Nurses in North to strike for first time

first_img Pinterest Nurses in the North are to strike for the first time over staffing and pay.It is the first time in the Royal College of Nursing’s 103 year history industrial action is being taken.92% of RCN members who were asked voted to strike.The union says nurses pay in Northern Ireland has fallen significantly behind the rest of the UK. Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Google+ Nurses in North to strike for first time Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growscenter_img Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – November 7, 2019 Facebook WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday November 7thNext articleThe Score – 7/11/19 News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Sports League’s Planning For Coronavirus

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailprimeimages/iStock(NEW YORK) – Novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, is sweeping around the world with new cases popping up daily in the US and not even sports are immune with league’s across the country and world taking steps to stem the outbreak. While no player or coach in the US is known to have Coronavirus, the MLB, NBA and NHL have announced or have internal plans to mitigate the spread of the virus with the NHL going the farthest with options to postpone, cancel, or play games in empty arenas, deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN. No NHL players have attracted the virus, but they did feel the effects last month. Most players’ sticks are made in China and those factories closed, but Daly told ESPN that issue has now been solved. The NBA hasn’t announced any plans for games, but in a memo obtained by ESPN, the league said players should fist bump instead of high five fans and avoid taking pens to sign balls and jersey’s in the short term. The league is also planning on limiting the size or even possibly cancelling international scouting, pre-draft combines and individual workouts depending on how big the outbreak becomes. Should a player contract the virus, he would expect to miss at least two weeks, according to a team medical official who spoke with ESPN. Both of those leagues are nearing the end of their respective seasons, the MLB is in the opposite camp with Spring Training underway and Opening Day on the 26th. The league has no plans to cancel or postpone any Spring Training or regular season games as of now, according to a memo obtained by ESPN, but the league has set up a task force to deal with any complications that may arise. The league also recommends that players avoid taking balls and pens from fans and getting a flu shot, while having team’s speak with their local health authorities and consult with an infectious disease specialist to be a channel to those officials. Some teams have limited access to people who have traveled to coronavirus hotspots in Iran, Italy and South Korea. The league also recommends that team officials avoid travel to those countries along with China and Japan, based on Center for Disease Control travel advisories. Major League Soccer’s season also just began and the league has created a task force, according to ESPN. In a statement, the league said they are in contact with the CDC and the Public Health Agency of Canada. King County, Washington, which includes Seattle, has declared a state of emergency after a spike in cases and deaths.The Seattle Sounders opened their season in front of 40,000 fans on the 1st and also hosted a team from Honduras three days before that game. According to ESPN, the team and their stadium partner released a statement before their first game saying they are “monitoring public health developments” and they have a “real-time communication with regional health authorities.”The NFL has the longest time till their season begins, but teams are deep into the draft process with pro-day’s and individual workouts coming up before the draft at the end of April. A spokesperson told the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport they are closely monitoring developments. Overseas, Italy is taking the biggest precautions. The country is banning fans from attending games for at least the next month, the Italian government announced Wednesday. It includes the top soccer league in the country, Serie A, which postponed last weekend’s matches and a Six Nations rugby match against England in mid-March. More than 3,000 people have been sickened and over 100 have died from the virus in the country, the most in Europe.France and England’s top soccer leagues have also banned handshakes between players and officials at upcoming matches.This summer is also the European Soccer Championship. At a recent meeting, top executives only briefly discussed the virus, according to ESPN. No decision has been made about the tournament that begins on June 12th and is held in countries across the continent.Events in Asia are also feeling the heat.At the Tokyo Marathon on March 1st, organizers limited participation to elite men and women runners and wheelchair racers. During a typical year around 30,000 people run.Organizer’s for this year’s summer Olympics in the city say the games are still on despite the virus. The International Olympic Committee said in a statement that they will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organization.The Olympics kick off on July 24th.The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China scheduled for mid-March were postponed until March 2021. Nanjing is a little over 300 miles from the Coronavirus epicenter in Wuhan. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. March 5, 2020 /Sports News – National Sports League’s Planning For Coronavirus Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

NLCS Scouting Report: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs

first_imgThe Cubs had the best starting rotation in baseball this season. Their starters were 81-39 with a MLB-low 2.96 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and .213 opponents’ batting average while throwing the second-most innings (989).That group is rested and lined up for the NLDS with Game 2 starter Kyle Hendricks having apparently recovered from taking a line drive off his right arm during the NLDS.The Dodgers’ best hope might be the element of surprise on their side — the Cubs did not face Kenta Maeda, Clayton Kershaw or Rich Hill during the regular season. Those three are expected to start the first three games of this series for the Dodgers.Kershaw is the wild card. There is no way to predict how much his NLDS heroics — starting on three days’ rest in Game 4 and closing out Game 5 in relief — might have taken out of him.ADVANTAGE: CubsBULLPENThe Dodgers would not be at Wrigley Field this weekend if not for their bullpen — and manager Dave Roberts’ inspired and uninhibited use of that relief corps.They will undoubtedly be asked to continue to carry a heavy load against the Cubs. The question is — how much longer can they do it without buckling? Closer Kenley Jansen threw 51 pitches in Game 5 and had some “leg fatigue” the next day, according to Roberts. You better believe he did and that could make him vulnerable in the NLCS. The mid-season acquisition of Chapman changed the Cubs’ bullpen, giving Maddon a deep and flexible relief corps at his disposal.Still … the Dodgers’ bullpen crew has earned its battlefield promotion.ADVANTAGE: DodgersDEFENSEThe Cubs and Dodgers were the two most efficient defensive teams in the NL this season, turning a higher percentage of batted balls into outs than the rest of the league. The Dodgers did it with sophisticated scouting and positioning — including lasers — more than any individual brilliance.The Cubs did it despite manager Joe Maddon moving pieces around. Bryant started games at five different positions (all three outfield spots, first base and his true home, third base). Javier Baez started at all four infield positions — but particularly sparkled at second base during the series with the Giants.ADVANTAGE: EvenPREDICTIONThis has been advertised as the Year of the Cubs since pitchers and catchers reported to spring training eight months ago. Maddon has preached to a fairly young team an “Embrace the target” philosophy to deal with the pressure of being expected to end the North Siders’ 108-year World Series title drought. They responded with a 103-win regular season. The Dodgers’ franchise has its own title drought — 28 years, piddling by comparison unless you live in Southern California. They have a long way to go to catch up. …. Cubs in six games.— Bill Plunkett DODGERS vs CUBSOFFENSEThe Cubs finished third in the majors in runs scored (808) and OPS (.772) and second in on-base percentage (.343) during the regular season. Second-year star Kris Bryant and first baseman Anthony Rizzo each drove in over 100 runs. Bryant is likely to win the National League MVP after hitting .292 with 39 home runs and finishing fourth in the NL with a .939 OPS (Rizzo was two spots back at .928).But the Giants showed the Cubs can be pitched to. They held them to a .200 batting average and .247 on-base percentage in their four-game NL Division Series. Pitchers Jake Arrieta and Trevor Wood hit two of the Cubs’ five homers in the series. Add in Kyle Hendricks and pitchers drove in six of the Cubs’ 17 runs against the Giants. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Dodgers, meanwhile, were not as dangerous on offense and also relied on two key players to drive their offense — presumptive Rookie of the Year Corey Seager and third baseman Justin Turner. Turner has proven to be an outstanding playoff performer the past two falls and went 6 for 15 with a triple, a home run and five RBIs in the NLDS against the Nationals.But the Dodgers have a large vulnerability the Cubs will try to exploit — they go limp against left-handed pitching. The Cubs will try to exploit that with Game 1 starter Jon Lester and relievers Mike Montgomery, Travis Wood and closer Aroldis Chapman.ADVANTAGE: CubsSTARTING PITCHINGlast_img read more