Guyana, Brazil seek to establish bilateral health committee

first_imgThe first steps towards the establishment of a bilateral committee to address the strengthening of health services between Guyana and Brazil were taken on Friday with talks between health ministers from the two countries. The discussions were held at the Public Health Ministry’s boardroom.Public Health Minsiter Volda Lawrence outlined some of the objectives that will be focused on, including collaboration with the School of Medicine of Brazil on Antidotes, laboratory exchanges and training in tropical diseases among others. The Minister added that her ministry is looking forward to continuing the training offered to local health officials in neighbouring Brazil.Brazil Health Minister, Dr Ricardo Jose Managaines Barros and Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence“While we (government) had many other things listed, I would like to indicate also our gratefulness for the training we have received in the public health sector from your country. The persons who have been able to have those experiences and gain the necessary knowledge were able to come back to Guyana and to provide immense services to our people,” the minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Minister Lawrence noted that Brazil’s willingness to assist in the eradication of Asthmatics has been welcomed by the administration. “We (government) want to ensure by sitting in this part of the world and on your border, that we can also be one of the countries on the list of Pan America Health Organisation/ World Health Organisation’s (PAHO/WHO) to have eradicated this disease.”Brazil’s Health Minister Dr Ricardo Jose Managaines Barros pointed out that the visit will help to advance several agenda items proposed by both countries that will further enhance cooperation on matters relating to health.“We(Brazil) have a great interest in cooperation regarding border access especially due to Venezuelan migration tourism. We also have cooperation regarding serum for snake bites and we would also like to talk about the attention to the citizens of Guyana in Boa Vista hospital,” Dr Barros said. He assured that assistance will be provided to correct shortfalls in the local health system, such as education/training, basic health coverage and structure.It was highlighted that there is the need for reinforced primary health care service and health literacy to be tailored to residents in the hinterland and rural areas to ensure that persons are properly educated about health related-matters. This visit comes days after the Public Health Ministry expressed their interest in establishing a possible partnership with Brazil to provide improved healthcare services for residents in Regions Eight and Nine. The idea is to have persons residing in border communities utilise health care services in neighbouring Brazil rather than face hours of travel to access health care in Georgetown. Minister Lawrence thanked her Brazilian counterpart and his team for their visit, noting that the meeting is expected to have several positive outcomes.last_img read more

Man United’s Sh9.7bn bid for Dybala rejected

first_img0Shares0000Dybala has a similar style to Griezmann but, at 24, is two years his junior and would arguably represent better value for money. Photo/COURTESYMILAN, Italy, Dec 29 – Juventus have rejected an offer of Sh 9.7bn (£70m) plus Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United for Paulo Dybala.It is understood the reigning Serie A champions want around Sh 12bn (£86m) for the highly-rated Argentinian which is the same price as Antoine Griezmann’s buy-out clause. The Frenchman had been United’s prime target, however Jose Mourinho believes the money would be better spent elsewhere and the Red Devils have ended their interest in the Atletico Madrid hitman.Dybala has a similar style to Griezmann but, at 24, is two years his junior and would arguably represent better value for money.Mourinho is desperate to add more creativity to his attack and appears to have given up on the idea of Mikhitaryan providing it.The Armenian showed his talent in glimpses but has failed to impose himself in the biggest games since arriving last summer.He was offered to part of a deal to land Dybala, but the bid was turned down as the Italian side feel they don’t need another wide player.The Juventus No 10 started the campaign in sensational fashion, with ten goals in his first six Serie A matches including two hat-tricks.However, he is currently suffering a crisis period and appears to have fallen out with the club.Boss Massimiliano Allegri dropped him from the starting line-up for the past two league matches including the top-of-the-table clash against Inter Milan.-By The Sun-0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rashford pays tribute to Manchester bombing victims

first_imgManchester United and Manchester City adopted the tagline of “a city united” following the atrocity and Rashford has spoken of the devastating impact of the attack.The United and England striker wrote on his club’s website of his memories of growing up in Manchester and what the city means to him, recalling his own memories of attending events.“What happened in Manchester on 22 May, 2017 was unimaginable,” he said.“I won’t forget the moment I found out about the bombing at the Arena. In that moment, I won’t lie, it’s so tough to process. The likelihood of you knowing someone who was directly involved in it is quite high, so it’s a difficult moment.”United went on to win the Europa League final against Ajax on May 24, dedicating the victory to the victims of the bombing.“We all spoke about it beforehand in the dressing room before we went out for the final and when the game had finished and we’d won, the first thing we did was make sure we showed our respects for what had happened back home,” Rashford said.Rashford and team-mate Jesse Lingard visited survivors of the attack shortly afterwards.“We went to put smiles on faces where we could but they ended up helping us and making us smile,” he added. “I really can’t put into words how brave those incredible kids are, how brave all the victims are. I can’t find the words to do them justice.”The Arena has since reopened and Rashford said his thoughts would always remain with those affected.“My support still goes out to the victims and their families,” he said. Nobody will ever forget what happened but the way Manchester pulled together shows you everything you need to know about the people here. Seeing how everyone reacted made me so proud to be a Mancunian.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 22 – Marcus Rashford has paid tribute to his home city on the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 people.On May 22, 2017 Salman Abedi, a British man of Libyan heritage, blew himself up outside the venue, which had been hosting a concert by teen pop idol Ariana Grande.last_img read more

BUNCRANA IS A REAL BUSINESS TOWN TODAY!

first_imgDanny O’Carroll with Bank of Ireland’s Liz Sullivan opening today’s event. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Buncrana is doing the businesses today!That was the message from Bank of Ireland’s Enterprise Town exhibition which took place at the Plaza today.More than one hundred businesses are taking part in the business expo representing a wide range of business interests. The various businesses include Peninsula Property, Supervalu Buncrana, Apple Green, Inishowen Engineering, Stationery 2000, the Red Door, Smart Mums Market, Inishowen Pens, Sliabh Sneacht Heritage Centre and MLMG Financial Brokers.There was also a celebrity feel to today’s business expo with Mrs Brown’s boy himself Danny ‘Buster’ O’Carroll cutting the ribbon to official open the event.There is a real family atmosphere to the event with children’s colouring competitions and spot prices galore.Some of the crowd at today’s event in Buncrana.Liz Sullivan from Bank of Ireland welcomed everyone to the event and praised all the hard work carried out in getting the event together. “It is amazing to see so many businesses here today and it is a credit to everyone who has turned out to show what their business has to offer.“It’s no exaggeration to say that Buncrana is alive today with business and everyone should be proud of themselves,” she said.BUNCRANA IS A REAL BUSINESS TOWN TODAY! was last modified: April 15th, 2016 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:Bank of Irelandbuncranadonegallast_img read more

SEEING IS BELIEVING FOR DONEGAL’S STEM TEACHERS

first_imgSome of the STEM teachers get to know eachother.Pramerica Systems Ireland and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) would appear to be at the very ‘stem’ of a great idea.The two organisations hosted a Seeing Is Believing event for 18 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers from around the county to create a deeper industry/education partnership and greater awareness of STEM careers and other opportunities that exist for students.Representatives from Pramerica gave an overview of the company’s business and insight into the need for STEM talent to fill positions in the growth areas of data and digital. The teachers engaged in an interactive speed networking event with recent STEM graduates who work at Pramerica. Seeing Is Believing is an a new STEM initiative of The Schools’ Business Partnership and Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) in support of the Smart Futures Strategy 2013 – 2016, a collaborative industry and education framework, raising awareness of STEM careers at post-primary level.*The goal of the initiative is to give STEM teachers and guidance counsellors a deep and engaging insight into leading STEM sector companies and the innovative and diverse range of opportunities and careers that exist within the region.Teachers see first-hand how STEM skills are being used in the workplace and how the syllabi of STEM subjects they teach at second level are relevant to the needs of employers. “Pramerica is delighted to support this new initiative and to welcome STEM teachers to the campus. We are proud to share the technological excellence and insight of our talented and diverse team at Pramerica,” said Gerard Grant, Vice President, Information Technology, at Pramerica.“This event is a good opportunity to promote technology careers by engaging with the people who directly influence students’ career choices. This partnership is vital to the development of our organisation and plays a key role in creating the spectrum of skills and expertise that will be needed in the future.”Elaine McFadden, Regional Coordinator-Donegal, The Schools’ Business Partnership, BITCI, added, “This has been a unique insight given by Pramerica and Letterkenny Institute of Technology to our STEM teachers in Donegal. It has further developed the potential of business to education engagement in order to support the work of teachers in preparing and inspiring students to explore the opportunities presented by STEM careers. We commend Pramerica and Letterkenny Institute on their vision and leadership within the region for STEM promotion and value their contribution to the building of Ireland’s knowledge economy.”John Andy Bonar, Head of Development, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, said LYIT is committed to the support and development of STEM related initiatives in the North West.“We see these initiatives having an integral role and impact in fostering leading edge, new and emerging technology companies such as those we have currently operating in CoLab and also in the North West Regional Science Park when it is operational in 2015. The benefit and potential of the STEM agenda to our regional economy is enormous and we acknowledge through Seeing Is Believing that the foundations of this are built in our schools and by our teachers.”The Schools’ Business Partnership is managed by Business in the Community Ireland, the network for responsible business in Ireland. The Schools’ Business Partnership is funded by the participating businesses and the School Completion Programme (The Department of Children and Youth Affairs). SEEING IS BELIEVING FOR DONEGAL’S STEM TEACHERS was last modified: October 14th, 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:CoLabdonegalLYITpramericaSTEMlast_img read more

DANIEL O’DONNELL TO PLAY FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR DUNGLOE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

first_imgDungloe Community Hospital, in partnership with lead sponsor Randox Teoranta, is delighted to announce a fundraising extravaganza featuring a one-off performance by Daniel O’Donnell and special guests. Country Music Sunday will take place on 17 May 2015, featuring an exclusive two-hour concert by world-renowned country music star Daniel O’Donnell and his band.In what promises to be a great day out for all the family, Country Music Sunday will include a host of activities, with arts and craft stalls, BBQ, bouncy castles and other events for children. Daniel O’Donnell, whose mother Julia sadly passed away at the Dungloe Community Hospital last year, is taking time out of an 18 month break to perform at the exclusive concert.This will be the country music star’s only concert anywhere in the world in 2015 and tickets are already in big demand from right across the globe.Dungloe Community Hospital provides a vital service to the Dungloe and Rosses community, caring for sick and infirm patients.At the heart of the community hospital is the palliative care suite which provides vital end-of-life care for terminally ill patients, and support for their families throughout the highly emotional time. The purpose of the fundraiser is to refurbish the palliative care centre, to upgrade medical equipment and refurbish bedrooms, bathrooms and common-room areas.Patrick Boyle/Thomas Costello of the organising committee, said, “When terminally ill patients come to the palliative care suite, it’s important to make every moment they have left with their families memorable ones.“We want to make sure that patients receive the best possible medical care, situated in uplifting and peaceful surroundings, to ensure their last days are the best we can possibly make them.”Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of event sponsor Randox Teoranta, said, “As a company whose raison d’etre is to improve health globally, we are delighted to be part of this important fundraising event and to support the local community.“The Dungloe Community Hospital is a critical community asset and it deserves all our support.” Tickets for Country Music Sunday cost €20 (free for children) and can be obtained from:Ticketmaster U.K. 0333 321 9996 Ticketmaster Ireland 0818 719300Throughout Donegal tickets are available from the following outlets.Eurosaver, Donegal Towm 074 9725728 Mr G Discount Store, Ballybofey 074 9132393 Dry Arch Filling Station, Letterkenny 074 9113335 Bayveiw Bar, Dungloe 074 9561682 Supervalu, Dungloe 074 9521006 Thomas Costello TC Promotions 087 8608776 Jean’s Country Music Store, Omagh 028 82252150The demand for tickets is already hotting up and organisers are urging all Country Music fans to buy their ticket while they still can!DANIEL O’DONNELL TO PLAY FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR DUNGLOE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL was last modified: March 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

RURAL POST OFFICES FACING NEW THREAT AS SORTING SERVICES SET TO BE CLOSED DOWN

first_imgAs another four rural post offices in north Donegal face the loss of their postmen to the Letterkenny sorting office, the move has been described as another disaster for rural areas.Brid Gallagher has said the latest proposals by the Government are a kick in the teeth for rural post offices.Ten postmen are affected as the local mail sorting services are being lost in Creeslough, Kerrykeel, Milford and Carrigart in August.Local offices already hit by the changes include Ramelton, Kilmacrennan and Rathmullan. And a union official has said that this is further evidence of the downgrading of rural post offices and the loss of status poses a big risk for their future viability.It is also believed the removal of sorting will also see a substantial reduction in the income of postmasters.The postmen are to have their mail sorting duties transferred to Letterkenny as An Post moves to ‘consolidate services’.This is part of a cost cutting measure that is coming under increasing criticism from postal workers and the general public. The move which is well underway across the country will see rural postmasters taking substantial cuts in their income.And it is claimed the loss of status will further endanger local post offices across rural Ireland.At the same An Post has stunned the postmasters by asking them to inform their customers they should have social welfare and pensions paid directly into financial institutions.“This change is a direct contradiction of what government Ministers and TD’s here in Donegal have been saying in the Dail in the past year and we fail to understand how they can support the downgrading of our small rural offices,” said Brid Gallagher of the postal union.And in another twist the postmasters have been asked to hand out data to pensioners and social welfare recipients asking them to use a financial institution. The information states, “The Department recommends direct payment to your current, deposit or saving account in a financial institution.“This is the best payment option for you as you can receive your payment at a time and place that suits you.“The postmasters were shocked when asked to circulate this document to their own customers.A number of areas have already seen their sorting services taken out of the local post office to the nearest main office. And most of the county is now set to go down the same route. The Inishowen peninsula will shortly see similar changes, said a union representative.This is the result of ‘unintended consequences’ arising from an agreement between An Post and the Unions, according to post office spokespersons.The deal is part of the company’s consolidation programme and Donegal is among the last areas to have the deal implemented.Brid Gallagher of the Irish Postmasters Union told the Tirconaill Tribune, “Unions agreed the deal in good faith and were not aware of the latest consequences.“It was never intended that post offices would lost status and that the postmasters will see a big decrease in their incomes as a result of losing their sorting duties.“We fail to see how the Government is allowing this downgrading to go ahead when one the other hand they are claiming their objective was to protect rural offices and services.“The opposite is the reality.“This move has been seen as a kick in the teeth for postal workers at a time when many post offices are facing closure.”She added, “It is a bit of a slap in the face when rural post offices are going through so much turmoil.”Postal workers say this move and others go against the spirit of comments made by Junior Minister Joe McHugh in the Dail last year on the retention of post offices and their role in rural and community life.DeputyMcHugh told a Dail debate on postal services last year, “The Government has made a decision to work proactively across Departments to examine how all Departments can work together, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Social Protection, to lend their weight to the sustainability and viability of post offices.“I sit on the working group and I take this very seriously. I am concerned every Department must be on the same wavelength as the interdepartmental decision to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of post offices.“The Government is taking this seriously and it is important we continue in this vein.”Now representatives of the postal union say they’ve not had any response from Minister McHugh in relation to the downgrading in his own home territory.Meanwhile questions are also being raised about the Department of Social Protection’s policy regarding post offices.It wants the majority of its transactions, bar 3%, done by electronic payment by the end of this year.The real issue, says the postmasters is that the Department wants to have most of its business done by electronic means by 2015.Correspondence has been issued from the Department of Social Protection to pensioners advising them or encouraging those who have been receiving payments for a long number of years to have their money paid by direct debit into the bank rather than through the post office.Cllr. Ian McGarvey who has been keeping a watching brief on the transfer of postal services says the move is a disaster and a further threat to the future of rural services.He said, “The transfer of sorting to Letterkenny is a clear indication of the Government’s policy of urbanisation and the total silence of all our Oireachtas Members is a scandal.With every passing year more services are being removed from rural areas into the larger towns like Letterkenny and nobody is asking why this is being allowed to happen.RURAL POST OFFICES FACING NEW THREAT AS SORTING SERVICES SET TO BE CLOSED DOWN was last modified: June 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:attackBusinessFeaturesGovernmentnewspost officesrurallast_img read more

NEWS FOCUS: TIP O’NEILL DIASPORA WINNER LOOKING FORWARD TO DONEGAL TRIP

first_imgLoretta-Brennan-GlucksmanUS Philanthropist and recipient of this year’s Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, says she is so looking forward to coming to Donegal this week.The award ceremony, which takes place in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel this Friday night, will be the centre piece in a weekend of events marking the life and times of the late Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Tip O’Neill, an illustrious grandson of Donegal emigrants.Ms Glucksman, who has worked tirelessly to promote Irish culture and to establish strong ties between America and the island of Ireland, is eager to return to her roots. Her grandfather, David Brennan was originally from the east Inishowen fishing port of Greencastle.“I haven’t been up to that part of the world for over two years now; that was for the late Seamus Heeney’s funeral. I’ll only be in the county for three days but I’m looking forward to it and certainly a meeting with the O’Neill Clan. “I only knew Tip very peripherally, I was working in television at the end of his speakership but I did get to know his family much better as they had become involved in the American Ireland Fund. His daughter Susan runs our Washington gala every year and of course his son Tommy is on our board of directors,” she said.Ms Glucksman was raised in an Irish neighbourhood in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She enjoyed an illustrious career in academia and later in the media before moving into her philanthropic endeavours which placed her in such a pivotal position in Irish-American affairs by successfully rallying much-needed support. She has often been described as a steadfast champion of all things Irish and Irish American.She is very conscious of the need to underpin continuous economic progress here.“I remember the stories my grandparents used to tell about sending the packages back to Ireland and that was an economic support system in its own way I guess. It certainly has become much more sophisticated in the decades since then. “People here want to help Ireland become economically strong and I think that’s a very important underpinning of all the things that bind us together – let’s try get the economy up and running and particularly a lot of us are very fervent in our belief that there’s nothing like a strong economy to do away with the violence, the gangs and the drugs, particularly when that leads young people into political difficulties just by getting them off track.”She paid tribute to the work of John Hume over the years and added she believes he ought to receive more recognition for the crucial role he had played in getting peace to work in Northern Ireland.Ms Glucksman is also encouraged by the future and aware the world is now a very different place to when her grandparents emigrated“One of the worst casualties of the financial disaster of 2007 was that it did dent the confidence of some people. During the early 2000s we were all told we can do anything we want but no you can’t, it doesn’t always work out like a fairy tale but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep trying.“I think that spirit is definitely still there in the Irish and it will take a lot to shake it out of them – I don’t know if that’s even possible but I think there is still a feeling of optimism that I sense when I am in Ireland. “I really pray it continues and just strengthens because they can do so much; they are such a gifted and talented race,” she said.NEWS FOCUS: TIP O’NEILL DIASPORA WINNER LOOKING FORWARD TO DONEGAL TRIP was last modified: September 24th, 2015 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:donegalTip O’Neill Awardlast_img read more

PICTURE THIS – DONEGAL SEWERAGE SCHEME OFFICE IS NOW AN ART GALLERY!

first_imgArtist Sarah Duddy and new Assisi GAllery owners in Rossnowlagh Paul and Sarah Keogh with their sons Thomas and Michael.An office once used as an area headquarters for a sewerage scheme is reopening this weekend as a beautifully converted art gallery.The little building directly opposite the Franciscan Friary in Rossnowlagh will be called The Assisi Gallery and will be opened on Friday evening at 7pm.The inaugural exhibition will feature the abstract work titled Imaginarium Aquarium of award-winning artist Sarah Duddy. The building, which has been empty for some time, was spotted by Londoner Paul Keogh and his Armagh-born artist wife Catherine during a weekend break in Rossnowlagh.The couple lived in Northern Ireland and Paul was painting and decorating a holiday home in Rossnowlagh for a friend.Catherine and their boys Thomas, seven, and Michael, five, were with him for the weekend and they had been on the beach.Paul said: “Catherine said ‘I could get used to it here’. She pointed to the building opposite the friary and added ‘that could be my art gallery and upstairs could be my art studio’.” Next morning as they came out of Mass they saw a “to let” sign on the building. The rest is already history. They agreed a price with the owner and decided to send their boys to Creevy National School down the road.Catherine graduated from the University of Ulster and Sarah Duddy worked with her.Catherine said: “It is going to be a permanent art gallery and an art studio as well.“I want to help others have exhibitions here, as well as doing my own painting and having an exhibition of my own work.“We may put in four or five tables and have a little café for all the pilgrims coming here on a cold winter’s day. “We aim to create a community atmosphere here.”Upstairs has been converted into a small holiday apartment to let.PICTURE THIS – DONEGAL SEWERAGE SCHEME OFFICE IS NOW AN ART GALLERY! was last modified: July 2nd, 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:donegalRossnowlaghThe Assisi Gallerylast_img read more