Minister “presiding over escalating crisis” at University Hospital Limerick – Collins

first_imgProceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL No vaccines in Limerick yet Print Facebook Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April First Irish death from Coronavirus Linkedin WhatsApp Andrew Carey Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] Minister for Health, James Reilly TD has been “presiding over and escalating crisis” at the University Hospital Limerick after a HIQA report revealed the accident and emergency facility was deemed “not fit for purpose”, according to Limerick TD Niall Collins. The Fianna Fáil TD says he is appalled at a HIQA report which states that the emergency department in University Hospital Limerick is ‘not fit for purpose’. He added that concerns raised repeatedly by hospital staff about the poor patient conditions at the A&E have consistently being ignored and instead of addressing these issues, the HSE slashed the budget for the hospital by €11 million this year.“It is shocking and appalling to read the words ‘persistent overcrowding’, ‘unacceptable’ and ‘not fit for purpose’ in a HIQA report on the A&E department at University Hospital Limerick.The report found that there were also delays in transferring patients from the Emergency Department to the Intensive Care Unit and the High Dependency Unit, partly due to the absence of a single clinical governance structure.HIQA said the conditions experienced by patients attending the Emergency Department were unacceptable.It found the department overcrowded and not fit for purpose.The report also said that emergency response ambulances were being significantly delayed when waiting to transfer patients from the ambulance trolley to an ED trolley at the hospital.“The chronic lack of funding and resources at the hospital cannot be allowed to continue. Patients’ lives are literally being put at risk on a daily basis and this must stop”, added the Limerick TD.“Overcrowding and cramped conditions at the hospital has been a problem for a number of years and the HSE’s answer was to slash funding to the hospital by €11 million this year. Staff at the hospital have pleaded with the HSE to put in place measures to address overcrowding at the hospital, but they have been ignored.“The HIQA report paints a bleak and distressing picture of the quality of service for patients at the hospital. Patients’ complaints are being ignored.“The report also highlights how grossly mismanaged the HSE budget has been and how out of his depth the Minister for Health is. How can we continue to have a lame-duck Health Minister, seemingly on his way out, at the helm when the health service is in crisis?“There are due to be over €600 million in cuts from the Health budget this year, but where can these savings be made if, for example, University Hospital Limerick is experiencing such problems?“What we need to see is the speedy construction of the new A&E department at University Hospital Limerick, any further delays will not be acceptable.“The people of Limerick and the staff at the hospital who have been put under extreme pressure and they deserve more than this from the Government, our most sick and needy have been grossly neglected and I intend to raise this matter in the Dáil with the Minister for Health next week” he concluded.center_img Previous articleA charming stay in the Temple Gate HotelNext articleLacklustre Limerick crash out of FAI Cup Staff Reporter Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsMinister “presiding over escalating crisis” at University Hospital Limerick – CollinsBy Staff Reporter – June 6, 2014 769 TAGSfeaturedHIQAJames ReillyMinister for Healthnot fit for purposeuniversity hospital limerick Email Advertisementlast_img read more

Peter Pan Goes Wrong Set for West End Holiday Season

first_imgFor a limited run over the festive season at the West End’s Apollo Theatre, the original cast of London’s The Play That Goes Wrong (which is now continuing its run at the Duchess Theatre through September 11, 2016), will bring their comic mayhem to the J.M. Barrie classic Peter Pan. Directed by Adam Meggido, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is set to run December 4 through January 31, 2016.The cast will include Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Wallinger.In Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society once again battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on their way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results.The production will feature set design by Simon Scullion, with lighting by Matt Haskins, costumes by Roberto Surace, sound design by Ella Wahlstrom, and songs composed by Richard Baker and Rob Falconer. View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: The Book of Mormon Still Tops

first_img View Comments As The Book of Mormon reaches five years on Broadway this month, those black tie-clad boys have an extra reason to leap for joy. The Tony-winning musical once again made an appearance in the top five shows by gross and claimed the number one spot by capacity. Joining it in the top spots were perennial box office favorites Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked and Aladdin. Eclipsed reached a capacity of 94.28% but saw a lower gross during the critics performances. The Lupita Nyong’o-led play opened officially on March 6, and will likely reach a higher average ticket price and gross following its good reviews and word of mouth.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending March 6:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($1,766,223)2. The Lion King ($1,461,331)3. Wicked ($1,337,007)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,278,459)5. Aladdin ($1,079,248)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Eclipsed ($340,891)***4. Disaster! ($296,010)*3. Hughie ($256,454)2. Bright Star ($255,641)**1. Our Mother’s Brief Affair ($167,916)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.49%)2. Hamilton (101.73%)3. Noises Off (100.07%)4. The Lion King (97.94%)5. Eclipsed (94.28%)***UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An American in Paris (61.70%)4. Kinky Boots (60.26%)3. Jersey Boys (57.07%)2. Chicago (56.69%)1. The Phantom of the Opera (52.49%)* Number based on eight preview performances**Number based on seven preview performances*** Number based on seven preview performances and one regular performanceSource: The Broadway League Nic Rouleau in The Book of Mormon(Photo: Joan Marcus)last_img read more

Fireworks trump thunder at Hoylake

first_img Overnight leader Rory McIlroy, looking to become just the third man in the modern era after Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win three majors by the age of 25, began his third round just after 11am and immediately saw his four-shot advantage cut in half. The former world number one, who had carded consecutive rounds of 66, found a greenside bunker with his approach to the first and a poor escape led to a bogey five, while playing partner Dustin Johnson holed from three feet for birdie. With heavy rain having stopped by the time the leaders teed off, Johnson was not the only player to take advantage of the softer greens, fellow American Rickie Fowler picking up four birdies in his first six holes before dropping a shot on the seventh. McIlroy registered his first birdie of the day by two-putting the par-five fifth to get back to 12 under and crucially saved par from 20 feet on the seventh after finding heavy rough off the tee and only being able to hack out onto the fairway. At that stage he led by three from Fowler – the only player to finish in the top five in both majors this season – but a thrilling duel between the 2007 Walker Cup rivals was about to develop. McIlroy saved par on the ninth as well after pulling his tee shot left of the green, where it hit a buggy-mounted camera and bounced off the leg of the cameraman. After making sure the man was unhurt, the buggy was moved and McIlroy pitched to eight feet and rolled in the putt, but he was unable to birdie the par-five 10th after finding the cavernous bunker short of the green. In contrast, Fowler made birdie there in the group ahead and holed from 30 feet at the 11th, only for McIlroy to respond from seven feet on the same hole a few minutes later. A “significant risk” of thunderstorms and an amber weather warning led the R&A to employ a two-tee start for the first time in championship history on Saturday, with play getting under way at 9am from the first and 10th tee. The 72 players who made the halfway cut – including Tiger Woods right on the mark of two over par – were also sent out in groups of three rather than two, with defending champion Phil Mickelson alongside past and present US PGA champions Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley in the first match out. Press Association Fowler then picked up his seventh birdie of the day, and third in a row, from five feet on the 12th and that was soon good enough for a share of the lead when McIlroy bogeyed the same hole after twice tangling with the heavy rough. It was Fowler’s turn to find trouble off the tee on the 14th and a bogey there dropped him out of the lead, Garcia remaining nine under after missing from two feet for birdie on the 12th. And McIlroy was suddenly two ahead once more when he holed from 35 feet for an unlikely birdie on the 14th to move to 13 under par. The predicted thunderstorms had failed to materialise, but there were plenty of fireworks in the third round of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.last_img read more

Region 2 dominate Day of Sports at Lake Mainstay

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyDESPITE unfavourable weather conditions, Region 2 successfully hosted its day of sports and interaction last Saturday, at Lake Mainstay on the Essequibo Coast.Among the disciplines which formed part of the day’s activities were 10/10 softball cricket, 5-a-side football and a king dominoes competition involving sister Regions 3 and 4.The day began with a formal opening ceremony which was addressed by the Regional Executive Officer Derrick Persaud who welcomed the participants as he expressed the Region’s commitment and pride in promoting good working relationships, sharing of ideas, building friendships among the regions and fostering unity as a whole.The 10/10 softball cricket competition then took centre stage as Region 2 and 3 played for a trophy in the final. Earlier Region 3 defeated a Masters XI from Region 2 by three wickets.Batting first, Masters XI scored 67-5 from 10 overs with Boodram Laldass striking 31 including 3x4s and 1×6.In reply, Region 3 despite an early setback rallied to 68-3, thanks to an unbeaten 37 (5×4, 1×6) from Graham Miggins who hammered 21 in the last over to gain a thrilling victory by 7 wickets for the visitors.In the final which was reduced to 6 overs because of time, Region 2 secured 65-5 with Anthony Persaud top-scoring with 27, laced with 2x6s and Gopaul Deen 16. Region 3 in response lost wickets regularly and were eventually reduced to 47-7 when the overs expired.Graham Miggins was again among the runs hitting 15. Leg-spinner Hemand Sonina was exceptional claiming a hat-trick to end with figures of 3-6 from his single over while Gopaul Deen took 2-8 from his one over as well, to cap a fine all-round display.In the other disciplines, Regional Accounting Unit, Region 2 won the 5-a-side football against their Drainage and Irrigation counterparts, 4-0.The 30-minute affair saw a hat-trick from captain Jermain Springer who scored in the 4th, 9th, and 17th minutes of the game. Completing the score line was Yattesh Wickham who found the net in the 28th minute to seal victory for the office boys.Meanwhile the king dominoes was won by Jason Fredericks who marked 12 games to be crowned King. At the presentation, trophies were presented to Region 2 as the winners of the cricket competition while Region 3 received the prize for the runners-up.Gopaul Deen of Region 2 was adjudged man-of-the-match in the final while Graham Wiggins of Region 3 collected the trophy for the batsman scoring the most runs in the final. Leg-spinner Hemant Sonina from Region 2 copped the prize for the bowler with the most wickets including a hat-trick.Trophies were also given to the RAU football team for winning the title while Jason Fredericks collected the trophies for winning the king dominoes competition and scoring the most sixes.Gracing the occasion were the Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt, Regional Vice-Chairman Nandranie Coonjah, Deputy Regional Executive Officer Roopkumar Persaud, Principal Personnel Officer Bibi Rameeza Mullah, Member of Parliament Hemraj Rajkumar, RDC Councillors, staff of the various participating regions and special invitees.The organisers have undertaken to make the event an annual one with Region 2 expected to pay a return visit to Regions 3 and 4 next year. The Regional Administration, Region 2 sponsored the day of activities.last_img read more

Union responds to MLB: ‘Players want to play’

first_imgThe players have had it.After weeks of unproductive back and forth did nothing but define each side’s entrenched positions, MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark flatly rejected Saturday the latest proposal from MLB, calling for a 72-game season for less than prorated pay.The players’ union offered no counterproposal as it had twice previously, seemingly resigned to an abbreviated season mandated by commissioner Rob Manfred.“Players want to play. It’s who we are and what we do,” Clark began a statement responding to ownership’s proposal and offering no counter. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “It unfortunately appears that further dialogue with the league would be futile. It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”Over the past weeks, the two sides have offered very different views of what a 2020 season could look like. Owners maintain they will lose money on regular-season games played without fans in attendance and have demanded players take paycuts to help them absorb the losses while keeping an eye on the prize — postseason TV revenue.Players maintain they have already sacrificed by agreeing to prorated pay for an abbreviated regular season and have sought to play as many regular-season games as possible — even offering to pad the schedule with doubleheaders and extend the postseason into November — under the restrictive conditions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.This weekend’s exchange — including a biting letter from MLB’s chief legal officer Dan Halem to MLBPA’s lead negotiator Bruce Meyer on Friday — makes the likely outcome fairly clear. Ownership maintains it can mandate a shortened season (48 to 55 games for which the players would be due full prorated pay). The union has positioned itself to file a grievance that ownership had not negotiated in good faith should Manfred go that route.“Since March, the Association has made it clear that our No.1 focus is playing the fullest season possible, as soon as possible, as safely as possible,” Clark said in his statement Saturday. “Players agreed to billions in monetary concessions as a means to that end, and in the face of repeated media leaks and misdirection we made additional proposals to inject new revenues into the industry – proposals that would benefit the owners, players, broadcast partners, and fans alike. “It’s now become apparent that these efforts have fallen upon deaf ears. In recent days, owners have decried the supposed unprofitability of owning a baseball team and the Commissioner has repeatedly threatened to schedule a dramatically shortened season unless players agree to hundreds of millions in further concessions. Our response has been consistent that such concessions are unwarranted, would be fundamentally unfair to players, and that our sport deserves the fullest 2020 season possible. These remain our positions today, particularly in light of new reports regarding MLB’s national television rights – information we requested from the league weeks ago but were never provided.”Clark’s response came shortly after reports that MLB had reached a $1 billion deal with Turner Sports to air future postseason games (following the expiration of the current TV deal in 2021). That would represent a 40% increase for MLB teams.Also Saturday, Meyer reportedly responded to Halem’s letter with one of his own, accusing MLB of “underhanded tactics to circumvent the union” and listing examples of what the union considers bad-faith negotiating by MLB.“It is unfair to leave players and the fans hanging at this point, and further delay risks compromising health and safety,” Meyer wrote. “We demand that you inform us of your plans by close of business on Monday, June 15.”In MLB’s response Saturday, the rhetoric continued.“We are disappointed that the MLBPA has chosen not to negotiate in good faith over resumption of play after MLB has made three successive proposals that would provide players, Clubs and our fans with an amicable resolution to a very difficult situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” MLB’s statement read. “The MLBPA understands that the agreement reached on March 26th was premised on the parties’ mutual understanding that the players would be paid their full salaries only if play resumed in front of fans, and that another negotiation was to take place if Clubs could not generate the billions of dollars of ticket revenue required to pay players.  The MLBPA’s position that players are entitled to virtually all the revenue from a 2020 season played without fans is not fair to the thousands of other baseball employees that Clubs and our office are supporting financially during this very difficult 2020 season.“We will evaluate the Union’s refusal to adhere to the terms of the March Agreement, and after consulting with ownership, determine the best course to bring baseball back to our fans.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sunderland v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgSunderland won at Stamford Bridge in April 2014Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 7 May 2016Referee: Mike Jones (Chester)Match in a nutshell: After deciding the title on Monday, Chelsea can have an influence on events at the bottom as they travel to relegation-threatened Sunderland. Newcastle and Norwich will have one eye on the result.Injuries and suspensionsSUNDERLANDRuled out: Billy Jones (hip).CHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee), Loic Remy (groin). Possible line-upsSunderland: Mannone; Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, Van Aanholt; Kirchhoff; Borini, M’Vila, Cattermole, Khazri; Defoe.Subs from: Pickford, Brown, O’Shea, Rodwell, Larsson, Lens, Whatmore, N’Doye, Toivonen.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Kenedy, Falcao, Pato, Traore. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesSunderland total: D D W L D (6 points)Home: D L D D W (6 points)Chelsea total: D W L L W (7 points)Away: W L W W W (12 points)Top scorers – all competitionsSunderland: Defoe 17; Borini 4, Fletcher 4, Watmore 4; Lens 3, Van Aanholt 3; Johnson 2, Rodwell 2; Jones 1, Khazri 1, M’Vila 1, N’Doye 1, Toivonen 1.Chelsea: Costa 15; Willian 11; Oscar 8, Pedro 8; Fabregas 5, Hazard 5; Cahill 4, Traore 4; Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Loftus-Cheek 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Pato 1, Terry 1.Last five meetings19 December 2015: Chelsea 3 Sunderland 124 May 2015: Chelsea 3 Sunderland 129 November 2014: Sunderland 0 Chelsea 019 April 2014: Chelsea 1 Sunderland 217 December 2013: Sunderland 2 Chelsea 1Sunderland 2 wins, Chelsea 2 wins, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli too fast even for a 23-year-old

first_imgMS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are supremely fit and they are lightning quick between the wickets. When the two bat together, it is a delight to see them sprint between the wickets to steal tight singles, convert ones into twos and twos into threes.Kohli has been a staunch advocator of fitness and he has inspired not just his teammates but athletes around the country with his professionalism. The India captain was chubby when he had first arrived on the international scene but today, he is among the fittest athletes in the world and is an ace fielder, quick runner and at 29, he continues to raise the bar higher than ever.Then there is Dhoni, who at 36, is as fit as any of his younger colleagues. The former captain is still a champion wicketkeeper and can run faster than most batsmen in world cricket.And these two stars, Kohli and Dhoni, ran a sprint with Axar Patel, who at 23, is a lot younger than the superstars. And guess what! Axar was beaten hands down. By the end of the race. he admitted it was a hard task to beat those two. With all due respect to Axar, why even try!Hard task to beat these two legends in a race. #triedmybest @BCCI Akshar patel (@akshar2026) November 6, 2017last_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia: Doucoure? The owners must decide

first_imgWatford boss Gracia: Doucoure? The owners must decideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia retains hope of keeping hold of Abdoulaye Doucoure.The French midfielder is being linked with PSG as a replacement for wantaway playmaker Adrien Rabiot.Gracia told Sky Sports: “Last season, every week we talked about Liverpool or Everton, all the clubs that were interested in him. We can still talk about it. For me, Doucouré is a great player, a very important player for us. “I do not know what will happen. It does not surprise me that other clubs want to sign him because he is a very good player.”He added: “It’s important for the club and the owner to know how important he is to us. But after that, they will choose what is best for the club. Sometimes, some players, like last season with Richarlison, decide themselves. It could happen again. We do not want him to leave, but it’s football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more