first_imgIf you know you won’t get sick, you won’t need to read this!That’s the message from Donegal Action for Cancer Care who are calling on the people of Donegal to be very clear that key services are under major threat at Letterkenny General Hospital and Donegal’s community hospitals.DACC are asking are you prepared to let this happen? When the services are removed they will not be back at our hospital. Heath is something that affects everyone from the time you are in the womb till the day you die. It affects everything else we do in our lives.DACC are being told that cancer services at LGH are secure but we ask how can they be secure when other key services are being removed or under threat of removal?DACC ask the people of Donegal “What more can we do to save our services”There is no equality, no fairness, very limited health services if any for Donegal people! Cancer services are not stand alone services! What is to be done to save cancer services &Letterkenny General Hospital for the people of Donegal?What will become of Donegal’s sick people?We continue to work hard in a voluntary capacity, we have been doing so since April 2005 but are afraid our worst fears have come true.Letterkenny General Hospital is having services taken from it which will affect everyone, for us we cannot let this happen to our cancer patients. Health services affect everyone, young & old and all stages of life! We all have a responsibilty to protect them! DACC recognise and acknowledge the hard work ongoing within the hospital by the management & staff at all levels and we want the public to be clear that the decisions that are currently being taken that affect services are due to the fact the hospital budget has been severely cut and they do not get the funding required to run the hospital.Last year we attended many meetings but the message is the same, “cancer services are secure & there is no extra money for the hospital.”With all key services removed or on “HOLD” LGH will not be able to treat the sick people of Donegal.LGH had a diagnostic prostate cancer clinic that was discontinued at Letterkenny General Hospital in March 2010 after 20 years service despite more than 100 cancers diagnosed there per year. Letterkenny General Hospital delivered Prostate Cancer Services for Donegal men for 20 years until March 2010 when the service was removed as part of National Plans!!! Indeed LGH was a leader in Ireland with the service. Now Donegal men must travel to Galway Hospital for the New Rapid Access Clinic, they must find their own way there!We are told by the HSE that cancer services are secure” We don’t believe them! How can they be secure when the other services needed by cancer patients are being “stripped away” Cancer patients need a range of services within the hospital, they are not a stand alone service. Cancer services can not be secure if other necessary services at the hospital do not have the staffing levels & funds necessary to deliver a quality service. DACC were supported recently by Prof. John Crown recently on Highland Radio regarding this.“We are told by the HSE that Letterkenny Hospital is doing more work than it should be doing, it has a Level 3 service agreement”“We are told by the HSE that Letterkenny Hospital is overspent on it’s budget”We were asked at a meeting with HSE West Regional Director of Operations on 31st January 2012“if we wanted to scare patients & sick people”“We say there are serious budget & resource inequalities for Letterkenny Hospital, it gets less than other hospitals for treating more patients, thereby patients attending LGH are not worth as much as other hospitals!It has not been recognised for it’s achievements & success over the years with a limited budget.”Letterkenny General Hospital hasn’t had an even playing field for years, they got less money for the same & in some cases more work.Some points to take note off please!Letterkenny treats as many patients and in cases more than most Regional Hospitals,(2011) In Patient Discharges =€4907 at LGH, Sligo 3842 patients less, In Patient Discharges =€ 6,254 (€1,347 more for Sligo )(2010) In Patient Discharges =€5198 at LGH, Sligo 5081 patients less, In Patient Discharges = € 7110 (€1,912 more for Sligo)(2009) In Patient Discharges = €4961 at LGH, Sligo 4961 patients less, In Patient Discharges =€ 6,645 (€1,684 more Sligo)Private income for Letterkenny General is less than 4.5 millionPrivate income for Sligo Regional Hospital is approx 11 millionDrug budget at Letterkenny Hospital is approx 5 millionDrug budget for Sligo as a Regional Hospital is approx 9 millionDevelopments at LGH:Within the National Development Plan regarding Letterkenny & Derry there is the following:“Improvements to the stock of healthcare and social infrastructure such as a regional hospital”a) Why are these inequalities allowed to continue?b) Why are patients availing of services at LGH lives worth less?c) Why is LGH not being recognised for it’s level and high quality standard of service with the necessary resources?d) Recent census highlights an increase of 13,633 resident’s which equals a population increase of 9.3%.**Minister James O’ Reilly told DACC last year that LGH cannot become a Regional Hospital yet due to private insurance rises! Again LGH not a priority!No of key consultants have left or leaving as they cannot work due to cuts- the work they were employed to do!Locums employed through agencies- not value for moneyApprox 50% of budget overspend going on agency staff.Cardiac Pacemaker service now on HOLD at LGH!!Radiology- reduced number of key staffOutdated equipment in xray dept- no investmentSmallest number of surgeons in the country per population of 160,000,The Breast Unit at LGH- approx 25% referral from patients in Sligo region – NO EXTRA MONEY TO LGH FOR THIS!1Breast Surgeon – if anything was to happen, what would happen the breast cancer service at LGH?77 breast cancers by Nov 2011 diagnosed at LGH- probably more by the end of the year.Equivalent of 1.5 Breast Radiologist- staff shortage againColorectal/ Bowel Screening Programme –LGH was one of the sites identified to carry this out- no infrastructure investment- how can this service now be delivered?Waiting lists- the Special Delivery Unit established to deal with this – additional funding made available to deal with A& E & waiting lists- Letterkenny Hospital not on the list of hospitals to get additional funding from this.The new A & E- if it was opened in the morning we ask where is the money to run it and where will the staff come from?Prostate cancer services- Letterkenny Hospital first hospital in country delivering prostate services providing service for 20 years with over 100 cancers diagnosed each year- service pulled in March 2010- men now must travel to Galway!New Rapid Access Clinic at LGH- didn’t start Friday 2nd Dec. Now put on hold!- IT IS NOT PART OF THE NATIONAL PLAN!!! We ask will it happen?CAWT (Cross Border Funding) funded 2nd Urologist for LGH- we are told this new post has been signed off on in Sept 2011. This has not happened and looks like it might not.Radiotheraphy at Altnagelvin- our concerns now appear to be coming through- where is LGH in the planning for Donegal patients? Will cancer services at LGH be weakened by this development? Is the initial 19 million from the Irish Government for Altnagelvin still available?Closure of community hospitals & beds in Donegal will put more pressure on LGH as there will be no “step down” beds for patients at LGH or in the community hospitals.The new Special Delivery UnitLGH & Donegal patients were not equal & discriminated against under the National Treatment Purchase Fund.From 2006 – 2011, 5801 Donegal patients were treated under the NTPF at a cost of 13million, 823 thousand and 690 euro at private hospitals. Having this allocation within LGH’s budget would allow the hospital to treat more of it’s own patients.Extra money was made available to recruit CEO & management support team to look after Galway Hospital & Limerick- no information available on how much or how many people will they be employed through private tenders?New system to be put in place to recognise those hospitals who achieve- LGH has not to date been recognised for its achievements, it won’t be able to in the future as it is starting another year with years of budget inequalities.DACC are more concerned than ever that cancer services & Letterkenny Hospital are in serious danger of being de-stablised and the hospital is on the way to becoming a “community type hospital”. A hospital without the staff & funding it needs to treat patients and with more budget cuts on the way DACC are asking, “will we have only skeleton services next year, how many services will be cut or will we have none at all”. DACC have kept the pressure on for almost 7 years now, have travelled up & down the country, kept cancer services and issues on the agenda but now feel that we need help.In November 2008 DACC highlighted our concerns and we were told we were “scaremongering” as we have been told so many times since. Yet what we have predicted is now very much happening.Patients or their family members are phoning us daily with difficulties, it is crazy and we have yet to see the worst.DACC ask please that you put you & your family’s health high on your list of concerns at present before the services are taken from us.DONEGAL ACTION AGAINST CANCER – ‘THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DOWNGRADING OF OUR HEALTH SERVICE’ was last modified: February 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Action Against Cancerlast_img read more

If Giants adjust Oracle Park dimensions, players wonder if other changes will follow

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — The San Francisco Giants won World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014 with elite pitching and strong defense, but the sport of baseball looks much different at the end of this decade than it did at the beginning.The Giants have been reluctant to shift their organizational philosophy to adapt to the changes, yet it’s possible the franchise could soon take a significant step toward doing so. For the first time in two decades, the Giants plan to explore the possibility of …last_img read more

Gene Regulation: When Nonsense Makes Perfect Sense

first_imgNature June 31 reports on another use for “junk DNA.”  A portion of previously-considered “nonsense” genetic code, which does not produce a protein as does a gene, nevertheless has an important role: it regulates the expression of the neighboring gene.  This opens a whole new realm of function for portions of our genetic material that were thought to be useless leftovers of evolution: it’s a new kind of gene that regulates other genes (see the Reuters summary on MSNBC News).    Molecular biologists have been intrigued by the fact that the DNA translation machinery seems busier than required to produce proteins: “Why is there such a heavy traffic of RNA polymerases, the enzymes that copy DNA into RNA, and the production of large quantities of apparently non-coding and non-functional RNAs?” the reporters say.  The new work by Martens et al. reported in the same issue shows that “RNA polymerases are evidently doing more than we thought.”  The resulting “nonsense” RNAs produced by reading non-coding segments act as regulators, controlling the amount of protein that is expressed by the true genes by a process of “transcriptional interference.”  What was considered nonsense, therefore, actually makes perfect sense on a higher level:Taken together, these studies highlight the importance of intergenic transcription in regulating gene activity, even in the relatively densely packed genome of yeast.  It seems that RNA polymerases are not only required for the production of particular RNA species, but by travelling along DNA they can also control the occupancy of regulatory sites by transcription factors.  Widespread transcription of intergenic sequences has also been described in the human genome.  Surprisingly, many of these non-coding transcripts seem to be regulated in a manner that is intimately connected to the transcription of protein-coding genes.  So the high proportion of non-coding regions in the genomes of higher organisms is probably not due to the accumulation of nonsense DNA, but rather represents the evolution of ever more complicated gene-regulatory systems.EurekAlert puts this finding into perspective:If so, the findings would carry an important message for the post-human genome era-namely, that researchers’ attempts to turn the masses of data churned out by the Human Genome Project into an understanding of what actually happens in the human body may be even more complex than they anticipated.  One of the main challenges for that effort is to figure out how and when genes are turned on and off during normal development and disease.  Rather than look only at how genes are regulated by proteins, they would have to turn their attention to a new, and possibly more-difficult-to-detect form of control.  And given that junk DNA makes up 95 percent of chromosomes, the mechanism could be fairly common.The article gives the bottom line to one of the researchers, Fred Winston of Harvard Medical School: “Every time we thought we understood everything going on here, we have been wrong.  There are additional layers of complexity.”1Sabine Schmitt and Renato Paro, “Gene regulation: A reason for reading nonsense,” Nature 429, 510 – 511 (03 June 2004); doi:10.1038/429510a.You are witnessing the collapse of an evolutionary myth, the myth of “junk DNA” and “nonsense” genetic code.  We have been chronicling the demise of this mischaracterization for years (see 05/10/2004 headline and work your way back).  No less than Nobel laureate David Baltimore and co-discoverer of DNA structure James Watson propounded this myth (see 08/24/2004 headline).  Though scientists have not yet found a function for all the non-gene segments, every time they look deeper into the genetic code, they see less nonsense and more design.  Evolutionists used to call the vast expanses of non-gene-coding DNA the “gene desert” and supposed it to be the accumulated junk from our evolutionary past.  (As we have pointed out before, this assumption effectively shut down scientific research on these “uninteresting” regions for a long time; an intelligent design approach would have, instead, inquired about their functions – see 10/16/2003 headline).  The “Central Dogma” was that only genes were important, they coded for proteins, and that was that.  Now, the non-gene segments appear to have a coded function of their own, producing RNA molecules that have a key role to play in an even more complex choreography of functional parts working together in a sophisticated ballet.  How then, can they say this “represents the evolution of ever more complicated gene-regulatory systems”?  I didn’t see any evolution here; did you?    Their ending sentence thus qualifies them as winners of Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week, i.e., a claim in support of evolution, based on findings that point to the opposite conclusion.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

PBA D-League: Marinerong Pilipino stays on pace for playoff spot, routs Perpetual

first_imgMOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Edgar Charcos collected 19 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals for the Altas (2-6).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines-Marinerong Pilipino kept its bid for the last playoff spot alive after turning back University of Perpetual Help, 90-76, in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Gab Banal and Santi Santillan carried much of the load as the two each notched a 20-point double-double for the Skippers.Banal finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds while Santillan posted 21 points and 17 rebounds as Marinerong Pilipino improved to 5-4 in the Foundation Cup group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The management told us that we just have to win our remaining games and we’re happy that we did,” said Marinerong Pilipino coach Yong Garcia after his squad wrapped up its campaign in the elimination round.Marinerong Pilipino advances to the playoffs if Centro Escolar University beats Far Eastern University next week. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Meralco import Gani Lawal continues to impress in tuneup win over Alaska View commentslast_img read more

Robert Smith Claims He Was The First Ohio State NFL Player To Say “The”

first_imgTwo analysts talk on one of the Big Ten network's shows.BTN.You’ve heard it a lot over the years.A former Ohio State football player introduces himself during an NFL broadcast and concludes his introduction with an emphatic, “The Ohio State University.”Who started that tradition?Apparently, it was former Buckeye running back Robert Smith.“It is true,” Smith said on the Big Ten Network earlier this week. “It was the official name of the university and they made a point in around 1994 to emphasize it.”It was Robert Smith who started saying THE Ohio State University in the NFL introductions!— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) September 1, 2016Smith played at Ohio State in the early 1990s before going on to star in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL from 1993-2000.So, when you hear that first “The Ohio State University” this fall, you’ll know who started it.last_img read more

Diana Shippings MV Leto Fetches Higher Charter Rate

first_imgzoom Greek owner of dry bulk vessels Diana Shipping has agreed to extend the present time charter contract for its Panamax dry bulk vessel MV Leto.Under the deal, the ship will continue to work for Rotterdam-based Glencore Agriculture at a gross charter rate of USD 12,500 per day.The 81,297 dwt ship will be hired for a period of sixteen to about nineteen months, starting on January 3, 2018.MV Leto, built in 2010, is currently chartered at a gross charter rate of USD 7,750 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties.Diana Shipping informed that the employment extension is expected to generate some USD 6 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.last_img read more

Genco Unveils Comprehensive Plan Ahead of IMO 2020

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license The US-based dry bulk shipping company Genco Shipping & Trading Limited plans to install exhaust gas cleaning systems on its seventeen Capesize vessels with options for installation on an additional fifteen minor bulk vessels.The company anticipates scrubber installation to be completed in 2019, ahead of the January 1, 2020 deadline when the IMO sulphur cap enters into force.Genco estimates that the cost of each scrubber, including installation, will be approximately USD 2 million. The company is currently in discussions with various lenders in regards to scrubber financing.As informed, the balance of the fleet is expected to consume compliant, low sulphur fuel beginning in 2020, when new environmental regulations come into effect capping sulphur emissions at 0.5%, down from 3.5% currently.Genco will also continue to execute its previously announced fleet renewal program aimed at selling older, less fuel-efficient vessels and redeploying the capital towards high specification, fuel-efficient vessels to further reduce emissions.“Following the recent addition of six modern, high specification drybulk vessels to our fleet, and during a time when we continue to execute our fleet renewal strategy, we are pleased to announce Genco’s comprehensive plan for IMO 2020. Our portfolio approach is aimed at improving our environmental footprint, maximizing shareholder returns and reducing fuel costs in an evolving marine fuel environment,” John C. Wobensmith, Chief Executive Officer, commented.“Based on extensive evaluation and analysis, we plan to fit our Capesize vessels with scrubbers given their trading patterns and higher fuel consumption, which we expect to result in a very attractive payback period. Options to install scrubbers on 15 minor bulk vessels will also provide the company with the flexibility to react to market conditions as they develop,” Wobensmith added.Genco Shipping & Trading transports iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. As of October 9, 2018, Gencos’s fleet consists of seventeen Capesize, five Panamax, six Ultramax, twenty-one Supramax, one Handymax and fourteen Handysize vessels with an aggregate capacity of approximately 5,430,000 dwt.last_img read more

Paks Punjab govt forms panel to negotiate with Sikhs angry over teenage

first_imgLahore: Under pressure, the government in Pakistan’s Punjab province has constituted a high-level committee to negotiate with Sikhs angry over the abduction and forced conversion of a teenage girl from the community. Jagjit Kaur’s family alleged that she was converted to Islam at gunpoint and forced to marry a Muslim boy. Her family says she is 18-year-old. An FIR has been registered against six people in the case, Muhammad Jamil, Nankana City Police Investigation Officer, told PTI. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Police have arrested one of the suspects named Arsalan, a friend of the prime accused Mohammad Hassan who married the Sikh girl. The girl has been sent to a shelter home in Lahore on Friday on the court’s order. The incident sparked tensions between the Sikh and Muslim communities. Some reports said that the Sikh community in Nankana Sahib, some 80 kms from Lahore, has announced a ban on the entry of Muslims in gurdwaras including Gurdwara Janamasthan, the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev, until the girl is reunited with her family and action is taken against the culprits. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The Punjab government has formed a high-level committee led by Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat which has been sent to Nanakana Sahib to calm the situation. The committee will negotiate with a 30-member committee formed by Pakistan’s Sikh community over the incident. Pakistan’s Gurdwara Parbhandik Committee Secretary General Ameer Sigh told PTI that the situation in Nankana Sahib has been under control. “Hopefully this matter will be resolved amicably,” Singh said and clarified that the Sikh community had not banned Muslims entry to gurdwaras in Nankana Sahib. “This is against the teaching of our religion. Sikhs welcome any person of other religion to its worship place,” he said. According to a memorandum sent to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab by the District Police Officer (DPO) of Nankana Sahib, an FIR was filed in the Nankana police station on August 28 against six people who were accused of abducting and forcefully converting the Sikh girl. The DPO, in his memorandum, attached the “relevant documentary and video proof of the marriage and the girl’s conversion to Islam”. Copies of the documents from the National Database and Registration Authority, which show that Kaur is 19 years of age, and the nikahnama were also attached. The DPO informed the IGP that the Sikh community was “agitating against the incident. The police were contacted by Sheikh Sultan, Kaur’s advocate, who told them she had embraced Islam and her name was changed to Ayesha,. The girl then contracted a marriage with Mohammad Hassan –the prime accused in the case — on her own will. Sultan further said that he had filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court on Kaur’s behalf against her family and local police, accusing them of “illegal harassment”. The girl also submitted a written statement in the court, stating that she had converted to Islam and married Hassan of her own will. She also accused her family of “wanting to kill her”. Following the girl’s statements in the court, the Sikh community has demanded that the police bring her back to her parents’ house irrespective of the conversion being forced or consensual. India on Friday said it has raised with Pakistan the issue of a Sikh girl being abducted and forced to convert to Islam in that country. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in New Delhi said the ministry has received a number of representations from various quarters of civil society in India, including Sikh religious bodies, at the “reports of the incident of abduction and forced conversion of a minor Sikh girl in Pakistan”. “We have shared these concerns with the government of Pakistan and asked for immediate remedial action,” he said.last_img read more

Supreme Court upholds feds right to reargue facts in assisteddying case

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a severely ill woman’s appeal of a British Columbia court ruling that found the federal government could reargue the findings of fact used by the top court to overturn a ban on assisted dying.Julia Lamb and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association are spearheading a lawsuit that challenges the federal law on assisted dying, arguing it is more limited than the regime the Supreme Court envisioned in its landmark 2015 ruling.The plaintiffs say the federal government’s submissions in response to the lawsuit aim to re-litigate facts that were already decided in the 2015 ruling, slowing down a trial that is of urgent importance to sick Canadians.The B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal have already ruled that the government should be given a second chance to argue the findings of fact, and the country’s top court declined to hear the plaintiffs’ appeal on Thursday.It dismissed the application for leave to appeal and a motion to expedite the application without costs.The federal government has asserted that new arguments are required because the latest case involves different plaintiffs, a different legal regime and a different set of issues compared with 2015.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ancelotti does not wish to manage his national team

first_imgAfter being sacked due to the extremely poor performance Bayern Munich were exhibiting under Carlo Ancelotti in the beginning of the season, he has now hinted at a possible Premier League move as he admitted not having a desire to manage Italy’s international team.He has been unofficially retired since he lost his job at Munich post the 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. However, considering the fact that Arsenal and Chelsea will both be looking for managers during the summer, his name has been coming up on more than one occasion.Ancelotti’s recent comments for coaching the national team have left the Premier League teams hoping for his eventual return to England.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“My answer is this: the federation, now with the help of Coni, must create its own new structure, after which it will make the decision,” he claimed, after being asked about the prospect of him managing the Italy team.“I rest of my idea, it takes first clarity, then you can think about it, even if my goal is still to train a club team. I still do not know, it’s all on the high seas, you have to wait a couple of months,” Ancelotti shared, according to 101 Great Goals.last_img read more