Save Our Services seek to resolve St Joseph’s crisis at Dáil meeting

first_imgA delegation of the Save Our St Joseph’s Hospital Action Group, is to meet the Health Minister and other officials to state their case today.The Stranorlar campaign group is battling to reverse government plans to transfer all nursing care in St. Joseph’s Hospital to a new Letterkenny facility by 2021.The SOS group is due to meet with Minister Simon Harris, Minister of State Jim Daly, Department of Health officials, HSE officials and Donegal Oireachtas members. The meeting was organised by Minister Joe McHugh. However the group has criticised the Minister’s recent failure to supply vital material for their campaign.Fr John Joe Duffy. Chairperson of the Save Our St. Joseph’s Hospital Action Group said:“Much to the disappointment of our Action Group Minister Joe McHugh has failed in his commitment to obtain these and failed to respond to numerous requests for information regarding his commitment to obtain the Rhatigan Report and HSE plan.”Despite this, Fr Duffy is hopeful for a positive outcome from today’s Dáil visit. He said: “Our hope is that this Wednesday’s meeting will be the road map to reverse the cuts and decision to close down the residential and nursing care units, to restore our bed complement to 78 and restore staffing levels which have been depleted. “The hospital is been depleted of resources consistently as more and more of the residents in the St. Joseph’s catchment area are shipped out to nursing homes despite their wish to remain within their own community.”Fr Duffy said further action will be taken if the meeting does not secure all long stay, short stay, convalescent and dementia nursing care at St Joseph’s.He said: “If this meeting does not give us back our services at St. Joseph’s Hospital, we guarantee the Government a winter of discontent. “We will launch a plan of action for the consideration of the people and are seriously considering the running of a hospital candidate in the forthcoming elections. “Nevertheless, we approach this week’s meeting in a constructive fashion and open minded, but equally and completely resolved and determined to resolve this crisis facing our community hospital and to succeed in restoring all services to St. Joseph’s community hospital and nursing residential unit.”Save Our Services seek to resolve St Joseph’s crisis at Dáil meeting was last modified: November 6th, 2018 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:Fr John Joe DuffySave Our ServicesST JOSEPHSlast_img read more

#AskIt Results – Best DCL Itinerary

first_imgShare This!We asked for your favorite Disney Cruise Line itinerary and the people have spoken. DCL has many cruise destinations. Some don’t happen every year, but of the ones you can count on seeing, here are your choices for Best Disney Cruise Line destination:Bahamas/Caribbean – 321✅Alaska – 134TIE Northern Europe – 67TIE Mediterranean – 67Let’s start from the top:This is what many people think of when cruising. Photo – Savannah SandersBahamas/CaribbeanThese are probably what most North Americans think of when they think about a cruise. Sun and fun, islands, beaches – what’s not to love? Disney agrees with you too. Disney Cruise Line sails the Caribbean and the Bahamas year round, and on all four ships. Your choices range from 3-night getaways to 11-night adventures. And most include a stop at Castaway Cay. Because Caribbean cruises are a bit of a commodity, they tend to be somewhat competitively priced (for Disney). On the down side, these cruises can get old for the repeat cruiser.Disney Cruise Line Caribbean and Bahamas cruises are very accessible for anyone from the Midwest, East coast, or Southeast. You can sail out of Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston, and New York City for these cruises.Alaska was your second most popular DCL destination. Photo – DisneyAlaskaPossibly the best way to visit Alaska is by ship. And if you’re sailing with Disney, that ship is the Wonder. For many cruisers, Alaska is the cruise they try next after the Caribbean. With breathtaking scenery and opportunities for excursions you won’t find other destinations (dog sledding, anyone), we can’t say enough good things about Alaska cruises. The Wonder cruises Alaska in the spring and summer months.Disney cruises to Alaska leave from Vancouver and range from 5 nights (not long enough in my opinion) to 9 nights. One thing Len and I loved about our Alaska cruise was that the music was appropriate to the scenery (think Wilderness Lodge background music).There are some cons to choosing Disney for your Alaska cruise. For one thing, DCL is significantly more expensive for this destination than other excellent cruise lines. And some cruisers may not feel Alaska is a as “Disney” as the Caribbean cruises. There’s definitely some hand-waving involved in the Freezing the Night Away Frozen theme nights (because while that works fine for the Northern European cruises, I’m fairly sure the people of Arendelle were not Inuit).Do you dream of seeing Rome’s Trevi Fountain during your Disney Cruise? Photo – DisneyEurope – Northern and SouthernPulling up the rear is Disney’s European sailings. Don’t get me wrong, the people lucky enough to have done them have nothing but good things to say about them. But the first thing I think with DCL’s European cruises is “wow, that’s expensive,” especially the Northern European ones. Add to that the cost for North Americans to get to their cruise, and you’re looking at a significant investment.The Magic spends its springs and summers in Europe and sails from Barcelona and Rome for the Mediterranean itineraries, and Dover and Copenhagen for the British Isles and Northern Europe. You can cruise on 5- to 11-night sailings with Disney Cruise Line in Europe.Do you have a favorite Disney cruise? Did we leave off YOUR favorite, like trans-Atlantic, California Coast, Panama Canal, or New England and Canada cruises? Talk about it in the comments. And stay tuned to the blog for this week’s poll.last_img read more

India’s mass of small family firms could miss the IIoT revolution

first_imgHow IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Donal Power Few of India’s myriad family businesses have adopted any advanced manufacturing technologies like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). And worse, most don’t plan to in the future.An article by Live Mint discusses the results of a recent survey by Tata Strategic Management Group and industry lobby group Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).The study, which surveyed executives at more than 50 leading Indian engineering companies, focused on the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies such as IIoT, advanced robotics and additive manufacturing. The survey highlighted these three areas of advanced manufacturing because of their anticipated role as major drivers for future manufacturing growth globally.The researchers found that only 10% of family run businesses have currently adopted any form of advanced manufacturing. However, future prospects for manufacturing are a bit better for family businesses, though these companies still will lag other types of businesses.“More than 50% of family-owned businesses do not plan to adopt advanced manufacturing within the next three years, in comparison to both Indian and foreign corporations where less than a quarter plan not to adopt in the three years’ time frame,” the report said.This economic backbone needs strengtheningAny numbers around family-owned businesses in India is especially significant as these types of companies form the backbone of the country’s economy. Such businesses comprise almost two-thirds of India’s GDP and employ nearly half of the country’s work force.India’s governments are proving keen on adopting connected technology to develop smart cities, but studies like this raise questions that some economic sectors are not keeping pace with the new technological revolution.Manufacturing remains a key sector of the Indian economy. It is responsible for employing nearly 12% of the country’s workforce and contributes almost 18% of India’s gross value-added production.Many obstacles to the adoption of advanced manufacturing technology were identified in the study. Chief amongst these perceived barriers is industry’s difficulty in quantifying its return on investment once the technology has been implemented.“The industrial internet of things definitely enhances ability of companies to receive real time information about plant equipment thereby reducing downtime and improving productivity,” said Forbes Marshall CEO Jehangir Ardeshir. “However, companies need to ensure that they build a solid business case and check feasibility before adoption.” Tags:#GDP#IIoT#India#IoT#manufacturing center_img The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts last_img read more

Gov’t Intensifies Fight against Scammers

first_imgThe Government’s efforts at putting a further dent in advanced fee fraud, also known as the lottery scam, are expected to be significantly boosted with proposed amendments to the Evidence Act. National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, is expected to table a Bill in Parliament shortly to amend the Act, to facilitate the admission of evidence from witnesses in court trials, via video link. Speaking at a Lottery Scam Forum hosted by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) at the Terra Nova Hotel, on Wednesday (November 7), Mr. Bunting said the amendment is expected to go a far way in ensuring that lottery scam victims, who are predominantly North American residents, can be facilitated at trials locally without having to come to Jamaica, thereby expediting the timeframe within which the matter is concluded. “It is very difficult to collect evidence  because the victim…is typically an elderly person in…the United States, who is not going to be inclined to come to Jamaica to give evidence in a Jamaican court, particularly when we have the propensity to keep postponing matters,” the Minister argued. He pointed out that implementation of the video link technology would also facilitate cross-examination of witnesses “which would save those victims for whom it is difficult to travel (from having to come to Jamaica)”. Mr. Bunting said the video link facility would be incorporated into other matters, such as cases of sexual offences against children “where you have a vulnerable witness/victim, and you want to make it as convenient (as possible) and as minimal (the level of) intimidation (that may arise) in the process of giving evidence”. Meanwhile, Mr. Bunting informed that Senator Golding has presented a submission to Cabinet, which seeks to have legislation passed to deal with the lottery scam. This, he explained, arose out of the recognition of existing “legislative inadequacies” giving rise to lack of statutory provisions to effectively treat with the matter. In light of this, he said the Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), undertook a study on effective investigation and prosecution of lottery scams in Jamaica. Mr. Bunting said several “deficiencies” were identified and the relevant recommendations to address these incorporated in a comprehensive report, which the Justice Ministry received. These included, inter alia, weaknesses in the Cybercrimes Act, which informed Senator Golding’s Cabinet submission. The National Security Minister pointed out, however, that passage of the legislation “is going to take some time because we are starting from scratch”. Mr. Bunting also advised of efforts that will be made to use the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) “more effectively” in dealing with the lottery scam, particularly the sections related to criminal and civil forfeiture. Additionally, he advised that sections of the Larceny Act would also be treated as offences under POCA. “Essentially, what that does is to…facilitate (the state) recovering the illicit assets, of persons convicted for those offences by using the Proceed of Crimes Act. The Government is seized with the fact that it (lottery scam) is a Tier One threat to our society, to our economy, (and) to our national security (and the need to treat with it, accordingly),” Mr. Bunting stated.last_img read more

Princess Cruises Adds Its Third Royal Princess

first_imgImage Courtesy: FincantieriItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered Majestic Princess, the third Royal Princess class unit constructed for Princess Cruises, a brand of the Carnival Group, at the Monfalcone shipyard on March 30.The Bermuda-flagged Majestic Princess is the first ship specifically designed and built by Fincantieri for the Chinese market.Built on the basis of the successful project of the Royal Princess and Regal Princess sister ships, realized and delivered in the same shipyard in 2013 and 2014, the new 145,000 gross tons unit, which also is the largest ship ever built in Italy, is able to accommodate 4,250 passengers on board in 1,780 cabins and 1,350 crewmembers.As its sister ships, Majestic Princess represents “a new technological benchmark in Europe and worldwide for its innovative layout, outstanding performances and top quality of its state-of-the-art technology,” according to Fincantieri.Princess Cruises earlier said that it plans to deploy the vessel to Europe for the 2017 cruise season before sending it to cruise in the Asian waters.The company added that the vessel was scheduled to set sail from Civitavecchia, Rome, on April 4 for a five-day Maiden Adriatic Sea roundtrip voyage visiting Kotor and Corfu.last_img read more

Sugarlands Kristian Bush To Perform At Charity Show

first_imgIn October, multi-platinum Streamsound recording artist Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Goodwill Industries International announced their #GiveItAway partnership to encourage donations of used clothing and goods.To get in the holiday spirit and help kick off the new campaign, Bush and Goodwill are teaming up for a full-band concert and donation event, sponsored by KKBQ-FM “The New 93Q” in Houston, TX, to be held on Thursday, December 11 at the Big Texas Dancehall (South). Fans are encouraged to bring either an item or financial donation for FREE entry into the concert event, with all donations benefiting Goodwill Houston.The #GiveItAway campaign was sparked by Bush’s Top 30-and-climbing single, “Trailer Hitch,” which reminds us that we collect so many things that we don’t need and we can’t take it with us when we go… so why not “give it away”? The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of Goodwill’s mission to transform lives through the power of creating jobs.“This feels perfect,” says Bush of this upcoming concert. “KKBQ was the first radio station I visited to play my new music at the start of this year. So now it just seems right to wrap up this amazing 2014 with a big holiday blowout in Houston. I’m excited that I get to use my partnership with Goodwill to do something good for this community, and I hope country fans will come out for a great night of live music in the name of giving back.”Using the catchy, irresistible hook of “Trailer Hitch,” Bush is helping to spread the word that when fans “give it away” to Goodwill, the revenue from the sale of their donated clothing, electronics, and small household goods goes directly to create employment opportunities for people in their communities with disabilities or disadvantages.“The simple act of giving away what you no longer need builds independence and dignity for people who need support to provide for themselves and their families,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Bush’s message in ‘Trailer Hitch’ aligns perfectly with Goodwill’s mission by helping people realize the impact they have by donating the items they no longer need to Goodwill.”“Trailer Hitch” brings Bush’s voice to the foreground and is the lead single from his forthcoming debut solo album, SOUTHERN GRAVITY (Streamsound Records), executive produced by Byron Gallimore. “Trailer Hitch” is available on iTunes.WHEN: 
Thursday, December 11
Show starts at 9PM / Doors open at 6PM
Open to 18+WHERE: 
Big Texas Dancehall (South)
803 E. Nasa Rd. 1
Webster, TX 77598For more information about the upcoming event in Houston, click here.Fans are encouraged to donate at the event in Houston and to continue donating to Goodwill year round. For more information on the #GiveItAway campaign, click here.last_img read more