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

Half-time: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0 – Terry scores but is later carried off

first_imgJohn Terry scored on his return to action but was later stretchered off after being hurt in a collision with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.Terry, back from his four-match suspension, was left unmarked to head home Juan Mata’s 20th-minute corner.It was the Chelsea’s skipper’s 50th goal for the club and a deserved breakthrough, as the Blues had been much the better side.But they were dealt a major blow eight minutes before the break.Suarez burst towards the penalty area and accidentally clattered into Terry, who appeared to be in serious pain as he was carried from the pitch.He was replaced by Gary Cahill, who had been dropped to the bench to make way for the former England man.David Luiz was unavailable after going down with tonsillitis.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry, Ivanovic, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Cahill.Click here for the Chelsea v Liverpool quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Homegrown malaria test kit lauded

first_imgMalaria is transmitted exclusively through the bites of Anopheles mosquitoes. Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria and most cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. (Image: The malaria testing device can detect malaria soon after infection and determine within 30 minutes whether an individual has contracted one of the four main strains of malaria; it also shows whether treatment is effective or not, and can help to reduce malaria fatalities. (Image: Medical Diagnostech) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ashley Uys   Medical Diagnostech  +27 83 261 5492 RELATED ARTICLES • An end to malaria? • Putting malaria to sleep, for good • Holgate’s goodwill drive to Juba • International win for SA innovation Wilma den HartighTwo local innovators have won the 2012 South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation Social Innovation Award for developing a reliable, low-cost malaria test kit. The device is one of only nine in the world, and the only one of its kind that is fully African-owned and developed.The device can detect malaria soon after infection and determine within 30 minutes whether an individual has contracted one of the four main strains of malaria; it also shows whether treatment is effective or not, and can help to reduce malaria fatalities.The kit is intended for professional use to accurately diagnose malaria and avoid over or under treatment.The Social Innovation Awards recognise unique, pro-poor product and service innovations that effectively bring modern cost-effective technology to poorer consumers. The SAB Foundation projects focus on women, youth, people living with disabilities and those in rural areas.Local solutions for Africa’s challengesAshley Uys and Lyndon Mungur developed the malaria testing device through their Cape Town-based company Medical Diagnostech. It’s one of various inexpensive diagnostic tools such as kits for HIV/Aids, pregnancy and drug abuse also developed by the pair.Uys says they only expected to make it into the SAB Foundation’s top three, and winning the competition is a great honour.Receiving the award – a total of R1-million (US$113 000) in prize money – means that their product is recognised as one of the top innovations in South Africa.“Knowing that I have been a part of the development of a product that has achieved top honours at the SAB Foundation Innovation Awards makes me feel that all the long hours and hard work was well worth the effort,” Uys says.He believes that the product has significant medical and social value for South Africa, the continent and internationally.“The product performance is one of the best, globally,” he says, adding that the kit’s ability to detect malaria early and show whether treatment is effective are important features of the device.The new malaria testing kit complies with World Health Organisation (WHO) specifications and was evaluated by the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) in the Philippines, a facility that conducts research to prevent and control occurring tropical and infectious diseases.“Our product had 100% sensitivity and specificity for malaria, meaning that our test was 100% accurate,” Uys says. “RITM also did field evaluations of 10 000 units and the performance was found to be superior to similar products which are regarded as being the best in the world.”Affordable for those who need it mostAn important advantage of the newly-developed malaria kit is its affordability. At only R4 ($0.45) per device it is providing people most at risk in low-income communities and rural areas with access to potentially life-saving technology.“We were aware that malaria kills more people in Africa than any other disease,” Uys says. “We were also aware that there was no other African company with a similar product despite the high prevalence of the disease on the African continent.”Malaria is a significant danger in Africa, and according to WHO statistics people living in the poorest countries are most at risk. In 2010, 90% of all malaria deaths occurred in the WHO African region, mostly among children under five. About 3.3-billion people – half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria.The good news is that malaria can be cured and the test kit provides a local solution for the management and reduction of the burden in many places on the continent, and elsewhere in the world.Uys explains that local production is essential to keep costs low. Similar test kits imported from China cannot be as cost-effective because of distribution and transport costs.“Our trade secret formulations gave us optimal results without the need for unnecessary and expensive chemicals,” he explains.Improving lives with science and technologyThe two product developers are using their skill and enthusiasm for science, coupled with a good sense of business, to improve the quality of life for many people on the continent.However, Uys says it is important to improve the country’s public education system, as well as maths and science results. “This should help to encourage more students to take these subjects,” he says.Speaking at the recent Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Excellence Awards, minister of science and technology Derek Hanekom said science, technology and innovation must be used to address real socio-economic challenges and make a difference in people’s lives.Hanekom said science and technology must also contribute to increasing the research, development and innovation capacity of the country.Uys and Mungur’s high-end yet inexpensive testing device is an example of how local innovation can do just this.last_img read more

e2e Puts Its Biomaterials Products to the Test

first_imgA startup specializing in high-strength, lightweight biodegradable composites is using the technology to produce a wide range of products, including durable building materialsWhen it celebrates its grand opening in September, the headquarters of the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, in Syracuse, New York, will showcase its role, in a very tangible way, as “a test bed for environmental and energy technologies and building innovations.”What’s more, the center also will play host, along with Syracuse University, to the Ninth International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for September 13-17.Needless to say, September will be a huge month for Syracuse CoE. But it also will be big for companies such as “biocomposite” specialist e2e Materials, whose building products are among those used in the headquarters building (which is, appropriately, a LEED Platinum structure).Based in Ithaca, New York, e2e is gradually putting into production high-strength lightweight composites that are made from biodegradable, annually renewable sources including soy proteins and natural fibers such as jute, flax, and kenaf.Patrick Govang, e2e’s CEO, points out that the composites, which were developed over a 15-year period by Cornell Professor Anil Netravali, have a wide range of applications. As mentioned in a recent Greentech Media blog, Comet Skateboards uses e2e’s natural composites, rather than fiberglass or carbon fiber, in its skateboard decks.The challenge to particleboardIn the homebuilding realm, the composites are being used to make components for furniture and cabinets, and for shelving, doors, and building materials, such as sheathing and subflooring, that have been traditionally made with particleboard or MDF.In addition to their biodegradability and their relative strength, light weight, and durability, Govang cited several other advantages to the use of e2e materials, the most prominent being that they contain no formaldehyde or petrochemicals.Then there’s e2e’s smaller carbon footprint in manufacturing. Govang says the production of e2e building components requires two-thirds less energy and less raw material than is required for particleboard. “We operate at about half the temperature required to produce typical resin-based panels,” he says. “We also require none of the OSHA equipment to mitigate fumes. So we use less energy, less material.”The end product, because it is a protein-based material, also serves as a flame retardant. “It’s like trying to burn a piece of dog food,” Govang says.Although the e2e manufacturing process requires the same size workforce used for particleboard (no jobs are lost, for example, if a particleboard facility is converted to e2e manufacturing), the cost of the product still is competitive, Govang says, noting that even though e2e’s raw-material costs are higher than those for particleboard, the end cost is reduced because less material is used and the manufacturing process is more efficient than turning wood into chips.The company, which is run by a core team of seven people and assisted by four other organizations contracted to help it get going, recently completed a production run of 2.5×4 panels for use by furniture makers and cabinetmakers, says Govang.He adds that about 40% of the company’s products, including 4×8 panels that will go into production, will go into residential and commercial construction projects.At this point, the company’s basic product is called e2e Biocomposite. “We have not yet come up with a formal marketing name,” Govang says.last_img read more

Private universities in UP to be governed by umbrella act

first_imgThose looking to set up private universities in Uttar Pradesh will be required to submit an undertaking that the varsity will not get involved in “anti-national activities of any sort.”The varsities would also have to submit that they would not allow such activities to take place on their premises or in the name of the varsity.Such acts will be considered a violation of the conditions provided for the setting up of the universities and would authorise the State government to take action according to the relevant legal provisions.The above provisions are part of the conditions laid down by the Uttar Pradesh Private Universities Ordinance, 2019 that was approved by Yogi Adityanath’s Cabinet on Tuesday.As per a government press note, national integration, secularism, social harmony, international goodwill, moral building and “desh bhakti” (patriotism) have been included among the objectives of universities under the UPPUO.With the UPPOU, all private universities in UP, including the 27 existing ones, would come under an umbrella act. Currently, the private universities in the State have been set up and are running through separate acts and sanctions.However, the umbrella act would override all the acts as a “controlling body” to monitor and regulate the private varsities, said Sidharth Nath Singh, a Cabinet minister.The new system would look to bring uniformity to the fee structure, quality of education, implementation of the UGC guidelines and would attempt to “introduce the best practices of international universities,” said Mr. Singh.Among the proposals are that a minimum of 75% of teachers appointed to the private universities would be permanent and not contractual and their quality would be monitored online, Mr. Singh said.A university in a city would need to have a minimum land space of 20 acre while in rural areas they would need to be spread over 50 acre. The existing 27 universities have one year to implement the new changes.last_img read more

185 Members of the JCF Recognised for their Invaluable Service

first_img A total of 185 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have completed 18 years of continuous service in the Force and whose conduct and character have been exemplary, were recognised for their invaluable service.During the JCF Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct awards ceremony, held on the grounds of the Police Officers’ Club on November 29, medals were presented to recipients by Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.In his remarks, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang thanked the recipients for their unwavering service and hard work, noting that they “have proven their merit and mettle and have risen to the fore among their peers and superiors”.“You are examples today of the spirit of cooperation and growth that must prevail within this force, in order to effect the society we all wish to see,” he said.Dr. Chang reiterated the Government’s commitment to providing the resources that the JCF requires to properly execute its functions.“We will work with the JCF high command to determine how we will traverse the transformation that must occur in the force,” he said.The Security Minister also noted that the Ministry continues to pursue amendments to outdated legislation, as well as enact critical laws.“This will ensure that when solid, investigative work is carried out, that leads to arrests, the law will be commensurate to the crime – honouring the work of the officers who would have laboured to gather evidence,” he said.Dr. Chang stated that the transformation of the Jamaican society, is hinged in part to a transformation in policing.“We must now equip our security forces with the tools of the trade, the training suitable to the day, and the technology of the time,” he added.Dr. Chang said the reduction in murders by 21.6 per cent is testament to the fact that “we have within our rank and file, the skill, the intelligence, the agility to move our society toward peace and stability”.The Long Service Award is the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) premier award ceremony.It seeks to celebrate, highlight and encourage those who inspire others with their vision, leadership and service. The awards were initially sanctioned by the National Honours and Awards Act of 1969.The Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct may be awarded to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force below the rank of Assistant Superintendent. The Security Minister also noted that the Ministry continues to pursue amendments to outdated legislation, as well as enact critical laws. A total of 185 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have completed 18 years of continuous service in the Force and whose conduct and character have been exemplary, were recognised for their invaluable service. The Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct may be awarded to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force below the rank of Assistant Superintendent. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Bob Barker To Congress Stop NIHs Cruel Experiments On Baby Monkeys

first_imgAs Congress deliberates the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) budget bill for next year, every single member will receive a video message starring Bob Barker — but it’s no The Price Is Right retrospective.In a new video for PETA, the 91-year-old television icon calls for an end to NIH’s expensive, much-criticized maternal-deprivation experiments on infant monkeys.“At this government facility in Maryland, hundreds of baby monkeys are torn from their mothers,” Barker explains in the video, which goes on to reveal how experimenters subject the baby monkeys to years of experiments designed to cause, worsen, and measure their severe fear, depression, and anxiety. These experiments have never led to the development of treatments for human mental illness, but they’ve continued for more than 30 years, costing taxpayers more than $30 million in just the past seven years alone.“This project is approved to continue until 2017, but it needs to stop right now,” Barker concludes in the video. “Please be a champion for animals, taxpayers, and public health by acting now to help end the NIH’s abusive and wasteful experiments on baby monkeys.”In December, compassionate members of Congress called on NIH to conduct a thorough scientific and ethical review of the cruel experiments. In January, U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell co-hosted PETA’s standing-room-only congressional briefing on the cruelty of the experiments, their inapplicability to human health, and the superior non-animal research methods available to study mental illness. PETA has also enlisted the support of scientists such as Dr. Jane Goodall, celebrity psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman, conservative strategist Mary Matalin, members of Congress, and hundreds of thousands of citizens.For more information, please visit read more

Lonechild FSIN payout sparks provincial probe

first_imgAPTN National NewsLast week, the beleaguered chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations stepped down.Guy Lonechild and his political staff will receive close to $600,000 in severance pay.Now Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he is concerned about where this money is coming from.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

Bruce Carson trial verdict to be released after federal election

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA—A verdict in the influence peddling trial of Bruce Carson, a former top adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, won’t be handed down until well after the federal election.Justice Bonnie Warkentin will be handing down the verdict on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.The two-day, paper-only trial was held in mid-September.Carson was charged following an APTN National News investigation around the former Harper confidant’s activities to promote an Ottawa-based water filtration company looking to sell its product to First Nation communities suffering from water woes.The company, H2O Pros, had signed a side deal with Carson’s then-fiancée Michele McPherson guaranteeing her a large cut of all revenues from sales to First Nations.Carson approached Aboriginal Affairs officials and Harper government ministers claiming water filtration systems were a quick-fix for water problems in First Nation communities.Carson is facing a separate set of illegal lobbying and influence peddling charges. That trial is scheduled for next [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more