first_imgTHE NEW MEDICAL WING AT LKGH – BUT AT WHAT COST?OFFICIALLY at least the unions and management at Letterkenny General Hospital say they are happy that the gynaecology ward is to close this weekend.But angry members of staff say tomorrow’s march in the town in protest at the ward’s closure will go ahead – in a last ditch bid to reverse the decision.Services will be transferred to the new Medical Block which officially opens next Thursday. But it was the ward which staff wanted to keep.“The staff were told on Thursday that the Gynae Ward belonging to the women of this county is to close on Monday September 10th,” said one insider.“

The ward is to “wind down ” this weekend despite the objections of thousands through Donegal Daily, via the on line petition and countless emails and phone calls.“The time has now come to fight the good fight. We have talked the talk, now let us all really walk the great walk on Saturday. We need to make noise. We need to make a difference on Saturday and beyond. “The news coming out of the hospital is truly grim.
 Ladies who are miscarrying their babies after their 16th week will now go to Maternity Unit, this despite assurances that no woman would be in a unit with newly delivered mums.“

After 6pm  all women with pregnancy related problems have to go to the Surgical 2 ward on level D. No dedicated treatment room or scanner is available. Women will have to pass the High Dependency Unit which will have male patients.“This situation is completely unacceptable and any attempt to proceed with this regressive decision will be reprehensible.

Please stop the closure of the Gynae Ward. March with us on Saturday and let us show the HSE what solidarity , integrity and passion really is.” HOSPITAL PROTEST TO GO AHEAD AS GYNAE WARD CLOSURE ANGERS PATIENTS AND STAFF was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HOSPITAL PROTEST TO GO AHEAD AS GYNAE WARD CLOSURE ANGERS PATIENTS AND STAFFlast_img read more

Rodgers hails ‘fantastic’ Liverpool after Fulham thrashing

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised his players after their 4-0 hammering of Fulham.The Whites were totally outclassed at Anfield and have now won only one of their last 10 matches.“Every level of our game was fantastic. The quality of our football was terrific. I knew we would get a reaction today because of the honesty of the group,” Rodgers said.“We worked hard in the week. Tactically we were ready for the game and you could see that from the performance.“I thought Stewart Downing was brilliant. We had a conversation about six weeks ago of where he is at.“We talked about the fact that if he is not a regular then we will look at it January. Since then, he has been in the team and he has shown he is an important member of the squad.”More reaction to follow later.   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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Arts festival celebrates turning 40

first_img24 April 2014South Africa’s National Arts Festival, held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.The main programme will feature artists from 26 countries in more than 550 performances in theatre, dance, performance art and music, the festival said in a press release on Wednesday. It will include the work of 65 former Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners.The festival has commissioned nine music works, with musicians with more than 40 South African Music Awards and three Grammy Awards between them on the bill.They are also planning “an ambitious, sprawling ‘Creation of a Nation’ project across Grahamstown”.“It is a bold programme that veers between the extravagant and the intimate as it attempts to reflect on major milestones – of the festival, of the Young Artist Awards – which have been sponsored by Standard Bank for 30 years – and of South Africa, in our 20th year of democracy,” artistic director Ismail Mahomed said.The event, which contributes an estimated R349.9-million to the economy of the Eastern Cape each year, has become a touchstone for the state of South African art. “This year our artists have risen to the triple-anniversary challenge with some extraordinary proposals that we are excited to bring to life,” Mahomed said.Balancing the Main programme is the vast and exciting fringe, supported primarily by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. “The fringe, also celebrating an anniversary as it is presented for the 35th time, continues to grow as South Africa’s biggest open-access platform. Hundreds of productions bring their talent to Grahamstown and fill theatres with their work across every conceivable genre,” Mahomed said.Straddling the Fringe and the Main is the increasingly popular Arena programme, which showcases the work of previous Standard Bank Ovation Award winners as well as award-winning work from other Festivals around the world – this year including the Amsterdam, Prague and the Adelaide Fringe Festivals.ThinkfestThe Thinkfest programme will feature a recording of two panel discussions by the BBC World Service for broadcast globally to the service’s estimated 180-million listeners.Winners of the Short Sharp Stories Award for fiction writing and the Arts Journalist of the Year award will be announced at the festival.‘Family fare’The Children’s Arts Festival and the Fingo Festival in Joza are just two of the initiatives which aim to reach out to families and younger audiences in the festival’s drive to create new and sustainable auidences.“We’re also featuring, on our Arena programme, one of the world’s best beatboxers – Tom Thum – in collaboration with musician Jamie MacDowell, which will appeal to the whole family,” Mahomed said.“We’re giving audiences the opportunity to think, reflect, celebrate, empathise, laugh and to look to the future through this year’s programme,” Mahomed said. “We’re proving that life begins at 40!”Bookings for the 2014 National Arts Festival open on 9 May and can be made online at can be obtained through selected Exclusive Books and Standard Bank branches from the beginning of May.The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The Department of Arts and Culture, The Eastern Cape Government, City Press and M Net.Source: National Arts Festivallast_img read more

From a Leaky Old House to a Tight New Home

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sara and Gareth Ross had spent a decade on the move. Postgraduate degrees and finance work had propelled them from Boston to New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. When it came time to settle down, though, they moved to Amherst, Mass., where Sara had grown up. Amherst is a vibrant college town with rural beauty and Japanese restaurants; for the Rosses, it was the perfect place to slow down, nurture roots, and raise children. The Rosses were not tied either to the idea of a new house or to a remodel. Instead, their vision centered on creating a healthful, durable, and energy-efficient home. Location was the most important criterion While they searched for the right plot of land or a perfect rehab opportunity, Sara and Gareth rented a three-bedroom house in town. It was within walking distance of everything: a bakery that saved the Financial Times for Gareth every morning, a school with swings for kids, and a string of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. They fell in love with the neighborhood. When they heard that the house next door was going up for sale, they eagerly made an offer, completed the sale, and became quickly and firmly committed to an extensive renovation project.Built in the 1880s, the house had suffered years of deferred maintenance: The roof was failing, the chimney needed work, most of the exterior was covered in asbestos siding, the walls were barely insulated, and the furnace was 40 years old. In other words, it was the perfect candidate for a deep-energy retrofit.The interior spaces were not much better. Small rooms on the main floor provided lots of privacy, but these areas were begging for openness. This is a common problem when updating an old house. For example, kitchens used to be tucked away in the… last_img read more

Ignoring Networks at Your Professional Peril

first_imgAuthor: Jim LangcusterThis article was originally published Tuesday August 27, 2013 on the Military Families Learning Network blog.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Hi, AleX:You have always been a dedicated professional. Your work has always been about serving your clients, building one-on-one relationships grounded in trust.British Coffeehouses in the 17th century provided raucous places where ideas could be freely discussed and exchanged.It’s reflected in the way you regard network literacy. Admit it, AleX: Deep in the back of your mind, you still harbor this fear that any significant investment in social media will work to dilute these close relationships.That’s understandable. Just be warned: By ignoring emerging social networks, you’re imperiling your professional future.It’s important for you to come to terms with that fact, AleX.Granted, a handful of CEOs pointing to a clutch of online infographics, some specious at best, stubbornly maintain that networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are not only eroding the minds of young people but also costing the economy some $650 billion a year.Don’t buy into it, Alex.Truth is, the benefits of social networking have been apparent for a long time, a very long time — in fact, for as long as 500 years.Rudimentary forms of social networking have been traced as far back as 17th century English coffeehouses, raucous places in which people shared ideas freely and openly and that bore an uncanny resemblance to the emerging social media platforms of the 21st century.Many of the exchanges that grew out of these boisterous meeting places provided the basis for intellectual and material advances that have benefited countless millions of people and that are still being felt today, almost half a millennium later — a theme explored by famed science and technology writer Tom Standage in a recent article in the New York Times titled “Social Networking in the 1600s.”Proponents of conventional wisdom of the day derided these coffeehouses as venues of idle chitchat, much as their 21st century counterparts do with social media today.To be sure, lots of idle chitchat and gossip occurred in these haunts. Yet, something remarkable happened too. In addition to consuming copious amounts of coffee and indulging in idle gossip, not a few of these coffeehouse patrons read and shared the insights from the latest pamphlets and news sheets, many of which dealt with the prevailing scientific, literary, political and commercial themes of the day.In a diary entry dated in November, 1633, renowned diarist Samuel Pepys observed that discussion covered such diverse topics as how to store beer, the implications of a certain type of nautical weapon, and speculations about the outcome of an upcoming trial.Conventional academic leaders of the day heaped scorn on the low caliber of discourse that purportedly prevailed in these coffeehouses.“Why doth solid and serious learning decline, and few or none follow it now in the university,” Oxford academic Anthony Wood plaintively asked. “Answer: Because of Coffee Houses, where they spend all their time.”They were misinformed. Lots of serious discussion and learning ensued in these coffeehouses.Borrowing Standage’s picturesque term, these coffeehouses turned out to be “crucibles of creativity” — environments in which people representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives met and exchanged ideas. Many of these ideas, in the course of meeting and mating, provided the basis for new ways of thinking, which, in turn, spawned new concepts and inventions. Some ended up changing the course of history.One of the more noteworthy examples of coffeehouse exchanges: Lloyd’s of London, the world-renowned insurance firm, which grew out of Edward Lloyd’s coffeehouse, a popular haunt of ship captains, ship owners and maritime traders.One coffeehouse served as the nursery of modern economics: Adam Smith passed early drafts of “The Wealth of nations” among his acquaintances at the Cockspur Street coffeehouse, where many Scottish artists and intellectuals of his time gathered.Yet, why should we be surprised by this? For his part, Standage cites modern research demonstrating that students learn more effectively when they are interacting with other learners.Coffeehouses provided 17th century entrepreneurs, journalists, scientists and philosophers with highly generative, open-source platforms — foundations on which many of the predominant ideas, concepts and technologies of the modern era took form.This brings us back to the present-day, AleX. As Standage stresses in his article, the emerging social media platforms of the 21st century are providing us with the same kinds of highly generative platforms — places where people, in the course of exchanging ideas and sparking new ones, have the potential of improving the lives of countless millions of people for generations to come.Under the circumstances, is there any reason why you shouldn’t join into this conversation, AleX? This is part of the “Hi, AleX” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLitlast_img read more

I could have been a footballer: Ranbir Kapoor

first_imgRanbir KapoorHe won over both the masses and the critics with his good looks and acting chops but while growing up Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor had his heart set on being a football player.He let that dream go but the 28-year-old actor is now campaigning to make sports a part of school curriculums across the country with the ‘Fit India Movement’, a campaign launched by NDTV in collaboration with Nirmal Lifestyle.”I loved football, but I did not have anybody to guide me about making it a career. If Indian children have the coaches and the facilities that are available abroad, we will be world champions,” said Kapoor who is the brand ambassador of the campaign.The actor was in Delhi to launch the first phase of the campaign called ‘Marks For Sports’ and shared the stage with ace shooter Gagan Narang, billiards champion Pankaj Advani, Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, boxing champion Vijender Singh and former cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.”It all begins at the school level and Marks for Sports is a campaign that will help discover the talent that our children have and sports teaches you so much. Other than making you fit, it teaches you discipline, motivation and team spirit,” said the actor who entered the venue on a bicycle.last_img read more

Cervoz: highly integrated single-chip supporting 2-stream 802.11ac

first_img Continue Reading Previous Arm, Cadence and Xilinx introduce Arm Neoverse System Development PlatformNext How can we ensure durability and data protection in embedded systems? MEC-WIFI-2532B-30 is a highly integrated single-chip that support 2-stream 802.11ac solutions with MIMO (Multiple In, Multiple Out) with Wireless LAN(WLAN) PCI Express network interface and integrated Bluetooth Smart Ready USB interface. MEC-WIFI-2532B-30 is a high performance, cost-effective, low power, compact solution to any PCIe and USB M.2 module applicationShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Here’s how OSU gets in the title game

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII refused to even think about it before Baylor and even now it seems a bit silly but to channel Lloyd Christmas here’s how Oklahoma State would find itself playing in the national title game in 50 days.First, beat OU — This is obvious but it feels like it’s being a bit overlooked right now. Everybody’s like “we’re headed to the Fiesta!” except for that 9-2 OU team coming on Dec. 7….After that there are six teams ahead of OSU right now in the BCS standings. You have to get five of them out of the way by the end of the day on Dec. 7. Here they are:1. Bama2. Florida State3. Ohio State4. Auburn5. Missouri6. Clemson7. Oklahoma StateLet’s get rid of those one-by-one…Clemson — Have to lose at South Carolina this Saturday. South Carolina is a 5-point favorite. Bye, Clemson. Missouri — Have to lose at home to A&M on Saturday. Do your thing, JFF. Go get that Heisman. Missouri is a 4-point favorite, though. The alternative to this is Missouri winning this week and getting killed in the SEC Championship where it will be an underdog to Alabama.[1. If Alabama gets there which we’ll get to in a second.] Bye, Mizzou.If you’re scoring at home, that’s zero upsets OSU needs so far. SC over Clemson and Bama over Mizzou. A&M over Mizzou would be an upset.Auburn — Have to lose to Bama on Saturday. Bama is an 11-point favorite so that should happen. Three not-upsets so far. Bye, Auburn.So if South Carolina, A&M, and Bama win this weekend, we have ourselves a situation. Oklahoma State would likely be No. 4 in next week’s BCS as no teams behind it would jump ahead of the Pokes (I don’t think).Then…Ohio State — Have to lose at Michigan on Saturday where it is a 14-point favorite or to Michigan State in the Big 10 title game where it will likely be a 10ish-point favorite. Maybe seven or eight. I don’t think Ohio State is anything special so either one could happen. Not likely, though. Let’s give Michigan State the Big 10 title for fun. Bye, tOSU.Side note: If Ohio State loses in the Big House on Saturday in addition to Clemson, Mizzou, and Auburn losing, Oklahoma State will almost definitely be No. 3 going to Bedlam. That’s a code red alert situation, by the way. Ohio State will drop below Oklahoma State because Michigan and WVU are nearly equivalent losses (I know that’s hard to believe for Michigan fans) and the silliness of the polls will help our OSU.Why do I say the silliness of the polls? Because when you lose matters. Don’t believe me? Oklahoma State has a chance for the national title and Baylor doesn’t. Tell me which team had a worse loss. Go ahead. Now tell me which had a more recent loss.Because Baylor’s is the freshest in our memory they are penalized. Case in point: If Oklahoma State loses to Iowa State in September 2011, it probably plays for the national title. That’s insanity, when you think about it.Anyway, back to the exercise..Florida State — Have to lose at Flolrida or in the ACC Championship game against either Duke or Virginia Tech. The chances of any of the three happening are somewhere between laughable and “Marcus Smart playing a middle schooler one-on-one.” Even if FSU lost to, say, Duke in the ACC Championship (which, oh my!) I’m not sure it would fall enough for OSU to replace it. We’d definitely have a 2011 situation on our hands all over again, except this time OSU would be playing the role of Alabama.So that’s an issue. But let’s give Duke the ACC title. They play it at Cameron, yes? Bye, FSU.The other thing is the Famous Jameis case. I don’t know how it plays in but I feel like it’s probably going to at some point.Alabama — Oklahoma State needs Bama to win out. Badly.If Bama loses to Auburn, the dream is likely dead because I don’t think Florida State AND Ohio State are losing AND OSU is jumping Bama. That’s just too unlikely.But if Bama smokes Auburn and Mizzou as it will be favored to do and South Carolina beats Clemson as it is favored to do then Oklahoma State only needs to win and have two upsets (albeit two monstrous ones): Duke or Florida over FSU and Michigan or Michigan State over Ohio State.That’s it.I’ve seen crazier things.I’ve seen Ames on a Friday night in November.Can somebody FedEx me a Cameron Crazy outfit?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

The cable industry in the European Union grew from

first_imgThe cable industry in the European Union grew from €21.2 billion in 2014 to €22.4 billion in 2015, despite a dip in cable TV subscribers, according to IHS Markit.The research firm’s new ‘2016 European Broadband Cable Yearbook’ claims that the industry grew despite “increasing competition” from traditional and over-the-top (OTT) players.TV accounted for almost half of total cable revenue in 2015, coming in at €10.5 billion, and the take-up of digital services was found to be on the rise.However, the total number of cable TV subscribers in the European Union fell from 55.7 million in 2014 to 55.1 million in 2015, according to the report.At the same time it said the revenue contribution of internet and telephony services has risen over recent years, climbing from 47% in 2010 to 53% in 2015.IHS Markit said that by the end of 2015, close to two-thirds of cable homes opted for digital TV and that high definition TV (HDTV) was taken by 54% of European digital cable homes.While ultra high definition was found to still in its infancy, the report said that the uptake of HD “bodes well for acceptance of the new formats such as UHD and 4K in the years to come”.IHS predicted the cable “consolidation trend” would continue following a number of important mergers and acquisitions in 2015, including Tele Columbus’ buyout of Primacom in Germany, and Altice gaining control of Numericable-SFR in France.“Further consolidation in the sector can be expected, with cable remaining fragmented compared to the platforms it competes with,” said IHS Technology research director and report author, Maria Rua Aguete.Overall, Germany and the UK were the largest European cable markets in terms of revenue, generating €4.7 billion and €4 billion respectively.The European Broadband Cable Yearbook was produced by IHS Markit in association with trade body Cable Europe.last_img read more