The future plans for three Donegal Community Hospitals have been cast in doubt once more due to a lack of commitment from the Department of Health.Funding security for St Joseph’s Stranorlar, Ramelton and Lifford Community Hospitals may not come until 2021, according to the latest revelations in the Dáil.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope said he was shocked and bewildered by a response he received from the Minister for Health this week. “Following recent assurances given by Government, HSE and the Department I certainly felt I would have received a positive answer regarding these three community hospitals but the reply I was given lacked any funding commitment and postponed any real commitment until early 2021,” said Pat the Cope.The downgrading of three Community Hospitals has been subject to much debate since January 2016.Pat the Cope questioned the Minister over the issue again this week, but he was told that: “These projects will be progressed when funding becomes available and the timelines confirmed on receipt of funding. In the short term the HSE will invest minor capital in both units 2019 & 2020 in order to deal with HIQA compliance issues.”Deputy Gallagher commented: “Unfortunately, there is absolutely no commitment to invest major investment which is urgently required for all three Community Hospitals , the current Capital Plan runs from 2016 to 2021, so therefore by extension if only minor funding will be available from 2019 until 2020, and the reality whereby the current Capital Plan expires in mid-2021 there is little or no actual prospect of funding being provided for these three community hospitals.” “The other realities which we all know, is that the current capital plan of the HSE and Department of Health is grossly underfunded due to overspends on other capital projects elsewhere in the state.”The Fianna Fáil TD slammed recent assurances on the hospitals as a “public gimmick”.He said: “I firmly believe we are no further advanced now than what we were when the original decision was taken in 2016 to downgrade these hospitals, in the absence of a funding commitment and an actual plan for the upgrade of all three community hospitals, then there is no guarantee for future of the long stay accommodation units and services in these hospitals.”Donegal Community Hospitals cast in doubt was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Siregar says the country has become more independent in producing medical gear and other health equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE), thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.He said this was achieved within about three months of the novel coronavirus outbreak hitting the country.”Now we have [health equipment] producers in every part of the production line, from supplying raw materials to manufacturing finished goods. The products also adhere to the international standards from the World Health Organization,” Mahendra said in a virtual discussion on Wednesday. He said the country recorded in May its lowest non-oil-and-gas exports for the last ten years.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) previously announced that the country’s export plunged 28.95 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May to US$10.53 billion, the lowest since July 2016, due to falling shipments of coal, coffee and palm oil. Oil and gas exports were down 42.6 percent yoy at $650 million.”The World Trade Organization has predicted that the world will face a 6 percent economic recession due to the pandemic, deeper than previously predicted. Global trade is also expected to drop 25 to 30 percent this year. We already feel the impact,” said Mahendra.The deputy minister said he was still sure the country could manage to recover from the current crisis, as it had done to recover from the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis.“The crisis was severe at that time, because it hit not only the economy. However, Indonesia managed to turn the crisis into opportunities. I’m very sure we can do the same this time,” Mahendra said.Topics : He added the pandemic had disrupted global value chains for health equipment and PPE because most countries depended on very few other countries producing them. Mahendra called it “an unacceptable risk” that resulted in a global shortage of PPE and medicine.“Thanks to joint efforts between the government and businesspeople, we have managed to [build upstream and downstream industries] for health equipment.”Read also: Govt revokes export ban on PPE amid oversupplyThe deputy minister said he remained optimistic that the pandemic would also create new opportunities, even though COVID-19 had hit the country’s economy hard.
A range of technologies designed to combat the spread of COVID-19 is being deployed across Europe, from tracking apps to infrared cameras, posing a threat to individual digital rights and privacy, a report warned on Tuesday.Using such tools, despite the urgency surrounding the pandemic, calls for proper oversight and should not be rushed, said the report by Germany’s AlgorithmWatch, a digital rights group, and Bertelsmann Foundation.The research traced technology in use across 16 European countries, including telephone apps to track viral contacts, facial recognition systems that scan social distancing in crowds and infrared cameras that measure body temperature. Thermal imaging technology designed to detect fevers also is prone to error, yet such scanners are rapidly being put to use in European supermarkets, stadiums and museums, said the report by AlgorithmWatch and Bertelsman.In France, infrared cameras are being used in public schools and city halls to measure the temperatures of passersby, while the Italian city of Como has installed dozens of facial recognition cameras to monitor crowds for social distancing violations, it said.And sports spectators in Spain are being scanned by a system that detects anyone with a body temperature above 37º C (98.6 F), it said.Some European governments are not heeding recommendations by the World Health Organization that COVID-tracking technology be voluntary, it also said.In Poland, for example, citizens are forced to download a government app that uses geolocation and facial recognition to enforce quarantine orders. The report also cautioned against proposed “immunity passport” systems, in which people would be able to obtain a certificate or demonstrate to an app that they are virus-free.Such systems, being tested in Britain and in Estonia, could lead to discrimination and exclusion, especially if authorities or employers could have access to the content of the passports, it said.”Technologies are no panacea in themselves,” said Sarah Fischer, project manager at Bertelsmann, in a statement. “Securing public health can and must be compatible with democratic checks and balances,” said Fabio Chiusi, project manager with AlgorithmWatch, in a statement.” may be used to justify the uncritical adoption of tools and policies that risk undermining human rights,” he said.Many tools being touted as weapons in the battle against the virus have not been rigorously tested, especially for use in a pandemic, the report said.Error rates in facial recognition systems spike by 50% when they involve people wearing facial masks, according to a recent study by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. Topics :
Before listing for spring make sure you check everything is working, including the smoke alarms.A FEW simple things before listing could spell the difference between selling your house in spring or having it languish on the market.According to Archicentre Australia spring is the perfect time to do some maintenance on your home whether you are thinking of listing or not.While it was important for all homeowners and renters, Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev, said it was vital for those considering selling their property during the spring selling season.Clean up any mould around the house.He said experts should be involved when it came to big jobs like checking balconies, decks, stairs, fire protection measures, insulation, poor ventilation and dampness.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoBut he said owners could do other things including ensuring smoke alarms and batteries worked.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring Fever: Sellers Tips00:50“Surfaces inside and out should be cleaned and painted if necessary,’’ he said.“Most plaster walls will crack in time but provided the footings and foundations are sound, often all that is required is to patch cracks when repainting to improve appearances.’’Mr Georgiev said brick homes should be checked for rising damp and mould should be removed from items such as evaporative coolers, stoves, range hoods, clothes dryers and showers.Simple home maintenance can make your house a lot more appealing to buyers.“Windows should be cleaned inside and out while insect screens need to be checked and replaced if damaged,’’ he said.Mr Georgiev said doors and windows should be checked to ensure they opened and closed properly as any jams could be caused by structural issues.“Floor coverings should be cleaned and slip or trip hazards identified and remedied.’’
Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has started the feasibility study into the development of tidal power in Muskeget Channel off Massachusetts.The study, being conducted with the town of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard island, will seek to determine if an adequate tidal resource exists in the Muskeget Channel.If the survey confirms that there is an adequate resource in the channel, a model will be created to see what potential output there would be for up to 5 tidal turbines, MRECo informed.This model along with preliminary estimates of the costs of permitting and grid interconnection is expected to provide more precise power output estimates which will then be used to determine the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) for a project of that scope.MRECo is a nonprofit corporation that aims to foster the sustainable growth of marine renewable energy, including wave, tidal, and offshore wind sectors of New England.[mappress mapid=”42″]