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FSJ Medical Clinic announces new doctor, but impending closure still remains

first_imgThe Fort St. John Medical Clinic is welcoming the arrival of a new doctor to its ranks this summer, but says it will still close by the year’s end if an influx of new doctors isn’t found.Dr. Carly Loomes will begin practicing at the clinic sometime this summer, once finishing commitments in both the Northwest Territories and on Vancouver Island, the clinic announced today.Her start date is unknown, but Dr. Paul Mackey confirmed Loomes agreed to come work at the clinic on a temporary basis.- Advertisement -It’s unknown how long that placement will be, but Loomes will take on the patients of Drs. Pieter and Jana de Bruyn, who will be leaving Fort St. John by July 10, according to Mackey.Mackey said Loomes was recruited by the North Peace Division of Family Practice.In the interim, current doctors at the clinic will continue care for the de Bruyns’ patients until Loomes arrives.Advertisement However, Mackey said the clinic may still close at the end of 2015 unless a new batch of doctors is brought to the city to join the clinic on a permanent basis.Drs. Richard Moody and William Watt are planning to retire by the end of the year after practicing for more than 30 years in the city, according to Mackey, and both are urgently searching for doctors to join the practice.“They are more than happily prepared to work part-time… but they need someone to share the practice with them,” said Mackey.“They have a large practice, double the size of normal provincial numbers. They’re hoping someone can be found to help share workload to help them ease out.Advertisement “If no one is there, they’ll have to unfortunately stop. We can’t sustain looking after 11,000 patients,” Mackey said in an earlier interview with Energetic City.The clinic has spent two years trying to find a replacements, but has little luck.The departures would leave the clinic with just three remaining family doctors — including Drs. Glen Hamill and Kevin Page — but the trio will opt out of family practice and move to strictly hospital duties.Mackey says Fort St. John’s doctor shortages will persist unless changes are made to how clinic models and doctor workloads in smaller rural communities are funded and managed.Doctors generally work on a fee for service basis, meaning they are paid for the number of patients they see and services they render in a year.Advertisement Though Northern Health advertises salaries in the $350,000-plus range in its postings for Fort St. John, a recent study pegged average clinic overhead costs for doctors in the city at $10,000 per doctor per month.Mackey said doctors have become a “victim” to the city’s expansion, struggling to juggle their clinic demands with the demands for services at the Fort St. John Hospital. If a doctor is only spending a day or two in his clinic, the costs become unjustifiable to absorb, he said.That alone is a deterrent enough to attracting doctors — new grads and otherwise — who are seeking jobs in a competitive market across the country, where better subsidies or health models are offered, said Mackey.Northern Health is currently advertising for nine family and general doctors in Fort St. John, five of which are locum positions for various contracts through the summer and fall. It is also recruiting for two surgeons, a pediatrician and a psychiatrist.Northern Health is offering a $20,000 signing bonus, along with $15,000 in relocation funding to doctors that are hired.Advertisement Five new doctors expected to arrive in July and September, who will be assigned to the unattached patient clinic for residents who don’t have a family doctor.Those doctors are Dr. Hamid Sadri, Dr. Inthuja Nanda, Dr. Wea’am Abbas, and Dr. Shiva Tayebi, all of whom are just completing their International Medical Graduate Residency Program.last_img read more

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Young woman bit, kicked and punched Gardai during abusive rant

first_imgA young Letterkenny woman bit and then verbally abused Gardai after she was found lying on top of a man in the middle of a road. Chloe Kelly, aged 24, was arrested twice by Gardai on two successive days on March 19th and 20th, 2017. When Gardai first came across Ms Kelly at Fairgreen Hill in Letterkenny, she was lying on top of a man and was drunk.Gardai tried to intervene but Ms Kelly attacked them and shouted at them “F*** you pig scum. Who do you think you are?”She then attacked Gardai with a closed fist, scratched another and then kicked two of the Gardai in their legs and shouted: “I’ll f***ing kill you.”When Gardai put handcuffs on her, Ms Kelly lifted her head and bit one of the Gardai on the arm and continued to be verbally abusive and kicked another Garda in the stomach.She was taken to Letterkenny Garda station but took ill and was taken to hospital.The following day Gardai observed Ms Kelly walking on Long Lane in Letterkenny and she again became abusive towards them.She and the man she was with were searched and a small quantity of drugs were found on the man.Kelly, of Long Lane, Letterkenny, shouted at Gardai: “That’s mine. F*** you. You fat ginger p****. Those drugs were mine. All for me you fat f****.”She was again arrested and continued abusing Gardai.Judge Paul Kelly asked if Ms Kelly was present in court and she stood up.Judge Kelly asked her if she found anything funny as he noticed she had been smirking throughout the case.Solicitor for the accused woman, Mr Frank Dorrian, told the court that she had suffered a very personal loss before the incident and had been unwell.He said “While this reads very badly and her attitude seems appalling, she did have to go to hospital and she was unwell.“The picture is bizarre, her lying on the ground in the middle of the road with her boyfriend trying to comfort her and it went spectacularly haywire.“She is 24 and has had a tough time of it. The language and behaviour was appalling. She and her partner are trying to make a modest life for themselves.” said Mr Dorrian.Inspector Harrison said none of the Gardai needed hospital attention as a result of the vicious attack but added that situations were his officers were attacked and just got on with it were all too common.Judge Kelly agreed that this behaviour was all too common and noted another similar case in his court recently.“Gardai should not have to endure such appalling abuse and the fact that they are making light of this type of treatment is to their credit,” he said.He adjourned the case until February 18th and ordered a Probation Report to be carried out on Ms Kelly before sentencing her.Young woman bit, kicked and punched Gardai during abusive rant was last modified: November 20th, 2018 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:attackChloe KellycourtGardailetterkennylast_img read more

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SINGLE PARENTS IN DONEGAL SUFFERING FROM TAX CREDIT AXE – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government’s cut to the Single Parent tax credit is unjustifiable and can still be reversed.Deputy Doherty was speaking as amendments to reverse or lessen the cut were voted down by government TDs.“Once more the government has refused to budge on their cut to the Single Parent tax credit. Sinn Fein today poised a whole series of options available to the minister to mitigate the worst effects of the cut but all were rejected by this out-of-touch government,” said the Gaoth Dobhair man. “This cut is unjustifiable and can still be reversed. Sinn Féin will continue to oppose this measure and offer a range of alternatives in the Seanad after today’s rejection by Labour and Fine Gael to proposal to reverse or lessen the cuts.“Minister Noonan recently told me in a reply to a parliamentary question that 14,500 people will be affected by this cut. That is at least as many children as that that will be affected.“This cut is one of the most unjustifiable in this year’s Finance Bill and has rightly angered many single parents. Once again the government has picked on a vulnerable group and targeted them with a blunt cut.“The cut is unjustifiable and still can be reversed or lessened. Sinn Féin has opposed this cut through ever stage of the Finance Bill and will continue to do so.”  SINGLE PARENTS IN DONEGAL SUFFERING FROM TAX CREDIT AXE – DOHERTY was last modified: December 5th, 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:Pearse DohertySINGLE PARENTS IN DONEGAL SUFFERING FROM TAX CREDIT AXE – DOHERTYlast_img read more

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Live playoff updates: Warriors come back, beat Blazers in OT, advance to Finals

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device. Join us Monday at 6 p.m. for live scoring, news and analysis as the Warriors go for the sweep in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals against the Trail Blazers in Portland.The Warriors will be without another integral part of their two-time defending NBA championship team as forward Andre Iguodala was ruled out Monday with left calf tightness. Iguodala, who played just 18 minutes in the Warriors’ …last_img read more

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MTN expands in Cote d’Ivoire

first_img16 October 2008 MTN has acquired two telecommunications companies, Arobase Telecom and Afnet, in Cote d’Ivoire, enabling the South African based company – the largest cellphone operator in Africa and the Middle East – to expand its footprint in West Africa. “These acquisitions reflect the progress we are making towards consolidating our business,” MTN chief executive Phutuma Nhleko said in a statement earlier this month. SAinfo reporter Arobase Telecom is the second landline operator in Cote d’Ivoire. Created in 2001, Arobase has a concession agreement with the State of Cote d’Ivoire, which allows it to offer data services using fibre-optic, wireless local loop and CDMA technologies. The transaction is being carried out through MTN’s Ivorian subsidiary, MTN Cote d’Ivoire, which won the Best Mobile Operator of West Africa in 2007.center_img “The acquisitions are in line with MTN’s stated strategy to provide integrated communications solutions in all its markets,” the statement read. “They follow similar acquisitions in Nigeria, Cameroon, Cyprus and South Africa.” Launched in 1997, Afnet is one of the leading internet service providers in Cote d’Ivoire, and offers wireless broadband technology and data services to the general public, and the company also benefits from a solid reputation in the corporate market. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “We believe both Afnet and Arobase will add value to MTN and support our strategy to ensure that the group is well positioned to benefit from a rapidly converging technology market.”last_img read more

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South African space agency to launch soon

first_imgThe Southern African Large Telescope isone of South Africa’s notable space projects.(Image: SALT) Minister Naledi Pandor will launch Sansaon 9 December.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lunga NgqengeleleSpokespersonScience and Technology+27 12 843 6802 or +27 82 566 0446RELATED ARTICLES• MeerKAT in demand among scientists• African eyes on the universe• SA astronomer unveils the stars• South Africa takes to spaceBongani NkosiSouth Africa will soon have its own space agency to promote and coordinate space science and technology programmes in the country.The long-awaited South African National Space Agency (Sansa) will be launched in Midrand, Johannesburg, on 9 December 2010.Sansa’s National Space Strategy will be introduced at the same time to position South Africa among global leaders in space science and technology.A parliamentary Act to establish Sansa was passed in December 2008, and since then the Department of Science and Technology has been working hard to make the body a reality.“The South African National Space Agency will coordinate and integrate national space science and technology programmes and conduct long-term planning for the implementation of space-related activities in South Africa,” said the department’s spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele in a statement.The agency is expected to fast-track South Africa’s role in international space activities. The department said one of the main objectives of Sansa will be to encourage the peaceful use of outer space.It’s also hoped that Sansa will make it easier for South African institutions to conduct their own astronomy research. The government wants the agency to boost cooperation on space-related projects between the country and the international community.Global space agreementsThe Department of Science and Technology said international agreements will be signed at the launch, including an inter-agency cooperative agreement with the Algerian Space Agency on space science and technology.A memorandum of understating will be signed between Sansa and the National Institute for Space Research of Brazil and the China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application.A deal will also be clinched to enable the reception and distribution of China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS-3) data within South Africa and the Southern African region, said the department.Sansa’s CEO and a board of between 10 and 15 members are expected to be announced at the launch. The executives will be appointed by the Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, as stipulated in the Act.South Africa’s space institutionsSouth Africa is already heading some notable space projects, including the Square Kilometre Array, the Southern African Large Telescope and SumbandilaSat. Sansa will become the umbrella body that will coordinate all these projects.The agency will also integrate the country’s existing science and technology institutions, such as the Satellite Applications Centre run by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.These institutions already “play a significant role in the scientific study, exploration and utilisation of space”, according to the Department of Science and Technology.The French South African Institute of Technology, based at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is one of the leaders in developing space science and technology in the country.There are about 74 companies that trade in the aerospace and defence sector in South Africa, according to the International Astronautical Federation.The federation will hold its 62nd International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town in October 2011. This will be the first time such a congress is held in Africa.“South Africa has some of the best space infrastructure in Africa,” reads a statement released by the department.The country’s involvement in astronomy dates back to 1685, when a temporary observatory was established in the Western Cape. Later, a permanent observatory was set up in 1820 outside Cape Town.last_img read more

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Preserving Africa’s rich liberation history

first_imgThe trans-continental Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route will allow the continent to reclaim its history from its colonisers.“We will also work to rediscover and claim African heritage, for the benefit especially of our young generations,” Minister Nathi Mthethwa. (Image: Department of Arts and Culture)Sulaiman PhilipA continent-wide Resisitance and Liberation Heritage Route offers Africa the opportunity to remember and reflect on its often tortuous road to independence.The Department of Arts and Culture hosted a summit recently to get input from government, non-governmental organisations and civil society on the African Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route.The route offers Africa the opportunity to commemorate, conserve and remember its road to independence, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa explained in his keynote address. “This is an opportunity for Africans to write our own history. Africa tell us about yourself. Tell us in Namibia how did you gain your freedom. Tell us in Ghana, how did you gain your freedom.”The Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) project supported by the African Union (AU). The project consists of a series of sites connected to Africa’s liberation and resistance history. Angola has identified two sites, the Fortress of São Francisco do Penedo in Luanda and the site of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale. As Dr Ziva Domingos, of the National Directorate of Museums of Angola, pointed out: “Africa has a rich liberation history that led us to independence. We need to preserve this history.” A shared historyIn his opening remarks, Arts and Culture Director General, Vusumuzi Mkhize, spoke of a need for Africa’s history to be written by Africans. The trans-continental route will allow the continent to reclaim its history from its colonisers. “It is an opportunity to write our history; to embed our liberation heritage in hearts and minds.”To this end, the AU has approved the establishment of a multimedia centre and archive in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. From the archive – which will include a research library, cinema and theatre – the AU will help national heritage chapters identify and propose local sites for inclusion on Unesco’s heritage list.Tanzania was chosen for its history of housing liberation movements from Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As the Permanent Secretary of the Tanzanian Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Susan Malawi, explained: “We need to acknowledge the importance of continental liberation movements. Until we collect, document and make this history available to the public we will never breach the information and knowledge gap.”Professor Muxe Nkondo, who drafted the South African Framework of the Liberation Heritage Route, said the route was just a small part of the African Renaissance. He told the audience that this heritage project was one small step in improving awareness of Africa’s rich history.It would also, he said, “lead to the development of centres of industrialisation and tourism. We learn about ourselves through the things we make together”. Most importantly it was an opportunity to look beyond a past where Africans were dehumanised and, instead, build an indivisible future.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Sasol to explore SA waters for oil, gas

first_img SAinfo reporter The Petroleum Agency SA has granted petrochemicals group Sasol a three-year permit to explore for oil and gas in the Durban and Zululand basins offshore Kwazulu-Natal province on South Africa’s east coast. “This is Sasol’s first operated exploration right licence in South Africa for at least a decade,” Sasol Petroleum International MD Ebbie Haan said in a statement on Wednesday. The Durban and Zululand basins are of interest because they sit at the southern end of the Mozambique Channel. Significant discoveries have recently been made in the north of Mozambique, notably in the Rovuma basin. In 2011, Sasol was granted a technical cooperation permit to investigate the potential for oil and gas in an area covering 83 000 square kilometres off South Africa’s east coast. The granting of the permit followed the submission of a work programme in September 2012, followed by an environmental impact assessment and environmental management plan completed in February this year. “Sasol has already completed 4 000 kilometres of a 2D seismic survey in terms of a programme covering an area of 5 950 kilometres,” the company said on Wednesday. “The remainder will be acquired in 2014, following which the results will be analysed and interpreted.” Haan said that Sasol would conduct a “robust public consultation programme” during the assessment phase, and that stakeholders’ concerns would be addressed. “Sasol already has an exemplary track record in conducting exploration of this nature,” Haan said. “Offshore Mozambique, Sasol has conducted three separate seismic surveys and drilled three wells with no negative impacts on marine mammals, including the endangered dugong, while maintaining good relationships with artisanal and commercial fisheries, as well as the tourism and conservation sectors.” 14 November 2013last_img read more

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Taiwanese farmers threaten protest over lifting ractopamine ban

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Taiwanese agriculture representatives threatened to stage a large-scale protest if the country lifts its ban on imports of pork from hogs given the feed additive ractopamine. The threat was prompted by Taiwan Agriculture Minister-designate Tsao Chi-hung’s statement that Taiwan “cannot shut its doors to U.S. pork containing ractopamine forever in the face of globalization,” noting that Japan and South Korea now allow ractopamine imports.Taiwan’s new president, Tsai Ing-wen, previously indicated she wants the island nation to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that the country must resolve issues related to imports of U.S. pork products, including its ban on ractopamine. The National Pork Producers Council has been pressing the Obama administration to urge Taiwan to lift the ban, which is not based on science.Ractopamine, which is widely used as part of a healthy, balanced diet to help pigs convert dietary nutrients into lean muscle, was determined to be safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is approved for use in pork production in 26 countries, with 75 additional nations allowing the importation of pork from hogs fed ractopamine. In July 2012, the U.N.’s Codex Alimentarius, which sets international standards for food safety, approved a maximum residue limit for ractopamine, which U.S. pork meets.last_img read more

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Autonomous boats could be sailing into Amsterdam

first_imgResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions  have started the world’s first major research program on autonomous floating vessels in metropolitan areas. The program, named Roboat, is the world’s first major research program on autonomous floating systems that focusses on moving people and goods, portable infrastructure and data gathering.Roboat aims to design and deploy the world’s first fleet of autonomous boats in the city of Amsterdam from 2017. The project has a budget of  25 million euros and the initial phase will last for five years.With over 1,000 kilometers of canals, 1,500 bridges and a long-standing focus on urban innovation, the city of Amsterdam is an ideal place to test new, water-based mobility solutions.The canal system was once the key functional urban infrastructure of the city and today still plays a major role in recreation and tourism. Amsterdam’s waters, including bridges, canals, and the IJ river and its docks, offer plenty of opportunity to help solve current issues with transportation, mobility, and water quality.Moving beyond public transport to public servicePortable infrastructure is an interesting component of the project as cities experience high and low peaks of people over time, for instance when a major event takes place, rush hours starts or a during a festival. Roboat will explore the possibilities of floating infrastructures like bridges that move to the place it is needed most, extending the shore with moveable objects, or make a pop-up stage in the middle of a body of water.Roboat aims to gather data on environmental aspects like water quality, air quality and noise, but also aims to explore ways to detect diseases at an early stage in cities, find more efficient ways to clear the canals from floating waste or new approach to dredging out the 12,000 bicycles a year which end up in the Dutch city’s canals.“Water is the bearer of life. By focusing on the water system of the city, ROBOAT can create opportunities for new environmental sensing methods and climate adaptation. This will help secure the city’s quality of life and lasting functionality,” says Arjan van Timmeren, professor and scientific director at AMS.With 80 percent of global economic output generated around coasts, riverbanks, and deltas and 60 percent of the world population living in these areas, researchers anticipate that outcomes from the ROBOAT projects could become a reference for other urban areas around the world and a source of international entrepreneurial initiatives and start-ups in which autonomy enters the marine world. Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#Amsterdam#autonomous vehicles#boats#connected city#featured#Roboat#smart boat#smart city#smart transport#top Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img Cate Lawrence How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

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