first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Health & the HSE to immediately fill the vacancies in Letterkenny University Hospital’s Pathology Department.It has been revealed that the hospital will be referring a number of tests to an external private laboratory due to ongoing staff vacancies in the Pathology Department resulting in the Department being unable to offer a full service.Deputy McConalogue said this is a concerning development for health services in our county as the pathology department in LUH not only caters for testing the hospital itself but also for GP practices and medical services the length and breadth of Donegal. He said “A highly efficient service in our hospital has been hamstrung by the failure of the HSE & the Government to prioritise the vacancies in the Department and as a direct result, the Department have been forced to reduce the services it can offer.“Furthermore, because of this failure, we will now see public money being spent on testing in privates labs. This could have been avoided if the vacancies were filled within the Pathology Department.Deputy McConalogue concluded, “I have written to the Minister for Health and the HSE outlining how unacceptable this situation is and demanding that immediate approval be given to bringing the Pathology Department to full staff capacity.”Call for HSE to fill vacancies at hospital Pathology Dept was last modified: June 11th, 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)last_img read more

first_imgRTE Radio 1’s hugely popular show, Sunday Miscellany, will make a very welcome return to Co. Donegal on Sunday Oct 6th. The free live recording will take place in the Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon during the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks festival. Booking is essential on 071 9851375.This Donegal themed live recording creates a wonderful weave of writers and musicians that will be broadcast on RTE Radio1 in the future.  The event is hosted by show producer Sarah Binchy and sponsored by RTE and Donegal Council Arts Office with special thanks to The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, Rossnowlagh. The writers for Sunday Miscellany Live are; Gerard Beirne, Denise Blake, Little John Nee, Olive Travers, Brian Leyden, Louise Kennedy, Patrick Hull, Monica Corish and Colin Regan.  The wonderful selection of music will include; the Hatchlings, Tara Connaghan, Sarah E Cullen, Conor and Michael Murray, and Ellie Nic FhionnghaileThis will be Sunday Miscellany’s sixth time to record from the Abbey Centre and enraptured audiences have enjoyed all the previous shows.  The recordings from the afternoon in the Abbey Arts Centre will be broadcast on Sunday Miscellany as two separate shows at later dates.Sunday Oct. 6th,  3:00pm, Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon Free Event : Booking Essential – 071 9851375 Popular RTE Radio 1 show to be recorded live in Donegal was last modified: September 23rd, 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) Tags:abbey arts centreBallyshannondonegal bay and blue stacks festivalRTE Radio 1Sunday Miscellanylast_img read more

first_imgLos MOlinos >> The Los Molinos Lady Bulldogs basketball team beat the Greeneville Indians 53-37 Tuesday at home.The first period remained close, with the Bulldogs holding just a one-point lead going into the second period, but the defense tightened up and they held the Indians to just 4 points in the second. The Bulldogs were able to extend their lead in the second half for the comfortable win.Rachel Rogers led the Bulldogs with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks; Henna Acevedo had 18 points, …last_img read more

first_imgScience and technology minister NalediPandor is adamant that South Africa iscapable of hosting the SKA, and thatthe country’s bid is the better one. The seven-dish KAT-7 array is alreadyonline and bringing in valuable imagery.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina JoubertSKA South Africa communications+27 83 409 4254Janine ErasmusWith the site decision-making process for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) fast drawing to a conclusion, South Africa remains confident that it is fully capable of hosting one of the biggest science projects ever undertaken.At a press briefing in Johannesburg, science and technology minister Naledi Pandor, science and technology director-general Phil Mjwara, and SKA South Africa project director Bernie Fanaroff assured South Africans that the country has the human and technological capacity to successfully host and maintain the multi-billion-rand instrument.Over the past few years there have been many advancements in related science and electronics, and also in human capital, with South Africa now recognised as a leader in signal processing hardware and the development of next-generation technology.An extensive bursary programme has seen hundreds of university students becoming interested in space science and engineering as a career, and, said Pandor, even more encouraging is that many of these are black students and women.“These kinds of large-scale projects are powerful drivers of socio-economic development,” she said.To date, R55-million (US$7-million) has been spent on developing the skills needed for SKA, with 398 postdoctoral fellowships, PhD, MSc and undergraduate bursaries given to deserving candidates.Between 2012 and 2017, said Pandor, a further R200-million ($26-million) will be spent on education.Not only is the SKA project boosting South African capacity in astronomy, science and engineering, but as a whole it’s bringing the best researchers from around the world to Africa and will do so on an even bigger scale in years to come.The final decision is expected early in April, after a SKA member meeting on 3 April followed by a meeting of the SKA board on the following day. South Africa and Australia are the two competitors in the SKA race.While the continent holds its breath in anticipation, many people are cautious about expecting an announcement on that day, after such a long wait already.However, Pandor and her team will not accept any unnecessary delays.“We will let them know that we want a decision,” she stated. “We want to know what we should plan for.”Competitive edgeOne of South Africa’s perceived advantages is that its government is fully supportive of the SKA bid, to the extent that legislation has been enacted that protects a vast region of the Northern Cape province from disruptive development.This is where the core of the SKA, should it come to Africa, will be situated, as well as the 64-dish SKA precursor MeerKAT. The outlying antennae will be hosted across South Africa’s eight SKA partner countries in the Southern African region, including Madagascar and Mauritius.Already an array of seven radio telescopes, the KAT-7, is online at the Northern Cape site and bringing in valuable imagery from far-flung corners of the universe. The KAT-7 is the MeerKAT precursor.When complete, MeerKAT will be the biggest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. Although it’s only due to become operational in 2012, the first five years of MeerKAT research time are fully booked, with astronomers queuing up to work on this important instrumentThe team’s goal is to complete 15 MeerKAT antennae by 2015.Financial reliefIn his 2012 budget speech, finance minister Pravin Gordhan announced that the Department of Science and Technology’s budget would increase from R4.4-billion (US$573-million) in 2011/2012 to R6-billion ($782-million) in 2014/2015 – a leap of 27%.The SKA and MeerKAT would receive funding on top of this amount.Gordhan also said that the SKA project would qualify for VAT relief, a move that is expected to give South Africa an added advantage in the hosting race.Pandor explained that the deductions would apply to the purchase of equipment, to help offset the huge cost and make investment more attractive.Overseas endorsementPandor said that the recent adoption by the European parliament of declaration number 45, titled Science capacity building Africa: strengthening European-African radio astronomy partnerships, is a clear indication that Africa’s achievements in this field are being recognised.“The majority of parliamentary members signed the declaration,” she said, “which shows that they share our view of Africa’s geographic advantages as a potential SKA host, and also that the continent is an attractive partner for science and innovation.”The AU has also thrown its weight behind the African bid, and at its 2012 summit in Addis Ababa in January, called for radio astronomy to become a priority of its science, information society and space partnership with the EU.Despite recent reports in overseas newspapers that have suggested that the selection process favours South Africa, and frenzied speculation from people connected with and supporting the rival Australian bid, the local SKA team have withheld any comment on these unsubstantiated reports, as the selection process is meant to be confidential.The two countries won’t have too much longer to wait, with the official announcement expected on 4 April.And while associated projects such as the KAT-7 and MeerKAT telescopes are important scientific instruments in their own right, South Africa still has its eyes on the big prize.“Our main, iconic target is the SKA,” said Pandor.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farmers Union will hold its 83rd Annual Convention beginning Friday, January 27, 2017.Among public policy topics to be decided by the delegates are Ohio farmland tax issues and whether or not to establish carrying capacities for livestock in Ohio’s sensitive western Lake Erie watershed.“We are delighted to announce the convening of the 83rd annual convention of the Ohio Farmers Union this coming weekend. Our convention will feature inspirational and educational presentations from key leaders in Ohio agriculture, thoughtful discussion on policy issues and great fellowship among members, delegates and guests. Please join us,” said Joe Logan, OFU President .Delegates will hear from a variety of speakers and decide whether to discuss and adopt number of policy priorities for 2017 including, setting livestock carrying capacities for the western basin of the Lake Erie watershed and making adjustments to the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) of Ohio’s farmland.CAUV will be an especially hot topic as many farmers around the state have experienced farmland property tax increases of 300 percent or more since 2008.On Friday, delegates will hear from Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels as well as Mike Weaver, president of the Organization for Competitive Markets. Friday will conclude with awarding Ohio State Sen. Joe Schiavoni OFU’s “Legislator of the Year.”“We’ll also hear from renowned Ohio farmer and an agriultural advisor to President Donald J. Trump’s recent campaign, Fred Yoder, among many others,” Logan said.Logan announced this week that Ohio State Sen. Cliff Hite will deliver the convention’s closing keynote at a luncheon on Saturday.To view the entire program, follow this link.The Ohio Farmers Union represents around 4,000 family-sized farm members and consumers throughout Ohio. Each year, the organization gathers in January to set policy priorities for the year and honor state legislators for their work in the prior year.last_img read more

first_imgThe special CBI court in Ranchi on Thursday deferred pronouncing the quantum of sentence against Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and 15 other accused in a fodder scam case for the second consecutive day and indicated that it could be done through video conference on Friday.Mr. Prasad said he has no problem appearing in court.In a crowded court-room the CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh said he would deliver the sentence in alphabetical order and asked the RJD chief to leave the court as his number would come up on Friday. The judge also said that he would decide on Friday whether the sentence would be given over video conference or in court. Responding to him, Mr. Prasad said he was for personal appearance and gave an assurance there would be no slogans raised in the courtroom by his supporters.Agency reports said the CBI judge also said that he had received phone calls from the RJD chief’s well-wishers but he should not worry as he would only follow the law. The judge, however, did not elaborate from whom he had received the calls, said the reports.‘I am innocent’However, lawyers who were present in the courtroom told the media Mr. Prasad told the judge that he was innocent and should be acquitted. Mr. Prasad and the judge also exchanged a few sentences in a lighter vein, they said.Later, amid tight security Mr. Prasad returned to the Birsa Munda Central jail of Ranchi where he, along with the other convicts in the case, is lodged.The case, RC 64(A)/96, pertains to the fraudulent withdrawal of ₹84.5 crore from Deoghar (now in Jharkhand) treasury between 1991-1994.Like the last two days, a large number of RJD leaders and workers were present outside the jail gate and on the court premises.“We’ll stay here even on Friday…he (Lalu Prasad) is our leader…how can we leave him here all alone,” said RJD leader and party legislator Vijay Prakash.Senior party leader Raghuvansh Prasad too was present on the court premises giving bites to local news channels. However, no family member of Mr. Lalu Prasad was around. Party sources said they were busy offering prayers at temples in Patna.On Wednesday the court issued contempt notices to senior RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad, Shivanand Tiwari, leader of opposition Tejaswi Yadav and Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari for criticising the court verdict in the media on December 23. The RJD leaders said they would respond to the notice when they receive it.‘One to seven years’Meanwhile, legal luminaries told The Hindu that for the sections under which Mr. Prasad has been convicted, the quantum of imprisonment could be a minimum of one year to maximum seven years.“But, it all depends on the evidence collected by the court and how the judge observes and interprets it,” said Patna-based lawyer Y.V. Giri.In Patna, the RJD leaders have been saying, “Come what may, the party is ready for the next battle to chase away fascist forces from the country and the State as well.”last_img read more

first_imgNineteen people, including three children, were killed and six others were injured after a cement-laden truck they were travelling in overturned on a highway in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar. The victims were labourers from central Gujarat and were coming from Pipavav port.“Twenty-five people were in the open cement laden truck. The driver lost control while overtaking another vehicle on the highway and the truck turned turtle. Twelve women were among those killed,” a State government release said. The government has announced compensation of ₹4 lakh each for the victims.“My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in the accident… I pray that those who have been injured in the accident recover at the earliest,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani asked the authorities to conduct an inquiry. The truck driver fled after the accident.last_img read more

first_imgThe long-term water supply projects in Rajasthan will be completed on time to ensure the availability of water in the geographically difficult areas. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has given instructions for speeding up implementation of water supply schemes for both drinking and irrigation.Mr. Gehlot said at a review meeting here after the appointment of committees for the Rajiv Gandhi Jal Sanchay Yojana that the long-term projects would permanently resolve the issue of paucity of water caused by scanty and erratic rainfall in the State. “The projects should be formulated to meet the local needs and regularly monitored,” he said.The progress of projects financed by institutions such as the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency and New Development Bank as well as the dam, canal and small irrigation projects was reviewed on the occasion.The committees appointed at the district, block and village panchayat levels for the Yojana will coordinate the activities of various departments and monitor the progress of work for water conservation.last_img read more

first_imgRey Guevarra cruises to record-tying 5th PBA Slam Dunk title Other schools in Group A are Treston, AMA University, and Manila University.UAAP Season 81 runner-up University of the Philippines is the top school for Group A with Far Eastern University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, College of St. Benilde, San Sebastian College also in the fold.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, logisticsDiliman College and La Consolacion College are also in Group B.Games will be played at San Beda and at SGS Gym in Quezon City. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MANILA, Philippines—A total of 32 teams are set to see action in the 25th season of the Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer League that will start on April 6 at the campus of defending champion San Beda.The Red Lions, also the reigning NCAA champions, headline Group A that includes Arellano University, University of Perpetual Help, and UAAP’s De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT The high school division, meanwhile, has 14 schools with Group A comprising of Letran, FEU, University of Santo Tomas, San Beda-Manila, Diliman College, St. Patrick’s High School, and AMA.Adamson University, San Beda-Rizal, Arellano, Lyceum, Treston, San Sebastian, and La Consolacion are in Group B.The women’s division will have five teams competing for the title with defending champion National University, the owner of five UAAP titles, staking its claim to the throne against UST, FEU, La Salle, and University of the East.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:42PH 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 MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more