WHEN it’s nice in Donegal, it’s glorious.Photographer Gerry Murphy captured just how glorious with these stunning pictures taken at Dooey Beach last night.Send your pictures to email@example.com Gerry Murphy Photography IrelandWOW! AMAZING WEST DONEGAL SUNSET PIX was last modified: April 21st, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegaldonegal daily picturessunset
Deputy Pearse Doherty has slammed recent HSE figures which reveal that close to €3 million was spent on agency staff at Letterkenny University Hospital during the first five months of this year.The figures were provided to Sinn Féin following a request from the party’s Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly.They reveal that the large sum was spent to fill a number of positions at the hospital including medical and paramedical roles, nursing staff as well as support workers. It also represented the highest amount spent by any single hospital across the entire SAOLTA University Healthcare Group of hospitals.Reacting to the revelation, Deputy Doherty said “Yet again Letterkenny University Hospital tops the ranking when it comes to spending on recruiting agency staff.“The figures show that between January and May of this year alone over €2.9M was spent by the hospital on recruiting temporary agency workers to fill vital hospital positions.“And agency workers were used by the hospital to fill a whole range of different roles with close to €2M spent on doctors and consultants, €283,000 went towards hiring nurses, €13,000 was spent on paramedics, with the remainder or just over €650,000 having gone towards hiring support service personnel. “In fact, one of the few categories of worker for which agency staff hadn’t been utilised in order to fill vacancies were Management roles within the hospital.“The reason why this data is so noteworthy is because it shows just how rampant hospital spending on temporary agency staff has become and it illustrates a clear preference on the part of both the HSE and Government to hire costly temporary workers to fill staffing gaps instead of directly employing staff.“The reliance on agency staff at the hospital has gotten out of hand, and the fact that this spend relates to just the first five months of the year and that already LUH tops the table with respect to the sums spent on temporary workers across the entire SAOLTA group is real cause for concern.“Since Fine Gael came to government in 2011 the health service as a whole has spent over €2.1 billion on temporary agency staff – this is financially crippling the system with agency staff for more senior positions costing multiple times more than those directly employed by the HSE.“Sinn Féin has repeatedly raised this matter with the Minister for Health and we’ve told him that huge sums of money could be saved each year by properly addressing the recruitment and retention crisis and instead directly employ HSE staff which are significantly less expensive than agency providers. “This practice is not good value for money in the first instance, and it is not good for patients or other full-time staff yet the government continues to oversee a recruitment embargo and there is no doubt that this policy is only further adding to the ongoing recruitment and retention crisis across our hospitals.”Outrage as €3M spent on Agency Staff at LUH in first five months of year was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare 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:agency staffdonegalletterkennyluh€3 million
21 November 2012The world’s largest privately held software company, SAS, has developed an online educational resource to support maths and science teaching and learning in South Africa, the company announced on Tuesday.The World Economic Forum’s annual report on financial development, released at the beginning of November, placed South Africa 62nd out of 62 countries assessed for the quality of their maths and science education.As a result, the Basic Education Department is looking for solutions to address this problem that has the potential to hold back the economic development of the country.‘Interactive, standards-based resources’“SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources in English, arts, maths, science, social studies and Spanish for Grades 6 to 12,” SAS said in a statement.The resource comes in two versions – one for teachers and the other for students. It provides students with access to web-based learning environments using proven instructional strategies and techniques.“SAS Curriculum Pathways is also modular by topic, so that it doesn’t have to map to a particular curriculum to provide insights into any area,” said SAS vice-president for the Middle East and Africa, Riad Gydien.“Because of this, it also automatically differentiates between users so that faster students can progress while slower ones get the repetition that they need.”They learn by using various resources, such as visual models, images, virtual labs, diagrams, graphic organisers, audio recordings of literary excerpts, poetry, dialogues, historical documents and narrated and captioned videos.The simulations and learning activities incorporate real data so that students can experience and understand real-world applications.It also lets students test a hypothesis and validate conclusions, construct their understanding using interactive websites, apply learning in other contexts and bring external learning into the classroom, according to SAS.SAS has spent US$75-million developing the product drawing from the talent of its own technical experts and consulting educators.The company has made the decision to make the product available for free in South Africa as part of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) activities.Forming partnerships to overcome challenges“In South Africa, there are certain challenges to implementation that we are addressing,” says Gydien.“Teachers need to be trained in the use of the resource, and are in some cases resistant to change, and of course there are connectivity and hardware problems in certain areas.”SAS is currently training the teachers through train-the-trainer sessions, so that the solution can be rolled out in each province.The company is also forming partnerships with NGOs to provide the hardware and connectivity that will enable the use of this online tool.Institutions like the University of the North West, Rhodes University and Stellenbosch have registered for their free licence to use Curriculum Pathways in their previously disadvantaged individual (PDI) teacher development programmes or in their bridging courses for students who don’t fulfill all the requirements in maths and science.“In South Africa, where there are significant problems in the education system, especially with maths and science, SAS Curriculum pathways offers a solution that supports and augments the education system to address those gaps,” says Gydien.“We are currently looking at ways to expand the reach of this programme, as we are committed to improving the education system today, to develop the IT and financial leaders of tomorrow.”SAinfo reporter
President of the Republic of South Africa – Cyril Ramaphosa officially opens the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World conference hosted by South Africa “The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World provides a guide and compass to the future, as it enables us to navigate a new bright and brave world that many countries are traversing. The deliberations that will take place here concern the economies and societies of tomorrow that we are building today,” said Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of the Republic of South Africa at the official opening ceremony of the ITU Telecom World Conference 2018.Hosted by South Africa at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, from 10-13 September 2018 the ITU Telecom World under the theme “Innovation for a Smarter Digital Development” the annual exhibition and forum organised by the ITU aims to deliver economic development and foster social good through its exhibition for digital solutions, and forum for sharing knowledge and networking.President Ramaphosa adds that it is a great privilege and honour for the government and the people of South Africa to host this event for the first time on the African continent. “This is a gathering of people who are involved in one of the most important sectors of various economies in the world. It is through bodies like the ITU that a digital agenda for inclusivity, sustainable and development can be crafted. We have the means and responsibility to direct the evolution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the advancement of a better life for all the people of the world.“It is therefore our task to ensure that this digital revolution responds to the needs of the developing world and its economies. It must contribute in overcoming some of the challenges that the world faces today which include unemployment, inequality and poverty. It must also bridge the digital divide and not widen it. And as such, as we develop technologies we must bear in mind that these technologies must not be the preserve of elite areas, but must be technologies that can be utilised by all,” said President Ramaphosa yesterday.Secretary-General of the ITU which is the United Nations agency for information and ICT, Mr Houlin Zhao paid tribute to the late statesman, former President Nelson Mandela. Mandela who in 1995, as the first democratically elected president of South Africa, addressed the 7th World Telecommunications Conference and Exhibition (ITU event) in Geneva and led South Africa’s participation at the global ICT event as a full member of the ITU, post-apartheid.“I wish to pay my respect to Mr Nelson Mandela, a global icon, a son of the African soil and a strong supporter of ITU. He reminded us that Information Communication Technologies (ICT) have the potential to solve many of the critical challenges facing society. Mr Mandela once said that ICT is one of the most powerful tools for human progress.“ITU is honoured and proud today to bring one of its flagship events to a continent on the cusp of a new digital era. Over the next four days we are going to have the opportunity to put investment, innovation and inclusivity in the spotlight. These areas are critical to bridging the digital divide and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Let us use ITU Telecom World conference for smart digital development, let us all work together to ensure a smart and inclusive digital future for all — for Africa and for our world,” said Zhao in his address at the opening ceremony.The ITU and the Telecom World Exhibition and Forum supports the African Union Agenda 2063 call to support Africa‘s accelerated growth, technological transformation, and for the attainment of a well-developed ICT and digital economy. This goal, is aligned to South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 of transforming South Africa into an inclusive and innovative digital and knowledge society, through the promotion of leadership and partnership to tackle the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality.President Ramaphosa stressed the important role of women, young people and Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in driving the agenda for technological advancements. “We need to use the three pillars to enable technological advancement to gain traction and if we are talking about the 4th industrial revolution – we need to ensure that it is supported by these three pillars.“As our economies become increasingly dependent on ICT it is critical that government work more closely with industry to maximise the value of digital innovations. It is equally critical that we develop effective collaborative relationships with the communities we are expected to serve. Let us be guided by the vision that Nelson Mandela had – of a world in which everyone is connected, not only by tech but also by a common humanity,” concluded President Ramaphosa.It is anticipated that there will be significant and long term multiplier effects from hosting the event, in sectors such as tourism and the hospitality industries, as well as for a number of export products. Immediate economic benefits could amount to approximately R60 million in the area of accommodation for the host city, and approximately R80 million to the industry on exhibition and local procurement, in addition to the direct benefits to the venue.– Tsabeng NthiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
TORONTO – Prominent members of Canada’s entertainment industry are calling for a new federal agency to locate and shut down websites that are portals for illegally obtained video and audio content.Bell Canada, Rogers Communications Inc., Quebecor Inc., Cineplex Inc., the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and several other organizations have banded together to create FairPlay Canada.They argue that Canadian jobs are at risk because consumers can get access to TV shows, movies and music from websites that don’t pay for the content that they stream to consumers.They want the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to use its power as a regulator to require Canadian internet service providers to shut down access to the pirated material.They also want the CRTC to set up an independent agency to help locate the pirate websites.The CRTC is in the final weeks of public consultations about the distribution of music, TV and other content via the internet.The agency has set Feb. 13 as a deadline for final comments in order to submit its report to the federal cabinet by June 1.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:QBR.B, TSX:CGX,
PARIS — A trailblazer and visionary in the auto industry, Carlos Ghosn is also a highflyer prone to excesses that may have contributed to his surprise downfall as head of the world’s leading auto group.Ghosn was arrested last week in Japan for allegedly falsifying financial reports and misusing funds at Nissan Motor Co. It was a stunning reversal for the industry icon.Ghosn turned around France’s Renault SA and then Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., eventually linking them in an alliance with Mitsubishi Motor Corp. in their top-selling venture.But while renowned as an industry cost cutter, he spent lavishly on himself. Prosecutors say he is suspected of underreporting his income by $44 million over five years.The Mitsubishi Motors board was meeting Monday to consider whether to dismiss him as chairman.The Associated Press
UPDATE – The RCMP have confirmed there was a head-on collision at around 8:30 involving a semi-truck and passenger vehicle with one person in each.The nature of the injuries to at least one person are considered life-threatening.Emergency services, Dawson Creek RCMP, Traffic Services and the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are at the scene.The cause of the crash is not known at the moment and the highway will be closed for the foreseeable future. The investigation is in the early stages and motorists are asked to monitor DriveBC.ca for updates to the road closure.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Alaska Highway is closed south of Taylor at the 230 road.Eyewitnesses say a collision between two vehicles has happened between the rest area and the chain up area at the top of the South Taylor Hill DriveBC.ca says there is no estimate on when the Highway will be open.CLOSED – #BCHwy97 south of #TaylorBC at the 230 road due to vehicle incident. Assessment in progress, no estimated time of opening. #DawsonCreek— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) December 13, 2018For updates, visit www.drivebc.ca or watch this website.If you have any information to share, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Electors should contact the Elections Canada office in their electoral district if:the name on their card contains an errorthey receive a voter information card for a deceased person or someone who does not live at their addressIf there are unforeseen circumstances, like a fire or a flood, the location of a poll changes after the voter information cards are mailed, the electors assigned to that poll will receive another voter information card with the words “Replacement Card” printed on the bottom right corner shared Elections Canada.To vote, electors must show proof of identity and address. The voter information card may be used as a proof of address at the polls. Electors must use it with another piece of accepted ID to prove their identity. To view the list of accepted ID; CLICK HERE.Electors do not need to bring their voter information card to the polls in order to vote, but we encourage them to bring it with them for faster service at the polls.Elections Canada is an independent non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.For election updates, subscribe to the news service at elections.ca GATINEAU, QC – Elections Canada has shared that voter information cards have been mailed out and registered electors should receive their card by October 4.According to Elections Canada, personalized voter information card has been mailed out to each registered elector. The card tells electors when and where to vote and has information about the accessibility of their polling station.Electors who do not receive a card by Friday, October 4, or whose card shows the wrong information, can register or update their address online or by contacting their Elections Canada office.
Tiruchirappalli: Over 100 Tamil Nadu ryots will dress up like Aghori sadhus (Shiva followers) and seek alms in Uttar Pradesh to pay for filing their nomination to the Varanasi constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting, farmers’ leader P Ayyakannu said Sunday. This plan is to try and bring back focus on the plight of farmers besides collecting money (about Rs 25,000 for each nomination) for filing papers, Ayyakannu said. “We plan to dress up like Aghori sadhus and seek alms,” Ayyakannu, president of the National South Indian Rivers Inter-Linking Farmers Association, told PTI in an interview. Ayyakannu had said on Saturday that 111 farmers from Tamil Nadu would contest against Modi from Varanasi if the BJP does not assure them of fulfilling their demands such as profitable prices for farm produce and include it in the party manifesto. Had the Centre fulfilled their demands following several protests in Delhi in 2017, he said they would not have been forced to resort to such “methods.” Ayyakannu said “our Aghori sadhus protest mode will help people realise that our demands are just and fair.” “We are also thinking of holding a nude protest to highlight our demands like we did in Delhi,” he said. The farmers leader had held various forms of protest including entering the sea in Tamil Nadu to highlight their demands. In November 2018, farmers led by Ayyakannu had gone to Delhi with two skulls, to take part in a kisan rally, alleging it belonged to their colleagues who had allegedly committed suicide over debt. A key demand, loan waiver, is doable if only the government has the will to do it, according to him. “The total farmers loan outstandings is only about Rs 75,000 crore across the country,” Ayyakannu said. He claimed that very huge corporate bad loans were being waived by banks. Ayyakannu wanted to know if farmers who fed the country did not deserve a better deal from the government. “Our demand for loan waiver is just and fair. We don’t have profitable prices for our produce. How do you expect us to clear up our crop loans?” he asked. Loan waiver from all banks, pension for farmers over 60 years, a complete ban on genetically modified seeds and food products,linking rivers, comprehensive personal insurance are the key demands, the farmers leader added.
Kolkata: Kolkata Police seized unaccounted cash worth more than Rs. one crore and arrested three persons in two separate raids in the city, a senior officer said on Wednesday. “Two persons named Kunal Kumar (29) and Rahul Kumar (27), both residents of Bihar, were arrested with unaccounted cash worth Rs 65 lakh from central Kolkata’s Mir Bhahar Road and Strand Road crossing at around 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday,” Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Praveen Tripathi told IANS. In another incident, a Kolkata resident named Mohan Agarwal (29) was arrested with unaccounted cash worth Rs 35.5 lakh from Strand Road, the officer said. Cases have been registered against the three accused in the Burrabazar Police Station under charges of theft (IPC 379) and various sections of the CrPC.