Private company to run Regional Hospital

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first_img 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 Printcenter_img Advertisement NewsLocal NewsPrivate company to run Regional HospitalBy admin – October 20, 2011 546 Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Ocean City Fishing Club’s 47th Annual Surf Tourney Draws 200

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first_imgTwo hundred lined the beaches in Ocean City south of 14th Street on Saturday for the 47th annual Surf Fishing Invitational Tournament.“Where are all the fish?”That was a frequent question asked by many of the 200 anglers participating in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s 47th annual Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18.Two hundred lined the beaches in Ocean City south of 14th Street on Saturday for the 47th annual Surf Fishing Invitational Tournament.Unruly surf, generated by far-out-to-sea Hurricane Gonzalo, may have had something to do with the lackluster tournament results recorded by 31 six-member teams and 24 individual competitors.The largest fish caught in the men’s category was a 14-inch bluefish landed by Jim Camburn, of Cape May. Renee Kelly, of Sicklerville, earned a trophy for the largest fish in the women’s competition: a 12-inch kingfish.The first-place team winner was Team CTS, with 178 points, followed by the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association with 131.25 points and the Surf ‘N Land B team with 131 points.J.C. Hinkle won a trophy for the most fish points as an individual.Two hundred lined the beaches in Ocean City south of 14th Street on Saturday for the 47th annual Surf Fishing Invitational Tournament.The event attracted a number of young people, some of whom went home with trophies.Mark Anthony, 12, of Drexel Hill, Pa., won several awards, including one for the biggest fish caught by someone under 14 years. Chase Kephart, 8, of Williamstown, N.J., fishing with the Brigantine Sharks team, won a trophy for the most fish points tallied by a youth who was assisted with his casts. His score: 5 points, one each for the five sand sharks he caught.The annual event received strong support from 35 area businesses, vendors, restaurants, hotels, and individuals that donated many door prizes.The Ocean City Department of Recreation co-sponsors the tournament.— By George Ingram for the Ocean City Fishing Club__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Panelists debate the Arab uprisings in the Middle East

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first_imgStudents and faculty members gathered to talk about recent issues in the Middle East at a panel discussion titled “The Arab Uprisings: Crisis and Conflict in Egypt, Syria and Beyond” on Thursday afternoon at Doheny Memorial Library.Middle East crisis · Professor Sherman Jackson discussed the Arab riots in Egypt, Libya and Syria on Thursday at Doheny Library. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe event, hosted by the Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences’ Middle East Studies Program, was composed of a panel of five professors: Sarah Gualtieri, an associate professor of history and American studies and ethnicity; Sherman Jackson, a professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity; Laurie Brand, a professor of international relations; Wayne Sandholtz, a professor of international relations and law; and Fayez Hammad, a political science lecturer.“It is important for students on our campus to know the ways in which our government and our society is involved in these crises, and we were also trying to provide information on issues that might have needed clarification for our students,” Gualtieri said.Many students believed the panelists successfully addressed several pressing issues in the region.“I thought it was a good overview of how the situation has developed, the militarization of the conflict in Syria and the challenges of the transition to democracy in Egypt and Libya,” said Natasha Pesaran, a doctoral student in the history of politics.The panel discussed the recent transition to more militarized and violent protests. According to the group, in 2011, when conflicts in the Middle East began to erupt, the movements were mainly nonviolent and not based on religion, but now that time has passed, the movements have changed drastically. The panelists also said that the media generally tends to show the public more gunfire.“I think it’s kind of our responsibility as educated citizens to take an interest in the things that are going on in the world and [where] American influence is still pretty strong,” Pesaran said.Many students were also glad that the professors serving as panelists gave them a context into which they could fit all the recent news they had heard from the area.“For me, it was actually really interesting to hear professors on campus theorize how to make sense of the past three years,” said Maytha Alhassen, a doctoral student in American studies and ethnicity.The professors each gave a 10 minute talk about what has been happening in the Middle East, with each professor focusing on a different part of the uprisings before opening up the panel for a question and answer session.“What was most interesting for me was looking at the different intersections of different fields and trying to understand everything that’s happening in the region, but I really liked that there were some precise focuses on countries and regions,” Alhassen said.Though the talk was centered on the Middle East in general, the professors tried to focus on the issues in Egypt, Syria and Libya since those tend to be the countries that students hear about the most.“I liked that Professor Gualtieri was also highlighting creative resistance and the grassroots organizing in the region,” Alhassen said. “That for me is where my passion stands — with the people on the ground, what they’re talking about and how they’re voicing their resistance.”The media often fails to mention the role of Syrian women in the upheavals, and in the past, these women have marched through the market as “brides of peace” according to Gualtieri.“I have family everywhere, and I’m very interested in the topic in general. I wanted to see how the university is engaging in this discussion about something that was happening thousands and thousands of miles away,” Alhassen said.The panelists also emphasized the importance of these issues for Americans.“The Arab uprisings are very important topics not only for the Arabs themselves but for a wider global audience. It is a very large, significant region in the world that is going through monumental revolutions,” Hammad said.Through participating in discussions such as these, the professors hope to raise awareness at USC about the problems in the Middle East.“The fact that students took a note about this presentation and were able to come and listen to this is reassuring that people are actually eager to know about this information,” Hammad said.Follow Alexandria on Twitter @alimar18last_img read more