Rugby World’s Championship Blog

first_img Goode and captain Pennell celebrate Worcester’s promotion and victory over Cornish pirates last yearFinally – time to draw breath. After 22 pulsating weeks of Championship rugby culminating in a mad dash for those unfortunate clubs having to fulfill postponed fixtures, last Saturday was a welcome week off, writes Richard Grainger.But not welcome for all, of course. John Taylor, managing director of London Welsh, was quoted in The Rugby Paper: “…I’m sitting here at the Old Deer Park, having had wonderful weather, with the pitch in good condition, and we’ve got a blank Saturday. I’d rather have played Doncaster this weekend than 10 days ago when it was sandwiched between weekend games”.The Exiles were one of four clubs coerced into midweek involvement by the RFU’s intransigent regulations, which left them having to play three games in six days. Worse still for Doncaster Knights; they had to turn out four times within nine days.The RFU claim that the recent free Saturday was at the request of the Championship clubs who wanted a fortnight to prepare for and promote their play-off fixtures. This seems unlikely as most of the Championship clubs, and the Rugby Players’ Association, consider that the workload for the players, with the existing dictum is unacceptable. There is a groundswell of opinion that the RFU’s insistence on concluding Stage One by the last Saturday in February should be relaxed next season.However, whilst this change may be adopted, it now seems unlikely that the format of the Championship will be significantly altered for the new term, although negotiations are still in progress.The current structure had its detractors when it began back in 2009. Moseley prop Nathan Williams said in the Birmingham Sunday Mercury in February 2010:  “I am all for play-offs to win a championship, like the top four play off in the Premiership. But I don’t like to think of a relegation place being decided that way. You could win nearly half your fixtures and still go down – that’s a very harsh reality.”The other concern was that it allowed little time for clubs to recruit strengthened squads for the coming season.  “I don’t think it’s a very good system because you are talking another six weeks before you can even begin planning for the following season,” Williams added.But three years on, most clubs and players are keen to maintain the current format.  While many clubs throughout the country have nothing to play for at this stage of the season, all 12 Championship teams can still define their own destiny – either up or down. Not only that, having a three-stage competition has allowed and even encouraged clubs to rotate their squads. Most players contracted to Championship outfits have played at least 10 matches, whereas in a league without play-offs, the pressure for results would mean that many squad members would hardly have played at all. This, according to Cornish Pirates head coach Chris Stirling, helps with player development and is a real positive of the current structure.The recruitment drive has begun already, and last week Bristol coach Liam Middleton announced that he had added Leicester scrum-half James Grindal, 31, to his squad for next season. So where do we go from here? Stage Two of the play-offs begins on Saturday and concludes on 21st April by which time we will know who will go through to the two-legged semi-finals, and perhaps on to a two-legged final, and who will be packing their bags and heading for National League One.The top eight clubs have been divided into two pools: 1st, 4th, 5th and 8th – Bristol, London Welsh, Nottingham and Doncaster – comprise Play-off Group A, while 2nd 3rd, 6th and 7th – Bedford, Cornish Pirates, Leeds and Rotherham – are in Group B.Bristol and Bedford, who finished in first and second slot, start the play-off on three points. The Pirates and the Welsh, who ended Stage One in third and fourth place, start on two points. The fifth and sixth placed clubs – Nottingham and Leeds – start on one, while Doncaster and Rotherham start on none.At the bottom, the four clubs fighting for survival – London Scottish, Moseley, Plymouth and Esher will carry over 1 point for each win in the regular season.Surprisingly, all but Esher finished Stage One with a creditable six wins, while the rapidly improving Londoners – the division’s whipping boys before the turn of the year – managed four wins. This only adds to the excitement, as Stage Two commences for pool C with an almost level playing field to which, I would confidently predict, Esher will soon apply their spirit level when they entertain London Scottish on Saturday.This division is too tight to call – at both ends. However, it would be harder to bet against Bristol than the pre-season favourites Leeds whose young side has been woefully inconsistent. Pirates’ supremo, Chris Stirling, is under-playing his side’s chances of Premiership rugby; but if they can better Bedford on at least one occasion they should progress to at least the semis. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS WORCESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Andy Goode (L0 celebrates with club captain Chris Pennell Worcester’s promotion to the Aviva Premiership after their victory during the RFU Championship play off second leg match between Worcester Warriors and Cornish Pirates at Sixways on May 18, 2011 in Worcester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) And at the bottom? I’m going to do something that fledgling rugby reporters should never, ever do and make a prediction, albeit a little one – Esher will avoid the drop.For full fixture details, click herelast_img read more

Black Ferns awarded first-ever contracts

first_img Opinion: What’s next for women’s rugby? Triumph: The Black Ferns celebrate their 2017 Women’s World Cup win (Getty Images) All you need to know about the Women’s… Expand “Yes. Lots of girls here are playing five or six sports at high school and making decisions later. Now getting a full-time sevens contract is an option, as is getting a 15s part-time contract, so rugby union is going to become a really competitive option for that talent and there are also players playing other codes who are looking to come across.”As well as winning the World Cup, Cocksedge says the development of other nations was a catalyst for change in NZ Rugby, who have been criticised for their commitment to the Black Ferns.“While it mostly came off the back of the success last year, it was alongside the fact other countries had moved ahead. We needed to do something to keep our players here and this will help to do that. People will continue to go overseas for a different life experience, but this is a really good incentive and means we’re not going to fall behind.”MORE ON WOMEN’S RUGBY: New Zealand have given their top women’s 15-a-side players contracts for the first time – Ali Donnelly gets the lowdown BACKS: Chelsea Alley, Ariana Bayler, Grace Brooker, Kendra Cocksedge, Krysten Cottrell, Ruahei Demant, Kilistina Moata’ane, Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, Kristina Sue, Renee Wickliffe, Selica Winiata.This article originally appeared in the June 2018 issue of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagtam. Tyrrells Premier 15s inspiring next generation LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Why rugby must build on the momentum created… Women’s World Cup Final: England 32-41 New Zealand Opinion: What’s next for women’s rugby? Tyrrells Premier 15s inspiring next generation Expand Collapse Women’s World Cup Final: England 32-41 New Zealand Black Ferns awarded first-ever contractsA few weeks on from the news that New Zealand’s 15-a-side women’s stars are receiving professional contracts for the first time, Kendra Cocksedge is reflecting on how well it has gone down with the public.“The reaction has been hugely positive and I think the players, fans and the country are excited about where the women’s game is going,” the scrum-half says. “People have been talking to me about what a positive step it is, so there has been really good awareness of what’s happening and it’s all positive.”Cocksedge played an integral role in the negotiations and although she is keen not to overplay the announcement, she believes it’s a vital stepping stone on the road to being fully professional.“This is a big step forward. There is no going back now as far as I’m concerned. The investment and the profile is only going to get bigger from here on in.”Despite winning five of the past six Women’s World Cups, New Zealand have always lagged behind in terms of investing in the Black Ferns. Sevens has taken precedence in recent seasons, but last year’s World Cup win in Ireland put the 15s team back in the public eye.Star turn: Kendra Cocksedge is a standout at scrum-half (Getty Images)“It’s really taken off since our success last year,” says Cocksedge. “That win has helped changed mindsets. More people watched that World Cup than ever before and the public have been impressed with the quality of the game.”The key detail of the contracts is that up to 30 Black Ferns will be placed on guaranteed retainers, paid between $12,500 and $20,000 (£6,500-10,500) annually, based on Test experience. While this is a hugely welcome move, Cocksedge says in reality it won’t be life-altering for most of the top players.“The way it’s being modelled means for a lot of us it’s about being rewarded for what we were doing anyway. The commitment is something like training ten to 14 hours per week in our hubs and individually.“I was certainly doing that, but for some players the contracts mean extra support in areas they might not have had, like medical, insurance and so on.”As part of the negotiating team, Cocksedge is well-placed to talk about the changing world of professionalism in the women’s game, where contracts are becoming the norm and athletes are playing catch-up in how to deal with it.Reward: Players will now be paid to attend training camps (Getty Images)“I was part of a wider team involved – there were six or seven of us – and I learnt a lot around the whole process. Generally I think there are not many women’s players well equipped yet in understanding what they need to do before signing deals. That is something that we’re going to have to work on.“The more the game goes down this route, the more players are signing on with agents and so on, the better that will be. It is a new world.”Does she believe more youngsters will now choose rugby in New Zealand? The move of the women’s game to a more professional model has led to developments in top domestic leagues, including in England, France and Australia where significant investments are being made. Cocksedge believes New Zealand also have a chance to make improvements in this area.“The NPC is a quality competition and it has become much more competitive. It’s interesting to see how others are investing in their leagues and perhaps the future is a league for us alongside the top Australian team. I believe that is realistic and possible and would be a huge boost to the game here.“The game is just continuing to move forward at every level. I watched a lot of the Six Nations this year and thought France were fantastic; they’re going to be a huge threat in the years to come.“Countries like Japan are investing in their systems and leagues, and players are going there from overseas, so the money is going in and it’s getting more exposure. I’m glad we’re part of it.”The first 28 Black Ferns players to be contracted by the NZ Rugby have been named and include 17 of the 2017 World Cup-winning squad.2018 BLACK FERNS SQUADFORWARDS: Eloise Blackwell, Les Elder, Fiao’o Faamausili, Dhys Faleafaga, Harono Iringa, Aldora Itunu, Linda Itunu, Pip Love, Charmaine McMenamin, Toka Natua, Joanah Ngan Woo, Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, Aleisha Nelson, Marcelle Parkes, Leilani Perese, Aroha Savage, Charmaine Smith. After Saracens’ success in the inaugural Tyrrells Premier…last_img read more

Five fundraisers explain what Best You Can Be means to them

first_img3. Michael ClarkMichael Clark is Legacy and In-Memory Manager, Cystic Fibrosis Trust.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] Howard Lake | 15 June 2015 | News Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising National Fundraising Convention AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 4. Julie ChristieJulie Christie is Development Officer at Parkhead Citizens Advice Bureau.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] 5. Victoria LawrenceVictoria Lawrence, at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, talks about how an inspiring chance encounter has enabled her to inspire others.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] The Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Convention takes place from 6-8 July 2015. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  43 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 2. Tracy GrunwellTracy Grunwell is National Partnerships Manager at the Air Ambulance Service.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] In the run-up to next month’s Institute of Fundraising National Convention, the Institute has published five short films from ambassadors explaining what ‘Best You Can Be’, this year’s convention theme, means to them.1. Jordan AndertonJordan Anderton, a community fundraiser from the Exeter Leukaemia Fund, explains why he aims to be the best fundraiser he can be.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] Advertisement Five fundraisers explain what Best You Can Be means to themlast_img read more

Shame on you, Mayor de Blasio – a WW commentary

first_imgThe National Basketball Association was the first of all the professional U.S. sports leagues to suspend their regular season after two players from the Utah Jazz — Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell — tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19 in early March.Since that time, players from other teams, who may have come in contact when playing the Jazz, have also tested positive, along with NBA personnel in the front offices of other teams.When four players from the Brooklyn Nets, including the great forward Kevin Durant, also tested positive for the virus, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted the following statement on March 18: “We wish them a speedy recovery. But, with all due respect, an entire NBA team should NOT get tested for COVID-19 while there are critically ill patients waiting to be tested. Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick.”The mayor was responding to the Nets’ hiring a private insurance company for their tests, in order not to use Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funds for testing the public.NBA Players Association President Michele Roberts defends COVID-19 testing of players.Michelle Roberts, the first Black woman to be named executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, responded to de Blasio, stating, “There’s nothing irresponsible — if you’ve got that information [that you’ve been exposed] — about trying to get the tests. The problem that more of us can’t get the tests — and I’m not apologetic about saying it — in my view, that rests at the foot of the federal government. They were responsible for making sure we were protected in that regard, and I think they failed.” (ESPN, March 18)Whose interests does de Blasio truly represent?What prompted the mayor of a city — also home to the Knicks, the most profitable of all NBA teams — to play the blame game with this global, popular league about an unprecedented health crisis? Don’t other prominent sports teams that bring thousands of people together on fields and arenas like Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League or the National Football League have the right to have their players tested?Crucial to the answer to this question is that New York is home to Wall Street — the epicenter of world finance capital — where billionaire owners and investors of insurance and pharmaceutical corporations control who gets health care and who does not, generated by the rise and fall of stock market prices.These are the corporations — compelled by profit greed with congressional politicians in their back pockets — that are responsible in this instance for the vast majority of the population not being tested for COVID-19 and not being adequately cared for if they do contract the virus.So with New York City cited as having some of highest numbers of active COVID-19 cases in the country, why isn’t de Blasio putting the onus on Wall Street for the spread of this pandemic?The answer is quite simple: de Blasio does the bidding of Wall Street, not the New York population. Apparently he has no shame in shifting the blame to a league that is over 70 percent Black like the NBA.Yes, the NBA players, across the board, are very well-paid for the ability to use their skills and talents that entertain thousands of fans in person and millions more on TV during the regular season and postseason.These players are certainly privileged, but they remain members of the working class, and every worker has the right to collective bargaining for contracts guaranteeing the best wages and benefits from billionaire owners who super-exploit their labor to make the most lucrative profits from arena and merchandise sales and TV revenue.While sports arenas have been shut down now because sports have been shut down, a growing number of NBA players have pledged large amounts of their salaries to pay the salaries of laid-off concession workers, ticket salespeople, ushers, janitors and many more. Other players are funding food banks in the most vulnerable communities. On March 20, the NBA announced a pledge to raise $50 million to help stop the spread of COVID-19.Where are similar pledges, or others even higher, being made by Wall Street profiteers to bail out Big Business , but not bail out the people who are suffering from layoffs, foreclosures, shutoffs and more from this pandemic? Roberts hit the nail on the head on who the real culprit is.Shame on you, Mayor de Blasio.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU offense comes alive in huge win over Oklahoma

first_imgDerek Lytle Twitter Facebook Linkedin What we’re reading: Presidential town halls to air tonight, #MeToo leader speaks on movement’s anniversary ReddIt Twitter Facebook What we’re reading: Joe Biden has narrow lead in uncalled states, COVID-19 numbers reach a new high Previous articleTCU alum writes book on finding purposeNext articleFrogs’ offensive outburst continues in game 1 of doubleheader Derek Lytle RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU: A campus altered by COVID-19 Derek Lytle TCU suspends study abroad programs through spring 2021 Derek Lytle Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks + posts Derek Lytle TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Junior Sports Broadcast Major / Journalism Minor Evan Skoug hit a 2-run home run and knocked in five runs in the Frogs 11-3 win. Derek Lytle printThe Horned Frogs took an important game 1 in their weekend series against Oklahoma.TCU starting pitcher Luken Baker went six strong innings for the win on Friday, giving up just one earned run with four strikeouts and three walks. Oklahoma starting pitcher Ryan Madden lasted only three innings, giving up three runs on six hits. The TCU offense would later explode to win 11-3.Austen Wade and Evan Skoug provided more than enough offense for the Frogs. Skoug went 4-4 with 5 RBIs, including a 2-run home run in the bottom of the first.The Frogs jumped ahead early in the first, but a throwing error by TCU second baseman Ryan Merrill led the way for a quick Sooner’s response, who tied the game at 2 in the second.Skoug singled in Wade in the third to give the Frogs the lead.The fourth inning brought additional runs in for TCU. After an Oklahoma pitching change, Watson drew a lead-off walk that sparked a six-run fourth inning. The Frogs notched five singles in a row before Skoug doubled to cap the inning.Oklahoma responded in the top of the fifth with one run on a sac fly by Sheldon Neuse. The fifth inning was the last offensive inning for the Sooners — they got one hit throughout the rest of the game.The Frogs sought out insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. A Wade walk, Skoug single, and a Baker single led the Frogs to two more runs.The Frogs finished the game with 14 hits, five walks and seven left on base. The Sooners managed just four hits, four walks and five left on base.Wade was a key player to start offensive rallies. In four at-bats, Wade scored four runs and notched one RBI. Skoug ended the night with a two-run homer, two singles and a double.Baker moves to 3-1 on the season with the win.The Horned Frogs will finish the series with a doubleheader against Oklahoma on Saturday due to possible inclement weather. Game times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. Linkedinlast_img read more

Outrage as Al-Jazeera retrial ends with three-year jail terms

first_img News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa August 29, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Outrage as Al-Jazeera retrial ends with three-year jail terms News Help by sharing this information “We firmly condemn the disgraceful ‘political’ verdict issued at the end of the retrial of these Al-Jazeera journalists,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“For those who didn’t already know, this grossly unfair trial shows the blatant disregard for media freedom in Egypt, where the limits are overstepped every day. President Sisi’s regime cannot continue to justify its authoritarian excesses in the name of combatting terrorism.”The long-awaited final hearing was held this morning amid great expectation in Cairo’s Tora prison. The arrival in the courtroom of Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, their lawyers, the ambassadors of Canada, Netherlands and United Kingdom, and finally the judge triggered a flurry of messaging on social networks.Peter Greste was tried in absentia after being deported to Australia in February. To cap this judicial sham, Mohamed was given an additional six-month sentence for supposedly being in possession of a bullet at the time of his arrest. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the three-year jail sentences that a Cairo court, after many postponements, finally passed today on Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Geste, who were convicted of disseminating false information and working without a licence. News Follow the news on Egypt Receive email alerts February 6, 2021 Find out more Organisation News to go further RSF_en Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison January 22, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 1, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Anti-corruption police steal newspaper’s files

first_img November 23, 2020 Find out more May 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Anti-corruption police steal newspaper’s files RSF_en News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News Organisation News Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out morecenter_img to go further LatviaEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Follow the news on Latvia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today expressed “outrage” at yesterday’s invasion by Latvia’s KNAB anti-corruption police of the offices of the daily paper Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze (Independent Morning Press) and its parent firm SIA Mediju Nams and their theft (by copying) of all the data on its computers (including e-mails) and their refusal to allow any photographing or filming of the incidentIt was a “serious attack on the privacy of sources and data” and it called on authorities to explain themselves urgently and tell the publishers of the charges against them. The stolen data must also be returned in its original state, it added, warning police not to repeat such an operation at other media outlets. The KNAB acted as part of an anti-corruption drive targeting 40 or so firms suspected of corruption. Today’s action was ordered by a judge, Rinalds Silakalns, because some of the investigated companies (including the national airline, airBaltic, and the Riga Freeport Authority) advertised regularly in the paper. “These searches and violations are completely unjustified,” the worldwide media freedom organisation said. “The judge’s reasoning was ridiculous and incomprehensible. This would mean all the country’s publications (even foreign ones) would have to be searched in this way. Copying the hard-drives and content of the paper’s e-mail server is completely out of proportion.” “What has happened takes us back to the darkest days of the outdated Soviet regime. Latvia is a member of the European Union and thus obliged to respect media freedom. Media searches are only to be done under exceptional and very strict conditions and the situation does not warrant this kind of disgraceful action at all,” it said.The KNAB appears to have found an excuse to silence those who have criticised its considerable disorganisation and inefficiency, the NRA newspaper being one if its frequent critics. The KNAB Bureau is also plagued by an internal power struggle, with two officers convicted and jailed for embezzlement and its previous director sacked by parliament.Uldis Dreiblats, award-winning journalist and co-owner of the publishing house, told Reporters Without Borders that the paper had the day before reported that an extensive investigation of the KNAB was under way, but had not imagined that in response the paper would be targeted itself. LatviaEurope – Central Asia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Newslast_img read more

Young woman blogger brought before special security court

first_img Receive email alerts Organisation News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is disturbed to learn that Tal Al-Mallouhi, a 19-year-old student and blogger who has been detained for the past 11 months, is to be tried before a special security court whose verdicts cannot be appealed.Brought before the high court for state security in Damascus on 10 November, Mallouhi is reportedly accused of spying on behalf of the United States. She is being held in solitary confinement in Duma prison, near Damascus, where her family has been allowed to visit her only once since her arrest by intelligence officers at the end of December 2009.“We urge the Syrian authorities to act in a transparent manner and to try this young blogger before an ordinary court, and if they cannot produce real evidence against her, instead of vague allegations, she should be released,” Reporters Without Borders said.“She is an ordinary student who, far from being a dissident, just shared her vision of society on her blog,” the press freedom organization added. “She appears to have been the victim of a crude piece of manipulation by the Syrian intelligence services.”Mallouhi, whose computer and personal effects were seized at the time of her arrest, blogged mainly about the fate of the Palestinians. The charges against her seem to be based above all on a letter she wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him to take a more balanced position towards the Arabs and Muslims, and on an invitation she received to attend a U.S. national holiday reception at the U.S. embassy in Cairo.It appears that the Syrian authorities were looking for a scapegoat to blame in connection with an attack on a Syrian intelligence officer in Cairo.At least seven Syrian human rights organizations have signed an appeal for her release that was organized by the Syrian Human Rights Observatory, the Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights and the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria. RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syriacenter_img Follow the news on Syria News News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News March 12, 2021 Find out more November 27, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Young woman blogger brought before special security court Help by sharing this information February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Letter to the Editor: What Way Forward Altadena?

first_img Last night ( 28 July 2016) I attended the Los Angeles County Regional Planning commission Hearing regarding the revisions to the Altadena Community standards District (CSD) at Eliot Junior High School. Some things were very clear:The Altadena Clown Council is totally non functional when it comes to informing, educating or representing the citizens of Altadena. They did absolutely nothing to notify the majority of Altadena citizens of this ongoing three year process.2. The County Staff “misinforms”. Always and consistently.3. The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission as individuals, and as a body, have nothing but contempt for the Altadena citizens they “represent and serve”.4. The Community Standards District as it exists, and as it is proposed to be revised, has absolutely zero support from anyone not on the Altadena Clown council or a local not for profit Board. The Citizens of Altadena are very displeased. The mask that the Altadena Clown Council and various not for profits represent them has been removed.5. The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commissioners, as individuals and a body have no idea of the needs or concerns of the Citizens of Altadena, and are so disinterested as to know nothing about the history of matters before them. It is clear their only interest is to pass something in a hurry and move on.6. The band aid proffered by the Los Angeles Regional Planning Commission, that the tone deaf and ineffective Altadena Clown Council CSD committee meet with the indifferent Los Angeles County Staff to work out a compromise will do nothing to address the concerns of Altadena Citizens, or make the final draft of the CSD acceptable in content or quality. This was made abundantly clear when the Commission scheduled the next hearing on this issue for Wednesday September 14 9 am in downtown Los Angeles.What is needed is larger committee, like the one Altadena had from 1985-86, that created the Altadena Community Plan, A schedule of meetings for that committee mailed by the county, to every Altadena homeowner, renter and businessperson with the general items to be discussed, so that the citizens of Altadena are informed and have the ability to give their informed consent. As all Americans believe, Just Power Only Comes from the Consent of the Governed.Finally, as to those sixteen Altadena Clown Council members, they need to get up off their lard a**** and walk their census tract with fliers and such, and inform and engage the citizens they allegedly represent.Sincerely,Steven S. LambAltadena 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Top of the News center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Business News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Opinion & Columnists Letter to the Editor: What Way Forward Altadena? By STEVEN S. LAMB Published on Friday, July 29, 2016 | 1:10 pm Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

“Outbreak control team” established at University Hospital Limerick after staff member…

first_imgPrint University Hospital LimerickAN “Outbreak Control Team” has been established at University Hospital Limerick after one patient and one member of staff on a ward tested positive for coronavirus today, a hospital spokesman has confirmed.The two confirmed cases of the virus involve a member of staff and a patient who were both on Ward 3B this Tuesday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Contact tracing and testing is currently underway and all appropriate infection prevention and control measures are being followed in line with the national HPSC guidance,” a UHL spokesman said.“A number of staff from the ward at the centre of what we believe to be a localised outbreak have been identified as contacts. They have been asked to stay off work and to self-isolate in line with national guidance.”The hospital said that it had completed “initial testing of all patient contacts” and this “has not identified further cases”.“Initial testing of all staff contacts is expected to be complete tomorrow, Wednesday, August 19. All patients on the ward in question have been informed of the outbreak,” the spokesman said.Chief Operations Manager, UL Hospitals Group, Noreen Spillane said that “hospitals have been preparing for these situations for many months and we have now established an Outbreak Control Team to put into operation our measures to protect the safety of patients and staff and to protect public health more generally”.“This is the first outbreak of Covid-19 to have occurred in UHL since the start of the pandemic. This is unfortunate but we have every reason to believe that this is a limited outbreak that is contained in the ward in question,” Ms Spillane said.UL Hospitals Group urged patients to assist it “by continuing to follow public health advice and to continuing to co-operate with the visiting restrictions across all six of our hospitals”.Exceptions to the visitor restriction rules (with a strict limit of one visitor per patient) include:·         Parents visiting children in hospital·         People visiting patients at end-of-life·         People assisting confused patients (e.g. dementia)Today, there were 43 patients waiting on trolleys in the hospitalA UL Hospitals Group spokesman said today’s “outbreak” at UHL “occurs at a time when emergency presentations to the ED in UHL have been exceeding pre-pandemic levels”.“The Emergency Department is very busy at present with high volumes of patients attending, including many frail elderly patients requiring admission, we again ask that patients consider all their care options before presenting to the department,” the spokesman said.“Injury units in Ennis and Nenagh are open from 8am to 8pm, and St John’s is open from 8am to 7pm. Injury Units are for the treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns.”“Members of the public with a less serious illness can contact  their GP or out of hours GP service. Patients with symptoms of COVID -19 must contact their GP by phone in the first instance and not present in person at the GP surgery or the ED, however, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority.” Twitter Advertisement Linkedin WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Email NewsHealth“Outbreak control team” established at University Hospital Limerick after staff member and patient test positive for COVID-19By David Raleigh – August 18, 2020 2040 Previous articleLimerick people will have their say on ‘bigger picture’ issuesNext articleGAA seek clarity on new restrictions David Raleighlast_img read more