AA hosting public information meeting this week

first_imgAre you worried about the drinking habits of someone in your life? Or are you suffering because of your drinking and would like to find help?This meeting may be for you.The Letterkenny branch of Alcoholics Anonymous is holding a public meeting this Thursday 23rd May at The Pastoral Centre, Monastery Drive Letterkenny at 7.30pm. All welcome. Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Teachers, Prison Officers, Gardai/Police are also invited to attend, as they, in their daily work, are frequently in contact with the suffering alcoholic and can put them in contact with AA.Details of the meeting are available on the poster below:AA hosting public information meeting this week was last modified: May 18th, 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)last_img read more

New maternity visiting policy allowing partners, grandparents and siblings only

first_imgThe Maternity Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital is introducing new policies to reduce the number of visitors allowed in the ward. The changes, which are based on feedback from new mothers, will see reduced family visiting times and a restriction on who can visit.Partners will be welcome between 11am and 8.30pm daily. Apart from partners, the only other visitors allowed will be grandparents and siblings of the newborn who may visit between 6.30pm and 8.30pm in the evening. Speaking of the change, Evelyn Smith, Director of Midwifery at the hospital said, “We sought feedback from new mothers on our visiting policy and the overwhelming message was that there were too many visitors during their hospital stay and there was little time for the new parents to spend time together with their new baby.”Ms Smith said that only allowing partners in the daytime and afternoons will allow time for rest and establishing a routine with the baby.“We are asking for the public to help us maintain a restful and comfortable environment for mothers and babies while they are in the Maternity Unit and to co-operate with the new visiting times. I would like to thank all the mothers who participated in the feedback for their insights and recommendations,” Ms Smith added.   New maternity visiting policy allowing partners, grandparents and siblings only was last modified: October 7th, 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:Letterkenny University Hospitalluhmaternitylast_img read more

First university for Mpumalanga

first_imgYoung people in Mpumalanga will soonenjoy the pleasure of enrolling at auniversity that’s not far from their homes.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zibonele MngcwangoSpokespersonMpumalanga: office of the premierT: +27 13 766 2055F: +27 13 766 [email protected] Nkosi South Africa’s Mpumalanga province is set to get its first university, which will help develop a skills base in the area and retain school-leavers, who currently have to relocate elsewhere in search of quality tertiary education.David Mabuza, the province’s premier, announced government’s undertaking in his State of the Province address in Nelspruit on 19 February.“I am privileged to announce that national government has granted permission for the establishment of a fully fledged university in the province,” Mabuza said.At the moment the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga are the only two provinces in the country without established universities.Plans for the academic institution, likely to be known as the University of Mpumalanga, are beginning to take shape, but provincial government is yet to announce when construction will start, said Mabuza’s spokesperson, Mabutho Sithole.Mabuza told the Sowetan in early February that his office and the national Department of Higher Education and Training have agreed that a university in the province is an urgent priority.While it’s certain the main campus will be in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga’s capital, authorities are still in the process of identifying suitable land, Mabuza told the newspaper.“We will work together with the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, to take this process forward,” Mabuza said in his address, which marked the opening of the Mpumalanga legislature.The university will have various campuses across the province and at least one centre in each of the three municipal districts: Nkangala, Gert Sibande and Ehlanzeni. Faculties will be similarly spread, with the former KwaMhlanga College favoured for education, Sithole said“Faculties such as engineering, science and agriculture will be spread throughout various parts [of the province],” Mabuza added.Tertiary hospital for main campusThere are also plans to establish an extensive tertiary hospital alongside the Nelspruit campus to “ensure that our healthcare taps into the wealth of research and skills from the university”, Mabuza said.The hospital will be designed with various units currently lacking in the province’s public hospitals, so fewer patients will have to be transferred to Gauteng for treatment.“We intend to drastically cut down on the number of unnecessary referrals among the different levels of healthcare facilities,” Mabuza added.University to help retain youngstersAt the moment school-leavers in Mpumalanga are often forced to relocate to other provinces to study further.The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), University of Johannesburg, Pretoria University and Wits University – all in Gauteng – are popular choices.After repeated calls by youth organisations for universities to be built in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, Nzimande assured the South African Students Congress in December 2009 that “the process is on track”.The Department of Higher Education and Training aims to double matriculant enrolment in the country’s tertiary institutions over the next five years, so building universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape will help meet this target.At the moment the only options for Mpumalanga-based students are TUT and the Vaal University of Technology – which offer limited courses through satellite campuses there; three Further Education and Training centres; and a handful of private colleges.Mabuza is certain a university in Mpumalanga will, among other things, help develop skills in the province.“In part, the establishment of a university in Mpumalanga will, in the long-term, contribute to knowledge generation, research and development, as well as training and skills development,” he said.last_img read more

Preliminary World Cup squads revealed

first_imgThe holders, meanwhile, will rely on the players who led them back to the world stage, with Marcello Lippi resisting the temptation to recall Francesco Totti to an Italy squad that has Giuseppe Rossi as its only foreign-based player. In the closely-matched Group D, Germany surprised many by including Hamburg defender Dennis Aogo and Bayern Munich youngster Holger Badstuber, while Radomir Antic named seven England-based players in a formidable looking Serbia squad. Australia and Ghana, meanwhile, have backed two of their key players to recover from injury in time, with Harry Kewell and Michael Essien both included. Sadly, injuries forced the hands of many, with Charlie Davies failing to recover in time to take his place in a USA squad that instead included the comparatively inexperienced striking duo of Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez. BrazilThe task of choosing from Brazil’s embarrassment of riches fell to Dunga, who resisted a public clamour by staying true to the players who topped their qualifying group and won last year’s Fifa Confederations Cup. Group F rivals Portugal, meanwhile, have gambled on the fitness of Real Madrid centre-half Pepe, sidelined since December, while shock inclusions were conspicuous by their absence in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s star-studded Cote d’Ivoire squad. Finally, hosts South Africa sprung few surprises in their announcement, with prodigal son Benni McCarthy, as expected, completing his return from the international wilderness by making Carlos Alberto Parreira’s provisional list. Elsewhere in Group C, there was a place for Groningen’s in-form young striker Tim Matavz in Matjaz Kek’s Slovenia selection, while Algeria coach Rabah Sadaane sprung few surprises in a squad dominated by a strong Europe-based contingent. Fifa: provisional 30-man squads The Three Lions’ Italian coach, who failed to convince Paul Scholes to join Carragher in coming out of retirement, also included two as yet uncapped players: King’s central defensive partner, Michael Dawson, and the exciting Manchester City winger, Adam Johnson. 14 May 2010 Source: Fifa.comcenter_img A quartet of Arsenal players and a trio of Ligue 1-winning Marseille players were named in France coach’s Raymond Domenech’s 30, while Mexico have named just five recognised midfielders in a squad that will be without the talents of the injured Miguel Sabah. The inclusion of Wolfsburg striker Grafite raised a few eyebrows, however, while Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was rewarded for his fine form in the Londoners’ outstanding Premier League campaign with the third goalkeeping slot. Maradona unpredictableInevitably, Diego Maradona’s selection proved less predictable, with the Argentina coach picking the largely unknown trio of Ariel Garce, Sebastian Blanco and Juan Manuel Insaurralde among a nine-strong contingent of home-based players that also includes 36-year-old Martin Palermo. England surprisesThere were even more surprises for fans of the Americans’ opening match opponents, England, for whom Jamie Carragher and Ledley King – neither of whom have played under Fabio Capello – both received call-ups. As always with these preliminary squad announcements, surprise inclusions and notable, often controversial, omissions dominated the headlines, even if plenty of coaches remained faithful to the tried and tested stars who had excelled during qualifying. Another veteran striker who could be lining up against Maradona’s side in their South Africa 2010 opener is Kanu. The Portsmouth striker, who turns 34 in August, was named alongside club colleague John Utaka in Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback’s 30-man list. Competing at a Fifa World Cup is the highlight of any footballer’s career; this week it was revealed which players have moved a step closer to realising that dream. Title favouritesSpain, many observers’ favourites for the title, have named the injured trio of Andreas Iniesta, Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas along with outsiders such as Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez, Osasuna defender Cesar Azpilicueta and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez. The final 23-man squads will not be known until 1 June, but this week coaches from each of the participating nations named the 30 players from which that ultimate decision will be made.last_img read more

Maine Poised to Approve State’s Largest Wind Farm

first_imgRegulators from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection have signed off on a proposal to build a 62-turbine wind project, the state’s largest. The Bangor Daily News reports that a draft order approving the proposal from a subsidiary of First Wind of Boston, Massachusetts, is subject to public comment and further review. But even critics think the project is likely to win final approval.The $398 million wind farm in the Bingham area, about 50 miles west Bangor, would have a total rated capacity of 186 megawatts.Its supporters say the project will make the region’s power grid more reliable and provide an economic boost to the state.Critics object to the project’s potential impact on wildlife, the environment, and the tourist industry, a major employer in the state. Further, a group called Friends of Maine Mountains, objects to the land-use permit authorizing construction on grounds that First Wind is not setting aside enough money for the eventual decommissioning of the project.“I won’t say that I’m overly optimistic that DEP is going to do anything different than what’s in the draft,” Friends of Maine Mountains president Chris O’Neil told the paper, “but we’re going to take one shot at pointing out some weaknesses in … the applicant’s materials.” Maine ranks 26th in nation for wind energyAccording to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Maine has a total installed wind capacity of 431 megawatts in 13 separate projects, making it 26th in the country. Wind now provides about 7.5% of the state’s electricity.According to AWEA, the state set wind energy goals in 2008 that will require a total of 2,000 MW of installed capacity by 2015.There is still some question about that financial underpinnings for the project. The developer won approval for a financial partnership to pay for wind development in July after a Maine Supreme Judicial Court review. But the decision is apparently still open to further appeal by one of the intervenors in the case.But O’Neil says his group is focused on delaying wind projects, not defeating them, the Bangor paper reported. “If we can slow them down, we consider that victory,” he said.The wind farm would span a number of communities. The developer has already signed agreements to provide annual payments of $176,000 to Kingsbury Plantation, $106,000 to Bingham, and $20,000 each to Abbott, Parkman and Moscow, the newspaper said.Public comments are being accepted until September 4.last_img read more