewitt found the scoreline and immediately after, Mets were disallowed a touchdown due to a forward pass.But it soon did not matter as Kristin Boss scored to level the scores.The final minute had the crowd on the edge of their seats.Scorpions thought they had won it when Rachelle Davis buried her way over the line to score.But Mets’ captain Claire Tandek scored immediately and a drop-off was highly likely.The Scorpions had one last shot and they made it count when Meakes scored the decisive touchdown in the corner with 15 seconds to go.The referees conferred on the field and they were happy for the touchdown to count.Touchdowns: Scorpions 7 (Yasmin Meakes 3, Sarah Peattie, Laura Peattie, Lizzy Hewitt, Rachelle Davis); Mets 6 (Botille Veitte-Walsh 2, Claire Moran, Kirstie Jenkins, Sarah Peattie, Kristin Boss).Player of the final was Danielle Davis (Scorpions) and the player of the series was Tamika Upton (Queensland Country Outlaws).Women’s open final timeline:3rd minute Mets 1-0 Scorpions – Botille Veitte-Walsh touchdown.9th minute 1-all – Laura Peattie touchdown.13th minute Scorpions 2-1 – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.14th minute 2-all – Claire Moran touchdown.18th minute Mets 3-2 – Botille Veitte-Walsh touchdown.19th minute 3-all – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.19th minute Mets 4-3 – Kirstie Jenkins touchdown.Half-time – Mets 4-3.23rd minute 4-all – Sarah Peattie touchdown.32nd minute Scorpions 5-4 – Lizzy Hewitt touchdown.36th minute 5-all – Kristin Boss touchdown.39th minute Scorpions 6-5 – Rachelle Davis touchdown.40th minute 6-all – Claire Tandek touchdown.40th minute Scorpions 7-6 – Yasmin Meakes touchdown.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s open final By BEN HARRISlast_img read more