Print WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin Email Twitter NewsLocal NewsSportMayor calling on Limerick to turn red for Munster ahead of European Rugby Champions Cup semi-finalBy Staff Reporter – April 17, 2019 1255 The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick is calling on businesses and citizens to show their colours and turn Limerick Munster red this weekend ahead of the province’s European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final tie.Thousands of supporters will be supporting their team from home as Munster travel to England to compete for a place in the final for the first time since 2008.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mayor James Collins, Fianna Fáil. Photo: Cian ReinhardtThe match against English club Saracens kicks off at 3pm this Saturday in the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.Mayor James Collins said, “Munster’s European Rugby Champions Cup match days are very special, so I’m calling on businesses and members of the public to get behind the team and turn Limerick red. Let the team know that there is massive support behind them as they take to the pitch in Coventry. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see Munster in another European Rugby Champions final.”Limerick City and County Council will be flying the Munster flag at its Corporate Headquarters in Merchant’s Quay and in Dooradoyle ahead of the match. It will also be turning its exterior building spotlights red in Merchant’s Quay, while Munster flags are flying proudly on Thomond and Shannon Bridges. Previous articleNew tourism plan for Limerick envisages revenues of €360 million a yearNext articleSoviet shilling project could be a trial run for local currency Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook
News UpdatesRajya Sabha Clears Bill To Regulate Allied & Healthcare Professions; Establish National Commission & State Councils Akshita Saxena16 March 2021 7:43 AMShare This – xThe Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020, to regulate and standardise the education and practice of allied and healthcare professionals in India. Introduced by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, on September 15, 2020, the Bill brings 56 allied and healthcare services into 10 categories….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020, to regulate and standardise the education and practice of allied and healthcare professionals in India. Introduced by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, on September 15, 2020, the Bill brings 56 allied and healthcare services into 10 categories. These broadly include professional categories such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Ophthalmic Sciences, Nutrition Sciences, Medical Laboratory and Life Sciences, Medical Radiology, Imaging and Therapeutic Technology, Medical Technologists and Physician Associates, Trauma, Burn Care and Surgical / Anesthesia related Technology, Community Care and Behavioral Health Sciences and Health Information Management and Health Informatics. While introducing the Bill, the Health Minister said that whereas doctors, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, etc, are regulated by their own regulatory bodies, a proper structure for development and maintenance of standards of services and education of allied and healthcare professionals through a National Regulatory Body has been long overdue.The Statement of Objects annexed to the Bill states:”With the advancement in the health sector, changing preferences of consumers and service providers, it is now warranted to create a fresh vision of healthcare delivery with a patient-centric approach and focus on moving to a multi-disciplinary team-based care. This has necessitated the need to implement new ways of deploying health workers, strengthening the workforce by task-shifting models and improving access to quality services through qualified and competent allied and healthcare professionals” Therefore, it contemplates establishment of a National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions and Councils at the State-level. Salient Features The Bill specifies Allied and healthcare professions in the Schedule annexed to the Act. An Allied health professional includes an associate, technician or technologist who is trained to perform any technical and practical task to support diagnosis and treatment of illness, disease, injury or impairment, and to support implementation of any healthcare treatment and referral plan recommended by a medical, nursing or any other healthcare professional. Such professional should have obtained a diploma or degree under this Bill, the duration of which should be at least 2,000 hours spread over a period of 2-4 years. A Healthcare professional includes a scientist, therapist or other professional who studies, advises, researches, supervises or provides preventive, curative, rehabilitative, therapeutic or promotional health services. Such professional should have obtained a degree under this Act, the duration of which should be at least 3,600 hours spread over a period of 3-6 years. National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions The Bill proposes to set up a National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions to consist of a Chairperson;a Vice-Chairperson;5 members at Joint Secretary level representing various Central Ministries/ their Departments;1 representative from the Directorate General of Health Services;3 Deputy Directors or Medical Superintendents appointed on a rotational basis from amongst medical institutions including AIIMS, Delhi and AIIPMR, Mumbai;12 part-time members representing State Councils, charitable institutions, etc. Functions The Commission will perform the following functions: frame policies and standards for regulating education and practice, create and maintain an online Central Register of all registered professionals, provide basic standards of education, courses, curriculum, staff qualifications, examination, training, maximum fee payable for various categories, and provide for a uniform entrance and exit examination, among others. Professional Councils The Commission is also required to constitute a Professional Council for every recognised category of allied and healthcare professions. Such Councils will consist of a President and 4-24 members, representing each profession in the recognised category. State Councils Apart from a National Commission, the Bill also contemplates establishment of Councils at State-level, within six months from the passage of the Bill, to regulate allied and healthcare professionals. The State Councils will consist of: a Chairperson with at least 25 years of experience in the field;1 member representing medical sciences in the state government;2 members representing state medical colleges;2 members representing charitable institutions;2 members from each of the recognised categories of allied and healthcare professions, nominated by the state government. Functions The State Councils will: enforce professional conduct and code of ethics to be observed by allied healthcare professionals,maintain respective State Registers,inspect allied and healthcare institutions, and ensure uniform entry and exit examinations. That apart, the State Council has also been empowered to give prior permission for establishing a new institution, opening new courses, increasing the admission capacity, or admitting a new batch of students to existing institutions. If such permission is not sought, then any qualification granted to a student from such an institution will not be recognised under the Bill. Offences Chapter VII of the Bill deals with offences and penalties. It prescribes that no person is allowed to practice as a qualified allied and healthcare practitioner other than those enrolled in a State Register or the National Register. Any person who contravenes this provision will be punished with a fine of Rs 50,000. Cognizance of offences Section 60 of the Bill provides: No court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Bill except upon a complaint made by the Central Government, the State Government, the Commission, or the State Council, as the case may be. It further ousts a Metropolitan Magistrate or a Judicial Magistrate from trying cases under this law. Parliamentary Debate Many members said that the Bill steps in the right direction to regulate and standardize and important yet unregulated medical field. Some concerns and suggestions set forth during the debate are as follows: Budgetary support to Healthcare services in India is very low and the Government should increase allocation for the same;The duration of 3-6 years for educational courses for healthcare professionals offers a huge window and is silent as to the provision for internships. Inadequate training and internships may weaken the quality of healthcare services;The Bill binds all States to form State Councils. However, each State must be given enough autonomy to take a decision on this aspect on their own, given that Healthcare structure is not same in every State;Inclusion of medical physicist as an allied healthcare professional under the Bill is not viable since their job description is different from allied healthcare workers. Even International Labour Organization recognizes medical physicist as health professionals, and not allied professionals. Furthermore, they are already regulated by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. Quick SummaryThe Bill provides for: constitution of a National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions for regulation and maintenance of standards of education and services;constitution of Professional Councils for every recognised professional category to frame policies and standards for the governance of allied and healthcare related education and professional services and to regulate their professional conduct; constitution of a National Allied and Healthcare Advisory Council to advice Commission on the issues relating to allied and healthcare professionals; constitution of State Councils for ensuring the coordinated and integrated development of education and maintenance of standards of delivery of services; constitution of the Under-graduate Allied and Healthcare Education Board, Post-graduate Allied and Healthcare Education Board, Allied and Healthcare Professions Assessment and Rating Board and Allied and Healthcare Professions Ethics and Registration Board for regulating the standards of allied and healthcare professionals; create and maintain an up-to-date online and live Central Register and State Register of allied and healthcare professionals; ensuring development of basic standards of education, courses, curricula, facilities, assessment, examination, training, maximum fees etc.; uniform entry examination with common counselling for admission into allied and healthcare institutions; uniform exit or licensing examination for professional practice and National Teachers Eligibility Test for academicians;strategic framework for rational deployment of skilled manpower, performance management systems, task shifting and associated career development pathways;basic standards framework for machineries, materials and services;constitution of committees by engaging independent experts for technical advice related to any of the professions.Click Here To Download Bill Read BillSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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 We describe a novel technique for measuring the basal melt rate at a point on an ice shelf. The method uses a phase-sensitive radar to observe the change in thickness of the ice column between an upper reference horizon and the ice shelf base. The observed thickness change is a combination of basal melting, horizontal ice divergence and firn compaction. The latter two components are determined independently by the repeat survey of surface markers and from estimates of surface accumulation rate and density at the depth of the reference horizon. The technique has been applied at a site on George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctica, where a melt rate of 2.78 +/- 0.08 m yr(-1) was observed over a twelve-day period. Our technique is applicable to almost any ice shelf or floating glacier tongue, and its high precision over short time intervals will permit the measurement of seasonal variations in melt rate.
The $200m first phase of the project involves the construction of a 30,000 bpd crude distillation unit and storage facility Cabinda refinery will have 60,000bpd processing capacity. (Credit: SatyaPrem from Pixabay) Angolan state oil firm Sonangol and investment group Gemcorp have made a final investment decision for the construction of the Cabinda oil refinery in Angola.Planned to be developed in three phases, the refinery is estimated to be built with a total investment of $920m.The refinery will constructed on the Malembo plain, 30km north of the capital of Cabinda.The first phase of the project involves the construction of a 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) crude distillation unit and storage facility for more than 1.2 million barrels. It will be built with an investment of $220m.The Cabinda oil refinery will utilise North American technology for its design, operation and development in 3 phases, with adherence to the principles of Equator.Sonangol EP board of directors chairman Sebastião Gaspar Martins said: “This final investment decision represents one of the main strategic objectives of the Angolan Government.“The construction of this Refinery will provide an increase in the capacity for processing crude oil at the national level and a considerable reduction in the country’s dependence on imports of refined products, as provided for in the National Development Plan.“Sonangol is pleased to support this private initiative, which not only makes a major contribution to the socioeconomic development of Angola, but also encourages increased foreign direct investment in the country.”Cabinda refinery to have 60,000bpd capacityUnder the second and third phases, work involves upgrading the Cabinda refinery into a full-conversion refinery with an additional 30,000bpd capacity.The second and third phases of the project will see an investment of $700m. The refinery project is expected to create nearly 2,000 direct and indirect jobs.Upon completion of the all phases, the Cabinda oil refinery will have a total refining capacity of 60,000bpd.Expected to commence production in the first quarter of 2022, the refinery project will enable Angola to reduce its dependence on the import of refined products.Last year, deepwater drilling contractor Seadrill collaborated with Empresa de Serviços e Sondagens de Angola, an affiliate of Sonangol to form 50:50 joint venture to operate four drillships concentrating on opportunities in Angolan waters.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that hospitals and group homes for the developmentally disabled may resume visitations.Hospitals are able to welcome visitors again at their own discretion while following state guidelines.Same goes for group homes starting Friday.“It is up to the discretion of the group home. They have to tell the state if they’re allowing visitors, and again, they have to follow state guidelines masks, etc.,” the Governor said. Meanwhile, visitations at nursing homes is still not allowed.“We’re still studying it. There’s still a high risk, and when the Health Department advises me that it’s safe, we’ll do it. I understand the demand; I understand the desire, but the Health Department doesn’t think the reward justifies the risk at this point,” the Governor said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [Editor’s Note: James DeLorenzo, assistant commissioner at the New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education, responded post-publication to multiple Press requests made to the department for clarification about specific points of its new diploma rules during the reporting of this story. His Letter To The Editor is published below in full. Scroll to read.] As Long Island high school seniors celebrated earning their diplomas last month, many anxious parents and educators were waiting to see how new education policy changes may affect graduation rates and students with learning disabilities.This year marked the first class to graduate since the New York State Education Department started to phase out so-called local diplomas four years ago, leaving the more stringent Regents Diploma as the minimum graduation requirement for most students—special education and general education students alike. It’s also the first year that students could receive the new Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Certification, which prepares special education pupils for the workforce but isn’t the equivalent of a diploma. Some lawmakers are calling for state education leaders to reconsider the changes.“This makes it incredibly difficult for students with learning and other disabilities to achieve a recognized diploma if they cannot succeed in all required Regents exams,” wrote Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) to the state education department in a letter signed by 100 fellow elected representatives. “Specifically, because most colleges require a diploma…many of our students will be shut out from attending college. That is a tragedy.”LI’s graduation rate stands at 88.5 percent, outpacing the statewide rate of nearly 77 percent and the national rate of 81 percent, according to the state and federal education departments. Many school districts on the Island have seen their graduation rates rise, although some saw decreases, which local officials blamed on budget cuts that led to some students not meeting requirements.“[The CDOS] should not count toward graduation rates, but we’ll see what the state will do,” said Carol Burris, retiring principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre. “It’s not a graduation credential. It’s not a diploma. Would it surprise me if the state tries to [count it]? No.”But many parents—especially those with children in special education programs—worry that the elimination of the non-Regents local diploma will adversely affect their kids’ lives. Previously, special education students who couldn’t meet the Regents Diploma requirements could receive a local diploma if they passed a Regents Competency Test or scored between 55 and 64 on the Regents exams.Aside from local diplomas, Regents and Advanced Regents diplomas have been available to students with disabilities as well as general education students who score high enough on five exams: English, math, history and science, as well as one additional exam, with foreign language the preferred option. The alternate local diplomas had been available to special education students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or section 504 Accommodation Plan, which does not classify a pupil with learning disabilities as a special education student.Advocates and interested parents have joined lawmakers in urging state education leaders to reverse course.“Without the local diploma at minimum, a child like my son, Brandon, will not be eligible to enroll in a community college or a trade school of his choice,” said Betty Pilnik, a parent from Oceanside. “This is too high a price to pay for such a hard-working student. Not only does this thwart my child from continuing his post-secondary education, but it even prevents him from taking any entry-level civil service exams.”Once the Class of 2015’s special education students graduate, local diplomas are history, but there are a few catches. Some of those students may continue in high school until they turn 21 to finish their requirements. And the state Board of Regents said that local diplomas are still available through an appeals process, but would not comment on what they would allow for a successful appeal.As for IEP students acquiring CDOS credentials, they’re required to fulfill a career plan, complete 216 hours of study in Career and Technical Education coursework, do 54 hours of work-based learning and fill out their employability profile, among other criteria. But, since the CDOS is not a diploma, students applying to jobs that require a high school diploma must at least earn a High School Equivalency Diploma. Curiously, the new Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential, which replaced the since-phased-out IEP diploma, is also considered a credential and not a diploma, but can reportedly be regarded as the equivalent of a diploma on job applications.The worry, say some parents and advocates, is that students will become frustrated with the new CDOS requirements and drop out of high school before they complete them.“It’s very sad that [CDOS students] won’t be able to get a government job; they won’t even be able to go into the military,” said Jennifer Keisner, president of Longwood’s Special Education Parent Teacher Association. “These kids work very hard–as hard as they can–and to see that they’re not going to get anywhere will cause them to just give up.”When the Class of 2015’s graduation rate is calculated, the report will be published in December at data.nysed.gov.Response from James DeLorenzo, assistant commissioner at the New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education: To the Editor –I am writing in response to your recent article, “How Will New Diploma Rules Affect Long Island Special Education Students, Graduation Rates?” I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify some of the points made in the article. This information is critically important to students with disabilities and their families – and they deserve to understand the options that are available to them.First, the article states that “once the class of 2015 graduate, local diplomas are history.” In fact, to date, the Regents have approved two options for students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma when their disability precludes them from passing Regents exams at a score of 65 or higher. One option allows students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma when they earn between a 55 and 64 on one or more Regents exams required for graduation (the “low pass” option). The other “safety net” option allows students with disabilities to earn a local diploma when they score between 45-54 on one or more of the five required Regents exams (other than the ELA or mathematics exam) if they can offset that score with a score of 65 or higher on another required Regents exam (provided that the student has earned a score of at least 55 on both the ELA and mathematics exams). The article also claims that, “since the CDOS is not a diploma, students applying to jobs that require a high school diploma must at least earn a High School Equivalency Diploma.” In fact, the CDOS credential was never intended to be a substitute for a regular high school diploma. The State Education Department requires that schools provide meaningful access to instruction to ensure that most students with disabilities graduate with a regular high school diploma. For these students, the Credential would be a supplement to a regular high school diploma. For those students who cannot meet the academic standards to earn a local or Regents diploma, the CDOS credential could be awarded as that student’s exiting award at the time of graduation.Finally, the article states that the “Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential… is also considered a credential and not a diploma, but can reportedly be regarded as the equivalent of a diploma on job application.” The Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential is intended only for students with severe disabilities. This credential must be accompanied by documentation of the student’s skills and strengths and levels of independence in academic, career development and foundation skills needed for post school living, further education, training and working. It cannot be regarded as the equivalent of a regular high school diploma on job applications.James DeLorenzoAssistant CommissionerOffice of Special EducationNYS Education Department
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm Five years ago, Stefanie Marty took the ice as a member of Syracuse’s inaugural team. Four years ago, she scored an Olympic-record nine goals as Switzerland’s star forward in the Vancouver Games.And Saturday, she notched her first tally of the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia — her third Olympics at just 24 years old.“What an awesome experience it must be for her,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “Three Olympics is pretty amazing. It’s a credit to Stefanie with her training.”After playing at Syracuse for two seasons, Marty is now in her third Olympics. The Swiss advanced to the semifinals after a 2-0 win over Russia on Saturday, but fell to Canada and will face Sweden in the bronze-medal game Thursday. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile at Syracuse, Marty trained with the goal of becoming an Olympian and has transferred that work ethic to the ice in Russia. Marty’s career began at the University of New Hampshire, where she stayed for one season before leaving for Syracuse.Flanagan reminisced about the time when she first visited Syracuse, a critical moment in the program’s history.“For me as the coach, not having anyone, when Stefanie transferred in here, it gave us immediate credibility,” he said. When Marty began her sophomore season with SU, she quickly proved her worth when she was named co-captain. She led the Orange in points with 22, and was second on the team in goals with 10. “She was our first captain. We’ve missed her ever since she’s left,” Flanagan said.It was evident in the locker room that Marty held her teammates accountable. But she would also be the first to express disappointment in her play if it didn’t meet expectations.Caitlin Roach, who was a freshman during Marty’s final season with Syracuse, said Marty’s success in Sochi is a testament to her dedication to the sport.“It’s awesome seeing someone out there represent the Orange during the Olympics,” Roach said. “She was just really a hard worker, both on and off the ice.“Marty’s goal was to sustain the necessary training that would elevate her to compete with the best hockey players in the world at the Olympics.Flanagan said that Marty was in the weight room every single day, providing an example for the younger players to follow. Her combination of elite offensive prowess and pursuit of excellence was the exception, not the norm. “She always had that drive that she would be an Olympian,” Flanagan said. “She had that drive to do the extra things. For some of our girls, it’s hard to get them to understand that because a lot of them don’t have the Olympic dream.”Marty achieved her dream at a young age playing in the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, at the age of 17. Now in her third Olympic Games, her success is leaving lasting impressions on former teammate Margot Scharfe, who watches from Syracuse. Scharfe earned the honor of team captain, which was held by Marty for two straight seasons. As the new leader of this program, Scharfe can’t help but attempt to emulate the role of the former Syracuse standout.“She was an inspiring player to play under, so I was really lucky as a freshman to have her as a senior,” Scharfe said. “I can honestly say that she’s the hardest worker I ever played with.” Comments
Wellington Police Notes for Tuesday, May 21, 2013:â€¢12:50 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 400 block. E. 15th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Jared Hedge, 34, and a fixed pbject/curbing owned by the city of Wellington.â€¢7:11 a.m. Gary C. Bickel, 65, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢7:15 a.m. Kayla J. Sears, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢7:15 a.m. Steven A. Sewell, 21, Wichita, Ks was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation (passenger).â€¢7:38 a.m. Lacy M. Craig, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢7:55 a.m. Stephanie L. Davis, 30, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢8:07 a.m. Mark D. Brownlee, 54, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢8:39 a.m. Chontae N. Layton, 31, Wichita, Ks was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢Beverly K. Miller, 58, Wellington was served a summons to appear for charge of dog at large.â€¢Christopher C. Blansett, 39, Wellington was served a summons to appear for charge of dog at large.â€¢Chase A. Rosewicz, WM, 25, Wellington was served a summons to ppear for charge of dog bite (2 counts).â€¢3:20 p.m. Officers investigated minor in possession of tobacco in the 1000 block W. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢One, 14, Wellington was referred to juvenile court for minor in possession of tobacco.â€¢On May 20, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. Cyrus J. Cunningham was served a notice to appear for dog at large.â€¢7:50 p.m. Jack J. West, 41, Wichita, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine in the 2000 block. E. 16th, Wellington. (confined).â€¢9:24 p.m. Officers took a report domestic dispute in the 200 block N. A, Wellington.â€¢9:33 p.m. Katrina G. Kelley, 28, Wichita was arrested and confined on warrants through Shawnee County and Doniphan County.â€¢9:33 p.m. Katrina G. Kelley, 28, Wichita, Ks was arrested and charged with obstruction of law enforcement in the 2000 block. E. 16th, Wellingtonâ€¢9:36 p.m. Kevin J. Owens, 29, was arrested and confined on a department of corrections warrant.â€¢9:36 p.m. Kevin J. Owens, 29, was arrested, charged and confined with obstruction of law enforcement in the 2000 block. E.16th,Â Wellington.