HSE plan to deal with hospital overcrowding this winter published

first_imgThe HSE has published its plan for tackling the overcrowding crisis in hospitals around the country this winter.HSE National Director of Acute Operations Liam Woods said the measures announced would have an impact.The Winter Plan is supported by €26 million in extra funding that was previously announced. Extra beds, greater access to Fair Deal nursing home places, home care, transitional care and aids and appliances are provided for.The plan will seek to ensure timely hospital discharge and reduce congestion in emergency departments over the winter period, which usually runs up to the end of March.It provides for extra medical, nursing, therapies support, pharmacy and laboratory staff, to improve patient experience time.Mr Woods said that no extra acute beds are being opened specifically as part of the plan and extra staff are not being appointed as part of the acute capacity element of the plan. The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented at Letterkenny University Hospital several times in recent weeks with the Hospital management saying they had “admitted a significant number of ill patients, many of whom remain in the ED, awaiting a bed”.Donegal TD Pearse Doherty said there is a recruitment ban in the HSE, which is “crushing” the health service and resulting in the closure of hospital beds.Speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, Mr Doherty said that, in August, 1,300 nursing and midwifery posts were vacant and unfilled.HSE plan to deal with hospital overcrowding this winter published was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Embracing The Digital Revolution – Pulego Communications

first_imgSouth Africa, embracing the Digital Revolution. In September this year, South Africa for the first time hosted the 2018 International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World, under the theme “Innovation for a Smarter Digital Development”, giving rise to young leaders with fresh thought patterns in the ICT space.Following the ITU Conference, Brand South Africa hosted a panel discussion on The Role of ICT in the Advancement of South Africa and the Economy, to dissect the outcomes and discuss the way forward. Winner of the Global SME Excellence Award, Tshepo Thlaku, joined the panel in discussions.Thlaku is an entrepreneur who founded Pulego Communications, a 100% black-owned B-BBEE Level 1 enterprise that provides innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions, project consulting and outsourcing of software resources. Pulego Communications is also the brainchild behind a citizens’ engagement mobile platform for smart cities, the very innovation that bagged them the Global SME Excellence Award.At the debrief, Thlaku spoke on the importance of the government providing means for citizens to learn digital skills in order to thrive in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). He added that the government needs to give young people an opportunity to showcase their technological ideas, making mention of how wealthy South Africa is in young, innovative young people.According to Thlaku, public sector needs to collaborate with schools and universities in order to provide entrepreneurs with the necessary skills for the 4IR, so that banks can assist them with their businesses.In addition to being an entrepreneur, Thlaku has also held numerous positions at Junior Chamber International (JCI), a worldwide network of young active citizens between ages 18-40 in over 120 countries, providing development opportunities that empower the youth. Through the JCI, Thlaku has travelled to over 25 countries, sharing sustainable solutions with young people who come face to face with challenges in their respective communities, sparking radical and positive change.You can get in touch with Pulego Communications on the following platforms: Twitter, Facebook.last_img read more

Going Caching 2013 Mega-Event — Geocaching HQ Trip Report by Sean Boots

first_img SharePrint RelatedLackey Trip Report: Going Caching 2019October 29, 2019In “Community”Lackey trip report: Hoorn Mega – Game OverApril 16, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching HQ’s Product Team Goes on the RoadNovember 30, 2015In “Geocaching tools” The full crew from the Going Caching 2013 Mega-Event.Geocaching HQ’er Sean with a couple of happy geocachers.This past August I had the pleasure of meeting Andi Beyer and Jim Williamson, founders of the “Going Caching” Mega, for the first time. They had just flown to Seattle to attend this year’s Geocaching Block Party and were introduced to me because Geocaching HQ had chosen to send me to this year’s version of their event in Warm Springs, Georgia. We hit it off immediately. They made some bold promises about how much fun I would have at their event and I became super-excited to trek across the country for their Mega-Event.Often when one travels to mega events as a Groundspeak Lackey it is difficult to find the time to participate in the various events and activities because one gets caught up at the main event meeting and greeting with cachers from around the area. To avoid this, Andi and Jim insisted that I add another day to my trip so that I would have enough time to participate in all the events. When I arrived in Warm Springs, they immediately hooked me up with an amazing family, the Villanuevas, who adopted me for the day with orders to make sure I would partake in all the various events. Agent Hop, his wife HopsGeneral and their two awesome daughters were gracious hosts and went out of their way to make my trip a great one.“Look at the cache. Now back to me. Now back to the cache. I’m on a horse.”The first event planned for me was a series of geocaches to be found on horseback. My hosts drove me to Roosevelt Riding Stables, a cute little outpost in the FDR State Park, where Andi and company had set up a special geocaching course for those who wanted a brand new caching experience. Caches were placed at a perfect height on trees along the path, so that it wasn’t necessary to dismount in order to find them. There were multi-caches, traditional caches, puzzle caches, and letterboxes, all accessible only by horse. We spent the morning trotting around the park collecting these caches and then headed back to the main park to jump head first into the main puzzle. Great fun!When we returned to the main event site, it became clear to me how amazing the organization and logistics for this event actually were. Andi and Jim had designed a giant, super-complex puzzle cache based on a hybrid of the television series “Lost” and the Indiana Jones trilogy to be the centerpiece of the event. They had printed, minted and crafted all kinds of cool swag for participants such as path tags, collectable coins, gold-painted plaster scarabs, collectable caching cards featuring photos of attendees, and laminated map cards. All of these things were brilliantly incorporated into the puzzle so that participants would be required to collaborate with one another but in such a way that made it actually possible for everyone to complete the challenge. They repurposed staff members as actors, who were dressed up as druids with scary contact lenses in order to defend an elaborate map room from the unauthorized. Those who made it past the druids were required to hook up their collectable geocoin to a staff of the correct size, and a laser would then shoot out of the wall pointing to the final cache location on the giant map. This location ultimately turned out to be a faked aircraft crash site in the middle of the woods with a huge cache box where participants could enter the evening raffle by dropping off their validated map pieces. So cool!The geocachers who earned smileys on horseback.Overall, there were 10 different mini-events associated with this awesome Mega including a Civilian Conservation Corps CITO event, a tasty brunch on Sunday morning and even a Fireside chat with FDR himself! Also, the event hosted a series of Groundspeak’s new Lab Caches featuring a historical tour of FDR state park and another fun caching challenge called the ACE challenge which had participants run around the park gathering a series of stamps with the ultimate goal of cashing them in for a specially-designed Magellan coin. Finally, 100 newly published caches were released throughout the region and were provided to participants the morning of the event on a special thumb drive provided in the welcome pack.Truly the Going Caching Mega events are a special treat for those who are fortunate enough to attend. Next year’s theme is already set, Going Caching 2014 – “When in Rome…” to be held in Andi’s and Jim’s hometown of Rome, GA! If you are able, you should definitely find a way to attend. You won’t be disappointed!A location of one of the experimental geocaches from Geocaching Labs. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Lucky 13: Lyceum clinches Final Four seat, remains unbeaten

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We’ll just continue to be humble and blessed to be in this position,” he said.Prince Eze carried Perpetual (4-8) with 26 points, 20 rebounds, and seven blocks, while Gab Dagangon had 17 markers and four boards in the loss.The Scores:LYCEUM 94 – Perez 21, Jv. Marcelino 15, Nzeusseu 15, Pretta 12, Jc. Marcelino 11, Ayaay 8, Caduyac 4, Cinco 3, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Baltazar 0, Ibañez 0, Liwag 0.PERPETUAL 83 – Eze 26, Dagangon 17, Sadiwa 13, Singontiko 9, Pido 8, Coronel 5, Ylagan 4, Cabiltes 1, Casas 0, Hao 0, Lucente 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s really something that we are not accustomed to, but part of the journey is making it here,” said coach Topex Robinson.CJ Perez scattered 21 points, nine assists, and five rebounds, while Mike Nzeusseu tallied a double-double of 15 markers and 15 boards in the huge win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJayvee Marcelino added 15 points and four rebounds, while twin brother Jaycee Marcelino got 11 markers and three boards, including the game-sealing triple from the left corner with 41.5 seconds left to give Lyceum a 92-81 lead.Robinson said that though the first bullet in the Pirates’ checklist has already been crossed, it’s still important for his side to sustain their groove coming into the postseason. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img Quarters: 16-19, 43-40, 67-63, 94-83. LATEST STORIES Gareth Barry: Record-breaker, great Premier League survivor For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum continued on Thursday its historic run in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, clinching its first Final Four spot since joining the league in 2011.The Pirates remained unscathed with their 13th straight victory as they hacked out a 94-83 victory over Perpetual at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Building Blocks | Best Architecture Colleges in India

first_imgWhile most other architecture colleges focus on training students to become professional architects, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, we offer a diverse and research-oriented learning experience,” says P.S. Chani, who took over as the head of the department of architecture and planning at the IIT in 2017. Located,While most other architecture colleges focus on training students to become professional architects, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, we offer a diverse and research-oriented learning experience,” says P.S. Chani, who took over as the head of the department of architecture and planning at the IIT in 2017. Located in Uttarakhand’s Roorkee city, the department is part of a sprawling 365-acre campus that was established in 1847 as the Thomason College of Civil Engineering. The institution went on to become the seventh IIT in 2001. Befitting its stature as a premier architecture institution, the department’s building stands out due to its well-appointed interiors. It offers a conventional undergraduate programme in architecture and two programmes in architecture and urban and rural planning at the postgraduation level. Research is the core strength of the department. According to Chani, eight new state-of-the-art labs-on NET-ZED (net zero energy dwelling), inclusive design, virtual reality, regional planning, urban design and system dynamics-have been set up in the past two years. The faculty is in the process of developing a ‘low carbon construction protocol’ for the NBCC (National Buildings Construction Corporation) and are awaiting a copyright on the recently completed ready reckoner for calculating embodied energy rates for buildings.13 is the average years of teaching experience of the 18 permanent faculty members Apart from its many inhouse facilities, the department benefits from being part of an institution spanning multiple aspects of engineering and technology. The students have an open access to IIT-Roorkee’s common tinkering lab to test ideas as well as an incubation centre to nurture start-ups. “More and more students are nowadays keen to become entrepreneurs,” says Chani. The faculty members encourage the participation of students and research scholars in their ongoing projects. Prof. Avlokita Agarwal of the department is, for instance, setting up a virtual reality darkroom that will enable virtual access to iconic buildings all over the world, and she has involved her students in the project. Gaurav Raheja, a faculty member, specialises in inclusive design and is working on the ministry of defence projects. Another faculty member, Uttam Roy, is leading a Rs 2.4 crore project for the development of Patna. Ram Satish, an urban design specialist at the institution, is working with the Andhra Pradesh government on the new state capital, Amaravati, and Prof. Raj Shekhar has a Rs. 12 crore collaborative project to develop protocols for energy-efficient housing in Uttarakhand.advertisement Creating Illusions: German artist 1010 doing a 3D wall painting at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Getty Images)299,878 books available in the libraryThe department’s students have been expanding their sphere of knowledge and information beyond the scope of their designated curriculum with Curious Columns, a society comprising some 40 members. The group regularly organises lectures and workshops by inhouse and guest faculty. Further, the department actively takes part in Thomso, the annual cultural festival, and Cognizance, the annual tech fest. Architecture students also participate in the annual NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture) convention. The department organises two events: Cognizance, the annual tech fest, and Thomso, the annual cultural festivalIn addition to a well-stocked library and the central Mahatma Gandhi Library, which houses the largest collection of print and digital documents in any engineering institution, students have access to the multi-activity centre, students’ activity centre and the ‘hangar’, a large convocation hall that was once used to park aircraft. The IIT-Roorkee has 20 hostels for students and research scholars, including accommodation for married research scholars. Each of these units has high-speed wi-fi access. Work is also under way to provide free high speed wi-fi access to all academic departments and common areas. Guruspeak: Prof. P.S. Chani Head of Department, Architecture & Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.What is unique about your department?A strong focus on research and an academic environment that prepares students to aspire for a lot more than merely becoming professional architects.What are the initiatives taken in the past three years?Eight new labs for NET-ZED, inclusive design, virtual reality, system dynamics, regional planning, urban design and the creative aspects of architecture; also, projects to develop low carbon construction protocols for the NBCC; design aspects of Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh; development of Patna city, energy-efficient housing for cold climates and the use of vernacular material in construction.What next?A review of the current course curriculum so that it is in sync with the digital age and upgraded workshops with state-of-the-art laser cutters and 3D printers. My experience at IIT -Roorkee: Pranjal Agrawal, 1st year, BArchWhat is unique about your department?It’s an IIT, it has the best infrastructure in terms of academics, cultural activity and sports.advertisementOne change I want…The first-year curriculum should have more practical tutorials and field study.The best facility…Unrestricted access to high-speed internet via LAN in all hostel rooms of the institute.last_img read more