Editorial – Illness and indignity

first_imgVanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter Previous articleTriathlon – Limerick’s O’Brien set for Baku Triathlon #videoNext article43 shorts in Tres Court Fest John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSeditorialhealthHSElimerickuniversity hospital limerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsEditorial – Illness and indignityBy John Keogh – June 11, 2015 916 Linkedin WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Print  AT THE age of 101, the elderly woman who was left on a trolley in the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick for 25 hours has lived through the 1916 rising, two world wars, and no doubt seen her fair share of illness and life’s ups and downs.Having paid her taxes and charges her whole life and dedicated years to looking after a family, it’s not asking too much to expect to be looked after when she falls ill in her later years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At such an advanced age, she is presumably quite frail and vulnerable and needs a little extra care.In a developed country with a supposedly advanced healthcare system, patients do not expect to be left waiting five hours for an ambulance.They do not expect to see a queue of 11 ambulances waiting outside the hospital for up to three hours as there is nowhere to put the patients.And, at 101 years old, they expect to be treated with a little dignity, not left on a trolley in a busy hospital with little or no privacy or comfort for an entire day, which is just what happened to an elderly Clare woman in University Hospital Limerick this week.Not only that, but the granddaughter of an 81-year-old woman also contacted the Limerick Post this week revealing that her grandmother, who also waited on a trolley for 24 hours, was left sitting on a commode for two hours. She was then put in adult nappies as the hospital didn’t have sufficient staff to help her use the toilet.The nurses themselves were so upset and frustrated over the conditions in the UHL emergency department last week that one of them even urged the woman’s granddaughter to contact the press to help highlight the issue.The HSE apologised for the delays experienced by patients last week, but apologies are only words, words that we have heard time and time again in recent years, and they mean nothing if they are not followed up with actions that will prevent these situations from happening again. Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Emaillast_img read more

AP OPINION: House GOP chief unfamiliar with QAnon?

first_img Previous articleEssential Quality among 326 horses nominated to Triple CrownNext articleTips for achieving the top 2021 home trend: Warm interior design Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 AP OPINION: House GOP chief unfamiliar with QAnon? Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Twitter TAGS  Local NewsUS News WhatsApp WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is claiming he’s unfamiliar with an extremist conspiracy theory whose adherents joined the violent assault on Congress and hunted for his members as well as Democrats. He says he’s not even learned how to pronounce it. This, despite his denunciation of the same conspiracy theorists months ago. Rep. KEVIN McCARTHY: “Q-on, I don’t know if I say it right. I don’t even know what it is.” — comments Wednesday defending Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene despite her history of making absurd and racist statements, some aligned with QAnon beliefs. THE FACTS: McCarthy knew enough about QAnon to denounce it in a politically expedient moment after the Democratic National Convention in August. In a Fox News interview then, McCarthy was asked if he was worried about candidates with fringe or racist views who, like Greene, had won Republican primaries. He held up the Republican Party as the model for how to deal with such outliers. “Let me be very clear,” he said. “There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party. I do not support it.” McCarthy accused Democrats of indulging members who are anti-Semitic and said: “I think the Democrats should take a lesson from the Republicans and stand up to those things that are un-American and are wrong.” Moreover, he said, “When a member of the Republican Party says something that we believe is not about the party of Lincoln, we remove them from committee.” But that’s not at all what happened Wednesday at a closed Republican meeting convened by McCarthy. He rebuked Greene’s views but did not revoke her committee assignments. Afterward, he defended her by saying she had criticized QAnon at the meeting. The House planned to vote Thursday on whether to strip Greene of her committee assignments after McCarthy declined to do so. In contrast, the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, has assailed her “loony lies” as a cancer in the party. Until Thursday, Greene had been defiantly unrepentant, declaring “I will never back down.” But on the cusp of the House vote on her future, she expressed regret for some “words of the past” without apologizing for them and said she didn’t believe some of the views she had spread. The Georgia Republican has an ample record of expressing racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views. She also floated a baseless conspiracy theory that falsely suggests the 2017 mass shooting that killed 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival might have been staged to build support for gun control. She questioned whether the 2012 mass murder of children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, among other mass shootings, was real. She “liked” Facebook posts that advocated violence against Democrats and the FBI and raised the idea of shooting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the head. She once declared the “stage is being set” for someone’s suggestion that former President Barack Obama be hanged. QAnon is centered on the core lie that top Democrats are involved in child sex trafficking, Satan worship and cannibalism. ——— EDITOR’S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures. ——— Find AP Opinions at http://apnews.com/APFactCheck Follow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactChecklast_img read more

County fails to reach final four, still earns $20K

first_imgLatest Stories Pike County did not advance to the Final Four in the Alabama 2020 Census Bowl. However, its berth in the Alabama 2020 Census Bowl Elite 8 earned $20,000 for the public schools in Pike County. The Census Bowl results on Wednesday had Macon County with a 1 percent greater response rate than Pike County. Macon County now advances to the Final Four against Tallapoosa County.Abby Peters, Pike County Census Bowl coordinator, said, although Pike County did not advance to the Final Four, the county’s award for its berth in the Elite 8 will be of great benefit to the county’s public schools. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson County fails to reach final four, still earns $20K Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and doing so could mean more federal dollars coming to Alabama and Pike County over the next 10 years, Peters said. No response means less money coming to the state’s coffers. The Pike County Extension Office is located at 306 South 3 Notch Street in Troy. For questions or information, call 334-566-098. Published 8:47 pm Thursday, September 24, 2020 Email the author By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Print Article Even though Pike County is no longer “bowling,” it is still extremely important that all county residents are counted in the 2020 Census, Peters said.“At this time, Pike County’s response rate is about 50.9 and our residents only have until September 30 to respond. That’s now only days away,” Peters said.At this time, Peters said Banks has the lowest response rate in Pike County. By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content You Might Like City moves all employees to ‘Tier 1’ benefits Troy Mayor Jason Reeves applauded the council’s approval of a resolution this week allowing the city to provide Tier 1… read more Book Nook to reopen “Banks’ response rate is 40 percent,” she said. “Throughout the county, the response rate is low. Even statewide, the response rate is only 63 percent. As a state, we are below where were in the 2010 Census.”However, Peters said there is still time to respond. And, the Pike County Extension Office staff is available to assist those who need help with filling out the 2020 Census form at no charge. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skiplast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Associated Press Wallace is the only Black driver in the elite Cup Series, and just two weeks ago he successfully pushed the stock car series to ban the Confederate flag at its venues. NASCAR has launched an investigation. Meanwhile, the series races at Talladega today after a one-day rain delay.ZANARDI INJUREDZanardi stable but not ready to be brought out of comaSIENA, Italy (AP) — Doctors say Alex Zanardi remains in stable condition after a crash on his handbike and for now will stay in a medically induced coma. A hospital in Siena says the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist spent a third night in intensive care without change and that his neurological condition remains grave. The hospital’s medical director says “we need to have patience.” Zanardi has been in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator since he crashed his handbike into a truck near the Tuscan town of Pienza on Friday during a relay race.DJOKOVIC EVENT-VIRUS CASES2 virus cases following Djokovic’s charity event PARIS (AP) — Formula One has announced an initiative aimed at tackling racism and encouraging more diversity within the series. F1 says “We Race As One” will also address issues surrounding inequality, sustainability and the coronavirus pandemic. F1 intends to send a strong message about equality when the season begins on July 3 at the Austrian Grand Prix as the first of eight scheduled European races through September. F1 says “we want our restart to show that as a sporting community we stand united against racism and we will do more to address inequality and diversity.”Women’s WCup-Japan ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Two tennis players have now tested positive for the coronavirus after participating in Novak Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition in Croatia. Borna Coric, ranked 33rd in the world, tweeted that he feels well and has no symptoms, but is urging anyone who has had close contact with him to be tested for COVID-19. Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov also has said that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Djokovic will now be tested as well. His media team says he has no symptoms but “he needs to do the test and then we will see what’s going on.”F1-DIVERSITYF1 announces new initiative to tackle racism and inequality June 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-TALLADEGA-NOOSEBubba Wallace says racial incident won’t break himTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace says a noose found in his garage stall at Talladega in Alabama “will not break me.” Wallace says, “I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.” Japan out of 2023 Women’s WCup; Australia-NZ bid favoredTOKYO (AP) — Japan has pulled out of bidding to host soccer’s 2023 Women’s World Cup. That leaves the top-rated joint bid by Australia and New Zealand a clear favorite in the FIFA vote on Thursday. That bid received the highest evaluation from FIFA with Japan rated second and Colombia third. Japan and Australia are both members of the governing body of Asian soccer. Asian soccer president Sheikh Salman of Bahrain praises Japan’s decision as “another impressive show of Asian football unity.”last_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball rolls past Boston College, 79-52

first_imgFour Syracuse players reached double figures — Brittney Sykes scored a game-high 21 points and Alexis Peterson dished out 14 assists, one shy of the program record — as the Orange (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) rolled past Boston College (8-8, 1-2), 79-52, Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. It’s SU’s third straight conference victory.Briana Day scored in double figures for the second consecutive game, scoring 17 points, blocking one shot and tallying four steals. Peterson’s 14 assists is a personal best for the senior point guard, who entered Sunday as the ACC’s top scorer. Senior forward Isabella Slim finished with 15 points, one off of her career high.Syracuse, which never trailed, led 36-31 at the half. In the second frame, SU used a 16-0 run to get out to a near 30-point advantage. Syracuse shot 11-of-34 (32.4 percent) from 3-point range and 12-for-16 from the free-throw line. BC got to the charity stripe just once. The Orange had 16 offensive rebounds to BC’s six and totaled 27 points off turnovers to go along with 12 second-chance points.“I thought that our pressure got them out of their offense, the second half,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said in a statement. “They didn’t run their offense. … We were able to get back down the court in transition and play in the open floor. I thought that was the difference in the game.”The Orange plays next on Thursday night against North Carolina State in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on January 8, 2017 at 5:18 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sunday Blog: Questions abound concerning the hirings at USD 353

first_img“NepotismThe superintendent shall make reasonable efforts to determine whether a candidate for employment is related to a board member or an administrator of the district.  If a candidate is related to a board member or administrator, the superintendent will make this fact known to the board.Except in an emergency, the board will not employ anyone who is the father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, step-son, step-daughter, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law of any board member.This provision shall not apply to any person who has been regularly employed by the board prior to the adoption of this policy or to any person who has been regularly employed by the board prior to the election or appointment of a new board member to whom the person is related.Supervision LimitationsNo employee shall directly supervise or be responsible for any portion of the evaluation of his or her father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, step-son, step-daughter, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.” To me, the KASB recommendation is left to a lot of interpretation. Notice in paragraph two of the policy recommendation that “the board will not EMPLOY anyone who is a father, sister… of a board member”. In paragraph four, it states “No employee shall directly SUPERVISE or be responsible for any evaluation of his or her father, mother…”That says to me the KASB did not address nepotism directly — unless you are related to a school board member — giving schools plenty of leeway on the subject. They just don’t want spouses to evaluate each other’s job performance.So the Wellington School Board did not violate any KASB policy recommendations by hiring both Hatfields to both positions. But the board should make it prohibitive that Adam can evaluate Carmen’s job performance.My guess is the KASB did not directly address nepotism because in smaller school districts where there are about five people living in town, it’s impossible to put restrictions on husband and wife teams because those positions don’t get filled otherwise.Still, USD 353 is large enough that nepotism should be a consideration.I spoke with a source involved with school administration, who told me one of the job requirements of a high school counselor is to act as a mediator between a potential administrator-teacher conflict. For example, let’s say Wellington implements a lacrosse program. Let’s say the principal tells the lacrosse coach he has to play his son or he will get fired by the school board.A counselor in that situation would be asked to step in and settle the issue as an objective bystander. It’s a checks and balance system within the confines of the school district. If a husband and wife are principal and counselor then you very well will lose that checks and balance.My source then said the job evaluation of Carmen Hatfield at USD 353 is going to be tricky.  Even if Adam can’t evaluate Carmen directly, then who will? That is part of the duties of the high school principal, as well as principals in each building across the school district. The evaluation could be moved to the vice principal who has yet to be hired. But that is dicey because the principal also evaluates the vice principal.My source then thought the USD 353 would probably go with someone in the USD 353 central office like Adams or Larry Roth. But that becomes an issue because neither one of them are in the high school building on a full time basis.“It is going to make it a sticky situation, regardless of how they handle it,” my source said.Again, this is not an anti-Hatfield issue. If Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt rose from the dead to run the Wellington school district, there would be serious issues with having one serve as the principal and one as the counselor.Ultimately, the Hatfields themselves are placed in a vulnerable position and will incur more public scrutiny because of the nepotism situation.•••••The second concern is the lack of interviewing process, which to me is more baffling.When principal Adams was hired two years ago, the Wellington School Board advertised the position for a couple of months and spent a considerable amount of time hiring the best available candidate for the job. Wellington received a plethora of applications and interviewed three candidates – all who were serving as administrators elsewhere.This time, after Jerry Hodson resigned as curriculum/technology director, the hiring of Adams and Hatfield came simultaneously in the same meeting. There were no interviews or advertising of the vacancy of the high school principal position.The issue isn’t hiring within. The issue is the board disallowed the opportunity of others, who may have wanted to apply for the principal position.From an appearance standpoint, the board could have freed itself from public condemnation by opening up the application process even if it was only a month. If the intention was to elevate Hatfield all along, fine. But this way the board members could have said “he’s the best available candidate for the job.”Instead, the immediate hiring of Hatfield reeks of croneyism – even if that may not be the case.Follow us on Twitter. Commentary by Tracy McCue — It is obvious speaking with many people at various high school graduation parties throughout the community last weekend, there were concerns with the hirings made by the USD 353 school board.Two weeks ago, the board hired Dale Adams, the current high school principal as the curriculum/technology director. It then elevated Adam Hatfield from vice principal to head principal at WHS. This occurred a month after hiring Hatfield’s wife Carmen as a high school counselor to replace John Gifford.The two most common questions were:1) Does the USD 353 have a nepotism policy?2) Does the board have to at least advertise the position of high school principal before hiring someone?Personally, I have no qualms with the hiring of Adam and Carmen Hatfield to their respective positions. They have served the school district well for the past two decades. Who am I to judge their qualifications, or the hiring process since I am not part of the inner workings of the school district?But the issue isn’t the Hatfields, as it is nepotism.I do vaguely remember as a news reporter at the Wellington Daily News, writing a story about a nepotism policy adopted by the school board in the late 1990s or early 2000s. Unfortunately, I can’t find that article or whether it is within the confines of a school board policy handbook.I’ve heard conflicting reports from school employees whether USD 353 still has such a policy. Some have told me Wellington once had a nepotism policy in place in which two people from the same family could not be fellow teachers in the same building but not administrators. Others say, Wellington currently has none on the books.While a local nepotism policy is in question, the Kansas Association of School Board has addressed nepotism in a set of policy recommendations sent out to state school boards in June 2013. It states:center_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (19) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +17 Vote up Vote down Huh · 324 weeks ago Have you heard the song: They’re just good old boys. You raise some good questions. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down Allen Ludden · 324 weeks ago There is definitely a problem with the school board and their hiring and their over all decision making. Everything they do just seems shady. Report Reply 1 reply · active 324 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Fred · 324 weeks ago You are targeting on the Hatfields, but look at others in the district. Board memeber – wife, Activities Director – wife. Let’s address the whole issue… of nepotism. Report Reply 1 reply · active 324 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down VOTE NO SKLBOND · 324 weeks ago Sounds like a whole lot of someones are double dipping the system. GRRRRRRRRRRR. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 324 weeks ago Fred I don’t think Tracy is targeting the Hatfield at all. He raises some good points. The activities director does not supervise his spouse and Bob White is elected. But the question is who supervises Carmen? Adam? I don’t think we should suspect them of any wrong doing as Adam is a stand up guy who did not ask to be put in this situation. But the situation exsists just the same. The real focus should be on the hiring practice. Why was the position of principal and counselor not advertised? Why was the position of curriculum director not advertised? So the look of as some say “good old boy system” raises eyebrows and leaves some with another reason to distrust this board and administration. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down bystander · 324 weeks ago The board did a terrible job in transparency. It isn’t unusual for an asst. principal to be promoted, but there are always interviews. The most disturbing fact here is the appointment of Mrs. Hatfield to counselor with absolutely no experience and not interviewing other qualified candidates from inside and outside of the district. It isn’t what you know in USD 336, it’s who you know! Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down WHS_Grad · 324 weeks ago Two years ago when the previous vice principal left, where was the posting for the vice principal position? Yes, the principal position was posted, but the vice principal position could never be found. I checked the Wellington Daily News, the USD 353 website, emails within USD 353, and kansasteachingjobs.com on a daily basis. Then Mr. Hatfield was announced as the new vice principal of the high school. This is not the first time that a position has been filled in this district without a job posting by the local school board. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down sucolover · 324 weeks ago Surely Bob White excuses himself from discussions and votes on matters that would effect his wife, and therefore his family? On the other hand, this IS the Wellington BOE and we all know they make up their own rules as they go along. Very unprofessional group. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down omws · 324 weeks ago Here’s an idea: Open positions for interview and be honest in hiring. Adam Hatfield is taking a lot of shrapnel he more than likely does not deserve thru no fault of his. Same for Mr. Adams, although he doesn’t really have the qualifications…..yet. Who pays for those? Carmen Hatfield? Complete buffoonery that really confused the hiring for that position. Are you telling me the board hired someone who hadn’t even completed the education requirements for the position without interviewing anyone else? Shame on this board. Report Reply 1 reply · active 323 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down Guest · 324 weeks ago Think it could make for a very difficult situation for some students, to have a counselor who is the principles wife. Including the fact that Mrs. Hatfield has had no prior experience as counselor. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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