October 28, 2021

38 ambulances delayed for over two hours at Letterkenny Hospital in September

first_imgAmbulance turnaround times at Letterkenny University Hospital are showing no signs of improvement, latest HSE figures have shown.In the month of September, a total of 766 ambulances were delayed for more than the 30-minute target set by the HSE.And amongst the worst is Letterkenny. The figures show that 38 ambulances were unable to get back into service for between two and four hours because a patient could not be admitted due to overcrowding.The startling figures come after another week of frustration for the hospital.An inquest into the death of local woman Margaret Callaghan showed she had to wait 71 minutes for an ambulance to travel just 2kms to her house at Mountain Top in January, 2018.Two ambulances had been backed up at the hospital for over six hours and four hours respectively. The late Margaret CallaghanWhen an ambulance did arrive at her home she had just passed away.The Medical Director of the National Ambulance Service, Professor Cathal O Domhnaill said the situation was simply getting worse.He blamed capacity issues at the hospital saying that it was like pouring a pint of liquid into a half-pint glass.General manager of the hospital, Mr Sean Murphy, also painted a bleak picture of the hospital.He revealed that this year the full capacity protocol has been in operation at the hospital for 94% of the time. The revelations at the inquest led coroner Dr Denis McCauley to appeal to the HSE to review its protocols for turnaround times around the country.38 ambulances delayed for over two hours at Letterkenny Hospital in September was last modified: December 8th, 2019 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)Tags:ambualncedonegalHSEluhturnaround timeslast_img read more

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Takeaways: Sharks lines are finally falling into place

first_imgSAN JOSE — Trap averted.The Sharks (24-13-7) showdown with the Los Angeles Kings (17-24-3) had all the ingredients to be a classic letdown game. The game came on the heels of an emotional win over the NHL’s top team where the Sharks played without three starting defensemen. The Kings entered the game ranked 15th in the Western Conference, an easy opponent to look past. The Sharks are also in middle of another grueling stretch, playing three games in four nights at home with a fourth game in …last_img read more

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San Jose Sharks start to see what they can be

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks have talked about the need to play a tighter, more physical brand of hockey since they were walloped in back-to-back games to start the regular season.After following that formula in two of their last three games this month, and seeing what kind of success it can bring, maybe those messages are finally hitting home.The Sharks allowed just 21 shots on net Tuesday, including eight in the first two periods, and snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the …last_img read more

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Africa: Serious about food

first_imgA boy smiles for the camera at EvaOrango school in Orango Island of BijagoArchipelago in Guinea-Bissau.(Image: Manoocher Deghati, Irin Photo)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ousmane BadianeAfrica director for the International FoodPolicy Research Institute+1 202 862 [email protected]• Dr Andrew KanyegirireCAADP Communications Manager+27 11 256 [email protected] The record prices of staple grains in 2008 made investment in agriculture an attractive proposition for countries exporting as well as importing food. The African Union (AU), with its mix of producers and buyers, has been steadily gearing up for self-sufficiency.Shortly after Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika became AU chair in 2010, he announced a plan to make Africa food secure in the next five years.Martin Bwalya, head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) said the AU’s seven-year roadmap to put the spotlight on farming so as to promote food security and economic growth, and reduce poverty, was set in motion five years ago.By the end of 2010, the agriculture development plans of 18 African countries had undergone a rigorous independent technical review and were being rolled out.Over 60% of Africa’s people live in rural areas and most depend on farming for food and income. Agriculture contributes between 20% and 60% to nations’ gross domestic product.In a document called The African Food Basket, Mutharika spelt out the details of his plan, which requires countries to allocate a substantial portion of their budget to agriculture, provide farming input subsidies, and make available affordable information and communications technology.This would be possible with the help of a new strategic partnership between countries, donors, aid agencies and the private sector.CAADP, initiated in 2003, covers all the main aspects of Mutharika’s plan, including African governments’ commitment to devote at least 10% of their budgets to agriculture.Under the programme, countries draw up comprehensive investment plans that include the four CAADP pillars: sustainable land and water management, improved market access and integration, increased food supplies and reduced hunger, and research, technology generation and dissemination.“We expect the countries to contribute at least 10% of the annual expenditure budget demonstrating local ownership and responsibility,” said Bwalya.He added while development aid financing remained important, it was also crucial that countries consider measures to attract direct private sector financing to agriculture.Uganda, one of the 18 states to undergo the review process, has met about 65% of its funding requirements from its own budget.The AU’s development agency, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), which runs CAADP, helps countries to mobilise funds.Is achieving food self-sufficiency in five years a realistic goal? It would be a tough call, said Ousmane Badiane, director for Africa at the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute.He noted that the AU had 53 members with varying degrees of agriculture investment, development and needs, and some countries did not have the structural capacity to reach the target of food self-sufficiency for many reasons including civil conflicts.Going regionalA more realistic option, Badiane said, would be for countries with the potential to improve food production to produce enough to feed their less productive neighbours. This called for expanding regional trade and investment in transportation, including ports, railways and highways linking countries.AU members have begun to take regional economic integration “seriously”, noted Calestous Juma, professor of international development at Harvard University in his recently released book, The New Harvest.He lists regional markets as one of the three opportunities that could fortify Africa’s food security against the rising threat of climate change.There are at least eight regional economic communities, “that are recognised by the AU as building blocks for pan-African economic integration”; these include the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, or Comesa, and the East African Community. However, “Regional cooperation in agriculture is in its infancy and major challenges lie ahead.”Regions could become food secure “by capitalising on the different growing seasons in different countries and making products available in all areas for longer periods of time”, he wrote.Both Mutharika and CAADP emphasise the development of regional markets. Mutharika listed 12 regional trade corridors identified by the various regional economic communities and suggested the AU draw up an institutional framework for each corridor.Science and technologyIn his book Juma lists advances in science and technology as another factor that could propel Africa towards food self-sufficiency, and called for more investment in the creation of regional hubs of research and innovation.Research is being carried out by groups created under Nepad, such as the Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa Network, which has been leading research on food crops, including banana, teff, cassava, sorghum and sweet potatoes. More investment in networks, especially agriculture-related ones, could produce far-reaching results.Fertiliser and subsidiesUnderuse of fertilisers has often been cited as a major cause of low production in Africa. Only four countries – Egypt, Malawi, Mauritius and South Africa – have exceeded the 50 kilograms per hectare target set by the AU, Mutharika noted in his plan.Fertiliser use in Africa accounts for less than 10% of the world average of 100 kilograms per hectare. “Just five countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria) account for about two-thirds of the fertiliser applied in Africa,” Juma said.Mutharika, who promoted the provision of subsidised fertiliser in Malawi, makes a strong case for this approach. At present 19 African countries are implementing various programmes providing fertiliser.Juma sees leaders like Mutharika, who has prioritised food security as the third factor that could set Africa on the path to food security. The Malawian government devotes 16% of its national budget to agriculture.Yet Badiane of the International Food Policy Research Institute sounded a note of caution on subsidies and cited the case of Senegal. After independence the West African country put in place an agriculture subsidy programme in the 1960s that was even more comprehensive than Malawi’s. “It had a dramatic effect on agriculture in Senegal, but by 1979 one of its [agriculture] agencies had worked up a deficit amounting to 98% of the national budget.”Carefully managed subsidies, run for a short term, and aimed at strengthening existing markets and agricultural infrastructure, were a lot more effective, he said.The Rwandan government provided free fertiliser to farmers for four years after 1994. In 1998 it wanted to hand over importing and distribution to the private sector, which unfortunately lacked capacity, so the government continued to procure and import fertiliser but left distribution and selling to the private sector.Since then, aid from financial institutions has helped the private sector build capacity to import, and at least 20 bodies now import several hundred metric tons of fertiliser, Badiane said.Way forwardThe AU’s plans for agriculture also tackle other major issues affecting food security, such as irrigation (only 4% of Africa’s crop area is irrigated, compared to 39% in South Asia); improving soil fertility (more than 3% of agricultural gross domestic product in Africa is lost annually as a direct result of soil and nutrient loss); post-harvest storage loss (sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40% of its harvest per year, against 1% in Europe); setting up databanks to share early warning information and energy.There is a high level of engagement between countries on agriculture. “They meet regularly and we support them in building evidence-based information,” CAADP’s Bwalya noted.If they stayed the course in implementing CAADP, Badiane said in five years a large number of African countries, if not food secure, would be in a much better position to feed themselves.Source: Irin Newslast_img read more

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South Africa’s National Treasury

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Treasury seeks to advance economic growth and job creation through appropriate macro-economic, fiscal and financial policies.The Treasury supports the government’s macro-economic policy by determining macro limits on expenditure by departments, in line with affordability and sustainability of services. The departments include agriculture and small business development. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s National Treasury manages national economic policy, is responsible for managing South Africa’s national government finances and preparing the annual national budget.It falls in the portfolio of the Minister of Finance, as does the South African Revenue Service and Statistics South Africa.Its role is defined by the Constitution and in the Public Finance Management Act.Roles and responsibilitiesThe National Treasury plays a pivotal role in the management of government expenditure, setting financial management norms and standards for state departments, monitoring their performance and reporting any deviations to the Auditor-General.The Treasury also acts as a banker for national government departments; sets and maintains treasury norms and standards to ensure transparency and expenditure control in each sphere of government; and oversees logistical control of stocks and assets.The Treasury supports the government’s macro-economic policy by determining macro limits on expenditure by departments, in line with affordability and sustainability of services. These limits guide and are matched with departments’ budget proposals for the following financial year.Managing of public financesTransforming public-sector financial management is one of National Treasury’s key objectives. To this end, National Treasury has been implementing the Public Finance Management Act since April 2000.The Act has changed the approach to the way in which public funds are managed by introducing a less rigid environment for financial management, with a stronger emphasis on the prudent use of state resources, improved reporting requirements and the use of management information to enhance accountability.Find out moreVisit the National Treasury’s website, which includes information on the Ministry of Finance as well as the budget and links to important legislation.Read our article about South Africa’s Constitution.Sources: National Treasury, South African Revenue Services, Statistics South Africa, and Auditor-General South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Chelsea moves into Premier League top 4 after draw with Burnley

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew But Ashley Barnes pulled the visitors even in the 24th minute and Chelsea was unable to get the winner despite dominating possession and finishing with 22 shots.Chelsea climbed into the final Champions League qualifying spot, one point above fifth-place Arsenal and three ahead of Manchester United, but has played one game more.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlong with the disappointment of dropping points, the Blues were also left frustrated by what they felt was time wasting on Burnley’s part.“We wanted to win. They didn’t want to lose,” assistant coach Gianfranco Zola said. “There was too much time wasting. We couldn’t build important rhythm.” It was a short-lived lead however as Kante equalized in the 12th minute and Higuain struck moments later to put Chelsea on top.But Burnley took advantage of another set piece when Chris Wood headed a free kick across goal and Barnes tucked it home to make it 2-2.Chelsea then dominated the second half but came up empty against a resilient Burnley defense.The Blues’ frustration boiled over a bit in stoppage time as David Luiz clashed with Ashley Westwood and manager Mauricio Sarri was sent to the stands.Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Burnley goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer also got into it after the final whistle and had to be separated by the officials.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentscenter_img Hidilyn Diaz wins silver in Asian Weightlifting Championships Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chelsea’s Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Chelsea moved into the Premier League’s top four on Monday with a frustrating 2-2 draw with Burnley.Goals two minutes apart from N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea on top at Stamford Bridge after Jeff Hendrick had given Burnley an early lead.ADVERTISEMENT Chelsea also has injury concerns after Kante left the game with a rib problem and winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was forced off by what he later said on social media was a ruptured Achilles tendon.Burnley, meanwhile, all but guaranteed its Premier League status for another season.The Clarets are nine points ahead of Cardiff in the final relegation place with three games left and have a far superior goal difference.“I don’t think we can relax and enjoy it – but after the season we’ve had to get to 40 points is a big marker,” manager Sean Dyche said. “We know, unless strange things occur, we’ll be working in the Premier League again next year.”Hendrick opened the scoring from the edge of the penalty area in the eighth minute after Chelsea failed to clear a corner kick.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Young People Urged to become Entrepreneurs

first_img “There is no better time to have an entrepreneurial venture than when you are young… this is the time to take risks,” Dr. Clarke said. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Hon. Nigel Clarke, emphasises a point while addressing attendees at the finals and awards presentation of the 6th staging of the National Business Model Competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday (March 22). Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Hon. Nigel Clarke, is encouraging young persons, to take on entrepreneurial ventures, particularly those leaving tertiary institutions.“There is no better time to have an entrepreneurial venture than when you are young… this is the time to take risks,” Dr. Clarke said.He was speaking at the finals and awards presentation of the 6th staging of the National Business Model Competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday (March 22).The Finance Minister pointed out that the skills being learnt and the knowledge being gained in college/university will be useful in embarking on a new business in the current economic climate.“The environment that we have today, which is an environment of great economic opportunity, the likes of which we have not seen in Jamaica in decades, is one that I would encourage you to take advantage of,” Dr. Clarke urged.The Finance Minister emphasised that the “new Jamaica” which is emerging, is one of economic opportunity particularly for young people who want to go into business.“Jamaica will not be able to achieve its potential without persons venturing out, taking a risk, starting a business, providing a service, hiring people, growing and prospering,” he said.He assured that the Government has been putting measures in place to continually improve the business environment and provide a supportive ecosystem which facilitates the success of small businesses.“We have put in place a set of policies that are geared towards encouraging the “bubbling up” of small businesses, that are geared towards encouraging small and micro businesses to emerge and to thrive” he said.These include, as was outlined in his Budget presentation – the abolition of minimum business tax “which has been an unnecessary burden on micro businesses”.The Minister also announced the abolition of the asset tax for non-financial businesses; and the raising of the threshold of General Consumption Tax (GCT) from $3 million to $10 million.“We believe that these measures will remove some of the fiscal obstacles to small business growth and small business success,” he said.Dr. Clarke also informed that for the upcoming financial year, the Government has put in place avenues through which Micro Small and Medium Enterprises can find financial support, which he termed the “oxygen” for businesses.“We have programmes through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and directly through the Ministry of Finance to provide financial support whether it be by way of loans or by way of collateral support,” he said.He noted that the Government has also set aside $200 million in equity financing for business start-ups to complement private angel networks. He was speaking at the finals and awards presentation of the 6th staging of the National Business Model Competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday (March 22).last_img read more

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Quebecor planned in advance its cut to TVA Sports signal Bell tells

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B, TSX:BCE)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Lawyers for Bell Canada and rival Quebecor Inc. were in court Friday, battling over three French-language sports channels that Bell TV subscribers haven’t received since the NHL playoffs began this week.Bell lawyer Francis Rouleau told Quebec Superior Court judge Claude Champagne that Quebecor planned well in advance to cut the signal on Wednesday as the National Hockey League playoffs began.Rouleau said Quebecor’s action breached their contract and flouted Canada’s Broadcasting Act.Bell says it’s is asking for an interim court order to be issued quickly because interlocutory injunction proceedings would take months and a decision would come after the playoff season is over.Rouleau said it was “disturbing” that Quebecor has publicly denounced the rules of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which says feeds should remain intact during contractual disputes.Quebecor’s lawyer responded that the company believes the CRTC rules are invalid.last_img read more

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Be a virtual Ghostbuster at Torontos new Cineplex Rec Room

first_imgAdvertisement “We are at the point of The Great Train Robbery in terms of where this is, when you compare it to the history of film,” Reitman said at a media preview Tuesday, referring to the milestone 1903 silent movie. “From a film writing and directing point of view, it really changes all the rules how you have to create new stories to make use of this technology.”READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook If Cineplex’s new Rec Room is the video-game version of Canada’s Wonderland, then The Void is its Leviathan.This virtual reality experience is a Ghostbusters-themed thrill ride that makes it Canadian debut at the new Toronto bar.Costing $24 for about 15 minutes, The Void has the backing of Ivan Reitman, the legendary Canadian producer of Ghostbusters and other films, who is clearly excited about the storytelling possibilities of VR as a new medium. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fraser Institute shows Albertas investment attractiveness dropping

first_imgCALGARY (660NEWS) – A new study shows Alberta’s reputation as a place to invest in energy projects continues to fall.The Fraser Institute surveyed petroleum-sector executives around the world and found the province ranked 43rd of 97 jurisdictions worldwide in attractiveness to invest, falling ten spots from last year and down from 14th overall in 2014.Fraser Institute Senior Policy Analyst Ashley Stedman helped author the report and said there are a number of factors leading to the decline.“More than 50 per cent of survey respondents this year say Alberta’s high taxes and more than 70 per cent sight Alberta’s costly red tape as deterrents to investment,” explained Stedmen.For the first time in five years, no Canadian region ranked in the top 10, while Alberta also finished second last in Canada, with only B.C. seen as a less attractive place to invest.Manitoba was the best, ranking 16th in the world.You can read the full report here.last_img read more

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