Save The Children Hopes Obamas Baton Rouge Visit Will Shine Spotlight On

first_imgThousands of Louisiana children remain displaced, distressed and unable to return to school, leaving them and their futures extremely vulnerable, Save the Children said Monday.“President Obama’s visit to the flood zone is a moment for the media and the whole nation to grasp how widespread the damage here truly is.We hope the attention also spotlights the less-visible, but extremely concerning challenges that children here face,” said Sarita Fritzler, Save the Children emergency team leader in Baton Rouge, ahead of Obama’s visit.With more than 60,000 households affected and more than 30,000 rescued, thousands of children face risks of serious emotional and developmental consequences in lieu of proper support. Close to 1,000of the most vulnerable children remain in temporary shelters and thousands more could be out of school or child-care for weeks or even months, Save the Children warned.“Families here feel forgotten,” Fritzler added.“They’re in desperate need of a turning point that will drive more resources to their aid.If not, prospects for children – especially those from families with the fewest resources – could really be quite dire.”Four years after Hurricane Katrina, one large-scale study of families displaced by the storm showed that 37 percent of children were suffering from serious emotional consequences.Louisiana is one of the poorest states in the nation and 28 percent of children live in poverty there.“Our country can and must do better for Louisiana’s most vulnerable children this time around,” Fritzler said.Save the Children is working to meet the urgent needs of displaced children and families and has created safe spaces in emergency shelters where children can play and begin to work through a variety of distressing experiences with caring experts. The organization is also working to fill recovery gaps by assessing the extent to which hundreds of area child care centers have been damaged and will need support to reopen.“The sooner we can get children back in supportive learning environments, the sooner they can recover, build resiliency and continue their healthy development,” Fritzler said.Save the Children has responded to children’s needs in emergencies around the world for nearly a century.Since mounting a major response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Save the Children has served more than 1 million U.S. children affected by disaster.To support Save the Children’s Gulf Coast Floods Children’s Relief Fund, please donate here: www.Savethechildren.org/gulf-floods.last_img read more

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The long unconventional career of Donald Sutherland

first_imgREAD MORE Donald Sutherland has been called one of the greatest actors never to be nominated for an Oscar. He’s appeared in more than 150 films and TV shows — “MASH,” “Klute,” “Ordinary People,” “The Hunger Games” — just to name a few. You may recognize his name, you’ve definitely seen his face, but you probably don’t know much about Donald Sutherland, the man. At 82 he’s still one of the hardest working actors around. He’s still agonizing over each character he plays, and still plagued by self-consciousness about how he looks. He’s never forgotten what happened after his very first film audition more than fifty years ago, when the writer, director, and producer of the movie he tried out for called him on the phone.Donald Sutherland: The writer said, “You did such a terrific job. And the producer said, “We thought you were really wonderful. And we all wanted to call you together to explain to you why we weren’t casting you.” And he said, “No. No. No. I mean, we have to– the reason why we’re not casting you is because we’ve always thought of this fellow as a kind of– a guy next door sort of guy. And to be absolutely truthful, we don’t think you look like you ever lived next door to anybody.” No. But it’s the story of my life, you know.Anderson Cooper: That’s the story of your life? Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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State Minister of Defence inspects Lankan ships at Indian yard

Minister of State for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene visited the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) at the Vasco town, located around 40 kms from Panaji in India and inspected Sri Lankan ships under construction, the Press Trust of India reported.Wijewardene held discussion with GSL Chairman and Managing Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital on the progress of the Sri Lankan vessels under construction at the yard. A presentation was made to the Sri Lankan delegation on in-house design capability, product profile and future potential of cooperation of the yard with the neighboring country, the spokesperson added. The minister toured the yard with the CMD and took stock of progress of the construction of Sri Lankan Patrol Vessels, a GSL spokesperson said. GSL is executing large export orders from Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Mauritius and has order book of over Indian Rs 1,200 crore. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN troops in DR of Congo postpone movements into troubled northeast

The deployment has been rescheduled for Thursday, according to a UN spokesman in New York.On 28 July, the UN Security Council passed a resolution directing the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to deploy in the Ituri district, in the northeast, “to help to stabilize the security conditions and improve the humanitarian situation” in the province.The province has been the scene of recent violence, including the murder of some 65 persons, mostly women and children, on 6 October.The spokesman, Fred Eckhard, also reported that combatant groups had begun preparing for disarmament and re-integration into civilian life.”All the armed groups in Bunia are gathering their troops for their future cantonment. Party for the Unity and the Safeguard of the Integrity of Congo held an information meeting yesterday with some of its combatants. The Union of Congolese Patriots is using the UN radio to give information to their troops on where to assemble. All the armed groups are required to give information to the UN Mission on the assembly areas of their respective troops by 19 October,” he said. read more

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Liberia hands over weapons to UN peacekeepers

The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said Mr. Blah brought UNMIL Force Commander Lt. Gen. Daniel I. Opande and blue-helmeted troops to a shed at his residence and said the turnover was “to show to the world that we are all for peace; we do not want to fight anymore.” The arms included AK-47 Kalashnikov machine guns, anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launchers, anti-air defence missiles, mortars and ammunition, UNMIL said. An UNMIL report said hundreds of weapons at the barracks in the Executive Mansion of the former government’s Anti-Terrorist Unit, as well as others at the Armed Forces of Liberia Camp Sheffelin near Roberts International Airport, have also been turned over to the blue helmet troops. Peacekeepers were registering the weapons at the different locations in preparation for their transport to a safe location. The weapons will be eventually be destroyed by a specialist team, UNMIL said. A new National Transitional Government took office in Monrovia Tuesday after some 15 years of civil war. read more

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Saputo to close cheese plant in Quebec 100 jobs affected

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 2:51 pm MDT Saputo to close cheese plant in Quebec; 100 jobs affected AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Canadian cheese giant Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) says it will close a manufacturing facility in Warwick, Que., next year, affecting 100 workers as it seeks to cut costs and improve its operational efficiency.The Montreal-based company said Thursday that cheese production will be shifted from the plant acquired in 2005 to other facilities in the province after the plant is closed in June 2014.Some employees will be able to transfer to other plants.Saputo said it has decreased costs over the last year while strengthening its market presence.In November, it announced plans to close a facility in Winkler, Man., in January 2014, resulting in 40 job losses. The Manitoba plant was part of Saputo’s $407-million acquisition of Dairyworld Foods in 2001.The company said it plans to spend about $36 million, mainly for new equipment in other facilities next year.The two plant closures will cost about $7 million after taxes, including a $4-million writedown. Annual after-tax savings of $6 million are expected to begin in fiscal 2015.Saputo spent $52.9 million in 2005 to purchase the manufacturing, marketing and distribution activities of Fromage Cote S.A. and Distributions Kingsey Inc., which made cheddar, Swiss and other specialty cheeses in Warwick and Plessisville, Que. The company also had a cheese aging facility and a cutting/distribution centre. Warwick is the only facility that will be closed.The Canadian plant closure come a few weeks after Saputo said its nearly seven-year European venture will come to an end with the shutting of cheese processing plants in Wales and Germany.Saputo is Canada’s largest dairy processor and the 12th biggest in the world. It also produces several brands of snack cakes.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, company shares closed down eight cents to $50.06 in Thursday trading. read more

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Asia and the Pacific must boost food production to meet future demand

While the Asia-Pacific region is making good progress in reducing under-nutrition, it is still home to more than 550 million hungry people, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “The region as a whole needs to improve food production systems and delivery to consumers or face significant food security problems within the next generation,” the agency said in a news release. The warning comes as nearly 40 FAO member countries gathered in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, for the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific to examine the state of food and agriculture in the region.Convening every two years, the conference examines the opportunities and challenges in the region and sets priority areas of work to improve food security and nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to sustainable economic growth.FAO noted that some developing countries in Asia and the Pacific will need to increase their food production by up to 77 per cent to feed their people by 2050, when the world’s population is expected to top nine billion. Asia and the Pacific accounts for more than 90 per cent of world rice production and consumption. The region’s food security and people’s livelihoods are very much dependent on rice. As a response to a request by FAO member countries, the agency has produced a Regional Rice Strategy which is being discussed at the regional level for finalization. Farming, fishing and forestry practices need to be modernized and made more profitable, FAO added, while countries in the region must take serious, coordinated steps to reduce food losses and food waste, which is as high as 30-50 per cent regarding grains, fruits and vegetables. Accordingly, FAO launched the regional Save Food Asia-Pacific campaign in August 2013 with an aim to promote public awareness of the need to minimize food losses and food waste. Another concern is that while most people in the region are presently getting enough to eat, they are not eating the right foods. The result is a high rate of micro-nutrient deficiency – a lack of absorption of minerals and vitamins – which can lead in some cases to stunting among children.As the rate of obesity increases across Asia and the Pacific, other health problems are emerging such as cardiovascular disease, higher risk of stroke and diabetes. “Treating these conditions, especially in an aging population, will place a great burden on public health care systems across the region,” said FAO. These warnings and recommendations to member States for action are highlighted in an FAO State of Food and Agriculture report to the Regional Conference. read more

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Sustainable Development Summit We must step up our efforts now Guterres declares

The two-day summit, one of the five high-level summits and meetings taking place during the opening week of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, will allow leaders from government, business and other sectors to identify specific actions on the road to 2030.Mr. Guterres reiterated some of the many aims from the Agenda – such as an end to extreme poverty and hunger, a low carbon economy, peaceful and just societies, and human rights for all – and welcomed the progress being made globally, with governments beginning to integrate the SDGs into their national plans and strategies.However, he warned that the world is, so far, set to miss the deadline, citing deadly conflicts, the climate crisis, gender-based violence, and persistent inequality: “half the wealth around the world is held by people who could fit around a conference table”, Mr. Guterres told the delegates, “and, at the current pace, almost 500 million people could remain in extreme poverty by 2030”.Indicating the direction that discussions will follow over the two days, the UN chief called for global action in areas such as conflict prevention, development finance, and the climate crisis; local action to make a difference in people’s lives; and building up partnerships that include civil society, media, the private sector, academia and others. Gearing up for a decade of actionThe incoming President of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammed-Bande, told the delegates that he was encouraged by the discussion regarding SDGs, that have taken place since the launch of the 2030 Agenda four years ago, and welcomed the adoption of the Summit’s political declaration, “Gearing up for a Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development”.The Declaration calls for enhanced action to achieve the Goals, with Member States pledging to mobilize financing, enhance national implementation and strengthen institutions to achieve the sustainable development objectives of the Agenda, and leave no one behind.Specific commitments, or “acceleration actions”, include Finland’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035; the Maldives partnership with a number of companies to create a nationwide framework to deliver on many of the Goals; and Mexico’s pledge to provide access to the internet for everyone, including vulnerable communities.“It is necessary to think of new ways of accelerating SDGs action for those that are still behind in meeting the goals”, said Mr Muhammed-Bande, “progress is largely uneven within and across countries and regions. We, therefore, must deepen partnerships to unlock the trillions of dollars needed to finance the SDGs”.The General Assembly President expressed regret that many people, particularly in the poorest countries, and those locked in conflict and post-conflict situations, still live way below the poverty line, and urged a focus on poverty eradication and education, both of which, he said, are fundamental to achieving the goals and targets set out in the 2030 Agenda.Echoing the Secretary-General, Mr Muhammed-Bande emphasized the importance of partnerships, and the involvement of marginalized groups: “Inclusion is key to enhancing international peace and security”, he told the meeting, “promoting the rule of law and human rights, as well as building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. read more

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Vauxhalls vote of confidence in UK supply chain generates €230m worth of

Over the past 18 months, Vauxhall Motors has awarded more than €230m worth of contracts to UK suppliers, making a significant contribution to the UK economy, securing higher revenue, export value and employment within the automotive sector.Suppliers across the UK have been awarded contracts on the basis of quality, service, technology and price. The new business includes supply to Vauxhall’s two UK plants in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, and Luton, Bedfordshire, as well as export to General Motors (GM) divisions across the globe.In line with the Automotive Council’s strategy to ensure the long term strategic development of the UK automotive industry with a particular focus on the supply chain, Vauxhall/GM is committed to identifying and promoting sourcing opportunities in the UK.Bill Parfitt, Chairman of GM UK and Vauxhall Motors and also the first Chairman of the Automotive Council’s Supply Chain Group, said, “Vauxhall is keen to build on the momentum and push for new business with UK suppliers to the benefit of local economies and GM globally who are now increasingly aware of the great potential that resides in the UK.”One example of Vauxhall Motors’ investment is with Cobra UK in Wales. From its factory in Welshpool, Powys, Cobra UK has won a number of contracts to supply components for Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant and other GM facilities around the world. This led to Cobra UK being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year in recognition of its export achievements.A flourishing UK supply base is fundamental to the future success of the wider automotive industry. Click through to read about how SMMT is strengthening the supply chain.Find out about other high-profile announcements from UK automotive companies regarding investment, expansion, new models and employment.Visit the Automotive Council website to find out more about the aims and objectives of the Supply Chain Group. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Gabby Douglas Clinches Spot on US Womens Gymnastics Team

Sixteen-year-old Gabby Douglas will have the honor of representing the U.S. Gymnastics team in the 2012 London Games thanks to her victory yesterday at the 2012 Olympic trials in San Jose, where she defeated favored Jordyn Wieber.The victory was a bit of redemption for Douglas, who lost to Wieber at the 2012 Visa National Championship. Wieber held a 0.3 lead over Douglas after the first day of the trials, but Douglas shook off some large balance checks during her beam routine to defeat Wieber by one-tenth of a point.“I just give all the glory to God. He’s just blessed me so much,” Douglas told reporters. “I’m so excited and honored to do my duties in London for Team USA.”Wieber shouldn’t feel too bad, as she is a shoe-in to make the four-woman roster as a coach’s selection. After the automatic selection, coaches pick the final three women, which often creates controversy when somebody is left off the team who was expected to be chosen. read more

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Ohio State studentathletes receive help transitioning to college classes

Members of the OSU men’s lacrosse team celebrate a goal during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe transition from being a high school athlete to a career in college could be difficult, but the utilization of resources in college could help balance academics and athletics.A senior defender for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, Joe Meurer — who is set to graduate in May — said the time and effort he has put in with lacrosse compared to high school has increased drastically.“In high school you’re probably committing, you know, eight hours a week to lacrosse, here you’re committing double,” Meurer said.Some OSU athletes said with practice taking up a large amount of student-athletes’ time, getting support with classwork becomes essential.“I think high school is not nearly as demanding as college is, and you don’t have to make as many sacrifices as you do as a college student-athlete,” redshirt-junior goalkeeper for the OSU men’s soccer team Alex Ivanov said.OSU’s Student-Athlete Support Service Office seeks to aid student-athletes academically. The program supports about 1,000 student-athletes a year, associate director and athletic academic counselor for SASSO Vicki Melnick said in an email. Melnick said the program’s funding comes from the Office of Undergraduate Education, which amounts to about $2.6 million in the current fiscal year.Melnick said that the programs goal is to help students to stay the course.“Our office focuses primarily on academic support, and then also what we call student development support, primarily in the areas of career developments and some personal development along with leadership development,” Melnick said.Athletes are required to attend study table sessions in the Younkin Success Center located at 1640 Neil Avenue, for a time to study and do schoolwork. Requirement hours for study table vary depending on the sport. The head coaches with the assistance from academic counselors decide on the amount of weekly hours needed for study table for that particular athlete. Melnick said in an interview with The Lantern that only freshman are required to have study tables and that the average time spent on the table is six to eight hours a week.“Typically, it’s predominantly first-year students. One of the main purposes of it is to help them transition into college,” Melnick said. “To see the value of making sure they spend the minimum amount of time each week studying.”Ivanov became the first Academic All-American for the men’s soccer program this past season. Even as a fourth-year, he utilizes tutor facilities offered by SASSO to help maintain his grades as an electrical and computer engineering major.“I used to do the study table hours then the other years it’s all been on my own, just trying to meet people in class and stuff, like a normal student would, and if I ever did need a tutor for like a special math class or something, I could go to Younkin or SASSO to set something up for me,” Ivanov said.SASSO not only support student-athletes in the transition into college, but also prepares them for what comes after.“We have two classes that we teach that are designed for student-athletes. One is helping student-athletes transitioning into college, so it covers a variety of topics like nutrition, time management, a little bit of money management, study skills, introduces them to various help services around campus and athletic departments outside our office,” Melnick said. “The other course is designed for upperclassmen and it’s a ‘transition out of college’ class.”Some student-athletes at OSU are grateful for the support given to them.“It’s been really beneficial. Since day one I’ve been here and I’ve definitely utilized it to my full potential,” Meurer said. read more

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Kew Gardens joins battle against international log smuggling

Kew Gardens is joining the battle against international log smuggling by opening its historic archive of wood samples to inspectors battling the trade. Experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens are sifting through their “unparalleled” library of specimens, some more than 100 years old, to provide enforcement agents with DNA and isotope data on many of the world’s rarest and most endangered plants. The information will allow border officials to identify species of protected wood smuggled amongst legitimately traded logs. Illegal log smuggling is estimated by Interpol… The depth of the information stored at Kew will also enable tests to discern the exact geographical provenance of woods under suspicion.

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QATAR EL Quijada sack coaches and sign Damir Doborac

Damir DoboracQatarQatar handballSilvio IvandijaZdenko GRBAVAC ← Previous Story Shock in Zagreb: Stipe Mandalinic out 6 months! Next Story → Chambery Savoie sign Jerko Matulic! One of the best Qatari teams El Quijada sacked the coach Silvio Ivandija and his assistant Zdenko Grbavac. Team from Doha signed a new player – Bosnian playmaker with Bundesliga’s experience, Damir Doborac. Doborac has played in BIH, Slovenia, Romania and some part of career in SG Magdeburg.

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Cypriot president Bank deposits levy the least painful option

first_imgPRESIDENT NICOS ANASTASIADES has said that a controversial bank levy on private depositors in Cyprus’ banks as part of an EU bailout deal was the “least painful” option for the financially embattled island.“I chose the least painful option, and I bear the political cost for this, in order to limit as much as possible the consequences for the economy and for our fellow Cypriots,” Anastasiades said in a televised address to the nation.As a condition for a desperately-needed €10 billion bailout for Cyprus, fellow eurozone countries and international creditors imposed a levy on all deposits in the island’s banks in Saturday.Deposits of more than €100,000 will be hit with a 9.9 per cent charge, while under that threshold the levy drops to 6.75 per cent.Anastasiades urged all political parties in Cyprus to ratify the terms of the EU deal when parliament meets tomorrow.“I urge the parliamentary parties to decide, and I will fully respect their decision, in the best interests of the people and this country,” Anastasiades said.“I hope that together, based on the facts as they have developed, we will take the wisest decision,” he said, adding, “the road ahead will not be easy.”“The solution we came to is certainly not the one we wanted, but it’s the least painful under the circumstances,” the president said.Anastasiades needs to get the legislation ratifying the deal through parliament before banks reopen Tuesday after a long three-day weekend or face a run on accounts.But Cyprus media reported that the scale of revolt against the agreement among MPs has thrown into disarray his efforts to do so over the weekend, and he may have to declare an additional bank holiday on Tuesday.Cyprus also postponed until Monday an emergency debate in parliament on the deal that was scheduled for Sunday.- © AFP, 2013Read: Cyprus may call extra bank holiday to get time to pass unpopular bailout dealMore: Bank deposits hit as EU/IMF bailout for Cyprus agreedlast_img read more

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HalfLife 3 appears on Gamescom list launching this week

first_imgGamescom, a popular video games conference held in Cologne, begins tomorrow and it’s sure to offer a glimpse of a few new games we’ll all be wanting to play this coming holiday season. And one of those games might be Half-Life 3.Yes, we’re all sick of Half-Life 3 rumors and then subsequent non-appearance of the game for years, but this time I feel safe in getting my hopes up.Gamescom produces its own, official list of all the titles that will be on display for the six days that it runs. The list is 3 pages long and includes well over 100 games, but there’s one name on there I doubt anyone expected to see. On page three, six places from the bottom, is listed “Half-Life 3.”Let’s just reiterate here that this is the official product list for the Gamescom show. It’s available on the official site in PDF form, which you can view for yourself. If this is a mistake it’s one either Valve has made for telling the organizers they would be there to show it off, or someone at Gamescom is misinformed and added it by accident or as a (bad) joke.I’m hoping it’s neither, and Valve fully intend to demonstrate and launch Half-Life 3 before the week is over.As for other notable new games we can expect to see during Gamescom, there are plenty. A few standout titles worth mentioning include BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Lost Planet 3, Resident Evil 6, Crysis 3, and top of many a gamer’s list, Dragon Age 3.via Xperience Gaminglast_img read more

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There has actually been a slight drop in people on hospital trolleys

first_img Image: Photocall Ireland Dec 2nd 2016, 9:05 AM Image: Photocall Ireland By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/3115195 Friday 2 Dec 2016, 9:05 AM Short URL Share50 Tweet Email center_img THE LATEST FIGURES from the trolley watch survey in Irish hospitals has seen the highest number recorded for November since records began.However, according to the survey from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), there has been a small improvement on the number of people on hospital trolleys for the year so far.The head of the INMO has called the figures “hugely disappointing”, and warned that infection control and a growing crisis in nurse recruitment would exacerbate the problem further.In November, 9,306 patients were admitted on trolleys, which was 26% higher than the same month last year. This figure was almost double the amount recorded in 2006, when only 4,671 patients were on trolleys.For the year to date, there was a decrease of 1% in the number of patients on trolleys compared to 2015, from 86,864 in 2015 to 85,731 this year.Dublin hospitals fared well in the survey, with the patients on trolleys in Connolly Hospital down 48%, St James’s down 33% and Beaumont down 26% for the year to date.Some regional hospitals fared worse, with patient trolley numbers up 162% in South Tipperary General Hospital and MRH Tullamore up 75% this year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article There has actually been a slight drop in people on hospital trolleys this year While the numbers on trolleys is down 1% this year, figures for November were described as “particularly alarming”. Trolley figures for year to date from 2006-2016 Source: INMOFor the month of November, the number of patients on trolleys in South Tipperary General went from 193 last year to 680 this year, a rise of 252%.In Mercy University Hospital, Cork, this number went from 141 in November last year, to 424 this year. Figures for number of people on trolleys in November, from 2006-2016 Source: INMOAccording to the INMO, the sharp rise in people on trolleys this November may have come as a result of bed closures, due to infection control issues.They also point to “grossly understaffed” emergency departments and in-patient wards, as further exacerbating the situation.INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said:These figures are hugely disappointing, if not surprising, and confirm yet again, our health service cannot cope with the demands being placed upon it“The figures for November are particularly alarming as we enter the peak winter period with the inevitable increased demand that takes place every year over the next three to four months.“The winter initiative, with its €40m ear-marked funding, is obviously necessary but further measures, with resources, are needed arising from this latest trolley watch analysis.”Read: The hospital trolley problem is getting better, slowlyRead: There’s to be a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to patients waiting in emergency departments 7,026 Views 35 Comments last_img read more

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Allegri anticipates a complicated runin for Juventus

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri feels that the latter part of the new Serie A season will be a difficult challenge for his squad after the 2018/19 fixtures were released on ThursdayThe Bianconeri are chasing an eight successive Serie A crown and much has been made of the stunning arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid this summer, which people feel will only strengthen their chances both domestically and in Europe.But despite starting their league campaign against the troubled Chievo Verona on August 20, it is the latter part of the schedule that has Allegri concerned.“It’s a calendar where the first games seem manageable, but I always look at the final part of the calendar and it’s similar if not more difficult than last year,” he told the club website.“In the last seven games, starting with Milan, we have Fiorentina, the Turin derby, Inter, Atalanta, Roma and Sampdoria. It will be a complicated run-in, but we will need everyone and have to prepare in the best way.”Even though Juventus have won the league title for the past seven seasons, Allgeri feels that this season may be their toughest yet and he thinks that the championship could very well go down to the wire.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I believe that this year, the championship will be decided right at the end because there are many head-to-head matches between the top contenders. The first half of the season is always important but the second half is decisive,” said the 50-year-old.As for the Boxing Day fixture away to Atalanta, he added: “We have to get used to it. A choice has been made and so we will go to Bergamo on Christmas night.”Below are all the fixtures of Juventus’ 2018/19 Serie A campaign.E’ il momento di ricapitolare. Questa è la @SerieA_TIM che ci aspetta. Pronti per un’altra grande avventura? #FinoAllaFine#ForzaJuve ⚫️⚪️ pic.twitter.com/wKKuBIaUmk— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 26, 2018last_img read more

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Spending bill has 100 million for border surveillance tech

first_img 0 Post a comment A drone manufactured by Elbit Systems is displayed at a trade show in 2016. The company has installed surveillance technology at the US Mexico border in Arizona. Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images Democrats have been pushing for a technological approach to border security. Now, the spending bill being considered by Congress contains $100 million to fund that approach.The money is set aside for “technologies such as fixed towers, remote video surveillance systems, mobile surveillance capability on the northern border, and innovative towers,” according to an explanatory statement from the US House Committee on Appropriations.The bill has been approved by the Senate, and must be approved by the House and signed by President Donald Trump to become law. The White House said Thursday that the president plans to sign the bill.The towers referred to in the memo are most likely sensor-covered structures that can detect movement from miles away with radar and infrared enhanced cameras. Security tech companies Anduril and Elbit Systems have installed similar tech-packed towers in Arizona.The funding is in addition to $200 million left over from money earmarked in the 2018 spending bill, the statement says. Those funds can go toward unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones, as well as fiber optics cables that can detect ground movement. Share your voice Tags Drones Government surveillance Tech Industry Gadgetslast_img read more

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Save on Star Wars Xbox games now through May the 4th

first_img 0 Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET You get full versions of both Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Battlefront II in the Hoth Bundle, along with Empire Strikes Back Hoth skins for Luke, Leia and Han in Battlefront II. You would normally need to unlock these skins by purchasing credits in the game. I mean, who doesn’t need to bundle up when talking about Hoth? Video Games Consoles Gaming In its review of Battlefront II, GameSpot didn’t like the game’s convoluted progression system but enjoyed getting a greatest hits tour of the Star Wars universe, from aerial dogfights above Kamino to raiding and destroying the Death Star II. The brisk campaign and 14 multiplayer maps cover the original three films, the prequels and the new trilogy. (See below for another Battlefront bundle, too.) If you skipped over the first Battlefront game, the Ultimate Edition lets you play it with the Season Pass that includes four expansion packs for new maps, modes, characters, weapons and vehicles. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens: $10 (save $10) See at Microsoft Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition: $15 (save $15) Star Wars Battlefront II: $7.50 (save $17.50) The Deluxe Edition adds the Season Pass, which includes three Level Packs — Poe’s Quest for Survival, First Order Siege of Takodana and Escape from Starkiller Base — the Jedi Character Pack and other characters including Aayla Secura, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Kit Fisto, Luminara Unduli, Mace Windu and Plo Koon. Star Wars Microsoft Share your voice From the desert planet of Jakku to the lush forests of Takodana and, ultimately, Starkiller Base, this Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a fun and goofy game for families and Star Wars fans alike.center_img Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition: $5 (save $15) Post a comment Tags See at Microsoft See at Microsoft Star Wars Battlefront: Hoth Bundle: $9.90 (save $20.10) Microsoft is celebrating May the fourth with a sale on Star Wars titles for the Xbox One. The games can be had at deep discounts; you can save up to 75 percent. The sale is going on now and ends on May 5.Here are the five Star Wars games included in the sale. See at Microsoft Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET See at Microsoft Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNETlast_img read more

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Marvels Absolute Carnage sends fans on Willy Wonkastyle treasure hunt

first_img1:20 Post a comment Another Mark Bagley sketch found. This one is #20 out of 20 original signed & numbered sketches hidden randomly in Absolute Carnage #1. pic.twitter.com/iFEd2n6ftH— Key Collector Comics Mobile App (@keycollectorapp) August 14, 2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home — Everything to know spidey-bagley.pngThis Spidey sketch was on eBay for $4,000. Marvel Comics/eBay user timl So far, seven of the sketches — 1, 5, 6, 9, 14, 18 and 20 — have been found and shared.  #carnagerules pic.twitter.com/Pf9R0iPy55— Alberto Aparicio (@Alberto21626402) August 28, 2019 Here’s another find from Sean in Lima OH purchased at @AlterEgoComics There are 14 remaining original sketches by Mark Bagley hidden in Absolute Carnage #1, located on the interior back cover. #absolutecarnage #carnage #marvelcomics #keycollectorapp pic.twitter.com/OZ4R1gcZmT— Key Collector Comics Mobile App (@keycollectorapp) August 20, 2019 0 Tagscenter_img Marvel Spiderman Disney Twitter 62 Photos Comics Culture Share your voice The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Sketch No. 5 — of Spidey — was on eBay for $4,000, but the auction ended without any bids. The seller told CNET they planned to put it up again “in the next week or so.”Absolute Carnage, by writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman, sees the symbiote-empowered serial killer trying to resurrect an evil alien god, with Venom and Spidey teaming up to stop him. You might’ve seen Carnage’s human half, Cletus Kasady, in the Venom midcredits scene last year, but the villain made his costumed debut in 1992’s Amazing Spider-Man No. 360.If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to continue digging through every copy of Absolute Carnage I can find.Originally published Aug. 14, 9:30 a.m. PT.Update, Aug. 30 at 4:05 a.m. PT: Adds details about the fifth sketch. A few copies of Marvel’s Absolute Carnage No. 1 hide a cool surprise. Marvel Comics Carnage Rules! The first issue of Marvel Comics’ Absolute Carnage hit shelves last week, but the publisher on Tuesday revealed that it’s organized a treasure hunt Willy Wonka would be proud of. Much like the Golden Tickets of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, Marvel hid “original, hand-drawn sketches” by the Spider-Man villain’s co-creator Mark Bagley in 20 copies of the comic.”What will the 20 sketches depict? That would be spoiling the fun!” wrote Marvel’s Jamie Frevele in a post about the treasure hunt. “You’ll have to get your sticky tendrils on your own copy of Absolute Carnage No .1 — then turn to the back cover to see if you’re one of the lucky ones.”The sketches are tucked away on a framed page on the back inside cover, and Marvel invited those lucky enough to find a sketch in their copy to post them on social media using the hashtags #absolutecarnage and #carnagerules. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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