“Very angry”: Cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan implores health minister to reconsider…

first_imgLimerickNews“Very angry”: Cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan implores health minister to reconsider launch date of CervicalCheck TribunalBy David Raleigh – October 22, 2020 214 Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Posting a series of messages on Twitter, Ms Phelan said she was “very angry” at how the proposed tribunal of inquiry was being handled before it had even started.Yesterday Minister Stephen Donnelly brought a memo to Cabinet proposing to open the tribunal next Tuesday, which is to investigate negligence in the State’s cancer screening programme.However, Ms Phelan, a member of the 221plus campaign group, which formed following the cancer smear test scandal, claimed the women affected by the scandal and their families “who this Tribunal is aimed at, were not afforded an opportunity to respond to the Minister’s decision to formally establish the Tribunal BEFORE it was announced”.“As we have become used to, those most affected are often the last to know,” Ms Phelan tweeted.“We met the Minister and officials from (Department of Health) on a Zoom meeting just 6 weeks ago. We set out several aspects of the proposed Tribunal that were causing us, and our members, serious concern, the Minister’s response yesterday is a flat rejection of ALL of our concerns,” she said.“We asked for a non-adversarial route to be found for the Tribunal, one NOT obliging women to fight the labs given recent rulings. The (High Court) in the (Patricia) Carrick case reaffirmed the view taken by the (Supreme Court) in (Ruth) Morrissey, that it was NOT necessary for women to sue the labs…”“Women could instead rely on the non-delegable duty owed to them by the HSE, who were found primarily responsible for the cervical screening programme in the Morrissey case. The HSE could then rely on their contractual and legal indemnities against the lab.”“BUT The Minister rejected these arguments and set out in his letter how the laboratories MUST be involved in proceedings if taken before the Tribunal. This will NOT be acceptable to many of our members,” Ms Phelan said.The Limerick mother who was given a terminal diagnosis after she was given a false negative smear test result, added: “We asked that applicants to the Tribunal who receive an award be allowed to return to the Tribunal should they suffer a recurrence of their cancer, in the same way that the State allowed applicants before the Hep-C Tribunal to return where their health deteriorates.”“Such a right to return to the Tribunal would be an advantage over the High Court procedures where, of course, no such right exists. The Minister’s letter did not even address this hugely important issue,” she said.“Another issue that the Minister did not address is that of the Statute of Limitations. We explained to the Minister that some of our members have received legal advice that they may now be statute-barred because they relied on the Government’s promise of a ‘non-adversarial’ Tribunal and did not issue (High Court) proceedings.““These members may now, through no fault of their own, be statute-barred because of delays by Government of more than two years in establishing this Tribunal. The Minister did not address this issue,” she added.“We had been given to believe that it was the needs of the women and families affected by the CervicalCheck debacle and NOT those of the @HSELive and the labs that were to come first in the Government’s response to the terrible wrongs visited upon our members.”Ms Phelan further argued that “on the basis of all of the above, we would ask the Minister to reconsider any move to launch the CervicalCheck Tribunal next week”.“Instead, we would plead with him to redouble efforts to sit down again with members of the @221plus, to identify an alternative solution of redress which is what our members have asked for, and what they deserve.” Facebook Previous articleShop LOCAL | Shop LIMERICKNext articleWhat Do Level 5 Restrictions Mean For Football? David Raleigh Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LIMERICK CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan has accused the Minister for Health of ignoring her and her fellow cancer campaigners concerns over the proposed CervicalCheck Tribunal, which is due to start October 27th. “Otherwise, we will be recommending that @221plus members NOT participate in this Tribunal should it go ahead in its current format next week.“ Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Vicky PhelanPhoto: Oisin McHugh True Media Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Advertisementlast_img read more

Maybe productivity isn’t as bad as they say—It could be worse

first_imgFor quite some time now, economists, including prominent members of the Federal Reserve, have been bemoaning the fact that as the labor markets in the United States continue to steadily add jobs and drive down the unemployment rate (and to a lesser degree the underemployment rate), economic growth continues to be relatively weak. The variable that falls out of this equation is labor productivity. As Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen has stated throughout her tenure at the helm of the Fed, labor productivity has been “miserable.” However, the explosion of consumer debt may be masking the possibility that productivity is even more miserable than meets the eye. At some point, too much debt exaggerates economic growth. Yesterday, Bloomberg News came out with this article: “In Debt We Trust for U.S. Consumers with $12.7 Trillion Burden.”To put $12.7 trillion of consumer debt into perspective, the article states cites that $12.7 trillion is roughly the size of China’s entire economy and four times the size of Germany’s economy. Consumer debt has risen steadily under Ms. Yellen’s tenure and is now past the peak it hit just prior to the global financial grisis. The pattern seems pretty clear: increasing debt, starting from a relatively low level, provides a substantial boost to economic growth. The ability of the United States to distribute credit and capital more efficiently than any other economy on the planet shows that we can supercharge not only the U.S. economy, but the global economy.However, at a certain point, increasing debt levels reach a tipping point for a large majority of consumers. At this point, which I feel we reached sometime in 2014–2016, increasing consumer debt starts sending false positives for economic growth. Is it really economic growth when consumers are essentially stuffed into more car than they can afford, paying higher tuition for a higher education that doesn’t necessarily lead to a lucrative job, and “holiday” or “season’s greetings” loans that are just pretty silly? Back in the day, if you walked into a financial institution looking for a $3,000 loan, unsecured, to take the family to Disney World, the financial institution would laugh at you. Now, they market these loans to the public! continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

O’Connor exit surprises Schmidt

first_img O’Connor left Leinster last week after a disappointing campaign where the Dublin province failed to finish inside the PRO12 top four for the first time in 11 years. The outspoken Australian coach’s departure sparked suggestions Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt had a hand in his exit, owing to rows earlier in the season about player availability. Former Leinster boss Schmidt called a hasty press conference last month to tell his side of the story after O’Connor had complained Ireland were being heavy-handed in forcing his Test stars to sit out pivotal matches for the province. That butting of heads sparked the rumours the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) had underscored O’Connor’s exit – but Schmidt has insisted he played no part. “I was as surprised as anyone,” said Schmidt of discovering O’Connor had been sacked last week. “It’s not the IRFU’s decision: it’s purely a Leinster game board decision. “That’s the autonomy they have, and that’s the decision they made. “So it’s totally independent of the IRFU.” Ireland take on the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday night, with Chris Henry making his first international appearance since suffering a mini-stroke in November. Henry underwent a heart procedure after falling ill on the morning of Ireland’s autumn Test with South Africa on November 8, returning to Ulster action in March. Joe Schmidt has denied Ireland’s bosses had any involvement in the sacking of Leinster coach Matt O’Connor. Schmidt hailed Henry’s resolve to battle back to full fitness, claiming the 30-year-old can “absolutely” fight his way into Ireland’s World Cup squad. “He was very much in our thoughts right through the Six Nations last season, he played right through that,” said Schmidt. “He was very much starting against South Africa until the morning of the game when he had to be withdrawn. “Since then I’ve stayed in touch with him a bit, tracking his progress, and his progress has been heartening, and it’s great to have him back. “I think he’s been bubbling with enthusiasm and he’s demonstrated that at the two trainings, and he’ll demonstrate that at the game again tomorrow night. “He’s just a good quality person to have around as well, so I’m really looking forward to seeing him go again. “He’s in try-scoring mode at the moment, he got one last week, he fancies himself with a bit of pace out on the edge, so we could see him all over the place, at least for 40 or 50 minutes before the game starts to slow him down a little bit.” While Schmidt will be keen for Leinster’s uncapped debutant centre Colm O’Shea to impress in Thursday night’s non-cap international against the BaaBaas, he must also keep turning his mind to Ireland’s politics. Ireland bosses are keen to tie in-demand coach Schmidt down to a new contract, with his current deal expiring after the 2016 Six Nations. Schmidt said he may have “a better window” next month to sit down with the IRFU for discussions on a new contract. “I don’t feel there’s too much panic and I don’t feel the IRFU do either,” said Schmidt. “It’s a really busy time – we’re in camp and trying to finish off the season. “I’m not going anywhere in June, and that might give us a better window. “I think it’s something that we will get to, but I can’t really comment on it.” After the fall-outs with O’Connor, Schmidt also admitted he is keen to continue fostering strong relationships with the provinces as Ireland move ever closer to the autumn’s World Cup. “I’ll be an interested observer,” said Schmidt of what part he would play in Leinster’s process to recruit O’Connor’s replacement. “Because in the end I’ll be working with that person and that person will have obviously a number of Irish international players. “I think that’s something that, again that’s their process, and we’ll find out when that process has gone through its full cycle and we’ve got someone at the end of it. “Those relationships are really important. “Everybody who is having to share resources at stages is going to be probably contesting where and when those resources are best utilised. “And that’s part of the continual feedback that exists with the IRFU and the player management that I think is something that the provinces recognise as well. “It’s certainly something that we were predicting we would continuing going forward and trying to be as positive as possible in that vein.” Press Associationlast_img read more

See the top 10 goals scored in the German Bundesliga by Ghanaian stars [VIDEO]

first_imgThe German Bundesliga is one of the top five best leagues in Europe and it is noted for precision, technique, dynamism, packed stadiums and of course goals.The league has seen so many great players banging in goals, with the likes of Gerd Müller, Klaus Ficher, Robert Lewandowski and Jupp Heynckes leading the pack as the league’s top goal scorers of all time.The German league is noted to have accommodated several big named Ghanaian players of old and new, with the likes of Samuel Osei Kuffuor, Tony Yeboah, C. K Akonnor, Kevin Prince-Boateng and Hans Adu Sarpei among the top list of Black Stars players to have played in the Bundesliga.German football is noted for exceptional, exquisite and creative goals, and some Ghanaian stars have contributed to some amazing ones.At number 10 is Kevin Prince-Boateng who played for Schalke 04. The midfielder picked up a loose pass from a Mainz player, run at the defenders and carefully placed to ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.Coming up at number 9 is Otto Addo, the German-born – Ghanaian scored one of his best career goals at Borussia Dortmund. He picked up a pass from his defender and lobbed the ball well beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.Ali Ibrahim, formerly of Accra Great Olympics scored a stunner to surprise a dominant Bayern Munich team in the Bundesliga on 4th February 1993. SG Wattenscheid 09 defeated Bayern Munich, 2-0. Ali Ibrahim picked up a pass from the right flank, danced in front of the defenders and curled the ball well beyond the reach of the Bavarian goalkeeper.On the opening day of the 1996/1997 season, Ibrahim Tanko scored an exquisite lob against Bayer Leverkusen.Tony Yeboah’s belter in the 1998/1999 season comes at number 6, his goal was Hamburg’s second goal of the game.Charles Takyi’s incredible thunder shot for St. Pauli in 2010 places 5th. A ball was swung from the defense, headed down to Takyi who was about 10 metres away from the 18-yard-box and smashed in the ball beyond the Koln goalkeeper.In the 1991/1992 season, Tony Yeboah showed why he was class in front of a packed Signal Iduna Park as Eintracht Frankfurt drew 2-2 with Dortmund. The Ghanaian picked around the centre circle, and run some distance before blasting the ball into the back of the net from about 35-yards.Kevin Prince-Boateng features again but this time for Hertha Berlin. An absolute beauty he pulled from his bag of tricks in the 2006/2007 season against Eintracht Frankfurt.Ibrahim Tanko was noted for eyes for goals and not just any goal, cheeky and outstanding ones. In the 1996/1997 season, the Ghanaian striker scored a beauty against SC Freiburg in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 win. The centre-forward picked up a through pass, lofted the ball up and down over the Freiburg defender and finished perfectly for Dortmund.On top of the list is C. K Akonnor’s thunderbolt against Borussia Mönchengladbach in Wolfsburg’s 5-2 defeat in the 1998/1999 season.Watch the top 10 goals here:last_img read more