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

South Africa prioritises quality education

first_imgLawley residents were relieved to finallyget a high school in their area, childrenno longer have to travel long distances toother areas to attend school. (Image: Kirsten Koma) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hope Mokgatlhe Department of Basic Education +27 71 680 6849 RELATED ARTICLES • Education in South Africa • Youngsters to map out their future • South African matric results up 7% • SA matrics excel despite hardshipsNosimilo RamelaThe South African government has launched a massive turnaround strategy for basic education, committing to build more public schools in disadvantaged areas and radically improve the quality of teaching and learning.This forms part of the country’s Action Plan 2014 (PDF, 2.77MB), which promotes thorough teaching methods, regular assessments to track progress, improving early childhood development, focused planning, and greater accountability within the state school system.The action plan fits into a greater scheme called Schooling 2025 – the vision of which is to ensure that there are adequately resourced schools accessible to all South African children so they are able to attend and complete the compulsory grades one to nine.“We want South Africa’s children to get only the best education at school – this is one of government’s top priorities,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.In many of the country’s rural areas and townships, pupils have to travel vast distances to get to and from school, and sit in overcrowded and ill-equipped classrooms. With such obstacles, there is a high incidence of pupils dropping out of school before completing the compulsory phase or grade 12, the final year of high school.The Department of Basic Education has undertaken to build more schools to alleviate some of these problems. In 2011, seven new schools will be opened in Gauteng, nine in the Western Cape and 20 in KwaZulu-Natal.Changing livesMonako Tsotetsi from Lawley, a township in the south of Johannesburg, was excited as he prepared for his first day at the community’s new high school, aptly named Lawley Secondary School. “It’s so good to go to school just down the road from your house. I don’t have to wake up in the wee hours to travel for about two hours to get to school anymore.”Tsotetsi began his grade nine year at the newly built school, which was officially opened by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy and Johannesburg City Mayor Amos Masondo on 12 January as schools across the province began their academic year.In January of 2010 Motlanthe visited the Lawley community and many residents spoke to him about the need for a secondary school in the area. Most senior pupils at that time had to travel a distance to Lenasia or Ennerdale to attend high school – and transport was costly for their low-income families.“It also just took too long to get to school, which took a toll on us and tampered with our ability to be fresh and focused for school,” said Tsotetsi.Members of the community say they are impressed that the deputy president was so swift in attending to their need. “This is a really great move by Motlanthe,” said Thabiso Molefe.“Not having a high school here led to many of the kids, whose families could not afford school fees, doing crime or drugs. Now the kids have a chance at a better life.”  Speaking at the school’s opening ceremony, Mokonyane said: “You’re going to make history. One day when you’re older you will say I was among the first learners of this school.”The premier encouraged the pupils to study hard and work towards achieving great grade 12 marks. “Start today to prepare, and it is possible that your future can look brighter.”Motlanthe also encouraged the pupils and teachers to work together to bring about great results at the school. “This school begins with a blank sheet. It brings no baggage, it has no history of failure and can therefore move directly into becoming a school of excellence,” he said. “The future of this school depends on what both students and the teachers put in.”The school, which comprises 24 prefabricated classrooms, has 11 teachers and 200 pupils enrolled in it at the moment. The basic education department said the school could accommodate more pupils as time goes by.The government chose prefabricated classrooms as a temporary measure at the school because they could be set up relatively quickly and easily, as opposed to having to construct the institution from scratch.“If this school had not been built, I know I would have ended up without an education. My parents would not have been able to afford to send me to school far away for much longer. This school is saving a lot of our lives and our futures,” said Tsotetsi.last_img read more

2018 MFLN Virtual Conference and Cooperative Extension

first_imgMilitary Family Learning Network is offering a free 3-day online learning event from Tuesday, September 18th through Thursday, September 20th.This  learning event is a virtual conference for professionals in any field, who will be able to engage in conversations with colleagues across the country and world.The 2018 MFLN Virtual Conference allows our Cooperative Extension professionals to gain knowledge concerning topics that can, and do,  affect our military members and their families. Cooperative Extension professionals can earn education credit for select sessions throughout the conference.last_img

Build a Fan Base by Taking Your Indie Film on Tour

first_imgHere are some great tips for taking your film on the road and successfully building your fan base in the modern digital age.In what has gone on to become an unlikely folk-hero type speech for the aspiring indie filmmaker, Mark Duplass’s keynote speech at SXSW 2015 might be the best motivation, and current representation, of just what it takes to “make it” in the world of indie film, in today’s digital age.What Duplass preaches over and over again is that the “cavalry” isn’t coming. No one is going to come and buy up your script. No one is going to send you to Hollywood to make the next Marvel movie. No one is coming to give you a million dollars to turn your short film into a feature. That is, unless you just go out and do it yourself.One of the best ways to just go out and do it, and in many ways create your own cavalry for your film (and your filmmaking career), is by taking your indie films on tour. Just like folk acts or rock bands or art shows, taking your show on the road can actually be the best way to get your film seen, make connections, and ultimately build your own fan base from the ground up.Start with Festivals and Your NetworkSo, I actually have a little bit of experience in this area. Not only did I have a short film play at a few festivals, I also worked with some friends in college who were doing this very “take your film on tour” thing. And I will say that, in many instances, basing your tour off of festivals is a great way to start putting maps on paper.As we’ve covered before, film festivals can be a great way to get your work out there and set your career in motion. If you do have a finished project that has been accepted into festivals — big or small — you can put those dates on a calendar, take out a map, then start looking for other locations and dates to set up additional screenings.Finding Arthouses and Indie TheatersImage via Liu zishan.In many instances, the best places to set up screenings are local arthouses and indie theaters. Yes, indie theaters can been seen as dying relics of the past, but you’d be surprised how many of them still exist (or have even sprung up recently) in towns of all sizes. If there are enough people to have any sort of arts or film scene, they’ve probably built some sort of theater or DIY arthouse space that could house a screening of your film.You can try Google searching, but you can also reach out to friends (or friends of friends) familiar with these areas. Make contact, tell them about your film and your tour, and you can usually set up a screening. You might not get a lot of money upfront, but the goal is to simply get your film shown. Ideally, you’d want as many people as possible in the seats.Set up Street TeamsThis is another great way that films on tour can help build hype and get people to show up. If you have connections in any of the towns where you’re going to be stopping, ask some friends to help out. You can send them things like posters or other promotional items a few weeks before you’re scheduled to arrive and screen and have them start posting around town.Again, if you’re clearly not making much money from this tour, you’re asking for volunteer help and favors. So, remember to thank your helpers and at least buy them a drink when you arrive. You never know: you might be helping them on their next film tour later.Blu-rays, DVDs, and Digital DownloadsImage via Ingrid Balabanova.So, I’d say there are two schools of thought on what you’d want to “sell” or “get” out of taking your film on tour. If you do have a finished feature film that was a long labor of love you’ve invested your life savings into, you might be using this tour as an opportunity to start making some money back and paying back investors.The best way a tour can help is through Blu-rays, DVDs, and digital download sales. If you’re screening a great movie, and people want to see it again, share it with friends, etc., they’re going to want to buy it. And even if you’re offering streaming or VOD, selling hard copies will usually be a bit more lucrative.However, more than copies of your movie, other merchandise can actually be a better option — often with greater monetary returns. Things like T-shirts, posters, or photo books will not only aid in monetary returns, but they can be a great way to keep promoting your film for free.Push Your Next ProjectThe other school of thought for touring your film is to simply build your audience, ultimately promoting whatever your next project is. In many ways, to be successful in this cavalry-less age of digital filmmaking, you need to be stacking projects tightly — one after the other. Any sort of momentum you make on one project should ideally funnel even harder into the next. Taking your latest finished project on tour can be a great way to build support for your next one, especially if you have some sort of Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign already underway.Again, your ultimate goal is to make connections and friends and build a fan base. If you’re out there sharing your work and your passion, you should absolutely be looking to get more people excited, interested, and involved in your next project — whatever that may be.Cover image by Everett Collection.For more filmmaking and film industry articles, check out these resources below.The 10 Best Film Festivals for Up-And-Coming Filmmakers7 Reasons Your Film Didn’t Get into a Major Film Festival5 Great Film Festivals for Your Short-Form DocumentariesIndustry Insights: Film Festivals, Shorts, and the Future of ViewingWhat to Include When Submitting Your Film to Festivalslast_img read more