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

Planting trees and strategic plans at your credit union

first_imgAn old adage goes, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the next best time is today.”You could easily say the same for strategic planning (although we certainly hope the strategic plans at your credit unions or community banks aren’t 20 years old!).Here’s why strategic plans are more important now than ever:The ongoing pandemic continues to sucker punch banks and credit unions where it hurts. It’s also left-hooking members. Since credit unions and community banks enjoy a symbiotic relationship with consumers, we need them and they need us. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

Egypt’s Salah favourite to complete awards hat-trick

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Accra, Ghana | AFP | Liverpool star Mohamed Salah hopes to add the African Player of the Year award in Ghana Thursday to his rapidly expanding collection of individual honours.The Egyptian, scorer of 23 goals in all competitions midway through his first season at Anfield, has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year and Arab Player of the Year.Salah, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon are the contenders for the highest African individual football honour.The scoring feats of Salah have installed him as the public and media favourite to succeed Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City as the number one African footballer.“I want to be the best Egyptian footballer ever,” said Salah after receiving the BBC award last month.“When I came to Liverpool I hoped to show everyone my abilities. I scored a lot of goals with Roma and am very happy being successful at Liverpool.”Salah also starred for Egypt, scoring five of the goals that qualified his country for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 28-year absence from the global showpiece.Mane will also be in Russia next June, adding abundant creativity to a physically formidable Senegal side.Gabon did not qualify and Aubameyang shunned several World Cup call-ups, a fact that could count against him.Salah and Mane will leave Accra soon after the awards ceremony as Liverpool have a Friday night FA Cup third-round derby date with Everton.However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not hesitate to release his African duo for the Accra ceremony, which will include six other awards.“It is a sign of respect,” he told reporters in Liverpool. “We sleep in a hotel and they sleep in a plane. That is the only difference.”Salah is a doubt for the Merseyside showdown, though, having missed the English Premier League victory at Burnley this week owing to a groin strain.Should Salah be named Player of the Year, he will be only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to hoist the symbol of individual brilliance.It would be the first time since 1986 that north Africans have won successive editions of the poll, which this year involved national coaches, journalists, officials and the public.Morocco midfielder Mohamed Timoumi was the 1985 winner, followed by compatriot Badou Zaki, one of two goalkeepers to be voted the best African footballer.Footballers from the west of the continent have dominated recently with Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast each winning four times.While Salah has made the top three for the first time, prolific Bundesliga scorer Aubameyang finished first once and second twice in the past three award ceremonies.Mane came third last season, but his valuable input for Liverpool has been overshadowed by Salah, second in the Premier League scorers’ charts behind Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Contenders for 2017 Confederation of African football awards, which will be presented at a ceremony in Ghana Thursday (alphabetical order):Player of the YearPierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB, Borussia Dortmund/GER), Sadio Mane (SEN, Liverpool/ENG), Mohamed Salah (EGY, Liverpool)Women’s Player of the YearChrestina Kgatlana (RSA, UWC Ladies), Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (CMR, CSKA Moscow/RUS), Asisat Oshoala (NGR, Dalian Quanjian/CHN)Youth Player of the YearPatson Daka (ZAM, Liefering/AUT), Krepin Diatta (SEN, Sarpsborg/NOR), Salam Giddou (MLI, Guidars)Coach of the YearHussein Amoutta (Wydad Casablanca/MAR), Hector Cuper (EGY), Gernot Rohr (NGR)Club of the YearAl Ahly (EGY), TP Mazembe (COD), Wydad CasablancaNational Team of the YearCameroon, Egypt, NigeriaWomen’s National Team of the YearGhana U-20, Nigeria U-20, South Africalast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2015)–Restrained early and full of run around the far turn, Prospect Park went on to an ultra impressive score in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita, as the 3-year-old colt by top stallion Tapit drew off to win by 5 ¼ lengths under Kent Desormeaux while covering a flat mile in 1:35.67.Owned and bred in Kentucky by Pam and Martin Wygod, the Clifford Sise, Jr. trainee shortened up off a maiden win going 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 27 and thus stamped himself as a potential candidate to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 with one of the most impressive 3-year-old performances of the young meeting.“We want to stretch him back out of course, today was more about conditions,” said Sise. “We wanted to school him, take him back a little bit and it worked out. Now we’ll be looking at different races throughout the country for him and we’ll try to get some Kentucky Derby (qualifying) points…If that goes well, then who knows?”The 7-2 second choice in a field of five sophomores, paid $9.80, $5.00 and $5.00. Out of the Bertrando mare Quiet Romance, Prospect Park registered his second win from five starts and bagged $34,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $86,570.A close fourth and bottled inside coming to the quarter pole, Desormeaux found a seam three off the rail leaving the three sixteenths pole, and the race was for all intents and purposes, over.“It seemed like it was over in forty feet and he came home so fast,” said Desormeaux.Early pacesetter St. Joe Bay, who was ridden by Elvis Trujillo, finished second, one length in front of longshot Rockinatten. Off at 9-2, Rockinatten paid $5.00 and $4.40.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Rockinatten finished third, a half length in front of odds-on favorite The Gomper and paid $7.00 to show.Off at 1-2, The Gomper stalked the field to the far turn and appeared full of run under Joe Talamo, but flattened out through the drive.Fractions on the race were 23.47, 46.76, 1:10.87 and 1:23.28.First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more