Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has described as “cruel” the fact that so many people are waiting for home help hours to be allocated. The latest figures from the HSE reveal that 6,310 people were on waiting lists for home help services at the end of April.He said it is shocking the delays at present in getting home help hours and home help supports approved. “As far as I am aware no new home help hours are approved and the only home help hours available are recycled hours or hours that come available from patients which no longer avail of the services be that through death or patients moving into care homes or nursing homes,” he added.He said that over the past number of years we have seen the number of people waiting for home help hours increase significantly, but despite this, the resources have failed to meet demand leaving some service actually losing hours.“We are experiencing the qualitative effect of under-resourcing of home help hours, and this situation will get considerably worse unless increased funding becomes available.“Families across Donegal are angry and frustrated with the Government’s approach to home help. Instead of allowing people to live and be cared for in their own homes, they are forcing them into nursing homes and hospitals. This is turn is increasing the strain on our already overburdened hospital system.” Pat the Cope added the fact that more than 6,000 people are on waiting lists for hours shows clearly how strained the service has become.He said the Minister needs to clarify how many people will be affected by these proposed cuts, as there is no doubt that any reduction in hours will pushed an already stretched service to the brink.He fumed “It defies logic that cuts are being even considered at present and it certainly demonstrates how out of touch this Government are in terms of the demands on home help hours nationwide at present.“I have met with many families who are at the end of their tether and deeply concerned that their loved ones will not get the care that they need. This is a deeply distressing situation for them and simply should not be happening.“Home help services are essential; they must be maintained, and indeed increased, the massive savings to the state that home help and carers provide for the health service cannot be underestimated. “Any move to reduce hours further cannot be countenanced and measures must be taken to ensure that these home helps are protected into the future – we will be judged as a society on the care we provide for our elderly, our sick and most vulnerable within our communities.”Fury as more than 6,000 on waiting lists for home help was last modified: June 12th, 2019 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:Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagherdonegalhome helpListswaiting
If you thought aircraft flying to and from Australia are getting more crowded, you were right.New government statistics released on Monday show airlines filled more seats on planes flying to and from Australia in 2015-16 as passenger traffic grew by a healthy 7 per cent compared to the previous year.The statistics show the increase in demand, fuelled by lows air fares that are cutting airline yields, was greater than the 6.1 per cent increase in seats, pushing overall seat utilisation from 79 per cent in 2014-15 to 79.7 per cent last financial year.The increase came as seven airlines started or restarted international services to or from Australia to bring the total number of carriers servicing the country to 59, including five dedicated freight operators.International passenger traffic increased by almost 2.4 million in 2015-16 to 36.2 million after growing over the decade from a 2005-6 base of 21.1 million.At the same time, the mix of the most popular airlines changed markedly over the decade, according to the Bureau of transport and Regional Economics.In the latest year, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market with 15.9 per cent followed by Jetstar with 9.5 per cent, Emirates with 9.1 per cent, Singapore Airlines with 8.4 per cent and Air New Zealand with 7.1 per cent. Compared to 2005-06, Qantas Airways’ share has decreased by 11.6 percentage points, Jetstar’s had increased by 8.6 points and Emirates’ was up by 2.6 percentage points.Falls were seen by Singapore Airlines (down 2.6 percentage points) and Air New Zealand (1.8 points) while new entrants in the top 10 since 2005-06 included AirAsia X (3.4 per cent) Etihad (3.1 per cent) and China Southern (2.8 per cent).The market share of Australian designated airlines was 29.4 per cent, down from about a third a five years ago, while the share of low-cost carriers rose from 16.3 per cent in 2014-15 to 17.5 per cent in 2015-16.Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said the figures indicated Australia’s reputation as a safe and attractive international destination would continue to grow.Chester said the Australian Government was committed to supporting the growing demand , pointing to a $A181 million concessional loan to help fund a new runway in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast as well as decisions to grant regional gateway status to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Melbourne’s Avalon Airport and Canberra Airport. “The Government also recently introduced a more flexible policy for air services negotiations with our bilateral partners,’’ he said in a statement. “This in turn is delivering clear benefits to local export businesses, our tourism industry, and the broader economy.’’ Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo said the government was prioritising the negotiation of bilateral air services agreements to ensure we have the aviation capacity necessary to meet the Tourism 2020 goal of $A140 billion in overnight visitor expenditure by the year 2020.This included tripling the gateway capacity between Australia and China, which saw spending by Chinese tourists surge 27 per cent in the last 12 months to reach $A8.9 billion.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While food companies, federal regulatory agencies and farmers are held responsible for ensuring the health and safety of food, not all are trusted to get the job done, according to new research from The Center for Food Integrity (CFI). The findings illustrate a dangerous trust deficit that breeds increased public skepticism and highlights the need for increased consumer engagement by the food system.“If you’re held responsible and trusted for ensuring safe and healthy food, you are seen as a credible source,” said Charlie Arnot, CEO of CFI. “However, if you’re held responsible but not trusted, that’s a dangerous disconnect that can’t be ignored.”Federal regulatory agencies are held most responsible for ensuring safe food, following by food companies and farmers, according to the survey. However, when it comes to trust, federal regulatory agencies rank eighth and food companies rank last on a list of 11 choices.“The potential fallout is serious and we’re already witnessing consequences in the food system as public interest in food production and processing grows,” Arnot said. “A lack of trust can result in increased pressure for additional oversight and regulations, rejection of products or information, and consumers seeking alternate, and perhaps unreliable, information sources.”Farmers fared better, ranking third in both responsibility and trust on the issue of ensuring safe food. CFI’s annual research, now in its tenth year, has consistently shown that consumers trust farmers. Arnot cautioned farmers against viewing the results as permission to disengage.“The good standing of farmers presents a golden opportunity for farmers to share their stories, invite consumer questions and help build trust,” he said.Rankings for responsibility and trust regarding ensuring healthy food were similar. Segmenting by influencer audiences, including moms, millennials, foodies and early adopters, CFI’s research surveyed U.S. consumers on more than 50 topics including most important issues, trusted sources, purchasing behaviors, pressures impacting food choices, and attitudes on farming and food manufacturing.Research results reveal additional trust gaps when it comes to the environment, animal care and food manufacturing. Eighty percent moderately or strongly agree that they are more concerned about global warming/climate change than they were a year ago. However, only 30% strongly agree that farmers are taking good care of the environment.While 55% strongly agree that if farm animals are treated decently and humanely, they have no problem consuming meat milk and eggs, only 25% believe U.S. meat is derived from humanely treated animals.Two out of three consumers (64%) hold a positive impression of agriculture, while below half (44%) hold a positive impression of food manufacturing. A majority, around two in three, want to know more about both.“I am often asked why consumers have a certain, often inaccurate, impression of the food system,” said Roxi Beck, director at CFI. Beck works closely with farmers and food companies, providing practical advice and step-by-step training to increase transparency and engagement and help close the trust gap.“My response is simple: because farmers and food companies haven’t engaged consumers in a way that addresses their underlying concerns,” she said. “The food system is making great strides toward transparency and responsiveness, which is tremendous, but there is more work to be done. It starts with identifying the drivers of concern, versus providing factual information to address the questions asked.”Each year of CFI’s decade-long research builds on the last. When combined, it leaves no doubt that effective engagement to earn trust goes beyond simply providing consumers with information.“Consumers want to know that farmers and food companies share their values, so simply providing facts or information isn’t enough,” Beck said. “Meaningful engagement can be a game-changer. For example, I’ve guided dozens of on-site tours of farms and food companies and the ‘ah-ha’ moments are often dramatic when consumers see and hear for themselves how food is produced. This is because they’ve made a personal connection with the individual expert, which allows the conversation to move forward.”Transparency is a powerful trust-building tool, she said, and can be achieved in many ways, “ranging from photos and videos to blogs that invite questions. Today’s trust gaps can be closed and CFI is committed to helping the food system do just that.”To download a summary of the annual trust research and register for the free webinar, “Shifting Food Beliefs and Trends: Insights Into Closing the Trust Gap,” visit www.foodintegrity.org. For more information, contactCFI at [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather returns to Ohio today, tomorrow, and Thursday. Today is a bit of a transition day, as we still are trying to see moisture from yesterday exit off to the east. Clouds will likely mix with sun today, but we see better sun potential through tomorrow and Thursday. Temps will stay above normal, relative humidity values low, and drying should become excellent.Our moisture for late in the week and the weekend looks on target for Friday, less impressive on Saturday, and then still very, very impressive for Sunday. Therefore, overall, we are putting precipitation potential for the three-day period at .25”-1.9” with coverage at 80% of the state. Rain potential for Friday comes as a fairly minor front sags across the state through the day. Moisture totals will be mostly be under a third of an inch, and the general rains will be a tenth or two. Saturday there is nothing more than hit and miss scattered showers. However, on Sunday, we see strong thunderstorms moving through with heavy rain potential. Northern Ohio may escape, but the rest of the state sees good rains, and we wont rule out a farther north push too…that remains to be seen. The map at right shows rain potential through Monday morning.Dry weather is back for next Monday, but the pattern looks to speed up with our next system next week. Rains can be in as soon as Tuesday late evening, and then go through Wednesday. Rain totals remain at half to 1.5” with coverage at 70%. As the rains move in sooner, they also move out sooner, and we think we can put together a dry finish to the week, Thursday into the weekend. The rest of the extended 11-16 day period is wetter, with a strong front delayed back into the 29th and 30th, and then another low comes in from the NW for the 1st and 2nd. We could see half to 2 inches of rain combined from those two systems over the 4 days combined when we flip the calendar. Colder air comes in behind the front next week and reinforcing cool air comes behind that late system in early October.
MOST READ Toronto’s Serge Ibaka was ejected in the second quarter.After Griffin’s three-point play put Detroit ahead 112-111 with 10.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Toronto was out of timeouts. But the Pistons lost DeRozan near midcourt, and he went all the way in for a dunk with 4.6 seconds left, drawing a foul in the process.“We didn’t do what we were supposed to do. I’m not going any further than that,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I’m not going to throw someone under the bus, but we didn’t do what we were supposed to do.”DeRozan cut a finger, but he made the free throw to put the Raptors up by two. Griffin scored inside with 0.9 seconds left to tie it.TIP-INSRaptors: G Deion Wright left the game with a sprained big toe on his right foot, and F OG Anunoby was out with a sprained right ankle. … Toronto trailed 59-45 at halftime before outscoring Detroit 40-25 in the third quarter.Pistons: F Stanley Johnson missed the game because of back spasms.STANDINGSToronto leads Boston by 2 ½ games atop the East. Detroit is now five games out of the final playoff spot in the conference.SPLIT CROWDWith Detroit located right on the border with Canada, there were plenty of Toronto fans on hand, and chants of “Let’s go Raptors!” broke out periodically.ERRORSThere were three turnovers in the final second of regulation. After Griffin’s tying bank shot, the Raptors’ inbound pass went out of bounds off a Toronto player around midcourt with 0.3 seconds to play. Then Griffin’s long pass toward the basket went out without touching anyone, giving the ball back to the Raptors.They tried a similar long pass, but the same thing happened. Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet shoots the game-winning basket in overtime during the team’s NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Detroit. The Raptors won 121-119. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — In the final seconds of both regulation and overtime, DeMar DeRozan pushed the ball up the court and went straight toward the basket.The first time, he threw down a dunk for the game’s most spectacular highlight. Then a few minutes later, DeRozan had the ball in his hands again in a similar spot.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Neither one of us had timeouts,” Casey said. “Just kind of trying to give it back to each other.”UP NEXTRaptors: Host the NBA-leading Houston Rockets on Friday night.Pistons: Host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Read Next “I knew they would be more prone to collapse on me the next time,” the Toronto star said.With Detroit’s defenders cutting off his path to the rim, DeRozan made a simple pass to Fred VanVleet, whose tiebreaking jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining gave the Raptors a 121-119 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDeRozan finished with 42 points in the overtime win, and Toronto became the first NBA team to clinch a playoff berth this season.“We need to be hardened and face some adversity,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Tonight was one of those tests. I think each game we go into, everybody’s going to give us their best shot.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games D-League: Pacesetter CEU crushes AMA by 35 LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Toronto trailed by 17 in the second quarter but was able to outlast Blake Griffin and the Pistons in a back-and-forth thriller. With the score tied late in overtime, Detroit’s Reggie Bullock missed an open 3-pointer with about five seconds left on the shot clock. The rebound went to DeRozan, who rushed into the frontcourt and got into the lane, where a couple defenders stood in his way. He passed to VanVleet in the left corner.Until then, VanVleet was 1 for 9 from the field, but his shot from just inside the 3-point line gave Toronto the lead.“To win the game at the end there makes me be able to sleep a little bit better at night,” VanVleet said.Griffin, who had tied the game with less than a second remaining in regulation, missed a 3-pointer on the final possession of overtime.The Eastern Conference-leading Raptors have won six straight and 13 of 14. 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