Medical staff unable to work due to “ongoing embargo”, Donegal TD claims

first_imgA Donegal TD has claimed that medical staff recruited up to nine months ago have not been allowed to start work in the health service because of an ongoing embargo. Independent TD Thomas Pringle said that in April the HSE had “to all intents and purposes” implemented a recruitment embargo that was supposed to end in mid-July but was still in place.He said the Government continued to deny the embargo but had introduced “interim controls” and “meanwhile the HSE is spending millions on agency staff to cover the recruitment freeze”. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar denied an embargo was in place as he told the Dáil that there were 317 patients on trolleys on Tuesday afternoon after the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) released figures that there were 679 patients on trolleys in the morning, according to the Irish Times. Mr Varadkar said that since September 2018 there had been an increase in staffing levels with 125 more consultants, 189 more registrars and 301 more clinical nurse managers along with 143 more nurses and midwife specialists and 1111 more staff nurses and midwives.But Mr Varadkar insisted there had been more recruitments but added that “what is no longer permitted is HSE managers taking on staff if they do not have the budget to pay them”.Mr Varadkar acknowledged to Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald that there was still a severe overcrowding problem in Irish hospitals but he said the number of beds had been increasing every year since 2014 and was now back at pre-recession levels. Medical staff unable to work due to “ongoing embargo”, Donegal TD claims was last modified: November 6th, 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) Tags:Deputy Thomas PringleLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

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Giants recall reliever, and what that may mean for Dereck Rodriguez

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Another day, another recall of a player eager to make his major league debut after years in the minor leagues.Before Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants brought up right-hander reliever Sam Coonrod, 26, from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned starter Andrew Suarez.One day after bringing up Mike Yastrzemski, who had spent seven years in the minor leagues before he made his major league debut Saturday, the Giants, in need of bullpen reinforcements, …last_img read more

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Giants’ Dereck Rodríguez expected to start again

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN DIEGO — This was supposed to be Dereck Rodríguez’s time to shine.After arriving seemingly out of nowhere to record one of the best rookie seasons by a Giants pitcher in franchise history, Rodríguez was expected to become a top-of-the-rotation anchor in his second year with the club.Instead, Rodríguez was demoted from the Giants’ bullpen to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday as the organization cleared a roster spot …last_img read more

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Documentaries celebrate the making of South Africa’s rainbow nation

first_imgA still from the film All for One and One for All: A Tribute to the Frontline States, one of the four Rainbow Makers documentaries telling the story of events that led to South Africa’s 20 years of freedom. (Image: African Oral History Archive)• Katlego LedimoKaelo Engage marketing+27 76 062 [email protected] Alexander“The history of our country is characterised by too much forgetting,” Nelson Mandela once lamented. The new Rainbow Makers series of documentaries aims to both help us remember the extraordinary stories, often untold, that shaped our road to democracy – and celebrate our 20 years of freedom.The four-part series, a project of the African Oral History Archive produced by Emmy award-winner Mandy Jacobson, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival earlier this year. They will be flighted on SABC2 every Sunday evening in September, in celebration of Heritage Month.“Much of our history was politically sensitive, or subversive,” says Jacobson. “Some of it has remained hidden and even forgotten. AOHA was created as a global effort to record and showcase the continent’s acclaimed or unknown history makers, giving unprecedented access to all those who were at the heart of events that shaped South Africa’s modern history.”  This unique tribute series comes out of many hours of exclusive interviews with major figures who made the South Africa we live in today. These include Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, controversial apartheid-era foreign minister Pik Botha, exile struggle leader and former South African president Thabo Mbeki, US mediator US Chester Crocker and Zambian statesman Kenneth Kaunda.“These narratives are the entry points for us, young and old, to embark on the journey to know our past,” Jacobson says. “The Rainbow Makers series pays tribute to some of the champions that paved the way forward, towards the 20 years of South African democracy we enjoy today.”The four films are All for One and One for All: A Tribute to the Frontline States, Ten Year Tightrope: Rebels with a Cause, Plot for Peace, and The Foreign Minister.All for One and One for All: A Tribute to the Frontline StatesPresented by Shaka Sisulu, the grandson of exiled freedom fighters Walter and Albertina Sisulu and son of former parliamentary speaker Max Sisulu, All for One and One for All explores the remarkable alliance and sacrifices of the liberated countries bordering South Africa – the “Frontline States” – in the fight to end apartheid.The film features interviews with former African leaders rarely seen in one documentary. Joachim Chissano of Mozambique, Botswana’s Ketumile Masire, Zambian Kenneth Kaunda and others recount the saga of the frontline alliance: stories of generosity, courage, mistakes, sacrifice and ultimate victory.This broad sweep of heroic history is underpinned by the more intimate tale of three generations of the Sisulu family – Walter and Albertina, Max and Shaka. Democracy not only brought South Africa freedom, but reunited the Sisulus after three decades living apart in exile.All for One and One for All: A Tribute to the Frontline States aired on 14 September. Ten Year Tightrope: Rebels with a CauseIn the 1980s a small band of white South African men, many of them stalwarts of the Afrikaner establishment and even leaders in the apartheid-era National Party government, quietly and slowly began working to dismantle the system of racial segregation.In rare interviews, Ten Year Tightrope: Rebels with a Cause tells the story of their courageous decision to turn their backs on their history, traditions and beliefs. Coming from a culture convinced that the laager, the wagon and the gun safeguarded their language and identity, these men – and they were all men – abandoned the idea of nationhood as an exclusive one, and worked for a united and democratic South Africa.Ten Year Tightrope is presented by veteran Afrikaans actor Grethe Fox, who has her own story to tell of that time. It reveals the personal histories and behind-the-scenes recollections of Roelf Meyer, Sampie Terreblanche, Leon Wessels, Pik Botha, Barend du Plessis and Frederick van Zyl Slabbert – all rebels with a cause.Ten Year Tightrope: Rebels with a Cause airs at 20h00 on 21 September. Plot for PeaceIn the late 1980s and early 1990s, working in the shadows between Marxist Angola and apartheid South Africa, French businessman Jean-Yves Ollivier helped broker a peace that liberated a nation. In Plot for Peace he finally reveals this untold story.For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, spies and anti-apartheid soldiers disclose the secret dealings that helped end white rule. They also show that the end of apartheid and Mandela’s release were entwined with the end of the Cold War: without the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Cuban and South African troop withdrawals from Angola, Mandela may have remained in prison for a lot longer.The documentary features key players such as Pik Botha, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Umkhonto we Sizwe general Mathews Phosa, Cuban negotiator Jorge Risquet, and US mediator Chester Crocker.Plot for Peace airs at 20h00 on 28 September. The Foreign MinisterMachiavellian, colourful, controversial, pugnacious and “a man who never met a microphone he didn’t like”, Roelof “Pik” Botha argued for apartheid to the global community, and against it at home. The longest-serving foreign minister in the world, Botha was a flamboyant messenger between the international anti-apartheid movement and his own National Party government.Charming, provocative and a master of geopolitics, Botha remains enigmatic. For decades he vociferously defended apartheid to the world, yet played a role in tearing it down – eventually serving, for a while, in the post-apartheid government.The Foreign Minister airs at 20h00 on 5 October. Documenting the voices of African historyThe African Oral History Archive aims to safeguard Africa’s heritage by documenting the voices of those who helped shape the continent’s history. In a global effort, more than 150 interviews have been recorded.The archive charts the incremental changes, revolutions, set-backs and victories in Africa’s complex history and brings these stories to audiences across the world. It was set up by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, founded by Ivor Ichikowitz, a South African industrialist and philanthropist.last_img read more

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Enes Kanter May Be One Of The Last Players To Cash In

In the history of NBA free agency, there have been worse moves — particularly when you consider the crazy money that teams have shelled out to big men over the years. And through a certain prism (one that used to be the norm not so long ago), it even seems perfectly reasonable. But the Oklahoma City Thunder’s decision to match Portland’s maximum-level ($70 million) offer sheet to center Enes Kanter received mostly scorn from the Internet after it was announced late Sunday. At a glance, Kanter is the kind of young post player whose services teams line up around the block to pay for. The list of big men who snagged at least 15 points and 8 rebounds a game as 22-year-olds, as Kanter did last year, is littered with Hall of Famers, to say nothing of players whose numbers Kanter matched (18.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG) after a midseason trade to the Thunder. Decades ago, Kanter would have been seen as one of the league’s rising stars.Today, though, players are judged on their advanced metrics in addition to per-game averages and the eye test. And few players benefit less from this development than Kanter.Granted, it doesn’t take supercharged data to suspect Kanter of playing poor defense. He has a reputation for ineptitude at that end of the floor, and his block totals are routinely anemic. But defense is also a complex area of the game that statistics have traditionally been ill-equipped to measure accurately. And without reliable data, defensive deficiencies were easy to deny or downplay as more opinion than fact.Modern advanced stats, though, help quantify the defensive inadequacies of players such as Kanter with far greater precision than was previously possible. Without Real Plus-Minus (RPM), for instance, you wouldn’t know that Kanter had the worst on-court defensive influence of any center last season. And without SportVU player tracking data, you wouldn’t know Kanter allowed the highest field goal percentage at the rim of any qualified1Minimum 500 minutes played. big man a year ago. The recent advent of deeper NBA data has made it tougher for poor defenders to hide their shortcomings.Surprisingly (at least to me), Kanter’s offense also suffers on the sabermetric front: He doesn’t appear to help his teams score as efficiently as would be expected from his basic statistics. Only a few players have scored as much, and with as much efficiency,2As respectively measured by usage rate and true shooting percentage. as Kanter has over the past three seasons, but it doesn’t seem to matter. During Kanter’s career, his teams have scored 1.5 fewer points per 100 possessions with him on the floor than without, and — perhaps not coincidentally — he had the second-worst offensive Box Plus/Minus (BPM) of any player in the aforementioned group, and the fifth-worst offensive RPM.The single most important component of a player’s on-court offensive influence3As measured by offensive RPM. is scoring efficiency, and that’s not a trouble spot for Kanter. But even more important (when taken collectively) are a player’s assist rate and his ability to get to the line and to take 3-point shots, and Kanter sets the team back in both areas.That may not seem important because Kanter is still personally scoring points, but basketball is a tricky sport that way. The fascinating thing that happens when you search for links between component categories and overall offensive performance is that unexpected relationships fall out of the data. A player’s passing can amplify (or diminish) the potency of the threat his scoring talent represents; his ability to stretch the floor or collapse defenses into the paint can open up opportunities for teammates. Kanter’s own numbers might not be affected, but his weaknesses show up in his team’s rates of shooting efficiency, turnovers and, ultimately, offensive success.The idea of players being hollow stat-stuffers is hardly new, but the ability to quantify it with enough certainty to resist the lure of the potential “20 and 10” guy4Kanter averaged 19.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per 36 minutes last season. at the negotiating table is a novel development. Too novel, in fact, since OKC did eventually cave and match Portland’s offer to Kanter, putting the Thunder above the luxury-tax line they’d traded James Harden to avoid less than three years earlier. But if the rapid acceptance of advanced metrics is any indication, Kanter might be one of the last of his kind.In other words, don’t be surprised if the days of a player cashing in on hollow numbers are, well, numbered. read more

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TCIs International Fashion Designer Kazz Forbes for Islands of the World Fashion

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you UN appoints UB to investigate Bahamas Water Security Related Items:kazz forbes, oscar de laa renta, saint george fashion house, unesco, world fashion show Kazz Forbes no longer managing Miss TCI Universe; may not happen for 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSouth Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands; Sunday, November 2nd 2014 – Kazz Forbes of Saint George Fashion House will showcase a haute couture collection at the sixth installment of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, as a Guest Designer November 8th, at Fort Charlotte, Nassau, Bahamas.Highly anticipated, Islands of the World Fashion Showcase 2014 will be held November 7th and 8th and will feature fashion designers from Bermuda, Cuba, Jamaica, Nigeria, Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas and the United States of America presenting an array of haute couture, prêt a porter, resort wear and swimwear collections at Fort Charlotte, that will be transformed into a Fashion Pavilion set to rival major runways around the world.“It is a pleasure to have Kazz Forbes representing Saint George Fashion House join us for this edition of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase. I have had the privilege of seeing Kazz make his debut into the fashion world several years ago in New York and I have observed his growth and that of Saint George Fashion House since then. He has made significant strides and it is hoped that his presentation at this event will catapult him even further. Could we possibly see the next Oscar de la Renta emerge from the soil of the Turks and Caicos?” said event producer Owen Bethel.Since 2008, Islands of the World Fashion Showcase has held to the platform it was charged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its promotion of cultural diversity, and as a means to bring value-added levels of production to the fledgling fashion industries in developing nations, particularly more vulnerable small island developing states.The intent of Islands of the World Fashion Show is to draw attention via international media and trade exposure to the skills and creativity across the spectrum of the fashion industry in the islands. To date in excess of 130 designer showcases representing 20 countries have presented their creations on the catwalks of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase.Closing out the event is what promises to be another unique experience. “Arte y Moda”, which translates to “Art and Fashion”, is a 26-piece collaborative collection hailing from Cuba. Attendees will experience a spectacle of fusion of art, fashion and music created by seven Cuban designers.For more information and updates visit www.islandsfashionweek.com.END EU Ambassador Concludes Hurricane Rebuild Projectlast_img read more

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Boyce blasts PNP Reminds of Freedom of Choice

first_img Final seat goes to new opposition party PNP #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 15, 2016 – Former PNP government Minister Lillian Boyce caused quite a stir yesterday when she issued a video statement through SunTV, slamming the Progressive National Party for maliciously attacking her because she has changed her mind about the governing party and decided to re-join the PDM with her support behind its leader, Sharlene Cartwright Robinson.Boyce, known to be a firebrand politician denied that her endorsement and change of heart came from any promise for position and said PNP members and supporters need to respect the freedom of choice.You can listen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMqiKGf4HaE Change for Turks and Caicos, PDM is New Government Election Observer Mission reports to Presscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcigeneralelections Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Jamaica Fire Brigade focused on children for Fire Safety Week

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 25, 2017 – Kingston – The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is observing Fire Safety Awareness Week from October 22 to 28 with a number of activities that are targeted at children.   Assistant Superintendent of the Kingston and St. Andrew Fire Prevention Division, Nicholas Ogilvie, told JIS News that children play a significant part in the brigade’s strategy to reduce domestic fires.   He contends that when children are taught about fire safety they will pass on the techniques to their parents and peers.“One of our key stakeholders is children. When you get an opportunity to teach them they will help to reinforce that information. It’s like training the trainers,” he pointed out.He noted that each fire division and station across the island will be engaging schools in a number of activities.“They (students) will not be there as spectators.   They will be competing in how to use a fire extinguisher, how to do basic first aid and how to do search and rescue,” he informed.The week of observance, under the theme ‘Empowering our People for a Fire Safe Jamaica’, got under way with a church service at Faith Cathedral Deliverance Centre on Waltham Park Road in Kingston.Other activities for the week include disaster risk-reduction expositions in May Pen, Clarendon; Lucea, Hanover; and Port Maria, St. Mary.   On Friday (October 27), a fire-safety exposition will be held at the Waterfront, downtown Kingston from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Assistant Superintendent Ogilvie is encouraging Jamaicans to participate in the expos in order to increase their knowledge about fire safety.Release: JISlast_img read more

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Veteran Educator Community Advocate Joe Darville PMs Promise of Land a 41Year

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 16, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Joe Darville remembers the first time he proposed that every Bahamian be granted a plot of Crown Land at age 18.  “It was 1977 and I had just moved to Freeport to take up my post as principal of Catholic High School,” said the veteran educator and respected community rights and environmental advocate.   “The Bahamas was barreling toward a drug-involved culture. Drugs were infiltrating every level of society and I was sick about what I saw ahead – poverty, neglect, delusion, corruption, a widening gap between the haves and have-nots, a disrespect for law and order.”But Darville, ever the faith-based optimist, also saw a solution.“Make Bahamians owners of their own land and they would look after their country,” he says.   “Sixty percent of all the land in The Bahamas is Crown Land and successive governments have been trading it for a song to lure foreign direct investment.  I am not opposed to foreign investment.  We are a small nation and we need people from abroad who have vision, ideas and the wherewithal to carry them out.   But we also need to make Bahamians owners and the only way to do it for many who will not be able to afford to buy land, especially when they are young, is to offer that land as a grant and see how becoming a landowner changes people, making them stronger, more confident, more responsible.  They feel as though they belong.”Crown Land grants for Bahamians was a plea at Darville repeated for four decades, through his years as a high school principal, vice president of the Bahamas Union of Teachers, founding member and past president of the Bahamas Counselors’ Association, founding member of the Grand Bahama YMCA, chairman of the Bahamas Humane Society, more recently chairman of Save The Bays.This week, Darville heard the words he had waited half a lifetime to hear.“When the Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that government would provide lots for under $30,000, a reduction of 70% of the market price, as part of its ambitious housing program and land reform initiatives, I wanted to jump up and shout congratulations.  This could be one of the most significant moves any government could ever make.  We do not know the details yet, how many lots, where they are, what size, any payment or loan arrangements so we await word on that but in principle, the move to make Crown Land available at reasonable rates to a broad base is a dramatic turn that will have tremendous positive benefits.”Darville offered two suggestions to maximize the initiative.“I would ask that the PM take into consideration the fact that even $30,000 may be out of reach for some and provide delayed payment plans or outright grants based on earning potential and individual interviews,” he said.   “I would also urge government to grant one-acre plots in the Family Islands to give recipients pride of ownership, open windows of opportunity and help revive our beautiful family islands.”The prime minister made the announcement this week during a tour of The Pointe development, Bay Street.“There are many Bahamians who want to own homes,” he said.  “Unfortunately, today, the average home may cost anywhere from $180,000 and up.  That is very cost prohibitive to the average Bahamian, and therefore we are introducing this program.  We would hope that we have lots available right after the new budget [in] May/June.  Those lots will be sold with all the infrastructure, amenities attached to it and be sold at a very, very low price.  The only thing I can say is that there’d be – I don’t want to give the exact cost – but to give you a ballpark figure, I can say they will be definitely be less than $30,000.”Darville, who has won numerous awards for civic leadership, said one of the important components of the promise of land ownership is duty exemption on construction materials for first time homeowners, predicting an economic boost for contractors.“But the most important outcome is that those who were once on the outside looking in will now feel a part of the mainstream,” he said.  “Home ownership changes how you view everything around you – your neighbours, your neighbourhood, the school in your area – they all become part of your world.  For those who have always lived behind the warm wall of wealth, it is hard to imagine how cold it is on the outside.  I commend Dr. Minnis and his team for taking this important step toward true land reform and hope that it is carried out especially in the Family Islands so young people can return to their roots and develop the land of their heritage and of their hearts.” Related Items:last_img read more

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Ronaldo Buying Real Valladolid was like a gift

first_imgRonaldo Nazario believes becoming a majority shareholder in Real Valladolid has been a life-changing experience for himThe Brazil legend completed a reported €30m takeover of La Liga club Valladolid in September for 51% of the club’s shares.Discussing the purchase, Ronaldo revealed the difference it has made for his life by stating it’s given him a new purpose.“I was looking for something to do for two years,” Ronaldo revealed on Sky Sports.“I looked for a team to buy in Spain and England, and Valladolid was like a gift.“Not only is it a club with 90 years of history behind it, but it’s also a city with 300,000 inhabitants and is a place that breathes football and all this means it has huge potential.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“To be able to inspire people is better than to score a hat-trick against Barcelona. I found exactly what I wanted and I have got a lot to give them too.”The former Real Madrid striker also confirmed reports that he had contacted his old club in regards to signing fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior on loan.“I’ve asked Florentino Perez if we can have him, but I think it might be difficult!” said Ronaldo.The 42-year-old previously enjoyed a stunning playing career with the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real and AC Milan before retiring in 2011.O Fenômeno (The Phenomenon) won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times along with the Ballon d’Or twice.last_img read more

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