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DONEGAL HEALTH WORKER EARNED EXTRA €128,000 – REPORT

first_imgA HSE worker in Co Donegal earned an extra €128,000 from a separate delivery and repair service, a Freedom of Information Act release to a newspaper reveals.The audit of aids and appliances, such as wheelchairs, in community services in Killybegs found the home’s work had never been properly put out to tender, the Irish Independent’s health correspondent Eilis O’Regan found during an investigation.She reports the money was earned over five years and was in breach of HSE rules which ban employees from seeking contracts for the supply of goods and services for their own benefit. The report also alleged “the bulk” of the employee’s work took place on a Friday when the employee was also allowed to start and finish work early to accommodate the separate business.The report is here: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/health-worker-was-paid-128k-for-work-never-put-out-to-tender-30413211.html#sthash.RwKKw3yH.dpuf DONEGAL HEALTH WORKER EARNED EXTRA €128,000 – REPORT was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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 HospitalHSE REPORTinternal auditKillybegslast_img read more

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Sharpeville remembered

first_imgA gathering at the Sharpeville Memorial in the Gauteng township to pay tribute to those who died in the violence.. (Image: Emfuleni local municipality) MEDIA CONTACTS • Klaas MofommeEmfuleni spokesperson+27 16 950 5309 or +27 82 610 5718RELATED ARTICLES • Freedom Charter copy auctioned • Twenty years of freedom • The African Activist Archive • Liliesleaf to sprout new hotelJanine ErasmusOn 21 March, Human Rights Day, South Africa remembered the Sharpeville massacre of 50 years ago, when police clashed with crowds protesting against unjust apartheid laws. Sixty-nine people were killed and close to 200 injured in the demonstrations.The watershed event was commemorated peacefully, in stark contrast to the bloody confrontation of the day.This year about 5 000 people came together in Sharpeville, a township near Vereeniging about 50km south of Johannesburg, to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for the country’s liberation struggle. Of the 69 who died, 10 were children and eight were women, and all were unarmed.As the horrific events at Sharpeville were unfolding, protesters in the Western Cape’s Langa township, some 1 600km away, also came under police fire and tear gas assault, and two people were left dead.The government retaliated by declaring its first State of Emergency and banning the African National Congress (ANC) and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). This fateful decision led to the ANC taking up arms against apartheid through its military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.Remembering the fallenDeputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was present at the commemoration, which took place under the theme “Working together we can do more to protect human rights”. He attended a service at the local Catholic church and laid wreaths on the graves of Sharpeville victims during a hymn service.“The Sharpeville and Langa massacres were a tipping point in that they triggered revulsion and disgust locally and internationally,” said Motlanthe, revisiting the events of 50 years ago. “The government of the day responded by banning the ANC and PAC and this precipitated the end of the non-violent struggle and brought to bear an advent of the armed struggle by the liberation movement.”Motlanthe also pointed out that demonstrations of that time were peaceful and that people didn’t set out to loot shops or burn cars, unlike the protesters of today who seem to think nothing of destroying private and public property.He urged those with grievances to use the democratic channels available to them, and to voice their protests without resorting to violence.Like 50 years ago, many members of today’s Sharpeville community are poverty-stricken and dissatisfied, and protests against poor service delivery are a part of life.“To adequately commemorate the victims and survivors of the Sharpeville massacre and other bloodbaths, we must ensure the progressive realisation of the socio-economic rights as envisaged in the Bill of Rights,” said Motlanthe, adding that government and its social partners must work harder to improve the quality of life of all South Africans, by providing shelter, basic amenities, education, and security.Nationwide protests against the passAlthough the apartheid system would not fall for another 30 years, the tragedy at Sharpeville was the beginning of its demise. International condemnation was swift and severe and led to disinvestment from South Africa, the country’s global isolation and eventually, the end of the Nationalist apartheid regime.The Nationalist government, during its reign, had imposed ludicrous laws and restrictions on black people, intended to control their movements and isolate them from fellow South Africans of other races. One of these was the stipulation that black people working away from their homes, mostly in white areas, had to carry a pass book.The pass law was enacted in the early part of the 20th century, but was most visibly and cruelly enforced during the tenure of the apartheid government, which came to power in 1948.The pass was a type of identification document that carried the personal information of its bearer, including their name, photograph, address, fingerprints, criminal and tax records, and name of employer. In essence, the pass showed that they had permission to move about in white areas. Under the law of the time, an employer could only be a white person, and he or she sometimes entered an evaluation of the employee into the pass book.The pass laws at first applied only to men, but before long they were extended to include women. Travelling to other areas without a pass book was a huge risk, because of the possibility of arrest and imprisonment.This was a degrading experience for black people, and understandably it was met with great resistance. Both men and women rebelled, leading to ongoing demonstrations and many thousands of arrests.The ANC-led Defiance Campaign against unjust laws was launched in 1952, in collaboration with the party’s ally, the South African Indian Congress, with whom it had signed a pact of mutual support in 1947. The idea here was that people would deliberately break the pass laws and then give themselves up to the police, in the hopes that cells would become crowded and the police system overloaded. All race groups were involved.The campaign didn’t have the desired effect, and the ANC decided to draft an entirely new Constitution for South Africa. This led to the adoption of the Freedom Charter in 1956, which was outlawed by the government as part of a plot to replace it with a communist state. Government action led to the arrest of 158 activists, and the subsequent Treason Trial.In August of that same year a group of 20 000 feisty women marched on the Union Buildings, the seat of the government, in Pretoria. Singing the now-famous struggle song “Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo!” (Zulu, meaning “strike the women, strike the rock”) they showed their outrage at the pass laws. The event is now remembered on 9 August, South Africa’s National Women’s Day.Boiling pointHowever, all this strife was like a simmering cauldron about to boil over, and in 1960 that is exactly what happened. The PAC, a newly formed breakaway group of the ANC, demonstrated on 21 March of that year in Sharpeville under the leadership of the charismatic Robert Sobukwe.The PAC and ANC had been vying for support from the people, and the PAC got wind of an ANC anti-pass march, scheduled for 31 March. The former decided to strike first and planned their march for 10 days earlier.Sobukwe led a contingent of PAC comrades in a march on the police station at Orlando, Soweto. Here he admitted guilt to being in an area other than what was stipulated in his pass book, and offered himself up for arrest. He was sentenced to three years in jail but when his term was up, at the discretion of the justice minister his imprisonment was renewed on an annual basis for a further three years. This was the controversial so-called Sobukwe Clause, implemented as Article Four of the General Law Amendment Act of 1963.At the same time, at various spots around the country, and particularly in the Gauteng township of Sharpeville, about 50km south of Johannesburg, marchers were preparing to descend on police stations and hand themselves over in a repeat of Sobukwe’s actions, or for not carrying their pass books at all.At the sight of the thousands of marchers, police in Sharpeville panicked and shot into the crowd. They were reportedly on edge because of the killing of nine police members in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal, just a few weeks before. The police later claimed to have been attacked first by stone-throwers, but as many of the wounded were shot in the back, this claim is refuted.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up in 1995 to investigate atrocities committed on both sides during the apartheid years, found that police actions were the cause of the massacre.“The Commission finds that the police deliberately opened fire on an unarmed crowd that had gathered peacefully at Sharpeville on 21 March 1960 to protest against the pass laws,” said its 1998 report.The despised pass laws were eventually repealed in 1986 under the leadership of the late state president Pieter Willem (PW) Botha.Today Sharpeville is also remembered as the place where former president Nelson Mandela signed the new Constitution in December 1996. The document came into force in February 1997.last_img read more

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Key focuses from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s second SONA

first_imgOn Thursday 7 February 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the 25th annual State of the Nation Address in democratic South Africa.Citizens anticipated a few big announcements aligning with the President’s vision for inclusive economic growth. In his address, President Ramaphosa spoke to issues on education, corruption, unemployment and foreign investment, inter alia, and shared implementation plans that government will roll out to meet the urgent needs of South African citizens.Reflecting on the past year, HE President Ramaphosa shared: “We resolved to cure our country of the corrosive effects of corruption and to restore the integrity of our institutions. We resolved to advance the values of our Constitution and to once again place at the centre of our national agenda the needs of the poor, unemployed, marginalised and dispossessed.We agreed that, in honour of the centenary of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu, we would devote our every action, our every effort, our every utterance to the realisation of their vision of a democratic, just and equitable society.”The South African government is committed to ensuring that learners thrive in a safe and healthy environment. Currently, 4 000 schools in SA are without appropriate sanitation facilities.They are also engaging learners on readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution from as early as childhood development phase, and has committed to the following in education:– It will take government 6 years to provide every school, and child, in South Africa with digital workbooks and textbooks on a tablet device.– 1 150 schools are either in planning, design or construction stages–  More than 700 000 children have had access to early childhood education in the last financial year– 699 schools have been provided with appropriate sanitation facilities and projects through the SAFE Initiative.– 90% of textbooks in high enrolment subjects across all grades and all workbooks have been digitised.President Ramaphosa also announced that early childhood education centres will be migrated from the Department of Social Development to Basic Education.On the topic of small businesses, the following was noted: “Given the key role that small businesses play in stimulating economic activity and employment – and in advancing broad-based empowerment – we are focusing this year on significantly expanding our small business incubation programme.The incubation programme provides budding entrepreneurs with physical space, infrastructure and shared services, access to specialised knowledge, market linkages, training in the use of new technologies and access to finance.” – 14 rapid youth incubators form part of the incubation programme.– Digital hubs will be established in four provinces as part of the incubation programme– 51 technology business incubators form part of the incubation programme.– 10 enterprise supplier development incubators form part of the incubation programme.Speaking on infrastructure development, President Ramaphosa confirmed that more than R1.3 trillion has been invested to build, among others, hundreds of schools and two new universities. In addition, government committed R100 billion into the Infrastructure Fund over a 10-year period.He also made mention of the inaugural SA Investment Conference, confirming that “projects to the value of R187 billion are being implemented, and projects worth another R26 billion are in pre-implementation phase.” This reiterates the President’s investment drive to mobilise R1.2 trillion in investment over a period of five years.President Ramaphosa is confident that South African citizens have what it takes to move the country forward. He said: “All of us, as South Africans, should face up to the challenges and difficulties that lie ahead, said President Ramaphosa. “The task of building a better South Africa is our collective responsibility as a nation, as the people of South Africa.”last_img read more

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Facebook: Our Comments Plugin Increases Publisher Traffic up to 45% [STATS]

first_imgJust over a month ago, Facebook released its much-feared commenting solution for third parties. In that time, Facebook Comments have made their way to more than 50,000 websites, including the Los Angeles Times, Funny Or Die and Vevo. Today, Facebook announced a set of improved features for publishers and users, alongside some stats that seem to say that the commenting system actually increases, rather than decreases, discussion and Facebook referrals.The biggest change for users will be the ability to login using Hotmail, which boasts more than 360 million active users. There has been no mention of when users might see Google or Twitter as a login option and a Facebook spokesperson commented that the company is “always looking for ways to improve the product and hope to add as many major login options as possible, however we have nothing further to share today.”On the publisher (and blogger) end of things, changes include the ability to link directly to individual comments, generate larger News Feed objects (as seen below) and access comments using the API. Facebook also added a new, darker color scheme for darker colored sites.The larger News Feed object gives a preview of the story when shown in the timeline, an obvious move at increasing user interaction. Facebook says two sites have seen exactly this sort of increase as a result of using Facebook Comments. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melanson Examiner.com continues to see growth with the Facebook Comments plugin. The site has more than doubled its weekly average number of comments since launching the plugin on March 1, and continues to record steady growth week over week. In addition to the increase, the site is seeing more engaging conversations and a significant decline in spam. Additionally, Examiner.com’s referring instances from Facebook have more than doubled in the first month after launch.Townsquare Media (local radio broadcaster): Since the launch six weeks ago they are seeing an average increase of Facebook referrals of more than 45% across their 170+ sites, which is nearly double than just three weeks ago. Additionally, approximately  50% of facebook.com referrals are new visitors.Techcrunch noted that, after implementing Facebook Comments, the number of comments had drastically reduced. This came alongside a welcome decrease in spam and trolls, of course, but perhaps at the expense of interaction and pageviews. Many people voiced their concerns that Facebook’s requirement of a real identity to leave a comment could stifle voices and interaction. Facebook seems to offer these sites as a retort.Are these sites one-off examples of increased interaction? It seems that the company’s latest updates want to ensure that they’re not. And increased ability to link to comments and give friends of commenters a larger teaser should help drive that 45% even higher for some.Now, if only Google and Twitter were offered as login options, we wonder how much higher that number might rise. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#NYT#web Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Introduction to MFLNMC “Expert Advice” Series

first_imgWelcome to the new Military Caregiving Expert Advice series. Our caregiving team is rolling out with a new blog series entitled, Expert Advice, where we provide monthly advice from subject matter experts on issues surrounding military caregiving for service providers and families. We take questions and concerns from military helping professionals and families and provide the necessary feedback from credible experts in the field of study.  Whether you are a provider or a caregiver, what questions do you have? We want to hear from you.  (Type your response in the comments section of this article.)Expert Advice in Child PsychiatryTo kick off our new series, we focus on issues surrounding caregiving and special needs within the military.  In a recent professional development training on ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism: Practical Approaches to Child Psychiatry service providers and families learned about practical ways parents and caregivers can help manage these disorders, while reconnecting with the fun of parenting. Below we highlight a question from an audience member and expert advice from a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.Question: Does general anxiety ever get misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? Advice: Anxiety is often misdiagnosed as ADD which is why the interview process (for diagnosing Anxiety and ADD) is so important. There are many times children come in having trouble with concentration, which is part of the diagnosis and criteria for both anxiety and ADD. The problem arises with the treatment of ADD because there are certain treatments that might actually make the anxiety worse. It is very important that we are careful to make sure we have the right diagnosis.Expert: Brian Dixon, M.D., Executive Director of Progressive Psychiatry, P.A. and Board Certified Child and Adolescent PsychiatristHave a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! Stay tuned for more from our Expert Advice series.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 20, 2016.last_img read more

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NAB 2018: LaCie’s Rugged Hard Drive Gets Tougher

first_imgLaCie’s popular, rugged, and portable hard drive gets tougher in its latest iteration, unveiled this week at the 2018 NAB Show.Already a staple in the film and video production industry as the go-to device for rough-and-tumble file storage, LaCie has unveiled their new Rugged RAID Pro at NAB 2018. While the orange-rimmed look remains the same, the technology has been updated, and it includes more storage, faster writing, new features, and even greater protection from the elements.Let’s take a look at all the new features.Faster and More SecureIt’s already one of the most durable hard drives on the market, but the new Rugged RAID Pro offers unparalleled water, drop, and shock resistance, along with some sophisticated hardware encryption. The new RAID Pro has an interface transfer rate of 240 MB/s, which should be good enough for a digital workflow on the go, even with 4K and RAW footage uploads (as you can see in their video with a RED camera setup). Like the rest of the line, the RAID Pro can take a lot of punishment and resist up to one ton of pressure.4 TB CompactThe Rugged RAID Pro also offers an improved storage capacity up to 4 TBs, making it a top-of-the-line offering. LaCie seems to be hyper-focused on run-and-gun warriors and backpack adventurers who need a highly reliable product to transfer, store, and back up footage in the craziest of conditions. If you’re looking for even more external storage options at home or in the office, here are some great alternatives.Built-in SDTo fully cater to run-and-gun shooters, LaCie also has announced that the Rugged RAID Pro features a built-in integrated SD card reader for direct uploads. You can see in the video that you can still use a USB 3.0 adapter, but if you’re traveling without a laptop, SD card-reading is yet another handy element.For more NAB 2018 news and hard drive resources, check out these resources:NAB 2018 Announcement: The Sony FS5 Gets an UpdateThe Best External Hard Drives for Video EditorsHow to Format External Hard Drives for Mac and Windowslast_img read more

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LJP to join Bihar Cabinet

first_imgThe Lok Jan Shakti Party, led by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, will join the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar. Mr. Paswan on Friday congratulated Mr. Kumar for joining the NDA once again. “Better late than never,” he said.“Yes, the party has taken the decision that it will join the new government of Nitish Kumar … but who will be in the Cabinet from our party, though, has not been decided,” LJP MP Chirag Paswan told presspersons in Patna. However, party sources told The Hindu that Pashupati Kumar Paras, State LJP chief and younger brother of Ram Vilas Paswan, is likely to join the Nitish Cabinet.last_img

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MOTHERSHED CONVICTION APPEAL DENIED

first_imgA Sioux City man found guilty of four counts of first degree robbery and two counts of attempted murder has lost an appeal of his October, 2016 conviction.The Iowa Court of appeals denied the motion in the case of 20-year-old Isaiah Mothershed.Mothershed contended there was insufficient evidence supporting the guilty verdict on one of the attempted murder counts and that his trial attorney was ineffective in failing to seek severance of the four robbery counts.The four robberies occurred within nine days in February of 2016.The appeals court concluded that Mothershed’s counsel breached no essential duties and upheld the conviction.Mothershed is serving up to 50 years in prison for crimes including the shooting of Sioux City Police Officer Ryan Moritz.last_img

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Jerry Jones Might Like Brandon Weeden More than OSU Fans

first_imgBrandon Weeden is the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback, both today and into the immediate future. But the pro Pokes are still bringing in some folks to try out for a roster spot while Tony Romo heals up.That’s not because they don’t believe in Weeden though. Jerry Jones said more hyperbolic things in one paragraph about No. 3 than Mike Gundy said about him in his entire career at Oklahoma State.Here’s what Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News.“This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball down field,” Jones said. “He’s a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it. If he can basically prepare, be the starting quarterback, come in and execute and keep his head right, then I feel good about Weeden.”AdChoices广告He’s not wrong about Weeden throwing the ball. It’s everything else that’s been an issue for him so far in the NFL. More of this would be nice.Weeden, by the way, hasn’t thrown an incompletion since November 2014. He’s 12 for his last 12. That will end on Sunday, but still, a cool stat. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways. The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Our Favorite Travel Socks for Work and Trail

first_img How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt The Best Men’s No-Show Socks to Keep Your Feet Happy and Stink-Free We Found the Best Merino Wool Socks After One Year of Testing 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Shave With a Straight Razor Smartwool/FacebookSocks are as essential to our everyday lives as the footwear that encases them. They are no longer the unwanted holiday gift of old (though I would suspect that neckties still make that list). They are now made of superior fabrics and state of the art construction. Here are a few of our favorite travel socks that work in the office and on the trail.Darn Tough Vermont Switchback Crew, $20The name says it all. Darn Tough has been making and creating socks for over 40 years at a single mill in Vermont. This rugged trail sock features the brand’s “put it on, forget it’s on” feel. Made of 41 percent Merino wool, the fabric promises breathability and comfort.Balega Blister Resist Crew, $18Originally designed, tested, and manufactured in South Africa, Balega introduced its first U.S.-made product in 2015. The Blister Resist technology reduces friction while the combination of mohair and Drynamix works to keep feet cool and dry regardless of season.Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Pattern Light Crew, $22Colorado-based Smartwool seeks out the highest quality Merino yarn available. The PhD stands for “performance in the highest degree.” These socks are comprised of 58 percent Merino wool and feature the patent-pending construction method called Industructawool.Icebreaker Hike+ Medium Crew, $23Born in 1995 in the heart of Merino wool country, Icebreaker works with nature to create performance outdoor clothing. These socks are right- and left-fitted for maximum comfort.FITS Business Crew and OTC, $18-$21As the name implies, the founders of FITS set out to create the most comfortable and best-fitting socks in the world — and keep production stateside. Both the crew (pictured above) and OTC (over-the-calf) models feature the patented Full Contact Fit, 51-percent Merino wool, and mild compression around the foot and leg.Feetures! Elite Light Cushion Mini Crew, $18The founder of Feetures! worked in the sock industry for over 25 years before starting his own company because he believed a better performance sock was possible. This 96-percent nylon sock is designed to enhance fit while the patented Sock-Lock technology provides targeted compression.Feature image courtesy of Smartwool/Facebook. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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