Highlights from the news file for Monday, Dec. 4———CANADA, CHINA DELAY LAUNCH OF TRADE TALKS: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concluded talks with the Chinese premier in Beijing, but they were not able to announce the start of formal free trade talks. Trudeau said there wasn’t one particular issue that held up the talks, but he wants a progressive trade deal that includes addressing issues such as gender, the environment and labour. Premier Li Keqiang lauded the “golden age” of relations with Canada and said China was amenable to continuing exploratory trade talks. The two countries have spent months in exploratory talks that have taxed China’s patience with Canada seeking to add provisions regarding the environment, human rights, labour and gender issues. Despite the fact the much anticipated next step in Canada-China trade relations failed to materialize, Li had kind words for Trudeau and Canada. Li said it was rare for him to have yearly leader’s meetings. “This is also a testament to the golden era of our bilateral relations. This also shows the importance you attach to the relationship between our two countries,” Li told Trudeau through a translator after their meeting.———FIRED BROADCASTER GREGG ZAUN ISSUES APOLOGY: Fired Sportsnet baseball analyst Gregg Zaun was “blindsided and emotionally gutted” by recent allegations of inappropriate comments toward female colleagues, saying in a statement Monday that he “naively” believed his language was not offensive. In an “absolute apology” issued through his Toronto-based lawyer Stuart Ducoffe, the former Blue Jays catcher said he was sorry “for any harm or distress which may have been caused by my comments with any female colleagues over the recent past.” Zaun was fired as an MLB studio analyst on Thursday after multiple female Sportsnet employees complained about his inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. “After investigating the matter, we decided to terminate his contract, effective immediately,” said Rick Brace, president of Rogers Media, in a statement. “This type of behaviour completely contradicts our standards and our core values.” Monday’s statement was Zaun’s first public response to the allegations.———LIBERAL MP ACCUSES BEZAN OF SEXUAL COMMENTS: A Liberal member of Parliament from Quebec has accused a Conservative MP of making comments towards her that were “humiliating” and “sexual in nature.” Sherry Romanado forced the House of Commons into silence Monday when she rose shortly after question period to make the allegations against Manitoba MP James Bezan. “In May, the member from Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman publicly made inappropriate, humiliating and unwanted comments to me that were sexual in nature,” Romanado said, as her fellow MPs shushed those around her. “These comments have caused me great stress and have negatively affected my work environment.” With that, Romanado sat back down, offering no further detail. Earlier Monday, however, Bezan himself rose in the House to offer an apology. “Earlier this year I made an inappropriate and insensitive comment in the presence of the member for Longueuil—Charles—LeMoyne,” Bezan said. He, too, did not elaborate, but Speaker Geoff Regan thanked him for his “gracious apology.”———FEDS WILLING TO REDUCE SHARE OF POT REVENUE: The Trudeau government is willing to give provinces and territories a bigger share of the revenue from a federal excise tax on cannabis, provided that the extra money is devoted to helping municipalities cope with the impact of legalizing recreational pot. The feds have proposed giving provincial and territorial governments half of the estimated $1-billion annual excise tax take once weed becomes legal next July. But The Canadian Press has learned that Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his officials have signalled a willingness to increase that share when they sit down next week with their provincial and territorial counterparts. The discussions have been taking place in preparation for a meeting of federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers Dec. 10-11, where the issue of cannabis taxation is expected to be front and centre. A government official close to the discussions, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, said it’s too early to discuss the percentage Ottawa will receive. The final decision will rest on an assessment of the needs of the municipalities — and a willingness by provinces and territories to agree to devote the extra revenue to those needs, the official said.———MAN ARRESTED IN DEATH OF GOOD SAMARITAN IN HAMILTON: Police arrested one man and were looking for another Monday in the fatal shooting of a Good Samaritan in Hamilton, a case that also prompted the city’s paramedic service to investigate its response to the incident. Yosif Al-Hasnawi — described by police as a brave young man who was trying to do the right thing — was shot when he tried to intervene as two men were accosting an older man in downtown Hamilton on Saturday night. Police say they arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the shooting at about 3:30 a.m. Monday and charged him with accessory after the fact to murder. A second suspect, who police said was the alleged shooter, was still being sought and police said they were in the process of applying for a warrant for second-degree murder. The two suspects turned on Al-Hasnawi when the 19-year-old tried to help an older stranger, police said. Police said paramedics took Al-Hasnawi to hospital on Saturday night, where he died of his injuries. Some witnesses, however, criticized paramedics who responded to the shooting, saying Al-Hasnawi was clearly in distress but wasn’t taken seriously.———B.C. COURT RULES AGAIN INJURED VETERANS: The B.C. Court of Appeal has dealt a devastating blow to a group of injured veterans engaged in a landmark legal battle with the federal government. The six veterans involved in the so-called Equitas lawsuit had alleged that they were unfairly treated because of a major overhaul in 2006 to the way the government compensates those injured in the line of service. Chief among the changes was replacing lifelong disability pensions with a lump-sum payment, career training and targeted income support — a regime known as the New Veterans Charter, which veterans rejected as being worth less than the previous pension system, which they want reinstated or replaced with a true equivalent. The case, first launched in 2012 under the previous Conservative government but continued with the Liberals, is seen as having major implications for all recently injured veterans. The Equitas veterans scored a victory in 2014 when a B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled that there was enough merit to the case — which the group planned to turn into a class-action lawsuit — to proceed to trial. But after the federal government appealed the decision, the three-judge B.C. Court of Appeal panel struck down the claim in its entirety Monday, saying the case had no chance of success.———GRIEVING MOTHER TESTIFIES AT INQUIRY IN NORTHERN ONTARIO: A grieving mother wiped back tears as she told a public inquiry about the torment of losing her daughter. Anita Ross was the first witness Monday to testify at the start of three days of hearings in Thunder Bay, Ont., of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Ross spoke of her mounting despair the evening her 16-year-old daughter, Delaine Copenace, disappeared in February of last year. The Kenora, Ont., woman says her daughter went for a walk with other teens and never returned and police were initially dismissive of her concerns, suggesting the girl was probably just drunk somewhere. Ross says she felt she couldn’t trust most of the officers she had to deal with and that they seemed indifferent to her anguish. Police called off their search after 14 days and Delaine’s body was found in Lake of the Woods several weeks after she went missing. The coroner decided the teen had drowned with no evidence of foul play and there would be no inquest. Ross says her daughter showed signs of bruising and no bloating. About 50 family members and survivors are due to tell their stories during two days of public hearings and a third day of private submissions in Thunder Bay.———TRUDEAU APPOINTS SENATORS FOR NOVA SCOTIA, MANITOBA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed new senators for Nova Scotia and Manitoba. Mary Coyle, a champion of women’s leadership, gender equality and the rights of Indigenous Peoples, is the new senator for Nova Scotia. Mary Jane McCallum, a First Nations woman who provided vital dental and health services to northern, First Nations, and Indigenous communities during her career, will represent Manitoba. Coyle worked in international development in Indonesia, pioneered the development of a micro-finance bank in Bolivia and helped establish the First Peoples Fund to provide micro loans to First Nations and Metis communities in Canada. McCallum practised as a dentist, was a community leader in several areas across her province and led the University of Manitoba’s Aboriginal dental health programs. These Senate appointments are the 29th and 30th Trudeau has made since taking office.———HIV-POSITIVE PEOPLE SAY RULING ONLY FIRST STEP: A move by the Ontario government to limit the prosecution of HIV-positive people who don’t disclose their status to sexual partners is being called a step in the right direction by those affected, but they say there’s much more progress to be made. The government announced Friday that people with low viral loads who don’t have a realistic chance of transmitting the disease can’t be charged with a crime if they don’t disclose their medical status to a sexual partner. Previously, non-disclosure could lead to an aggravated sexual assault charge that landed convicted people on a sex offender list. Ontario made the changes after studies showed that the risk of transmission is negligible if people are being treated for the disease or if appropriate precautions are taken. However, advocates in the community say there are downsides to the ruling as well. Jeff Potts, managing director of the support and advocacy group Canadian Positive People Network, said that decriminalizing only people with low viral loads means the community will be divided between people who are fortunate enough to get the medical treatment they need, and marginalized people who are not. “At the end of the day, laws that criminalize people living with HIV for any reason, unless it can be proven there was intentional harm, are unjust,” said Potts, who has been HIV-positive for three decades.———PRICEY TAMPONS THE NORM IN THE NORTH: A $15 box of tampons sold at the Calgary International Airport may have elicited shock online, but it’s common for feminine hygiene products to cost that much — or more — in many remote northern communities. Carlee Field was waiting for a flight from Calgary to Vancouver last month when she stopped to use the ladies’ room in the terminal. Inside the bathroom, she saw a box of tampons with a note that said all of the machines were empty and that it had been necessary to buy a $15 box from the Relay shop. The unsigned note’s author said the price mark-up was unacceptable and invited others to take a tampon if they needed one. Shortly after Field posted a photo on the social media site Reddit, the airport authority wrote that the machines had been refilled and the price at Relay had been lowered to $6.25. Moon Time Sisters, a group that collects feminine hygiene products to donate to communities in northern Ontario and Saskatchewan, says a box of tampons can cost $19 in areas where Indigenous women are often struggling with unemployment and low incomes.
TORONTO – The fate of Ontario’s safe injection and overdose prevention sites is in limbo as the province’s new Progressive Conservative government weighs whether to continue funding the facilities authorized by its Liberal predecessors.Health Minister Christine Elliott said Tuesday the government is reviewing evidence on the sites to see if they “have merit” and are worth continuing.“We need to take a look at the evidence and understand what the experts are saying, so I want to hear that. The premier wants to hear that. He wants to know that continuing with the sites is going to be of benefit to the people of Ontario,” she said.“That’s what we’ve promised to do in everything since we’ve been elected, is making sure that programs that we’re investing in have value, and this is no different.”The province will make a decision in the coming weeks on some of the sites that need their funding and approval renewed in order to stay open, including an overdose prevention site in London, Ont., the minister said. It will also eventually rule on the program as a whole, she said.“We’re going to be looking at all of the sites, and we’re going to be making a decision based on the evidence relating to the individual sites as well as the situation overall,” she said.Overdose prevention sites are temporary facilities approved by the province to address an immediate need in a community, while supervised consumption sites — also known as safe consumption or injection sites — are more permanent locations approved by the federal government after a more extensive application process.During the spring election campaign, Premier Doug Ford said he was opposed to safe injection and overdose prevention sites, though his party says Ford has since committed to reviewing evidence on the issue.Critics and advocates said shutting down the sites would be a major step back in fighting the opioid crisis that health officials say claimed nearly 4,000 lives across Canada last year.“To put it bluntly, we’ll have a lot more dead people,” said Nick Boyce, director of the Ontario HIV & Substance Use Training Program.There is overwhelming evidence from experts and from other jurisdictions around the world that supervised consumption sites save lives and help people dealing with addiction connect with other types of support when they are ready, he said.That sentiment was echoed by the opposition parties, who questioned the need for the review.The New Democrats said keeping the sites open would not only save lives, but also relieve pressure on local hospitals.The Liberals, who approved the overdose prevention sites, said experts had already been consulted on the issue.“I don’t know why they need to consult more experts, it’s all there,” Liberal interim leader John Fraser said. “It just comes back to the same theme with this government — there was no plan during the election, and there’s no plan right now, for those things that are important to families.”
TORONTO — Manulife Financial plans to acquire New York Life’s retirement plan services business, as the Toronto-based insurance company strives to expand its wealth management segment globally.Manulife says it will make the purchase through its U.S. division, John Hancock Financial, for an undisclosed amount.Meanwhile, New York Life will assume 60% of certain John Hancock life insurance policies, by way of reinsurance.The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2015, subject to regulatory approvals.Manulife says the deal will increase John Hancock’s RPS assets under administration by about 60%.Manulife Financial Corp chief says he won’t back down in face of calls for new guidanceSuccess of ‘Made in Canada’ deals bodes well for ManulifeThe combined RPS businesses will have around US$135 billion in assets under administration, 2.5 million retirement plan members and 55,000 retirement plans.“Manulife is a major player in the pensions business in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong and Indonesia,” Manulife president and CEO Donald Guloien said in a statement.“This transaction, similar to our recently announced acquisition of Standard Life’s Canadian operations, will significantly increase our retirement plans business overall. When completed, these transactions will each accelerate our strategy to grow our wealth and asset management businesses around the world.”
SAN FRANCISCO – Coming off the biggest quarterly loss in Hewlett-Packard’s history, CEO Meg Whitman braced investors for even more trouble ahead as she methodically tries to fix a wide range of longstanding problems.Those challenges will be compounded by a feeble economy that Whitman expects to weaken even more during the next year.HP said the internal and economic turmoil will cause its earnings to fall by more than 10 per cent next year, a decline that hadn’t been anticipated by analysts who follow one of the world’s largest â€” and most dysfunctional â€” technology companies.Whitman delivered the disappointing forecast Wednesday at a meeting that the ailing Silicon Valley pioneer held for analysts and investors. The gathering gave Whitman the opportunity to persuade Wall Street that she has come up with a compelling strategy for turning around HP one year after being named CEO.Investors evidently didn’t like what they heard. HP’s stock plunged 13 per cent after Whitman’s presentation, shoving the company’s shares to their lowest level in nearly a decade.HP’s troubles stem from a combination of managerial malaise, high-priced acquisitions that haven’t paid off and an inability to offset the damage done to its personal computer and printer divisions by the rising popularity of smartphones and tablet computers.Whitman maintained that she inherited a bloated, poorly managed company that hasn’t been innovating quickly enough in any of its divisions, which span from PCs and printers to software and data storage.In a recurring theme during her tenure, Whitman said that she will instil the discipline, focus and accountability needed to rehabilitate HP, but she reiterated that the recovery will take several years to complete.It could be 2015 before Hewlett-Packard Co.’s revenue growth begins to accelerate again, according to Whitman. By 2016, she envisions HP’s revenue increasing as the same pace as the U.S. economy’s overall growth, with earnings rising at a faster clip.“It is going to take longer to right this ship than any of us would like,” Whitman said.Investors are worried HP’s woes will allow its competitors â€” a long list that includes such technology powerhouse as Apple Inc., IBM Corp. and Oracle Corp. â€” to race even further ahead. In that scenario, HP is constantly scrambling to catch up with new technology trends, leaving the company in a state of perpetual disarray.Whitman, who won acclaim during a successful decade-long stint running eBay Inc., is confident HP can recapture the drive and creativity that established the company as an industry leader through most of its 73-year history.She hopes to orchestrate the same kind of turnaround that has revitalized IBM after a long stretch of decay brought on by the shift from mainframe computers to personal computers in the 1980s and 1990s. IBM managed to transform itself into a company focused on providing technology services and software, a transformation that HP is struggling to duplicate.In her shake-up of HP, Whitman has already reshuffled management and started to eliminate 29,000 jobs through employee buyouts, attrition and layoffs. She’s trying to trim the company’s annual expenses by more than $3 billion.She assured analysts Wednesday that she is imposing more internal controls to align employees’ paychecks with their performance. She said she is also requiring the company to subscribe to technology services offered by smaller companies such as Salesforce.com Inc. and Workday Inc. to automate many of HP’s customer management and personnel systems.HP also is reducing the number of different printers that it makes. It is also rolling out a new line of personal computers and tablets running on Windows 8, an overhaul of Microsoft Corp.’s operating system that’s designed to appeal to consumers and companies that want more mobile devices with touch-control display screens.Finally, Whtman wants HP to design another smartphone, something it did two years ago after buying Palm Inc. only to scrap the device after a few months on the market. HP’s return to the smartphone business isn’t planned for next year, though.Whitman also is lacing big bets on “cloud computing” â€” a term that refers to the increasingly popular trend of storing software applications in remote data centres that are accessed over the Internet instead of installing programs on individual machines.HP also is angling for a bigger piece of the “Big Data” market, a field devoted to helping companies and government agencies navigate through the torrent of information cascading through Internet-connected devices.But the payoff from those initiatives won’t come in HP’s fiscal 2013, which starts Nov. 1.The company, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., expects its earnings for fiscal 2013 to range from $3.40 to $3.60 per share, after stripping out charges for layoffs and other accounting measures unrelated to its ongoing business. The projection translates to an 11 per cent to 16 per cent drop from the adjusted earnings of $4.06 per share that HP expects to deliver in its current fiscal year.Whitman’s forecast for next year caught investors off guard because analysts, on average, had predicted HP’s adjusted earnings would be $4.17 per share.HP shares shed $2.22 to close Wednesday at $14.91. The stock price has fallen by 35 per cent since Whitman became CEO last September.Next year’s revenue also will decrease, although HP didn’t say by how much. The biggest problems will be concentrated in HP’s technology consulting division, where revenue is expected to fall by 11 per cent to 13 per cent next year. Technology consulting also faltered during the past year, prompting HP to absorb an $8 billion charge to account for the diminished value of Electronic Data Systems, which HP bought for $13 billion in 2008.The EDS charge is the main reason that HP lost $8.9 billion during its most recent quarter, which ended in August. Some analysts are worried HP will have to absorb another charge on an $11 billion acquisition of software maker Autonomy, which hasn’t lived up to expectations since the deal closed last year. HP bought EDS while it was being run by Mark Hurd, who resigned in 2010 after the company’s board raised questions about his expense reports. The company agreed to buy Autonomy during the reign of Leo Apotheker, who lasted less than a year as CEO before being replaced by Whitman.“There are no silver bullets to solve our challenges,” Whitman said Wednesday. “We will solve our challenges through consistency of leadership, focus, good blocking and tackling and, most importantly, great products and services delivered in the way that customers want to buy them.” by News Staff Posted Oct 3, 2012 5:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman warns of 2013 earnings decline, stock plunges 11 per cent
The HP Direct online store is no stranger to deals. Like Dell’s SOHO and Consumer stores, there’s are always excellent sales on HP PCs, and you can find them and buy them, so long as you know where to dig. They might be just barely past the point of freshness, but often these buried deals are more than worth their (significantly discounted) price tags.This HP Pavilion desktop is a great example. This particular configuration of the Pavilion Elite h8xt sports a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB, 7200RPM hard drive. There’s also HP’s custom Beats audio, a valet tray for easily connecting to peripherals, and loads of other goodies that are left off of laptops, mainly because of space. These include a 15-in-1 card reader, a Blu-ray reader/writer, and tons of ports, you know, like HDMI, USB, and more. Plus there are all those extra bays where you can cram more storage, another optical drive, or whatever else you need.But the real draw is the Ivy Bridge processor the system runs. The updated platform is an excellent excuse to splurge on a new PC in addition to the other completely sensible reasons to splurge on this desktop. Namely, all the great upgrades you can purchase and save on, including an additional 8GB of memory, a TV tuner, and Bluetooth.Check out this deal for 18% off from LogicBuy.
Mar 25th 2017, 12:10 AM Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Share38 Tweet Email Tommy Long, #scoliosis patient, giving an impromptu and to-the-point speech at @OCO_ireland report launch. @chelleylong pic.twitter.com/vhyN6udpEw— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) March 20, 2017 Can’t watch the video? Click here. Read: ‘Children are eating paracetamol to get through the day, afraid of ending up in a wheelchair’Read: ‘I see my daughter crying in pain, her body bending over. We can’t wait two years’ 13 Comments By Órla Ryan ‘The damage is done, a piece of his spine will have to be removed’ Tommy Long is one of over 200 children waiting for scoliosis surgery in Ireland. A HSE working group is set to examine whether or not the introduction of a new grade of staff, theatre assistants, could help alleviate staffing problems.When asked about current scoliosis services, a spokesperson for the HSE noted: “Significant investment has been provided in recent years to specifically address the improvements required in managing waiting lists and times for children and adolescents requiring scoliosis surgery.“In the last two years Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin was allocated over €2 million in additional resources for scoliosis and orthopaedic service developments. A further €5 million of capital funding was provided to develop a new laminar flow orthopaedic theatre.“There were difficulties in recruiting nursing staff for this additional theatre during 2015/2016 and OLCHC utilised service development funding to outsource patients with scoliosis for their surgery…Additional orthopaedic theatre capacity for scoliosis treatments in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin will commence in April 2017. Pending continued successful theatre nurse recruitment, further additional theatre capacity will be in place by July 2017. An additional orthopaedic surgeon will be in place at the hospital by June 2017 to assist with waiting lists for orthopaedics.“The ultimate requirement is to develop sufficient capacity across the Children’s Hospital Group and Cappagh Hospital to meet the paediatric surgery requirements for paediatric scoliosis treatments within a four-month waiting target and the planned transition of adolescents/young adults to the Mater Hospital adult spinal unit for their continued treatment as young adults.”Michelle has welcomed these promises, but wants to make sure they are delivered for her son and all other young people who are waiting long periods for scoliosis treatment.Tommy is six, he’s going to have surgery until his adult life so I’m going to be here year after year making sure that every year this isn’t going to be another battle.We’ll leave the final word to Tommy, who gave an impromptu speech at the report’s launch, telling those present: “We need to speed up the operations and the operations need to be earlier.” Tommy at the launch of the report Source: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3297376 Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 12:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14,433 Views Short URL Tommy Long (6), who has been waiting for six months to have a rod re-inserted in his back Source: Michelle LongWAITING TIMES FOR children with scoliosis have been making headlines in recent months.It’s a familiar scenario: concerns are raised and resources are diverted to help deal with the issue.Many interested parties believe this type of action may help in the short-term, but doesn’t stop us ending up back at the same juncture in the not too distant future.Speaking at the launch of his office’s report on scoliosis waiting times this week, Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon described this process as a “vicious cycle” that must be tackled.The report recommends that no child should have to wait longer than four months to receive necessary scoliosis surgery.The government has committed that, by the end of the year, the average waiting time will be four months. International best practice is three to six months.Scoliosis affects about 1% of children and adolescents in Ireland. The condition can also affect adults. It causes an abnormal curve of the spine or backbone. Source: National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF)As of the end of January, the latest figures available, there were over 200 patients under the age of 18 waiting for scoliosis surgery in Ireland, including 190 people at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC) – some of whom have been waiting for over 18 months.With scoliosis, a person’s curvature progresses over time and waiting a long period for surgery often leads to other complications and means the patient can require more serious surgery.A new orthopaedic theatre is set to open at OLCHC one day a week from next month, with additional capacity being provided once extra staff are recruited in the coming months.Construction on the theatre was completed in June of last year but its opening has been delayed due to difficulties recruiting staff.Private access to scoliosis surgery is not available in Ireland to children under the age of 14 but, in a bid to deal with long waiting lists, some children have had their treatment outsourced to the private sector or been treated in the UK.Tommy’s story Michelle and Tommy Source: Órla Ryan/TheJournal.ieOne person listening intently at the report’s launch this week was Michelle Long from Co Kilkenny.She co-founded the Scoliosis Advocacy Network (SAN) with Claire Cahill to provide support for parents of children who have the condition, and to lobby the government. Both their sons have scoliosis. TheJournal.ie has been following their stories in recent months.Michelle’s six-year-old son Tommy has been waiting for his latest surgery for six months.He had a vector rod inserted in September 2014, followed by a couple of lengthening sessions. Issues with the rod developed and he was waiting seven months for these to be fixed. A magnetic rod known as a magec rod was inserted in January 2016. X-ray of Tommy’s back after magec rod was inserted Source: Michelle LongIn September 2016, the rod became unhooked and cut through his bone. It was removed.Michelle says she was told the rod would be re-inserted within three weeks. The operation has been repeatedly delayed, but the family has now received a date in April for surgery.Michelle says this is a huge relief as Tommy’s condition has worsened in recent months.It’s a relief to have the date but it’s taken far too long, but we are where we are now, you know – the damage of the wait is done. We just need the surgery to go ahead, to get him back on track.“He’s very bent over, he has very sore legs, he’s tired and has a lot of issues with his tummy. He needs the surgery, that’s the bottom line.” Tommy’s back Source: Michelle LongMichelle says two surgeons will carry out the procedure next month, something she thinks is because of complications caused by the delay.Because of the deterioration, there’s an added element – they’re doing a hemivertebra excision, so they’ll remove a piece of his spine before placing the rod in. They just feel it’s safer at this point to do it with two surgeons.“All I can say is, in September, when the rod was taken out, a rod was supposed to be put back in three weeks later and there was no mention of an excision. That came along in January when he was reviewed, they said he had progressed.”Michelle has welcomed the opening of the new theatre in OLCHC, but warns that more must be done.“The theatre will be open in April just one day a week, this isn’t being widely said. By July, it’ll be open three days a week. It still won’t be at capacity, but of course anything will be a benefit for the children.“And the important thing is that when the theatre opens is that the old theatre [in the same hospital] remains open so it’s not a one for one.” Tommy at the launch Source: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ieMichelle is unsure if the four-month average waiting time will be achieved by the end of 2017.“I would love to say it [is realistic], but I am very doubtful of it. I think they will certainly get through a huge amount this year.The biggest challenge will be to ensure that next year we’re not back here saying the same thing again. It needs a plan for the future, it needs – like the Ombudsman’s report says – a three to six-month average wait, that needs to be set in stone, that needs to be adhered to, not just firefighting – take 100 kids off the list and next year we’re back to the same scenario.“Of course, as parents, we’re happy when any children get done, but we do need promises that this is going to be future-proofed. So do five -year plans, do 10-year plans.”Could Ireland lead the way on scoliosis treatment? Dr Patrick Kiely, a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon at OLCHC, is hopeful the four-month goal will become a reality.He told TheJournal.ie: “It’s a dream. It would be a dream come true for us because we’d know then what we’re planning to do, we’d be able to deliver.“If everyone got working together and we got extra capacity from wherever we can get it to do the work and do it successfully then I think we could really make a huge breakthrough, but it’s not going to be easy.“That’s a lot of surgery, that’s probably 150 extra cases [a year] because the backlog has built up. But we’ve shown that when we got resources put into it we were able to do a lot of extra work.In the last two years, all credit to the government and the HSE, they’ve put a lot of energy and effort and resources into trying to get this sorted out and we got a lot of extra work done, some of it in other centres, but of course some of these kids really shouldn’t go to other centres, they really should be dealt with in the children’s hospital setting.“The next step of this is to build up the capacity in the children’s hospital and the new theatre that’s built.“If we’re closing one theatre to open another, that’s a false economy so to get it fully up and running is going to take some time, to get it fully staffed.”Kiely says it is hoped that the theatre will be open three days a week from July and hopefully five days a week by the end of the year.We need more consultants, we need more specialist nurses and we need to have a few more beds, not a huge number. But we’re spending the money anyway, in fact we’re spending a lot more because people are getting treated at such an advanced stage. It actually becomes cost-effective to do this properly.He adds that the government and HSE seem committed to making real progress.“Their indication of having a long-term plan is building a brand new theatre when they’re already building a new children’s hospital – that’s five or six years away. So to have the bravery to make that project happen – and it must have been the fastest project I’ve ever seen in HSE history because it was done within a year or 18 months – credit where credit is due.“That gives us a long-term solution, which is to possible do children’s spinal surgery four or five days a week.”Kiely says the old orthopaedic theatre will remain open at OLCHC.“We still have a lot of other orthopaedic operations and we shouldn’t lose sight of that. The scoliosis kids are about 20% of all the kids who have orthopaedic problems that need treatment.“These kids are growing, their bones are growing, they need surgery urgently so it’s not just children with scoliosis … whether it’s the hips or the knees or anything else, they need to be looked after too,” Kiely adds. Tommy listening to Dr Muldoon speak at the launch of the report Source: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ieIn terms of getting more staff, Kiely says skilled employees need to be rewarded more and allowed to work “in a more flexible manner”.“There may be people who would love to do it but can’t do it five days a week or they can’t do it on call. Even to try and develop this ethos of specialist teams, nurses, assistants, doctors, who work within a niche area and are not pulled in every direction.The problem with Ireland is, because there’s such a shortage in staffing, people get pulled in all directions to try and cover every base and that is ultimately to our detriment.Kiely says, ideally, a specialist children’s spine team could be created.“You would have four or five specialists who really work in that area as their sole focus and again the same with the nurses and anaesthetics and physios and all that – you could have a world-class service if you did that.“In our country, one of the things is because we haven’t developed that far, we could make those changes happen relatively easily. But it does need a definite willingness to tackle the problems and make the changes.”Kiely says planning for the future of services needs to consider the views of children and parents who are affected.Children need to be more involved in the decision-making process, they’re often not in the room at all, the parents aren’t in the room either when we’re talking about policies and services.“People who’ve been through the process could give feedback on how things should be designed for the future.” The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon Source: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ieSpeaking at the report’s launch this week, Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon said: “Due to their age and stage of development, young people with scoliosis are suffering severe physical and psychological effects as a result of the delays they experience. This should not be acceptable in Ireland 2017.”He told TheJournal.ie he believes the four-month waiting target is ambitious but can be done if the “proper resources and funding” are put in place.Where we’ve failed before is that we’ve oftentimes put in just the money and didn’t follow up with staffing, with administration, with governance, with what makes it sustainable, and that’s what I’m pushing for.“We’re hopefully getting to the stage where we have that target of four months for all children, but also making sure it’s sustainable for 2019, 2020, 2021 – so we don’t get to this crisis again.”‘Significant improvements needed’Health Minister Simon Harris, in a statement to TheJournal.ie, said bringing about “significant improvements” in terms of waiting times for scoliosis procedures is “an absolutely is a priority for me, for the government and for the HSE this year”.“I welcome the fact that the HSE has committed that no child will wait longer than four months for such a procedure by the end of the year. This would bring Ireland in line with waiting times in the NHS in the UK.“A range of measures will be used to get to this target including additional theatre capacity in Crumlin from April.”
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Ex-Chelsea star Tony Cascarino believes Felipe Anderson shares many similarities to Leroy SaneDespite a rocky start to life in the Premier League, Anderson has grown into an integral member of the West Ham squad and is the club’s top scorer with eight goals.The Brazilian midfielder’s stunning performances have reportedly captured the interest of the Premier League’s big guns.And an impressed Cascarino has compared Anderson to Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.“Felipe Anderson reminds me of Manchester City’s Leroy Sané, physically quite light but agile and athletic and direct, both looking to shoot as soon as they see the white of the goalposts,” Cascarino wrote on The Times.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“There are always expectations for new players to settle in quickly, particularly when they’ve been signed for hefty fees, but Anderson suits West Ham’s style of play because it gives him some freedom.”The 25-year-old’s suitability for a counter-attacking style of football has served him well in the Premier League.Cascarino added: “When they break, they break quickly and [Anderson] is off and gone.“You can tell that he is used to playing counterattacking football because his movement is instinctive and natural. He took his goals [against Southamoton] really well.”The Hammers will host Brighton at the London Stadium today with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).
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A statement sweeping staircase provides an unforgettable photography backdrop and an impactful arrival experience. With an impressive 8-metre-high ceiling, the ballroom accommodates up to 700 guests standing or 330 guests seated, and it is set to be one of Bangkok’s most sought-after event venues.© Waldorf Astoria Bangkok Grand StaircaseGo back to the enewsletter
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