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

Ambassador for possibility, Kgadi Mmanakana

first_imgYoung Kgadi Mmanakana, the possibilitarian from Ga-Matlala in Limpopo, has become one of our newest Play Your Part ambassadors. She joins a select group of people recognised for their ongoing work to make South Africa a better place for us all.Young, gifted and ambitious, Kgadi Mmanakana is making big waves in the worlds of business and philanthropy. (Image: Kgadi Mmanakana, via Facebook)Play Your Part ReporterSelf-proclaimed possibilitarian Kgadi Mmanakana from the small rural village of Ga-Ramalapa in Ga-Matlala, Limpopo, joined an inspiring group of people when she was selected to become a Play Your Part ambassador.Mmanakana grew up surrounded by abuse and violence, but despite this unfavourable environment she never let her circumstances keep her down.In her first year of high school she made a vow. “I am going to make sure that whatever choice I make in my life will take me to a point that I can come back and make a change in my family. And I want to make sure that I live my life as far away as possible from my comfort zone,” she promised herself.It was this oath, she says, that helped to keep her focused on greatness as she went on to become one of the top achievers at her school, unearthing her gift for the sciences. She received four distinctions in matric.Since making her pledge, Mmanakana has gone on to be defined as a philanthropist, as well as a business strategist and inspirational speaker.See Beyond The CloudsIn 2015, when she was just 19, Mmanakana started a non-profit organisation (NPO) to create a better environment for youngsters who were growing up in similar environments to what she had experienced. She named the organisation See Beyond the Clouds Foundation.Being the problem-solver she is, Mmanakana channelled this spirit into the organisation, identifying areas of need in communities, such as computer skills and business know-how.Her foundation focuses on developing ICT skills through computer training and improving access to higher learning through its career development programme, as well as equipping young people with business and entrepreneurship skills through its enterprise development programme.Young and ambitiousOther than the See Beyond the Clouds Foundation, Mmanakana has also launched Kgadi Mmanakana Consulting and Development Services (KMCDS), a strategy consulting company that designs ways to resolve organisational problems in businesses to improve their performance.Within a few weeks of opening, KMCDS has attracted clients from all over South Africa as well as from as far away as Kenya and Tanzania.Her qualities in the worlds of business and philanthropy, coupled with her resilience and refusal to let difficult circumstances get her down, make Mmanakana the perfect role model for all South Africans.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Changes in worker program has benefits for finding farm labor

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hiring migrant farm workers will become cheaper and easier as a result of several upcoming changes to the process, according to a labor economist with The Ohio State University.The new rules on getting visas for temporary foreign workers will allow agricultural employers to pay migrant workers an hourly wage based on what other domestic workers employed in the same position in the area are paid.“That should help keep costs down for farmers,” said Joyce Chen, an associate professor in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).The current formula for calculating wages requires farms to average the hourly wages of both U.S. supervisors and their field workers to generate an hourly wage for temporary foreign workers in a county.So, if a domestic lettuce picker in Sandusky County is paid $10 an hour and a supervisor is paid $15 an hour, the temporary migrant worker not in a management position has to be paid at least $12.50 an hour, the average of those two hourly wages.“The new rules will allow farmers to hire temporary migrant field workers for less than they do now,” Chen said. “But they’ll still be required to pay a wage in line with what domestic workers doing the same job get.”Ohio’s agricultural industry depends heavily on an ever-shrinking number of migrant workers from Mexico and Central America, many of them undocumented. The rule changes that the U.S. Department of Labor is putting in place likely will increase the number of temporary migrant workers brought to the United States and might reduce the number of undocumented workers, Chen said.“The changes to the rules on wages for migrant workers will create more opportunities for both workers and employers to operate through official channels,” said Chen, who works in CFAES’ Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE).Employers seeking to hire migrant laborers have to apply for an H-2A visa for each person they hire. That visa allows a migrant laborer to work on a U.S. farm for up to a year.But as part of the application process for those visas, employers are required to hire all qualified and willing U.S. workers for a certain period, which will be shortened when the new rules go into place. Under the changes, agricultural employers will be required to hire U.S. workers for the first 30 days of when the visas for their migrant workers begin.Currently, farms have to hire U.S. qualified workers that seek the work for at least half of the duration of the visa. So, if a farm owner pursues a six-month visa for a migrant worker to plant peppers in Huron County, he or she has to hire all qualified and willing U.S. workers for the first three months.The change to 30 days might not be advantageous for domestic farm laborers, Chen said.“Workers seeking jobs later in the season, after the first 30 days, are more likely to find that no positions are available,” she said.Scott Witten, an owner of Witten Farm in southeast Ohio’s Washington County, expects the changes will help his business. Since 2011, he has hired migrant laborers annually through the H2-A program to help the business, which sells produce at roadside stands in central and southeast Ohio.“The government sees that reform is needed. We’re excited about that,” Witten saidHe called the changes a “first step” in reforming the process.In the future, he would like to see more done to deter farms from hiring undocumented workers. Undocumented workers can cost less to hire because their wages can be lower and the employer does not have to pay for their housing, so companies that hire undocumented workers have lower labor costs, Witten said.“It puts those who chose to pay the higher rate at a disadvantage when it comes to selling their product,” he said.Administrative changes to the H-2A visa process will likely make it easier for farmers to apply for the visas, Chen said.Under the new rules, agricultural employers will have to file only one application to hire temporary workers, even if they bring on crews at different times in the season. The current system requires a farm owner to file a separate H-2A visa application each time he or she wants another set of workers, even within the same growing season.The new process also requires that all applications be filed electronically rather than through paper applications, which typically take longer to process.“Overall, this will be positive for farmers and will help streamline some of the bureaucracy for  hiring migrant workers, as well as give them more flexibility in hiring throughout the season,” Chen said.last_img read more

U.S. Government Offers Buzzword Alternatives

first_imgBuilders who specialize in net-zero, Passivhaus, or other types of high-performance houses may like nothing better than explaining the advantages of their approach, but lots of prospective customers apparently have no idea what they’re talking about.“Sure, it’s second nature for builders, architects and remodelers to talk about advanced framing and net-zero homes as if those terms are equally familiar to their customers,” Sharon O’Malley wrote in a recent post at ConstructionDive.“But like doctors talking about neuropathy (nerve disease) and TIAs (mini-strokes) with patients who don’t have a clue how to translate that medical jargon, contractors can equally confound their clients with the technical terms they use when they talk about green building features.”In a poll of 2,009 people, O’Malley continued, just 14 percent knew what a “high-performance home” was.Industry buzz words are great when you’re chatting with a building colleague, consultant Mike Rogers writes in a post, “but they generally do not lead to homeowner understanding or confidence, nor to signed contracts.”That’s the problem. Now, the government hopes it has an answer. Language that is ‘consistent, effective and inclusive’Let’s start with “high-performance” building, the phrase that baffles 86 out of 100 Americans.High-performance, the translator suggests, means energy efficiency plus quality installation plus performance.Likewise, “high-efficiency” shall mean a minimum of 15 percent above existing code, standard or business-as-usual. “Ultra-efficient” could be defined as 50 percent above existing standards.Don’t call it an “HVAC system.” Say “comfort system.”“HVAC equipment” should be “comfort equipment.”“HVAC ducts” might be better labeled “comfort delivery system [analogy: lungs of home].”A “HVAC thermostat” should be called “comfort control.”The translator goes on to list dozens of stock industry phrases plus alternatives that emphasize enhanced comfort, more efficient operation or greater durability. So, for example, the building science term might be “tight air-sealed home,” but consumers might have an easier time understanding “comprehensive draft protection” or “air containment sealing” or “moisture-sealed construction.”In addition to the translator, the DOE website also offers webinars on marketing high-performance homes.Sam Rashkin, chief architect of DOE’s Building Technologies Office, told O’Malley that using understandable language is essential in building sales. Three other important skills, he added, are asking buyers the right questions, showing rather than telling customer about the benefits of green features, and making sure that sales reps have a good technical grounding in green building. Department of Energy’s ‘translator’A year ago, the Department of Energy gathered an industry group active in the Zero Energy Ready Home and Building America programs to discuss the use of technical jargon. What they needed, the group decided, was a better way of explaining the benefits of sustainable, energy-efficient building to people who weren’t in the business.After the meeting, the department began developing the Building Science Translator, which it describes as a “glossary of ‘power words’ for use across the industry.” It emphasizes the down-to-earth advantages for consumers, not engineering functions.The translator is now available as a download from DOE’s website.“Many stakeholders are frustrated that the transaction process fails to recognize the value associated with lower cost of ownership, greater comfort, improved health, ensured combustion safety, and more durability,” its introduction says. What the translator will do, it continues, is help builders emphasize the “improved consumer experience, rather than the engineering function.”last_img read more

Davies Spurs derby defeat to Arsenal really hurts

first_imgTottenham full-back Ben Davies revealed the entire squad is suffering from their 4-2 defeat to rivals Arsenal on SundaySpurs headed into the break with a 2-1 lead at the Emirates after goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.However, in light of Arsenal coach Unai Emery’s double substitution in the during half-time, Spurs conceded three goals after the break to lose the North London derby 4-2.The result also saw Arsenal leapfrog Spurs into fourth-place in the Premier League table.“It’s a horrible feeling losing the derby,” Davies told the club website.“Losing the derby hurts a lot. it’s about us dealing with that now and trying to put it right in the next few games.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s a very disappointing result but we have to go away, try to get it out of our minds now and focus on the next games coming up.“They came out of the blocks, but we had a really good go and got back into the game.“That’s why it’s so disappointing we let it slip. Those are the games where you sometimes have to grind it out and we didn’t do that well enough.“You have to deal with the highs and the lows. That’s football. Obviously, losing the derby hurts a lot and it’s about us dealing with that now and trying to put it right in the next few games.“We have to make sure we pick up three points against Southampton and bounce back straight away.”Spurs will host Southampton at Wembley on Wednesday with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more