first_imgNORTHERN Health authorities have closed a helpline for Donegal patients set up after the Letterkenny Hospital flood because hardly anyone was using it. The Western Trust temporary information line set up for patients from the Letterkenny catchment area closes at 5pm due to “limited usage” said a spokesperson.Patients can get information on the current services available at Letterkenny General Hospital on their general information line (074) 9109160. This will be kept under review as the Trust continues to work closely with HSE, DOH, the DHSSPS, HSCB and Letterkenny General Hospital to ensure patients receive access to safe and timely treatments.You can also visit for more up-to-date information about Letterkenny Hospital. NORTHERN HEALTH AUTHORITIES CLOSE DONEGAL PATIENT HELPLINE was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NORTHERN HEALTH AUTHORITIES CLOSE DONEGAL PATIENT HELPLINElast_img read more

Fulham v Charlton: Parker back

first_imgScott Parker returns to the Fulham starting line-up for the match against his former club Charlton, who are without the suspended Yoni Buyens and injured Rhoys Wiggins.Fulham: Bettinelli; Hoogland, Bodurov, Burn, Stafylidis; Parker; Christensen, Kavanagh; Ruiz; Rodallega, McCormack.Subs: Kiraly, Hutchinson, Zverotić, Roberts, Williams, Woodrow, Smith.Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Fox, Ben Haim, Bikey, Wilson, Jackson, Cousins, Bulot, Moussa, Tucudean.Subs: Pope, Morrison, Gudmudsson, Harriott, Munns, Thomas, Ahearne-Grant.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A’s Bob Melvin: Raiders move might give his guys a cushier clubhouse

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Following Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, the A’s will have Thursday off and head home for Friday night’s weekend series opener against the Seattle Mariners.But before the A’s met the Rays for the final time, pregame talk turned to the club’s potential new home — the proposed 34,000-seat Oakland Ballpark at Jack London Square that could open as early as 2023.The Rays, who have a lease at the Trop through 2027, are …last_img read more

SA air quality info goes online

first_imgLaunched at the South African Weather Service offices in Pretoria this week, the South African Air Quality Information System (SAAQIS) allows all reporting stations to verify their data and feed it directly into the system. The system will contain the latest updated data of a location, and can give the status of air quality or pollution according to the chosen day and time when checked on the website. South Africans now have easy access to the latest information on air quality and pollution from testing stations around the country, via a new interactive website launched by the Department of Environmental Affairs. “We now have access to all available air quality legislation, progress reports and information on the priority areas,” said Lukey. Currently, there are 95 government air quality monitoring stations, with 42 reporting live to the system. Most of the testing stations are from networks belonging to spheres of government, including those of Mpumalanga province and the metropolitan municipalities of Johannesburg, Tshwane and eThekwini. The department’s National Air Quality Officer, Peter Lukey, said the country can now assess whether its air quality is improving and identify areas where potential air problems exist. The department is in discussions with other parties that conduct air quality testing in the country in order to get them to join the network.center_img “For the first time, we have universal access to tools that facilitate the generation of tailor-made ambient air quality information graphs for decision makers and decision shapers. The website also contains air quality related documents for download, such as government gazettes, legislation, presentations, reports, as well as government projects. 25 March 2010 He said the country would now have universal access to a large and growing portion of South Africa’s ambient air quality data in a useful and understandable format. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New central bank chief takes office in Israel

first_imgJERUSALEM — The Bank of Israel’s new governor says the country’s financial stability should not be taken for granted in a period of “numerous changes in financial markets.”Amir Yaron took office Monday following several weeks of volatility in Israeli and international markets. At a ceremony in the presence of Israel’s president, prime minister and other dignitaries, Yaron says his immediate challenge is “the normalization of monetary policy.” He says he views the interest rate as “the main and most effective tool” for directing such policy.The University of Pennsylvania business school professor is an Israeli national who has taught banking and finance at the Wharton School since 2009. He replaces outgoing Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug, who recently concluded her five-year term.The Associated Presslast_img read more

52.02 pc voter turnout in TN till 3 PM

first_imgChennai: A little over half of Tamil Nadu’s over 5.84 crore voters cast their votes in 38 Lok Sabha seats Thursday till 3 PM, even as the DMK charged the ruling AIADMK with planning to do “booth-capturing” later in the day. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo said no reports of booth capturing or any other untoward incident regarding law and order has been received so far. He said the voter turnout in 38 Lok Sabha segments stood at 52.02 per cent at 3 PM, while maintating that polling was peaceful. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Karur recorded the highest voter turnout at 56.85 per cent while Chennai Central clocked the lowest at 45.65 per cent, according to the EC data. At 3 PM, the turnout was 55.97 per cent in the 18 Assembly segments where bypolls are being held along with the Lok Sabha elections. Sahoo said that while the polling would come to a close by 6 PM, those already in the queue would be allowed to cast their votes even after the deadline as officials would provide tokens for this purpose. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Meanwhile, the DMK filed a complaint with the CEO and the DGP (Elections), Ashutosh Shukla, alleging that the ruling AIADMK planned to do “booth-capturing” after 3 PM. They demanded that the officials put in all measures to ensure transparent elections. Responding to this, Sahoo said polling has been peaceful so far. “We have not received any report of booth capturing, neither are there any law and order issues,” he said. Earlier, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK chief M K Stalin waited in queues at Edappadi in Salem district and Chennai, respectively and cast their votes. After casting his vote, Stalin alleged that there has been distribution of cash and accused the Election Commission of being an “ally” of central and state governments. Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran and Kanimozhi and Karti Chidambaram of Congress are among key contenders. Radhakrishnan told reporters in Kanyakumari: “This is a massive democratic festival which will decide the fate of India. I have exercised my franchise…A silent revolution is happening.” AIADMK leader and state minister D Jayakumar said 13 per cent voting in the morning “is a joyous thing.” “This shows there is a wave for Amma and MGR,” he said, exuding confidence that the AIADMK-BJP combine would emerge victorious. Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader T T V Dhinakaran alleged “malfunctioning of EVMs is an achievement of the Modi government.” CPI national secretary D Raja expressed confidence that people were voting for the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu as they wanted to see the end of the BJP government at the Centre. Dayanidhi Maran voted here along with his family members. Besides 38 of the total 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state, excluding Vellore, bypolls to 18 assembly segments are also underway. Polling stations were teeming with enthusiastic voters even before 7 AM when polling began and the Chief Minister was among the early electors in his native Salem district. While senior Congress leader P Chidambaram voted at Kandanur in Sivaganga district, Dhinakaran execised his franchise along with his family here. Top actor Rajinikanth and popular stars Vijay and Ajith Kumar voted in Chennai. BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararjan and actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan also cast their votes here. DMDK chief Vijayakanth, his wife and party leader Premalatha and Pattali Makkal Katchi chief S Ramadoss voted in Chennai and Tindivanam respectively. The state’s electorate is 5.84-crore (after deducting the 14.26 lakh voters in Vellore) strong. Adequate security arrangements, with the deployment of over 160 companies of central police forces and one lakh state police personnel, have been made. In the run-up to the polls, election authorities had seized over Rs 129-crore cash, gold and other precious metals with a total value of over Rs 284 crore from all over the state. Tamil Nadu has a total of 67,720 polling stations and 7,780 booths have been categorised as critical and vulnerable where more Central Armed Police Forces personnel, and micro-observers were deployed. Measures like webcasting and videographing of proceedings are also in place. As many as 1,50,302 ballot units, 89,160 control units and 94,653 VVPAT which allows the electors to cross check the votes they have cast for seven seconds are available. Every constituency has one all-woman polling station. While polling is being held between 7 AM and 6 PM in 37 constituencies, it has been extended by two hours until 8 PM in Madurai Lok Sabha segment, due to the Chithirai festival, which marks the grand entry of Lord Kallazhagar into the Vaigai river.last_img read more

TCS modernises 1.5 lakh post offices under multi-year deal with India Post

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s largest IT services company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said it has deployed an integrated solution for India Post that has helped modernise a network of more than 1.5 lakh post offices in the country. In 2013, the Mumbai-based company had announced receiving an over Rs 1,100- crore multi-year contract from the Department of Posts (DoP) for an end-to-end IT modernisation programme. The partnership was aimed at equipping India Post with modern technologies and systems to enable it to offer more services to the customers in an effective manner. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “At the heart of this transformation is the Core System Integration (CSI) program designed and implemented by TCS. This involved deploying an integrated ERP solution that caters to mail operations, finance and accounting, and HR functions, and connects its vast network of more than 1.5 lakh post offices, making this the largest distributed e-postal network in the world,” TCS said in a statement. The integrated solution supports requirements of over five lakh employees, services over 40,000 concurrent users, and processes over three million postal transactions a day, making this one of the largest SAP implementations globally, it added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost On the front-end, TCS said, it has implemented its Point of Sale (PoS) solution across 24,000 post offices with over 80,000 PoS terminals and has also built a web portal with consignment tracking capabilities, and set up a multi-lingual call centre for customer support. “An important objective of the transformation is to use the department’s nation-wide reach to drive financial inclusion and accessibility of citizen services in remote areas. “This is being accomplished through over 1.3 lakh DARPAN 1 hand-held devices that Gramin Dak Sevaks use to provide postal, banking, insurance, and cash management services in remote villages, even those without network connectivity,” TCS said. TCS Business Group Head (Public Services) Debashis Ghosh said postal services across the world are reinventing themselves to stay relevant to a new generation in the digital era. “We are proud to have partnered with the Department of Posts in this pioneering, mission mode initiative to build a world class, future-ready digital platform that the nation can be proud of. With this, the department can offer smart postal services, enriched customer experiences, and innovative value-added services to the citizens of India,” he added.last_img read more

NSA Doval’s son gets VIP security cover; 10 BJP candidates in West Bengal get too

first_imgNew Delhi: Shaurya Doval, son of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, has been accorded a top ‘Z’ category level security in view of potential threats to him, officials said on Tuesday.Similarly, 10 BJP candidates, who are contesting elections from West Bengal, have been accorded security by the Centre for a “limited period”, they said. The officials told PTI that junior Doval has been “brought under the mobile security cover” of a central paramilitary force after a security perception report prepared by central agencies claimed that he faced “threats from people inimical to his father and others”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghPost this report, the Union home ministry has ordered deployment of CISF commandos to guard Shaurya Doval (43) under the ‘Z’ category of VIP cover and AK-47 wielding commandos will be guarding him everytime he moves in any part of the country. About 15-16 commands have been “detailed” for the security of Shaurya Doval, they said. Shaurya Doval heads the think-tank ‘India Foundation’. NSA Doval enjoys the topmost category of ‘Z+’ provided by the Central Industrial Security Force. Ajit Doval was brought under this security umbrella about four years ago. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIn a similar move, the government has accorded a “limited period” VIP security cover to a number of BJP candidates contesting the general elections in West Bengal. BJP candidates Aupam Hazra, contesting Lok Sabha polls from Jadavpur and Arjun Singh, who joined the party after deserting the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and is contesting from Barrackpore, have been given a ‘Y+’ cover of central armed paramilitary commandos. Similarly, Minister of State in the Union cabinet and candidate from Durgapur, S S Ahluwalia, Cooch Behar candidate Nishit Pramanik, former IPS officer and Ghatal seat candidate Bharti Ghosh have been accorded the ‘Y+’ cover that entails about 5-6 armed commandos. BJP leader Siddharth Shekhar Das has also been given the security. BJP candidate from North 24 Parganas Shantanu Thakur has been accorded a ‘Y’ category cover while the lowest ‘X’ category cover has been given to Dulal Chandra Bar and Khagen Murmu who switched sides to the BJP from Congress and CPI(M) respectively. A similar ‘X’ category security cover, that entails about 2-3 commandos with escort vehicle, has been accorded to Kabir Shankar Bose. All the political people getting security cover in West Bengal will have the armed commandos with them till the polls get over and the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) has directed to withdraw the cover from them by May-June. PTIlast_img read more

Ohio State sees mixed results in 2015 edition of annual Spring Game

Redshirt-senior wide receiver Corey Smith (84) had 6 catches for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns during OSU’s annual Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. His 37-yard touchdown with 3:43 to play sealed the 17-14 win for the Gray team. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerSaturday’s Ohio State Spring Game featured phantom tackles, zero-yard penalties and rules seemingly made up on the spot.The score, which ended as a 17-14 victory for Gray over Scarlet, did not matter. Nor did the stats, which featured six turnovers from the two starting quarterbacks. However, in front of a record crowd of 99,391, players on the field, new and old, had a chance to shine.One such player who used Saturday’s contest to make a name for himself was freshman linebacker Nick Conner. The early enrollee was active in the first half, totaling an interception, a pass breakup, three total tackles and a forced fumble. He finished with a game-high seven total tackles.“He was good. We had high expectations for him, though,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Hope he doesn’t redshirt and gets involved in the kicking game. He … had a good day today. He’s a tough guy and plays hard. Good qualities to have.”Also featured prominently, but with less success, was sophomore running back Curtis Samuel.The Brooklyn native pulled in just 11 catches in the 2014-15 season. On Saturday, however, he was targeted six times while lined up primarily as an H-back. He finished with just three catches for 30 yards, but looks poised to see more action this season.Sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown, who also figures to see an increased role in the offense following the departures of Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, seemed to struggle as well. He tallied 44 yards on four receptions but was targeted a game-high 11 times by redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones.Despite the struggles of two of the primary targets on the afternoon, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said he considers OSU’s receiving depth its strongest attribute.“We spent a lot of time focusing on developing our passing game and getting the ball in those guys’ hands, the playmakers, so I saw a lot of development in the receiver position, with guys like Noah Brown making some development,” he said.Warinner also singled out redshirt-senior Corey Smith and redshirt-freshmen Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin as receivers who made strides this spring. The latter two pulled down Scarlet’s two touchdowns Saturday.Corey Smith finished with six catches for 174 yards and each of Gray’s two scores.On the other side of the ball, sophomore safety Erick Smith shone as well, picking off redshirt-freshman quarterback Stephen Collier twice.While players like Conner, Campbell and McLaurin have used the spring to try to introduce themselves to the fan base and coaching staff, others are battling for continued prominence in the fall.Although neither quarterback got a chance to play in front of the Ohio Stadium crowd as they each recover from injuries, redshirt-senior Braxton Miller and redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett stood in the backfield next to Meyer throughout the game.Barrett and Miller are expected to compete with Jones in the fall for the starting spot before OSU opens its season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.Barrett, who is recovering from a fractured ankle suffered Nov. 29 against Michigan, was able to take part in a halftime quarterback competition that included Jones and former OSU Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith.Miller was unable to show off his passing talent next to his teammates as he recovers from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the entire 2014 season, but he was still permitted to take part in the halftime festivities — with his legs. He was one of three Buckeyes — along with redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott — to participate in the fastest student competition.Elliott won the contest, jumping out to an early lead and edging out Miller.While Meyer remained mum about who holds the edge in the quarterback competition, he did pencil in a starting cornerback opposite redshirt-sophomore cornerback Eli Apple: fellow redshirt-sophomore Gareon Conley.Conley was not the only player whom Meyer chose as a starter after the game, as he also announced that redshirt-senior offensive lineman Chase Farris will be the starting right tackle when fall camp rolls around.Correction: The photo caption initially said the Scarlet team won the Spring Game, when in fact, the Gray team won. read more