Watch: Doherty slams Minister over broken promises on Community Hospitals

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgSinn Féin Deputy Pearse Doherty has repeated his criticism of the Government over its ‘bare-faced lies’ on the future of St Joseph’s and Ramelton Community Hospitals.Speaking to Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly, Deputy Doherty raised the issued of the government’s failure to approve the capital funding required to redevelopment St Joseph’s and Ramelton Community Hospitals.The Donegal T.D. accused the government of acting in ‘bad faith’ and of ‘drip-feeding misinformation’ to both communities over the projects before condemning the fact that neither hospital has yet been allocated funding under the HSE Capital Plan. He criticised the HSE of “squandering money” on minor upgrades in at Ramelton and Stranorlar to ensure both units adhere to HIQA standards by 2021, while funding that was promised for their redevelopment has not materialised.Video via @PearseDohertyTDSpeaking in the Dáil yesterday, Pearse Doherty TD said: “Minister Daly you sat with myself and other Deputies as well as the hospitals committee members who travelled a long distance from Donegal to come to the Oireachtas on 7th November last and you told us, along with Department officials, that these projects were going ahead.“You told us that there would be detailed design for these projects by 2019 and they would go to planning in early 2020 and that there would need to be sequencing in terms of patient transferring to Letterkenny while these works were ongoing – yet that is not happening. “Your promise has been broken and there is deep suspicion in the communities involved over what government has told them because of this and because you have not given the go ahead for these projects to commence.”Following the heated debate, Deputy Doherty is now urging the Government to change tack and to immediately sanction the finance required to proceed with the redevelopment plans and secure the long term future of the hospitals.Watch: Doherty slams Minister over broken promises on Community Hospitals was last modified: July 4th, 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:COMMUNITY HOSPITALSPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

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Photos: Steph and Ayesha Curry slash price on North Carolina mansion

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgLooks like Steph and Ayesha Curry have a sale lined up for their Waxhaw, N.C. home, after reducing the price to $1.19M from $1.55M, reports Realtor.com. The current status on the home is sale pending.Waxhaw is about 30 miles outside of Charlotte where the Golden State Warriors star grew up and where the first sports couple of the Bay Area married in 2011. It was their first home.The 7,650 square foot home has four bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. It features a theater room, game room, and …last_img read more

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Drew Remenda on the Sharks: No guarantees — but a plan

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first_imgSo what happens in Game 6?A friend of mine — not Tomas Hertl — guaranteed me that the Sharks would win Game 5. I wasn’t buying it. I pointed out that in this series, Martin Jones’ save percentage was .838, his goals-against average was over 5 goals per game and he had been yanked in Games 3 and 4.Frankly I thought coach Pete DeBoer was dead wrong in starting Jones in Game 5. I guess that’s why DeBoer has won over 400 games in the NHL and I was a member of thecoaching staff that …last_img read more

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Famous Geneticist Tells NIH that Humans Are Going Extinct

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgThe facts of genetics make it clear even to evolutionists: “We are dying” and “More death by selection will not work.”by Salvador CordovaAfter 40 years of work in genetics and 18 years of research specifically into the question of human genetic degeneration, retired Cornell research professor John Sanford was finally invited by sympathetic staff at the world’s leading medical institution, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to present his work.Sanford was once an evolutionist, and few geneticists could boast of (1) having their work involved in feeding starving billions in the 3rd world and (2) having his inventions in the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. But late in his career, what should have been an instant invitation to speak at the NIH seemed permanently closed. Why? Dr Sanford had become a creationist.Truth Will RiseAt some point, however, the truth cannot be ignored – especially if it is medically relevant to an audience devoted to human health. And if only to state the obvious that the Darwinian “emperor has no clothes” and to finally speak for those whose voice has been suppressed that “we are dying” as a human race – and that “more death by natural selection will not work” as a solution – John Sanford laid out his case for human genetic degeneration in methodical scientific detail.To see the entire lecture “Mutation Accumulation: Is It a Serious Health Threat?” go to this link on YouTube.The night before Sanford’s talk, we were wondering if his talk would be canceled because he was known as a creationist and his talk had creationist-friendly overtones. I heard word that all the NIH Directors were getting involved the day before in a decision to possibly cancel his talk because of complaints by resident Darwinists. It is ironic that a medical institution studying heritable disease would have individuals resistant to a talk by an elite geneticist about heritable diseases! But Providence made possible a presentation that was long overdue.Mutational BurdenThe simple fact is that if all children are more genetically damaged than their parents, “survival of the fittest” cannot reverse genetic deterioration. Darwinists naively think that a large number of children are better genetically than their parents, but never consider the scenario where all or most the children could be worse off than their parents. In such case “survival of the fittest” is really “survival of the best of the worst.”The scenario where children are worse off than their parents has been mathematically examined for years, and it was realized in order for a couple to have at least one kid free of bad mutations (much less having even 1 good mutation), each human female had to bear thousands if not millions of kids!Poor MomAn almost humorous moment was when Sanford quoted evolutionist Dan Graur. Graur argued that if most of the human genome is functional, each human female needed to make 10^35 children to prevent human genomic degeneration (and that’s assuming 99.999% are killed who are mutant)! Graur concluded that therefore the human genome must be about 90% junk. Sanford pointed out, even if the human genome were 90% junk, in such case each female would need to have only 44,000 offspring!In light of human degeneration, quietly, some die-hard evolutionists have been advocating genetically modifying the human genome — as in intelligent design. They see the need for intelligent design to preserve the species, yet they are totally blind to realizing this implies intelligent design was needed to originate the species in the first place!NIH’s Christian LegacySanford indirectly showed we are intelligently designed but also genetically cursed – facts which coincide quite accurately with the Christian faith. What was heartening was to see researchers and medical staff at the NIH giving John a warm welcome. The NIH has hospitals and clinics and deals with death and disease frequently. At the NIH FAES bookstore is the NIH Director’s book, The Language of God, as if to say, in the medical community, thoughts of God are not unwelcome. The NIH also has a chapel where people can pray. Since the NIH is in a city named after the place where Jesus once healed a lame man (Bethesda), the NIH Nobel Laureate Hall has these words on display:Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, 3b waiting for the moving of the waters; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted. John 5:3-5*When I stumbled on this inscription when going to do reporting work for John Sanford at the NIH a few years back, I had a feeling God would do something special at the NIH one day. And indeed he did!Salvador Cordova has appeared on National TV, radio shows, newspapers, books and magazines for his work in promoting Intelligent Design and Creation Science. He is a former scientist and engineer in the aerospace and defense industry and presently serves as a professor and researcher in the area of Christian apologetics at small Bible College. He has four science degrees and is working on a PhD. For his previous entries on CEH, see his Author Profile. Sanford’s book examines the impact of mutations that are invisible to selection.Read Dr John Sanford’s classic on the history and future of the human genome, Genetic Entropy.*Note: Some manuscripts of the Gospel of John omit vv. 3b-4; some scholars feel they were a later addition. Nevertheless, the authenticity of John’s gospel was reinforced by excavations of the Pool of Bethesda, showing it did indeed have five porticoes. Also, a manuscript fragment from John from a few decades later proves it was not composed in later centuries as some had alleged. Early church fathers unanimously concur that the work was composed by the Apostle John.As one of the inner circle of the disciples of Jesus, John spoke as an eyewitness to the healing miracles of the Lord. In the chapter quoted above, he relates Jesus’ healing of a man who had been an invalid for 34 years. For the NIH, located in Bethesda, Maryland, to quote from the Gospel of John is altogether fitting.(Visited 2,103 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Forum to improve competitiveness

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgBrand South Africa’s chief executive, Miller Matola, believes South Africa has unique strengths that can boost its global competitiveness. (Picture: Shamin Chibba)GIVEN the rapid changes in technology and the global economy, South Africa must work to improve its competitiveness if it is to keep up with the rest of the world, especially with fellow developing countries – which is the reason behind the South African Competitiveness Forum (SACF).Brand South Africa will launch the forum on 25 July at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Johannesburg, during a pan-Africanism and African integration panel discussion.The launch will act as an introduction to the inaugural SACF, to take place on 5 November 2013.The company intends to use the SACF as a platform to identify competitive strengths and weaknesses in the South African economy, explains Brand South Africa’s research manager, Petrus de Kock. With the help of the government, business and civil society, it will comprehensively examine domestic and international factors that could affect the country’s competitiveness.The manner in which domestic as well as international investors perceive a country’s competitiveness, or that of a specific sector, impacts on the country’s global reputation as a trade partner and investment destination. “Brand South Africa’s mandate is focused on managing South Africa’s reputation.And we see a strong link between competitiveness and reputation,” says De Kock.Competitiveness Forum launchesBrand South Africa is playing a significant role in creating a competive country economy – identifying strengths that support trade, investments and partnerships across the continent.Here is the presentation made at the launch of the National Competitiveness Forum. [1.2Mb, PPTX file]Pretoria News – Business Report07/25/2013Competitiveness forum tackles reputation hurdles – M MatolaSouth Africans will be encouraged to become active participants in the economy to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP), which include poverty alleviation, job creation and quality health care. “One of the main goals of the SACF is to solicit the right input [from experts].We just need to go to the NDP to see what needs to be improved.”Brand South Africa expects three outcomes from the SACF, which should go a long way in enhancing the country’s competitiveness. These are:Establishing a Forum Working Group and writing up session reports that will contain recommendations and actions that need to be implemented;Producing a ministerial debriefing and final analytical report presentation for the Ministry of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Office of the Presidency; and,Developing a unique South African competitiveness index with the help of experts in various fields.The forum will be split into five breakaway working sessions to cover topics such as education and skills, products and services, governance and leadership, infrastructure, and foreign direct investment competitiveness.A leader among developing countriesAccording to the 2012/2013 Competitiveness Report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), the country fares well when compared to other emerging economies, especially those of the Next11 group. It is the global leader in legal rights, regulation of securities exchanges, and efficiency of corporate boards, and it has strong auditing and reporting standards. It is second when it comes to availability of financial services and third in financing through the local equity market.South Africa has improved in three of WEF’s competitiveness pillars in the last three years, says the report, namely institutions, financial market sophistication, and technological readiness.Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s chief executive, says the country, when compared to other Brics nations, comes first in five of the 10 criteria the World Bank uses to assess ease of doing business. These include starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting investors, and paying taxes.These positive aspects, he adds, mean South Africa offers protection to foreign direct investments and has a suitable environment for new trade, investment and related economic interactions. “These indicators highlight that South Africa has unique competitive strengths in the context of the developing world.”Brand South Africa’s report on the country’s competitiveness is just as optimistic. It states that the population “can have confidence in the capabilities, skill and knowledge necessary to improve the country’s overall global competitiveness”.De Kock points out that competitiveness is affected by internal and external factors. “The former can be rectified but the latter is not as easy. For instance, the rand value can go down and suddenly a South African product is not competitive anymore. So we have to find areas where it is possible for us to intervene.”To boost its competitiveness, de Kock suggests that more partnerships between private and public sectors need to be established to support education and skills development. “We are looking at a practical solution and not trying to reinvent the wheel. These partnerships need to have foolproof strategies to run efficiently.”Reputation affects competitivenessIn terms of its reputation, which is a key indicator in a country’s competitiveness, South Africa remains stable. According to the 2012 Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brand Index, which measures a nation’s reputation, South Africa retained its 36th spot – out of 50 – for a second consecutive year. This is a great feat, considering two-thirds of countries on the list experienced a decline.Though culture is South Africa’s strongest asset, it slid to 28th on the index. The country continues to rank 34th for tourism and 16th for sporting excellence.Brand South Africa’s annual international investor perception study, titled Project Thrive, indicates that there has been a steady improvement in investors’ views of the country as a business destination, despite the recent labour issues in the mining industry. It also shows that the country’s economic environment is seen to be full of opportunity.This is evident in the slight upturn in investment in South Africa in 2012, which is yet another achievement when considering Brics partners Brazil and India experienced a dip in the same period. The Project Thrive study notes that South Africa could attract more foreign direct investment if it could offer suitably qualified labour to investors.On 30 August, De Kock will host a research reference with the purpose of gathering stakeholder and expert input into the breakaway working sessions to take place at the Competitiveness Forum on 5 November 2013.Date: 25 July 2013Time: 18:00 for 18:30Venue: Hyatt Regency Hotel, RosebankRSVP: Khensani Mthombeni – [email protected]last_img read more

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The Wendt Group wins two national awards

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Auctioneers Association (NAA) has recognized Plain City-based The Wendt Group’s marketing work by naming the company winner of two national awards in its 2016 National Auctioneers Association Marketing Competition.According to the NAA, the 2016 contest included 880 entries from across the country. The Wendt Group’s awards were both in the Public Relations & Marketing category. Winners will be recognized in July at the competition reception in Grand Rapids, Michigan.“To be recognized by your peers on a national level is the ultimate honor an auction company can receive,” said Kevin Wendt, The Wendt Group president. “We’ve also been blessed to be affiliated with Wes Sigler and Blue River Digital to bring award-winning and unique marketing design options to our sellers.”The Wendt Group consists of full-service real estate professionals serving Ohio, Indiana, and the Midwest, offering both auction and traditional brokerage services. They specialize in farmland, recreational land, and farm equipment and are currently booking auctions for the fall. To learn more about The Wendt Group’s award-winning real estate and auction services, call 614-626-7653 or visit thewendtgroup.com.last_img read more

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9 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Modric signs with Mendes as Juventus circle

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric signs with Mendes as Juventus circleby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has joined super agent Jorge Mendes’ stable.Juventus are being linked with the veteran.Mediaset says the Ballon d’Or winner was linked with a move to Inter Milan after last year’s World Cup after six years at the Bernabeu.Mendes has been drafted in by the 33-year-old to facilitate a potential switch to Italy.Inter are desperate to take Modric to the San Siro but they could struggle to convince him to move to Milan if Juve are a viable option.The Milan outfit have offered the ex-Tottenham man a lucrative four-year deal worth nine million-a-year. last_img read more

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A big byelection in BC that could have an impact on Alberta

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – There is a provincial race in BC that could be important for Albertans.There will be a byelection in Nanaimo on Wednesday that could threaten the NDP and Green alliance in that province.This is all about the balance of power. With such a slight lead in the number of seats for the NDP and Green party, just this one riding could result in a vote of non-confidence meaning British Columbians could be heading back to the polls for a provincial election.John Ackermann is with our sister station in BC and is a keen observer of politics.He noted the BC Liberals have not been nearly as antagonistic against projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.“The NDP mind you are even softening their stance on things like liquefied natural gas. But if you remember back when Christy Clark was the premier, she was never against the pipeline. She wanted what she wanted to call ‘getting to yes’ on it.”The BC Liberals have held this riding in particular for only four years going back to the 1970s, yet have been leading in recent polls.“The NDP is running a person there as well,” he recounted. “The Greens, who are their alliance partners in the government, are also running a candidate. So there is a bit of controversy over possible vote-splitting there.”Yet Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is discounting many of those worries.It’s remarkable that @bcndp have audacity 2 b fear mongering vote split narrative. An NDP win by no means ensures @bcgrens will continue to prop them up. In fact, an election could b sooner than residents of Nanaimo think #bcpoli Its hubris to think NDP have our continued support— Andrew Weaver (@AJWVictoriaBC) January 27, 2019Ackermann interjected this wouldn’t be uncommon for a minority government in BC to only last a year and a half.last_img read more

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