By News Highland – December 21, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp Updated:Claims of assaullt as budget meeting is disrupted by protesters Facebook Protesters in Council chamberDonegal County Council’s budget meeting has been disrupted after dozens of protesters stormed the chamber with claims that some councillors were both verbally and physically assaulted.The Can’t Pay Won’t Pay protesters had called on councilors to come out of the meeting to address the crowd. When they did not, 2 dozen protesters entered the chamber with placards chanting ‘We won’t pay’A number of protesters addressed the meeting with a loud speaker before inviting councillors who support them to leave the meeting with them.Councillors were challenged to show ‘whose side they were on’ – Shouts of ‘the game is up’ could also be heard.Labour Councillor Frank McBrearty has claimed to have been physically assaulted while at least two other councillors are said to have been subjected to verbal abuse. WhatsApp Facebook Newsx Adverts Pinterest Previous article100 turnout in protest at County Council MeetingNext articleCouncillors fail to agree budget for 2012 – how the day unfolded News Highland Twitter Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey
May 29, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Four people in Wales and northwest England have tested positive for the low-pathogenic H7N2 avian influenza subtype found last week in chickens at a small farm in Wales, and local public health authorities suspect some degree of human-to-human transmission of the disease.England’s Health Protection Agency (HPA), in announcing the positive tests 4 days ago, said five other patients whose test results were negative for the virus are undergoing treatment as a precaution because they had similar illnesses. All of the patients who tested positive for the virus had contact with infected birds, the HPA said.The National Public Health Service (NPHS) for Wales said in a statement today that of 221 people who were identified as contacts so far, 12 are ill with conjunctivitis or a nonserious flulike illness. The NPHS said it could not rule out human-to-human spread of the virus but that it had no laboratory confirmation of such cases.”Of the people with conjunctivitis or a flulike illness, some did not have close contact with infected poultry,” said Marion Lyons, lead consultant in communicable disease control for the NPHS, in the press release.On May 24 veterinary officials in Wales confirmed a low-pathogenic H7N2 avian influenza outbreak at a farm near the northern town of Denbighshire. For outbreaks of mild strains of avian flu subtypes such as H7N2, public health officials often order culling of birds and monitor human cases because the viruses could mutate into highly pathogenic forms.Welsh veterinary officials think the infected chickens could have been exposed to the virus on May 7 at the Chelford Market in Cheshire. Tests on birds at another farm in Llyn Peninsula came back negative today, according to a statement from the Welsh government.Of 221 patients identified as contacts, 171 may have been exposed in a workplace setting, including patients and staff at two hospitals, the NPHS statement said. At one of the hospitals, 79 patients and staff were offered oseltamivir because of contact with a healthcare worker who was treated for the H7 flu virus. Lyons said in the NPHS statement that the sick staff member was working between May 21 and 23, when she may have been infectious.At the other hospital, 69 patients and staff were notified because a patient who had the H7N2 illness was recently treated at the facility. Lyons said the patient was discharged on May 18, and after an 8-day incubation period, anyone who was ill would have had symptoms by May 26. “So we are contacting all staff and patients to ensure that they remained well and to reassure them,” she said in the statement.Lyons said that people who have had contact with individuals who became ill with the H7N2 virus are being offered prophylactic antiviral medication.”Investigations also show that, when it spreads from person to person, the illness experienced becomes milder,” she said in the press release.In a related development, children at a primary school in the town where the Welsh farm is located are being given antiviral medication after one of their classmates became ill with suspected H7N2 infection, the London Evening Standard reported today. The ill child visited the affected farm 10 days ago for less than 15 minutes, the Standard report said.”It is very rare to see this particular flu virus, so we are taking every reasonable precaution to eliminate it from the community, ” Brendan Mason, a consultant epidemiologist, told the Standard.Some infectious disease experts say human illnesses associated with the H7N2 outbreak in Wales are a reminder that other virus subtypes—not just the well-known H5N1 strain—could spark a pandemic.”There may be a bit of complacency when it comes to recognizing the pandemic potential of H7 viruses,” Michael Perdue from the World Health Organization (WHO) told the Associated Press (AP) today.The number of [H7] human cases seems large for the small number of bird deaths, he told the AP. “Unless there’s something unusual about the contact with birds, that suggests the virus is finding new ways of getting to humans,” he said in the AP report.Other experts say the focus on the H5N1 subtype’s pandemic potential is justified. “We know that H7 can cause outbreaks in chickens and that it can occasionally jump the species barrier, but it has not done it nearly to the extent of the H5N1 virus,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.David Halvorson, DVM, a veterinarian in avian health at the University of Minnesota in St Paul, told CIDRAP News that H5 and H7 subtypes both have the ability to generate a highly pathogenic virus of the same subtype, but there’s no way to project when and if such evolution will occur. “Whether that will happen quickly, as it did in Chile or British Columbia, or not happen for over 10 years, as it has not done in New York live bird markets, is not predictable,” he said.The WHO’s Regional Office for Europe said human illness from other H7 subtypes has occurred in two other instances in the past few years. In 2006 a poultry worker in the United Kingdom was diagnosed with conjunctivitis linked to an H7N3 poultry outbreak, and in 2003 an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N7 in the Netherlands resulted in 86 confirmed cases of mild illness, with one death—a veterinarian who died from acute respiratory distress syndrome.See also:May 29 National Public Health Service for Wales press release
Below is an article from the TouchWest homepage re the loss of Shirley de la Hunty. Olympic track and field champion and TouchWest patron Shirley de la Hunty has passed away at her Perth home aged 78. A winner of seven Olympic medals, including three gold medals, Shirley was always thrilled to attend recent TouchWest State Championships and schools Touch events. She was without question one of WA’s finest sports people of all time. All the members of TouchWest pass on our sympathy to the family of Shirley de la Hunty.
Ex-Spurs boss Redknapp: Why’d Pochettino want to start again at Man Utd?by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has questioned whether Mauricio Pochettino would want the Manchester United job.The rumours have understandably upset Spurs fans, although Redknapp believes it is far from guaranteed that Pochettino will accept a move to Old Trafford.“It’s a difficult one,” Redknapp told BBC 5 Live. “He’s obviously getting very, very well paid where he is. It’s a good club, they’ve got a great training ground. They’ve got a brand new stadium coming.”He’s got a good team. He’s got to go and build a team at Man United. For me they’re still way short of being a team that could win the league again. I think the back four needs absolute surgery there.“I still think they’re quite well short of where they want to be. So I don’t know — does he jump ship and go and start again and look to rebuild there where he’s absolutely loved at White Hart Lane?”It’s a difficult situation for him I’ll be truthful I would think his life’s pretty good at the moment. He’s absolutely there idolised by the fans. I think it would be difficult for him to leave personally. Even though Man Utd is an amazing football club, we all know that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
FIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not countby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIFA have intervened to explain why votes from Egypt for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah did not count in the Best Player award.Salah came fourth in the count.Barcelona forward Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award for a record sixth time on Monday while Salah finished fourth – 20 points behind Messi.The captain and coach of every national soccer federation affiliated to FIFA get to vote on the player of the year, along with one media representative from each country.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said captain Ahmed Elmohamady and then-coach Shawky Gharib both picked Salah as their first choice, but their votes were missing from a list released by FIFA.”The Egyptian FA have received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August 2019,” a FIFA spokesperson said.”The Egyptian FA has not submitted a response within the (limited) timeframe until Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Therefore, the votes from the Egyptian FA could not be counted.”FIFA did not clarify if the final standings would have been any different if the votes had been valid. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Major North American indices made gains Friday, with those in New York setting record highs, as investors felt confident about the economy and the global political climate.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index gained 39.22 points to 15,857.22.In New York, all three indices reached new highs.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 165.59 points to 23,328.63 and the S&P 500 index advanced 13.11 points to 2,575.21. That’s the fifth consecutive record-setting day for each index.The Nasdaq composite index, meanwhile, set a new high as it added 23.98 points to 6,629.05.The positive momentum comes as investors have decided that there’s little political risk and the economy is pretty stable, said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investments.“There really is very little out there today that should disrupt markets,” he said.Everyone is watching the Chinese Communist Party’s Congress, set to end next week, and parliamentary elections in Japan this weekend, Adatia said. But no surprises are expected from either event, he added.The TSX, which has recently experienced a rally, also benefits from lower expectations that the Bank of Canada will raise its benchmark interest rate once more before the end of the year, he said.Statistics Canada released inflation figures Friday that showed Canada’s annual inflation rate rose to 1.6 per cent in September, up from 1.4 per cent the previous month.The Bank of Canada scrutinizes the agency’s consumer price index ahead of rate decisions and economists said it’s unlikely the increase will push the central bank to raise rates at next Wednesday’s scheduled policy meeting.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.36 cents US, down 0.78 of a U.S. cent.In commodities, the December crude contract gained 33 cents to US$51.84 per barrel and the November natural gas contract rose roughly four cents to about US$2.92 per mmBTU.The December gold contract shed US$9.50 to US$1,280.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was relatively unchanged at about US$3.17 a pound.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter
TORONTO – The Canadian Securities Exchange is planning to launch a blockchain-powered platform to clear and settle securities trades, challenging the monopoly long held by TMX Group Inc. and its own ambitions with the technology.This new clearing house, which requires approval from Canadian regulators, would allow companies to issue conventional equity and debt using a digital token representing a share in a business, also known as a tokenized security.The CSE said using blockchain, best known for powering the underlying technology behind Bitcoin, will allow securities trades to be confirmed in real-time rather than two full business days for settlement under conventional systems, and reduce errors.The traditional process used to settle accounts and clear trades is “slow, archaic and high cost,” said the CSE’s chief executive Richard Carleton, particularly compared to the other instant financial transaction systems used today, such as digital payments.“We have the opportunity here to start from scratch with issuers that are prepared to basically bypass the traditional paper-stock-certificate system and move to these equity securities tokens,” he said in an interview.This clearing house, if approved, would serve as a rival to Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd., which has long served as the country’s main securities and fixed income clearing and settlement hub.CDS is owned by the TMX Group, Canada’s biggest exchange operator that operates both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture.In October, the TMX Group announced it was collaborating with the Bank of Canada and Payments Canada to experiment with using blockchain technology to automate the securities settlement process. This project to develop a proof of concept for clearing and settling securities marked the third phase of the Canadian central bank’s Project Jasper looking at how digital ledger technology could transform payments in Canada.The prototype for a digital ledger-based clearing system is in the process of being built, and testing could begin as early as the second quarter, said John Lee, TMX’s managing director of enterprise innovation product development.“It would change the model completely, because it would allow you to immediately settle securities against a cash lag, almost instantaneously,” he said.Once testing is complete, the TMX group will decide to move forward based on whether the potential benefits of using a blockchain-based system outweigh the drawbacks, he added.“We want to look at the technical merits of how this could actually function and operate,” said Lee. He noted that the existing CDS system is capable of doing real-time settlements, but speeding up the overall process for other players in the capital markets ecosystem such as regulators is difficult.The CSE’s announcement also comes less than a week after the CDS said it would not ban the clearing of securities of marijuana companies with activity in the U.S. — where cannabis is legal in some states but remains illegal under federal law — and rely on exchanges to review the conduct of listed issuers.CDS’s announcement and a separate statement from the umbrella organization brought clarity months after it was first reported that the TMX was considering such a ban.The CDS’s clarification was particularly relevant for the CSE, which has benefited from a surge of cannabis-related listings. Marijuana companies have largely dealt with the hazy legality by listing on the smaller, less risk averse exchange.Carleton said the CSE expects to be the first recognized exchange in Canada to introduce a fully-developed blockchain platform for trading, clearing and settling tokenized securities. It has licensed the technology from New York-based Fundamental Interactions Inc.Carleton added the CSE will be submitting an application in conjunction with its blockchain-powered clearing house to the applicable provincial securities commissions across the country.One of the questions that needs to be addressed, in conjunction with regulators and industry, is whether issuers on other exchanges would be able to use the CSE’s blockchain-powered clearing house, he said.“Certainly, that is a place that we want to get to,” he said.He noted that it will be a “material effort” for older established companies that have long used the traditional paper stock certificate system to convert to a modern platform.“This is the direction that clearing is going to take around the world,” he said. “But, the first takeup will be from new issuers.”Through the CSE’s new platform, securities would be offered to investors through tokenized securities.The CSE has already signed a memorandum of understanding with Vancouver-based 3D printing firm Kabuni Technologies, which plans to file a prospectus with the British Columbia Securities Commission to issue tokenized securities to investors.A blockchain-based clearing system has the potential to be more efficient, and lower costs for both issuers and investors, said Frank Allen, the executive director of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investment Rights.Shortening the time it takes to confirm a transaction would also reduce the risk of it falling through, he added.“The use of blockchain for clearing systems represents an opportunity for an enhancement of the services, the lowering of costs, and benefiting the marketplace in general,” said Allen.
Currently, there are no open burning bans in effect, however, people wishing to light an open fire must watch out for changing weather conditions and follow all open burning regulations to help reduce preventable wildfires.Here are some tips for safe burning practices:Ensure that enough resources are on hand to control the fire and stop it escaping.Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.Create an appropriately sized fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material, right down to the mineral soil.Consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter of the main fire site before lighting the main fire. This will create a fuel break and help prevent the fire from spreading beyond its intended size.Never leave a fire unattended.Make sure that any fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.For more information on burning practices, and for up-to-date wildfire conditions, you can visit bcwildfire.ca. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – With Northeastern B.C. experiencing warm and dry weather conditions, the B.C. Wildfire Service is asking residents and industry personnel to use caution when performing outdoor burning.According to Wildfire Services, the weather forecast is calling for increased winds from April 18 to the 20 in the Peace Region, which will experience low relative humidity and little precipitation.Wildfire Services says it will not take long for the grass to dry out and become flammable, especially in windy conditions.
It was a win, but nothing came easy for the Buckeyes.The Ohio State women’s basketball team took down Iowa, 91-85, in overtime Saturday night, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament final.Tied 37-37 at halftime, the Buckeyes roared back to take out the Hawkeyes for their second straight tournament win in Hoffman Estates, Ill.Freshman forward Alexa Hart connected on a free throw with 17 seconds to play to give OSU an 81-79 lead, but the Hawkeyes answered with a layup at the three-second mark to tie the game and force overtime.Iowa held the Big Ten’s leading scorer, OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell, to 21 points in regulation, but she took over in overtime with a pair of 3-pointers and two late free throws, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.OSU is set to face No. 1 seeded Maryland in Sunday’s championship battle at 7 p.m.
Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (1) carries the ball while being hit by a Hawaii defender during a game at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 12. OSU won, 38-0. Credit: Muyao Shen / Asst. Photo EditorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer addressed the media on Monday afternoon to discuss the Buckeyes’ victory over Hawaii on Saturday as well as to discuss their upcoming matchup against Northern Illinois. Here are highlights from Meyer’s press conference:Gameday championsAfter each game, Meyer and his staff evaluate the performances of players and name the game’s best performers “champions.”Meyer announced those Buckeyes that obtained those honors against Hawaii.For the defense, which pitched a shutout against the Rainbow Warriors, the champions were rather abundant.Redshirt sophomore cornerbacks Eli Apple and Gareon Conley, as well as redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell, were evaluated as champions for their performances in the 38-0 win.“Our secondary is playing at very, very high level,” Meyer said.A pair of linebackers, senior Joshua Perry and sophomore Raekwon McMillan, graded out as champions. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis also was named, making it six Scarlet and Gray defenders.As for the offense, which Meyer said “didn’t play very well,” there were only two players who graded out as champions: junior tailback Ezekiel Elliott and sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel.He added that Elliott, who rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns, was the offensive player of the game for the Buckeyes.An update on the quarterback battleMeyer confirmed that redshirt junior Cardale Jones is still the team’s starter, for now.“He’s the starting quarterback. I met with him yesterday,” Meyer said.Redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, who quarterbacked the final eight minutes of the first half after a shaky start for Jones, continues to get reps in practice.Meyer said Barrett “has not beaten (Jones) out yet” but that he will keep getting opportunities to do that.As for the quarterbacks’ performances against the Rainbow Warriors, Meyer wouldn’t say he was disappointed but he wasn’t overjoyed.“I think we have two excellent quarterbacks, and I expect them to play very well. Neither of them played very well Saturday,” he said.The use of direct snapsSo far in their opening two games, the Buckeyes have run a lot of direct snaps to players who aren’t quarterbacks, especially redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller.Against Hawaii, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year had the ball snapped directly to him eight times.Meyer offered some insight as to the decision to run these types of plays with players like Miller, junior H-back Dontre Wilson, redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall or even Percy Harvin from his time at the University of Florida.“It’s hard to get receivers the ball. If they roll up on you or double you, you can’t get them the ball,” he said. “It’s not real hard — if you want to really give them the ball, put them behind center five yards and snap it to them.”Running those wildcat-like plays works at times, but Meyer said it’s “a little more complicated when people know you’re not going to throw.”However with Miller, a former quarterback, the possibility to throw does exist, but the question was if the shoulder he injured in August 2014 would be healed enough to pass.Meyer all but answered that question on Monday.“The good thing is Braxton can throw and will throw,” he said.Up nextThe Buckeyes are scheduled to be back in action on Saturday, against Northern Illinois. Kick off is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.