Previous articleTime for RTE to portray positive image of cityNext articleUL urged to buy into city centre admin Facebook Email IT has been confirmed that private companies are bidding for a contract to come into the Mid-Western Regional Hospital and manage it. A spokesperson for Health Minister, Dr James Reilly, told the Limerick Post that whichever of the companies wins the contract for running the hospital for up to 15 months, will be obliged to upskill the existing management team.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There are three UK and one Irish company in the running for the lucrative contract and, the spokesman added, “the aim of this is not to privatise the hospital. It is for the hospital to have access to state- of- the- art management skills, as there are aspects of the current management structures which need to be supported”.The move has outraged IMPACT, who are describing it as a breach of the Croke Park agreement.In a letter to the minister, IMPACT’s national secretary, Louise O’Donnell, said the plans lays bare how “the HSE has drained itself of senior management personnel under the Incentivised Early Retirement and Voluntary Redundancy scheme of 2010, forcing the HSE to rely on more expensive measures to fill the human resources gaps created by the scheme”.Meanwhile, following 12 hours of talks on Wednesday at the Labour Relations Commission, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and SIPTU, have agreed to suspend all industrial action at the Mid Western Regional Hospital for a four week period to allow for a full review of the situation in the emergency department, where nurses say patients are at risk because of conditions. For the duration of this four week period, additional resources have been provided and HSE. Linkedin Print Advertisement NewsLocal NewsPrivate company to run Regional HospitalBy admin – October 20, 2011 546 Twitter WhatsApp
United Methodist Communities in Ocean City is a full-service care facility, from assisted living to hospice. By Maddy VitaleQuality is what staff at the United Methodist Communities at The Shores in Ocean City offers to loved ones and their families at an assisted living facility that offers a continuum of care.“When you are a caregiver, you are thinking about what you have to do and checking it off your list. A family should have a quality visit, not a quantity visit. When you come here to see your loved one, you are spending quality time,” said Ryan Champion, director of sales for UMC, 2201 Bay Ave. in Ocean City.A memory support program called Tapestries has expanded since it was first offered at The Shores in 2005 because of a growing need, explained UMC Executive Director Jessica Stewart.“UMC recognizes that,” Stewart said.The name for the section of UMC devoted to residents with dementia and other memory-related ailments, came through the concept that no two tapestries are alike, just as no two people are the same, Stewart noted.“The most important thing is how you make that person feel at that moment,” she said.UMC residents become friends and create their own group activities. (Courtesy UMC)The Tapestries program is located in secure assisted living neighborhoods within The Shores community. It offers apartments with living rooms, bedrooms, full bathrooms, and tea kitchens . Just like other programs at The Shores, it allows residents to experience comfort in their private space.Residents can also enjoy time in “common areas” for things such as family style dining, activity and exercise programs, dining room, and a multi-purpose room for hobbies. Specifically, trained caregivers work 24/7 in the program according to information provided by UMC.Approximately 200 residents live at The Shores. Residents can walk on lush grounds and it overlooks a golf course. The top deck offers a seating area to look out and, in some spots, you could see the bay.Residents have several types of apartments to choose from. All have tea kitchens and sitting areas.United Methodist Communities at The Shores has one particular goal in mind, Stewart said. They want residents to come in when they are as independent as possible and as their medical needs grow, they are able to stay in the same home they are accustomed to and still receive all of the care and attention he or she needs.“People are living longer. The thought process is that we should be more proactive than reactive. We want people to make their own decisions and feel in control,” Stewart said. “We encourage people to come in as independent as possible. One of our largest competitors is home but we offer a continuum of care where residents won’t have to make another move or transition. They have the ability to age within our community.”Besides living in a beautiful environment that is homey, spacious and offers expert care, housekeeping, laundry, special meals and transportation to doctor’s appointments and day trips, there is a multitude of other activities to keep a resident busy.UMC Director of Sales Ryan Champion shows the library, which also features computer terminals.Arts and crafts, clubs, a library complete with computer terminals, and a hair salon, touch upon just some of the activities and amenities at The Shores.There is even a large fitness room staffed by senior fitness expert Karen Cooper. Cooper gave a tour of the machines, specially reconfigured with seniors in mind.A weight machine gives seniors the ability to change the poundage without lifting anything. With the touch of a button, the desired weight can be added, eliminating possible injuries.Cooper said each senior has their own set of goals and the objective is to keep the residents moving in a safe way. She said residents love the workouts designed specifically for them so much that some seniors make a workout a part of their daily routine.UMC Executive Director Jessica Stewart with Director of Sales Ryan Champion.A host of activities would not be complete without a healthy schedule of entertainment.At The Shores there is more than enough entertainment to keep people engaged, Champion said.“Our job is to keep families proactive. We offer a robust entertainment calendar. You won’t be lonely,” Champion said with a smile. “Socialization adds years to your life and adds quality to life. That is what our team wants to drive home.”While The Shores puts out a calendar of events, many of the residents form their own groups for card games and other activities, he said.“We have live entertainment, hula dancers, ballroom dancing, Irish dancers. We even have a senior prom where the residents get dressed up,” Champion said. “Everyone has so much fun.”From games, to entertainment, to spacious apartments, UMC offers its residents a real home, staff says. (Courtesy UMC)But you don’t have to be a social butterfly to enjoy The Shores.Champion said just getting dressed to go down to the dining hall to eat can be enough social time for some people. The bottom line is to make the residents happy, he said.When looking at options of assisted living facilities in the area, both Stewart and Champion said there is a reason family should choose The Shores – quality.The question becomes finances. The Shores is competitive with its pricing and offers much more than others, both Stewart and Champion said.Bedrooms offer ample space.Stewart added that the task of going over paperwork may be confusing. Staff at The Shores will help with potential residents with that.“We have the resources here to help,” Stewart explained. “It can be fast or as lengthy as people want it to be, based on apartment styles or choices. It all depends on the individual. Everything is personalized from the time you walk through the door.”And when it comes to who calls the shots at United Methodist Communities at The Shores, Stewart said this, “As employees, we are guests. The residents are an integral part of their home.”For more information visit www.theshores.umcommunities.org/ or call (609) 399-8505.
Advertisement 7fnrrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2medWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebp0a( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xpy7cWould you ever consider trying this?😱4xm84dCan your students do this? 🌚6iRoller skating! Powered by Firework The shuttler earned the World Championship title back in August but has been putting on a disappointing performance ever since. Sindhu has only been able to put up a fight in the French Open tournament, but Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand believes it is due to her tight schedule. Advertisement The badminton player has not been able to hold up against her opponents after the World Championship tournament. Her early exits from the championships have raised questions, to which coach Gopichand has responded. He gave a brief about her schedule ever since the World Championship ended. Sindhu has been flying to Denmark, France, Korea and China to participate in tournaments, while at the same time preparing for the upcoming Tokyo 2020. The hectic schedule has taken a toll on her, but Gopichand is sure that the country will witness World No 1 Sindhu in her zone again at the Tokyo 2020. Advertisement Other players, apart from Sindhu, are also preparing for the Olympics. He has reason to believe that every sports person representing India can bring back a medal to the country. Having been a fan of cricket ever since he was a child, he is extremely excited for the D/N Test match, that is to Kickstart at the Eden Gardens on Friday. He and Sindhu will be among the many players who will be felicitated at the event. Advertisement Advertisement
LVR now meets G.W. Graham of Chilliwack in consolation round action Saturday. The winner finishes 11th. Lewis powers Bomber past Tupper at Rugby ChampionshipsRyan Lewis scored three tries to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 20-14 victory over Sir Charles Tupper of Vancouver in consolation round action at the BC High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Wednesday in Abbotsford.Lewis was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring three times and converting a penalty to lead the Bombers scoring machine.”This was a big win for us,” said Bomber head coach Michael Joyce from Abbotsford.”We played well in the first half, but (Sir Charles Tupper) came back hard in the second.”LVR opened the tournament Saturday in Kelowna, dropping a 31-5 decision to South Kamloops.The Bombers, ranked 13th in the 16-team field, now advance down the consolation round trail playing the winner of DW Poppey of Langley and Smithers Thursday.LVR advanced to the provincial tournament by blasting Stanley Humphries Rockers 43-0 in the Kootenay Final played earlier this month at the Lakeside Pitch. The L.V. Rogers Bombers dropped a heartbreaker at the BC High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Thursday in Abbotsford.D.W. Poppey of Langley scored the winning points in the final minutes of he game to edge the Bombers 13-7 in consolation round action.The loss drops LVR into bottom half of the 16-team draw.”We played amazing defence and beat them physically, but had our troubles getting our offence to click,” said Bomber coach Michael Joyce.Chase Gilbertson gave the Bombers a 7-6 advantage with two minutes remaining in the game.However, the Bomber defence cracked just enough to allow Poppey to score the winning points.
WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United FC captain Dwayne Ambusley netted his first goal for almost three seasons and only his second goal for the club, as they eased past Tivoli Gardens FC 2-0 in Monday night’s Red Stripe Premier League football fixture at Montego Bay Sports Complex.Afterwards, he dedicated the victory to his daughter, Shanice, who was celebrating her birthday, noting that he had promised something special and the goal was a fitting gift.”I am delighted with the win because I kept my promise to my daughter to score tonight and get the win,” the midfielder said.”It is my first goal in about three years so it’s special on that account. But the most important thing is that we won tonight,” added Ambusley.The win lifted the former champions level to the top on 37 points with Portmore United and two clear of defending champions Arnett Gardens FC.Ambusley’s goal, which gave his team a 12th minute lead, was rather fortuitous, as his intended cross swerved away from Tivoli’s goalkeeper Edsel Scott and into the upper far corner of the goalgoalscoring formMercurial striker Dino Williams also continued his fine goalscoring form, when he scored in the 28th minute in a dominant first half of football from the home side, in front of a partisan crowd.Ambusley said they were determined to get the victory and heaped praise on Williams for his role in the team’s success so far this season.”We talked about it before the game that we needed to win this one and that Dino keeps scoring and it worked out that way. As team captain, I can’t ask for nothing more.”MoBay’s goalkeeper had a relatively quiet night between the posts, but was called to duty with a superb one-handed save to deny Jamoy Sibbles an equaliser at the 18th minute.Williams was netting his League-leading 14th goal for the season, but the hard-running striker was taken off in second half action because of a lingering hamstring problem.Tivoli’s coach, Christopher Bender, said his side’s struggle will have to be addressed with additional talent in the transfer window.”We are not playing with enough confidence at the moment and of course the team missed Junior Flemmings greatly. He brings a certain calmness to the team and that was lacking tonight,” Bender reasoned.”There still a way to go in this up and down season for us, but we’re hoping to get some wins and stay away from trouble,” he said.Tivoli, following their 10th loss this season, lie 10th in the 12-team standings and have a woeful defensive record, having shipped a league leading 28 goals in 19 matches.
Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis wants to return to France 1 Marseille are still in contact with Swansea over a potential loan deal for striker Bafetimbi Gomis, according to reports in France.Gomis managed just seven goals in 35 appearances for the Welsh club last term and reports earlier this summer suggested he is keen on a return to his native France.However, Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin wants to keep hold of the 30-year-old and club chairman Huw Jenkins is proving to be a tough negotiator in terms of reaching an agreement with Marseille over Gomis’ wages.Marseille have offered to cover 30 per cent of Gomis’ salary but Swansea will only release the player if the French club agree to a 50-50 split.Gomis joined Swansea from Lyon in 2014 but has since lost his place in the France squad and believes his only chance of regaining his spot is by sealing a move back to Ligue 1.
14 May 2010 South African soccer fans are among the most colourful, passionate – and eccentric – in the world, as visitors to the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ will soon discover. Come the afternoon of 11 June, should you find yourself in the grandstand of the Johannesburg’s calabash-shaped Soccer City stadium, chances are you’ll be sitting next to someone sporting a bright yellow jersey, oversized goggles and a decorated miner’s helmet or “makarapa”, and blowing a bright plastic trumpet known as a vuvuzela.Symbols of pride And these are just some of the must-have “symbols of pride” for any self-respecting South African football fan, local soccer fanatic Freddy “Saddam” Maake told BuaNews recently. You might also see supporters eating bread to indicate that the opposition is their “daily bread”, opening a Bible in search of divine intervention, or carrying a homemade coffin to indicate that their team is about to “bury” the opposition. “Come the World Cup, Bafana Bafana supporters will be easily recognised … we are proudly South African and what better way to show it than to have all our symbols,” said Maake, urging South Africans to go all out and buy the full range to show their support for the national team. With the kick-off to Africa’s first Fifa World Cup fast approaching, entrepreneurs’ creative juices are flowing freely, resulting in some hilarious supporter accessories. Vuvuzelas, kuduzelas, momozelas … One company recently launched vuvuzela-shaped earplugs for quieter fans. Company spokesperson Andrew Chin said the move was a patriotic one, intended to embrace the instrument while providing ear protection for those who wanted it. “The World Cup is a fantastic event, and rather than entertaining complaints about the noise from vuvuzelas, we thought we’d do something positive,” Chin told BuaNews. “We believe all South Africans should get with the World Cup party, embrace it and have fun at the same time!” Among other accessories is the Kuduzela trumpet, a kudu horn-shaped alternative to the vuvuzela, which sounds like a trumpeting elephant. Then there’s the “momozela”, or baby vuvuzela, which sounds like a baby crying. While many may find it irritating, local soccer fanatics love the sound it makes. Maake said there is also the “vuthela”, which is more user-friendly as it does not take as much effort to blow. And those with a burst of energy to carry extra kilos to the stadium might want to take the “baleka”, or “gijima” as it is popularly known, which, after being wound for some time, emits a sound like an air-raid siren.Six colours of passion Some local supporters simply cannot do without their long, colourful church robes when they go out to support their team, Maake said, adding that it has become fashionable for fans to wear these along with giant glasses displaying team slogans and logos, and afro wigs sprayed the colours of the national flag. The country’s creative entrepreneurs have also made scarves, head bunnies and hand gloves for those who will attend matches in the chillier parts of the country. And of course, the South African flag is a must for every supporter, its latest incarnation being the car side-mirror “socks” that have become increasingly visible on the country’s roads. The makarapa And then there’s the makarapa, the modified, decorated miners’ helmet unique to South African soccer fans. The makarapa dates back to 1979, according to the man credited with making the first one. “The way I invented the makarapa is almost as weird as I am,” said Alfred Baloyi, 54, a die-hard Kaizer Chiefs supporter who said the idea came to him while he was sitting in a stadium. “Someone threw a bottle and hit someone on the head.” At his next game Baloyi, who worked as a cleaner in Limpopo province at the time, wore his work safety helmet decorated with football imagery. The makarapa’s embellishments commonly include images of favourite players, former president Nelson Mandela, current politicians, and team flags and colours, said Baloyi, whose selling price has escalated from a mere R7 in 1979 to a cool R300 for a helmet today. For the World Cup, Baloyi and his employees are making makarapas to suit fans of most of the 32 teams. Maake, who has over 300 makarapas, boasts that he has one for every occasion. He said his makarapas have mini-portraits of Nelson Madela, Danny Jordaan, Sepp Blatter, Kaizer Motaung, Irvin Khoza and Molefi Oliphant. “I wear these guys with pride,” Maake said. “They contributed significantly in bringing us the Fifa World Cup.” Whether Bafana Bafana win or lose during the tournament, Mzansi’s fans will be sure to win a million hearts with their outrageous regalia and over-the-top antics. Source: BuaNews