Call made for Sir Gerry Robinson to address Letterkenny University Hospital’s crisis

first_imgA call has been made to management at Letterkenny University Hospital to meet with Sir Gerry Robinson to examine ways of improving services at the hospital.It follows yet ANOTHER situation today when the hospital’s Full Capacity Protocol was implemented.Patients have been told to expect long delays while the hospital has also deferred all non urgent elective procedures. Now County Councillor Gerry McMonagle, a member of the Regional Health Forum, has demanded the hospital look at new ways of addressing problems at the hospital.He said that with Sir Gerry Robinson’s experience in addressing the problems of the NHS in Britain, there is no reason why he should not be approached for his views.“He has the experience in addressing the failings of a much bigger health system so why could he not look at the failings of Letterkenny Hospital.“The problem is that management at the hospital are so busy with crisis management that they do not have time to stand back and see that a review of the service is needed. “But it is critical at this stage that something is done. How long can this be allowed to happened and for people’s surgery to be canceled and for people to sit waiting in emergency departments for hours,” he asked.Councillor McGonagle will attend the next meeting of the Regional Health Forum next Tuesday and says he has a list of motions for debate including the number of beds and nurses available in the hospital compared to five years ago.Call made for Sir Gerry Robinson to address Letterkenny University Hospital’s crisis was last modified: November 11th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Altech in African fibre network deal

first_img30 January 2013South Africa’s Allied Technologies (Altech) Group has acquired an 8.6% initial interest worth US$16.5-million in London-headquartered telecommunications company Liquid, with the aim of expanding its networking footprint and creating the largest single fibre network in Africa.The planned network will span South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.“The efficiencies this will create will be considerable and will enable the interconnectivity of the continent in a manner previously unachievable,” Altech said in a statement on Tuesday.Altech specialises in telecommunication, multimedia and information technology convergence.“Enterprises will, in many cases for the first time, be able to obtain point-to-point connectivity between a virtually unprecedented number of African countries.“The network will provide reliable, high-speed, cost-effective connectivity to carriers, mobile operators, internet service providers (ISPs), financial institutions and businesses of all sizes.”The acquisition of a stake in Liquid followed losses in Altech’s East African operations. “The Liquid transaction opens up a positive new chapter for Altech, in partnership with a group with proven expertise in its sector,” said Altech’s chief executive officer, Craig Venter.The deal also means speeding up work on fibre networks in Africa.“Liquid has been building and investing in a high-quality pan-African fibre network for many years, and this deal will accelerate our progress by enlarging our network footprint,” said Liquid’s chief executive officer, Nic Rudnick.“We are a strong and ambitious company and have a long-term investment plan for the region.“The compatibility and complementary nature of Liquid and Altech are important features of this strategic alliance – notably with regard to the use of Altech’s multimedia technologies and products, as we extend our value chain to the retail data markets in Africa,” Rudnick said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Person-Centered Thinking and Planning

first_imgDocumenting Person-Centered Thinking & Planning for Your FamiliesAn excellent way to begin to document the process of Person-Centered Thinking and Planning is through a one-page description.  In this document, the child, along with parents, caretakers, doctors, teachers, case-workers, therapist, or anyone else who knows and cares for the child, come together to detail the following:Things That Are Important TO MeThings That Are Important FOR MeHow You Can Support MeWhat You Love About MeAnything else you need to know… Person-Centered Thinking & PlanningPerson-centered planning is most helpful for parents of children with disabilities (those eligible for special education).  However, we believe that this process can also be used for all children with special needs, particularly for military families who are facing the challenges of relocation.Person-Centered Thinking and Planning is a process based on what the child (the Person) wants in life.  The most important aspect in this process involves deciding what is important to and for a person, which eventually leads to development of the child’s future plans.  This process happens when a group of people that know and care about the child partner with the child to develop the plan.  Note that all perspectives are important regarding what works and does not work for the child.  Parents/guardians using a Person-Centered Thinking and Planning approach can determine when to begin this process based on the child’s growth and development. References:Helen Sanderson Associates, Person-Centered Thinking Tools.National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (2017).  Retrieved on March 13, 2018.The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices. Retrieved on March 13, 2018.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 6, 2018. Keeping this document updated is particularly helpful for military families who relocate and will need to share information with those who work with their child.  This succinct document can lead to discussions and planning regarding how a person would like to be involved in the community, procures supports at school, etc.  Additionally, the document details the manner in which the person would like to live life now and in the future. Written by Rebecca Bardenhagen, M.Ed. and Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.Month of the Military ChildApril is the Month of the Military Child, which underscores the important role that children play in the armed forces community.  As the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains, “Care of military children sustains our fighting force, and strengthens the health, security, and safety of our nation’s families and communities” (2017, para. 1).  This is a perfect time, therefore, for parents, caregivers, and service providers to focus on the military child with special needs.  This entails thinking about the child’s future role in life, what strengthens the child’s health, safety and security and the child’s general life transitions.  Particularly, this April we ask that you initiate a process called Person-Centered Thinking and Planning for the child.  Person-Centered Thinking and Planning takes into consideration the child’s strengths, interests, needs and desires.  Those who are familiar with this way of planning enable the child to make informed choices and become a fulfilled and productive member of the community. Download this example of Person-Centered Thinking & Planning and a template to create your own!  Important To and ForDiscerning what is important to a person involves determining:What activities a person enjoys (swimming, movies, video games)Rituals and routines that are important (drinking orange juice each morning, taking the dog for a walk after dinner)Ways to relieve stress (listening to music, talking to a trusted adult, physical activity)Relationships (family, friends, teachers, service providers)Faith (participating in religious rituals, praying)Anything else that a person controls in life (participating in school meetings, choice of clothing, recreational activities)Important for includes things that are necessary in order to keep a person healthy and safe, both physically and emotionally.  This may include:Medications (including knowledge of allergies)Diet and exerciseRegular doctor visitsNecessary medical equipmentEnvironmental safety measures may include:Comfortable seatingWell -lit areasQuiet zonesAwareness of allergensKeep in mind that discussions regarding what is important to and important for a person may change over time.  This is especially so for military families as they relocate from one place to another.  For this reason, keeping an ongoing discussion about these things is necessary as the military child with special needs grows and changes.Person Centered Thinking and Planning can lead individuals to become better advocates for what they need and want out of life.  Ultimately, it empowers military families to allow their child with special needs to lead a more connected, healthy, and fulfilling life.last_img read more

After clean chit from SIT, he takes on police

first_imgAnil Kumar, a resident of Ambehta village in Saharanpur has approached the local court requesting action against the police for “illegally” picking him up from his home at midnight and arresting him without any evidence.Mr. Kumar was arrested in connection with the caste clashes between the dominant Thakurs and Dalits in the last week of May. Later the Special Investigative Team constituted to probe the violence during the caste clashes, found him and eight others, innocent. He was released last week.Plea for FIR against copsAfter his release, Mr. Kumar filed a petition in the local court with a plea to file an FIR against the Superintendent of Police, Rural Saharanpur, Vidya Sagar Mishra and the Station House Officer of Badgaon police station (under which Shabbirpur falls), Munendra Singh. The court has fixed July 10 as the next date of hearing when the police is expected to submit a reply.Mr. Kumar was not the only one against whom the SIT found no evidence. The probe showed that eight persons, arrested on charges of rioting and killing a person on May 23, were innocent. The eight, released after the SIT declaration, include two of Mr. Kumar’s nephews, Rohit and Abhishek, and his neighbours Harpal and Amrish.In his plea Mr. Kumar asked why he had been arrested when there was no evidence against him. He claimed his arrest had damaged his reputation in the society and was a “source of pain and trauma”.“It seems that the police arrested me despite knowing that there was no evidence against me. Even if one assumes that it can be a mistake in my case, then what is the explanation behind arrest of eight people without any evidence? Why it takes an SIT to show that our arrest was done without any evidence?” were some of the questioned raised by his plea.Beaten, humiliatedMr. Kumar who was in jail for over a month, spoke to the media after filing the case. “We were beaten badly by the police, which misbehaved, abused and humiliated us. What if there was no SIT to probe the caste violence? We could have stayed in jail for years till it was proved the cases slapped against us were fake and fabricated,” he said.He also alleged that there was pressure on him from the police to withdraw the case and threats of being framed in other false cases. The local police have vehemently denied the allegations.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Thinks Oklahoma State Was a 7-Win Team With One QB

first_imgI’m not sure I can go here with you, Mike. I can go a lot of places and believe a lot of things, but I’m not sure I can buy into this. As Bill Haisten transcribed for the Tulsa World, Mike Gundy gave a revealing interview to Triple Play Sports on Wednesday. He talked about the season, his coaching staff and his QBs.We already talked about his staff. We will talk about the season. But now, I want to talk about his QBs. Look at what Gundy said about No. 2 and No. 4.“In my opinion, we would be lucky to win seven games if we didn’t have both quarterbacks playing,” said Gundy. “To try to generate some short-yardage (conversions) and goal-line (success), and a little more of a rushing attack, with J.W. And we were able to use Mason’s strength – the ability to throw the play-action pass and throw the ball down the field.”That may or may not be true (I don’t think it is), but that’s a bit of a shot at Mason Rudolph, no? Not that it was intended, but they certainly were not equals in this. Rudolph just threw down one of the all-time great seasons by a QB in Oklahoma State history and I feel like we’re all like, “but look at what J-Dub did!”Don’t get me wrong, The General was great. He closed like a champ and was the soul of the team. But Rudolph was much, much better. To call OSU a seven-win team with only No. 2 calling plays, well, like I said, I can’t go there with you, Mike.Rudolph stats if you give him HALF the TD he set up for JW:63% | 326 YPG | 33 TD | 9 INTWeeden’s best:72% | 364 YPG | 37 TD | 13 INT— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 10, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

$13 Million for Rio Cobre Groundwater Project

first_imgSome $13 million has been set aside in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to continue work on the Water Resources Authority’s (WRA) Evaluating Groundwater Recharge in the Upper Rio Cobre Basin programme. The project seeks to assess the potential for water-related developments and the resource capacity to meet present and future demand, as well as the continuous updating of the National Water Resources Master Plan. The allocation for this fiscal year will go towards: providing additional training to other WRA staff members in the application of isotopes techniques in hydrology and the procurement of two battery operated pumps. The funds will also go towards the development of a database with new and existing information pertaining to the recharging of groundwater in the Rio Cobre, consisting of data and groundwater levels, spring and river discharge, isotopes, chemistry and meteorological parameters. Achievements up to February this year include: procurement of current meters and groundwater probes with rainwater collectors; conceptual model of groundwater recharge and flow in the Rio Cobre hydro geological system developed; training of WRA staff in the application of isotopes techniques in hydrology; first set of samples collected and sent to a laboratory in Austria for isotope analysis. The project, which is being administered through the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, began in April 2012, and is slated to end in March 2014. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

PM to Launch Commission on Violence Next Year

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he will formally launch a commission to study violence in Jamaica early next year.He said the commission will be mandated to make recommendations to the Government as to what can be done to ensure that Jamaica is a more caring and loving society.He was speaking at a town hall meeting held on November 26 at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington DC.The Prime Minister told the audience that the crime situation is one that the Government “takes very seriously”.He pointed out that the Administration has invested significantly in providing the security forces with the necessary resources to do their jobs.“We have invested in marine patrol aircraft to have surveillance of our borders to help with the interdiction of drug traffickers and gun smugglers and contraband movement through our waters,” Mr. Holness said.He further noted that the Government is undertaking a number of other measures to improve security, including the full mobilisation of the security forces in communities where crimes are being committed.“We are working very hard to address this problem, but it is not in a haphazard way. There is Plan Secure Jamaica, which is a multifaceted approach to making security a Whole-of-Government endeavour, and, indeed, we are bringing on the entire government to address the security issue, and it is working,” he added.last_img read more

Relief for startups CBDT lays out plan for pending angel tax assessment

first_imgNew Delhi: Giving a relief to startups, the government has laid out a procedure to address pending angel tax assessments under which action would be taken only after approval of a supervisory officer. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in a circular, said that no verification will be done by an assessing officer if a startup has been recognised by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the case is selected under limited scrutiny. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSimilarly, it said the applicability of angel tax would not be pursued during the assessment proceedings and “inquiry or verification with regard to other issues in such cases shall be carried out by the assessing officer only after obtaining approval of his/her supervisory officer”. If a startup is not recognised by the DPIIT, then too the inquiry would be carried out after the approval of a supervisory officer. The circular followed the announcement made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Budget. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostShe proposed a host of incentives, including a special arrangement for resolution of pending assessments of income tax cases, with a view to encouraging startups. “To resolve the so-called ‘angel tax’ issue, the startups and their investors who file requisite declarations and provide information in their returns will not be subjected to any kind of scrutiny in respect of valuations of share premiums,” she had said. The issue of establishing the identity of the investor and source of his/her funds will be resolved by putting in place a mechanism of e-verification. Commenting on the issue, Amit Maheshwari, Partner, Ashok Maheshwary & Associates LLP said that CBDT has come out with a framework to tackle pending tax assessments. This clarification will help startups which are facing questioning in their assessments and will also give a clear direction to assessing officers on what to do in such cases, he said. “Contention of startups having DPIIT recognition will be accepted on section 56(2)(viib) of Income tax act and therefore, there would not be any tax adjustment additions on this account,” he said. He added that startups which do not have DPIIT recognition will still have to substantiate the valuations of the assessing office, if they question them. “However, as a safeguard this enquiry/verification will be after obtaining prior approval from the supervisory officer,” he added. Nangia Advisors (Andersen Global) Managing Partner Rakesh Nangia said, “Directions of the CBDT that the tax officer will have to summarily accept the contentions of the startup on valuation of its shares shall provide the relief intended to be provided to the startups.” While the recognised startups stand relieved, the ones that are yet to receive a nod from the DPIIT may still have to face the inquiry from tax officers and the procedure to be followed by the tax officers in such cases would be crucial to note, Nangia added. An angel investor puts funds in a startup when it is setting up its business. Normally, about 300-400 startups receive angel funding in a year. Their investment in a unit ranges between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 4 crore. After claims being made by several startups that they were receiving tax notices under section 56(2)(viib) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to pay taxes on angel funds received by them, the DPIIT in consultations with CBDT resolved the issue. Section 56(2)(viib) of the I-T Act provides that the amount raised by a startup in excess of its fair market value would be deemed as income from other sources and would be taxed at 30 per cent. Touted as an anti-abuse measure, this section was introduced in 2012. It is dubbed as angel tax due to its impact on investments made by angel investors in startup ventures. More than 540 startups have received an exemption from angel tax so far.last_img read more

Historic day in Nova Scotia first Mikmaq woman appointed to bench

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsIt was an historic day for the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.For the first time, a Mi’kmaq woman has been appointed to the bench.The Mi’kmaq say this is a huge step toward diversity in the justice system.troache@aptn.calast_img