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ELECTION 2014: COPE RAISES ALARM OVER THREAT TO LETTERKENNY MATERNITY SERVICES

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first_imgFianna Fáil MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised alarm over the fresh threat to maternity services in the West/North West region. Pat the Cope GallagherA confidential HSE report seen by Fianna Fáil threatens the closure of up to four obstetric units in the region – Sligo General, Letterkenny General, Portiuncula and Mayo General.MEP Gallagher said, “This report confirms that the HSE and Minister for Health James Reilly are strongly considering a dramatic reduction of maternity services right across the West and North West. “All the scenarios under consideration would result in the closure of at least some obstetrician-led units in this region.“This could include dramatically downgrading the maternity units at our regional hospitals to midwife-only units, or indeed closing some units altogether.Gallagher believes the result would be a centralisation of maternity services at just two hospitals across the West and North West.In a vast geographical area, the removal of any maternity units will have a severe impact on expectant mothers. Many would be expected to travel for hours for just a regular check-up with an obstetrician.While the value of midwives in antenatal and postnatal care cannot be overestimated, in the case of emergencies it is essential that all expectant mothers have quick and easy access to a consultant.Gallagher added, “This news is causing great distress among many parents across the region.“It’s essential that the Minister for Health James Reilly steps in immediately to clarify what his plans are in relation to the future of maternity services in this region.According to Gallagher, it looks like the Government is sitting on this report until after the local and European elections. Gallagher concluded, “It is simply not good enough to play politics with such a vital front-line health service that affects hundreds of thousands of people across this region.“We need clarity from the Government now. Any attempt to strip maternity services from our regional hospitals in the West and North West must be resisted.ELECTION 2014: COPE RAISES ALARM OVER THREAT TO LETTERKENNY MATERNITY SERVICES was last modified: May 14th, 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:Election 2014: MEPMaternity ServicesnewsNorth westPat The Cope GallagherPoliticslast_img read more

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South Africa A to face England Lions in 2015

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first_img “This is a very important agreement for us,” Cricket South Africa’s General Manager Corrie van Zyl said in a statement. “It continues our policy of enabling our second best team to test itself against some of the strongest cricket playing countries in the world. “What is particularly important is that our A side will now tour England in 2017, at the same time as our senior squad is in that country. “England is always an out-of-season tour for us and it will help a lot to know that our back-up players are match-fit in case of need.”‘An excellent opportunity’ 17 April 2014 Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday announced a reciprocal agreement in terms of which the England Lions will tour South Africa in the 2014/15 season and South Africa A will tour England in 2017. The England Lions, England’s A team, will play two four-day test matches and five 50 overs limited overs matches against South Africa A in January and February 2015.‘A very important agreement’center_img ECB Performance Director, David Parsons, commented: “The Lions tour to South Africa will be an excellent opportunity to take on some very tough opposition in a challenging environment. “It will also offer us an opportunity to test the players at the very highest level and allow the players to ultimately learn a great deal from the trip. “We are look forward to visiting South Africa early next year.’ ENGLAND LIONS 2015 TOUR ITINERARY5-7 Jan: SA Invitation XI v England Lions, UJ Soweto Oval11-14 Jan: SA A v England Lions, Boland Park, Paarl18-21 Jan: SA A v England Lions, Chevrolet Park,, Bloemfontein25 Jan: 1st ODI, SA A v England Lions, Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein28 Jan: 2nd ODI, SA A v England Lions, Diamond Oval, Kimberley31 Jan: 3rd ODI, SA A v England Lions, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom2 Feb: 4th ODI, SA v England Lions, Mamelodi, Pretoria5 Feb: 5th ODI, SA A v England Lions, Sahara Willowmoore Park, Benoni SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Museum — Geocache of the Week

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first_imgDifficulty:1Terrain:1 Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Museum — Geocache of the WeekWhen you gotta go (geocaching), you gotta go!Located in the detached garage of 96-year old retired plumber Barney Smith, the Toilet Seat Art Museum is open to visitors and geocachers alike. This bizarre museum boasts over 1,300 decorated toilets seats and a beloved Virtual Cache with 564 Favorite points.Known as the King of the Commode, Barney is also known to happily give too many hints and help geocachers log this Virtual. Once you find and sign the logbook, you’ll see the care that he gives each visitor, carefully cataloging each signature as if the moment is just as important as the museum itself.Geocaching toilet seat #3There are 10 geocaching toilet seats that double as logbooks for the hundreds of loggers of this Virtual. Did we mention how many trackables end up here? It’s practically a TB Hotel, which is unusual for a Virtual. Besides geocaching, some of the other super-pooper themes areMickey MousePEZ dispensersTrainsBarbed wire (ouch)Native American arrowheadsState license platesMardi GrasRoller derbyStar WarsPrescription medicationsThe Challenger disasterRoller derby toilet seatThe Toilet Seat Art Museum has been featured on Inside Edition, CBS News, Good Morning America, and countless local newscasts. In fact, even Clorox cleaning products have highlighted this wacky roadside attraction.The United States license plate seriesTurns out that Barney is retiring and all 1,318 toilet seats in his collection are up for sale. If you plan a visit, make sure to call ahead so he knows to expect you. His wonderful museum attracts around 2,600 visitors a year and his guestbook has entries from 81 countries.Remember: Just like toilet paper, bathroom puns are tearable.“Toilet Seat Artist Barney Smith”Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Virtual CacheGCB6A8by cybercat Location:Texas, United StatesN 29° 28.912 W 098° 28.195 SharePrint RelatedAnother one down the drain. – A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T) – Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Out with the old, in with these two new souvenirs!November 25, 2019In “News”Privy (GC2Z6GB) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 1, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Honoring Members Of Basketball Program Who Died In Plane Crash 14 Years Ago Today

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first_imgOklahoma State honors 2001 plane crash victims.On January 27th, 2001, the Oklahoma State basketball program suffered an unthinkable tragedy when eight members of its family (two players and six staffers and broadcasters) died in a plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado. In the years since that traumatic event, the 10 people who died in the crash –including the pilot and co-pilot–have been memorialized with a banner hanging in the rafters of OSU’s home court, Gallagher-Iba Arena, and a memorial located inside the Athletics Center. Also, each year, at the home game closest to the date of the crash, Oklahoma State honors the 10. This post from the Cowboys’ official athletics Instagram account has all the details on the ceremony before tonight’s game against Baylor: Very touching and appropriate tribute for those whose lives were inexplicably cut short, and it’s incredible to think 14 years has passed since this tragedy happened.last_img read more

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Russias Channel One has chosen video technology p

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first_imgRussia’s Channel One has chosen video technology provider Elemental’s video processing platform for its coverage of the forthcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.Elemental systems will process nine channels of Channel One/Perviy Kanal Olympics programming for delivery of video over IP networks to multiple devices. Channel One/Perviy Kanal is the primary content distributor for the host country of the games.Last year, Channel One used Elemental Live during the Direct Line with President Putin broadcast over the internet. Elemental systems performed live video processing during the interactive programme, which featured president Vladimir Putin answering questions from Russian citizens.Elemental will highlight its file-based and live-linear streaming technologies as well as its 4K, HEVC and cloud video processing solutions at the CSTB trade show in Moscow next week.last_img read more

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Filmstruck the Turnerowned SVOD dedicated to art

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first_imgFilmstruck, the Turner-owned SVOD dedicated to arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films, has launched on Roku devices in the US.The launch comes after Filmstruck added Chromecast support in February, with launches for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One due to follow “soon”.The service is already available via the browser, on iOS and Android devices, on Amazon Fire TV and on the latest generation of Apple TV.Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, Filmstruck launched in October last year, targeted at a niche audience of devoted film fans and cinefiles.The service is currently only available in the US with users able to subscribe to US$6.99 or US$10.99 per-month packages.last_img

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Lincoln Debuts UberLike Service But With Your Own Car

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first_img Next Article Lydia Belanger 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. On-Demand Lincoln Debuts Uber-Like Service, But With Your Own Car April 12, 2017 The chauffeur program will launch in select cities.center_img –shares Add to Queue Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Ever wanted to ride in your own car, but as a passenger? Lincoln will soon have your back — if you own a Lincoln.Ahead of the New York Auto Show, the luxury automaker announced that it’s piloting a new service called Lincoln Chauffeur. Currently available only in Miami, it allows owners of Lincoln vehicles to hail drivers to chauffeur them around.Related: 5 Surprising Things to Come Out of the Detroit Auto ShowOwners may not want to drive themselves for a number of reasons: They may want to avoid looking for parking or paying steep fees to leave their car at the airport during a trip. They may want their car returned to their home after their driver drops them off so someone else in their household can use it. They may even need a designated driver service and request that a Lincoln driver retrieve them and their car after an evening of drinking, according to Autoblog.It’s a solution for Lincoln owners who don’t want to allow their high-end vehicle to sit in their garages when it’s not convenient for them to drive — and who don’t want to settle for an unfashionable, inexclusive cab, Uber or Lyft.A startup called Dryver already does this, by the way. Its slogan is, “We drive your car, so you don’t have to.”The services Lincoln Chauffeur will provide won’t be limited to driving, however. The drivers will also be on call to run errands for users, such as pumping gas, picking up kids and buying groceries. They may even become personal assistants over time, as satisfied users will be able to request the same driver repeatedly.Related: You Won’t Believe This Luxe New Car Is a VolvoSan Diego Lincoln owners will get to try the service next, and other cities will follow later this year. New Lincoln buyers will get eight free hours of Lincoln Chauffeur, currently valued at $30 an hour.For those nervous about trusting a stranger with their keys, Lincoln has said that it will thoroughly vet all of its drivers. And unlike other companies that provide rides on-demand, Lincoln’s drivers will be employees, not independent contractors, providing an additional layer of liability for the company. Image credit: Josh Lefkowitz / Contributor | Getty Images Register Now »last_img read more

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Order Postmates It Might Arrive Via an Autonomous Ford

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first_imgDelivery Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The automaker is teaming up with Postmates for autonomous delivery trials. Add to Queue Order Postmates? It Might Arrive Via an Autonomous Ford. Next Article 2 min read Image credit: via PC Mag Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img In the future, takeout, groceries and other things you order through the delivery startup Postmates might arrive via a self-driving Ford.The automaker is teaming up with Postmates for autonomous delivery trials. As part of this partnership, the companies plan to conduct pilot programs throughout the year to understand “how self-driving technology could change the delivery experience for consumers, enable brick-and-mortar retailers to reach new customer bases, and transform the way commerce moves,” Ford’s Vice President of autonomous vehicles and electrification Sherif Marakby wrote in a blog post.Postmates is an app and web-based service that connects customers with “local couriers who can deliver anything from any store or restaurant in minutes,” the company says on its website. Originally launched in its hometown of San Francisco, the service is now available in more than two dozen states and the District of Columbia (to see if it’s available in your area, head here).The companies hope this partnership leads to more efficient deliveries and helps consumers connect with small and local businesses in their area, according to Marakby.”The way commerce is moving around in cities is dramatically changing, and emerging technology will undoubtedly have an impact on the future of on-demand delivery,” Marakby wrote. “With the knowledge we’ll gain from our partnership with Postmates, we anticipate we’ll be able to better deploy self-driving technology in a way that can help people get what they need faster, while also supporting local businesses that are a big part of communities around the world.”Last year, Ford teamed up with Domino’s to carry out a self-driving pizza delivery experiment in Ann Arbor, Mich., using Ford’s Fusion Hybrid vehicles for deliveries. January 10, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Reporter Angela Moscaritolo Register Now » –shareslast_img read more

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A Brief History of Ubers Controversies

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first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Erin Griffith A Brief History of Uber’s Controversies Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares November 18, 2014 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Next Article Silicon Valley’s most valuable startup could also be its most toxic. A scoop from BuzzFeed illuminated as much last night. At a private dinner, Emil Michael, Uber’s SVP of business, suggested a plan to spend $1 million on a revenge campaign against journalists, in particular Sarah Lacy, a writer who has criticized the ridesharing startup. Michael’s apparent plan involves using data, which the company has access to through its app, to dig up information about Lacy’s personal life, then publicly distribute the compromising information. He also talked about hiring opposition researchers to dig up more dirt.The news quickly ricocheted around Twitter. Taken on its own, the story may not have stirred up such a fierce reaction. But the sheer volume of Uber scandals is difficult to ignore. With each new one, Uber’s three constituents – customers, investors and drivers – are questioning the $18.2 billion company. (Kalanick issued an apology today on Twitter.) Below, a look at what got us here:Drivers behaving badlyAn Uber driver has been accused of kidnapping a female rider.An Uber driver was accused of attacking a rider in the head with a hammer.An Uber driver assaulted a rider. Another Uber driver, whopassed Uber’s background check, assaulted and abused a rider.An Uber driver hit and killed a six-year-old girl. The company avoided liability because its drivers are independent contractors rather than employees.An Uber driver was accused of rape. Another was accused of fondling a passenger.Driver treatmentUber drivers in New York and San Francisco have held protests and strikes for better pay and treatment.Uber has been accused of pushing its drivers intosubprime auto loans.Sexist commentsCEO Travis Kalanick joked about how desirable he is to women, thanks to Uber’s success. “We call that Boob-er,” he told a reporter.Sexist adsUber promoted its services in France by pairing riders with “hot chick” drivers and asking, “Who said women don’t know how to drive?”Playing dirty against competitorsKalanick has repeatedly trash-talked rival Lyft, at one point calling the service a clone on Twitter. Uber’s elaborate plans to sabotage Lyft include aggressively recruiting Lyft’s drivers and cancelling rides on the service to waste the drivers’ time.Uber has even tried to kneecap Lyft’s fundraising (whichFortune’s Dan Primack has argued is fair game; venture investor Fred Wilson disagrees).Playing dirty with the mediaUber tried to plant a fake story that painted a positive picture of life as an Uber driver in LA Weekly after the publication ran a critical story.Surge pricing during emergenciesUber’s famous free-market pricing strategy did not make an exception for Hurricane Sandy, when many New Yorkers were displaced and the cost of taking an Uber car doubled. After complaints, the company said it would cap surge-pricing in emergencies.Regulatory fights and protestsUber tussles with the legacy black car and taxi industry in almost every city it enters. Many cities have tried to outlaw the service. When Berlin banned Uber, the company flouted the government and continued to operate. In other instances, Uber’s presence that causes the commotions. In France, a protest of Uber got physical when an Uber car’s windows were broken and its tires slashed. In London, a protest stopped traffic.Now, Uber can’t even release an integration with Spotifywithout writers pointing out that the partnership “furthers the ongoing logistical process of dehumanizing Uber drivers.” That was supposed to be a fluffy product announcement. But seen through the lens of Uber’s toxic history, nothing is. 4 min read Uber Add to Queuelast_img read more

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The Driver Who Sued Uber Slams Offensive Settlement

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first_imgClass Action Lawsuits Image credit: Reuters | Lucy Nicholson The Uber driver behind the lawsuit that threatened the company’s business model is now objecting to settling the case.In April, Uber announced that it had reached a $100 million settlement agreement in a court case that had gone on for three years. Douglas O’Connor filed suit against the company in 2013, claiming that Uber had misclassified its drivers as independent contractors and that they should be employees.The culmination of the case was announced in April with a $100 million settlement for drivers in California and Massachusetts.But in a court filing on Monday, O’Connor is now objecting to the settlement that bears his name, saying that it shortchanges drivers of billions.O’Connor said:”I am compelled to submit this declaration objecting to the class action settlement on behalf of myself and on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of other Uber Drivers in the State of California — and throughout the Country — who were at first given hope and a voice by the lawsuit bearing my name but now feel utterly betrayed and sold-out by an unjust settlement result that only benefits Uber.”In his objection, O’Connor claims that he never saw a copy of the settlement before Uber announced it in April. After it was announced, he claims that he was pressured into quickly signing the 100-page document.After reviewing the settlement, O’Connor doesn’t believe that the agreement is in the best interests of Uber drivers.He wrote:”Having now had the full opportunity to review the O’Connor settlement agreement, it is apparent that under the agreement, Uber drivers are being sold out and shortchanged by billions of dollars while sacrificing the determination of their classification as employees.”He initiated the case against Uber three years ago because he felt that the company misclassifying its drivers was “the most significant hazard to the economy and public safety,” he says. The settlement doesn’t answer that question.O’Connor says in the objection:”Unfortunately, the magnitude of this generational threat was given short shrift in the O’Connor class action as almost no meaningful discovery or depositions were taken, but where the average Uber driver will now receive an offensive settlement worth less than a tank of gas. I cannot in good conscience support this disastrous settlement agreement.”Uber declined to comment on the objection. Shannon Liss-Riordan, his former attorney, said that the things O’Connor is saying “are simply not true.”Liss-Riordan wrote in an email to Business Insider:”The case was at risk of being gutted by the Ninth Circuit and we made the choice we did, in consultation with our clients. Mr. O’Connor was not a lead plaintiff, and had not been certified to represent the class, but I kept him in the loop because the case bore his name. I believe the settlement was in the best interests of the class, in light of the risk we faced if having the case pulled out from under us by the Ninth Circuit. But if the court disagrees and thinks the settlement should not go forward for some reason, I would be more than happy to plow forward with it and do what I need to do.” Next Article May 17, 2016 Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Biz Carsoncenter_img 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider –shares The Driver Who Sued Uber Slams ‘Offensive’ Settlement Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

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