By signing up for National Doughnut Week, which starts on 5 May, craft bakers can help raise money for The Children’s Trust. This money will help change the lives of youngsters all over the UK with multiple disabilities.”Michelle is one of the many children who have benefited from the money raised from National Doughnut Week”, said Joanne Toner, corporate fundraiser at The Children’s Trust. “She was born with brain damage and with severely impaired eyesight. Because of her condition, her world can be very frightening and, understandably, she can become anxious and upset in unfamiliar situations.””Michelle was becoming closed off from anything new and I worried she would lock herself into her own world, stopping her from enjoying life”, her mother Debbie said. “What she needed was special help so that she could begin enjoying the learning and fun most children take for granted.””It was at St Margaret’s that we were able to unlock Michelle’s world,” said Toner. “St Margaret’s is an on-site residential school where we provide a stimulating and comforting environment for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex health needs.”In class, Michelle benefits from a curriculum tailored specifically to her needs. Teachers and therapists encourage her to use her voice, facial expressions and body movements to express herself. Her new-found skills have helped her understand the idea of ’cause and effect’ for the first time. As a result, she understands that her actions give her control – for example, to use a switch to start music or turn lights on. The skills she has developed in school have now enabled her to cope with new experiences and to have fun with her schoolmates on trips out.”So why not help make this year’s National Doughnut Week (5-12 May) the best yet? To get on board, visit www. fundraising.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/nationaldoughnutweek.Alternatively, contact Christopher Freeman at Dunns Bakery on 020 8340 1614 or e-mail [email protected]
NDBA president Larry Martel said the diamond is getting renovated, much like the project that was completed last year at Lion’s Park in Uphill.The diamond will be redone along with a fence erected in right field — the new Blue Monster.Crews have been busy removing the old grassed in ball diamond as well as stripped the vegitation from along the outfield banks.Martel said work should be completed by mid-September with the field ready for the first pitch in the spring of 2015. There’s something happening at Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview — and it’s not a player belting out a grand slam home run.But it’s close.The Nelson and District Baseball Association home park is getting a facelift.
LVR opens the tournament Friday afternoon against Golden before meeting Nakusp to round out Day one.The Bombers then play host Mount Baker Saturday morning before concluding the round robin event against Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.Like most teams in the province that got a late start to the season due to the teacher’s strike/lockout, the Bombers have played only a few games this season.LVR hosts a tournament at the Lakeside Pitch next Friday.Joining LVR is Prince Charles Comets of Creston, J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail and Cranbrook. The L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the road this weekend for a tournament beginning Friday in Cranbrook hosted by Mount Baker Wild.The five-team tournament gives all teams in the Kootenays an opportunity to see each other as zone championships are on th horizon.
A woman who lived less than a mile from her local hospital died after an ambulance took almost an hour to get to her house.Margaret Callaghan died just hours after being released from Letterkenny University Hospital in January 2018.The mother of eight had just undergone a non-emergency investigation and was released to her home at Bracken Lea at Mountaintop in Letterkenny. However, she suffered serious abdominal pain later that day and her family called an ambulance.During a pre-evidential inquest hearing at Letterkenny’s Coroner’s Court held today (Wed) it was heard how it took the ambulance almost an hour to get to Mrs Callaghan’s home.The 71-year-old died a short time later.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley told the hearing the full inquest will hear how there was an “offload delay” at Letterkenny University Hospital which led to the hour-long delay in getting an ambulance to Mrs Callaghan. He explained how ambulance protocol means that patients cannot leave an ambulance and allow the vehicle to be operational again until the patient is admitted to hospital.On the day in question, January 9th, 2018, there were two ambulances at the Accident and Emergency Department of Letterkenny University Hospital.Both had patients inside with one delayed for six and half hours and the other for three and a half hours outside the hospital.Dr McCauley told legal representatives for the HSE and the Callaghan family that there will be a number of factors which will have to be explored during the inquest.These will include a full report ordered by Dr McCauley into the “offload delay” situation at the hospital as well as the general movement of patients through the hospital. He said the report will address the “offload delay” on the night which included one ambulance waiting six and a half hours to deliver a patient which should have taken “between ten and twenty minutes.”Among those called to give evidence will be the Director of the National Ambulance Service, Cathal O Domhnaill.Other evidence will be given by Mrs Callaghan’s family, who were in court, and also medical evidence from various medical personnel as well as Gardai.Dr McCauley said he will also allude to a policy document on ambulance response times published following the death of another Co Donegal woman. Maura Porter, aged 70, died after it took an ambulance up to 50 minutes to travel 62 kms from Letterkenny to her hometown of Carndonagh after she was knocked down coming home from mass in December 2013.She later died from her injuries at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The Director of the National Ambulance Service, Cathal O Domhnaill told her inquest that there were nine ambulances covering Co Donegal on the night Mrs Porter died but that five had been delayed at Letterkenny University Hospital.The tragedy sparked a review of ambulance response times in the region.The key finding of the report was that the ambulance offload delay at Letterkenny University Hospital for several hours led to the depletion of ambulance services at Letterkenny hospital.Dr McCauley fixed the full inquest for a date in December.Woman died after ambulance took an HOUR to travel ONE mile to her home was last modified: September 2nd, 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:ambualnceDr Denis McCauleyhospitalinquestinvestigationletterkennyMargaret Callaghan
Alexander Brand of Colombia has replaced Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias as James DeGale’s opponent for his WBC Silver title defence on 23 March. DeGale, who recently opted to vacate the European super-middleweight title, will take on Brand at Glow, Bluewater.He believes the fight will be a springboard to a world title challenge or a rematch with fellow West Londoner George Groves, who edged a close points decision when they met in 2010.Brand, 36, has won all but one of his 20 professional fights – 15 by knockout – and as an amateur lost only 20 of 437 bouts. He is ranked number 10 in the world by the WBC.DeGale said: “Brand is a world-class fighter that not only had a brilliant amateur career but also holds a professional record of 19-1.“That could have been 20-0 as his only loss was a split decision over eight rounds and I know the feeling losing on a split decision.“Once I’ve got passed this Colombian puncher I will be sitting down with my promoter Mick Hennessy and looking to the big fights later this year.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
9 March 2007South Africa is moving to establish a biofuels industry that could create thousands of jobs and draw billions of rands in investment in the Eastern Cape, a part of the country that is rich in under-used, high-potential arable land.Felix Hobson, senior manager of the Eastern Cape government’s agriculture resource planning and management division, said this week that the government had set aside R9.5-million for fencing land and planting canola and R8-million for planting sugar beet in the N2 Mbhashe local municipality to kick-start the project.Developing a biofuels industry is part of a new agrarian transformation plan for the province and one of the Eastern Cape’s priority projects under the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), a government strategy to boost economic growth and reduce unemployment in the country.“The biofuel project is envisaged to be a major Asgi-SA project in the Eastern Cape,” Hobson said, adding that it would create “a huge market for agricultural products including canola, soya beans and sunflower which was not there before.”This would be achieved through establishing 500 000 hectares of currently under-used land for integrated rotational cropping within the next five years, Hobson said. The crops would be used to feed a planned 200 000 ton-per-annum biodiesel plant in the East London Industrial Development Zone, as well as other biofuel and agro-processing initiatives.European investors have reportedly expressed interested in developing the East London plant.“This intervention will require an investment by government of R1.5-billion that will secure a simultaneous R3.82-billion foreign direct investment and a R7-billion investment from local financial institutions,” Hobson said.According to Hobson, the initiative would create around 23 000 new jobs and a sustainable R2.9-billion a year in agricultural production and processing in the province.The biofuels industry is centred on the extraction of oil from food crops such as canola, soya, sunflower, sugar beet, maize, sorghum, wheat and sugarcane. These oils are then added to diesel or ethanol mixes, offering a cleaner alternative to non-renewable fossil fuels such as petrol.Source: BuaNews
15 April 2015South Africa’s newest university – the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University – demonstrated the government’s commitment to education and skills development, President Jacob Zuma said at the official opening on Tuesday.SMU, which has been built on the premises of the old Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, is South Africa’s first “standalone health sciences university”, Zuma said. It offers certificates, diplomas, degrees and post-graduate programmes.Zuma said the government will continue to invest in education and skills as the key to economic growth and development. Two new universities were opened in 2014: the Sol Plaatje University in the Northern Cape and the University of Mpumalanga. Both provinces did not previously have a university.“South Africa today is faced with an extensive shortage and an inadequate distribution of health professionals. We have an undersupply of new and appropriately trained health science graduates, which is why we need to focus intensively on producing this important health professional core,” he said.New generationThe university is named after former ANC president Sefako Makgatho, who, Zuma said, “dedicated his entire life to improving the human condition of the African masses in our country, in a noble, altruistic and gallant manner.“The university is named after a gallant son of the South African soil. It must promote the legacy of Sefako Makgatho by producing appropriately qualified, highly skilled and patriotic human resources for health.”Zuma said SMU provided an excellent opportunity for the development and training of a new generation of health professionals, who would make a positive difference in the lives of the many South Africans still marginalised by poverty and lack of access to health services.He said the new university would go beyond only training medical doctors and would produce other health professionals such as dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, medical technologists and radiographers.The new university also improves access to higher learning. Around 25% of South Africans are expected to be engaged with further study by 2030. The university has 5 034 students enrolled. Its projected growth is to have 7 000 students by 2019, and 10 000 students by 2024.“We are really forging ahead in providing more opportunities and a better future for our youth and our people in general,” Zuma said.The university would recruit students from communities with the greatest health-care needs, and provide innovative training programmes, including distance programmes, he said.FundingA university subsidy of more than R298-million had been allocated to support the university operations for the 2015/16 financial year. An additional amount of R210- million has been made available to support the establishment of the new university.Zuma said universities should ensure that they offered a range of courses and programmes that would meet the needs of the economy. “We also encourage our learners to take up mathematics and science as more opportunities are now available for further study for them in this field. We are also investing in teacher training so that we can produce students for Sefako Makgatho from our high schools,” he said.Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said the university must aim to be judged against the best in the world.He said the department had started making funding available for Masters and PhD students, but had not receive anticipated number of applications. The department has set aside about R145-million for academics.Nzimande said his department would also make funding available for entry-level posts at universities. Students “are going to sign an agreement that says, if we have supported you as government for three years, you are going to come back and teach at a university for three years, we will create a post for you”.Introduction of new programmesProfessor Olive Shisana, chair of the SMU Interim Council, said about 15 new programmes would offered by the university in the future to address the gaps identified in the South African health sector.Although the university would lead with health science programmes, it would not kill what other universities were currently offering, she said.Shisana said the university was developing relationships with international institutions: “We brought in an international advisory committee that includes people from universities in Brazil, Washington, Uganda and the president of the Medical Council in South Africa, among others. We did this because this university is expected to provide trainees who are going to support the health system that is coming up.”Shisana said the university would also offer short courses for health-care professionals who wanted to expand their skills and knowledge.Source: SAnews.gov.za
25 May 2015Enel Green Power (EGP) has begun construction of Pulida solar power plant in Free State. Its closest town is Kimberley, just on the other side of the border with Northern Cape.The facility will have a total installed capacity of 82.5 megawatts (MW) and, once fully operational, it will be able to generate more than 150 gigawatt hours per year, according to the Italian company. This is equivalent to the annual consumption needs of about 48 000 households. It will also avoid the emission of more than 138 000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.EGP was awarded the supply contract in October 2013 as part of the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Energy generated by Pulida will be sold to Eskom through the 20-year power supply agreement that EGP was awarded in October 2013 as part of the REIPPPP.In addition to Pulida, EGP was awarded the right to build the Gibson Bay (111MW) and Nojoli (88MW) wind farms, as well as the Aurora (82.5MW), Paleisheweul (82.5MW) and Tom Burke (66MW) solar power projects, in the same tender. The company, which already owns and manages the 10MW Upington solar facility, was also recently awarded a further 425MW of wind power projects in the fourth phase of the REIPPPP.Enel Green Power, part of Italy’s Enel Group, is dedicated to the international development and management of renewable energy sources. It has operations in Europe, the Americas and Africa, with a generation capacity equal to approximately 32 billion kilowatt hours in 2014 from water, sun, wind and Earth’s heat – enough to meet the energy needs of more than 11 million households. It has an installed capacity of more than 9 800MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass in about 740 plants in 15 countries.News portal Greentechlead reported that the company expected to grow its installed capacity in South Africa to 5 000MW in five years.Chief executive Francesco Starace told Reuters: “For us, Africa is the next Latin America.” The company was making a balanced investment in renewable energy assets in South Africa retaining 60:40 ratio of wind and solar projects.In South Africa, Enel now operates 10MW and is building 990MW, which will come online in the next two years.SAinfo reporter