Dear Editor,If counselling is already available in each region, as recently pointed out by Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson, shouldn’t the Ministry of Education ensure that all parents are aware of where and how this counselling can be accessed?Also, should there not be, at the minimum, trained lay counsellors at schools, to ensure each school has a minimum level of expertise to identify and refer all cases requiring counselling?And should there not also be a law mandating teachers to report issues such as suspected abuse, suicide ideation et al?As well, with the move to set up a mobile counselling unit, which will be driven into different areas (and) communities based upon the needs, how would this work for regions that can only be accessed by air?And what about the amount of time it would take to travel to distant areas such as, for example, Corriverton or the Pomeroon? And how effective would such a unit be, given that counselling is not a one-off measure, but has to be ongoing to ensure desired results? In fact has a cost benefit analysis been done with respect to this unit? With a pool of trained counsellors now available, would it not be less costly in terms of money, time and results to initially have all education districts staffed with trained counsellors who can also access other available needed resources? And with UG now offering a psychology program, secondary schools can also have their own counsellors within a few years.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voice
She asked that the people in the room take that comprehensive and integrated approach like that in their endeavours. “We consider what we want now, and in the future. What quality of life and what actions we will take to attain that quality of life, and what the life-nurturing environment we call the ecosystem blocks must be like to sustain that quality of life now and for the future for our children, grandchildren, and for 100 years down the road.” Conceding that there’s no simple solutions to make everyone happy, Guichon simply suggested considering both the environment and the economy when making decisions. – Advertisement -“I believe that we must all have respectful relationships, not only with one another, but with the land and with our community or wherever we are based, and that we are all responsible to leave our place, our community, our province in as good as better condition for the next generation.” Speaking to the audience of industry representatives and politicians, Guichon noted that the one group that may not be represented at the conference is energy consumers. Advertisement “Those of us who tend to take it all for granted, as long as ‘it’ is available at the flick of a switch, or the turn of a key, or should I say FOB today,” she elaborated. “And so it is to be hope that the rest of us in society may also increase our energy literacy so that we may make informed decisions.” Guichon made stops at Bert Ambrose Elementary School, Peace Villa Residential Care Centre, and the Pomeroy Sport Centre, before heading to Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge. She will travel to Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Taylor on Friday, and Fort Nelson Saturday, before Toad River, Muncho Lake Provincial Park, Liard Hot Springs and Lower Post on October 6 and 7.
Cesc Fabregas’ disappointing recent form may be down to a lack of confidence, according to former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino.The Spaniard enjoyed an impressive start to his Stamford Bridge career after his summer move from Barcelona but has not been as influential in the past few months.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Cascarino said: “Cesc has struggled. He was terrific in the first part of the season but he hasn’t looked the same.“His goal ratio was one in five at Arsenal, one in three for Barcelona. He has got two in 25 for Chelsea and he is meant to be an offensive, effective player.“He can make assists but he just doesn’t look like he has got the legs to get around the park at the moment. It is just not quite working for him.“I think he is slightly lacking confidence from where he was he was a year ago.”
Donegal has made it into the top three of tax defaulters in the country.Monaghan, Wexford and Donegal have the highest per-capita number of tax defaulters, analysis of Revenue data over a five-year period has found.Monaghan recorded the highest number of tax defaulters between the start of 2008 and the end of 2012, with 1.19 cases for every 1,000 adults living in the county. This compared to a national average of just 0.55 cases per 1,000 adults over the period.The county also paid the highest amount in tax interest and penalties at €314 per head of adult population within those five years.Wexford and Donegal had the next highest number of tax default cases with 0.96 and 0.94 cases per 1,000 of their adult populations respectively.In Wexford, the average tax default per adult stood at €218, while in Donegal the average liability per head of adult population stood at €204. DONEGAL IN TOP THREE OF COUNTRY’S TOP TAX DEFAULTERS was last modified: July 10th, 2013 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:donegaltax defaulters
CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OUT AT SISTER SARA’S – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: December 29th, 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:donegalpicture specialSister Sara’s
A coroner has pleaded with the HSE to review their protocols for ambulance turnaround times at hospitals across the country.It comes following an inquest into the death of Co Donegal mother-of-eight Margaret Callaghan who died in the early hours of January 9th, 2018. An inquest at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court heard today how it took an ambulance 71 minutes from Letterkenny University Hospital to reach Mrs Callaghan at her home just two kilometres away.Mrs Callaghan, aged 71, from Bracken Lea at Mountaintop in Letterkenny had only been released from hospital the previous day having undergone a non-emergency bone marrow biopsy.However, her daughter Caoimhe told the court that her mother gradually got worse as the day went on.She was tired and frail and at 5.20am the family called an ambulance as their concerns for their mother increased.They were forced to call the 999 service three times as the ambulance was delayed and the ambulance did not eventually arrive until 6.31am.The paramedics tried to work on Mrs Callaghan but she was later pronounced dead at the scene.The court was told that two ambulances parked at the hospital had been having off-load delay issues because of a capacity issue at the hospital and they could not release their patients into the care of hospital staff.One ambulance was queuing at the hospital for six and a half hours while the other had been there for three and half hours.An ambulance which had been in Dungloe which is 58 kilometres away was dispatched to attend Mrs Callaghan but that was stood down when one of the ambulances was eventually freed up.Professor Cathal O Domhnaill, Medical Director of the National Ambulance Service said the issue of off-load times with ambulance around the country was endemic.He added that these delays are a consequence of emergency department overcrowding and that overall hospital capacity is the issue.He further stated that the issue in his opinion has gotten worse in recent times.General Manager of Letterkenny University Hospital Mr Sean Murphy painted a grim picture of conditions at the hospital.He revealed that full capacity protocol at the hospital during 94% of the time during this past year.He described the situation as “horrendous” but paid tribute to his staff for the conditions in which they had to work on a daily basis.He said that even with the opening of an extra ten beds in the past year as well as a ‘discharge lounge’ they were still fighting over-crowding on a daily basis.He also described how himself and his Director of Nursing recently went around the hospital in the middle of the night looking for extra bed capacity because of overcrowding.Sean Magee, barrister for the Callaghan family asked if an extra trolley could be placed on an ambulance so that it could be used to prevent or relieve off-load delays.But Mr O Domhnaill said that this could not be possible for a number of reasons including the fact that ambulance simply could not fit it in.Mr Magee was also asked if it was ever advisable that the families of patients in extreme emergencies could drive them to hospital.Mr O Domhnaill said that they could not stop people from doing this but the HSE would never advise this for a number of reasons including the fact that the drivers could be under emotional stress and may cause an accident themselves.Summing up, coroner Dr Denis McCauley said he was returning a narrative verdict.He found that Mrs Callaghan had died as a result of haemorragic shock as a result of haemorrhage secondary to a bone marrow biopsy.However, he said among the important facts were the ambulance offload delays and the fact that Letterkenny University Hospital was at full capacity protocol where no additional measures were possible to hasten the release of ambulances back to the community.He then called on the HSE to review those protocols for the prevention of ambulance delays because the present ones are “insufficient and unworkable.”He expressed sympathy with the many members of the extended Callaghan family who were present for the inquest.The Callaghan family thanked the coroner and also Mr O’Domhnaill and Mr Murphy and the hospital staff for how they handled the inquest.Coroner demands review of ambulance turnaround times after tragic death was last modified: December 6th, 2019 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:coronerdeathdelayinquestletterkennyMargaret Callaghanturnaorund times
Four Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 13 were Daniel Ward, Doonan and David Watters, c/o Michael Kelly. The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 11 & 17 with the jackpot now standing at €2,400.The Annual General Meeting of the Ladies Board will take place next Tuesday night October 16th in Pier 1 at 8.00 pm. Everybody welcome. Tickets for the Neven Maguire Christmas Cookery Demonstration on Wednesday November 7th are now on sale from Bord na nOg committee members, underage managers and at Reception in the Abbey Hotel.GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 9th, 2012 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:Four Masters club notes
Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED REVEALED Latest transfer news Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Skriniar joined Inter from Sampdoria in summer 2017 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK 2 three-way race The United boss remains on the lookout for a new centre-half, and Calciomercato say Skriniar of Inter has risen to the top of his shortlist.The 23-year-old Slovakia international is highly-rated and has already been the subject of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including United’s local rivals Manchester City. 2 IN DEMAND targets LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to offer almost £60million for Inter defender Milan Skriniar, according to reports.Mourinho, the Portuguese, failed in his attempts to bring a new central defender to Old Trafford over the summer, despite plotting moves for the likes of Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire, the Leicester and England star. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Skriniar is rated as one of the finest defenders in Italy’s Serie A moving on According to the report, ‘Mourinho is clearly losing strength in the eyes of the Man United leadership’, and the club’s chiefs have no plan to build the future around the Portuguese coach.They do not want to give Mourinho transfer funds when he’s unlikely to be at the club on a long-term basis, and this, according to Calciomercato, has ruled out any chance of United making a huge offer for Skriniar in January. However, United are named in the report as being the most ‘formidable’ team coming in for Skriniar, in terms of a potential offer.Mourinho is ready to offer around £58million (€65m) for the former Sampdoria star, though he may face opposition for Skriniar – from his own club.
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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to citizens to be the security forces’ eyes and ears to prevent a terror attack like 26/11. “India has always showed its strength and has given a clear message that we are ready to fight and defeat any kind of aggression. I sincerely appeal to all citizens to be vigilant and become the eyes and ears of our police and security forces,” he said at a function held at the Gateway of India on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attack on Mumbai. Speaking with the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in the background, one of the main targets of the 26/11 attack, Mr. Fadnavis said, “Hotel Taj, the victim of the biggest terror attack at that time, is still standing with the same magnificence. It tells the whole world that terrorists and their supporters might be finished, but India will remain unhurt.”Praising the security forces, he said, “Our soldiers have the capability to give a fitting reply to attackers. After the military action in Doklam, India is being seen as a strong nation in the whole world. Our soldiers deserve the credit of making this country one of the most powerful one in the world.” The BSF had also organised a car and cycle rally by Divyangs, which set out from India Gate in New Delhi on November 14 and ended at the Gateway of India on Sunday. Addressing a function at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mr. Fadnavis reiterated the need for alertness. “Over the last two years we have improved our security systems, provided better weapons to the police, bulletproof vests, improved co-ordination among police, Army and naval forces. I feel that both the State and the Central governments will continue to do more, but it is also important that the citizens act as the eyes and ears of the government. We are using fisherman and people living on the coastline as our eyes and ears,” he said.