A planned strike involving hundreds of healthcare workers in Letterkenny University Hospital has been deferred.Significant disruption was expected at the hospital on Thursday as staff planned a 24-hour industrial action.The strike was deferred this Wednesday evening, as SIPTU representatives confirmed that emergency talks will be held at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) tomorrow. The dispute involves SIPTU members in a variety of positions at the hospital, including health care assistants, maternity care assistants, laboratory aides, chefs, and surgical instrument technicians, and staff working in portering, household and catering services.The dispute is centred on the HSE’s failure to implement pay increases arising from an agreed job evaluation scheme.The strike was due to be carried out by 10,000 health support staff nationwide, 700 of which are based in Letterkenny and Sligo Hospitals. Thursday’s health support staff strike is deferred was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:healthLetterkenny University HospitalSIPTUstrike
SAinfo reporter and the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee 16 March 2009 The strains of “The Star Spangled Banner” were heard at Redibone Middle School in Mafikeng, North West province on Friday as South Africa’s “My 2010 School Adventure” campaign arrived at the school. The campaign, which aims to promote both education and participation in football, has seen schools in all nine of the country’s provinces “adopting” teams participating in the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. Along with the rest of North West province, Redibone Middle School – whose under 14 boys and girls teams won the North West region’s Confederations Cup schools tournament, which also part of the campaign – have adopted North American Concacaf champions the United States. “I am very excited about South Africa hosting the Fifa Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, as it is such a world-spanning tournament and the first time the African continent is hosting such an event,” US Consul General Andrew Passen said as he addressed 1 000 pupils at the school on Friday. “You are not only a school of champions,” Passen told the children. “You are in fact a school of double champions. I really hope I get to watch my province become the national champions,” Passen added, referring to the upcoming national finals of the schools tournament, which will see the four finalists from each province battle it out for the title of national champions in May. “I felt so good when we won, but we are now training very hard for the national finals,” said Reginah Olehile, a member of the under-14 girls team. “It is great to have won, because I want the opportunity to play as much football as I can, I want to play professionally, I want to play for Bafana”, said Omphile Lemphane, a forward for the under-14 boys team. A total of 8 349 schools across South Africa are participating in My 2010 School Adventure, which also sees pupils learning more about the culture, football, history and language of Confederations Cup contenders Spain, Italy, Brazil, Iraq, New Zealand, Egypt and South Africa. “I am learning so much about America, and now I want to go there myself,” Lemphane said. “I want to meet Barack Obama.” The programme is a partnership between the Department of Education, the Department of Sport and Recreation, the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
24 January 2012The Villa Zest Boutique Hotel in the Cape Town suburb of Greenpoint has been voted the trendiest hotel in the world in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2012 Best Hotels Awards.The Travellers’ Choice awards honour the top hotels, beaches and travel destinations worldwide based on millions of “real and unbiased” opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.The Villa Zest Boutique Hotel offers luxury accommodation and is ideally located just a kilometre away from the Cape Town CBD. It is also within walking distance of the world-renowned Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.Table Mountain, the Cape Town International Conference Centre and the popular beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay are all in close proximity.“An oasis of calm centrally located in Cape Town, the Villa Zest luxury accommodation in the Green Point suburb is perfectly placed to bring you everything the city has to offer,” the hotel’s website reads: “Palm-lined beaches, the vibrant business district, Table Mountain, and a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs ensuring guests an unforgettable experience.”The hotel offers a lounge that opens up into a balcony offering views of the V&A Waterfront, a quiet garden and pool area, a rooftop terrace offering 360° views of Cape Town, an object art gallery, and a media house that offers high-end technology and communications solutions to business travellers.“The rooms at this Cape Town Boutique Hotel represent the ultimate fusion of style, luxury and comfort,” says the website. “Each room is unique and has been individually decorated, with the greatest attention to detail, using only the finest furnishings and fittings.”The hotel is rated as “excellent” by 125 reviewers on the website, with 13 “good” and three “average” ratings. The majority of the reviews cite the hotel’s good service and helpful staff as the reasons for the high ratings.Comments include: “Excellent and great stay in Villa Zest”, “Awesome little hotel”, “This place is GREAT”, “Oasis in the heart of the city”, “outstanding customer service,” “Modern design hotel and very helpful staff,” “Fantastic hospitality and beautifully designed boutique hotel,” “THE one & only in Cape Town,” “Almost faultless. Staff were amazing,” and “Best boutique hotel ever.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Bans are unpopular elsewhere, tooArizona isn’t the only place where attempts to charge extra for or outlaw single-use bags has come under fire.California had been poised to become the first state in the country to ban single-use plastic bags until a trade group gathered enough petition signatures to put the measure on a statewide ballot next year, The Huffington Post reported in February.A group called the American Progressive Bag Alliance submitted enough signatures to force a statewide vote on overturning the ban that had been scheduled to go into effect this summer. There’s even a website called Bag the Ban devoted to stopping bag bans around the country.In addition to prohibiting the plastic sacks, the California law also would have required grocery stores to charge at least 10 cents for each recycled paper bag or reusable bag given to shoppers. The measure was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, last September, and also included $2 million to help bag manufacturers switch over to making reusable bags.The plastic bag industry said the ban was just a way for the California Grocers Association to make more money, but environmentalists think voters will keep the ban in place.However it goes, the numbers are huge. In San Diego alone, roughly 500 million single-use plastic bags are handed out each year, according to a report by Equinox Center, most of which end up in the city’s landfill. The city spends $160,000 a year cleaning up plastic bag litter. No energy reporting, eitherThe bill also will prohibit local government agencies from requiring businesses to report on their energy use, The Arizona Republic reported at its website.Phoenix had been considering a plan to require the owners of large commercial buildings to report how much energy they were using, The Republic said. “Energy benchmarking” helps save money by creating a database where building owners can compare energy consumption of similarly sized buildings in order to make changes for greater efficiency.New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia have instituted the program, but Phoenix backed off after business owners complained, and didn’t object to the bill.“Not disappointed, outraged,” Sandy Bahr, director of an Arizona Sierra Club chapter, told the newspaper. “It’s not a fixable bill. It takes away the ability to implement energy-saving and waste reduction measures.” Arizona has become the first state in the country to prohibit taxes or prohibitions on plastic bags and other containers.Republican Governor Douglas Ducey on April 13 signed legislation forbidding any Arizona company from regulating the “sale, use or disposition of auxiliary containers,” including single-use plastic bags, foam containers, boxes, cans, and bottles, according to an article in Plastic News.Other communities around the country are requiring stores to charge shoppers extra for using single-use bags, or prohibiting some types of containers altogether, as a way of cutting down on the amount of plastic waste that finds its way into the environment.But in Arizona, the Arizona Retailers Association and the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance were among those supporting legislative efforts of state Representative Warren Petersen, a Republican, to make those kinds of controls illegal. Plastic News said the business groups “argued that plastic bag laws create a patchwork of mismatched regulations that increase costs for stores and confuse customers.”Only one Arizona city, Bisbee, has approved a ban on single-use bags, but several other communities were considering outright bans or fees. Bisbee’s landmark rule, which went into effect on Earth Day 2014, has now been overturned.
zoom The Maersk Honam fire from earlier this month serves as a reminder of the importance of cargo insurance, says online freight forwarder iContainers.“Given that Maersk has now declared general average, which means that the surviving cargo has to pay a share of the cost for the vessel damage, the tow, clean up, legal settlements, etc,” Klaus Lysdal, Vice President of Sales and Operations at iContainers, said.By law, all shipping carriers are obliged to offer a minimum amount of insurance, but it offers limited coverage. Hence, shippers need to invest in additional coverage to protect themselves from worst-case scenarios, the freight forwarder noted.Based on the latest update, Maersk Line’s ultra large containership will be towed to Jebel Ali, the UAE, where its cargo will be off-loaded.However, the estimated time of arrival (ETA) is still to be confirmed and may be approximately two weeks from now, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said citing its 2M alliance partner.Most containers located in front of the accommodation area are feared to be damaged by fire, heat or the water used to fight the fire.Furthermore, before the fire-stricken vessel is allowed to berth, port authorities will want to make sure that all fire on board have been extinguished and determine the condition of the Honam, which is a process that could still drag on, iContainers added.“For clients who have insurance, filing the claim with their insurance will help speed up the process of releasing their cargo,” explains Lysdal.“Plus, claims are generally processed quicker through insurance companies. Without insurance, you may be stuck with the carrier’s liability which is listed on the back of the Bill of Lading: USD 500 per unit.”Since Maersk Line has declared general average, shippers who did not purchase a general average coverage insurance will be liable to pay a proportional portion of the damage.“Without cargo insurance, your cargo is likely to be held hostage for payment of those charges. Simply said, without insurance, you stand to gain nothing or next to nothing at most,” Lysdal added.