Thursday’s health support staff strike is deferred

first_imgA 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 HospitalSIPTUstrikelast_img read more

Sappy Birthday, Plate Tectonics

first_imgAuthors of prose and poetry often use personification to set the imagination and emotions moving. Such talk is infrequent in science, because it can confuse more than illuminate. We’ll let the reader decide the effect of a commentary in GSA Today1 by Shoufa Lin (U of Waterloo, Ontario), who asked, “When did the life of plate tectonics begin?” In this picture, rocks morphed into living organisms acted upon by Darwinian evolution, through all stages of life:The question of when plate tectonics began, and in particular whether it began in the Archean, is the focus of several recent articles…. I support the idea that “modern-style” plate tectonics “evolved” from an earlier form of proto-plate tectonics…. In support of the “evolutionary” view, I would like to offer the following comments… Most, if not all, geologists agree that plate tectonics is a part of the earth system now. We should also agree that plate tectonics did not exist at the very early stages of Earth. (Before that, there was even no Earth!) If we agree on this, we should also agree that there must have been a period during the early stages of Earth’s evolution when the process of plate tectonics was conceived and “embryo” plate tectonics began. The embryo grew into a baby, the baby into a teenager, and the teenager into an adult: “modern-style” plate tectonics. The embryo and the baby might have looked, behaved, and functioned quite differently from the adult….. So when did the life of plate tectonics begin? Some might say that it began the moment the embryo was conceived, while others would say that it did not begin until the baby was born. I suggest we had embryo and the baby plate tectonics in the Archean, and the answer to the question of when plate tectonics began will depend on how mature you believe the process had to be before it could be called “plate tectonics.”1Shoufa Lin, “Comment: When did the life of plate tectonics begin?” GSA Today,Volume 17, Issue 3 (March 2007), pp. 12�12.Is any commentary really necessary? This is SO-O-O-O stupid. It shows how Darwinian thinking is completely out of control. Rocks don’t think! They don’t grow. They have no DNA. There is no program controlling their development. Plate tectonic theory, as an abstract concept, cannot be thought in terms of embryos and teenagers. Who are the parents, for crying out loud? Mother Earth and Father Time? Charlie has no claim on crustal plates. How can a serious geological journal, with its heart dead-set against intelligent design, publish such nonsense? It belongs in the mythological literature department, not a scientific journal. Shoufa said these ideas first arose in a conference in 1995. Apparently 12 years has not healed the brain damage. The important subtext here, though, is the weakness of plate tectonics theory. Notice the admission that geologists disagree about the onset and speed of plate tectonics. Venus and Mars, remember, have no such crustal dynamics. Maybe the personal language used here is pulling wool over the eyes of viewers so they won’t notice the muddy thinking. The only thing lacking maturity in this story is the personification, a character flaw rampant in the Darwinian mentality. Here is one baby that can be ethically thrown out with its dirty bathwater.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Service delivery innovators awarded

first_img3 November 2014Innovations in the delivery of services, healthcare, education, nutrition and voting rights to South Africans were recognised at the 12th annual Public Sector Innovation Awards, held in Kempton Park, Gauteng, on Friday.The overall winner was the Limpopo Department of Roads and Transport, which walked away with the Innovator of the Year Award, winning a trophy and cash prize of R60 000. Their invention, spearheaded by chief artisan and head of the Modimolle Mechanic Workshop Jacobus Potgieter, was a Jojo Diesel Tank that helped the department reduce costs and improve service delivery.The tank was designed and fitted to eight utility trucks with diesel pumps and gauges that reduced around R2-million in running costs and eliminated diesel spillages. One bakkie was able to service three graders, carrying 600 litres of diesel. Recycled material was used to build a support structure for the frames securing the tanks.“I’m excited and did not expect us to win in this tough category,” Potgieter said. He added that it was an innovation departments across the country should implement. “This is a good innovation and I think it will save the department a lot of money. It should be rolled out in other places.”Speaking at the ceremony, minister of public service and administration Collins Chabane said the awards showed that public officials could be forward-thinking and inventive.“The public service has been branded as un-innovative and this event tells a different story,” he said. “Your innovations are important in modernising the public service and improving service delivery. The quality of the projects here bears the high level of creativity in the public service. They will lay a crucial part in making the National Development Plan a reality.”Other award-winning inventions included a digital pen for mental health, an atlas of agricultural potential in Gauteng, a smartphone app for the national elections held in May, a nutrition scheme for creches, and a hospital pharmacy automation system.The awards were held in four categories: information and communication technology, service delivery institutions, improvements to internal systems of government, and innovative partnerships to deliver services.The full line-up of winners:Innovative use of ICT for effective service deliveryWinner: Digital Pen for Mental Health by the Department of Health in KwaZulu-NatalFirst runner- up: Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-NatalSecond runner-up: Gauteng Agriculture Potential AtlasThird runner-up: Elections Mobile Application from the Independent Electoral CommissionInnovative service delivery institutionsWinner: Jojo Diesel Tanks by the Department of Roads and Transport, LimpopoFirst runner-up: RAF on the Road by the Road Accident FundSecond runner-up: Safe Anaesthesia for Africa Project, Ngwelezane Hospital, KwaZulu-NatalThird runner-up: Dietetics Creche Outing: Malnutrition Kicked Out, Department of Health, LimpopoInnovative enhancements of internal systems of governmentWinner: Case Management and Community Empowerment, Tembisa Hospital, GautengFirst runner-up: Pharmacy Automation, Helen Joseph Hospital, GautengSecond runner-up: Extra School Support Programme, Department of Education, GautengThird runner-up: Open Development Engine, Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs, LimpopoInnovative partnership in service deliveryWinner: The Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Department of Health, KwaZulu-NatalJoint first runner-up: Learn-not-to-Burn Programme, Department of Education, Gauteng and Community Food Production Units, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentSecond runner-up: Lego Project, Tshwane South District in partnership with Hands on reporter and SANews.govlast_img read more

Facebook Stops Harshing On Hashtags

first_imgTags:#Facebook#now#social media#twitter Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This has been reported since March, but the official rollout is apparently happening soon. Twitter’s use of hashtags has made the social media channel a popular medium for real-time conversation surrounding events both positive and negative, like the Oscars or the Boston Marathon bombings. Facebook’s inclusion of hashtags is one more way to tap into that real-time chatter and hopefully drive in more eyeballs for ads. It was a long time in coming, but today Facebook made it official: hashtags, the popular tagging tool from Twitter, are coming to Facebook. From ABC News:Over the next few weeks all Facebook users will be able to include a hashtagged phrase, like #royalbaby or #puppies, in their posts and then watch it become clickable. When a hashtag is included in a post, clicking on it will pop out a feed that aggregates others posts that have been tagged with the same phrase. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… readwrite 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

US streaming service Hulus premium subscription s

first_imgUS streaming service Hulu’s premium subscription service topped four million customers in the first quarter of this year, new stats show. Hulu has also unveiled two original series for the summer.The US broadcaster-backed platform revealed the statistic yesterday, which it claimed set a new record for subscriber growth.Subscription service Hulu Plus officially launched in November and had reached a million subscribers by the end of the third quarter of 2011. It hit two million in the first quarter of 2012 and three million by the fourth quarter of that year, meaning it has added a million customers in just one quarter.Mobile viewing was picked out as driving growth, and Hulu estimates 15% of its growth will come from this segment during this year and next. Living room viewing was also on the up and currently accounts for 29% of the company’s business.At its annual Upfront yesterday, Hulu – which counts Disney News Corp and NBC Universal as owners (though the latter is a passive partner as per terms of Comcast’s 2011 company takeover) also announced two new original series.Quickdraw (pictured) is a half-hour comedy series set in 1875 in the US’s Wild West and focuses on a Harvard-educated sheriff’s attempts to bring the science of forensics to an unruly Kansas town.Nancy Hower and John Lehr co-created the show and will executive produce.The second new series is East Los High, a teen drama series that comes from an all-Latino cast and production crew. Local Latino organisations advised on the scripts, which will follow the personal lives of a group of US Hispanics at an inner city LA high school.The shows both join Hulu’s summer launch slate, which also comprises The Awesomes, Behind the Mask, The Wrong Mans, Mother Up, Prisoners of War season two, The Only Way is Essex season four, Braquo season two and Moone Boy.last_img read more

Creating greater scale either through horizontal m

first_imgCreating greater scale either through horizontal mergers or by building out networks in greenfield areas remains the number one priority for European cable operators, according to a panel of senior executives at Cable Congress in Dublin.Manuel CuberoThe completion of the integration of Kabel Deutschland into Vodafone had provided huge opportunities for the cable business, enabling it to offer bundled products, said Manuel Cubero, chief commercial officer, Vodafone Germany, participating in the panel.Cubero said that offering a fixed-mobile bundle was key to the company’s growth strategy.“From an industry perspective, [consolidation] makes a lot of sense,” he said, citing the example of the scale of operators in China, where there are fewer players than in some individual European markets.Europe’s other major international cable operators, Liberty Global, is “busy building out” in the CEE region, adding half a million homes across the region last year. “We are not at [sufficient] scale in central and eastern Europe,” according to Robert Redeleanu, CEO of Liberty Global-owned UPC Romania and UPC Hungary, who described the region as “very fragmented”.However, Redeleanu said that an absence of obvious consolidation opportunities meant that building out Liberty Global’s own network was a viable alternative strategy.“While the opportunity of consolidating is still there, it is not so obvious and we are taking things in our own hands,” he said.Building out new areas is a good way to deliver scale, he added.“Scale is critical. With scale we could launch mobile and potentially pay for exclusive content and get the right efficiencies to launch new products,” he said.Redeleanu said that Liberty was also looking to expand its mobile presence and launch mobile services across the region.He said that Liberty had to “look at the payback” for infrastructure investment, but the case for investing in network build-outs was improving. While ARPU levels are lower than in western Europe, they vary across CEE, and ARPU has been growing across the region, he said. Liberty had been able to address premium segments of the market successfully, he said, and ARPU as a proportion of disposable income was high.Consolidating the German market is “potentially an opportunity for us as a company” with strong penetration in housing associations, said Timm Degenhardt, CEO of German operator Tele Columbus, also participating in the panel. He said that Tele Columbus as a relatively smaller player could have opportunities in a consolidating industry.last_img read more