Addressing crime and domestic violence

first_imgDear Editor,Crime and domestic violence are two issues which continue to feature heavily in our local news and seem to have become an unsavoury aspect of our culture. Although we can lay much of the blame for our inadequate incomes and depressed welfares on poor government policies, as a society, we also help to contribute to the social and economic hardships we face. In economics, the responsible group is that of “households”.A cursory examination of the news reveals that households are often plagued by domestic problems which very often result in broken homes and offspring who generally mature into adults without the essential social skills necessary as a successful partner and parent. But what is the best and most efficient household? Unsurprisingly, the best and most efficient household is one which at the very least comprises both parents who understand and fulfil their roles and responsibilities in their home and to their children.One of the things that we would admit is that our culture, which includes our social activities, the music, artistes and ‘stars’ we listen to and in many cases unintentionally emulate, very often do not celebrate the virtues of social behaviours and traits which yield successful adults and promote the survivability of households. Worse, quite a few of these stars overtly support gangsterism and disrespect, violence towards and abuse of women, and casual relations. These stars have become the individuals who influence us most regarding our social interactions and ‘condition’ our thinking into our ‘societal norms,’ what is acceptable, so that disrespect, violence towards and abuse of women becomes acceptable, even to our women, who often suffer the consequences of their participation at these social events.Addressing crime and domestic violence, which are the roots of the failure of many of our households, therefore, needs to be addressed by broader society, particularly those who are most affected. Young women in particular need to avoid being conned by the first, or any other ‘I love you.’ Also, they might want to steer clear from individuals who do not display any sense of responsibility, or have overly aggressive tendencies. They might say it’s okay, but it’s not. Women need to recognise the crucial role they have in protecting themselves from violence and abuse. They need to start by demanding long-term commitments from males as social partners.For their part, men need to recognise that their social relations with women, the disrespect, violence and abuse they mete out to women, are largely due to their exposure to, and acculturalisation by much of the music and (anti)social activities in which they engage. Our menfolk need to recognise also that such attitudes are condescending, predatory and negative, and impact on their behaviour at home. Further, men need to recognise their roles and responsibilities in their homes, to their wives, and to their children, and ensure that everything they do is geared towards ensuring the survival of their homes and ultimate success of their children in growing into responsible men who do not abuse and misuse women, and who as women, know what to ask for, and will not tolerate disrespect, violence and abuse from men.Men who have been disadvantaged by society because of inadequate education necessary to secure a regular job, and who consider crime as a means of earning money should reconsider this notion. Individuals who are unwilling to work for depressed incomes and who consider such a great risk as crime are encouraged to reflect that they are confronting the basic reality of survival. This is courageous and should be applauded, but it is advisable that such desperation should best be channelled into the challenge of looking for work in other areas in the country such as the interior. Here the risks are very often matched by the rewards, provided they ensure that they do not get caught working for the occasional plundering ‘boss’.Our institutions, particularly NGOs, Government social services and media organisations, need to actively develop programmes which educate and inform society about costs of embracing violence, abuse and other unhealthy attitudes towards women encouraged by some of our popular artistes. Social services could consider regulatory mechanisms (imposition of stiff taxes, for example) which eliminate content which even subliminally advocates violence and abuse of women, from our society.Among the groups of persons who will object to such policies on the basis of ‘freedom of expression’ would probably be the promoters and businesses who make hundreds of millions every year from these events. However, freedom of expression does not extend to incitation and promotion of violence and abuse against women, or any group or segment of society, for that matter. Finally, women should stop allowing themselves to be used to promote social events which encourage disrespect, violence and abuse towards themselves.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more

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LEC Targets 45,000 New Customers From Paynesville to RIA

first_imgLEC Managing Director Buckley breaks ground for the construction of the LEC sub-station in Schefflin Town.At least 45,000 new customers are expected to be connected to the national power grid provided by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) along the Roberts International Airport (RIA) corridor in Margibi County.The project is funded by several financing instruments that include the African Development Bank (AFDB), the European Union and the Liberian government.At the groundbreaking ceremony, which was held in Schefflin Town, Margibi County on May 1, 2019, the project Coordinator, Henry Kimber, said the exercise is under the auspices of the Liberia Energy and Access Project (LEAP). According to Kimber, the project costs US$31.8 million to extend the national grid, which comes from the Paynesville sub-station, and extends as far as the RIA.Kimber said about 45,000 households are expected to be connected when the project is completed.He informed the residents that when the project was initiated in 2013, it was estimated that 14,000 households would have benefited but, based on the prevailing condition and its urgency, the plans changed to the minimum of 45,000 for the good of the residents.The project is a combination of loans and grants; as such, it is not free of charge as it has been perceived by the public.However Kimber recalled that, on many occasions, when donor-funded projects are implemented,  people think it is free, thought that is not the case.In order to distribute electricity to the various communities, Kimber said authorities of the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) provided a parcel of land to construct the sub-station in the area.He then challenged the LEC team to ensure that the project is delivered by 2020, the selected period.“At LEC, we are not political, so we don’t discriminate between the poor or the rich, everyone is entitled to electricity, which is security in itself for all, irrespective of societal statuses, because our mandate is to connect everyone legally. But must do so in the frame of the law,” Kimber said.Meanwhile, Paschal Buckley, LEC Chief Executive Officer, has said the construction of the sub-station in that part of Liberia is essential, because the RIA Highway is the first gateway to the nation’s capital.“When the project is completed, it will attract investors, because electricity brings growth and opportunities to improve livelihood leading to attaining quality education; it provides security and good health to all,” Mr. Buckley said.Buckley however frowned on those carrying out illegal connections, because it creates electricity hazard, burns transformers, produces high voltage for those who are legally connected, and poor quality of supplies, which puts a heavy burden on the corporation.The head of EU Delegation to Liberia, Theodorus Kasper, said that EU is making a tremendous contribution in Liberia’s electricity sector; “therefore it needs to be turned into success.”“We need to show ownership to all EU taxpayers’ money that it is worth well to keep on investing in Liberia,” Kasper said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UG students protest 5% tuition increase

first_img– VC prepared to postpone hikeBy Shemuel FanfairWith chants of “education, no inflation”, “strike the hike” and “no five per cent, get it from the Government”, a group of University of Guyana students on Monday gathered at the corner of UG Road and the Railway Embankment, Greater Georgetown where they stated that the extra fees were not being used to improve the University’s standards. The protesters stated that their basic needs were not being met, and noted that the fee increase was unjustified especially given the manner in which it was announced.UG students protest on Monday over the increase in tuitionFinal-year International Relations student Elsie Harry explained that since students were sent their acceptance letters and invoices and did not contest such, any other amendments to the agreement were unjust.“Some people went further in paying their tuition fees; now in the middle of the semester when that [was] done and dusted, you come and say ‘oh wait, by the way, there’s a five per cent increase, we’ll amend your tuition fee’, that’s unethical,” Harry noted.The frustrated student further expressed that the University should “lead by example”, adding that the commitments made to students should be honoured.These sentiments were echoed by a male student who also joined the protest line.“Five weeks into the semester and UG suddenly comes out of the blue and says you have to pay them five per cent more; that just couldn’t be right,” he stated.Meanwhile, past student Cynthia Rutherford who said that she was standing in solidarity with the current students pointed out that students deserved better facilities before fees were raised.“It’s a disgrace that UG would want to raise the student fee by five per cent when every year the cry remains the same – deplorable classrooms, inadequate seating and the list goes on,” she noted.The students claimed that they were willing to go the distance in advocating their causes, pointing out they would not be paying any increased fees. This call was echoed by final-year Communication Studies student Roshini Taychandra.“When you have a system where students are already struggling to pay the increase hoping that they will get better facilities and learning conditions; nothing has been done. This is my fourth year and then you open your email [and on social media] that there’s an increase, again…so we’re gonna go as far as we need to because we are not going to pay this; we are not going to succumb to that,” Taychandra declared.It was on Friday that the University of Guyana announced that it increased tuition fees for the academic year 2016/2017 by some five per cent, meaning that fees would increase from $160,000 to $168,000. It was also stated that in the next academic year 2017/2018, fees would again be increased by five per cent.Responding to the students’ outcry over receiving the notice via email, the University’s Registrar, Dr Nigel Gravesande stated late last week that the decision on hikes was made by the Council in 2014, but was never applied to the academic year 2015/2016.The increase in tuition fees follows the University’s announcement of a $10,000 graduation fee for students who will be attending the ceremony. Students not attending the graduation ceremony will be required to pay a fee of $5000. Students are today expected to assemble at the Ministry of the Presidency at 09:00h, as Cabinet meets – they will use this opportunity to air their concerns.Guyana Times understands that the VC Professor Ivelaw Griffith is prepared to halt the 5 per cent increase in tuition fees and will be making the necessary recommendations.Meanwhile, it is expected that on Thursday at the Turkeyen Campus, President David Granger will attend a commemorative ceremony around 16:00h. The students plan to, with placards in hand, line both sides of the access roads leading up to the campus, where another group of students will be present at the ceremony in efforts to secure the President’s intervention. The email the students received read: “The University administration informs the University Community that the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the University had approved the increase in tuition fees for 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 academic years.”The email went on to state that the University regretted any inconvenience caused and advised that all invoices would be amended accordingly. It said the difference without penalty becomes payable on or before November 15, 2016. The facilities fee remains unchanged.Students had taken to social media protesting the move saying that “enough is enough”. They said that the University continued to hike fees while the institution and its infrastructure remained in a deplorable state.last_img read more

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Deadly shootout recalled

first_imgIn 2005, Kness was honored by the CHP for his assistance as a defender of the officers and witness at the trial for the surviving suspect. As Kness was recognized Thursday by station commander Capt. Steve Bernard, Ingold put his hand on Kness’ shoulder. In March, state Sen. George Runner introduced a resolution that will dedicate the Golden State Freeway between Rye Canyon Road and Magic Mountain Parkway to the memory of the four officers. The dedication will take place after Caltrans construction in the area is complete; a local real estate salesperson has pledged to cover the cost of the memorial signs. After the ceremony, Frago walked over to a low wall bearing a plaque with her husband’s name near four tall cypress trees planted in honor of the four officers. The original four cypress trees commemorating the incident remain in place at the CHP station’s former site on Chiquella Lane in Newhall. “The one thing that has made this all bearable is knowing that Walt’s death was not wasted or in vain,” she said, acknowledging the fact that the incident is used in training law enforcement officers in safe traffic stops. “I don’t expect them to do this every year, but it sure blesses my heart.” carol.rock@dailynews.com (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIn its 77-year history, the CHP has lost 206 officers in the line of duty. Five died in the past six months. The shootout in which Frago, Gore, Alleyn and Pence died has been examined and analyzed, their ultimate sacrifice yielding lessons that changed law enforcement practices forever. Every April 6, officers at the local CHP station pause to reflect on what happened at Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road, the current location of Marie Callender’s and the Hilton Garden Inn. This was Frago’s first visit to a memorial ceremony. She made sure to greet all the officers paying tribute to her husband, thanking them for attending and smiling as tears glistened in her eyes during the wreath-setting in front of the station. Carrying the roses-and-hydrangea wreath were two men intricately involved with the incident. Civilian Gary Kness was enroute to work when he came upon the gunbattle and attempted to help the officers. Retired Sgt. Harry Ingold was one of the first officers to reach the scene on that deadly night. “I was honored to be asked” to the ceremony, Kness said. VALENCIA – Nikki Frago smiled broadly Thursday morning as she worked her way down a row of uniformed officers at the California Highway Patrol office for the Newhall area. Reaching the end of the hallway, she looked up at a photograph of her late husband, Walter, slain with three other CHP officers in a four-minute shootout in 1970 known now as “The Newhall Incident.” “The guys were so young,” she said, scanning the wall where yellowed newspaper articles and crime scene photos hung near oversize portraits of the officers. “This is so wonderful that they are doing this, especially with all the heartache they’ve experienced in the last six months. It blesses me.” Along with the framed portraits are four white slips of paper with charcoal rubbings from the national law enforcement memorial in Washington, D.C., of the names of the four officers: Frago, his partner Roger Gore, George Alleyn and James Pence. last_img read more

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Liverpool and Ings come to an agreement on striker’s future

first_imgBut with Roberto Firmino occupying the central striker’s position in an attack which also contains Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Ings recognises his chances of more minutes are slim.Team-mates, his manager and fans admire his work ethic and dedication and he is unlikely to be short of interest. Crystal Palace have been linked, as have Leicester, Wolves and West Ham, while The Telegraph also claim Bundesliga clubs Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig have all made previous enquires about his availability. Danny Ings has decided his best chance of playing regularly is away from Liverpool.The striker has two years left to run on his contract and the club would prefer him to stay, however, the 25-year-old is understood to have come to an ‘amicable agreement’ to leave. Ings joined Liverpool from Burnley in 2015, but has been unable to get his career on Merseyside going because of a series of injuries.He ruptured his cruciate ligaments in his first training session under manager Jurgen Klopp in October 2015. Then, 13 months later he was back only to suffer cartilage damage in an EFL Cup tie against Tottenham, which ended his season early for the second campaign running.According to The Telegraph, Klopp would have preferred the striker to stay and Liverpool are expected not to ask for a prohibitive fee for the player.Since his move, the striker has played just 25 times, scoring four goals, with his strike against West Brom in April being his first Premier League goal in 930 days. Ings scores against Wes Brom in April 2 Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer of Ings’ 2last_img read more

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ARE YOU UP FOR HAVING A ‘GRAND’ TIME WITH ANRAI CLIMBING ERRIGAL?

first_imgHopefully many will conquer Errigal tomorrow!How often have you climbed Errigal? Once? Never? Perhaps half a dozen times?Well now an invitation has gone out to join Carrickfin man Anraí O Domhnaill (Henry O’Donnell) as he summits tomorrow, 2nd August, at 1pm for his ONE THOUSANDTH time!Anraí is also celebrating a great family event – his 50th birthday with all proceeds from the climb in aid of Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT). The Team, who are very appreciative of Anrai’s efforts, are all unpaid volunteers on call to protect us in the hills 24/7, three hundred and sixty five days a year.Anraí’s record breaking number of climbs on Errigal is more than impressive, beginning as he did at 6 years of age (December 1969) in the company of his father Peter and his brother Joe.It set in motion a yearning that spurred a lifetime of adventures at home and abroad. His average number of climbs per year from 1969 –2014 is just over 22.Anraí has many worldwide expeditions under his belt, such as a recent trip to South America taking in its highest point, Aconcagua at 22,837 feet, and its lowest point, Laguna del Carbón, 105 metres below sea level after a hazarduous crossing of the Patagonia Desert. However, this surely is also a most remarkable feat, yet on our doorsteps and attainable to all.To date €3000 has been pledged and all are welcome to come along to enjoy a great days craic on Errigal. A choice of easy, moderate and summit hikes will be available to suit all fitness levels.The Mayor of Donegal, Cllr John Campbell is launching the event and indeed is up for the challenge of being the first First Citizen of the County to hike Errigal in the chain of office.Also present will be the King of Tory and though some twenty years Anraí’s senior he suggests that there will be a tussle between Mayor & King as to whom will claim Errigal’s crown first tomorrow!Live trad music, craic, guest speakers and a colour certificate to every participant. There may even be a gathering of beautiful young Mary ladies from Dungloe but what will they do with the stilettos……! Starts at 1pm SHARP but be there from 12 noon to sign in.ARE YOU UP FOR HAVING A ‘GRAND’ TIME WITH ANRAI CLIMBING ERRIGAL? was last modified: August 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:ANRAI O’DONNELLclimbErrigallast_img read more

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HSE SUSPENDS CONTROVERSIAL REVIEW OF DONEGAL MATERNITY SERVICES

first_imgA CONTROVERSIAL review of maternity services at Letterkenny General Hospital has been suspended.There had been fears the hospital could lose the services.But the HSE said today that the The West/North West Hospitals Group has decided to suspend the public and stakeholder engagement processes of its review of maternity services and to subsume its efforts into the national review of maternity services. The Department of Health, the HSE and all staff concerned are being informed of this decision through the normal communications channels, said the HSE.Mr Bill Maher, Group CEO of the West/North West Hospitals Group, stated: “It was our intention from the outset that our review of the models of care would feed into the national review of maternity services, which will be led by the Department of Health with input from the HSE.“We have advised the Department of Health and the HSE that our Group will assist the national maternity review in whatever way we can.“We will, of course, continue to implement the recommendations of the HIQA and other reviews where possible and considerable progress has been made in this regard. “A new Group Director of Midwifery Services will take up her appointment shortly and this is a further demonstration of the Group’s commitment to ensuring that all women accessing our maternity services receive best care from the most appropriate professional in the most appropriate setting.”  HSE SUSPENDS CONTROVERSIAL REVIEW OF DONEGAL MATERNITY SERVICES was last modified: June 23rd, 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)last_img read more

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Arsenal pose first real test for Liverpool’s Premier League title aspirations

first_imgBrighton vs EvertonAmerican Express Community Stadium, East SussexSaturday, 29-12-2018 @6pmReferee: Andy MadleyBrighton have won just two of their 14 meetings with Everton, with their last victory coming at home in the First Division in 1982. Everton have lost on only two of their seven visits to Brighton (W2, D3). The home side has scored in 13 of the 14 fixtures between these sides, with the only exception a goalless draw at Brighton in the First Division in 1980.Brighton have no new injury concerns for the visit of Everton, but goalkeeper Mat Ryan is absent on international duty. Centre-back Lewis Dunk returns from suspension and is expected to resume his partnership with Shane Duffy for the first time since 4 December.Everton forward Richarlison is set to return to the starting line-up after scoring as a substitute at Burnley. Ademola Lookman is in contention after missing two games with an ankle injury.Fulham vs Huddersfield TownCraven Cottage, LondonSaturday, 29-12-2018 @6pmReferee: Kevin FriendMidfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa is Fulham’s only injury concern, but he could return from an ankle problem to face Arsenal on New Year’s Day. In an otherwise fully-fit squad, manager Claudio Ranieri is expected to pick only one of Ryan Sessegnon or Andre Schurrle in attack.Huddersfield Town have no new injury concerns but a raft of long-term absentees remain out. Aaron Mooy, Tommy Smith and Abdelhamid Sabiri are among those still sidelined.This is the first top-flight meeting at Craven Cottage between these sides since 1952, with Fulham having never lost to Huddersfield at home in this division (W2, D1). Huddersfield’s 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in November was their first victory in 12 league matches against Fulham (D4, L7). Fulham have lost just one of their last 10 home league games against Huddersfield, winning five and drawing four.Leicester City vs Cardiff CityKing Power StadiumSaturday, 29-12-2018 @6pmReferee: Simon HooperLeicester, who were victorious in the reverse fixture this season, last won consecutive games against the Bluebirds in September 2010. However, the Foxes have won four consecutive top-flight matches against Cardiff by an aggregate score of 11-0. The Foxes could equal their longest top-flight winning streak against a single opponent of five against Aston Villa (1958-1961) and West Ham (1965-1966). The Bluebirds have only had longer losing runs in the top division versus Birmingham City (six, 1956-1961) and Aston Villa (five, 1928-1953).Leicester boss Claude Puel has no fresh injury concerns to contend with in his squad. The midfield duo of Matty James and Daniel Amartey remain long-term absentees.Cardiff boss Neil Warnock received a boost with the news that goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is not in the Philippines squad for the Asian Cup. Callum Paterson faces a late fitness test, but Aron Gunnarsson and Harry Arter are expected to return.Tottenham Hotspurs vs WolvesWembley Stasium, LondonSaturday, 29-12-2018 @6pmReferee: Scott AttwellTottenham’s Dele Alli faces a late fitness test on the hamstring injury that ruled him out on Boxing Day. Serge Aurier is back in training, but Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Victor Wanyama remain on the sidelines.Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed Diogo Jota is not yet fit enough to return. Leander Dendoncker and Kortney Hause will be assessed after they missed the draw with Fulham because of illness.Wolves have won just two of their previous nine Premier League meetings with Tottenham. They are without a win in their last five meetings since a 1-0 victory at Molineux in February 2010. Wolves have won just one of their last 12 away games at Tottenham in all competitions.Watford vs Newcastle UnitedVicarage Road, WatfordSaturday, 29-12-2018 @6pmReferee: Roger EastWatford are without Christian Kabasele, who was hospitalised after colliding with a goal post against Chelsea, though he escaped serious injury. Andre Gray, Will Hughes, Adalberto Penaranda and Sebastian Prodl were all unavailable on Boxing Day and could again miss out.Newcastle are set to recall striker Salomon Rondon, who was rested in the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is available after recovering from a thigh problem. Defender Ciaran Clark and goalkeeper Karl Darlow remain sidelined, while South Korea international Ki Sung-yueng is away on international duty.Watford have won four of their last five Premier League meetings with Newcastle, after failing to win any of their first four against the Magpies in the competition (D2, L2). Newcastle have never won a top-flight game away to the Hornets, losing four and drawing four matches in either the Premier League or First Division. Newcastle have lost their last three games at Vicarage Road in all competitions.Liverpool vs ArsenalAnfield Stadium, LiverpoolSaturday, 29-12-2018 @8:30pmReferee: Michael OliverThe biggest fixture of the Premier League weekend pits tittle chasing Liverpool at home to Arsenal on Saturday evening. The Kops have been flying in the League since day one and head into the game unbeaten in all their 19 games so far this season. The 4-0 victory over Newcastle was testament of how Jurgen Klopp’s side can be at times and it propelled them four points clear at the summit.Against Arsenal, they come up against one of the sides that nearly beat them in the first round. The Gunners dominated proceeding at Emirates in the 1-1 draw at the start of November but have since let down their guard, winning only four of their 8 games since then. Unai Emeryy’s side go into the game having won only one of their last three Premier League games (D1 L1) and on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw away to Brighton last Wednesday.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could opt to freshen up his side, with Fabinho and Naby Keita amongst the contenders for a recall to the starting line-up. James Milner and Dominic Solanke are both ruled out, but Alberto Moreno has recovered from a back problem.Arsenal are short of defenders with Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin still out and Nacho Monreal’s fitness uncertain. Shkodran Mustafi is nearing a return from a hamstring injury, although this game may come too soon for him. Captain Laurent Koscielny should be fine despite suffering a minor foot issue in the draw at Brighton.Arsenal are winless in their last five league games at Anfield (D2, L3), conceding at least two goals in each of those matches (17 in total). Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven matches against the Gunners (W3, D4). Liverpool are only the fourth Premier League team to be unbeaten at the halfway stage of a season, along with Arsenal in 2003-04, Manchester United in 2010-11 and Manchester City in 2017-18. The Reds are 16 points better off than at this stage last season. The Merseysiders are unbeaten in their last 20 matches in December in all competitions (W16, D4), winning the last nine. They are also are undefeated in 30 Premier League home games, their longest such sequence since a run of 31 between December 2007 and August 2009. A clean sheet would see Liverpool set a new record for fewest goals conceded (seven) after 20 top-flight games.Arsenal are winless in their last three away league games, and have claimed just one victory in their last five on the road (D3, L1). The Gunners are winless in 19 Premier League away fixtures versus sides from the established top six (D7, L12), with their last such victory a 2-0 triumph at Manchester City on 18 January 2015. They have won just one of their last 12 Premier League away games against sides starting the day top of the table, losing the last six in a row by an aggregate score of 17-2. Arsenal have conceded in each of their last nine away Premier League games, two short of their longest run without a shut-out in the division (set in 2010).Crystal Palace vs ChelseaSelhurst Park, LondonSunday, 30-12-2018 @3pmReferee: Craig PawsonCallum Hudson-Odoi will face a late fitness test after picking up a hamstring injury of his own at Watford, while Alvaro Morata is fully fit.Hodgson reported no new injuries for Crystal Palace, with Wayne Hennessey (back), Cheikhou Kouyate and Martin Kelly (adductor) back in contention. Christian Benteke is the only player still unavailable.Crystal Palace have won two of their last four league encounters with Chelsea (L2), as many wins as they’d registered in their previous 18 combined (W2 D4 L12). Chelsea lost in this exact fixture last season (1-2) – they’ve never suffered consecutive away defeats against Crystal Palace in league competition. Chelsea are winless in their last five away Premier League London derbies (D2 L3), their longest run without a win on the road since a run of eight between December 2010 and September 2012. Crystal Palace have won more points in their last three Premier League games (7) than they had in their previous 11 in the competition (6). Chelsea are looking to win three consecutive Premier League away games for the first time under Maurizio Sarri, last doing so in April when Antonio Conte was in charge. Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been involved in more goals than any other Premier League player coming into this weekend (19 – 10 goals, 9 assists). Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has enjoyed three victories in his last four home games against Chelsea in the Premier League (L1), achieving wins with Liverpool in November 2010, West Brom in March 2012 and with the Eagles in this fixture last season.Burnely vs West Ham UnitedTurff Moor, BurnelySunday, 30-12-2018 @5:15pmReferee: David CooteBurnley are set to be without Robbie Brady and Steven Defour. Brady has missed the last two games after picking up a knock in the defeat by Tottenham, while Defour is still struggling with a calf problem that has sidelined him since the start of December. Matt Lowton also misses out through suspension after picking up five bookings this season. Johann Berg Gudmundsson returned from a hamstring problem as a substitute on Wednesday and could start, but Aaron Lennon, Stephen Ward (both knee) and Nick Pope (shoulder) remain sidelined.West Ham hope Pablo Zabaleta can recover from illness in time for Sunday’s trip. The injury-hit Hammers could only fill six of the seven substitute berths at Southampton, leaving Pellegrini hoping that Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic might shake off hamstring issues to face the Clarets. Winston Reid (knee) is out until late January, with no timescale for returns on Jack Wilshere (ankle), Ryan Fredericks (ankle), Fabio Balbuena (knee) and Manuel Lanzini (knee), with Carlos Sanchez (knee) and Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles) both out until April.Burnley have picked up just one win in their last nine meetings with West Ham in all competitions (D2 L6), winning 3-0 in the Premier League at the London Stadium in March.  This will be the 10th Premier League match between these two sides, with West Ham winning six times (D1 L2). Both teams have found the net in each of the four Premier League matches between Burnley and West Ham at Turf Moor (12 goals in total, 3 per game). Burnley have conceded 41 goals in their 19 Premier League games this season – two more than they shipped in the whole of the 2017-18 campaign.Burnley have won just one of their last 12 Premier League games (D2 L9), conceding 30 and scoring just eight in that run.Southampton vs Man CitySt. Mary’s Stadium, HampshireSunday, 30-12-2018 @5:15pmReferee: Paul TierneyMario Lemina is a doubt for Southampton after picking up a stomach problem while Ryan Bertrand (back) is out. Pierre-Emile Hobjerg will return after serving a one-match suspension in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to West Ham, while Michael Obafemi remains out of action after picking up a knock in training.  Manchester City could again be without Fernandinho for the trip to Southampton while Fabian Delph is suspended. Fernandinho has missed City’s last two league outings – both defeats – with a thigh problem and will again be assessed, while Delph is beginning a three-match ban for his sending off at Leicester. David Silva is back in action after coming off the bench on Boxing Day but Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are still unavailable.Southampton have won just one of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Manchester City (D2 L8), winning 4-2 in this exact fixture in the 2015-16 campaign. Manchester City have won their last four Premier League games against Southampton by an aggregate score of 12-2. They have never won five in a row against Saints in the Premier League. Southampton have never lost five consecutive league games against Manchester City. They also haven’t suffered three consecutive home league defeats against the Citizens since April 1994. Man City have lost three of their last four Premier League games (W1) – as many as they had in their previous 70 in the competition (W55 D12 L3). Man City have lost their last two Premier League games, despite scoring first in both. Only four sides have ever lost three in a row after scoring the first goal in the competition (Blackburn in April 2007, Sunderland in February 2011, Wolves in April 2012 and Leicester in December 2014). After a run of six consecutive clean sheets, Man City have conceded in eight of their last nine Premier League games. The Citizens have conceded a goal with their first shot faced in three of their last four league games. Only once in Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s managerial career has he lost three league games in a row, back in May 2015 with Bayern Munich.Man United vs BournemouthOld Trafford, Manchester Sunday, 30-12-2018 @7:30pmReferee: Lee Mason?Manchester United welcome Bournemouth to Old Trafford on Sunday as they look to make it three successive Premier League wins under new interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.  The dark cloud surrounding United disappeared almost overnight following Jose Mourinho’s departure earlier this month, and Solskjaer has managed to create a feel good factor around the club with two resounding wins, albeit against struggling Cardiff and Huddersfield.After losing their first ever league match with Bournemouth in December 2015, Manchester United are unbeaten in each of the last six Premier League games against the Cherries. Bournemouth have never beaten United at Old Trafford in all competitions, losing six times and drawing one and scoring just two goals. In total, Bournemouth have won just two of their 15 previous matches against the Reds in all competitions.Manchester United forwards Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial all face late fitness tests. Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Chris Smalling is not likely to return from his foot problem until the middle of January.Bournemouth will be without club captain Simon Francis for up to nine months following the knee injury he suffered against Tottenham. He joins Lewis Cook, Dan Gosling and Adam Smith on the sidelines.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: arsenalliverpoolpremier leaguetoplast_img read more

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Do you want to have your say on patient experience at Letterkenny Hospital?

first_imgAcute hospitals across the country will again this year participate in the National Patient Experience Survey. The 2018 survey is part of a broader programme to help improve the quality and safety of healthcare services provided to patients in Ireland including those attending Letterkenny University Hospital.The survey tries to understand how patients interact with the healthcare system and how they experience this process. It will help us establish what is working well in our hospitals and what needs to be improved. All inpatients discharged from Letterkenny University Hospital during May 2018 will be invited to participate in this survey.The National Patient Experience Survey values and seeks to represent the patient voice.The 2017 survey demonstrated that in relation to their admission to hospital, a significant number of patients said that they always felt that they were treated with respect and dignity in the emergency department. Patients also reported having enough privacy on the ward. This was found to be an area of good experience. Photo captionHelen Hanrahan, Assistant Director of Nursing; Olive Gallagher, Assistant Director of Nursing; Jean Kelly, Group Director of Nursing; Ger Kilkelly, Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS), Dr Tom Walsh, Associate Clinical Director, Medicine; James Geoghegan, Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS).Patients also reported good experiences of receiving clear explanations of their medicines, as well as enough information on how to manage their condition after discharge.Key findings for Letterkenny University Hospital in the 2017 survey were that across the Hospital, 83% of patients in Letterkenny University Hospital said that, overall, they felt that they were treated with respect and dignity.A number of areas for improvement were identified and these included waiting times in the emergency department, communications around diagnosis and test results and the patient discharge and transfer process.In response to last year’s survey findings Letterkenny University Hospital has developed a quality improvement plan – Listening Responding and Improving – and to date we have implemented a number of improvements or projects, including:– An improvement Programme in the Emergency Department will continue to work to increase self-awareness among staff and to engage in continuous improvement in the department to provide an improved experience for the patients, families, and the care teams (ED Micro-systems).– Training for staff in communications skills will be delivered.– Comfort packs are available for patients in ED, these packs include tooth brushes, socks, t-shirts– There is an on-going focus on reducing the number of patients on trolleys in the Emergency Department, in line with the HSE target times.– Information for patients about support services available to them during their hospital stay will be enhanced. A campaign of awareness raising amongst patients about sharing concerns and speaking to staff about anything that they are worried about will be promoted.– A hospital patient information booklet is available and this is available in many languages. We will be delivering plain English workshops for staff to support them to further develop patient information.– Project currently being undertaken on improving Discharge Planning.Seán Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny University Hospital said, “The Patient Experience Survey results have given us a clear insight into the patient’s experiences in our hospital and assists us in understanding what matters to patients. It confirms for us the importance of working in partnership with our patients, their carers, our staff and communities. I would like to thank all the patients who took part in the survey and the staff who encouraged and facilitated it. I would again encourage our patients to participate in this year’s survey – your feedback is very important to us and provides us with important information on how we can continue to improve patient care and build on positive patient experience.”For further information on the National Patient Experience Survey visit www.patientexperience.ie or follow @NPESurvey @HSELive #patientexperience #listeningrespondingimproving Do you want to have your say on patient experience at Letterkenny Hospital? was last modified: April 20th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:donegalLetterkenny University Hospitalpatientslast_img read more

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Anchiornis: Foot Feathers Confuse Bird Evolution Story

first_imgThe paper on Anchiornis huxleyii was published in Nature,1 along with a News article about it in the same issue by Lawrence Witmer.2  In addition, popular reports were printed by the BBC News, Live Science and Science Daily.    The popular reports are focusing on Xing Xu’s claim that this fossil removes the last argument that birds could not have evolved from dinosaurs because this fossil gets rid of the “temporal paradox” – the fact that the alleged “feathered dinosaurs” were all younger in the fossil record than Archaeopteryx, the earliest known bird.  Anchiornis has been assigned to strata dated 1 to 10 million years earlier than Archaeopteryx, effectively removing that objection.    Other than that, this fossil is confusing.  It has long feathers on all four legs – even on the hind feet.  The feathers get shorter closer to the body.  Scientists can’t figure out if the feathers allowed the creature to fly or glide.  If not, what function did they perform?    The animal had elongated hind legs.  It seems that foot feathers would have interfered with flying and with walking on the ground.  Some modern birds have feathered feet but not long, pennaceous feathers.  Based on this new discovery, and on the previous fossils Microraptor gui (11/16/2005, 03/27/2007), and Pedopenna (feather-foot; see New Scientist 19 Feb 2005), evolutionary biologists are trying to piece together a story of feathers first evolving on the extremities and then moving inward toward the body.  That begs the question of what the feathers evolved for in the first place.  The authors try to explain,Extensive feathering of the pes [foot] is also seen in some modern birds, and serves an insulating or protective function.  In most cases the feathers are not organized into a coherent planar surface as in Microraptor, Pedopenna and Anchiornis, which indicates that the pedal feathers of these fossil taxa may have differed from those of extant birds in having an aerodynamic function.  This would imply that a four-winged condition played a role in the origin of avian flight, as suggested by previous studies, although this conclusion is not universally accepted.  However, the significant differences noted above between the large pedal feathers of Anchiornis and those of Microraptor suggest that these feathers might have been less aerodynamically effective in Anchiornis than in Microraptor.It would seem that going from four wings to two wings represents devolution, not evolution, unless two wings are shown to be more efficient for flying.  Even so, the sudden emergence of a four-winged animal would seem improbable for natural selection.  Anchiornis adds to the puzzle by causing doubt that the feathers were aerodynamically effective.  Yet distal feathers don’t seem to provide much of an insulating or protective function.  Why would natural selection produce structures as complex as feathers for no purpose?  Witmer explained,More to the point, it now looks as if we’ll have to accept that avian evolution indeed went through – at the risk of overstatement – a four-wing stage, only to eventually lose the long foot feathers.  What this means for the evolution of the avian flight stroke is now an open question.  Likewise, we’ll need to seriously consider how these otherwise seemingly very adept and agile runners (Anchiornis has extremely long and slender hindlimbs) could manage with long feathers on their feet.What does Anchiornis mean for evolutionary history?  “The presence of a troodontid in the earliest Late Jurassic indicates that all groups of derived theropods had originated by this time,” the paper said.  The common ancestor of these groups (Troodontidae, Dromaeosauridae and Avialae) therefore remains to be discovered earlier in the fossil record.  Witmer took it as a plug for evolutionary theory that similarities in early representatives of these groups (e.g., the foot feathers) shows that paleontologists are converging on the common ancestor.  “It’s getting hard to tell members of one group from another,” he said.  “On the bright side, in this year of Darwin, that fact provides a comforting affirmation of the evolutionary prediction that species in different groups will become increasingly similar as we approach their common origin.”1.  Hu, Hou, Zhang and Xu, “A pre-Archaeopteryx troodontid theropod from China with long feathers on the metatarsus,” Nature 461, 640-643 (1 October 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08322.2.  Lawrence M. Witmer, “Palaeontology: Feathered dinosaurs in a tangle,” Nature 461, 601-602 (1 October 2009) | doi:10.1038/461601a; Published online 30 September 2009.This is an opportunity to compare hype with fact.  The news media and the discoverers are all chirping that they have an example of bird evolution here.  A transitional form between dinosaurs and birds has been found, and now the naysayers need to bow at the feet of the Charlie idol and admit they were wrong.  It should be noticed that the Darwinists did not predict finding a dino-chicken with long feathers on its feet.  What is this thing?  Look at the predictions they had made.  The ancestor of birds either learned to fly from the ground up (cursorial) or the tree down (arboreal).  The cursorial hypothesis appears down and out if this animal had anything to do with it.  Witmer just wondered how this animal could manage to run with feathers on its feet.  Put some long feathers on your feet and see if it helps your takeoff.  The arboreal hypothesis might still be a contender, but it is 09/06/2007 for the convoluted tale).    There remains no clear picture of the evolution of flight – particularly of powered flight and all the systems required to support it.  There are only an assortment of odd, extinct creatures that paleontologists try to sort into man-made categories.  Remember that it’s not just the taxonomic categories that assume evolution; it’s the geological categories and the dating methods.  Evolutionary paleontology has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Since the outcome is never in doubt, every find becomes part of the ever more complex story of evolution.  They insulate their story from falsification by contorting any and all data to fit the story somehow.  It is not science.    All right then, what are creationists saying?  Creationists do not accept the dating scheme, the millions of years, the creative power of natural selection, or the phylogenetic stories.  The strata diagram in the paper shows alternating bands of andesite, shale, siltstone, agglomerate and tuff.  To accept the column, one has to believe that only one kind of material was deposited for many tens or thousands of years (longer than all human history), then another kind for more thousands of years, then another, then a repeat of the first type of material, over and over.  Alternative mechanisms could allow for these layers to be deposited rapidly.  The time interval between Anchiornis and Archaeopteryx and the other creatures could therefore be so small as to make them contemporaneous.  These are questions evolutionists never ask because they are married to the Geologic Column.  The whole Darwin story would collapse if it were called into question.  Evolutionists need to get off the Lyellian bandwagon and recognize the paradigm-shaking powers of catastrophism.  It could rewrite the history of the Liaoning deposits.    Anchiornis, then, represents another species that went extinct among a majority of past species that went extinct.  It was not evolving into something better.  If anything, it was evolving downward.  Combine this with what we know about the Cambrian Explosion, the young material in dinosaur soft tissue, and the capacities for rapid geological change in catastrophes, and it is the Darwinists who need to explain themselves, not their critics.  Hint: every time you find a Darwinist begging the question in his or her story, stop them right there.  Say, “Excuse me, I do not accept that assumption.  What do you mean there were ten million years between those two strata?  Prove it.  Were you there?  I do not accept your line that this was a transitional form on the way to birds.  Don’t you realize that taxonomists classified the maniraptorans and troodontids based on evolutionary assumptions that dinosaurs and birds are related by common ancestry?  I do not accept those assumptions, therefore I do not accept the classification scheme and the story built on it.”  Make them explain their story from first principles using observations and testable data.  Then ask the hard questions: “Do you realize how many beneficial mutations would be required to make a feather out of a scale or piece of fuzz?  How can you possibly believe it happened?  Don’t you know that birds have exquisitely designed bones and wings and respiratory systems for powered flight?  Have you seen a hummingbird or eagle?  You expect me to believe that some dinosaur fell out of tree and gave rise to the cormorant and falcon?  How is that even remotely imaginable, given the complexity of DNA codes and proteins and biochemical systems?  A few oddball species interpreted within your scheme are not convincing.  There should be thousands upon thousands of transitions showing every step along the way if your story were true.  Why don’t you admit with anti-creationist Stephen Jay Gould that the presence of systematic gaps in the fossil record is the trade secret of paleontology?  Come back when you can trade in facts, not dredge up isolated oddballs to force-fit into an increasingly implausible tale.”(Visited 67 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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