Bed availability under pressure again at LUH

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital continues to be extremely busy this evening resulting in pressure being put on bed availability at the hospital.In a statement, the Saolta Hospital Group says patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the Emergency Department to an acute bed in the hospital.People are again, being asked to only attend the Emergency Department in the case of real emergencies and to contact your GP or NoWDOC GP Out of hours service, in the first instance.Statement in full:Letterkenny University Hospital continues to be extremely busy this evening (08 January) with resulting pressure on bed availability in the hospital.Patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the Emergency Department to an acute bed in the hospital. We know these delays are very difficult for our patients and their families and we are sorry for the inconvenience and distress these delays cause.Again we would like to remind the public that we encourage them to attend the Emergency Department (ED) only in the case of real emergencies. If your health problem is not an emergency you should contact your GP during normal surgery hours or the NoWDOC GP Out of hours service, in the first instance.We are committed to treating everyone who presents at our ED but we do so strictly in order of medical priority and apologise for the long wait times.We would ask that patients wait in the ED alone to help the hospital maintain social distancing. A companion will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances. We know this is very difficult but we need to do this to minimise everybody’s risk of infection and to keep everyone safe. We remind patients to please wear a face covering/mask when in the ED. Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Previous articleKarl O’Sullivan re-signs with Harps for 2021Next articleDACC raises concerns over further delays in screening services News Highland By News Highland – January 8, 2021 WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Bed availability under pressure again at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitterlast_img read more

GFI alumni returns to the field after stint in major leagues

first_imgOver the long history of Grand Forks International (GFI) baseball thousands of players from North America and beyond have displayed their talents at James Donaldson Park before thousands of fans.Hundreds of these athletes have been drafted and signed by Major League organizations. Close to forty have made it to the ‘Big Show’ but many who didn’t take that final step to fulfill their dream of playing in the Majors experienced many years of professional baseball before being released. Rarely has a GFI alumnus returned to Grand Forks to once again participate in this great tournament. We have just received word that Chris Kissock, 2007 ninth round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, will be on the roster of the Trail Orioles at the upcoming tournament. He was officially released by the Phillies on August 3. Chris is a right-handed pitcher who was at the GFI in 2004-2006. He attended Lewis Clark State College for three years where he had an outstanding college career, registering 26 wins and only four losses.After being drafted by the Phillies he spent six seasons in the Minors; his most effective year was 2010 when he split 47 games between Clearwater, Florida and Double A in Reading, Pennsylvania. He finished the year with a combined Earned Run Average (earned runs allowed per 9 innings) of just over three.The tall right-hander, who was raised in the West Kootenays, also claims some additional successes. Last year he was selected to the roster of Canada’s national team. This team won a bronze medal at the World Cup in Panama, only the second time in 73 years they had medalled at the event. From there it was on to the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico where Canada made baseball history by winning the gold medal for the first time. With these back to back medal performances, they became the most successful team in Baseball Canada’s history.With the above successes, Chris, along with his teammates, were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June of this year. When he received the news Kissock remarked, “It is pretty awesome. It’s not all the time you get named into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.” [It should be noted that two other GFI Alumni were part of this distinguished team, Emerson Frostad and Mark Hardy.]There was yet another significant attainment in his career. He was part of the 2006 NAIA College World Series winning team – the Lewis Clark State Warriors. As a result he is in the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.The GFI looks forward to welcoming back Chris Kissock, celebrating his achievements in baseball, and once again watching him compete at James Donaldson Park.last_img read more

Environment Canada calls for more heavy rain this weekend

first_imgThe Peace Region could receive another 50 to 80 mm of rain this week.Environment Canada has issued a statement that heavy rain is expected over northeast B.C. Beginning late Thursday night and continuing through Saturday morning. The forecast calls for 50 to 80 mm of rain.The majority of the rain is expected to fall over central and southern parts of the Peace region. So far the models have been a bit inconsistent with rainfall amounts and exact locations. However, the pattern indicates a high probability for heavy rainfall over the Peace region starting late Thursday night and continuing throughSaturday morning.- Advertisement -With more rain in the forecast, The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the Peace region.Although most river systems in the Peace have dropped back down to the water levels prior to the flood event on June 25-28, soil conditions remain saturated and streams are expected to respond quickly to this additional precipitation. River levels in the region are forecast to rise, with the potential for high flows from Friday into the weekend. The amount that rivers rise will depend on the amount and location of rainfall received.last_img read more

Fired diplomats will not return to Foreign Affairs Ministry – Greenidge

first_imgThe six Guyanese diplomats who served in foreign states that were fired by the David Granger-led Administration will not be reassigned posts at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and most likely have to seek other jobs.Foreign Secretary Carl GreenidgeThis is according to Foreign Secretary at the Ministry, Carl Greenidge, who on Friday told reporters that the fired Ambassadors and High Commissioners were contracted employees and that their services as per contract have been terminated.Therefore, there is no option for them to continue service at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, he said, unless they are hired under new terms and conditions.“Four of those Ambassadors who would have received letters from Minister Karen Cummings, are likely to be not returning to the Ministry, let me put it that way. Simply because they will no longer be members of staff of the Ministry. Some of them have contracts, they work on the basis of contracts and I am trying to recall but I don’t think any of them, any of them currently are engaged other than on contracts. So unless they are offered something by the Ministry they can…find other opportunities, find other jobs or what have you,” Greenidge said.However, with regard to the APNU/AFC coalition caretaker Government offering those fired diplomats job opportunities, Greenidge stated that such a question can only be “definitively” answered by President David Granger or the Foreign Affairs Minister.On Wednesday, President Granger, speaking on the sidelines of an event, downplayed the termination of the diplomats saying that his Administration’s actions were “just a planned change”.He insisted that it was the Government’s intention to recruit new diplomats who have reached the eligible requirements. According to him, there is no ‘shakeup’.“There has been no shakeup. At the start of my Presidency, I had made it clear that the Ambassadors who would be appointed would be there for only three years and that with my Government’s intention to professionalise the foreign service, that is to say, to reduce or remove political appointees and to allow career officers who had been recruited as diplomats and have been trained and educated as diplomats, to be diplomats.”He further asserted that the Guyanese Ambassadors and High Commissioners were aware of this intention.This decision, he said, was made after the elections were announced for March 2, 2020.“It so happened that the contracts of many of the Ambassadors and High Commissioners expired during the time there was some uncertainty about when elections would be held and as a result of that uncertainty, some of the changes were not made. But when it became certain that elections wouldn’t be held until March 2020, a decision was taken to proceed with those changes. So it is not a shakeup.It is a planned change and the Ambassadors and High Commissioners knew that the intention of the Government has always been to professionalise the service.”The Ministry’s announcement that it would be recalling Ambassadors follows speculation on the reason for former Director General Audrey Jardine-Waddell’s removal from the post. The Ministry confirmed that indeed, Waddell has been removed and will be replaced by Charlene Phoenix as their first Permanent Secretary, with effect from December 2.According to the Ministry, however, there are Ambassadors that have been serving for 20 years, when in fact their tenure is supposed to be 3 to 5 years. The Ministry claimed that this has impeded the work of younger, up and coming foreign service officers and that the reshuffling was part of “promoting greater efficiency”.A cursory check on the current Ambassadors’ residence overseas revealed only a few Ambassadors with over a decade of service abroad. But the Foreign Affairs Ministry has not revealed the names of those Ambassadors who were targeted.However, this newspaper understands that those terminated are Hamley Case, who was posted in the United Kingdom; Bishwaishwar Ramsaroop, stationed in the twin-island republic Trinidad and Tobago; Clarissa Riehl, who was posted in Canada; Bayney Karran in China, Cheryl Miles in Venezuela, and JR Deep Ford in Switzerland. Riehl had taken the Government to task in 2016, when Attorney General Basil Williams attempted to take control of a plot of land she owns at Middle and Carmichael Streets, Georgetown, under the Acquisition of Lands for Public Purposes Act. Efforts to contact the diplomats for comments to date have proved futile.After news broke last week about the firing of the diplomats, President David Granger contended that, “there is no change really, it is a smooth transition from having political appointees as head of Guyanese missions to having professional Ambassadors and High Commissioners…I do not see that it would have any impact that is negative for this country because it is typical in most countries to have professional Foreign Service officers”. However, while Granger points to the fact that he wants to professionalise the foreign service, Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed is not a career diplomat but his services have been retained.last_img read more

Malteenoes Cricket Academy bowls off from July 23

first_imgThe Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) has commenced registration for its upcoming Cricket Academy, which bowls off on July 23.Narsingh Deonarine and Ramnaresh Sarwan benefited from the Malteenoes Cricket AcademyRegistration forms for the two-week Academy became available from this week at the club’s pavilion on Thomas Road in Thomas Lands. The Academy runs from 09:00h to 15:00h each week-day, and the fee for registration is $4,000. Lunch and snacks will be provided for the students, and the first 70 participants will be accepted.The Malteenoes Cricket Academy was, in July 1993, launched in recognition of the Club’s motto, “Our Youth, Our Future”. The MSC’s principal intention is to add to the national grid young, proud, confident individuals.The Academy caters for males and females between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. It would include classroom and field work, which would provide the tools for the participants to become cricketers, umpires, scorers, journalists and broadcasters, all of which can be well paid careers.Qualified coaches will conduct technical and physical sessions, while facilitators will talk on education, social skills, health and hygiene, etiquette, child protection, laws and history of cricket, umpiring and scoring.The Academy has produced Test players Ramnaresh Sarwan, Ryan Ramdass, Narsingh Deonarine and West Indies female Test player Indomattie Goordial.last_img read more

Create a Social Media Bumper and Lower Third for Your Videos

first_imgHow to Create Great Social Media Motion GraphicsThe number one objective when creating a social media graphic is to get your viewers to interact with those social outlets. So, you do not have to create the flashiest animation you can come up with.Try to design and animate graphics that will complement your video’s current branding style. Creating an animation that ties to the branding will allow you to focus on your design, rather than spending too much effort on something that may not work.This is what you’ll take away from our tutorial:How to design and animate a social media bumper.How to use clean design techniques to feature your social outlets.How to create an animated lower third.Need A Great Social Media AE Template?Pressed for time to create a social media package for your videos? Here is a social media pack from that has everything you need.SocialiteSocialite is a fantastic social media element pack for After Effects. This template contains fourteen animated elements that you can easily edit for your own social media channels. Learn how to showcase your social media platforms using a social media bumper and lower thirds.Cover image via Shutterstock.If you are a brand manager, freelancer, or otherwise have anything to do with offering a product or service, you probably use social media as a part of your business.When you create video content to promote yourself or your business and post the video online, you may want to direct that viewership across your social media channels. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a social media bumper and a lower third for your videos in Adobe After Effects.DOWNLOAD THE FREE AE PROJECT FILEThe purpose of this tutorial is to introduce you to clean design and animation when it comes to displaying your social media outlets. Keep in mind that there are nearly an infinite ways a content creator can go about designing social media bumpers for their videos.last_img read more

Calisaan tows San Sebastian to rout of St. Benilde

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC ST. BENILDE 71 – Naboa 17, Dixon 15, Leutcheu 12, Pili 8, Sta. Maria 8, San Juan 6, Suarez 3, Castor 2, Domingo 0, Velasco 0.Quarters: 28-21, 51-35, 74-53, 101-71. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Sebastian leaned on Calisaan’s offensive surge in the fourth quarter, before Kevin Baytan’s trey erected a lead as high as 36, 96-60, late in the game.The lengthy forward dropped 14 of his 20 points in the payoff period, to go with his six rebounds to help the Golden Stags even their slate at 3-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlfren Gayosa added 15 markers, 13 coming in the first half, on top of six boards, while Allyn Bulanadi got 13 points as San Sebastian dominated the lowly Blazers.Coach Egay Macaraya expressed satisfaction with the way his side dominated the game. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeaning on Michael Calisaan, San Sebastian finally strung its first winning streak in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 101-71 whacking of St. Benilde Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.With their guns ablaze from the get-go, the Golden Stags showed their full potential on the offensive end, converting 54-percent of their shots from the field and became the first squad to break the century mark this year.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “At least for us, we got a good shooting percentage today. St. Benilde is giving us a lot of three-points and we’re making them. That’s the key to our game, that we made our threes,” he said, noting of his side’s 10-of-27 shooting from beyond the arc.Unique Naboa led St. Benilde (2-5) with 17 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Edward Dixon got 15 markers and seven boards.Clement Leutcheu just missed out on a double-double as he racked 12 points and nine rebounds.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 101 – Calisaan 20, Gayosa 15, Bulanadi 13, David 9, Mercado 8, Calma 8, Navarro 7, Baetiong 6, Capobres 5, Ilagan 4, Costelo 3, Baytan 3, Are 0, Quipse 0, Valdez 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:15Learn basic phrases in Filipino Sign Language01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Vince Carter biopic to be shown at Toronto film fest View commentslast_img read more

Yanks, Sabathia Fall To Tigers, 2-1

first_imgDETROIT — The newcomers to Detroit’s starting rotation are certainly pulling their weight so far.Alfredo Simon pitched impressively into the eighth inning April 20, and the Tigers added another victory to baseball’s best record with a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees.J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes hit consecutive RBI singles in the seventh to help Detroit rally.Simon (3-0) allowed a run and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out seven without a walk. He and Shane Greene were the less-heralded additions who replaced Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello in Detroit’s rotation. So far, they’re a combined 6-0 with a 1.03 ERA.“I think our starting pitching, as ballyhooed as the offensive lineup is, our starting pitching has been the backbone of our start,” Manager Brad Ausmus said.Joba Chamberlain relieved Simon and got Jacoby Ellsbury to hit into a crucial double play in the eighth, and Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his fifth save. The Tigers (11-2) remained a game ahead of Kansas City atop the AL Central.CC Sabathia (0-3) faced the minimum number of hitters through the first six innings, but with two out and a man on second in the seventh, the Yankees intentionally walked Victor Martinez. J.D. Martinez followed with a sharp single that shortstop Didi Gregorius was unable to keep in the infield, and Cespedes’ single scored Martinez.With Chase Headley on second and one out in the eighth, Gregorius singled up the middle. Rajai Davis bobbled the ball in center, but Headley had already been held up at third.Then Chamberlain came on in a huge spot against his former team. Ellsbury’s hard grounder went right to second baseman Ian Kinsler, and the double play ended the threat.“I live for that stuff. It’s so fun to come in, in a situation like that,” Chamberlain said. “You’ve got to be able to get a big play, and back up our guy that was strong for us for seven innings.”Mark Teixeira’s second-inning homer put the Yankees up 1-0, and Sabathia kept the lead for a while. Detroit hit into three double plays in the first six innings, and Jose Iglesias was caught stealing in the third when Sabathia stepped off the mound and caught him between first and second. The 6-foot-7 left-hander went over and tagged Iglesias out himself.Rajai Davis singled to start the Detroit seventh, then hustled to second on Kinsler’s flyout to deep left.“That was a really smart play that turned into a huge play for them,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He knows this park really well, and he’s a lot faster than we wish he was, so he was able to take that base and keep them out of a double play.”Miguel Cabrera grounded out in an unusual 6-4-3 putout — Gregorius threw to second to try to catch Davis off the base, and although the Detroit runner got back safely, Stephen Drew still had time to relay the ball to first in time to get Cabrera.Victor Martinez was then given his free pass, and J.D. Martinez and Cespedes put the Tigers ahead.Sabathia allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings — his 38th career complete game and first since 2013. He threw 98 pitches.Alex Rodriguez went hitless with a strikeout for the Yankees. He had to duck twice to get out of the way of Simon’s pitches — although both looked like curveballs and were measured in the mid-70s on the stadium scoreboard.“My mom’s birthday is today,” Simon said. “She asked me, ‘I want you to strike out Alex Rodriguez and win the game.’”(NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Breaking another glass ceiling

first_imgWhen Laibi Oinam got in the front seat of a second-hand auto-rickshaw as a driver almost a decade ago, she received a lot of negative attention from people in her home state of Manipur in northeast India. But her life took a new turn in 2015 when her struggle to get passengers and earn her daily bread to support her ailing husband and young sons caught a filmmakers attention. Now in her 50s, Laibi has bought herself a new auto-rickshaw, her younger son is inching closer to his football dream and she enjoys respect in the same society that once looked down upon her for driving an auto and breaking another glass ceiling for women without really knowing it. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainLaibi says that she didn’t take up the job of an autodriver in 2011 to challenge stereotypes. Her husband’s deteriorating health and sons’ education demanded more money. What she earned by working in a brick kiln was insufficient. So, she collected money through chit fund and bought a second-hand auto. “I rented it out to others but we didn’t get much money out of it. Meanwhile my husband got unwell, so I decided to start driving,” Laibi said. Whether it is fighting for a cause or selling vegetables or handloom weaving, traditional male bastions, women in Manipur have always been in the forefront of society. But the same can’t be said about autodrivers. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”When I started driving auto in 2011, I used to wear phanek (traditional wear of Manipuri women). Later on, I changed to pants as people often refused to take rides because of my gender and outfit,” said Laibi, who learnt how to drive on a Vespa. Since the sight of women autodrivers was not a common one in Manipur, it caught the attention of film director Meena Longjam. “I met her in 2012. It was an accidental encounter. There were many male autodrivers in the market and then there was this one woman waiting to get passengers in her auto. I had never thought that a woman could drive an auto in Manipur,” said the Madras Christian College alumnus. An article on Laibi piqued Meena’s interest. “Someone had written an article on her. Then I thought of talking to her. Also, I remember back in 2011, there was an economic blockade in Manipur for so many months that it crippled all of us. I thought of sending out a message to people through my film. “I wanted to show how despite all the problems in the state, a woman is working hard to support her family,” said the filmmaker. The documentary Autodriver is barely of 30 minutes but Meena gave about three years of her life to it. “While talking to her, I noticed that Laibi has big dreams for her children. Though one of her sons had to drop out of a Sainik school due to her financial condition, she still dreams big. She wants her elder son to become an IAS officer and younger son a footballer. “Her journey is very emotional. She does all the household chores and then heads out to earn money as an autodriver – a challenging job for a woman in Manipur,” she added. The emotional story connected with many. It even bagged the best social issue film in the non-feature category at the 63rd edition of National Film awards. “Now I am a known face. A lot of people have started supporting me. Even traffic police officials don’t bother me much. My younger son is studying in a football academy in Chandigarh. The elder one is almost done with his graduation. I earn around Rs 1,000 per day,” said Laibi. She also revealed that the amount is almost twice what she earned when she started out on her challenging journey.. So once her sons start earning, will she quit driving? About that, Laibi said, “I know how to make ‘phee’ (traditional Manipuri handloom long scarf) but I don’t enjoy doing it. I think I will drive my auto all my life. I like driving. It suits me.”last_img read more