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Donegal Community Hospitals cast in doubt

first_imgThe 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)last_img read more

Eskom awards $75m contract to ABB

first_imgThe first of Medupi’s six generating units will be commissioned by early 2011, with the last unit scheduled for commissioning by January 2015. The first of Kusile’s six generating units is scheduled for completion by 2013, followed by the completion on an additional unit after every eight months. ABB will deliver about 2 000 circuit breakers with operating voltages of 66 kV and 132 kV over a five-year period, and will take responsibility for their installation and commissioning. Multinational power and automation technology company ABB has won a US$75-million (about R612.1-million) order from state company Eskom to supply and install circuit breakers to strengthen South Africa’s electricity network. “Our production capabilities, together with the expertise of the local teams that will install and commission the equipment, helped us secure what is one of ABB’s largest-ever orders for circuit breakers.” 25 September 2008 SAinfo reporter “We are proud to support Eskom in this critical period of strengthening the power grid,” ABB Power Products head Bernhard Jucker said in a statement this week. Eskom has also called for statements of qualification from local and international companies interested in investing in South Africa as independent power producers.center_img Continued support The circuit breakers help protect electrical equipment from damage caused by current surges and will assist in enhancing the safety and reliability of the electricity network. Eskom is spending billions to rehabilitate South Africa’s electricity network and double generation capacity. Eskom recently began construction on the Kusile coal-fired base load power station near Witbank in the Mpumalanga province, while work on the Medupi coal-fired base load power station, situated near Lephalale in the Limpopo province, began in April this year. “We are seeing Eskom speeding up their projects to upgrade the infrastructure in South Africa and will continue to support them on the supply and technical aspects,” said ABB iouth Africa country manager Carlos Pone. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA’s Inaugural Flag returns home

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 27 September 2010 The Inaugural Flag, a piece of South African history that came close to being auctioned off in the UK earlier this year, will from now on be displayed at the University of Stellenbosch. The flag was flown from an Oryx helicopter that was part of a four-aircraft formation that flew over Nelson Mandela moments after he had been inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 10 May 1994. Mandela recalled the moment vividly in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, writing: “A few moments later we all lifted our eyes in awe as a spectacular display array of South African jets, helicopters and troop carriers roared in perfect formation over the Union Buildings. “It was not only a display of pinpoint precision and military force, but a demonstration of the military’s loyalty to democracy, to a new government that had been freely and fairly elected … Finally, a chevron of Impala jets left a smoke trail of the black, red, green, blue and gold of the new South African flag.” The flag bears Mandela’s signature, as well as those of his then deputy presidents, Thabo Mbeki and FW De Klerk. Rescued from auction It was almost lost to South Africa, as it was due to be auctioned as part of Bonhams’ seventh sale of South African Art in London on 25 March 2010 – where it was expected to fetch £10 000 to £15 000 (around R120 000 to R180 000) – but was withdrawn prior to the auction. “A London-based South African businessman and philanthropist who wishes to remain anonymous has offered to buy the flag for an undisclosed amount in a sale brokered by Bonhams on the understanding that it would be returned to South Africa and handed over to the South African Government,” Bonhams said in a statement. BuaNews, quoting the Department of Arts and Culture, has identified the benefactor as Giuseppe Ciucci, chairperson of the Stonehage Charitable Trust, adding that Ciucci had since donated the flag to the South African government. The department is reportedly investigating how the flag found its way to the auctioneers.Signed copy of the Freedom Charter also rescued Another heritage item that was due to be auctioned on the same day – a signed copy of the Kliptown ANC Freedom Charter of 1955 – was also saved for the country through a pre-auction private sale negotiated by Bonhams and the Liliesleaf Trust. It was bought for the South African State with funds provided by the Mantis hotel group, mining company Lonmin Plc, and Lord Renwick. “This is the happiest possible outcome for the Freedom Charter,” Giles Peppiatt, director of South African art at Bonhams, said in a statement. “We are delighted to have been able to arrange a deal with this South African organisation, which was determined to see the Charter return to where it best belongs.” The seller, Leon Levy, said in Bonhams’ statement: “This was always my hope, that the Charter would be returned to the State, and I am delighted that this has now been achieved.” Nelson Mandela wrote in Long Walk to Freedom that the Freedom Charter “captured the hopes and dreams of the people and acted as a blueprint for the liberation struggle and the future of the nation.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

JMM announces first list of 3 candidates for Jharkhand polls

first_imgThe Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Sunday announced its first list of three candidates for the assembly polls in the State.Party president Shibu Soren approved the names of Bhushan Tirkey (Gumla-ST), Chamra Linda (Bishunpur-ST) and Mithelesh Kumar Thakur (Garhwa), a JMM release said here.The JMM, the Congress and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had recently announced a pre-poll alliance in the State. Former Chief Minister and JMM working president Hemant Soren will be the alliance’s Chief Ministerial face. The Congress will contest 31 out of 81 seats in Jharkhand. The RJD will contest on seven seats, while the largest chunk of the alliance share has gone to the JMM, which will contest on 43 seats. Jharkhand will vote in five phases, with the first one on November 30 and the last on December 20. Results will be declared on December 23. The last date of filing nominations for the first phase of the elections is November 13. Earlier in the day, the BJP announced its first list of 52 candidates, while the Congress declared five candidates. The BJP will seek to retain power in Jharkhand amid a determined bid by opposition parties, mainly the Congress and the JMM, to oust the Raghubar Das-headed government.last_img read more

BCCI threatens to call off NZ series, Lodha clarifies

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) With the BCCI threatening to call off the ongoing series between India and New Zealand, the Justice R M Lodha led panel today clarified that they didnt direct the banks to freeze the accounts of the Board and it carry on with its routine expenses. Fuming at the defiance of its recommendations, the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel had “directed” banks, where BCCI holds accounts, not to disburse “large” funds to the state associations, a decision taken by the Board at its Special General Meeting on September 30. However, Lodha clarified: “We have not frozen the accounts of BCCI, we have directed the BCCI to not disburse funds to the state association. Day to day affairs, routine expenditure, matches, games, that should go on. There is absolutely no prohibition.” The BCCI, however, argued that state associations were depended on the parent body for organising matches and they were unable to carry on their functioning in the wake of the latest directive from the Lodha panel, affecting their preparations for the upcoming games in the ongoing series against New Zealand. “The members are pained at the treatment meted out to them. They are depended on BCCIs funds for organising matches. So far seven associations have communicated their inability to host games in the home season while nine of them have inquired about the matter. If things are the way they are, the series (against New Zealand) could called off by today evening,” a senior BCCI official told PTI. “There is too much interference at the moment. People need to realise India has become a cricketing super power under BCCIs administration. We are the only sports body which has not taken a single penny from anyone including the government. We have created all the infrastructure on our own,” the senior Board functionary added. The all out war between Lodha panel and BCCI took an uglier turn after the panel, in its letter yesterday, told the banks to block BCCIs payments to the state bodies. “It has come to the notice of this Committee that certain decisions have been taken at the Emergent Working Committee meeting of the BCCI on 30th September 2016 to disburse large funds to the various member associations,” the panel had written. “You are also aware that the BCCI has chosen to breach the judgment of the Honble Supreme Court as well as the first set of Timelines set out by this Committee which includes the Fund Disbursement policy to be framed by 30.9.2016. “As the status report is to be taken up for directions by the Honble Court on Thursday, 6.10.2016, you are hereby directed not to take any steps towards financial disbursement of the amounts as resolved/approved after the direction dated 31.8.2016. Any violation of this direction will be placed before the Honble Supreme Court for appropriate directions,” it added. PTI ATK BS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Duvvada Jagannadham: Allu Arjun’s film to roll from October 20

first_imgAllu Arjun’s upcoming Telugu film Duvvada Jagannadhan, which was formally announced on August 28, is set to go on floors from October 20.Earlier, rumours were rife that Bunny dons the role of a DJ in the romantic entertainer. However, the makers rubbished all the rumours regarding the same.ALSO READ: First look of SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 to be unveiled at MAMIALSO READ: Sivakarthikeyan’s Remo to release in Telugu on November 4Ravishing beauty Pooja Hegde, who was last seen in Hrithik Roshan’s historical drama Mohenjo Daro, has been paired opposite Allu Arjun.Bankrolled by Dil Raju’s Sri Venkateswara Creations, who is collaborating with Arjun after seven years. They’ve previously worked in films like Arya and Parugu.According to reports, director Harish Shankar has written a script that will target the masses. While the film is slated to release in the summer of 2017, there aren’t any confirmation regarding the cast and crew. Also, the team is planning to wrap up the shoot by January, 2017.Notably, actor Shruti Haasan, who has previously worked with Bunny in films like Race Gurram, had reportedly turned down the offer.Duvvada Jagannadham, which has music by Devi Sri Prasad, will have Bunny sporting a macho look in the film.Meanwhile, Allu Arjun, who was supposed to team up with director Lingusamy for a Tamil-Telugu bilingual, has put on hold to the project.last_img read more

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL image leak shows it will come with 3.5mm headphone jack and no notch, key specs detailed earlier

first_imgIt is expected that in a few weeks from now on May 7 Google will announce the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL as it kicks of the Google IO in San Francisco. Now ahead of the launch fresh renders of the upcoming Pixel phones have been leaked, showing the devices in their full and revealing glory. The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are expected to be the cheaper variants of the existing Pixel 3 phones. They are likely to come with the toned down hardware except the camera system, which is the highlight of the current Pixel 3 phones and which Google is likely to keep same in the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL.But the leaked renders show that there are changes. It is clear from the Pixel 3a renders that the new Pixel phones will sport the 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature that Google earlier removed from the more expensive Pixel 3. Currently a number of high-end premium phones don’t come with the 3.5mm headphone jack. The renders also show that the Pixel 3a will have rather thick bezels, similar to what we saw in the Pixel 2 in 2017. Currently, the Pixel 3 sports full bezels, albeit somewhat slim, whereas the Pixel 3 Xl comes with cutout notch that houses two front cameras. The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will both have thick bezels.The renders also show that the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will have single front camera. It has been rumoured that this will be the same 8-megapixel camera with wide-angle lens that is part of the front camera system in the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.advertisementWhat else do we know about the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. A lot actually because there have been a number of leaks.– The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor. They are likely to come with 4GB RAM.– The Pixel 3a, which is smaller, will come with a 5.6-inch screen with resolution of 2220×1080 pixels. Surprisingly, the bigger Pixel 3a XL with a 6-inch OLED screen, is likely to sport lower resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels.– The Pixel 3a is going to have a 3000 mAh battery while the Pixel 3a XL will come with 3400 mAh battery.– The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will come with same primary camera that is inside the Pixel 3. This means the same 12-megapixel sensor, and possibly the same excellent images for which Pixel phones are kind of famous now.– Both the upcoming Pixel phones will come with 64GB internal storage, support for eSIM and squeezable frame (something we don’t need but Google insists on it apparently).Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL India price and launchWhile the global launch of the Pixel 3a is on May 7, the India launch will be likely after a few weeks but possibly the same month. Currently there is no word about the India price of these two phones, but there are rumours about the global launch of the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL and that also gives a hint to the India prices of these two phones.If you were expecting that these are going to be the “cheap” Google Pixel phones, tone down your expectations. Compared to the existing Pixel 3 phones, the Pixel 3a will be relatively affordable but it won’t be cheap. The global price of the Pixel 3a has been rumoured to around $500, and hence it could be priced in India around Rs 40,000. The Pixel 3a XL price in India could be around Rs 50,000 given that it its global price is expected to be around $650.ALSO READ: | Google could launch Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL at Google I/O 2019ALSO READ: | Google Senior VP teases photo from unreleased smartphone, could be Pixel 3aALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL price leaks, may compete with OnePlus 7 in Indialast_img read more

New York Center For Children To Host Gala

first_imgWhat brings fashion mogul Kate Spade, Nancy Novogrod (Editor in Chief of Travel + Leisure Magazine), and Pilar Guzman (Editor In Chief of Conde Nast Traveler) and many more of New York’s top crowd together under one roof? Child abuse and The New York Center for Children.New York Center For Children Gala1 in 5 children will experience abuse the age of 18, and The New York Center For Children is one of the only non-profit organizations in the City to offer free therapy to victims of child abuse.On May 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Peninsula Hotel, New York’s top business and editorial figures will come together to support the 19-year old Center, which continues to strive as an unparalleled provider of free post-abuse treatments. In New York, physical, emotional and sexual cases of child abuse hit the media daily.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

Venezuelan opposition leader’s wife emerges as potent force

first_imgCaracas: With her youthful energy and globe-trotting, the 26-year-old wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is emerging as a prominent figure in his campaign to bring change to the crisis-wracked country. Fabiana Rosales’ age and informal dress, often jeans, while touring Latin America belie an inner toughness and maturity cultivated with her activist husband during violent street protests in Venezuela’s capital. Her husband has since claimed Venezuela’s interim presidency with the support of dozens of nations including the United States, setting up a standoff with President Nicolas Maduro, who refuses to step down amid what he calls an attempted coup. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Look, I am the wife of President Juan Guaido and I will accompany him on whatever route he takes and we will overcome whatever obstacles we face as we have done through all our years together,” Rosales said during an interview in Peru’s capital of Lima. “But I got involved in politics because I want to change my country.” “I don’t want my daughter to grow up wanting to leave Venezuela,” she said, a reference to the roughly 3 million Venezuelans who have fled their country amid a collapsing economy, hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicines, and now blackouts. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAs her husband leads efforts to remove Maduro through protests at home and by trying to persuade Venezuela’s military to abandon the socialist leader, Rosales is trying to drum up international support for Venezuela’s beleaguered opposition with highly publicized tours of neighboring countries. This month she traveled to Peru and Chile, where she met with the presidents of both countries, and spoke in universities about Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis. On Wednesday, Rosales heads to the White House, where she will meet with Vice President Mike Pence, as the U.S. ratchets up sanctions on the Maduro administration. Rosales met her husband at a youth rally for Voluntad Popular, an opposition party she has worked with since her university years. She has become a household name in Venezuela in recent months, standing at her husband’s side in rallies attended by thousands. Recently, she has also taken on the role of international ambassador for Venezuela’s opposition, as her husband becomes bogged down in domestic affairs. Venezuela’s first lady in waiting has helped her husband look more presidential, says Dimitris Pantoulas, a Caracas-based political analyst. “She is a professional, young, educated woman, and to a certain extent she is conservative,” Pantoulas said. “That image corresponds to (Venezuelan) stereotypes of what a presidential couple should look like, especially for those in the middle classes.” In the interview, Rosales say that her “most important role is to be a mother, and I’m also a sister and wife.” Guaido declared himself Venezuela’s interim president in late January. The opposition leader was serving as the president of Venezuela’s Congress, and said the constitution allowed him to form a transitional government because Maduro had been re-elected in a sham vote last year.last_img read more

Rwandan rebel leader wanted by ICC for alleged war crimes arrested in

11 October 2010A Rwandan rebel leader was arrested in France today on an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant on suspicion of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last year. A Rwandan rebel leader was arrested in France today on an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant on suspicion of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last year.The ICC, to which the situation in the DRC was referred by that country’s Government in 2004, said there are reasonable grounds to believe that Callixte Mbarushimana, the first senior leader arrested by the ICC for massive crimes in the DRC’s Kivu provinces, is criminally responsible for 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, torture, rape, attacks against civilians, destruction of property, inhuman treatment and persecution.ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo thanked France for a smooth and efficient operation, describing the arrest as a “crucial step in efforts to prosecute the massive sexual crimes committed in the DRC,” where over 15,000 cases of sexual violence were reported in 2009 alone.“We are grateful to the French authorities for executing the arrest warrant and we are thankful for the excellent cooperation of the many parties involved in the investigation, including France, Germany, the DRC and Rwanda. This is a clear example of positive complementarity in action,” he said.As late as this past August, Mr. Mbarushimana’s Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda – Forces Combattantes Abacunguzi (FDLR-FCA) was involved in the commission of more than 300 rapes in North Kivu province, yet he blatantly continued to refute any allegation against his movement, the ICC said in a news release.Since 2007, the 47-year-old Rwandan, has been Executive Secretary of the FDLR-FCA, and committed the alleged crimes in both North and South Kivu in conflicts with the Congolese and Rwandan militaries, at a time when the DRC army was sometimes operating in conjunction with the United Nations mission there.“This is a very important signal to all perpetrators in the DRC that crimes of sexual violence are not tolerated and that the international community is fully committed to bringing these individuals to justice,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström said in a statement.After last week’s arrest by the UN mission (MONUSCO) and Congolese forces of ‘Lieutenant Colonel’ Mayele of the Mai Mai Cheka rebel group, alleged to have directed the rape of over 300 people in Walikale, North Kivu, in July and August, “we hope to finally see the beginning of the end of impunity for crimes of sexual violence in the DRC,” she added, thanking France for its swift cooperation.The arrest is the result of almost two years of investigations by France, Germany, DRC, Rwanda and the ICC, into the activities of the FDLR, the most recent incarnation of Rwandan rebel groups established by Rwandan Hutus responsible for the 1994 genocide of Tutsis and Hutu moderates in Rwanda.Fleeing to the DRC, they regrouped, organized and launched attacks on Rwanda, with the goal of removing its new government through violence. “Their activities contributed to triggering the two Congo wars, 1996-2002, which resulted in an estimated 4 million victims, the largest number of civilian casualties since the Second World War,” the ICC said. “Since then, the FDLR has continued to commit horrific crimes against the civilian population. “In 2009, the FDLR leadership decided to attack civilians in the North and South Kivu provinces in order to create a massive humanitarian catastrophe; the FDLR then tried to blackmail the international community and to extort concessions of political power, in exchange for ending the atrocities. As a result of this deadly blackmail, victims were killed, raped, and forcibly displaced, and entire villages were razed to the ground.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said the arrest could be an opportunity to finally demobilize the group led by those responsible for the genocide. “Their leaders are gone. This is a good day for the victims. This is a good day for justice,” he added. “But there is still a lot to do to break the cycle of impunity in the DRC.“Callixte Mbarushimana is in custody. But another commander sought by the ICC for massive crimes, Bosco Ntaganda, is still at large in Goma [North Kivu’s capital] and his forces roam the Kivus killing and raping. He must be next.”Mr. Mbarushimana’s case is the fourth on atrocities in the DRC before the ICC. read more