New £865,000 fund for Dorset charities and groups

first_imgNew £865,000 fund for Dorset charities and groups Dorset County Council is making available£865,000 over two and a half years in grants to voluntary and community organisations and parish and town councils. The programme is being administered by the Dorset’s Community Foundation.Individual grants will be worth up to £7,500, with the first grant to be awarded early in 2012.The county council, in partnership with NHS Dorset, is also funding Dorset Community Action and the Volunteer Centre Dorset to provide training, funding advice and volunteer support to voluntary and community groups.Dorset County Council leader Angus Campbell said: “We recognise that voluntary organisations need money and access to training and advice in orderto thrive, and we are delighted to be providing both, despite the challenging economic climate. This funding will help build capacity, enabling organisations across Dorset to bring benefits to their communities.” Tagged with: Funding South West AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 October 2011 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Limerick highest in country for patients on trollies

first_imgNewsBreaking newsLimerick highest in country for patients on trolliesBy Staff Reporter – August 20, 2015 585 Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE University Hospital Limerick has the highest number of patients waiting on trollies in the country this Thursday with 47 people waiting to to be admitted to the hospital as patients experience long delays.The overcrowding situation is further compounded with the unexpected large numbers presenting in the Emergency department of the Dooradoyle facility where some members of the public say they’ve been waiting for over seven hours.Limerick’s 47 patients on trollies is made up of 13 on the wards and 34 in the trolley ward.Nationally, some 319 patients are on trollies with Beaumont Hospital the next highest with 36 patients on trollies.The numbers of patients together with the delays experienced is in line with the review findings on the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) who analysed the July Trolley/Ward Watch figures and found that 6715 admitted patients,were on trolleys during the past month.This represents a 21 per cent increase, on July 2014, and is the highest ever level of overcrowding recorded for the month of July.INMO general secretary Liam Doran said:“This volume of overcrowding, in our country’s hospitals, during the month of July is unprecedented and cannot be allowed to continue. The additional funding for the Fair Deal scheme, with the reduction in the number of delayed discharges, is most welcome but, obviously, is not enough to deal with the system wide problem.“The health service must be given an additional funding allocation which will allow it, without waiting for the coming winter period or the next financial year, to open additional beds, with extra staffing, immediately”.Mr. Doran concluded: “It must be remembered that these figures represent individual people, who require admission to hospital, and their loss of dignity, privacy and access to care in an appropriate environment, cannot be forgotten and should be our priority. We must now agree sustained actions leading to increased capacity for the health service to deal properly, and safely with every person who presents for care and attention”.A spokesperson from the HSE at the University Hospital Limerick said that the Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick has seen an unexpected increase in patients presenting over the last number of days which has resulted in high numbers of patients waiting on trolleys and long delays.“UL Hospitals Group apologises that any patient has to wait to be admitted, delivery of the best possible care for patients is our priority from the moment of presentation.   Staff across the Group, are working hard to ensure the optimum care and safety of all our patients during this very busy period.“Amongst the factors contributing to the increase in pressure within the ED is the older age profile of patients presenting along with the complexity of issues they have.   In addition, refurbishment work is underway in one of our in-patient wards to bring the facilities up to HIQA standards, with work due to be completed in November.  The temporary closure of this ward means that the number of beds available for in-patients in UHL has been reduced.The UL Hospitals Group said that the escalation plan has been enacted and among the measures taken to relieve pressure on the ED and reduce waiting times, are the transfer of suitable patients from UHL to Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital and St John’s Hospital; the transfer of appropriate patients to community care settings; and better communication with GPs to ensure patients are referred to the ED only where appropriate.“The UL Hospitals Group encourages visitors to adhere to visitor times; 2-4pm and 6:30-8:30pm with a maximum of two visitors per patient.  Children under 14 years are advised not to visit.“Patients are reminded to keep the ED for emergencies only and to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance.  Local Injury Units are open in Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday and 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday at St. John’s Hospital.  Patients aged 5 years+ with minor injuries; for example suspected broken bones in arm or lower leg, sprains, strains, minor scalds, burns or cuts are encouraged to visit their Local Injury Units for treatment.“UL Hospitals Group recently announced that contracts had been signed with John Sisk & Son Ltd for the fit-out and completion of the new emergency department and a state-of-the-art new dialysis unit. It is anticipated that the new emergency department, which will be treble the size of the existing facility, will open in the first quarter of 2017.“It is acknowledged that further interim measures will have to be taken to address capacity issues until the new ED opens. To this end, UL Hospitals has reached agreement for additional funding to open 25 extra beds in November to support activity levels in our emergency department at University Hospital Limerick,” the statement concluded. 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Leaders meeting in Ethiopia urged to end poverty

first_imgSome 190 nations hope to agree on ways of ending poverty and hungerWorld leaders are meeting in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa  for a development financing summit looking to end global poverty and manage climate change by 2030.Now the key objective of the meeting is laying out the ground rules for a fairer world of inclusive, low-carbon growth.Leaders attending the summit will decide how to fill an investment gap in key sustainable development sectors for developing nations.The leaders have been called on to put aside “narrow self-interest” to break a deadlock over how to finance the United Nation’s bold new global development agenda, its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday at the opening of a financing conference in Ethiopia.Some 190 nations hope to agree on how to bankroll 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include ending poverty and hunger, combating climate change and achieving gender equality by 2030.“Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favour of working together for the common well-being of humanity,” Ban told thousands of delegates gathered for the four day meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.In a world where growth is slowing, foreign assistance budgets are shrinking, and scepticism towards aid and multinationals is growing, finding the resources to achieve the ambitious goals will be tough.The SDGs, expected to be adopted in September, are estimated to cost between $3.3 and $4.5 trillion a year, according to the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development.Multilateral development banks, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank, as well as the International Monetary Fund on Friday signalled plans to extend more than $400 billion in financing over the next three years to help mobilise resources to achieve the SDGs.“We need trillions, not billions, of dollars to accomplish these goals, and the money will come from many sources: developing countries, private sector investment, donors, and international financial institutions,” Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group said in a statement.“By working together, we can help people build better lives with good education, quality health care, clean water, and proper sanitation.The U.N. chief said he was disappointed negotiators had been unable to come to an agreement despite lengthy talks in New York over the past month. He said new avenues of financing needed to be explored.“In a world in which both the global population and resource constraints are growing, development finance needs a reboot,” said Ban.Many advocacy groups are nervous about the strong emphasis on the private sector in funding the SDGs, while acknowledging that aid money alone cannot foot the bill.The main sticking point in Addis Ababa is a standoff over a push by the G77 developing countries to upgrade a U.N. tax body, which they hope would set new global rules to crackdown on tax dodging, mainly by multinationals.The proposal is fiercely opposed by the rich countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which drew up the current tax rules.The Secretary-General highlighted six areas where he hoped to see concrete policy commitments, including free social services for all, more aid for the poorest countries and new mechanisms for funding infrastructure and technology transfer.last_img read more

Iseman: Players deserve blame for Syracuse’s struggles

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Doug Marrone can say what he wants. He can stand behind a podium at every press conference and preach that Syracuse’s struggles start with him and say that he needs to do a better job. He can take the blame and the spotlight off his players and bring it all onto himself.He’s the head coach; it’s his job to do that. That’s as far as it can go.Marrone is not the reason for the Orange’s disappointing start to the season. But when fans want to consider why Syracuse is playing poorly, why the players are turning the ball over so much, why the program as a whole can’t seem to move forward, they look to Marrone. They blame him. They say the team’s struggles are a reflection on him and that the players aren’t being held to a high enough level.But that’s all misdirected blame. Syracuse can be a winning program with Marrone at the helm. It already has. Syracuse played in a bowl game. Remember? The Pinstripe Bowl? Which came after a 7-5 season.This isn’t to say that Marrone should be absolved of all fault for this season’s struggles. But to say he’s the reason for Syracuse’s futility would be ignoring the Division-I football players that take the field every week with the task of playing at a high level. At some point, they’re the ones who need to shoulder some of the blame, as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Coach Marrone’s going to say what he wants to say,” center Macky MacPherson said. “Obviously I think it’s no secret that coach Marrone can’t go out there and play for us. Obviously, it has to start with us. It starts with me; I snap the ball and then Ryan goes from there. I think that’s something that we all know.”During his four years at Syracuse, Marrone has shown he’s a player’s coach. He’ll never criticize any of his players to the media. He’ll protect them and ensure they aren’t treated unfairly. It’s why he accepts the blame.It takes the pressure off the players and lets them focus on improving. That’s important considering they’re the ones on the field. The players are the ones who commit turnovers or make mental mistakes. It’s foolish to think Marrone ignores that in practice and doesn’t drill into their head how they’re supposed to play.Marrone is not glossing over any of his team’s mistakes. He even restructured his practice schedule to allow for more time to work on ball security.“We’ve worked on all the things that we can do from the standpoint of practice time,” Marrone said. “We spent the maximum amount of practice time on that, to a point where we’ve actually cut things out to work on it, emphasized it.”Marrone adjusted his practice schedule. Now the players have to adjust how they play on the field. He can’t do that for them.Wide receiver Alec Lemon said the team’s been focusing in on ball security since before the Orange’s bye week. So what happened when Syracuse committed four turnovers against Rutgers last Saturday?The players made the mistakes. Quarterback Ryan Nassib threw two ill-advised passes that were intercepted. Steve Rene fumbled on a punt return. Justin Pugh said he missed the assignment that caused the Orange’s field goal to be blocked and be returned for a Rutgers touchdown.Marrone wasn’t on the field. He didn’t commit any of them. The players know he’ll defend them, but they know the true responsibility is on their shoulders just as much.“It’s great because you know Coach has your back, because it’s not his fault,” Nassib said. “We shoulder the blame as players. It’s nice to know he’s got our back and he’s going to be with us in the long haul.”Turning the team around, starting Friday against Connecticut, will determine how much the players can raise their level of focus and limit their mistakes. All week long, Marrone emphasized it, and that’s the job of a coach. Now it’s each individual player to make sure they execute on the field.“It’s just raising the level of focus. I know personally I need to pick my game up, I have to play better. That’s really where we have to start,” offensive tackle Justin Pugh said. “If you play better individually, then you’re going to pick up everyone’s game around you, and that’s the approach I’m taking.”Marrone’s not the cause of these struggles, but because he’s the face of the team, he’s the one who takes the brunt of the criticism. And that’s certainly understandable since he is, indeed, the head coach.But this is not on Marrone.There is not much else he can do.“He put it on his shoulders,” MacPherson said. “But I think everyone knows we have a big part in it as well.” Comments Published on October 18, 2012 at 2:57 amlast_img read more