Matherson went down after winning his semi-final in 10.72 seconds ahead of eventual gold medal winner Michael Stephens. He turned up for the final but seemed to intentionally false start so as to remain in contention for today’s 200m and relay events. ISSA competition rules state that an athlete will be barred from taking any further part in the championships if they do not turn up for each event that they are registered to compete in. It is left to be seen what condition the athlete will report to the starting line in. Kingston College sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson will reportedly turn up for the 200m final with a member of the coaching staff informing The Gleaner that the sprinter will be asked to ‘at least get a point’. The KC coaching staff had pulled the plug on Matherson’s participation in the remainder of the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, after suffering a leg injury in the Class One Boys 100m semi-final on Friday.
MOST READ James’ representatives at Klutch Sports Group tweeted a photo of James signing his contract with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. James’ agency already announced last week that the superstar had agreed to a four-year deal worth $153.3 million with Los Angeles.Officially signed with the @Lakers @KingJames pic.twitter.com/A5jHZxXEP4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) July 10, 2018 “This is a historic moment for the Lakers, and we could not feel more grateful and honored,” Pelinka said. “When LeBron James — a perennial NBA MVP and champion who is playing at the most astonishing levels of his career — chooses to join the Lakers, it serves as the ultimate validation for what we are building here. However, we all know that the work is not yet done.”James’ arrival is indeed validation for Johnson and Pelinka, who took over the Lakers’ front office in February 2017 with a specific plan to rebuild the franchise by persuading established superstars to join as free agents.The Lakers already have begun assembling a revamped team around James by acquiring Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson in free agency while retaining guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Los Angeles also assembled a reasonably talented young core before James’ arrival with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.But they didn’t even get a meeting with star scorer Paul George before the Southern California native re-signed with Oklahoma City, and their efforts to acquire disgruntled two-way superstar Kawhi Leonard from San Antonio haven’t borne fruit so far.The Lakers don’t appear to be planning a public event to welcome James to Los Angeles, where he already owns multiple homes and spends summers with his family.Haven’t been to a pizza party in a minute 🤔 Culver City? 👀🍕 https://t.co/1QxgALyekK— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 9, 2018But Blaze Pizza — the growing pizza chain in which James is an investor — announced a three-hour pizza giveaway on Tuesday to welcome James to LA.LeBron responded with a tweet , his first since June 26: “Haven’t been to a pizza party in a minute … Culver City?” Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES Bonded by similar paths, Jokic and Barton sign big NBA deals ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West The Lakers have missed the playoffs in a franchise-record five consecutive seasons, while James has played in the past eight NBA Finals with the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning three titles.The 33-year-old budding entertainment mogul immediately becomes the focus of the Lakers franchise and a possible foundation for the NBA’s next superteam, depending on whether James and the Lakers can persuade more superstars to join him in the next year or two.Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, called James “the best player in the world” in a news release.“He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his teammates are successful,” Johnson said. “The Lakers players are excited to have a teammate who has been to nine NBA Finals. It’s a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals.”James is coming off one of his greatest NBA seasons, playing in all 82 regular-season games for the Cavaliers while finishing third in the NBA with 27.5 points per game and hitting career highs with 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists. He then carried Cleveland to its fourth consecutive NBA Finals, where the Cavs were swept by Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Although he is himself a striker, for the Al-Zawraa club, it is Ali’s likeness to Salah which piques Iraqis’ interest.“At the first training session, he introduced himself as ‘Hussein Ali’. I replied, ‘No, no, you are Mohamed Salah,” said Ali’s coach Adnan Mohammad.Like Liverpool’s Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, Hussein Ali plays as a striker for his Iraqi club © AFP / SABAH ARARBack when Salah was playing for AS Roma, Ali was aware of the resemblance but took the comments as “a joke”.But when the Egyptian shot to global fame in the Premier League — becoming “the number one footballer for all Arabs” according to Ali — his Iraqi doppelganger started to seriously work on his image.Since then, he has started wearing the red shirt of Salah’s club Liverpool.“It’s the real shirt, bought from an official supplier,” he said proudly from his small house, where the shutters are closed against the Baghdad heat during the long hours of electricity cuts.– Centre of attention –Ali said he paid $40 for the shirt, which he takes carefully from its hanger, while working every day to support his large family and without a wage from playing football.Lately, the “Mohamed Salah of Iraq” can’t leave his house without being stopped for photographs or approached by football fans who mistake him for the Egyptian star.Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who plays for Liverpool, shot to global fame in the Premier League © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV“The day before yesterday I was in a mall; the security guards, the shop workers and the clients, everyone wanted to take a photo with me… even the girls!” said Ali.He attracts similar attention at football matches. When Ali’s team played against the Lebanese club Al-Ahed, “people were taking photos with me for an hour and a half,” he said.Last month Ali joined a group of supporters in the city centre to watch Salah’s Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.Hussein Ali has even started wearing the red shirt of Salah’s club Liverpool © AFP / SABAH ARAR“When Mohamed Salah was injured, there were some who came to see me as if it was me who was suffering,” he said.“In my neighbourhood, over a number of days, people who passed me would say ‘Get well soon’,” he remembered, laughing.While such confusion amuses him, Ali’s similarity to Salah has prompted him to rethink his own life.– ‘Imitate and copy’ –Passionate about football since his was little, Ali made it onto the B team of Al-Zawraa, Iraq’s most decorated club.One day he hopes to live the same dream as Salah, who was thrust from his Nile Delta village into the heart of international football.“We play in the same position and I do everything to imitate and copy his movements,” said Ali, smiling widely.The Iraqi player is also keen to follow Salah’s example off the pitch, which in the past has led English fans to adopt an “I’ll be Muslim too” chant praising the footballer.Lately, the “Mohamed Salah of Iraq” can’t leave his house without being stopped for photographs or approached by football fans who mistake him for the Egyptian star © AFP / SABAH ARAR“He reads the Koran and he asks God to help him before his matches. I also read the Koran and pray, like Abu Makka,” said Ali, using a nickname for the Liverpool striker who named his daughter after the Muslim holy city of Mecca.After Salah’s injury fans globally were on tenterhooks to find out if their hero would be going to the World Cup which kicks off on June 14.He has now been included in The Pharaohs squad and Egyptians will be hoping he can continue his record goal-scoring streak in Russia.For Ali, his hopes will rest in one day coming face-to-face with his hero: “My life’s dream is to meet Mohamed Salah… Perhaps he will invite me to the World Cup in Russia?”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iraqi footballer Hussein Ali plays for the Iraqi Al-Zawraa FC © AFP / SABAH ARARBAGHDAD, Iraq, Jun 7 – With his black beard, curly hair and football shirt, Iraqi striker Hussein Ali is often mistaken for one of the world’s top players: Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, 20-year-old Ali is frequently stopped in his working-class Hurriya neighbourhood by people wanting a photograph with their idol.
Twenty people a week are diagnosed with cancer in Donegal – that’s the grim message that tells the tale of a disease that steals into the lives of huge numbers of families.A previous Relay for Life event.But with the darkness comes the light in the form of organisations such as Relay for Life that has, over the past three years, generated over €850,000 towards vital research while aiding those confronted with the illness.Relay for Life Donegal has been launched at separate venues throughout the county over the past three nights and tonight it’s the turn of Letterkenny where the Mount Errigal Hotel will host the official launch. Members of the public are invited to come along to the gathering where speakers and film footage will highlight the objectives of the organisation.The Relay for Life event is an overnight community celebration held every May at the Letterkenny I.T. campus and honouring both current and former cancer patients as well as their families and friends.Over sixty teams, made up of friends, work colleagues, classmates and neighbours, have participated in the event since it started. “But we’ve decided to limit it to fifty teams in this our fourth year due to reasons of safety and comfort,” chairperson of Relay for Life Donegal, Robert O’Connor, pointed out.The event features a ‘Survivors Lap’ where those who have overcome the disease walk the opening lap of the course cheered on by families and friends. Later in the evening as darkness falls, the ‘Candle of Hope’ ceremony offers a truly illuminating and emotional aspect to the Relay for Life initiative which gets underway at 6.p.m. on May 30th. This year’s event was launched in Donegal Town, Inishowen, and Dungloe over the past three evenings.“We’re hoping for a big turnout tonight in Letterkenny where details will be provided on how to set up teams and other information. I would appeal to everyone to come along whether you’ve been affected by cancer or not and bring as many as you can along with you.“The statistic that tells us that one in three people in Ireland will develop cancer in their lifetime is startling. And every year in Donegal alone, around 1,000 people are told: ‘you’ve got cancer’.“But the number of survivors who parade at the Relay for Life weekend every May remind us that it can, and does, be overcome. The help of the whole community is vital in this respect,” said Robert.The funds raised each year have helped contribute to the Irish Cancer Society as it continues its campaign to ease the lives of those suffering with the disease. And the money also goes to key research projects which, hopefully, some day will lead to the ultimate cure. Tonight’s launch in the Mount Errigal Hotel gets underway at 7.30.p.m.HEAR HOW DONEGAL IS BATTLING BACK AGAINST CANCER was last modified: January 22nd, 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:donegalmeetingRelay for Life
The St. Eunan’s U14 Féile team landed their club’s first All-Ireland title in Pairc Uí Rinn when they defeated Ahan Gaels (Cork) by 0-11 to 0-02 in the final.After making it to the final last year, only to be denied by the width of a crossbar, the lads made no mistake as they played an intelligent brand of football throughout to take the title back to Donegal for the first time.The Donegal side were leading 0-08 to 0-01 at the break, the lads played with a maturity beyond their years and kept the Cork attack at bay throughout, conceding only 2 pointed frees in the whole game. Proceedings began on Thursday against Blarney with the Letterkenny lads winning 3-04 to 0-03.A much busier day was in store on Friday as they had three group games to play. First up was St.Martins at 10am and it ended with a 1-08 to 0-05 win.With minimal time to reflect on their victory, the next throw-in was 11am against the host team Whitechurch.It ended 1-05 to 0-04 in favour of the Black & Amber. The last group game was against Thomas Russells at 12:30 and although they had previously been beaten, the table showed a superior points difference for the Russells men meaning that St.Eunans would need at least a draw to go through (only 1 qualifier per group). After quite a nervous display, St.Eunans won the game by the narrowest of margins on a scoreline of 1-03 to 1-02.This set the lads up with a fourth game of the day as they qualified to meet Macroom in the Div3 (there are six divisions in total) semi-final at 5pm. Showing no signs of nerves, St.Eunans turned in a masterful performance as they recorded a 3-15 to 1-03 win against the bewildered Cork outfit.Having found their form in the semi-final, the lads maintained this level of performance the following day to take the title back to Letterkenny.ST EUNAN’S U-14s WIN ALL-IRELAND TITLE was last modified: July 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:st eunan’s all-ireland title
It certainly wasn’t a day to remember in the Premiership for Donegal soccer star Seamus Coleman.Seamus ColemanHis team Everton had to settle for a draw after his bizarre handball gifted Swansea City a penalty and a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.Aaron Lennon gave the visitors a 41st minute lead with his second goal in Everton colours following his recent winner at QPR and manager Roberto Martinez looked on course for a successful return to his old home. But Swansea equalised after 69 minutes when Coleman’s inexplicable handball was spotted by referee Michael Oliver and Jonjo Shelvey scored with a firm spot-kick.COLEMAN’S BIZARRE HANDBALL GIVES OPPONENTS A POINT was last modified: April 11th, 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:evertonpenaltyseamus coleman
Added another: “Maybe I should hold one.” — Despite the best efforts of those interested in public policy, the wonkish California Journal will not be revived, it was announced last week. The California Journal was a trail-blazing monthly outlet for policymakers and others to delve into issues and politics on a nonpartisan basis. But after 35 years, it was unable to compete in today’s market. “We simply didn’t have the financial commitments to put out a quality magazine,” said Lou Cannon, the Journal’s past president and chief executive officer. “It’s a decision we all regret, but we had no other choice.” The nonprofit California Journal Foundation for Research and Education in State Government board had tried to revive the magazine, but could not find a way to make it profitable. — Never let it be said that the Central City Association passes up an opportunity to have a party – especially if it helps get access at City Hall. With the change in leadership coming to the City Council next week when Councilman Eric Garcetti takes over as president, the association announced it is planning a “Celebration of L.A.’s New Leadership.” The event, scheduled for Jan. 31 at the downtown Omni Los Angeles Hotel, will fete Garcetti and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who was elected as president pro tem of the council. The association, which represents some 450 businesses based in downtown Los Angeles with 250,000 workers, is one of the top business lobbying groups in the city and has proven itself adaptable to pretty much whoever is in charge. — Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Who’s a girlie man? That’s the question some hope Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hollywood sex symbols will pose to animal owners in a campaign being developed to encourage the spaying and neutering of pets. The idea of approaching Schwarzenegger and others is being kicked around by those trying to help the beleaguered city Animal Services Department and its new general manager, Edward Boks. “Just imagine the impact a Schwarzenegger could have by coming out and saying, ‘You won’t have a girlie dog by having it spayed or neutered,”‘ said Julie Butcher, business manager of Service Employees International Union Local 347, which represents department workers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “If we can get him, we think others will line up to be in public-service spots. My fantasy is to see him and (Democratic activist and potential gubernatorial candidate) Warren Beatty in the same spot. Talk about hot.”‘ — The last City Council meeting of the year was a lobbyist’s bonanza, even by City Hall standards. With measures ranging from Playa Vista and the Los Angeles Theater Center to grocery-store worker retention, the Los Angeles lobbying corps was out in full force. Standing behind the marble columns or conferring with one another, it was a billable-hours dream as the council droned on and on in a meeting that began shortly after 10 a.m. and lasted past 2 p.m. The lobbyists’ attendance did not go unnoticed. “For a moment, I thought I was at a fundraiser,” joked one council member.
COLD Case detectives have issued a new appeal to find the killer of Patricia Doherty.The 29-year-old prison officer disappeared in Dublin on December 23, 1991. Her body was found in the Dublin mountains six months later.Patricia, whose husband Patrick is from Ballybofey, had been murdered. Her death has been the subject of several appeals in the past and has been written about in several books including one grimly entitled “Where No-one Can Hear Your Screams.”The mother of two’s disappearance and death have been linked in the past to claims that a serial killer was involved.Last night’s RTE series Cracking Crime programme saw a renewed appeal from the Gardai Serious Case Review Team.“There are people out there who know exactly what happened to Patricia on that particular day. They have the information in their possession,” said Det Supt Christy Mangan. “They have held that since 1991 and what I would say – in order to give answers to the Doherty family – I would ask them to impart this information to us as investigators no matter how small they think the information they have. Let us decide on the relevance of that and investigate it in order that we can solve the murder of Patricia Doherty.”Last night’s programme featured a reconstruction of Kerry-born Patricia’s last known movements in the Tallaght area of Dublin where she lived with Patrick and their two children Gerard, then aged eight and Kelly then aged seven.It detailed how the Donegal man had made a radio appeal on 2FM in the days after his wife disappeared and it also revealed that he had received several silent phone calls. Gardai have never been able to trace who had made those calls.Neighbour Ann McCauley told the programme that the community where the Dohertys lived in Dublin never got over the disappearance and murder.Garda Request for Assistance:Can you help the Gardai to solve this crime? If you have any information please contact the following or email the link below. Any information received will be treated in the strictest confidence. Detective Superintendent Christopher Mangan, Serious Crime Review TeamEmail:NBCI.SCRT@garda.ieGarda Confidential Line:1800 666 111Crimestoppers:1800 250 025 Serious Crime Review Team Office:01 6663444COLD CASE DETECTIVES RENEW APPEAL IN HUNT FOR KILLER OF DONEGAL MAN’S WIFE was last modified: August 14th, 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:Ballybofeydonegaldublingarda investigationPatricia DohertyPatrick Dohertytallaght
There has been a furious reaction following the decision by the Donegal League to host its awards function on the same night Finn Harps play UCD. Harps have made a sensational start to the season and have gone an incredible ELEVEN games unbeaten.However, if they avoid defeat to UCD at Finn Park on Friday night then it will be their best EVER start to a season in the club’s long and illustrious history. Ollie Horgan’s side deserve a big crowd to help them create history and maintain their advantage at the top of the table, but the decision has infuriated the soccer fraternity in Donegal.A huge number of players and managers involved in the Donegal League are Finn Harps fans and recognise the importance of supporting Donegal’s only senior club.However, the decision has forced many players, managers and representatives of Donegal League clubs to postpone plans to head to Finn Park.Finn Harps supporters are angered by the decision taken by the Donegal League power brokers and believe the decision could take between 200-300 fans away from the crowd. Harps fanatic and Tullyvinney Rovers goalkeeper Nigel Hegarty has been left ‘flabbergasted’ by the Donegal League’s decision and says they’ve bent over backwards to accommodate other sports.Hegarty told Donegal Daily, “It’s a disgrace from them, and it’s not the first time they’ve done it.“Instead of the Donegal football family coming together to help each other on a history making night, they’ve gone and stuck two fingers up to Harps.“Where they bent over backwards to help GAA last year by postponing a full round of fixtures, they’re organising a night clashing with one of the biggest nights in Harps recent history which will potentially take a couple of hundred people away from Finn Park.“It’s a disgrace. Brian Coll who plays for Kildrum Tigers and is a former Finn Harps Reserve player is also furious by the league’s decision.His brother Ciaran Coll is the vice-captain of Finn Harps and he’ll be unable to attend the function as he wants to attend the potentially history-making night at Finn Park.He feels though that he shouldn’t have to choose and the whole situation could’ve been avoided.Coll told Donegal Daily, “They don’t seem to care at all, Harps are the ONLY senior club in the county yet it seems as if they just have no regard for the club. “I would’ve loved to have gone to the function, as it’s a great night and a good way to mix with other clubs and recall the season just past.“But I’ll be going to support Finn Harps, they’re competing at a national level and doing the whole county proud with their performances.“They deserve some respect and putting on a function which is taking a significant amount of people away from a big match is scandalous.However, Donegal League PRO Gary Foy has dismissed and completely refuted the suggestions that there is an agenda against Finn Harps and said relations between two organisations was very healthy.Foy told Donegal Daily, “The Donegal League did not make a decision to host its awards function on the same night that Finn Harps play UCD.“The Donegal League booked the venue for its awards function one year ago, 8 months before the SSE Airtricity League First Division Fixtures were released.“The function takes place on the same night annually followed by the League AGM the following Monday night as is the case this year.Foy conceded that Harps have made a sensational start to the season by going eleven games unbeaten and he is hoping they will avoid defeat against UCD and make history with their best ever start to a season.Foy said Ollie Horgan and his team do deserve a big crowd on Friday night to help them to an historic result and said they deserve a big crowd every week.Foy also added that Donegal League managers do realise the importance of Finn Harps, but said they understood that the league’s hands were tied in relation to the function and that it isn’t organised overnight and that it takes months of planning.Foy continued, “It is the League’s showcase with its sponsors, clubs, players and everyone else connected in various manners in attendance.“It is arguable how many managers are having to make a choice as stated between which event to attend.“The Finn Harps supporters who say that the function could keep 200 – 300 away from Finn Park could not show any basis for such a statistic.“Enough is enough as far as addressing every point is concerned.“Nor am I going to directly answer those named in the article, however the truth must be told.“In no way did the Donegal League committee fix their night in direct opposition to Finn Harps.“They will as much as anyone want to see Harps achieve their ambitions.“The Donegal Junior League wish Finn Harps all the best for the season.“Friday night’s events collision is unfortunate but unavoidable in this instance.“Relations between the Donegal League and the Finn Harps club are in no way strained and only last week we actually had an agreement in place which in the end was not needed.“The Donegal League will celebrate another successful season with its Presentation Function at the Radisson Hotel on Friday night whilst at the same time hopefully Harps will be taking another step towards the Premier Division of the League.HARPS FANS FURIOUS AS DONEGAL LEAGUE FIX AWARDS FUNCTION ON SAME NIGHT CLUB CAN MAKE HISTORY was last modified: May 21st, 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:Donegal LeaguefansFinn Harps FCFuriousnewssoccerSport
The Donegal Save Our Services Executive has called on the HSE “to get its act together” and end to what it cals the continuing bed and staff charade which has now become the main stay of anything to do with the HSE. The group says that with the positive work done by frontline and allied staff under intense pressure to reach targets and double up on duties, the knock on effect is beds are either blocked or empty.“There is not a week goes by were we hear of people can’t get into hospital or can’t get transferred to community hospitals because of what the HSE term is lack of bed capacity. “This is utter nonsense and needs to be challenged as the HSE could implement simple policy changes to address this in a heartbeat but refuse to do so.“Dr.Fergal Hickey of the Irish Hospitals Consultants Association (IHCA) mentioned in their national conference recently in Kilkenny that studies show there are approximately 300 people dying each year due to critical care bed shortages”Minister Simon Harris mentioned in an interview with Fergal Bowers RTE Health correspondent that “he had ordered a bed capacity review. The review will not just look at acute beds but will also examine the number of beds elsewhere, including in the community”The group says they have been asking for this for some time and we welcome this, however any review must focus their attention on beds within the existing hospitals and Community Hospital beds in particular and not the private for profit sector. It adds that the terms of reference for the review should be published to ensure that its focus is aimed in the right areas and cover our geographical region.“The SOS executive ask that it not be a desktop review by someone in Dublin of HSE headquarters and we want those reviewers to actually visit each community hospital in person.“The review needs to take into account the vacant space in Ramelton, Lifford and Stranorlar and the possibilities that could be explored there first. Beds are lying empty and some ward rooms are closed which is shocking especially when you hear that there isn’t enough beds, it just doesn’t make in sense.“The HSE in their wisdom are looking for some 21 managers and senior administrators yet nurses are not being replaced. We have the scenario where staff nurses have retired and not being replaced, placing additional stress on an already overworked nursing system,” said as spokesman.It adds that more are retiring in the coming months and by all accounts won’t be replaced. “The INMO are due to ballot their members soon and may implement a work to rule, yet the HSE can find resources to hire 21 managers so again frontline staff are overlooked. The community hospitals are best placed to address the crisis of beds. WE, the SOS executive, keep saying this and now the minister sees sense and agrees.”The SOS executive are meeting with the HSE management again this October 24th and are asking for them to overturn the decision to close the residential units of our 3 hospitals, give additional resources for frontline staff and to publish their plans for the 3 units.“The Executive feel disappointed by the face to face process to-date and have been let down by assurances which the HSE haven’t followed up on. Depending on what comes of the October we will be reviewing if engagement will be continued as so far the treatment we have received mirrors that of someone who wants a bed, basically being blocked,” added the spokesperson.Save Our Services campaign calls on HSE to “get its act together” was last modified: October 10th, 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)