Donegal TD urges Minister to extend hospital appointment times

first_img WhatsApp Donegal TD urges Minister to extend hospital appointment times Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction A Donegal Deputy has suggested extending appointment availability in a bid to ease imminent waiting lists. Speaking in the Dail last evening, Deputy Thomas Pringle urged the Health Minister to consider introducing weekend and late evening outpatient appointments as a way alleviating the backlog.Deputy Pringle warning Minister Simon Harris, that another crisis looms for the health service unless a proactive approach is taken now:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Previous articleCouncil ensure senior citizens prioritised at local parkNext articleWhen will cancer surgeries resume at LUH? News Highland center_img Facebook Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – May 15, 2020 Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterestlast_img read more


first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruMotivator? What a load of fertiliserDoes anyone remember when the DTI released a directive about its official‘foliage strategy in the office’? (Guru, 16 September 2003). Basically, it set down regulations as to the departmental stance on faunafeng shui. Rather than being a waste of public resources, plants are now aninternationally-recognised people motivator. Or so Plants for People, who’stagline is ‘the international initiative, spreading the knowledge of thebenefits of plants in a working environment’, would have you believe. Research by the organisation shows that workers who sit at a computer formore than four hours a day feel better and are more productive if they have aplant on their desk. Guru put this to the test and found it to be patent nonsense. After only onemorning, he was asked to remove the poisoned ivy that was decoratively adorninghis monitor, and then received several complaints that his Triffid was fightingwith his Venus Flytrap. Town undesirables asked to relocate Guru recently speculated on whether or not you could get in trouble fordiscrimination if you insulted everyone. This ongoing research is taking shape and, so far, the Scots have taken abashing for forming the entirety of the homeless population of England, theAussies for being downright lazy, and the Italians for being cowards. At the rate of one nation a week, Guru aims to rile the entire planet.No-one seems sure how many countries there are, but estimates range between 191and 193, so this task could take a while. This week, the focus is on eastern Europe, where a Romanian mayor isoffering to pay families of prostitutes and beggars to leave town. Dorin Florea, mayor of Targu Mures, has offered about 50 families £300 eachto leave the town and go to work on the surrounding tundra, where “thereare hundreds of acres of land waiting to be toiled”. Guru wonders what industry will be left if this forced staff relocationtakes place. More-over, family businesses are few and far between these days.Perhaps this just counts as outsourcing? Well, so long as these itinerant families don’t come to the UK – imagine howupset the Scots would be to have their monopoly challenged. Be choosy about who you offend People leave companies for a reason. In an ideal world, they’d all be goingon to better things, with the sobs of their colleagues ringing in their ears.But let’s be realistic. People leave because there’s something not right aboutwhat they do. Often during Guru’s motivational speeches, delegates jump up and shout:”I’ve had enough”, and storm out. He can only presume he hassucceeded in empowering individuals to make a change in their lives. But beware: someone else’s leaving do could be the prologue to your own ifyou’re not careful. In the recent case of Duncan v AA Hutton, the unfortunateDuncan wrote rude messages in the leaving card of a colleague. He was summarilydismissed for being offensive, and an employment tribunal held that this wasnot a breach of the law. If you thought this was unfair, it wasn’t even the leaver who took offence,but the remaining employees. Apparently, ‘abusive and sexual comment’ is goodgrounds for dismissal, even if it is not directed at you. This is outrageous – Guru has been trying to get fired for writing abusiveand sexual comments for ages. There’s just no justice in the world. Absent HR not doing itself any favours Personnel manager Elaine Armitstead has done HR no favours after changingher name to Ms Elaine Neous. Not only does this confuse the hell out of peopleleaving voice messages on her phone, but opens HR to even more jokes about thenature of its work. Neous said that people phone reception saying they want to speak to a realperson rather than a miscellaneous one. Ha-bloody-ha. Can you take a colleagueto an employment tribunal for infuriating you? Perhaps it comes under cruel andunusual treatment. HR just won’t help itself. When ‘one of Guru’s colleagues’ tried to calltheir HR department – on 17 different numbers – there was no reply.Admitted-ly, it was late, having just gone 4.30pm – way past HR’s bedtime. GuruOn 17 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Ocean City Considers Ways to Beautify Its Main Gateway

first_imgResidents looked over conceptual plans for creating open space and other proposed improvements to the Ninth Street corridor. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City’s welcome mat is a bit soiled.Three abandoned and blighted former gas stations have marred the appearance of the main entryway into town for years, prompting city officials to take a long, hard look at ways for removing the blight.Acknowledging that parts of the Ninth Street corridor are in serious need of a makeover, Mayor Jay Gillian held a town hall-style meeting Thursday night to discuss options for beautifying the area from the bay to the Boardwalk.“We’ve been coming into Ocean City for how many years now and it’s not looked so well,” Gillian said of the three shuttered gas stations.During the meeting, Gillian repeatedly stressed that he wanted to hear ideas from the public for giving Ninth Street a facelift. He assured the audience that no final decisions have been made.“There’s nothing devious going on. I just want to know what everybody thinks,” he said.About 100 people filed into the Ocean City Tabernacle to express their concerns and pitch their suggestions. In all, 20 members of the public spoke during the 75-minute meeting.Their ideas included new parks, environmentally friendly rain gardens, family attractions, children’s playgrounds, eco-tourism sites, bird-watching areas and boat slips.But the former gas stations that collectively serve as an ugly focal point of the Ninth Street corridor dominated the discussion. A number of speakers implored the mayor to remove the eyesores.“Whatever you put in this area has to be a thousand times better than three deteriorated gas stations,” said Craig Stuart, a local resident.Mayor Jay Gillian invited members of the public to make their suggestions for upgrading the appearance of the Ninth Street gateway.An online survey that allows people to give their suggestions for improving Ninth Street can be found on the city’s website at, Gillian and other city officials outlined conceptual plans to replace the blight with an expanse of landscaped open space stretching from the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue to the foot of the Route 52 Causeway bridge.The city is already in the process of buying one of the gas station sites, an old BP. The run-down remains of the BP station were demolished over the summer. The property is being cleaned up before the city takes ownership.Talks are being held for the city to acquire the old Getty gas station next to the BP site. The city also has its eye on the Bud’s Outboard Marine Inc. property adjacent to the BP land. Altogether, these three sites would form most of the open space proposed along Ninth Street.Scott Stiles, whose family has owned Bud’s Outboard Marine since 1981, said the business is for sale. Stiles was one of the speakers at Thursday’s meeting.In an interview afterward, Stiles noted his family is willing to talk to the city about a deal. However, he stressed that the city would have to pay his family more than the $475,000 that it shelled out to buy the former BP station next door.“We would need a lot more than that to relocate,” Stiles said, while not specifying a price.On the opposite side of Ninth Street is an old Exxon gas station that was also targeted by the city for acquisition as open space. But the Ocean City realty firm Keller Williams purchased the Exxon site on Tuesday for $500,000 and plans to redevelop it into a multimillion-dollar office building.Paul Chiolo, owner of the Keller Williams realty firm, discusses his company’s proposed redevelopment of an abandoned former Exxon gas station into a multimillion-dollar office building at Ninth Street and Bay Avenue.“Our intention is to build a very beautiful building there that will welcome people into Ocean City,” Paul Chiolo, the owner of Keller Williams, said while discussing the project during Thursday’s meeting.Gillian seemed to endorse the Keller Williams project, indicating that the city no longer has an interest in acquiring the Exxon property.“Paul’s bought it,” Gillian said of Chiolo. “He’s going to put a beautiful place there.”The Ninth Street entryway is a hodgepodge of commercial businesses, small office buildings, restaurants, a bus station and even a miniature golf course.Gillian wants to consider ways for beautifying the entire corridor from the bay to the Boardwalk. For now, the city is concentrating on the stretch from the foot of the Route 52 Causeway bridge to West Avenue. A second phase, to come later, will include Asbury Avenue to the Boardwalk.“The rest of Ninth Street is rather drab, too,” Hank Glaser, a retired local businessman, said while calling for broader improvements of the corridor.Tom Heist, an Ocean City insurance broker, said Ninth Street’s appearance has improved in recent years, following the completion of the new Route 52 Causeway.But Heist also said that Ocean City must continue to spruce up its main artery, especially if it wants to match the entryways of other upscale Cape May County shore towns, such as Avalon, Stone Harbor and Sea Isle City.“If you can continue with Phase II, we’re going to have an amazing gateway into town,” Heist told the mayor and his representatives.last_img read more