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Donegal speech and language services facing major delays

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty is calling on urgent intervention from Government in order to avoid what’s being described as a ‘potentially disastrous’ situation developing within Speech and Language therapy services in the county.His comments come after it emerged today that services in West Donegal could face serious disruption owing to a failure to provide cover for a staff member who is shortly due to take maternity leave.Deputy Doherty said he has been contacted by a number of families throughout West Donegal who raised concerns over the possible curtailment of Speech of Language services over the coming weeks. It follows claims that patients were told that cover was not being provided for a staff member who is shortly expected to take maternity leave.Deputy Doherty said “Immediately following receiving these reports I tabled a Question in the Dáil to the Minister for Health in which I very clearly asked him to confirm whether or not cover would be in place during this period for when maternity leave is anticipated in the service.“The question was referred to the HSE to respond and in their reply to me which I‘ve since received they explain that approval for cover is granted contingent on the HSE’sfinancial position as the additional cost must be met from within existing budgets.“It goes onto state that in the event that cover cannot be approved or if a post becomes unfilled, then existing staffing resources will be reviewed and this may involve a reallocation of staff on a temporary basis into areas where no cover is available. “It is quite clear from the HSE’s response that approval hasn’t been granted to provide the appropriate clinical cover, and that service disruptions in West Donegal are likely to take place as a result.“While the HSE claims that service users will be managed on a ‘clinical prioritisation basis’, the statement gives no guarantee that patients will not experience appointment cancellations and service stoppages during this period of staff leave.”The Sinn Fein TD said this admission by the HSE is simply scandalous and what this could now mean for service users and their families is a situation whereby it may be many weeks or indeed months before services return to normal and appointments resume.He added “There are serious questions for both the HSE and the Government here over why, when maternity leave had been anticipated within the service, that they made no provisions for alternative arrangements to be put in place to ensure that service users would not be affected.“It is abhorrent to think that patients here may now be facing a wait time of many weeks and months before they will be able to receive the treatment and care they need. “This complete failure by the authorities will have huge consequences for patients, their families as well as for staff who will no doubt be forced to stretch themselves even further in order to mitigate the worst of these harmful effects.“I am calling on the Government to urgently make the additional resources needed available to Donegal Speech and Language services in a bid to avoid these disruptions coming down the line, otherwise the harm which this will cause could be potentially disastrous.”Donegal speech and language services facing major delays was last modified: May 31st, 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:Delaysmaternity coverspeech and languagelast_img read more

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School secretaries announce plans for strike action

first_imgDonegal secretaries in the Forsa union will be taking strike action later this month in their campaign for fair pay and working conditions.The secretaries in dispute will begin their industrial action on Friday, September 20th. They will take part in a series of short work stoppages at the start of the school day before commencing a work to rule.The union balloted its members over the summer after education department officials refused to discuss proposals to overcome a two-tier pay system. The system leaves some secretaries who are paid by school boards of management earning salaries as low as €12,500 a year. Fórsa has mounted a campaign for pay justice for school secretaries, some of whom are forced to sign on during the summer holidays and other school breaks due to the irregular, short-term contracts.Fórsa announced today that 94% of the 630 balloted school secretaries backed the plans for industrial action.   School secretaries announce plans for strike action was last modified: September 9th, 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

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Touring Joburg’s stadium masterpiece

first_img23 August 2010Johannesburg visitors and residents who are keen on seeing the architectural masterpiece that is Africa’s biggest stadium – known as Soccer City during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, since renamed FNB Stadium – can now take a guided tour of the city’s famous “African calabash”.Soccer City was the flagship stadium for the World Cup, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and the first and final games.It is the largest sports stadium in Africa, with a seating capacity of up to 94 700. Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt is the second-largest, with a seating capacity of 86 000, followed by Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, which can seat 80 000.The original stadium was called FNB Stadium. It was demolished and rebuilt at a cost of R3.8-billion, designed to resemble an African calabash sitting on a pit of fire, for the World Cup.During that tournament, it was called Soccer City, as Fifa does not allow brand names other than official cup sponsors at World Cup venues. The stadium has now reverted to its original name of FNB Stadium until 2014.A number of major events have already been held at the stadium since the end of the World Cup on 11 July, including the Telkom Charity Cup and a friendly international between Bafana Bafana and Ghana. The Springboks began the home leg of their Vodacom Tri-Nations rugby campaign at the stadium, playing New Zealand on Saturday, 21 August.Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA), managers of the venue, has been conducting tours of the stadium since the beginning of the year. By 20 May, about 35 000 people had toured the stadium, with the demand increasing since the World Cup ended.“We intend to offer completely enjoyable, comfortable and informative tours that will ensure that customers are thoroughly satisfied and appreciative at the end of their trip,” said SMSA spokesperson Brescia Bianco-Badenhorst.Tours are conducted by professional, well-informed tour guides. A tour is 60 to 90 minutes long, with one tour guide accommodating up to 30 guests. Groups of more than 30 people are split up into smaller groups.On the tour, visitors see scale models of the Nasrec precinct and the stadium; the walkway; the concourses and seated areas; pitch level and the players’ tunnel; the change rooms; and warm-up areas.They are also taken to the mixed zone areas and the western side of the stadium, where the VIP and VVIP areas, suites and private suites are situated; the venue operations centre; as well as the upper concourses and the upper seated level.Tours cost R80 per person, with family packages available at R160. The family packages are for three children under the age of 16 years accompanied by two adults.Bookings can be made e-mailing [email protected] or by calling +27 (0)11 247 5300. Tours run from Monday to Friday at 9am, 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. Weekend tours are at 12 noon and 1.30pm. Payment must be made in cash on the day of the tour.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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How Africa tweets

first_imgOffice workers in Sandton, Johannesburg, spending break time on a smartphone. The rise of smartphones has brought inernet access to 167-million people in Africa, with the figure rising fast by the day. (Image: Brand South Africa) • Portland Nairobi 4th Floor, Cavendish Building 14 Riverside Drive Nairobi, Kenya +254 (0)20 4231 528 [email protected] • World leaders’ Twitter tributes to Nelson Mandela • Media freedom is evolving • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial • Social media to help Nigerian poll • Middle class Africa: meet the new African consumerAllan KamauAfrica is experiencing an extraordinary transformation, but few areas have seen such fundamental change as communications. Thanks largely to the incredible rate of adoption of mobile phones, the way people speak to each other, share opinions and access information and services has been revolutionized in a handful of years.Business consultancy McKinsey estimates that more than 720-million Africans out of a population of 1-billion now have mobile phones. The rise of smartphones means that 167-million already use the internet and 52-million are on Facebook. The figure is increasing fast by the day.So is the reach and role of social media. Whether it is heads of state tweeting about high-level visits, the campaign to bring back Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls or simply kids posting on Facebook, social media is now a fact of everyday life for many millions of Africans. But so far there has been little research into who is making the greatest use of this new medium and why.How Africa Tweets, a new study from Portland Communications analysing Twitter activity in major African cities, addresses this.Click infographic for a larger view:The research found that cities in South Africa and Egypt are the most active, with Nairobi and Accra making a strong showing. English, French and Arabic are the most common languages, accounting for over 75% of all tweets on the continent. But African languages, notably isiZulu, Swahili, Afrikaans and isiXhosa, are making an increasingly strong showing. Like it or loathe it, Twitter is now unavoidable whatever language you speak.Oscar Pistorius trialHow Africa Tweets confirms the growing popularity and importance of social media platforms in Africa, with big news events driving traffic and conversations online. It is still early in the year, but it is already clear that the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa is going to be one of the biggest social media events of 2014.In 2012, Potland research revealed that Twitter was used predominantly for day-to-day social exchanges; it is now also an important marketing channel. If you are a brand or key personality, you must be active in the Twittersphere or risk losing market share and visibility. Portland tracked major hashtag activity from top brands such as Samsung (#SamsungLove), Adidas (#Adidas) and Magnum ice cream (#MagnumAuction), who have understood that social media is a key way to keep in touch with their customers. This activity is only going to increase.While SMS is still popular, entire new channels of communication are being created through social media and instant messaging. Industry sources say WhatsApp is used by 10.6-million South Africans. Cheaper smartphones and the roll-out of affordable broadband will accelerate this trend.Internet reshaping AfricaGovernments now understand the connection between internet access and economic growth, and are rolling out ambitious plans to expand access to high-speed access. A wave of innovation has seen entrepreneurs and large corporations launch web-based ventures, from e-commerce sites like Jumia, HelloFood and Easytaxi, to mobile health apps such as MedAfrica.The information revolution is affecting all aspects of life on the continent. It’s reshaping everything from the way farmers access markets to the level of transparency demanded by electorate. Governments no longer have a monopoly on information and citizens are gathering more information, from more sources. Governments are facing greater calls for transparency and openness, and accountability for their promises and actions.Consumers are also empowered with more ways to communicate, engage and share information. They, like all consumers around the world, want to know much more about the companies behind their favourite brands. Companies are realising that their reputation – and even stock price – can be affected by what is said online.Those wanting to join and influence the conversation – governments, businesses and campaign organisations – need to be online, actively listening and participating in social media.Social media is not replacing traditional media in Africa – far from it. The reach and impact of newspapers, radio and television remain significant. This is especially true in rural areas where mobile phone penetration is more limited. For the time being, at least, radio remains the most effective, and cheapest, way to reach large rural audiences in Africa.However, communicators in Africa, whatever their background and message, have the opportunity to tap into numerous conversations, reaching increasingly diversified audiences. But to do so, they will need to be present and engaged on even more fronts, ready to face difficult questions from empowered consumers and citizens.Allan Kamau is head of the Nairobi office of Portland. This article was originally published on the World Economic Forum blog.last_img read more

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Satya Pal Malik takes oath as Goa Governor

first_imgSatya Pal Malik was on Sunday sworn in as the Governor of Goa.Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Justice Pradeep Nandrajog administered the oath of office to Mr. Malik at the Raj Bhavan.Mr. Malik had earlier served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, which has been bifurcated into two Union Territories.Mr. Malik, 73, replaced Mridula Sinha who was has held the Goa Governor’s post since August 2014.Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was among the prominent dignitaries who attended the swearing-in ceremony.“I have come from Kashmir which is known to be a very problematic place. I have dealt there successfully and handled all issues. J&K is a peaceful now and is on the path to progress. The leadership there is non-controversial. They are doing their work well, so I feel that I would be spending time here in much peaceful way,” Mr. Malik said on the occasion. Jammu and Kashmir ceased to be a State from October 31 after the Centre withdrew its special status under Article 370 on August 5 and bifurcated it into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. On Thursday, Radha Krishna Mathur and G.C. Murmu took oath as the first Lt. Governors of the Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, respectively.last_img read more

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Michael Jordan Hit With Paternity Suit Filed by Atlanta

Jordan, who crafted his Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bulls, is owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, He is engaged to marry Yvette Prieto next month. Former Chicago Bulls star player Michael Jordan is being sued for child support by an Atlanta woman who claims he fathered her 16-year-old son during an affair in 1995, when Jordan was married to Juanita Vanoy.According to TMZ, Pamela Smith  filed legal documents three weeks ago in Fulton County demanding that the player, widely regarded as basketball’s all-time best, submit to a paternity test to prove the teenager, Taj, is his son.The teen’s formal name is Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds, and he has used YouTube to spread the word that he is Jordan’s offspring.In it the suit, Smith claims that she and Jordan had sex in 1995, the year Jordan made a return to the NBA after a year off to play baseball. She says their son was born in June 1996. Smith has also asked the judge handling the case to officially change her son’s last name to Jordan.In a video posted on YouTube last month, the teenager said he was Jordan’s son and claimed he was in touch with the star.Jordan’s representatives refused comment on Smith’s claims.This is not the first time Jordan has been the subject of a paternity suit. In 1991, his former lover Karla Knafel claimed the star was the father of her child, but a DNA test proved that this is not the case. read more

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Alden McLaughlin Announced As Caymans Premier for the Second Time

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCayman Islands, May 29, 2017 – George Town – The decision of who will be the Premier of the Cayman Islands and form the new government has been rethought and announced three times since the general election, last week Wednesday. This third time might be a charm.Today, it was announced that the Premier will in fact be Hon. Alden McLaughlin and Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush. This was the initial announcement that was made last week, following a meeting with both parties where the People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) and the Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) agreed to work together in the interest of national unity.Shortly after that announcement was made, news broke that the agreement fell apart and the Premier would be CDP Leader, McKeeva Bush. The decision of who will govern is now back to it’s initial agreement, and this one seems to be final.The two long-time political rivals met with Governor Helen Kilpatrick to confirm that they would be forming a coalition government of “national unity” for the next four years.Mr. McLaughlin put together a 12-person government consisting of all seven elected Progressives party members, including himself, all three elected Cayman Democratic Party members and two independents. The independent members were Prospect MLA Austin Harris and West Bay South MLA Tara Rivers.Progressives Deputy Leader Moses Kirkconnell was confirmed as Deputy Premier.Mr. McLaughlin said he was seeking cooperation from two additional independent members in joining the government, but has yet to receive confirmation from those individuals.“I’m still hopeful we get on board a couple more of the independents so that we truly have a government of national unity,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “I didn’t want four years of battling over nonsense and personality clashes.”The Legislative Assembly is to meet Wednesday morning to swear in its new members, namely Mr. Bush as Speaker of the House and Mr. McLaughlin as Premier.#magneticmedianews#flipflopincaymangovernment Related Items:#flipflopincaymangovernment, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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West Fire victims receive property tax relief free copies of vital records

first_imgWest Fire victims receive property tax relief & free copies of vital records KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Assessor / Recorder / County Clerk’s office was on hand at the Alpine Library Local Assistance Center assisting West Fire victims with their recovery. Since the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency in San Diego County due to the West Fire, the County Assessor / Recorder can now legally provide property tax relief to owners of properties damaged by the West Fire and provide replacement of vital records without charge. Assessor Dronenburg said, “My office is part of the well-coordinated County of San Diego effort to help victims of the West Fire begin their rebuilding process.” Dronenburg continued, “My team is ready to assist West Fire victims at any of the five Assessor / Recorder locations including Chula Vista, El Cajon, Kearny Mesa, San Marcos and Downtown San Diego. We are also available by phone at 858-505-6262 or via email at [email protected]” Property Tax Relief Properties damaged or destroyed in the West Fire may be eligible for property tax relief. Assessor staff can assist with applications for reduced assessment. If your property has suffered damage of $10,000 or more as a result of the recent fire, you are eligible for a reduction in your property taxes. Qualified taxpayers may also defer their next installment of property taxes if they have filed a claim for property tax reduction. If approved, your property will be reappraised and you will receive a corrected tax bill or refund. The application must be filed within 12 months of the occurrence of the damage.Replacement of Vital Records Recorder/Clerk staff is on hand with applications for replacement of vital records. Certified copies of recorded birth, marriage, and death certificates, as well as real estate documents will be provided at no cost to individuals who lost such records as a result of the West Fire. July 10, 2018 Posted: July 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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