Blaze Spikers eye 5th title, perfect AFC

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Another title sweep. Back-to-back crowns. Championship No. 5.A lot is on the table for Petron when it goes for the jugular against F2 Logistics Tuesday night in Game 2 of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference final series at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Milliam resumes PPS-PEPP title hunt LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award With the way its been playing—winning all 13 matches in the conferences so far including Saturday’s Game 1 via blowout fashion—Petron is also gearing for a back-to-back championship run after claiming the Grand Prix early in the year.“We are very excited but we need to be more focused now more than ever,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos who has deftly transformed his star-studded roster into a singular powerful force.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissF2 coach Ramil de Jesus told his players to put up a fight, not like Game 1 where it bowed, 23-25, 11-25, 17-25.Key Cargo Movers, including setter Kim Fajardo and opposite hitter Kim Kianna Dy, are also reportedly plagued by injuries. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Collegiate Grand Slam match pitting Colegio San Agustin-Biñan and La Salle-Dasmariñas starts at 4:15 p.m. —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Earth Angels, Blanco for FA Cup Finals

first_imgBlanco FC and Earth Angels FC are set for the FA Cup finals at a date to be announced by the Liberia Football Association.In the home and away two-leg encounters, Earth Angels defeated Sr. Pro 4-1 in their first leg and completed their qualification with a 2-1 win in the second leg last week at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Blanco FC defeated Determine Girls 1-0 in their first encounter and completed their qualification with a 2-0 victory in their second match last week also at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Earth Angels and Blanco are now set for the finals to determine the FA Cup Champion of Liberia in 2014.Meanwhile selected female players are presently undergoing training for an impending friendly soccer match in Sierra Leone. The trip is slated for March 8.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Several contracts, job applications now published in Indigenous languages

first_imgMinister of State Dawn Hastings-WilliamsWith Indigenous languages facing threats of going extinct, new measures have been put in place to preserve this aspect of the Indigenous culture.Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams on Friday acknowledged that Indigenous languages are the primary communicational medium for many tribes. As such, it poses many challenges in their daily routine when everything is broadcasted or printed in English.For this, contracts and job applications are now translated and published in the various languages and these persons can now intermit programmes from Radio Aishalton in some of the nine dialects.“Applications for employment and contracts were recently published in the indigenous languages. Radio Aishalton, launched in 2018, carried broadcasts in the various Indigenous languages,” Hastings-Williams informed.While English is a second language to many Indigenous children, it is the language in which national examinations are articulated. The Education Ministry is now seeking to introduce native languages in schools across the Indigenous regions.Meanwhile, the State Minister noted that these tribal languages are also beneficial for persons from the coastland, who are stationed in hinterland communities for employment. For some time, the language barrier has been a challenge.“We are looking forward to nationalising. That I mean, if a policeman decides to go and serve in the hinterland, we’re having some challenges simply because that office cannot relate. For example Baramita, their first language is Carib and so for a police or probation officer to communicate directly with them, it’s a challenge. He or she hasn’t learned before going in there so there is that gap…and how can we learn this if we don’t have a mechanism whereby people on the coast get access,” she stated.There are nine Indigenous tribes in Guyana, namely Arawak, Arecuna, Akawaio, Carib, Macushi, Patamona, Wapichan, Warrau and Wai Wai.The United Nations had declared 2019 the year of Indigenous languages under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The theme: “Indigenous languages are important to sustainable development, peace-building and reconciliation” was chosen to raise awareness of the consequences when Indigenous languages are endangered across the world.According to the organisation, there are approximately 6000 to 7000 languages in the world. About 97 per cent of the population speaks only four per cent of these, while the remaining three per cent speaks the other 96 per cent of languages.It is estimated that a majority of these dialects are spoken by Indigenous people and continues to disappear at an “alarming rate”.last_img read more

True leadership?

first_img– Susan Cashman West Hills From the top down? Re “LAPD demotes a top cop” (May 8): I’m glad to see that both Mayor Villaraigosa and Chief Bratton are waiting to pass judgment on the May 1 incident. I guess the investigation is complete and we should have all the results by now since Bratton has already instituted disciplinary action by demoting officers and the mayor has already promised that “heads will roll.” Glad the investigation is over and we haven’t rushed to judgment. It’s too bad the mayor was out of town, rather than being on the front lines, where he and the police chief should have been. So much for the accountability starting at the top down. – Dave Swanson Granada Hills In spite of him Re “LAPD demotes a top cop” (May 8): The demotion of a no-nonsense police officer like Deputy Chief Lee Carter and the involuntary transfer of his equally capable aide, Cmdr. Louis Gray, confirm what I have always suspected about our carpetbagging “top cop” from the Big Apple. New York City was able to rise from an urban garbage dump to a world-class city not because of William Bratton, but rather in spite of him. – Tom McKenzie Chatsworth Protecting us Re “LAPD demotes a top cop” (May 8): Since our police officers are consistently being criticized by the media, elected officials and special-interest groups, perhaps we should consider disbanding the Los Angeles Police Department and appointing the “undocumented” immigrants and gangbangers to protect us. – Audrey Robb Valley Village Lockout doesn’t pay Re “Grocery strike closer?” (Business, May 9): The three major grocery chains might not be making as much money now because people like me never forgave them for locking out their employees four years ago. I have never visited any of their stores since. There are plenty of alternatives. If they can’t treat their employees right, we don’t have to spend our money there. – Karen Jackson Valley Village One’s own death Re “Pols’ suicide rhetoric is an indignity” (Viewpoint, May 6): Chris Weinkopf’s column is typical from those who are uninformed about the proposed aid-in-dying law, and it is simply silly to try to draw a comparison between the voluntary choice of a rational, competent, dying adult human and a requirement that pet owners spay or neuter their animals. While I can respect his belief that it is nobler to fight one’s illness to the end, no matter how intolerably one suffers, his is not the only choice. And that is what the proposed law is about: the right to make personal decisions about control over one’s own death. – Roy T. Kobayashi Fullerton Not another dime Re “Taxpayers face $48 billion in extra expenses” (May 8): Let’s see: $9 billion for the county, $10 billion for the Los Angeles Unified School District, $48 billion for the state, and we haven’t heard from the city. A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon we’re talking about serious money. It never ceases to amaze me. Whenever government officials talk, they say, “This project will cost X billion, and the other project will cost Y billion.” They throw these numbers around as if they were talking about $1 bills. Where do all of these billions come from? Hang on to your wallets, Californians. I ain’t paying another dime more than I’m paying today. Keep the telephone number of the moving company handy. – Bill Merriman Tujunga Cheney in Iraq Why do Vice President Cheney and President Bush continue to slip in and out of Iraq unannounced, denying the Iraqi people the opportunity to throw flowers at their feet? Wasn’t it Cheney who said they would be greeted as liberators? Maybe he should walk the streets with troops to prove the insurgency is on its last legs. – Boris Menart Sunland Crime against Paris Re “Jail time likely to boost Paris’ star power even more” (May 8): Paris, you are making a very bad error in judgment if you are looking for a pardon from the governor. Here is what you should do: Since you and your parents believe your last name entitles you to do whatever, whenever, I would bypass the governor and, for that matter, the U.S. Supreme Court. I suggest you hire 20 or 30 more lawyers and petition the World Court. After all, the World Court handles crimes against humanity, which I am sure is what you consider your jail sentence to be. If your traffic convictions don’t rank up there with 2 million to 3 million lives lost to slaughter, I don’t know what does. Nothing would please me more than to see you screw up before June 5 and have that sentence increased to at least one year. – George Timko West Hills Fonda not a traitor Re “No more Fonda” (Your Opinions, May 8): Jane Fonda a traitor? A tiny minority thinks that. A slightly larger group regards her as a courageous patriot who dared to stand up to the true traitors: the people who murdered President Kennedy and those people’s beneficiaries, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Jane Fonda was not aware that her photographs would be used to demoralize our prisoners of war, and she has publicly apologized for that. The Vietnamese more than earned their freedom by driving out the Japanese occupiers during World War II. The French tried to re-enslave them and failed. Our creation and furtherance of the Vietnamese civil war served to keep our baby-boom generation out of the labor market and to enrich the fat cats who manufactured our bombs. – William West Reseda Missed opportunity Re “Griffith Park in flames” (May 8): Wow. It sure was a good thing Christine Aguilar and her fellow brutalized “victims” from the MacArthur Park show were not at Griffith Park when police requested that everyone evacuate from the fire. No doubt they would have fought being asked to leave and would then have had to file another lawsuit. – Jeanne Torok Burbank160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “More DWP contract bungling” (May 9) and “LAPD demotes a top cop” (May 8): Mayor Villaraigosa states that “true leadership shows itself in tough times.” When can the people of Los Angeles expect the mayor to show true leadership? The Department of Water and Power continues to waste money on projects, and the director continues to ask for more money to run his department. Other departments that deal with potholes, tree trimming and additional services continue to cut back these services but ask for higher salaries. Someone in the Mayor’s Office might want to tell him that people in the middle and lower classes are dealing with tough times. Is there a possibility that the mayor can start doing his job in Los Angeles – before he runs for governor? – Jeff Trovatten Encino What they deserved Re “Accountability matters” (Our Opinions, May 9): Another scathing editorial against our police officers’ actions on the “immigrants’ rights” parade. You titled this “Accountability matters.” Yes it does. And it goes to the first person who threw that rock or bottle at the police. People were told to move and leave. Instead, the mob started trouble. Those people got exactly what they deserved. For you to praise Chief Bratton is disgusting. He is only another politician trying to cover himself. You rush to judge before all the facts are in. last_img read more

Water supply and emergency plans highlight Taylor’s Site C Community Agreement

first_imgThe District will also receive $50,000 to update its emergency preparedness and response plan, as the closer it is to the new dam, the closer it is to a potential disaster. In Peace Island Park, which is owned by B.C. Hydro and leased by Taylor, a Long-Stay RV Site Plan will be developed to expand the supply of temporary accommodation. At least 20 new spaces and overflow parking will be developed, although it’s noted that the sites are not suitable for year-round accommodation, of which some may be held for B.C. Hydro’s workforce. Lastly, $100,000 a year for eight years will be provided to the United Way to be distributed to non-profit organizations Taylor residents have access to. Also included in the Community Agreement are two appendices with concerns Taylor raised about the Spectra plant and Canfor pulp mill and other adverse effect that aren’t specific to Taylor. The Community Agreement is considered a “working document”, and residents are invited to give their input on it in the coming days. Advertisement The document sets out actions by B.C. Hydro meant to mitigate the potential impacts of the proposed dam on both Taylor and the surrounding area based on concerns put forth by the District. The District maintains that the development of this document in no way endorses the project, but is meant to “safeguard” the community should it proceed and leave it better than it was before construction. Taylor’s top concern is the future of its water supply, so a detailed monitoring program will be put in place before construction to check on potential effects to water temperature and sediment. “The composition of the water would change from stored water coming down water, we believe,” says District Administrator Charlotte McLeod. “We just don’t know necessarily how things would change, but we’re worried about the composition of water and the turbidity during construction.” – Advertisement -Measures will also be put in place to protect Taylor’s water treatment plant and pumphouse from shoreline erosion, including the use of rip wrap, and should there be an emergency that affects the district’s ability to get water, Hydro will cover the cost of emergency water hauling. Another major concern is the expected increase in fog along the Peace River at Taylor, which could adversely affect visibility for drivers, which are also expected to increase while upgrades are being made to Highway 29. Advertisement “Access on, off, and across the highway for both pedestrians and local vehicular traffic is really difficult at this point,” argues McLeod, “and the project, we think, will exacerbate that problem… just with the number of people coming through.” To help with that, street lighting will be installed on the west side of Highway 97 from Birch Avenue West to 100th Street and at intersections, as well as the installation of message signs on the north and south Taylor hills, with weather and road condition information. The creation of another pedestrian crossing was discussed, but the District has had difficulties convincing the Ministry of Transportation of the need, so the lighting was deemed to have a better impact. As for emergency response and planning, the Taylor Fire Department will receive $20,000 to help support it as there’s expected to be an increased stress on the volunteer firefighters. “We believe with the change to the amount of people coming into the area and the increased traffic that there is the potential for a higher amount of accidents,” explains McLeod. “In this industrial area there is oil and gas activity and this project itself will, we believe, compound the problem.” Advertisementcenter_img “There’s been a lot of questions coming in the last few days,” says Taylor Mayor Fred Jarvis. “If there’s any feedback in the next few days then we’ll be trying to work out what we need to incorporate. There’s still some tweaking to do.” Jarvis adds that the District feels what’s been worked out is “relatively good.” As part of the Peace River Regional District, Taylor is also part of a Legacy Benefits Agreement with B.C. Hydro that would provide the PRRD with $2.4 million a year that will be spread among its member communities.last_img read more

How will Man United line up against Palace

first_img1 Louis van Gaal has received a major boost ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Selhurst Park with four defenders returning to fitness.Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Jonny Evans all return after shaking off injuries.It’s a huge boost for the Red Devils as Alan Pardew has rejuvenated a Palace team packed with pace and attacking talent.There are problems for Van Gaal’s side, though, as the former Dutch boss admitted that several of his players are suffering with a virus, without going into saying who was affected.With the Eagles’ pace down the flanks, expect Luke Shaw to replace Daley Blind at left back and for the Dutchman to move into midfield, allowing Wayne Rooney to play upfront on his own, leaving the out of form Robin van Persie on the bench.Here is a predicted Red Devil side ahead of talkSPORT’s live coverage game in South London, on Saturday evening.last_img read more

HUNDREDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND WIND TURBINE MEETING IN CROSSROADS TONIGHT

first_imgHundreds of people are expected to attend a public meeting on proposed wind turbines for the Killygordon area.Sinn Féin Councillor Liam Doherty, has called on Minister Alan Kelly to do more to protect communities from the divisive nature of wind farm developments, stating that the interests of communities must come before those of developers.He made his comments ahead of tonight’s public meeting which has been organised by locals opposed to the planned wind farm development for Carrickduff Hill and Lismullyduff. “As we’ve already seen from the recent experiences of communities such as in the Midlands – or closer to home in Glenties – Wind Farms have the potential to polarise and divide communities and I am fearful that this too may happen in the Finn Valley.”“Of course, this Government has done absolutely nothing to alleviate this situation; their inaction has allowed this debacle to fester and this is having massive implications for rural Ireland.”“Current guidelines suggest a setback distance of 500m between a turbine and a dwelling while also allowing a night time noise limit which greatly exceeds that set by the World Health Organisation as being safe for human health – the guidelines clearly need updating.”“Environment Minister Alan Kelly has said that he is reviewing current energy planning guidelines, however, when you consider that the current government has been in power since 2011, we have been waiting far too long for a review to be carried out.” “They have yet to do anything to address or correct this situation and, as we’ve seen, current guidelines fail to properly protect homeowners from the negative impact of these developments.”“This stalemate is dividing communities the length and breadth of Ireland, but this needn’t have to be the case if the appropriate safeguards were introduced.”“Sinn Féin has been the only party to put forward a viable, coherent and practical policy with regards to the regulation of wind farms, that’s why the party tabled the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill last year, which would have introduced proper zoning regulation, established minimum setback distancing as well as making it mandatory for developers to engage in consultation with the local community.”“Under the Department’s current guidelines, there is no requirement for developers to sit down and participate in talks with the local community affected – that is ridiculous!”“Our position on this is very clear: nobody is against wind energy however what people are against is being forced to live with the consequences of bad planning decisions.” “If Sinn Féin’s proposals were enacted, and if the Minister implemented the measures which we had previously put forward, then the current debacle in the Finn Valley could have been avoided – he has failed the people here.“Under our proposals, Ireland could potentially lead the way in Renewal Energy and Sustainable Development – we could be a Model of Best Practice around the world.”“In relation to the planned development for the Finn Valley, objections to planning authorities and to Minister Alan Kelly are now being prepared by the local community and I of course welcome tonight’s meeting as it will enable local people to become engaged in healthy debate surrounding this issue and to have their voices heard.”“I am now calling on the Minister to give serious consideration to the various concerns of the local community here, and I would ask that he now sit down and meet with them as their concerns, as well as the concerns of other communities, may help in shaping any future Planning Guidelines.” HUNDREDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND WIND TURBINE MEETING IN CROSSROADS TONIGHT was last modified: February 23rd, 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)last_img read more

THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL COMING TO DONEGAL TO FILM BASKING SHARKS

first_imgThe Discovery Channel Canada has confirmed they are coming to Malin Head to film a program on Basking Sharks for their famous Shark Week.A basking sharkThe Irish Basking Shark Study Group, which was only started in 2009, say this is a major publicity coup for them.Coordinator Emmett Johnston said “To get one of the big media channels of the world to come to Ireland and in particular feature basking sharks is very powerful opportunity for us to promote our message, especially when one considers that the basking shark is still unprotected in Irish waters”. More than 29 million viewers worldwide watched the Discovery Channel Shark Week in 2013 making it one of the biggest TV events in the channels history.It was also one of most tweeted events in 2013 giving it a very high profile on the world media calendar.The group has been undertaking research around the Irish coast in collaboration with Queens University Belfast and Galway, Mayo Institute of Technology.This program of research and study has enabled them to undertake pioneering research in Irish coastal waters which is now being noticed worldwide. The decision for the Discovery Channel to come to Malin head is no accident, the group have built up a considerable amount of experience and an enviable reputation in the natural media scene.Previous successful productions such as Wild Journey’s for RTE and Monty Halls Great Escape for BBC have showcased what the team do and the spectacular scenery off Malin head and the Blasket islands in which they operate.Filming will most likely be in July, when basking sharks are at their biggest numbers off the north coastTHE DISCOVERY CHANNEL COMING TO DONEGAL TO FILM BASKING SHARKS was last modified: March 12th, 2014 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:Basking SharksDiscovery ChannelEmmett JohnstonTVlast_img read more

HE’S FRESH IN THE KITCHEN – CHEF MARTIN ANDERSON SPICES THINGS UP!

first_imgChef Martin AndersonWell folks at this stage I hope you have experienced at least some new fresh foods and also you are into the habit of using up the food that you have purchased and not overbuying or over stocking your fridge or cupboards.By the time you read this I will be in the process of setting up a wedding for over 140 guests and looking forward to a weekend of good food with no waste.So who likes spicy food? Sometimes it’s very difficult to find a happy medium with some spicy foods.Traditionally foods from the Far East are very hot and spicy but if you want to try and make them at home it can be is difficult to get the correct ingredients.Remember not all spices are hot , turmeric , paprika , ground cloves and nutmeg are all classed as spices but are used to enhance the flavour of food & not just burn the mouth off you Personally I don’t like food too spicy but I do enjoy a hint of heat and flavour .In many stores you will find jars of different sauces and marinates , curries, rubs and pastes.These are great if you intend to use them straight away , they may just sit in the fridge or cupboard & we know the rules about using stuff up.Personally, I like to go to an Asian or Heath food shop , here you will find good quality spices and more authentic ingredients.Begin by slowly introducing a new spice to you food, find a new recipe and see if there is something that you have never tasted before.Black pepper is a spice and when ground fresh can be added to strawberries to give a fantastic flavour, sweet & peppery. Try lemon pepper, this is great with poached eggs, sprinkle a little over the egg just as you burst the yoke , it’s amazing.Next time you cook chicken fillets rub a little tandoori powder and rapeseed oil onto them and allow to marinate for a few minutes in the fridge. It will give a distinctive colour & flavour and it’s not overly hot .If you dare to buy fresh chillies, remember the smaller the chilli the bigger the kick!Chop them up after removing the seeds and turn them to a simple meat casserole. It will really release the meat flavours.Don’t be afraid to try something new , slowly add a new taste each week and soon you will discover a new world of flavour . Next week we will talk about some sweet treats . This week’s recipe is for Thai fish cakes , there are some new ingredients for you to try & they can all be purchased easily.Martin’s delicious Thai fishcakes.Thai fish cakes, cucumber ribbons.You will need500 g of white fish fillets.1 tsp of Thai fish sauce.1 dessert spoon of red Thai curry paste.The zest of a lemon, squeeze the remaining lemon for the cucumber ribbons.Good bunch of Coriander.1 egg.Pinch of brown sugar.Lemon pepper.2 tsp of Garlic paste. MethodPlace all the ingredients except the zest & juice into a food processor and blend, season with salt and lemon pepper.Add the zest, mix well and chill for at least an hour.Divide the cake mix into even balls and flatten in the palm of your hand.Place onto a baking sheet which you have lined with parchment or silicone paper, roast at 170 for 10-15 minutes or until cooked.For the cucumber ribbonsPeel the green skin off your cucumber, use a vegetable peeler not a knife,then continue peeling turning after each time you remove a ribbon , do this until you reach the seeds ,(slice the seeded bit remaining for a salad ) you should now have long strips or ribbons of cucumber, place into a bowl and season with the lemon juice.Place the ribbons onto the centre of your serving plate, surround with the fish cakes & decorate with a little sweet chilli sauce.You may also use the fish cake mix for stuffing fish or as a topping for baked fish in filo or puff pastry.These cakes are traditionally deep fried but this recipe is just as tasty and way healthier for you!If they are too spicy simply reduce the amount of Thai Curry paste.HE’S FRESH IN THE KITCHEN – CHEF MARTIN ANDERSON SPICES THINGS UP! was last modified: July 17th, 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:chef Martin Andersoncooking columndonegalspiceThai fishcakeslast_img read more

Patients suffer as 100 psychiatric posts remain unfilled, consultants warn

first_imgPatients in need of mental health services are being ‘more unwell’ due to long waiting times in Ireland, according to consultant campaigners.The Irish Hospital Consultants Association claims that 100 permanent psychiatric consultant posts across Ireland’s mental health services are currently either empty or only temporarily filled. The lack of available psychiatrists to treat patients is restricting timely access to much needed services for patients, and resulting in patients becoming more unwell, needing more medications and requiring hospital admission, the IHCA has warned. Recent HSE figures for the first three months of 2019 show that 2,498 children and 3,764 adults were waiting to access to mental health services, while one-in-four of all children and adults referred to these services are not seen within the recommended 12 weeks.The latest figures for Donegal showed that, in October 2018, 240 children across the local region were waiting on an initial Mental Health Services assessments following GP referral.Nine of those children had been on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, or ‘CAMHS’, waiting list for over nine months while a further eight children have been waiting over a year to receive an appointment.Dr Donal O’Hanlon, a psychiatrist and president of the IHCA, said:“The consultant crisis is severely impacting on the delivering of health services to many of our most vulnerable people. It is now the ‘new norm’ that many consultant psychiatrist posts advertised nationally either have no applicants or only one applicant”. “This leads to two outcomes – these posts remain indefinitely empty or non-specialists are temporarily appointed to specialist psychiatry posts. Both are contrary to the delivery of safe and timely mental health services.”Dr O’Hanlon has called on the Minister for Health to address the consultant crisis. Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Selena Pillay also noted her first-hand experience of long waiting times for patients with mental health problems: “They [patients] become more unwell, need more medications and they also require hospital admissions. This is not good for patients; we need to get them at an earlier stage of their illness.”   Patients suffer as 100 psychiatric posts remain unfilled, consultants warn was last modified: July 15th, 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:mental healthlast_img read more