Mc Hugh says the local community must be involved in determining future of nursing…

first_img Pinterest Mc Hugh says the local community must be involved in determining future of nursing units WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Homepage BannerNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Pinterest Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebookcenter_img Junior Minister Joe McHugh told a public meeting in Ramelton last night that he has received assurances from Health Minister Leo Varadkar that the local Community Nursing Unit and similar facilities in Lifford and Stranorlar will not close. He’s pledged to work with the local community to ease the fear that exists.Minister Mc Hugh told the meeting that a comprehensive plan must be drafted through community engagement for these centres to ensure they remain open in the long term, and he has written to the Minister requesting this.However, in a statement issued after the meeting, he makes no mention of the HSE letter suggesting that long stay beds will be removed from the community facilities and centralised at a new unit in Letterkenny 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleN56 temporarily closed outside KilmacrennanNext articleUpdate – N56 reopens after cyclists injured in collision admin 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ WhatsApp By admin – February 6, 2016 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

IPE Awards: Pension funds must dare to invest in untested asset types

first_imgPension funds and other institutional investors need to be braver, given the environment of low interest rates, and consider strategies used by hedge funds, the 2014 IPE Conference has heard.Speaking at the IPE Conference & Awards in Vienna, Günther Schiendl, CIO at Austria’s VBV Pensionskasse, told a panel session on trends in investment and asset allocation: “We need to be more brave – we need to dare to invest in things that are untested.”His said his pension fund in particular needed to be more dynamic, investing for the long term to deliver returns of 6% year after year.“The point is, we need to deliver absolute returns,” he said. “My former boss was saying that, in that sense, we are a kind of hedge fund – and he was right.” A poll conducted among conference participants during the discussion showed that 46.51% of respondents had regularly been forced to reject an investment opportunity they liked due to regulatory, resource or operational constraints.A further 37.2% said they had once or twice had to say no to a potential investment for these reasons.Endre Pedersen, senior managing director at Manulife Asset Management, told the panel at the conference in Vienna he favoured Asian fixed income for generating stronger long-term returns in the current environment.“You need to take on a different type of risk,” he said.Meanwhile, Rick Lacaille, CIO at State Street Global Advisors, said the simple answer to the low-yield problem was equities.“In cashflow terms, we are not advocates of the second stagnation hypotheses,” he said, adding that SSgA expected global growth of between 3.5% and 3.8% next year.“People are understandably concerned when they see equity markets at record highs, but then they see profits at record highs,” Lacaille said.In Asia, he said, earnings are below trend, and this means there is an opportunity for share prices in the region to catch up.“From our perspective, the global story – the growth story – remains compelling,” he said.Paul Watters, senior director and head of corporate research at Standard & Poor’s, said pension funds would find it hard to meet their target returns in long-only strategies using conventional assets, but that what was important was to hit risk-adjusted returns.He said this meant there was a lot of interest in alternatives.“All the surveys, all the academic literature you read on that, it seems fairly clear there’s going to be continued growth in that, and asset allocation is 25% from institutional investors,” he said.The panellists discussed the investment opportunities that were emerging in fixed income as a result of the bank disintermediation process.Benoît Durteste, managing director at Intermediate Capital Group, said: “An underlying theme is there is a significant premium for investing directly.“If you can get a combination of an asset class where you are getting this premium for investing directly, and you are in an area that is experiencing significant growth, then you have a winning formula. “You are getting this combination that makes it quite attractive, which is why a number of pension funds are investing heavily in that segment.”Schiendl said that, over the years, pension funds had learned how the banks made their money, and the institutions could now do this themselves, creating a “fair and well-structured food chain”.He also said more generally that it was imperative for pension funds’ portfolios to be geographically diversified now.“It makes sense to have a global diversification and not a Europe-only diversification,” he said.last_img read more

Indiana outpaces nation in several key areas of employment

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana continues to rank as one of the most attractive states for companies to locate and expand, outperforming much of the nation last month in key areas of employment and job growth.The Indiana Department of Workforce Development recently reported the state’s unemployment rate in October remained at 3.5 percent and lower than the national rate of 3.7 percent.Indiana’s unemployment rate ranks ninth in the nation and has decreased 7.1 percentage points since July 2009—the high point of unemployment in the state.The October report also showed that more Hoosiers are working than ever before. Private employment reached a preliminary record high of 2.7 million, which is 24,300 above the official December 2017 peak. Indiana has reported private-sector job growth of 25,500 over the past year.Indiana’s labor force participation rate has now outperformed the national average for 53 consecutive months. In October, the rate stood at 65.1 percent and well above the national average of 62.9 percent.Below is a breakdown of where Indiana ranks in certain employment categories:second in Manufacturing jobs added (104,600) since July 2009;seventh in Private Education & Health Services jobs added (2,500) over the month;seventh in Construction jobs added (11,100) over the year; andfifth in Financial Activities job growth (3.2 percent) year-to datelast_img read more

Liverpool v Man Utd – Talking Points

first_imgLiverpool host Manchester United on Sunday as one of the Barclays Premier League’s fiercest rivalries is renewed. Here Press Association Sport looks at some of the issues surrounding the game. THE TWO TEAMS ARE NOT IN THE BEST FORM SO SHOULD WE NOT GET OUR HOPES UP? Hardly. There has not been a goalless draw for over 10 years and the intensity of the contest means there have been 16 red cards during the Premier League era. The rivalry between England’s two most decorated clubs goes beyond north-west bragging rights and what it occasionally lacks in quality it usually makes up for in entertainment. BUT LIVERPOOL ARE STRUGGLING FOR GOALS AND UNITED HAVE A TIGHT DEFENCE? That had been the case but after they were involved in 3-3 draws this week – at home to Arsenal and away to Newcastle respectively – the hope is both teams may have found some freedom. Considering the intensity of the game mistakes are more likely than not so expect goals. ARE UNITED ‘BORING’ UNDER LOUIS VAN GAAL? Sixth-placed United have scored 27 goals in 21 league matches, which is only the ninth best in the top-flight, and nine of their 10 home matches have been goalless at half-time. Van Gaal has blamed the issue on massed opposition defences but other big sides Manchester City (39) and Arsenal (37) have not had any problems. The difference is they have plenty of creative players and attacking intent, Van Gaal’s side have been criticised for their safety-first policy and preferring to pass sideways rather than forwards. CAN THIS ENCOUNTER SPARK WAYNE ROONEY INTO LIFE? United’s captain has 11 goals this season, although four of those have come in the last three matches, with just five in the league. The England skipper has definitely lost some of his spark but Van Gaal’s tactics have not helped him and he needs some creative help behind him. He is within eight of Sir Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249 but his record against Liverpool is poor with just five in 22 appearances for both Everton and United. WHY ARE LIVERPOOL SO INCONSISTENT? The arrival of Jurgen Klopp in October resulted in a significant change of tactics and style and players are still adjusting to that. A considerable injury list has contributed to a chopping and changing of the line-up from week to week. However, by far their biggest two problems is their lack of penetration up front and a vulnerability at the back, mainly from crosses and set-pieces. Until both improve markedly results will continue to be up and down. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Over 1.5 million Fan IDs issued as World Cup’s group stage ends

first_imgMoscow, June 29: More than 1.5 million Fan IDs have been issued for the spectators by the end of the FIFA World Cup Russia group stage, CEO of the 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) Alexei Sorokin said on Friday.”Even we, the organisers, are surprised by the figures. Some 1.5 million Fan IDs have been issued out of 1.627 million confirmed ones,” Sorokin said, reports Tass news agency.According to the LOC, Russian citizens received the biggest number of Fan IDs (874,000), followed by Chinese nationals (61,000) and US citizens (50,000), whose teams are not participating in the World Cup in Russia. Mexico ranks fourth (43,000), followed by Argentina (36,000), Brazil (32,000), Colombia and Germany (29,000), Peru (26,000) and Egypt (23,000).Some 428,000 Fan IDs have been delivered abroad by mail, and among the most popular destinations were Lima (12,000), Buenos Aires (10,000), London (9,000), Sao Paulo (8,000), Dubai and Beijing (7,000). IANSlast_img read more

A’s manager Bob Melvin recognized by peers with award

first_imgIt really should be a no-brainer … The job Bob Melvin did with the A’s roster he was given to work with this season was remarkable, and he has been recognized for it by his peers.Melvin was named the Sporting News’ American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday, which is determined by a poll of nine AL managers. He is the third manager in A’s history to win the award, joining Tony La Russa and Billy Martin. Melvin also won National League honors in 2007 as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.last_img

Warriors Wednesday: It’s Alfonzo McKinnie’s world, we’re just living in it

first_imgIf you knew who Alfonzo McKinnie was before the start of Warriors’ training camp, congratulations.Or perhaps I should ask: what has happened in your life to make you watch that much G-League basketball?Either way, there was no way you predicted the kind of impact McKinnie would make in his first season with the Warriors. The Wisconsin-Green Bay product had a huge week for the Dubs — playing an average of 22 minutes over the last three contests, including nine points per game. He’s …last_img

South Africa’s cricket grounds

first_imgWhen South Africa hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup, South Africa, the country’s beautiful and varied cricket grounds were on show, with each of them bringing their own character to the game.The Wanderers exhibited the super-charged atmosphere of the “Bullring”. Newlands revealed one of the most beautiful settings in the world of cricket, while SuperSport Park’s spectator-friendly grass embankments showed off a party vibe.Each and every one of South Africa’s grounds boasts something unique and special. Take a look around the country:OUTsurance Oval, BloemfonteinAt Horak Avenue, BloemfonteinWebsiteLocated in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State province, OUTsurance Oval is a spectator-friendly ground, with the sizeable grass embankment on the eastern side especially popular with spectators.It is part of a wonderful sporting complex, covering a massive city block that includes facilities of either international of provincial standard for athletics, rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis and swimming.The ground has been used for limited-overs internationals since the fifth one-day international between South Africa and India in December 1992. The pitch is recognised as a good one-day wicket and is usually conducive to high scoring.OUTsurance Oval hosted its first Test in October 1999 when South Africa took on Zimbabwe. It was a good start for the Proteas as they thrashed SA’s northern neighbours by an innings and 13 runs.Willowmoore Park, BenoniWillowmoore Park, Harpur Ave, BenoniWebsiteOne of South Africa’s newer international grounds, Willowmoore Park is a smaller-sized venue and home of the Easterns provincial team. It is also used by the Nashua Titans franchise.Willowmoore Park first hosted a one-day international in February 1997 when India met Zimbabwe and Sachin Tendulker celebrated the new venue’s debut with a century as the Indians won by six wickets, with over 10 overs to spare.Willowmoore Park remains a one-day international venue; it has not yet hosted a test. However, it has become a more and more popular choice as an ODI ground. During the Cricket World Cup in 2003 it hosted two matches.Denis Compton famously scored a triple century in three hours and one minute against North Eastern Transvaal at the ground in 1948. It remains the fastest ever triple century.Sahara Park Newlands, Cape TownMonorgan, 161 Campground Rd, Newlands, Cape TownWebsiteNewlands is reckoned by many to be the most picturesque test cricket venue in the world, with the mountains shrouded in clouds overlooking the ground, while tasteful chalets and trees, impressive stands and open grassed areas grace the ground. It is also synonymous with a fantastic atmosphere.Newlands hosted its first one-day international in 1992 when Hansie Cronje captured 5 for 32 to help South Africa to a six-wicket win over India. It was a test ground over a century before that, hosting the second test between England and South Africa in March 1889.South African fans enjoy the fact that Newlands has been a particularly good ground to the national side in limited-overs internationals.The playing surface is highly regarded, but that wasn’t always the case. Pakistan certainly didn’t think so when they were blasted out for just 43 by the West Indies in February 1993. Their woeful batting effort included six ducks!At the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Newlands hosted both the opening ceremony and the opening match of the tournament, between South Africa and the West Indies. In something of a shock, the islanders beat the home side.Newlands was one of the primary venues used during the competition, hosting five matches, including three category-A internationals, featuring established test-playing nations.Supersport Park, CenturionCnr South and West Ave, CenturionWebsiteRated one of the 10 best grounds in the world by Indian legend Kapil Dev, Supersport Park is a 20 000-seater that boasts a wonderful grandstand and superb open grass embankments. It hosted its first one-day international in December 1992 and its first test in November 1995, a match in which the great Shaun Pollock made his debut for South Africa against England.Supersport Park has always proved to be an excellent one-day cricket ground, with a wicket that is conducive to free scoring but usually has a little in it for bowlers of all kinds. In tests, the character is different, providing a more even contest between bat and ball.The ground hosted five World Cup matches in 2003, including two Super Six clashes.Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban2 Kingsmead Way, DurbanWebsiteSahara Stadium Kingsmead is a 25 000-seater stadium located within walking distance of Durban’s famed Indian Ocean shoreline. It hosted its first one-day international in December 1992, but its first test was hosted in January 1923.Kingsmead was also home to the famous “Timeless Test” played in 1939 between England and South Africa. The match lasted from 3 to 13 March, but was eventually declared a draw amid concerns that the English team would miss its ship home!The ground was a semi-final venue during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.Interestingly, it is widely believed that the changing tides of the nearby ocean help swing bowlers move the ball nicely through the air!Buffalo Park, East LondonBuffalo Park Drive, East LondonWebsiteA small ground with plentiful grass embankments, East London’s Buffalo Park, boasts a beautiful view with the ocean in the background.Home to the Border Cricket Union, it first tasted international cricket in December 1992 when India defeated South Africa in the seventh and final one-day international of their series. Since that time it has been regularly used for ODIs.There have been some special moments in limited overs games that Buffalo Park has hosted. In December 1994, Pakistani paceman Waqar Younis claimed a hat-trick against New Zealand, while in January 1999 Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Carl Hooper put on a fourth-wicket stand of 226 for the West Indies against South Africa. Incredibly, Shaun Pollock captured 6 for 35 for the Proteas in the same match!The ground hosted its first test in October 2002 when South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 107 runs as Graeme Smith hit 200 and Gary Kirsten 150.During the 2003 Cricket World Cup Buffalo Park hosted a Super Sixes contest, as well as the match between South Africa and Canada.Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, JohannesburgCorlett Drive, Illovo, JohannesburgWebsiteTo be precise, the Wanderers is in fact the New Wanderers. The Old Wanderers first hosted test cricket in 1896, when South Africa faced England and George Lohmann claimed 9 for 28 in South Africa’s first innings to help the English to a convincing innings victory.The New Wanderers, on the other hand, first hosted test cricket in December 1956, and its first one-day international, between South Africa and India, in December 1992. The stadium also hosted the 2003 Cricket World final.It is known as “the Bullring” for its electric, sometimes intimidating atmosphere. High stands surround most of the field, although there is a small grassed area that is very popular with spectators. The Wanderers’ capacity is about 34 000 people, which includes the occupants of the ground’s 180 corporate suites.De Beers Diamond Oval, KimberleyDickenson Ave, KimberleyA nice, open ground with plenty of the grass banks that are so popular with South African spectators, The De Beers Diamond Oval hosted its first one-day international in April 1998 when Pakistan chased down a Sri Lankan total of 295 to record a four-wicket victory.That has been the pattern in most one-day matches – high scoring. However, England’s Mark Ealham managed figures of 5 for 15 in 10 overs against Zimbabwe in January 2000!The ground hosted three matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.City Oval, Pietermaritzburg Alexander Park, PietermaritzburgWebsiteThe Pietermaritzburg Oval, a small, picturesque ground with a touch of old-world, Victorian charm about it, hosted its first one-day internationals during the 2003 World Cup.Chaminda Vaas ensured the first match was a memorable one, capturing four wickets in the very first over of the contest, on his way to figures of 6 for 25, as Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh by 10 wickets.Bangladesh won’t have good memories of the ground. Apart from their 10-wicket thrashing in the World Cup, they also suffered a 10-wicket loss to a South African Invitation Eleven in October 2000. On that occasion Charl Langeveldt knocked over 5 for 7 as the Bangladeshis were bundled out for just 51!Along with the St Lawrence Ground in Kent, it is the only first-class venue that includes a tree within the boundary.Sahara Oval St George’s Park, Port ElizabethPark Drive, Port ElizabethWebsiteActually The Crusaders Ground, St George’s Park, but commonly known as St George’s Park, the ground first hosted a test match in March 1889 – the first ground to host a test in South Africa.It was hugely improved for the 2003 World Cup, with R11-million of the total allocation of R35-million for improvements being used on it.Saint George’s Park boasts excellent stands as well as grassed embankments. It is also famous for its enthusiastic band that is always in attendance at one-day internationals and test matches.One of the most remarkable results achieved at St George’s Park occurred in October 2001 when lightly regarded Kenya handed India a 70-run thrashing, prompting anti-corruption investigators to look into the match. It was ultimately declared a fair contest.During World Cup 2003, the ground was home to one of the semi-finals, and hosted five games in total, including the high profile England versus Australia clash.Senwes Park, PotchefstroomDie Bult, PotchefstroomWebsiteSenwes Park, sometimes used by the Lions franchise, is one of South Africa’s newer international grounds. It was first used in October 2000 for a match between South Africa and New Zealand. Nicky Boje ensured the occasion would be remembered when he blasted an unbeaten 105 off only 93 deliveries, but the match was ultimately rained out.In October 2002, Senwes Park became a test ground when it hosted the second test between South Africa and Bangladesh. Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten and Jacques Kallis all scored centuries, as the Proteas raced to an innings and 160 runs victory.The excellent rivalry between South Africa and Australia was highlighted at the ground in April 2002. Batting first, the Proteas rattled up 259 for 7 in their 50 overs, thanks mainly to 71 from Jacques Kallis and 83 from Jonty Rhodes. Australia, in reply, sneaked a tension-filled tie, ending the match on 259 for 9 after being reduced to 223 for 9 in the forty-sixth over.During the 2003 World Cup, the North West Stadium hosted three contests, including the match between South Africa and Kenya during which Jonty Rhodes broke his hand, bringing an untimely end to his international career; he had planned to retire after the World Cup.Boland Bank Park, PaarlLangehoven Street, PaarlBoland Bank Park’s introduction to one-day international cricket was a memorable one. Zimbabwe and India met at the ground on 27 January 1997, with the match ending in a dramatic tie.Surrounded by beautiful mountains and trees, it offers spectators lovely grassed embankments to relax upon while taking in a match.Back in 2001 the ground was home to one of the biggest turnarounds the game of cricket has ever seen. India thrashed Kenya by 186 runs after tallying a massive 351 for 3, led by 111 from Sourav Ganguly and 146 from Sachin Tendulkar. A week prior to that, the Kenyans had crushed India by 70 runs after bowling them out for just 176.Boland Bank Park hosted three matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and is nowadays used by the Cape Cobras franchise.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

First Artist In Residence Begins at MakerBot

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts MakerBot, the organization that creates automated home fabrication machines, has announced the launch of its new Artist in Residency program and introduced the first selected participant. Norwegian 3D abstract machine artist Marius Watz (on Twitter) will have free access to all the MakerBot printers and all the plastic he can melt for the next two months. Watz will spend his residency working on art for a forthcoming show in Oslo and says that as part of his work “I will be developing a new Processing library for 3D model building, to be released as Open Source along with a series of models I’ll publish on Thingiverse (see thingiverse.com/watz) in the MakerBot spirit of openness.” MakerBot says its next Artist in Residence has already been selected and artists interested in applying for subsequent openings should apply now.Above, a photo of the MakerBot Thing-o-Matic, released in December.The MakerBot is exciting because it represents a democratization of physical manufacturing. The Artist in Residency program is exciting because it offers an opportunity to see what an artist, a specialist, dedicated and with unlimited resources, can do with the platform. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more