Approval granted for filling of Pathology Department vacancies

first_imgApproval has now been given to fill the vacant posts in Letterkenny University Hospital’s Pathology Department.Deputy Charlie McConlaogue had been making representations to the HSE & Minister for Health since it was revealed that the Pathology service would have to outsource some testing to private laboratories due to inadequate staffing.Deputy McConalogue commented, “Health Service management have confirmed with me that approval has now been given to fill the vacancies in the Pathology Department immediately. “As a panel for recruitment for these vacancies is in place, it is envisaged that the department will be back to normal capacity within the next four weeks.“The referral of tests to private laboratories will be phased out as vacant posts are filled.“This is welcome news but it is entirely regrettable that the situation arose in the first place and that public funds have been spent on private testing which could have been carried out in a fully staffed Pathology Department.”The Inishowen TD said this entire situation is a shocking indictment of this Government & HSE mismanagement of our health services. He added “Situations that can be avoided are not. All too often we see reaction to a crisis rather than proactively seeking to address the various issues in our frontline health services.“I will closely monitor the situation with regard to the recruitment of staff to the Pathology Department and do all I can to fight for additional resources for our local health services & hospital.”Approval granted for filling of Pathology Department vacancies was last modified: June 13th, 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:donegalluhpathologyVacancieslast_img read more

Major Chinese bank opens SA office

first_img“Being an important gateway of Africa to the world and a member of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the Republic of South Africa is recognised as a model of the fast-growing economies in Africa,” he said. The total amount of financing agreements signed by ICBC was over US$7-billion, making ICBC one of the most influential Chinese financial institutions in Africa. The office will also focus on strengthening strategic cooperation between ICBC and Standard Bank, in which the Chinese bank acquired a 20% stake in 2008 for R36.7-billion. “Across the African continent, from the construction of the largest coal-fuelled power station in Botswana, to the syndicated loan to Ghana Cocoa Board; from the Angola Social Housing Constructions Site to the Nigeria expressway, staff of the two banks are working together on the frontlines,” said Jiang. “ICBC’s purchase of a 20% stake in Standard Bank was the largest Chinese investment in Africa and signalled ICBC’s clear commitment to Africa,” said Standard Bank Group CEO Jacko Maree. “ICBC’s decision to open a representative office in South Africa reflects the strong belief we have in Africa, as well as the importance of the China-Africa strategic partnership.” By the end of September 2011, the two banks had been involved in over 110 cooperative projects, covering multiple areas such as corporate business, settlement and cash management, IT, money market and risk management. Maree said that Standard Bank was working closely with ICBC to identify new business opportunities across the continent The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China officially opened its first African representative office in Cape Town last week, seeking to increase its understanding of African markets and facilitate increased trade and investment between China and the continent. Speaking at the inauguration of the office, ICBC chairman Jiang Jianqing said the strategic positioning and growth potential of Africa in the long run had always been a focus of the bank. Identifying new business opportunities 29 November 2011 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Moving Toward Passive House in New Zealand

first_imgFor mechanical engineer Jon Iliffe and homebuilder Baden Brown, who both live on New Zealand’s North Island, the urge to create a line of high-performance homes began percolating about a decade ago. They kept talking as the years went by, until Iliffe returned from an 18-month stay in Europe, where he did contract work for Rolls-Royce and had an opportunity to study Passivhaus design and see homes built to the standard.Iliffe and Brown, joined by their wives, have since channeled their enthusiasm for energy-efficient homes into the launch of a development company called eHaus that recently commenced construction on a 2,422-sq.-ft. prototype home in Wanganui, on the North Island’s west coast. Iliffe told GBA that the four-bedroom, two-bath house will not quite meet the Passivhaus performance standard, “but the build will be pretty close.” (Both men are training in Passivhaus design at Unitech Institute of Technology in nearby Auckland.)Creating a new marketThe exterior walls of the prototype feature ECO-Block insulating concrete forms along with double-glazed, argon-filled aluminum-frame windows from Open Building Solutions, a New Zealand company. The windows – which were pressure tested at 50 Pascals before they were installed – feature a thermal barrier, sandwiched between the outer and inner sections of the frame, that is designed to prevent both heat transfer and condensation. Much of the window coverage is, of course, on the north side of the house, where passive solar gain from the Southern Hemisphere sun can be maximized.The house will be equipped with a heat-recovery ventilator, a solar hot water system, and accommodations for a photovoltaic system. Weather conditions in this part of New Zealand tend to be relatively mild, with a mean temperature, on the Fahrenheit scale, of 54, a high of 90, and a low of 27. Annual rainfall averages about 34 inches. The eHaus prototype will include a water recycling system designed to meet all of the occupants’ water needs except drinking and cooking.Iliffe told the Wanganui Chronicle, a local newspaper, that he and his partners understand eHaus will be catering to what is, at the moment, a niche market, but that stringent energy efficiency standards such as Passivhaus suit their personal philosophy about energy conservation.“Making money isn’t the be-all and end-all for us,” he said. “Building low-energy houses really fits with who we are as well.”last_img read more

Quebec City protesters end tense but mainly peaceful demonstration

first_imgQUEBEC – Several hundred mainly peaceful protesters filled a heavily protected street of Quebec City on Thursday night, on the eve of a G7 summit that will bring U.S. President Donald Trump to Canada for the first time.The protesters marched down the streets flanked on each side by police in riot gear. Moments of tension and confrontation — including the burning of flags, some masked demonstrators and a small number of arrests — quickly quieted down, even as the city braced for more.Quebec City’s historic district looked as though business owners were preparing for a mini hurricane to blow through the cobblestone streets, as several storefronts were barricaded with plywood in anticipation of anti-G7 protests.Stores that were open for business vastly outnumbered the shuttered facades. But the police presence in the old city was noticeable — squad cars drove through the area and uniformed officers kept watch at different spots across the neighbourhood popular with tourists and locals alike.On Thursday evening, rows of officers in protective gear watched closely as protesters gathered for what organizers had described as a “festive mass demonstration against the G7, capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism, racism, and borders.”The atmosphere was mainly upbeat, with some wearing colourful costumes and bearing signs advocating for such diverse causes as food security, open borders and environmental protection.For a pay-what-you-want donation, protesters were offered zucchini cake, rice and tofu, and vegetable soup.Alice-Anne Simard of environmental group Eau Secours declined to condemn possible violence.“We will not condemn acts that have not been committed,” she said. “We are here to protest and we are here to denounce the violence of the neoliberal policies of the G7 members.”Masked protesters got into minor scuffles with photographers and camera people. They tried to push cameras away and block the view of journalists trying to take photos of them, yelling aggressively.“This is not a discussion. Don’t film us.”While the G7 summit will be held 140 kilometres northeast of Quebec City in the resort town of La Malbaie, diverse groups including unions, aid organizations and anti-capitalists have been organizing protests in the provincial capital. Police have been making parallel arrangements, with 8000 of them ready to jump into action in the province.The number of detention spaces that have been opened up around the Quebec City-area in anticipation of protests is leading human rights groups to worry about the intentions of security forces.Representatives from Amnesty International and Quebec’s league for civil liberties say they’ve been told by police that officers aren’t looking to make any mass arrests.“But with all the security measures that have been put in place, it’s leading us to believe there is a gap between the discourse and the reality,” said Genevieve Paul, head of the francophone Canadian branch of Amnesty International.Her group and Quebec’s league for civil liberties are sending 44 observers to the protests, which are likely to continue well into Saturday night.Paul said prisoners in Quebec City’s provincial jail have been transferred to other detention centres in order to liberate about 230 spots for protesters.Police have erected a temporary detention centre near Quebec City’s Victoria Park, and another temporary jail in a town a few kilometres north of La Malbaie.Nicole Filion, with Quebec’s league for civil liberties, said she worries about the possibility of mass arrests, the conditions of detainees inside the temporary jails, and the potential misuse of crowd-control weapons by police, such as rubber-ball blast grenades.Cyndi Pare, spokeswoman for Quebec City’s police force, said it would be “inappropriate” to speculate in advance about police actions.“We can’t establish whether there will be mass arrests or not. It’s impossible to predict how (protesters) will act and how police will react.“Police are trained to use force with flexibility and discretion.”The city and the province will reimburse citizens and merchants for broken windows and other damages sustained due to vandalism during the protests, Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked Thursday in Saguenay, Que., if he had a message for protesters in Quebec City.“In a country like Canada, I find it extremely important that people are able to express their agreement or disagreement with politics, individuals, their concerns,” Trudeau said.“It must obviously be done with respect and, above all, security. And we will ensure that protesters and citizens and G7 participants are safe.”The last time Canada hosted a similar event, the G20 summit of 2010 in Toronto, officers arrested hundreds of people and kept them in conditions Amnesty International described as inhumane.While no major protests have been planned in the G7 host town, groups opposed to the summit held a news conference in La Malbaie on Thursday to denounce what they called the “undemocratic” free speech zone that has been set up to accommodate them along the bank of the St. Lawrence river.They said the fortified enclosure and security checkpoints would be intimidating to protesters, and noted that the site was some distance away from where the leaders will be meeting.In Quebec City, however, there was no hint of protesters feeling inhibited.When the protest was declared over, a few girls were sitting down in the middle of the street as a drone and helicopters buzzed overhead, outside the Hilton hotel.Fifteen-year-old Célestine Uhde was getting her hair cut by a friend.“It’s been a while since I wanted to cut my hair,” she said, as her brown locks fell to the concrete. “I know it’s impulsive — but there was a lot of impulsivity tonight!” she said.“I think the protest was peaceful. The police presence was useless. This was a model protest and what they all should be like.”— With files from Melanie Marquis in La Malbaielast_img read more