Donegal ambulance personnel on second day of strike action

first_imgAmbulance personnel belonging to the Psychiatric Nurses Association are out on the picket line today on their second day of strike action for union recognition.Some 500 staff are carrying out a work stoppage from 7am-5pm nationwide, including those at Letterkenny University Hospital.The industrial action was sparked by the HSE’s refusal to recognise the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA), which is affiliated to the PNA. Members of the union are planning two consecutive strike days on Thursday, February 28, and Friday, March 1, if the matter is not settled by then.Speaking from the picket line in Letterkenny today, NASRA member Cathal McGlynn said the public response has been positive: “We are getting great support here again, and in Leinster House from TD Thomas Pringle.“What we are trying to do is keep the morale up and the momentum going and keep the public on our side.“At the end of the day, we are not looking for a pay increase. We just want the HSE to recognise NASRA.” NASRA member and local election candidate Cathal McGlynn, 22nd January 2019The HSE has said the NAS recognises the trade unions Siptu, Unite, and Fórsa as representatives for its staff and it will not undermine those agreements by engaging with other organisations.In light of the nurses’ strike result, Mr McGlynn said that PNA personnel are hopeful for action from the Minister for Health.Mr McGlynn said: “We see a change in the rhetoric and the language coming from the Health Minister. We are hoping that points towards the fact that they are looking for the HSE to start negotiating with us.”Mr McGlynn explained why he and his co-workers have chosen NASRA as their union, saying: “NASRA is made up of ambulance personnel, people who are doing the job we do day in and day out. They know our issues and concerns, they know exactly what’s needed.“Every employee should have a right to join a union of their choice. It shouldn’t be dictated to us by our management and our government – it’s our basic right.” Contingency plans are in place today to ensure services are not affected by the strike.During his conversation with Donegal Daily, Mr McGlynn commented that some crew members had just left on a call, adding: “Anybody on duty today has checked their vehicles this morning, they have let control know that they are on the picket line and they have their radios on. Our main concern will always be for our patients.”Donegal ambulance personnel on second day of strike action was last modified: February 20th, 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)Tags:ambulance personnelnasraPNAstrikelast_img read more

Celebrities Who Were Reported Dead, But Weren’t

first_img8.  Taylor Swift:  Left us in 2009, due to either a car accident or an allergic reaction to sleeping pills. 7.  Paris Hilton:  Stabbed to death by a fellow inmate in 2007, while serving time for a DUI. 9.  Will Ferrell:  2006 . . . Crashed into trees while paragliding. 3.  Beyoncé:  Died 2016, after not getting a cut treated.  Remember when she accidentally ripped an earring out of her head during a show, but kept on performing, even though it was bleeding?  She probably should have had that looked at. 5.  Sean Penn:  Found murdered in his home last year . . . possibly by El Chapo. “James Ross Clemens, a cousin of mine, was seriously ill two or three weeks ago in London, but is well now.  The report of my illness grew out of his illness;  the report of my death was an exaggeration.” 4.  Miley Cyrus:  Killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2008 . . . then found dead of a prescription pill overdose in a bathtub last year. 6.  Hilary Duff:  Fell to her death from the Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand in 2011.center_img 11.  Paul McCartney:  The “Paul is Dead” conspiracy is probably the granddaddy of all celebrity death hoaxes.  Kind of like the Avril Lavigne thing, people became convinced that Paul had died in 1966, and was replaced by a double. 12.  And then there’s the most famous QUOTE concerning a death hoax . . . although it’s almost always MISQUOTED.  When a journalist sought out MARK TWAIN in 1897 to dispel rumors of his death, he said . . . Celebrity death hoaxes have been around as long as there have been celebrities.  And the Internet has only made things worse. has a list of 50 Celebs Who Were Reported Dead, but Weren’t.  Here are a few . . . 1.  Avril Lavigne:  Dead by suicide in 2003, replaced by a LOOK-ALIKE!  Yes, because of the look-alike angle, this conspiracy theory is still alive . . . just like Avril. 10.  Macaulay Culkin:  Pronounced dead by the Internet in 2014.  But at least he had a little “Weekend at Bernie’s”-style fun with it. 2.  Eminem:  Car accident, 2009.  Swerved into an oncoming truck while talking on his cell phone.last_img read more

Nedbank Cup win takes Pirates to treble

first_imgSweet successIt was sweet success for the Sea Robbers’ coach Ruud Krol, who is out of contract with the club. Sapa reports that the players have rallied around the former Dutch star and asked the Pirates’ management to grant him an extension. The only chance of real concern for Leopards came after a mistake by defender Simphiwe Vezi, which allowed Bongani Ndulula a shot from close range. Goalkeeper Azwindini Maphaha was up to the challenge, however. Took chargeIn front of a vibrant, packed crowd, Pirates took charge of the match in the early going, but for all their dominance and control they failed to create many chances. Isaac Chansa, the scorer of the vital winning goal in Pirates’ final PSL outing, which clinched the title, was on hand to finish off the move after being set up by Thulasizwe Mbuyane. Slowly, Leopards came more into the contest and began to threaten the Buccaneers on the break, with Robert Ng’ambi asking questions of the PSL team’s defenders. The setback served as motivation for the Buccaneers and they came back strongly to take the game to Leopards with a vengeance. The equaliser was 18 minutes in coming, but there was an inevitability that it would come. Captain Lucky Lekgwathi told Sapa: “Me personally, I have benefited a lot under Krol as coach and I think it’s because I’m a defender and he also was a defender in his playing days.” The PSL team was well and truly in charge by this time and they kept forcing the pace until they were rewarded just before the finish once again. If Leopards had won, they would have made history too as the first First Division team to win the Nedbank Cup, but like Mpumalanga Black Aces in 2008 and Pretoria University in 2009, they came up short. It has been quite a season for Krol, who has often born the brunt of the Pirates’ supporters’ frustrations. Now they have little to complain about, barring the possible loss of the coach, after the club landed the PSL title and the MTN 8 title earlier in the season.center_img Just before half-time, Ng’ambi had a good opportunity to put his side in front after good work by midfielder Raymond Monama, but goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa denied him. 30 May 2011 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Leopards, dispirited and down a man after midfielder Moses Kwena had been given his marching orders for dissent, conceded a third goal in the 89th minute as Mbuyane finished with style to put an exclamation mark on Pirates’ treble-winning season. LeadOnly three minutes later, it was Mbuyane grabbing the spotlight. He netted a diving header after a cross from Andile Jali had fortuitously rebounded off the corner of the woodwork where the crossbar and upright meet. His goal put the Soweto giants into a 2-1 lead. Own goalNine minutes into the second stanza, Leopards took a shocking lead. Mongezi Bobe tried his luck from a free kick just outside the penalty area. The ball took a couple of deflections, leaving Meyiwa with no chance as it found its way past him and into the Pirates’ net. A Leopards win looked on the cards for quite a while, though, after they took the lead on an own goal by Rooi Mahamutsa early in the second half. Like champions, Pirates responded and found the back of the net three times in the final 18 minutes to seal victory. Orlando Pirates made history on Saturday when they came from behind to beat Black Leopards 3-1 in the final of the Nedbank Cup at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium. The title was the Buccaneers’ third of the season, making them the first club in the PSL era to achieve the feat.last_img read more

Guarding South Africa’s shipping lanes

first_img7 June 2011 From a building high on the slopes of the Tygerberg, north-east of Cape Town, South Africa’s Centre for Sea Watch and Response (CSWR) keeps an eye on the hundreds of ships that pass around the Cape each day.On a busy one, the centre might be using its sophisticated satellite technology to track as many as a thousand vessels, CSWR executive head Karl Otto told Sapa on Thursday.Satellite tracking systemsWith its Long-Range Identification and Tracking system (LRIT), launched 18 months ago, at the time the CSWR was established, his staff could “see” ships up to 1 850km off the South African coast.The CSWR is a division of the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa).Otto said another satellite-based system, AIS (Automatic Identification System), allowed his staff – who man the centre around the clock, seven days a week – to access information relating to each vessel.This included the size and type of vessel, where it had come from, where it was heading, and what cargo it was carrying.“Over 90 percent of South Africa’s trade is carried to and from the country by sea; it is important we know what is going on,” Otto said.Both systems rely on transponders, fitted to ships, which transmit information to orbiting satellites. This data is then transmitted to ground stations and fed through to the CSWR.Responding to emergenciesOnce there, it is displayed, via computer, on large screens. Software allows operators to forecast from the data, factoring in information such as weather, winds and currents.This is useful in the event of the centre having to respond to an emergency, such as a sinking ship or an oil spill. The system can then be used to predict the likely drift of survivors, or slicks, allowing rescue or clean-up efforts to be focused on a particular area.The maritime region South Africa monitors, in terms of its international obligations, is vast: 27.7-million square kilometres. It stretches from Antarctica in the south to the Kunene River in the north; and from 10 degrees west in the mid-Atlantic to a point well past Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.Ships that polluteAmong the CSWR’s functions is watching for ships that pollute.“Ships, at night, pump out dirty oil into the water. But by the time we see the slick, we don’t see the ship,” Otto said.The centre was hoping to acquire more high-tech equipment – in the form of a synthetic aperture radar system – to catch the culprits. This would allow his centre’s operators to view, from satellite, the stretch of sea the ship was passing through and provide direct evidence of the offence.Otto said a lack of long-range maritime aircraft restricted South Africa’s ability to directly monitor shipping.“It’s a concern, yes, definitely,” he said, responding to a question on the matter.It is understood that the only official aircraft available for long-range marine surveillance off the Cape coast are two ageing C130s.Illegal fishingOn illegal fishing within South Africa’s economic exclusion zone, which stretches to 200 nautical miles offshore, Otto said this was certainly happening, but was unable to say to what extent. Many foreign fishing vessels were not fitted with transponders.He said coastal radar had a range of about 50 nautical miles; beyond that, it was not possible to know what was happening if the area was not patrolled by ships or planes.Speaking at a media briefing earlier on Thursday, Samsa CEO Tsietsi Mokhele said South Africa was the only country on the continent with the capacity to monitor shipping off its coast.The centre’s focus was on maritime traffic management, accidents and incidents at sea, pollution and security.“The CSWR represents a high concentration of maritime experience that can serve the nation,” he said.Sapalast_img read more

Shadow IT: It’s Real — Companies Using Hundreds of Unauthorized Cloud Services

first_imgA study by IBM found that one-third of employees at Fortune 1000 companies share corporate data using third-party apps.  Often they reuse corporate login credentials when setting up these unauthorized accounts.Is it really that bad?  It may be worse.  A recent study by Cisco quantifies the gap between what IT groups think its employees do and what they actually are doing.About one year ago, Cisco asked IT groups how many cloud services that their companies were using.  The average response: 91.As a verification, Cisco next looked at the web traffic of those same companies.  After subtracting out traffic to standard web sites, they found that companies actually were using on average 630 cloud services.  More recently they ran those same tests again and found that the average had now jumped to 1220 web services per company.  The results were similar for almost all types of companies, regardless of the industry  — even manufacturing, oil and gas, financial services and healthcare showed high usages of cloud services.Bob Dimicco, senior director, of advanced services at Cisco, said that “when you step back, Shadow IT has been around for years. What’s new or interesting is that the data here is not from a qualitative survey, it’s the actual traffic to the cloud and the system has enough granularity to differentiate.”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J1 entry-level smartphone pricing tipped

first_imgWhile the whole world awaits the launch of Samsung’s next flagship, Galaxy S6, which quite obviously be a costly affair, the company has at least one more budget offering in its kitty after launching the Z1 Tizen smartphone. We are talking about the hugely anticipated Galaxy J1 (SM-J100) smartphone, the first handset in Samsung’s new Galaxy J series.Although we are yet to get a confirmed list of specifications from Samsung itself, a new report has now tipped the pricing of the alleged device. The report (via Phone Arena) quotes a recent spotting of the rumoured device on a Russian online store. The said device is reported to carry a price tag RUB 10,990 which roughly stands at Rs. 10,000, which is not bad at all.    Moreover, the report suggests that the alleged Samsung Galaxy J1 smartphone is likely to start shipping in Russia starting from January 23, 2015. Note that we still have no word from Samsung with regards to the device, and a global launch is still not confirmed.  The alleged Samsung Galaxy J1 is reported to feature a 4.8-inch WVGA display with a 480×800 pixels resolution. It is rumoured to be powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset) alongside 768MB or 1GB of RAM. It is expected to sport 5MP front and rear snappers. The said device is expected to rope in 4GB of internal storage.last_img read more

Cape Dorset has a brand new school and attendance is higher than

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsIn 2015, the Peter Pitseolak school in Cape Dorset, Nunavut burned to the ground.The cause was arson.Three years later a new school finally opened for Dorset’s older

Cardinals Average Power Ranking 240 down from 2

first_imgCardinals Average Power Ranking: 24.0(down from 22.8 last week)High Ranking: #23 (ESPN)Low Ranking: #26 (Bleacher Report) NFL Power Rankings: The amazing rise of Miami Dolphins behind rookie coach Adam GaseCardinals rank: #23 (▼ 1)On Sunday, David Johnson became the first NFL player to gain 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first 14 games of a season. He is having an unbelievable year. And really, Johnson’s great season makes the Cardinals’ record seem that much more disappointing.USA Today Power Rankings – Week 16Cardinals rank: #23 (▲ 1)Team implosion keeps RB David Johnson out of MVP race, but he could become first player ever to have 100 scrimmage yards in all 16 games.NFL Week 16 power rankingsCardinals rank: #24 (▼ 1)David Johnson continues to look like an MVP candidate, but the Cardinals’ 5-8-1 record will prevent him from even contending for the award. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are question marks for next season, and while both are likely to be back, there’s no guarantee they will be. Regardless, Arizona needs to add pieces to its offense, mainly on the line.PFT’s Week 16 Power RankingsCardinals rank: #24 (▼ 2)Carson Palmer should quit on the Cardinals before the Cardinals quit on Carson Palmer. Arizona Sports Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots, Cowboys still the cremeCardinals rank: #23 (▼ 2)One of these weeks, special teams will win them a game. HAHAHAHAHA! Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys take away No. 1 from PatsCardinals rank: #22 (▼ 3)The Cardinals drop to 5-8-1 following their Week 15 loss to New Orleans, but let’s appreciate David Johnson for a second: On Sunday, Johnson set the Cardinals’ franchise record for scrimmage yards in a season and matched the Cardinals’ single-season touchdown record (17). He’ll look to add to that against the Seahawks on Saturday.NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Raiders rise, Broncos plummetCardinals rank: #24 (▼ 1)First things first: The Cardinals lost, and deserved to lose, to New Orleans. But that call against Sio Moore on Sunday was ridiculous. It was obvious Moore wasn’t trying to hit Drew Brees with his helmet. The Saints quarterback got hit by Kevin Minter, which essentially caused Moore to hit him in the head. Given that, had the 11-yard sack stood, the Cardinals would have knocked the Saints out of field-goal range in a one-score contest, the (bad) judgement call might have cost Bruce Arians’ team the game. Of course, J.J. Nelson dropping a deep ball that could’ve gone for a quick score when the team needed two quick scores didn’t help, either. Cardinals receivers dropping the football? Never! Top Stories Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Falcons fly into top three heading into penultimate weekCardinals rank: #25 (–)The 48 points New Orleans hung on the scoreboard Sunday marked the most points ever allowed by the Cardinals in Arizona—they last gave up that many at home back in 1969, when they were the St. Louis Cardinals.NFL Power Rankings: Hate the Patriots all you want, but they’re still No. 1Cardinals rank: #25 (–)Special teams have killed the Cardinals all year. But what happened to the defense against the Saints?NFL power rankings 2016, Week 16: Falcons are back, but Broncos are fading fastCardinals rank: #25 (▼ 3)No comment.Chris Simms’ NFL Power Rankings Ahead of Week 16Cardinals rank: #26 (▼ 1)Not good enough.That’s the story of Arizona’s disappointing 2016 season. And that’s the reason why this team keeps slipping down my power rankings every week.Long passes? No coverage? Bruce Arians’ offense was built to separate in a shootout. The Saints were built better; Drew Brees found little resistance targeting third and fourth options all afternoon.Calais Campbell made another spectacular play on a fumble-return touchdown. Other than that, Arizona’s defense was a sieve. It’s a shell of its 2015 self. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Here’s a rundown of what some prominent national outlets — and we here at — are saying about the Cardinals: Last season, the Arizona Cardinals spent the entire year in the high-rent district of the NFL, hanging out among the league’s elite as they won 13 games and advanced to the NFC Championship Game.What a difference a year makes.After losing to the New Orleans Saints 48-41 last Sunday, the Cardinals’ descent into the bowels of the league’s rankings continued. Instead of breathing the same air as the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys, the Cardinals are on neighborhood watch with the likes of the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals free safety D.J. Swearinger (36) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)last_img read more

Rep Kahle invites residents to indistrict office hours

first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Clinton invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, Aug. 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee County District Library, 4459 US- BUS 223 in Adrian.“The opportunity to connect with the people in our community and hear what matters most to them is important to me,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing concerns and talking through possible solutions to be addressed at the Capitol for the people of Lenawee County.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or Categories: Kahle News 03Aug Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hourslast_img read more

Rep Schroeder gives Clarkston students Capitol tour

first_img22Feb Rep. Schroeder gives Clarkston students Capitol tour Categories: Schroeder News,Schroeder Photos State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township was joined by third graders from Bailey Lake Elementary School in Clarkston on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.“It was a privilege to welcome students from my hometown to tour and see the Capitol,” Rep. Schroeder said. “The students were all engaged and I’m excited to see the great things they will accomplish in the future.”The students toured the Capitol for an up-close look at state government while legislators conducted business throughout the building. Schroeder, a former teacher herself, has made education a top priority for her first year in office.last_img read more