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Cancer care boost for LUH with second permanent breast surgeon appointment

first_imgCancer care at Letterkenny University Hospital is to be improved with the appointment of a second breast cancer surgeon on a permanent basis.The confirmation comes two years after the much-needed post was first announced in April 2017. A locum consultant was assigned in the interim, while campaigners and patient advocacy groups continuously lobbied for assurance of a permanent position.Minister Joe McHugh has today confirmed that the recruitment process is underway. He said: “The appointment of a second breast cancer surgeon on a permanent contract in Letterkenny is an important development for health services in Donegal and the North-West.“The National Cancer Control Programme has confirmed the appointment in order to meet the need of patients in Donegal and neighbouring counties.  The recruitment process is underway.“The new post offers patients and their families more assurances about the care available in LUH and the Government’s commitment to the hospital and healthcare in the North-West.”Mr McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills, also praised the work of campaigners, including Betty Holmes and Noelle Duddy, who have been raising the importance of cancer care in LUH for several years. “I’d also like to acknowledge the determination of consultant surgeon Michael Sugrue on the issue of cancer care in Donegal and the National Cancer Control Programme for giving LUH such focus and consideration,” Minister McHugh said.“The news of the new breast surgeon appointment also comes as LUH management confirmed that nurses have been recruited at the hospital to ensure the new Short Stay ward opens at the end of the month. Both of these are important developments for LUH and for healthcare in the North-West.”Cancer care boost for LUH with second permanent breast surgeon appointment was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:breast surgeoncancerLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

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Reading boss McDermott boss bemoans crucial offside decision

first_imgReading boss Brian McDermott bemoaned the decision to allow Chelsea’s all-important third goal to stand following his team’s 4-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge.Fernando Torres was in an offside position when he tapped in Ashley Cole’s low cross with 10 minutes remaining.“We didn’t deserve to lose and I thought we were gong to win it,” said McDemott.“I’m gutted the linesman has got the decision wrong for the third goal. It’s not a good night for him, and unfortunately that means it’s not a good night for us.“It was clearly offside, which is really disappointing. People make mistakes and he made one tonight.”See also:Late goals clinch dramatic Chelsea victoryDi Matteo happy despite Chelsea mishapsChelsea v Reading player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ohio’s agritourism immunity law extends to many farm-based activities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramWhen you think of “agritourism,” corn mazes and hay rides may first come to mind. While those activities can fall under Ohio’s definition of agritourism, you may be surprised to find that farm markets, you-pick operations, farm tours, wineries and other types of farm-based activities can also fit into the legal definition of “agritourism” in Ohio. This definition is important for purposes of Ohio’s agritourism immunity law, which can protect agritourism providers from liability for harm incurred during agritourism activities. The law shifts the risk of liability from agritourism operators to the participants who willingly choose to engage in agritourism activities on a farm.It’s important to understand that in order to receive the law’s liability protection, each of the following conditions must exist. Conditions for immunity from liabilityQualify as an “agritourism provider.” The law specifically protects only those who are “agritourism providers,” which means someone “who owns, operates, provides, or sponsors an agritourism activity, or an employee of such a person who engages in or provides agritourism activities, whether or not for a fee. An important term within this definition is ‘agritourism,’ which means ‘an agriculturally related educational, entertainment, historical, cultural or recreational activity, including you-pick operations or farm markets, conducted on a farm that allows or invites members of the general public to observe, participate in, or enjoy that activity.’” This definition can include a broad range of activities, such as wine tastings, educational classes, corn mazes and other recreational activities, farm tours, and farm festivals. Note, however, that the agritourism definition requires that the activity be on a “farm,” which the law further defines as:At least 10 acres of land (composed of tracts, lots, or parcels), that is used for “agricultural production,” which means the land is used for “commercial aquaculture, algaculture, apiculture, animal husbandry, poultry husbandry; the production for a commercial purpose of timber, field crops, tobacco, fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, ornamental shrubs, ornamental trees, flowers, or sod; the growth of timber for a noncommercial purpose if the land on which the timber is grown is contiguous to or part of a parcel of land under common ownership that is otherwise devoted exclusively to agricultural use; or any combination of such husbandry, production, or growth; and includes the processing, drying, storage, and marketing of agricultural products when those activities are conducted in conjunction with such husbandry, production, or growth”Or, less than 10 acres of land if there is an average yearly gross income of at least $2,500 from “agricultural production” on the land.Post required signs. Every “agritourism provider” must “post and maintain” warning signs in order to receive the law’s liability protection. The purpose of this provision is to inform participants that they are voluntarily assuming the risks of many of the harms that are inherent to being on a farm. The warning signs or sign templates are available through Ohio State University Extension South Centers and Ohio Farm Bureau. Each sign must:Be placed in a clearly visible location at or near each entrance to the agritourism location or at the site of each agritourism activity;Contain the following statement, in black letters measuring at least one inch high:WARNING: Under Ohio law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if that injury or death results from the inherent risks of that agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, but are not limited to, the risk of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals as well as the potential for you as a participant to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity. Immunity from what?The agritourism immunity law states that an agritourism provider is immune, or protected from liability, in any civil action for an injury to a person participating in the agritourism activity as long as that person was injured due to a “risk inherent in an agritourism activity.” An “inherent risk” is a “danger or condition that is an integral part of an agritourism activity,” that would be difficult for an agritourism provider to completely minimize. According to the law, “inherent risks” include:The surface and subsurface conditions of the land;The behavior or actions of wild animals not kept by or under the control of an agritourism provider;The behavior or actions of domestic animals other than vicious or dangerous dogs;The ordinary dangers associated with structures or equipment ordinarily used in farming or ranching operations;The possibility of contracting illness resulting from physical contact with animals, animal feed, animal waste, or surfaces contaminated by animal waste;The possibility that a participant may act in a negligent manner, including by failing to follow instructions given by the agritourism provider or by failing to exercise reasonable caution while engaging in the agritourism activity that may contribute to injury to that participant or another participant.If a participant in an agritourism activity is harmed and sues the agritourism provider for injuries caused by any of the above situations, the law protects the provider from any liability or monetary responsibility for those injuries. In addition, the law specifically states that an agritourism provider is not required to eliminate such inherent risks on the property. Exceptions to immunityAlthough the agritourism immunity law provides civil immunity under certain circumstances, the immunity is not absolute. The law also states that an agritourism provider could be legally responsible for injury to a participant if the agritourism provider:Fails to post and maintain signs (discussed above)Acts with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the participant,Purposefully causes harm to the participant,Acts or fails to act in a way that constitutes criminal conduct that causes harm to the participant,Has or should have actual knowledge of an existing dangerous condition that is not an inherent risk, and does not make the dangerous condition known to the participant. Use the agritourism law to your advantageAgritourism activities can provide many benefits, such as additional income and diversification opportunities for farmers, unique cultural and recreational experiences for farm visitors and education about agriculture. But there are always liability risks to having people on the farm, which can impact a farmer’s risk exposure. Take advantage of the agritourism immunity law by ensuring that the operation qualifies for its provisions and does not fall within any of the exceptions from immunity protection. Even with this liability protection, however, operators should continuously assess the property for safety risks to minimize the possibility of visitor injuries.The agritourism immunity law is in Ohio Revised Code section 901.80. For further information, see our Agritourism Law Bulletin and a previous post, which also explain the agritourism law’s protections from county and township zoning for agritourism operations.last_img read more

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Geocaching.com Caption Contest 24 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

first_imgWINNING CAPTION: “Photographic evidence of Rapture Caching!” – Snoogans GeocacherExercise your caption writing wit and wisdom in the 24th installment of our Geocaching.com Caption Contest. You could earn a barely coveted prize! What caption would you write? “Cache contains: Travel Bug®, rubber ball, and anti-gravity!” You can do better!Barely coveted prizeSubmit your caption by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your geocaching username in all entries. Then, explore the captions that other geocachers have crafted.You can influence the voting. “Like” the caption that you think should win.  If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers to “like” your caption. Lackeys and fans of the Geocaching.com Facebook Page vote to decide the winner of the contest.Click on the image to discover the winner of the previous caption contestThe winner receives a barely coveted prize from Groundspeak Headquarters. This contest the barely coveted prize is a Cache In Trash Out pin.27 Lackeys and more than 450 Geocaching.com Facebook users voted to award the winner of the 23rd Geocaching.com Caption Contest a barely coveted prize. Click on the image at right to discover the winning caption from the previous Geocaching.com Caption Contest.Explore all the past winners by checking out all the Geocaching.com Caption Contests.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Caption Contest 25 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJune 30, 2011In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 20 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJanuary 18, 2011In “Community”Geocaching.com Caption Contest 26 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeAugust 10, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

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Skippings says Youth needs respect not concerts

first_img PDA Leader calls for Ministry of Health to be more visible in their fight against Zika Related Items:oswald skippings, youth PDA to hold Provo rally tonight Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Oct 2015 – There is another politician lashing out at government today for being – as he put it – out of touch with the plight of the people of the Turks and Caicos. Progressive Democratic Alliance leader, Oswald Skippings said the problems many are facing is among the reasons for the high incidence of suicide and attempted suicide. Late last week, there was a report of a suicide attempt in Providenciales. Skippings also said in that Monday media statement that the Government is trying to dupe the youth and he showed obvious disdain for recent events held for young people in the country.“Politicians need to understand that the days are over when the youth could be fooled by imported celebrities and gangster rappers and the likes. The youths have seen and are feeling the effects of the neglect, the joblessness and the marginalization and are suffering the devastating sting of poverty and social displacement.” Mr. Skippings added, “…politicians must be advised that the youth of today are wiser than many of the politicians and they want more, expect more and deserve more than a concert and a party.” The former chief minister called on country leaders to, as he put it, cease their ‘apathy’ and ‘negligence.’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp $50,000 donated by Wine Cellar Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Call Center Software

first_img 2 min read If you’ve got a high-volume call center, you’re probably not combing through each recorded call every night. It’s understandable, yet it’s a shame–because that call-center data could be crucial.Many companies are picking up on that fact. Technology like emotion detection and word spotting helps businesses cull information not just from what customers say, but also how they say it.NICE Systems Ltd., for one, offers NICE Perform, which includes emotion-detection and word-spotting features trained to pick up on variations in tone of voice as well as key words, such as cancel, happy and even a competitor’s name. Says NICE’s Virginia Flood, “NICE Perform enables us to identify patterns of behavior–what a customer intends to do, what their next step might be.”Knowlagent takes things a step further with what co-founder and co-chair Matt McConnell calls “sensing”–identifying what an agent says and does in the course of a call. Knowlagent’s Coach software will track, in real time, how long it took an agent to upsell a product, or even how many times an agent has put a customer on hold.The key to making these solutions work in your business is giving the data the attention it deserves. “Understanding the underlying causes of performance trends is critical to determining how to improve quality, lower costs, generate revenue and increase customer satisfaction,” says Mariann McDonagh, vice president of global marketing for Verint Systems in Melville, New York. Verint’s Ultra suite delivers information about customer interactions to key people.No matter what solution you choose, keep agents informed. Kimberly King, president of InterWeave Corp. in Tampa, Florida, a performance management consulting firm serving the call-center industry, says, “This system should not be perceived as a ‘caught you doing something wrong’ system. Educate everyone before installation so you can set them up for success.”Above all, keep on top of this technology. Says King, “Make sure it evolves as your business does to ensure you the greatest return on investment.”Kareren E. Spaeder is a freelance writer in Southern California specializing in small business and education. December 9, 2005 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more

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