Doherty hits out at planned cuts to disability and elderly services

first_imgNewly-revealed plans by the HSE to make cuts to disabilities, older persons and acute hospital services have been met with strong criticism.Freedom of Information requests by Sinn Féin have revealed that a HSE budget oversight group was exploring ways to ‘break even’ in the areas of Disabilities, Older Persons and Acute Hospitals.There have been calls for the full saving measures to be made public. Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty said: “The HSE recently revealed that it had set up a budget oversight group with officials from the Departments of Health and Public Expenditure & Reform to control health spending and staffing levels in response to recent overruns.“In response to an FOI request made by Sinn Féin for all records relating to this new oversight group, we received monthly minutes of meetings between HSE and department officials.“The documents reveal that the Government plans to control spending by making cuts to essential services.“At a meeting held on 27 May, officials stated that there were further ‘saving actions’ required with respect to ‘Disabilities, Older Persons and Acute Hospitals in order to break even’.” The Sinn Féin FOI request was denied certain parts of information on the budget oversight group’s plans.Pearse Doherty is now calling for full transparency on the cost-cutting measures:“It is clear from the documents we received that these saving measures include the ‘low hanging fruit’ of disability and older person services, such as the training allowance for school-leavers with disabilities that is due to be axed in September,” Deputy Doherty said.He added that it should be the taxpayer’s right to know how the health service’s money is being spent and what cost-saving exercises are being taken.“I am appealing this decision and call on the Government to release these documents immediately in the public interest.” Doherty hits out at planned cuts to disability and elderly services was last modified: August 6th, 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:foihealth serviceHSEPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

Petra to reopen Kimberley mines

first_img17 September 2007London-listed Petra Diamonds and a local empowerment partner have bought the disused Kimberley Underground mines in the Northern Cape province from De Beers for R78.5-million and plan to restore production within the next six to 12 months.Petra Diamonds said in a statement last week that it had formed a joint venture with Sedibeng Mining, its black economic empowerment (BEE) partner, to acquire the mining and associated assets of the Wesselton, Du Toitspan and Bultfontein mines, which together constitute the Kimberley Underground mines.Petra will own 74% and Sedibent 26% of Kimberley Underground mines, which has an expected lifespan of at least 12 years. De Beers halted its underground operations around Kimberley in late 2005.“Alongside Petra’s highly prospective Angolan exploration assets, the acquisition of Kimberley Underground is an important addition to Petra’s substantial base of producing assets in South Africa,” Petra Diamonds chairman Adonis Pouroulis said.“Together, Kimberley Underground, Koffiefontein and Petra’s fissure mines will contribute an annual production in two years’ time of around 400 000 carats.”Petra expects annual production from Kimberley Underground to be in excess of 100 000 carats, bringing in revenue of approximately US$16-million (R115-million) per year.The company said that it would pay De BeersR15-million in cash, while the remainingR63.5-million would be used to assume De Beers’ rehabilitation obligations for Kimberley Underground mines.According to the company, which has operations in South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Sierra Leone, it will run the mines on a care and maintenance basis on behalf of De Beers until it receives all required mining authorisations from South African authorities to mine in its own right.These include the transfer of mining rights and the transfer and delegation of rehabilitation obligations and various liabilities.Petra diamonds already operates two mines in the Free State province and one each in North West province and the Northern Cape.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Visualize Dissent: Turkish Users Protest Censorship Using Google Maps

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#web See the protest in action here. Users around the world are invited to join in and express their support for Turkish Web users and their disapproval of Internet censorship. The goal for the number of protesters is apparently 1 billion; we certainly hope that this goal can be reached and that – more importantly – this seemingly simple stunt will send a strong message to governments that restrict their citizens’ Web access. jolie odell Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Internet users in Turkey have found an interesting visualization to highlight their numbers, connect with one another, air their grievances and hopefully reach their goals using Google Maps and shared documents. A reader wrote to us tonight saying that his fellow citizens have been “struggling with cencorship for several years just like their Chinese counterparts. Prominent websites are banned in Turkey, such as youtube, lasf.fm and google pages mostly because of political reasons.” In protest, many of people are virtually lining the streets using a shared interface, creating what is becoming a fascinating, non-violent and hopefully effective visualization.The “virtual protest walk,” our source said, is being staged to protest Web censorship. “Thousands of Turkish users gathered on virtual Taksim Square of Istanbul to protest censorship. When prostestors achieve the target number, they will walk to Ankara, pixel by pixel, to the parliament house.”The virtual protest uses Google Docs’ “anyone can edit” function. Each protester is able to edit the document and put her or himself on the map. Our source tells us that since the map can be edited by anyone, “it also becomes a social game, with people moving and editing others’ position.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How An Army Of MakerBot Replicators Will 3D-Print The Future [Video]

first_imgAt the MakerBot booth, the company had a wall of its Replicator 2 machines whirring away printing miniature houses and all manner of other things one might find in the Thingiverse, the online treasure trove of 3D printing patterns. Some items are whimsical, sure, but the future of DIY manufacturing powered by open-source databases looks bright.Check out our photos of the new MakerBot Replicator 2X and its creations above and watch an army of Replicator 2s in action in our video below.  Tags:#3d printing#CES 2013 Video and images by Taylor Hatmaker. “The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer that we introduced this past September, is probably going to be one of the most successful 3D desktop printers of 2013, and we love its ease of use and reliability. But there are many ABS Filament fans out there that want to keep using ABS, even though it can be a trickier and more challenging product to use.” Ever seen a 3D printer in action? If not, here’s your chance.At CES 2013, MakerBot showed off its new Replicator 2X, an “experimental” version of the company’s landmark 3D printer that offers some twists on the Replicator 2’s design. The 2X features dual extruding nozzles that allow printing in multiple colors, and it uses thermoplastic ABS instead of the material known as PLA, which tends to be the preferred material for those new to the 3D printing world.“If you are a MacGyver, a Doc Brown or have a little mad scientist in you, and want to experiment with one of the fullest-featured desktop 3D printers and see where it can take you, the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer is for you,” said Makerbot co-founder and CEO Bre Pettis. Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout taylor hatmaker 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

The Biggest Headlines from IBC 2015

first_imgThe International Broadcast Convention in Amsterdam has come to an end. Here are the big headlines from IBC 2015.Tons of new cameras, 8K televisions, portable RAID hard drives, and more. Here are a few of the biggest headlines to come from IBC 2015.Sony Introduces the FS5 and Updates on the FS7 and a7s IIImage via SonySony made some of the biggest announcements at their Missing Link presentation. They opened with updates on the Sony FS7 and a7S II. However, the show stealer was the reveal of the Sony FS5.The FS5 is smaller than the FS7. It fits in the palm of your hand, and does not include the handle extension the Sony FS7 had. For more on the FS5, check out this video from Cinema5d.Read more about the presentation or more about the FS5 on Cinema5dDJI Releases a Drone Optimized Micro 4/3 Camera – Zenmuse X5The Zenmuse X5 is a Micro Four Thirds camera upgrade built specifically for the Inspire 1 aerial platform. It has the ability to record 4K video at 30 fps, as well as capture 16MP still images.Check out more on the DJI Zenmuse X5 over at AbelCine.Teradek Announces Vidiu Pro, Bolt Sidekick Wireless Video Receiver, and MoreVidiu Pro offers the ability for users to stream live anywhere.Broadcast your events on the most popular, natively integrated, streaming platforms like Ustream, Livestream, Twitch and YouTube Live or as manual RTMP address to services like Wowza Streaming Server. VidiU Pro is compatible with virtually every streaming platform, so you can choose where you go live, whenever you like, wherever you like.Image via TeradekThe Bolt Sidekick is an easy-to-use compact wireless video receiver for directors or AC monitors.Bolt Sidekick is a lightweight, short range companion receiver to all Teradek Bolt Pro transmission systems. At only 9oz, Bolt Sidekick is the ideal solution for 1st AC’s and Director’s handheld monitors since it will work with any existing Bolt Pro up to 300 feet from the transmitter without affecting its performance. Available in HDMI or 3G-SDI flavors, the Sidekick receiver is the perfect companion for existing systems.Read more about the Vidiu Pro and Teradek’s other announcements.NHK Showcases 8K TelevisionImage via GizmagJapan’s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), demonstrated a Super Hi-Vision (SHV) television that broadcasts 8K footage. NHK aims to begin broadcasting 8K content via satellite in 2020, the year Tokyo hosts the Olympics.More on the NHK 8K television from IBC.House of Cards Creator Talks About the Future of Web BroadcastingDuring a keynote presentation, House of Cards writer Michael Dobbs commented that many industry experts believe “the future isn’t feature films, but the Golden Age of television.”The idea of the traditional broadcaster is gone. The BBC is already moving to the web,” he said, noting that he’s amazed at the new services he gets from the British broadcaster. “One of the criticisms of the BBC is that they having thrown themselves into [new platforms such as] the iPlayer. But the BBC needs to find new sources of revenue — they should take advantage of [these platforms], not just creatively but economically.Read more of the interview at The Hollywood Reporter.Sony Portable RAID Hard DrivesImage via Studio DailyOn top of all the camera news, Sony also announced a series of Professional RAID portable hard disk arrays. The 4TB and 6TB units will have USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2. The RAID uses the Sony Memory Media Utility to show the disc status, capacity, free space, and formatting options.Read more about the Sony RAID at Studio DailyGot any IBC news that we missed? Share the goods in the comments below!last_img read more