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Scientific Games to cut spending by $100m in Q2

first_img Scientific Games has said it expects to save more than $100m (£80.0m/€91.5m) from cost-saving measures it has rolled out to help reduce the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the business.Last month, Scientific Games set out a broad range of actions that it said would preserve jobs and protect its operations during the ongoing pandemic.These included its workforce having hours and pay reduced, while workers in support roles were furloughed. In addition, its executive leadership has voluntarily reduced its salaries by 50%, with chief executive Barry Cottle going without pay.Such has been the impact of the measures that Scientific Games said it has cut more than $100m in costs for the second quarter. Workforce cost reductions are expected to result in savings of more than $50m, while capital expenditure in Q2 is set to be approximately $50m lower than budgeted.Read the full story on iGB North America. Scientific Games has said it expects to save more than $100m from cost-saving measures it has rolled out to help reduce the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the business. Scientific Games to cut spending by $100m in Q2 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 15th April 2020 | By contenteditor Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Finance Lottery Strategy Email Addresslast_img read more

Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgEcobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileEcobank Ghana Limited is a financial institution offering banking products and services for the consumer, commercial, corporate and investment sectors. The company provides banking solutions for government departments, financial institutions, multi-nationals, international organisations, small- and medium-sized enterprises and individuals. Ecobank Ghana Limited offers an extensive product offering; ranging from current and savings accounts to business accounts, term deposits, personal loans, mortgage loans, microfinance and business loans. Ecobank Ghana Limited also offers financial solutions for value-chain financing, short-term and mid-term finance and trade finance as well as investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, structure and project finance, capital market services, wealth and asset management, securities brokerage, custodial services and electronic banking services. Ecobank Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. Its headquarters are in Acca, Ghana. Ecobank Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgScoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileScoa Nigeria Plc is a conglomerate company in Nigeria specialising in turnkey projects in the technology, infrastructure, farming, water engineering, food technologies and telecommunication sectors. Projects include the supply, construction, installation and maintenance of power generation and air-conditioning systems, home/office systems, security systems, electrical systems and fire prevention/industrial safety systems. Scoa Nigeria Plc distributes and services a range of passenger vehicles, trucks, buses and trailers and provides services for fleet management, trade-ins, vehicle leasing, providing drivers and service and repairs. Turnkey projects in the hospital and healthcare sector includes supplying and servicing hospital equipment and providing medical training services in the area of magnetic resonance, computed topography, cardiovascular, x-rays, radiography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and cardiac resuscitation. Scoa Nigeria Plc manages centres for physiotherapy and dentistry and a laboratory to diagnose and treat terminal illnesses and heart and neurological diseases. Scoa Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of Fadoul Group. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Scoa Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Social Media Reacts to Bryan Habana Retirement

first_imgHabana was one of the greatest wingers ever and had an illustrious career. Well played, Bryan Habana.For more news and features on rugby, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Bryan Habana celebrates after winning a Super Rugby title with the Bulls (Getty Images) Legendary innings my mate, I watched a young boy become a South Africa icon. Congrats brother and good luck!!! What an incredible ambassador you have been for SA, oh yes and thanks for scoring all those tries!!!— John Smit (@JohnSmit123) April 24, 2018 As did this Toulon supporters’ account: After the news spread, social media flocked to praise the winger, as did many of his contemporaries.The official South African Rugby account tweeted: See how social media reacted when Springbok icon Bryan Habana recently retired from rugby LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Best wishes for your future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/faoDu67tEu— #RugbyToulon (@rugbytoulon_) April 24, 2018Referee Nigel Owens was quick to congratulate Habana on Twitter: @BryanHabanaThanks for the memories, moments & milestones.For all you gave to & Toulon. Social Media Reacts to Bryan Habana RetirementJust a few weeks after the retirement of Irish rugby legend Jamie Heaslip, another icon of the game, Bryan Habana, has decided to hang up his boots too.A World Cup and IRB Player of the Year winner in 2007 with South Africa, Habana has been one of the game’s most elusive and fastest wingers. Once he even famously raced a cheetah!He made his Springboks debut back in November 2004 against England and went on to play 124 times for his country, his last cap coming in November 2016 against Italy. He has also scored 67 Test tries – a total bettered in international rugby only by Japan wing Daisuke Ohata, who scored 69 – and he is tied with Jonah Lomu for the most World Cup tries with 15.In 2009, he was also part of the South Africa side that defeated the Lions, while he has enjoyed immense success at club level too. He won two Super Rugby titles with the Bulls, in 2007 and 2009, as well as a Top 14 title and two European Cups with Toulon. the club he joined in 2013.The 34-year-old took to Instagram to announce his retirement: Come on my friend walk with me you can take of you rugby boots as well.I still have your back after rugby.I salute one of the best in the game and a lifetime friend well done on amazing career @BryanHabana ! LIVING LEGEND pic.twitter.com/oB20y4EPDa— Bakkies Botha (@BakkiesBotha4) April 24, 2018Even those who Habana tormented for years took the time to praise his career, such as the All Blacks: To one of our greatest rivals, we say congratulations for a stunning career. You will be missed by fans across the world. All the best for the next chapter @BryanHabana! #Legend #FlyingBryan pic.twitter.com/HFr77gzNYM— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) April 25, 2018 Congratulations on a brilliant career. Best wishes for the future. It was always a pleasure to referee you and always difficult to try and keep up with you .— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) April 25, 2018Former Springbok team-mates John Smit and Bakkies Botha thanked him for being so effective throughout his career:last_img read more

Parking Ordinance Committee completes final draft

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter  Ordinance Draft Headed to Development Review CommitteeThe Parking Ordinance Committee and representatives from the Apopka Police Department met for the final time last night to complete the Parking Ordinance draft which is one step closer to a City Council vote. The next stop for the ordinance draft is the Development Review Committee, which could come as early as next week. Assuming it is approved by the DRC, it could be in front of the City Council in November.APD Captain Randall Fernandez presented the “tweaks” made to the previous draft which included:No parking in front of community mailboxesTo match a state statute, hours that vehicles may not park in front of mailboxes are 8am-6pm.Parking is permitted in front of private mailboxes for vehicles registered to the mailbox address (at any time).No parking in or at an approach of a cul-de-sac.No parking within 12-feet of a driveway.Parking is permitted on a “Miami Curb”.Although some committee members pushed back on some of the proposed tweaks, the final draft remained as it was presented by Fernandez, including what some are calling a “local option.”The final draft contains a provision that would allow individual Home Owners Associations to ban on-street parking in their neighborhood.“We are not going to write an ordinance that’s going to meet the needs of every subdivision in Apopka,” said APD Chief Michael McKinley, who facilitated the meeting. “But we’ve gone from zero to opening-up some parking spaces in the neighborhoods…and all neighborhoods are going to be different. Some will be more challenging. But this opens up some spots.”Committee member Misha Corbett knew going-in it would be a challenge.“It’s really difficult and something I struggle with because we’re trying to solve a problem that there really isn’t a solution to. We can’t put more space into a subdivision once it’s built. We can’t solve it no matter what regulations we put into place.”Despite the challenge, McKinley was appreciative for the time and effort put in by the committee.“I think you’ve done an excellent job of providing some parking versus no parking.”Here is a link from the City of Apopka website to the current Parking Ordinance draft on its way to the Development Review Committee. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! TAGSParking Ordinance Committee Previous articleThe Importance of Hiring a Licensed ContractorNext articleVoter registration deadline extended by court order Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Gardiner House / 4site Architecture

first_imgArchDaily Area:  39 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/171796/gardiner-house-4site-architecture Clipboard Save this picture!© Kevin Hui+ 26 Share Gardiner House / 4site Architecture “COPY” 2010 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/171796/gardiner-house-4site-architecture Clipboard “COPY” Australia Year:  Houses Gardiner House / 4site ArchitectureSave this projectSaveGardiner House / 4site Architecture Photographs:  Kevin HuiText description provided by the architects. The existing property was typical of an early-20th century worker’s cottage, with a poorly planned series of gloomy, dysfunctional lean-to additions, no access to natural light and no direct connection to the rear yard. It did however provide two amenable bedrooms at the front and a functional, small living area. With this, the client’s brief asked for the re-inclusion of a new bathroom, laundry, kitchen and dining area into a more livable manner. Save this picture!ElevationsThe difficulties that the site presented consisted in the property’s south-facing orientation, hampering direct solar access and its the limited access to private open space. Save this picture!PlansIn response, the planning logic was to create a compressed centralised service core containing the bathroom and laundry, allowing a higher volume that is the kitchen/dining room to connect to the yard at the rear. Save this picture!© Kevin HuiFormally, the addition consists of two elements connected by a small hallway. The first is a white box, containing the new bathroom and laundry; the second being an open plan kitchen and dining area, a black metal clad box which is setback one meter from the boundary and reaches up over the white box for northern sunlight. Save this picture!© Kevin HuiUpon entry one is presented with a view through the house to a small courtyard given over by the one meter setback of the addition at the rear. This vista, created by a full height window at the termination of the connecting hallway gives an immediate sense of light and flow through the house. The inclusion of a side timber slot panel also provides the ability to cross-ventilate whilst providing insect screening and security, a simple and economical device that was inspired by the simplicity of 50’s Modernism. Save this picture!© Kevin HuiThe transition from the existing cottage to the new addition utilises a compression and release effect in the ceiling heights. The high ceilings of the existing cottage transfers to a much lower ceiling through the connecting hallway. This compression is then released again upon entry into the kitchen/dining area. The visual shift amplifies the sense of height and openness and strengthens the delineation between the new and the old. Save this picture!© Kevin HuiThe kitchen/dining room is a simple shed-like structure, a skillion roof that terminates at its apex with a clerestory window facing north. The use of this highlight window maximises the amount of sunlight, both direct and bounced off the sloping ceiling, giving the new addition a warmth and openness that overcome the constraints of the site. Save this picture!© Kevin HuiThe continuous laminate kitchen bench element becomes credenza and a small work space with computer, unifying the whole kitchen/dining space as a whole. Save this picture!© Kevin HuiThe connection to the outside is amplified by the framing of the rear yard by a low, beautifully proportioned timber clad verandah that acts as another compression device before being released to the small backyard beyond.Save this picture!© Kevin HuiProject gallerySee allShow less2011 Roberts Memorial Delineation CompetitionArticlesVideo: Virgin America and Gensler offer Behind-the-Scenes look at SFO T2Articles Share CopyHouses•Melbourne, Australia Photographs CopyAbout this office4site ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneHousesAustraliaPublished on September 27, 2011Cite: “Gardiner House / 4site Architecture” 27 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Scottish Children’s Lottery raises £1m in first year

first_img Melanie May | 1 December 2017 | News Scottish Children’s Lottery raises £1m in first year  211 total views,  1 views today Advertisement The Scottish Children’s Lottery has raised £1 million for children and young people’s charities across Scotland in its first year.More than 50 charities and project have already received funding ranging from £1,000 to £50,000, and the Scottish Children’s Lottery is now calling for more organisations and projects to apply for awards. The money raised is used to support children and young people’s charities and projects across four key areas: early years’ intervention, education and health, employment skills and employability, and community development and citizenship.Charities that have benefitted in the lottery’s first year include Enable Scotland in Cumbernauld, Fischy Music in Edinburgh (main image), and Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Centre in Glasgow. Enable Scotland received £23,777, helping the charity’s RASCALS project which provides after school support for children with learning disabilities and is the only service of its kind in Lanarkshire. Fischy Music received £11,696, while Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Centre received £11,770.The Scottish Children’s Lottery operates a twice weekly draw, shown on STV, with an accompanying raffle. It is an umbrella lottery scheme encompassing four separate charities and their society lotteries: Chance to Study, Chance to Flourish, Chance to Succeed and Chance to Connect.Chance to Flourish supports projects working within the area of social development of pre-school children and their families and carers, Chance to Study supports projects which aim to improve children’s education through school years and ensure that all young people in Scotland have the opportunity to learn, develop and fulfil their potential, Chance to Succeed supports projects that focus on employability and employment skills, and Chance to Connect supports projects working in the areas of community development and citizenship.Charities interested in applying for funding should visit the relevant site to check eligibility and download an application pack and guidance note.Hugh Hall, Chair of The Scottish Children’s Lottery said:“We are delighted that funding raised through The Scottish Children’s Lottery is already making a big impact to a great many very worthy causes across the country – all thanks to the Scottish public who have signed up to the twice weekly lottery prize draws. We are very grateful to them and it is wonderful that, due to their generous support, we are celebrating our first anniversary by marking our first £1 million raised. We look forward to building on this success and continuing to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in Scotland.”Main image: Fischy Music at Pirniehall Primary School, Edinburgh © Sandy Young Photography. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9  212 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Fundraising Lotteries Lotteries Scotlandlast_img read more

The Green Book: Traveling while Black

first_imgThe 400-year existence of Africans and their descendants in the U.S. can be summed up with a word like “exclusion.”  Also never-ending racial hatred and violence toward Black people. This includes 85 years of Jim Crow/apartheid legal segregation and discrimination from the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s.Traveling while Black throughout the U.S. for work or leisure was always challenging for African Americans. Beginning in colonial times, controls and restrictions were placed on their movements and activities.  After the Depression of the 1930s ended and more African Americans could afford automobiles, they chose the freedom of driving as opposed to riding segregated buses and trains and enduring insults, humiliation and hostility.  However, driving while Black was often fraught with not only rejection, but also harassment, inconveniences and hardships on and off the road, as well as age-old racial profiling by the police.On the road, Black travelers had difficulty obtaining gas and getting cars repaired. They faced denial of restroom use in rest stops like Howard Johnson.  Families had to bring a pail and toilet paper with them and include a bucket of extra gasoline in the trunk. They also had to prepare and pack meals for trips because they were refused entry and/or service in restaurants.  Finding overnight accommodations was daunting. Blacks often had to resort to sleeping in their cars, on the ground or in a barn.  Navigating these alternatives was often risky and dangerous. Additionally, thousands of towns across the country were “sundown towns” —  off limits to African Americans after sunset and violently enforced.Out of necessity, Victor Hugo Green, a resident of Harlem, created a travel guide for Black travelers.  Green was a Black World War I veteran and postal letter carrier. He edited and published the guide annually or seasonally from 1936 to 1966. It provided a directory of safe, hospitable and relatively friendly hotels, motels, rooming houses, garages and restaurants in New York state. Soon he expanded listings to other parts of the country.  Green also became a travel agent and made reservations for subscribers. He and his agents in the field would personally travel across the country to check on the accuracy and condition of places.Originally named “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” it contained thousands of listings arranged alphabetically by state and city within that state.  It became known as “the bible of Black travel during Jim Crow,” and was distributed by mail order and Black-owned businesses, expanding from 10 pages to more than 80. At least 15,000 copies were sold yearly.The foreword of the 1956 edition stated: “The White traveler has had no difficulty in getting accommodations, but with the Negro it has been different.  He, before the advent of a Negro travel guide, had to depend on word of mouth, and many times accommodations were not available.” One of the last editions of the book included “Your Rights, Briefly Speaking,” featuring state statutes related to discrimination in travel accommodations. “The Negro is only demanding what everyone else wants.  What is guaranteed all citizens by the Constitution of the U.S.” As recreational travel by African Americans increased, a vacation section was added in 1947, which listed resorts, theaters, pools, beaches, golf courses and guest houses that were safe havens where Black people could relax and freely enjoy vacations or business trips. Later, hotels and guest houses in Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico and Montreal, Canada, were included.  Civil Rights activism led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that outlawed racial discrimination in public places.  The year before, the “Green Book” acknowledged that activism had increased accessible accommodations. The title of the last edition was changed to “Traveler’s Green Book: International Edition.”  A recent Hollywood film entitled “Green Book” has a storyline about a real-life Black pianist, Dr. Don Shirley, traveling south from New York City in 1962. It informs or reminds viewers of the existence of Victor Green’s “Green Book” for Black travelers. The film just won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Texas health care workers report from inside the pandemic

first_imgThe following are lightly edited testimonies about the health care system response to the coronavirus COVID-19 from several workers who currently have jobs in Central Texas or have spent their lives working there.EMT in Austin, TexasThe response from Central Texas hospitals, nursing homes and ambulance services has so far been what I expected from profit-based medicine.  Precautions are not being taken with patients unless they have a verified case of COVID-19. In order for a case to be verified, a patient must pass a strict series of questions and symptom presentation before testing is even considered. People who test positive for the [regular] influenza but have persistent coughs are not placed on precautions. The assumption is that if you have one [illness], then you can’t have the other.Sign in Austin, TexasDuring this entire time, health care workers may or may not wear masks when in proximity to the patient.  Triage tents are set up outside hospitals, but the workers are wearing no protection outside standard nitrile gloves, and there is no way to isolate patients while they wait to be seen.Health care workers are already overworked thanks to the desire of our privately owned hospitals, nursing homes and ambulance services to maximize profits [during] COVID-19, and that is only making the issue worse.  Rather than enough workers being brought in to take care of the influx of patients, we’re expected to work faster.Health care workers — who include medical facility cleaners, cooks, record keepers and laundry workers — are not being tested, and the lack of guaranteed food, housing and income stability incentivizes us to hide symptoms.  We’re largely left to do self-research on the virus. At my job as an EMT [emergency medical technician], the only training we’ve received on COVID-19 is a 20-minute video posted online that is not mandatory viewing.We need more people on the job; we need a right to housing, food and health care; we need education on the virus; and most of all we need the profiteering to end.A doctor’s scribe in rural TexasThe clinic experience here can be summed up in one word: inadequate. That’s thanks to a lack of organized response, research and education on COVID-19. There is little to no understanding from anyone at any level of care, from the clerks to the doctors, of the nature of this epidemic or how it is quantifiably or qualitatively different than influenza. They have consistently failed at every opportunity to give patients proper guidance and expectations for care of young children on through to elders.It is likely that some folks here are already infected due to proximity to several large cities, and the incubation period is completely glossed over during triage of people at risk for infection. Symptoms can completely hide in young children, and they are not being kept away from at-risk populations. We can at best hope that we are late in the disease’s wave when we understand the stakes. The large population of retirees and the blasé attitude held by everyone except some few brave Cassandras means we are shaping up for a rough time. [Cassandra was the daughter of a Greek god endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed.]A former Central Texas nurse living in GermanyOne of the first cases of community spread of COVID-19 outside of China occurred in Germany on Jan. 27. Yet there was not much known about the outbreak at that point, and people did not seem concerned. What struck me was that the person who transferred the virus had no symptoms when they interacted with others in the community who then later became ill. I have been surprised by the lack of a sense of urgency or willingness to take this coronavirus seriously, even today, as borders of major nations around the world begin to close and lockdowns take effect, and yet there are still so many flaws throughout the response.People with symptoms are still not being tested because they haven’t traveled to China, yet the virus has been global since January. The hotline for people to call if they think they are infected in Berlin, Germany, where I live now, doesn’t have an option for any other language than German. This is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Europe, and even in a crisis they require you to ask for help only in their mother tongue.Another issue I see as a major problem early on was the lack of personal protective equipment supplies. I moved here from Central Texas in October 2019 where I worked as a registered nurse for nearly 20 years. My last job before leaving the U.S. was in surgery recovery. Similar to the emergency room, this is an environment that requires there be manual ventilation bags at each bedside.  After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico [creating extreme need for medical supplies], we couldn’t replace these vital pieces of equipment, and many of them had expired.There were also medications and other supplies we could not replenish, and it took months for manufacturers in the U.S. to ramp up production, while the U.S. government refused to invest in rebuilding Puerto Rico. I witnessed how quickly our operations could be compromised, even come to a grinding halt, without necessary equipment. This is exactly what is happening in Italy today, and I fear it is a sign of what is to come for the rest of the world that focuses more on maximizing profits rather than saving people’s lives.A nurse working in Central TexasI’m a registered nurse and I work in an inner-city psychiatric crisis center.  More than half the patients we serve are homeless. The organization I work for is social-work driven and there are few RNs. I’m 75 years old and therefore a member of one of the vulnerable populations.The organization’s leadership has been paralyzed by this whole thing.  Last Thursday my supervisor, who has cancer and is on chemotherapy medications, was told she had to work from home. But she was not given a laptop, so she came back to work the next day. Then her supervisors told her to figure out how I could work without having direct patient contact. She came up with the idea that I could use her office and see the patients via telemed. I have been off work, but I’m due back at work tomorrow. My supervisor called me today to tell me the telemed idea fell through because leadership couldn’t find a laptop (again!) for me to use to plug into telemed.I was given the option — and strongly encouraged — to stay home, but I don’t want to leave my co-workers short-staffed. As it stands now, my supervisor happens to be out with an upper respiratory infection (no, not corona!) so I’ll use her office and do everybody else’s charting, computer work and other stuff that doesn’t require patient contact. However inept their efforts, leadership does seem concerned about my safety.  Either that or they know I’ve given my adult children instructions to sue.At any rate, I don’t see that same level of concern for our clientele by my organizational leadership, by local politicians or by the federal government. Social distancing and good hand hygiene are the order of the day.  How do you do that if you live in a crowded shelter and are on the streets all day?A paramedic student in AustinAs an emergency medical technician and paramedic student I have witnessed firsthand the crumbling of our health care infrastructure in the wake of COVID-19. Clinical sites in hospitals across Central Texas minimized the initial spread of the virus and failed to implement increased protocols for infection control for weeks until it became all too clear the scope of this pandemic could no longer be avoided.In a single six-hour clinical shift, every patient I came in contact with in the emergency room was a patient with pre-existing conditions, with signs and symptoms of pneumonia including cough and fever.  These patients, exhibiting telltale signs of the virus, were all approached without an increased level of isolation within the hospital environment.Within the last two weeks, the grant-based Emergency Medical Services system, in which I’m a clinical student, had only then begun conversations around ensuring that N95 masks properly fit providers. Staff also discussed concerns about a lack of masks and the inability to stock up on more as the wave of this pandemic slowly grew to a crescendo. Staff continually discussed issues with dispatch, but with a lack of continuity in terms of response to potential cases of the virus, some calls were being responded to with multiple units, others with single crews.As of March 13, I was informed that my clinical education, as well as the entire medical professions department of my college, had been indefinitely put on hold due to the virus. As of now, I am unable to afford the state registration required to work as an EMT in the state of Texas and must take a back seat as I am unable to join my fellow health care professionals who continue to drown in a system that does little to put their well-being, let alone the patients’, at the forefront.Only today, nearly a week into social distancing practices, am I hearing anecdotal reports of medical staff and patients receiving tests, as opposed to screening, for COVID-19.ConclusionCOVID-19 is teaching many that we have no choice but to abandon profit-based medicine in favor of evidence and centralized planning.  The reforms suggested by politicians such as Bernie Sanders are a start, but they fall short of what we need. The complete elimination of the profit motive and complete worker control over health care would allow us to focus on our most important task — patient health.Health care workers who fall ill should feel able and supported to act in the interests of our patients and take time off, including extended self-quarantine should we become infected with COVID-19.  We need testing that is readily available for everyone, especially those of us who care for the health of others.The wealth we workers generate should go toward things that keep us happy and healthy, not an absurd Pentagon budget of $700 billion or another yacht for the capitalist vultures who prey on the sick and injured.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

166 repossession orders in Limerick

first_img Previous articleTV – Something for the WeekendNext articleCars seized and prosecutions to follow in Operation Thor Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Facebook Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Linkedin by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WITH new figures showing that 166 repossession orders have been lodged in the courts in Limerick in 2015, Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has hit out at the Government for ignoring the “escalating crisis”.The banks, he pointed out, have also continued with their repossession efforts over the last year, with 15 homes repossessed in Limerick between July and September.“The Government introduced the Mortgage-to-Rent scheme with the view to keeping people in their homes. However, the scheme has been a complete failure with only 2.9 per cent of the 98,137 mortgage holders in arrears nationally actually applying to use the scheme,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post.“The success rate of mortgage holders who have applied to the scheme is equally abysmal, with a mere three per cent getting through the application process successfully. In Limerick, up to the end of June only 4 out of 113 applicants have had their applications approved to join the scheme.”According to Deputy O’Dea, who is Fianna Fáil spokesman on Social Protection, more than 15 per cent of mortgage accounts for family homes are now in arrears, which is more than three times higher than the figure at the end of December 2010.The most recent statistics from the Central Bank show that 117,000 principal dwelling house mortgage accounts are in arrears; almost 60,000 of these are in arrears of a year or more.He continued: “The country is potentially facing 25,000 home repossessions next year alone. Homeless figures for families have risen five fold since January. Three families are becoming homeless every single day and 1,570 children are currently sleeping in emergency accommodation.“This crisis is going to get much worse unless the Government shakes itself out of its slumber and develops coherent policies for keeping families in their homes.”center_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email NewsLocal News166 repossession orders in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – November 19, 2015 605 TAGSCentral BankFianna Fáilhome repossessionhomelessnesslimerickMortgage to RentWillie O’Dea TD Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more