Serious Inadequacies in Wheelchair Provision and Maintenance in Ireland – UL…

first_imgNewsSerious Inadequacies in Wheelchair Provision and Maintenance in Ireland – UL StudyBy Staff Reporter – February 19, 2014 814 Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Previous articleHarty Cup Final Preview with Paddy PowerNext articleHunt museum houses fine art rare collections and the High Court Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Advertisement Linkedin #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launchcenter_img Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Email Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Lack of Wheelchair provisions in Ireland says UL study.A study on wheelchair provision, undertaken by the University of Limerick, has highlighted a worrying lack of any national policies or guidelines in support of the 40,000 people who use wheelchairs and seating assistive technology in Ireland.This HRB-funded study in partnership with SeatTech, Enable Ireland as the host organisation and the University of Limerick, has worked with key stakeholders to identify system improvements and to develop a strategy for more efficient provision of wheelchair services.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The research, led by UL’s Dr Rosie Gowran, involved qualitative interviews with key stakeholders including service users, service providers, healthcare professionals, clinical engineers, administrators, suppliers, manufacturers, regulators and policy makers. Participants engaged in a series of workshops, which identified major bottlenecks in unregulated wheelchair provision processes in Ireland and which ultimately led to a proposed strategy document for more sustainable wheelchair and seating provision and a model to review and develop policy relating to wheelchair and seating provision nationally.Major issues includedThe length of waiting times throughout the wheelchair provision process which has significant impact on growing children, and people with progressive conditions.The funding for wheelchair provision is sanctioned by the Health Service Executive, depending on the part of country in which a person lives and how this is prioritised.Follow up & management services to review changing needs are ad hocBreakdown / Repair and Emergency Services can be ad hoc and inadequateRefurbishment, Reissue, Recycling Services are being developed, yet are not appropriately regulatedCommon Language needs to be used to develop sufficient and efficient communication systemsEducation and training for all citizens at a national and local level need to be developed, with particular those involved in healthcare services.Research & development of service and technology advancementIdentifying who takes responsibility for Wheelchair Provision as this is currently unregulated.Dr Gowran states: “The focus this research was wheelchair and seating provision in the Republic of Ireland, which has developed and grown rapidly over the past twenty years, seeing an increase in localised, more accessible specialist services and the availability of advanced technology. However, even with these positive developments, current wheelchair provision, as with many other countries, lacked uniformity and could not be regarded as sustainable. A wheelchair becomes a person’s legs, it becomes part of their skin, and it is a person’s freedom. A wheelchair, if you need one, is essential for survival and it should be seen as a priority.As one participant said when the wheelchair breaks down it is like cutting their two legs off. The current system or lack thereof in Ireland needs to be addressed urgently by Government. Many, Irish children are currently sitting in wheelchairs that are too small for them, being squashed in a wheelchair could have major consequences on their development, not only impacting their limbs but also leaving them at risk of chest infections and pressures ulcers.”“This research has highlighted that the importance of wheelchair provision is misunderstood and there are four key processes which need to be addressed nationally, these include access to services, assessment and delivery, tracking, tracing and taking care of equipment and education and research. I call on the Irish Government to bring these issues onto the programme for government and sanction a national review of wheelchair services as a matter public priority, equating the importance of appropriate and regulated provision to the prescription of pharmaceutical drugs. As one research participant told me, you wouldn’t let someone do heart surgery on you if they hadn’t been to college, why should I let someone fix my wheelchair if they don’t know what they are doing? While the impact of inadequate and unregulated infrastructure may not be immediately apparent, the side effects may have long-term and or lethal consequences. This is a human rights issue“, said Dr Gowran. TAGSDr Rosie GowranHRBMusic LimerickStudyULWheelchair provision Printlast_img read more

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Purplebricks is back in profit but market share stands still at 4%

first_imgPurplebricks has confirmed that the company has not increased its market share in the UK and that sales volumes have dropped, particularly in the South East.“The significant losses incurred in the prior period have now been reversed,” the company says. It has also confirmed that the overall group has returned to profitability.The comments are made in a statement ahead of its interim results for the six months ended on 31st October within which the company says it has maintained its market share at 4%. This is despite comments by its CEO Vic Darvey recently that it will eventually reach 10% of the UK market.The more detailed results are due to be published on 12th December, the day of the General Election.It also says the company will report an improvement in the marketing-to-revenue ratio as ‘planned efficiencies are now being realised’.Canadian boostAnd Purplebricks says its Canadian business, which it purchased and then rebranded in January, has done better than expected.But despite the good news, the company is likely to be bracing itself for a lukewarm reaction from the City.Its overall performance is expected to ‘flat’ when compared to the same period last year.  purplebricks statement Purplebricks purplebricks interim vic darvey November 7, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 11th November 2019 at 1:03 pmVic Darvey CEO of Purplebricks is a very bright man, and is an industry titan, but when he says things like the company is ‘not for sale’, or the company is going to change how it charges customers – the question I am going to ask is … Is Vic there? As I think he might be a little light on strategy.More worryingly, when Vic says ‘significant losses in the prior period have been reversed’ – maybe the comment without the spin should be that as stated in The Times, that Purplebricks has reported, ‘a full-year operating loss of £52.3 million.’For me, the only great thing about Purplebricks for investors in its shares, was that on paper it seemed to be the mother of all cash cows. It appeared, and that was always the illusion, that with a positive cashflow from upfront fees, that it would once established make huge profits, without a costly bricks and mortar empire of offices, populated by expensive employed staff.The truth, now the smoke and mirrors are no more and the business model is clear for all to see, is that you can strip out the staff costs, the managers the negotiators etc who sell property and just have listers (even better if they are self-employed), but if your business campaign runs on a multi-million pound spend on television, web, radio and every media medium – it does not matter how much cash you are getting upfront, if the spend per unit listed far exceeds the cash you get in.Close scrutiny of the annual accounts of Purplebricks show a worrying conclusion that gross profit runs at about 45%, but when ‘marketing costs’ and ‘admin’ costs are added in that 45% gross profit becomes a negative figure.Purplebricks were closer to making profit when their turnover was 50M plus, they made a 5M loss. They then bragged that when turnover doubled, they would hit profit. Instead the 5M loss grew into a multi-million loss.Possibly, the only thing keeping the Purplebricks empire afloat is the model of cash upfront, win or lose for the vendor. This pays the Local Property Experts and covers some of the costs of the business.If Vic feels that he is going to change the model, the cash input will dry up, and if the company has to wait 5-months for properties to sell and complete, from point of instruction, those multi-million monthly costs will eat the company and Vic alive.Also, Vic’s new bright idea to raise the basic cost of the offering by £100, may also come back and bite him, as PB’s USP, was that it was cheap to list. If the gap between the onliner, and traditional agents (with real salespeople front-end marketing and selling property) is becoming ever smaller, many wise vendors may return to the tried and tested route to sell their home.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks is back in profit but market share stands still at 4% previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks is back in profit but market share stands still at 4%Update released this morning reveals improving business efficiencies and losses stemmed, but its overall performance is flat, the company admits.Nigel Lewis7th November 20191 Comment1,695 Viewslast_img read more

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4 things you need to know about ATM and branch equipment management and maintenance

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many financial institutions spend too much time and money juggling numerous vendors to keep their equipment, including ATMs, up and running. (Just ask Bank of America, which pays $1 billion a year just to shuffle cash around in armored trucks!) While it may seem like that’s just the way the business goes, the truth is there are better ways for community banks and credit unions to manage their branch equipment so they can maximize savings and focus their time on more important things.When it comes to ATM and other branch equipment management and maintenance, you need to know four important things:1.      You have options.There are many trustworthy companies out there whose sole purpose is to help financial institutions like yours stay on top of equipment maintenance with minimal involvement of your staff. And whether you need full management and maintenance of all your branch equipment or you just want to focus on consolidating your ATM vendors, a perfect match awaits. continue reading »last_img read more

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World Cup winning Indian captain slams Virat Kohli for team selection in NZ

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement bxs5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2gvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2n72xu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b9wyrWould you ever consider trying this?😱mk6Can your students do this? 🌚65gf2wRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the T20 series victory, the New Zealand series is going downhill for the Indian cricket team. A 3-0 whitewash against the hosts, and now back to back failure from the batting order in the two innings saw kiwis snatching out the first match of the Test series. Among all the criticism and reprimand from pundits and supporters, the team and its captain Virat Kohli has a new critic regarding team selection, and its none other than the world cup winning captain Kapil Dev.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPFollowing the announcement of the Test squad earlier this month, Team India was already slammed for excluding the in-form KL Rahul out from the lineup, and there was a constant bringing in and out of players throughout the latter part of the series, which unfortunately, did not click for Kohli and co.Regarding this, the 1983 Cricket World Cup winner and former captain Kapil Dev has come forward to raise questions regarding the frequent shuffling of the Indian squad. In a recent interview with ABP News, Dev praised New Zealand for picking up the pace after the 5-0 T20 whitewash, but was upset about the constant change up in the team.Advertisement “Have to praise New Zealand, they are playing very good cricket. The 3 ODIs and this Test match, they have been excellent. If we analyse this match critically, well, I do not understand how can one make so many changes,” Dev told reporters.The iconic all rounder was also bothered about Rahul’s absence from the red ball series: ”Management believes in format-specific players. Rahul is in great form, he is sitting out, it does not make sense. I believe when a player is in form, he needs to play.”Advertisement While India’s superstar openers Rohit Sharma out because of an injury, and Rahul not included in the Test squad, India relied on the young Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal to open up for the visitors’ innings.Dev continued: ”There is a new team in almost every match. No one in the team is permanent, if there is no security over your place, it will affect the form of the players.”Although Agarwal kept his nerve with a 34 in the first and an impressive 58 in the second one, Shaw failed to make a mark, along with the rest of the batting squad, including captain Kohli himself, who has only scored 21 across the two innings in the first test. As a result, India couldn’t cross the 200 run mark in either innings, only putting up 165 and 191 respectively.‘Such big names in the batting order, if you cannot score even 200 runs in 2 innings, you have not been able to conquer conditions. You have to focus more on planning and strategy,” the 61 year old added.India’s second Test against New Zealand is on this Saturday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Also read-See which Indian cricketing legends Harsha Bhogle just compared Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma with!Virat Kohli fires back at critics over his batting form after NZ trashing Advertisementlast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2017

first_img(Current Through Saturday, Feb. 11) Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Jerry Hollendorfer751491619%52%$1,143,445 BOLO AND WHAT A VIEW COULD MEET IN KILROEBolo and What a View, who treated fans to one of the most exciting races of the WinterMeet Saturday when they finished a head apart in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on turf, could return for an encore performance in the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11.Both camps reported Sunday that their charges came out of the Arcadia in good order, trainer Carla Gaines speaking of Bolo and trainer Kenny Black of What a View.Bolo, making his first start since last July 17 when he finished ninth in the Eddie Read at Del Mar, appeared beaten when fourth in the field of five at the three-sixteenths marker, but unleashed a furious late rally under Mike Smith to overtake pacesetting What a View who just failed to hold off Bolo.It marked the second straight year Bolo has won the Arcadia, but stay tuned. What a View turned the tables on Bolo when they met again in the 2016 Kilroe.Smith also guided Bob Baffert’s Argentine-bred Vale Dori to victory in yesterday’s Grade II Santa Maria and the trainer stated following the race that she’d be pointed to the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at a mile and one eighth on March 18. Stewart Elliott8411101513%43%$479,688 Mark Glatt4296521%48%$316,550 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Bob Baffert3384524%52%$803,716 Philip D’Amato47115923%53%$708,825 Tiago Pereira5986614%34%$222,210 Tyler Baze13223291217%48%$1,176,222 Peter Eurton3273322%41%$378,814 Joseph Talamo82951511%35%$327,413 Flavien Prat12430162324%56%$1,946,958 Mike Smith32113734%66%$1,120,645 SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME FEB. 23Competition drives the market and it’s no different when it comes to sponsoring a Santa Anita jockey in their annual charity basketball game against Holy Angels School on Feb. 23.According to Nancy Dollase, co-chairman of the event along with Angie Stevens, West Point Thoroughbreds had already put up the minimum $250 to sponsor Mike Smith in the game, but when Bob Baffert learned of it, ever the sport, he wanted to sponsor Smith, the regular rider of Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate, trained by Baffert.West Point and Baffert went round and round, and when the dust settled, Baffert had upped the ante to $750 to get Smith on board. West Point graciously settled on a most worthy alternative, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza.Thanks mainly to the $7 million earned by Arrogate in the Pegasus, Baffert and Smith lead the nation in purse earnings through Feb. 9 with $7,591,928 and $7,769,535, respectively.The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School game will beplayed at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. John Sadler3468918%68%$419,294 Martin Pedroza668121212%48%$376,373 Santiago Gonzalez72710710%33%$352,016center_img TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza3377621%61%$497,822 Doug O’Neill849191511%51%$813,588 J. Keith Desormeaux2972524%48%$434,225 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 BAFFERT UPS ANTE FOR SMITH IN JOCKEYS’ GAME MIDNIGHT STORM TO WORK MONDAY FOR BIG ‘CAP Luis Contreras718101811%51%$406,129 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller581413624%57%$864,555 Vladimir Cerin2665523%62%$192,654 William Spawr1981242%58%$215,831 Richard Baltas7114131020%52%$713,180 FINISH LINES: Jockey Rafael Bejarano, unseated from Eaglemaker when the three-year-old colt suffered an injury nearing the sixteenth pole in Saturday’s ninth race, took off his scheduled six mounts today. “It’s just precautionary,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi. “He’s a little sore but X-rays and a chest scan were negative.” . . . Versatile Midnight Storm, a Grade I winner on turf and dirt, is scheduled to breeze for Phil D’Amato Monday with his goal the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11 . . . Trainer John Shirreffs is weighing two races for Jerry and Ann Moss‘s Triple Crown contenders, Gormley and Royal Mo, either the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 18 or the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 11 . . . Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has two-time Eclipse champion Songbird galloping two miles a day as she prepares for her four-year-old debut . . . Mike Smith will be back aboard Megahertz winner Prize Exhibit for trainer Jim Cassidy in next Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at one mile on turf, while Kent Desormeaux has the mount on Mokat for Richard Baltas, who gave the Hall of Fame rider a leg up on the daughter of Uncle Mo for her victory in the Grade II San Clemente Handicap last July 23 . . . Agent Nelson Arroyo reports his brother, Norberto Jr., will resume riding at Santa Anita next Saturday, Feb. 18, after serving a six-day suspension. Norberto took the opportunity to spend time with family in Kentucky . . . Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked to ride California Cup Derby winner Ann Arbor Eddie for owner Reddam Racing and trainer Doug O’Neill in next Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields . . . Trainer Peter Miller could have as many as three runners in Dubai on World Cup Day March 25: Palos Verdes winner St. Joe Bay, Stormy Liberal and/or California Cup Sprint winner Richards Boy . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 20. Enjoy draft beer, soda and hot dogs for just a buck. First post time will be 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that week. Live racing will resume Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. . . . On Saturday, March 11, when Santa Anita presents the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, the Late Pick Four will have a guaranteed pool of $1 million, and the Pick Six pool will be guaranteed at $100,000 . . . The Voice of Santa Anita Michael Wrona correctly pronounces the last name of 10-pound apprentice rider from Puerto Rico Evin Roman. It’s not “Roman,” as in the Roman Empire, but “ro-MON,” as in “Jamaica, mon.” Kent Desormeaux861811921%44%$1,165,831 ARCADIA REMATCH LOOMS IN THE GRADE I KILROE Gary Sherlock2453221%42%$135,455last_img read more

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You play Xbox and Gates makes a fortune

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals DeLay delay’d: As part of his campaign to either prolong his trial or get his indictment thrown out of court, Rep. Tom DeLay has called the prosecutor’s vendetta against him “politics of the most sleaziest kind.” The former House majority leader added, “I’m not angry, just jealous.” War on Christmas update: The Christmas season has begun in earnest, and so has the war on Christmas (or so some talk show hosts have charged). “Some Jewish leaders are refusing to place Merry Christmas signs on synagogues, yet seem to be OK with Hanukkah symbols all over the place,” said host Rill O’Beilly on his show last week. “Add that to the absence of any reference to Christmas during Presidents Day and July 4th this year, and can the complete assassination of the words ‘Christmas Sale’ be far away?” Next up: John Wayne? One week after intimating that Korean and Vietnam war veteran Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha was a coward, Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt now has bigger fish to denigrate. “Rep. Schmidt has received a call from a Revolutionary War veteran who had a message for former President George Washington,” said the congresswoman’s switchboard operator. “Fathers of this nation don’t cut and run or have wooden teeth.” Bad news, good news: The Vatican has issued an edict denying priesthood for any sexually active homosexuals. The good news is, those wannabe priests will be allowed to marry in Massachusetts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Just in time for the holidays: Microsoft released its new Xbox 360 this past week, and the company’s founder, Bill Gates, said that the product would be more than just an extremely expensive toy that will make him more money in one day than anyone buying it will make in a lifetime. “It will give 35-year-old males still living at home with their parents another rationale for just not having the time to meet the right girl,” said Gates. “Hey, I just made $200 million in the time it took me to say that,” added the beaming zillionaire. Pardon ’em all: President George W. Bush pardoned two turkeys for Thanksgiving, including the one named Marshmallow. The White House refused to reveal the name of the second turkey, but an anonymous senior official intimated that it was, “between Libby and DeLay.” Stop the bombing: While the revelation of a 2004 Bush conversation with British Prime Minister Tony Blair concerning an effort to bomb the Arab news network, Al Jazeera, shocked many, a study revealed that most Americans feel that shelling any of the four major American networks during sweeps would make America safer from unwanted bombs. Puberty booming in Tampa: Another attractive young female school teacher has admitted to having sex with a student, forcing Tampa, Fla. officials to suspend student enrollment. “It’s not so much the kids,” said one exhausted Tampa school board member. “We just never knew so many men between the ages of 21 and 45 never graduated from middle school.” last_img read more

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Donegal must be prioritised in State’s broadband plan – Doherty

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has called on the Government to ensure that Donegal is prioritised during the roll out phase of broadband services as part of the National Broadband Plan initiative for the provision of high speed broadband to all premises in the country.Deputy Doherty was commenting following the publication of a study this week by price comparison website, Switcher.ie, which found that based on speed tests recorded by broadband customers from across the state, Donegal came in at the bottom third of counties for broadband speeds.Calling on the Government to prioritise Donegal as part of the long awaited National Broadband Plan, Deputy Doherty said “This research compiled by Switcher.ie, and based on speed tests provided by a study sample of broadband users, clearly points to a major urban-rural divide in terms of broadband services and download speeds. “Based on 27,000 consumers surveyed as part of this study, it was found that broadband consumers in Donegal have access to some of the slowest download speeds, with consumers here experiencing average speeds so poor that they rank in the bottom third of counties.“While consumers in Donegal who participated in this survey recorded an average broadband speed of 13.44Mbps, it is important to note that speeds in more rural areas of the county are even slower than this while some places have no coverage at all.“The average speed recorded by Switcher.ie for Donegal is likely to have been increased due to speed tests having been performed by consumers in larger towns which enjoy better connectivity than other areas where services are poor in comparison.“Overall, the Switcher.ie survey reveals that only 25 per cent of households receive internet speeds of 30Mpbs, which is the minimum target under the National Broadband Plan. “Clearly, if we are to properly address this huge rural/urban divide, the Government must prioritise rural areas in the roll out phase of its National Broadband Plan to ensure that those areas which currently have some of the worst download speeds, may be among the very first to access adequate services through the scheme.“Otherwise, this Government will continue to make the same mistakes as previous ones should it choose to focus on urban regions by supplying broadband services to areas which are already in receipt of above average speeds and which presently enjoy sufficient coverage.”Donegal must be prioritised in State’s broadband plan – Doherty was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Luongo ‘has got the lot’ – Hasselbaink

first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told QPR’s website he believes Massimo Luongo could establish himself as a top midfielder if he can add goalscoring to his repertoire.The Australian has been in excellent form this season, having responded to boss Hasselbaink’s insistence that he work harder off the ball.Now Hasselbaink wants to see Luongo, who has yet to score for the R’s, start finding the net.“Massimo has got the lot. He has energy, desire and he is a box-to-box player,” Hasselbaink said,“If he could add goals to his game I believe you could compare him with some of the best midfielders. And that is something he needs to really try to add to his game.“He is providing goals at the moment, which is great, and he needs to keep that going while adding his own goals. But it’s important we don’t try to force that.“We need to get him more into the box, and then the ball will fall for him and the goals will come.”Hasselbaink’s side, currently two points away from the play-off places, are away to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz See also:QPR v Bristol City player ratingsHasselbaink plays down play-off prospectsFriday’s QPR quiz – put your Rangers knowledge to the test  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Sharks’ Game 7 win: Why Avs’ goal was nullified

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — As much as the Sharks needed Joe Pavelski, Martin Jones and Joonas Donskoi to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday in Game 7 of their second round playoff series at SAP Center, they also needed the eagle eyes of Dan Darrow.Immediately after it appeared that Colin Wilson had tied the game 2-2 at the 7:49 mark of the second period, Darrow, the Sharks’ video coach, notified coaches on San …last_img

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Aviation, maritime careers for youth

first_imgThe Eastern Cape’s Department ofTransport plans to visit 60 schools toraise awareness among pupils of theopportunities that exist in the maritimeand aviation industries.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ncedo KumbacaDirector: CommunicationsEastern Cape Department of Transport+27 82 5626 023Shamin ChibbaOnce, being a sailor or pilot meant you faced danger almost daily and had the opportunity to discover new worlds and earn praise and admiration. Nowadays, fewer youngsters are interested in taking to the seas or the air and this has led to a shortage of pilots and sailors in South Africa.As part of a strategy to tackle this situation, more than 200 young people were invited to attend an information sharing session organised by the Eastern Cape Department of Transport (ECDoT) at the province’s Bhisho Airport in late April.The event was meant to encourage the participants, most of whom were university students from institutes around the Eastern Cape, to register for learnerships in the aviation and maritime sectors.The session was organised in partnership with the South African Maritime Safety Association (Samsa), training company Mtha Aviation and local airline SA Express.According to ECDoT’s communications manager Ncedo Kumbaca, the department targeted previously disadvantaged matriculants and students who were unaware of the opportunities existing in maritime and aviation.“Young people from rural areas need to be taught about these industries,” he said, adding that ECDoT also wished to educate the students on the complex criteria that will ensure a successful application.“Many think a distinction is enough to get a learnership but it is not,” he said.Maths and science essentialAt a Maritime Day function held in East London last year, Samsa’s CE Tsietsie Mokhele expressed concern about the urgent need to develop the industry. He particularly pointed out South Africa’s poor contribution to the international maritime industry.At the same function Mahlubandile Qwase, then the Eastern Cape’s MEC of education, attributed this lack of global presence to the poor maritime education in coastal areas of the country. He claimed that there are three ports in the Eastern Cape but not a single maritime school.Kumbaca said that another factor is the large number of high school learners who drop maths and science, subjects which are crucial in kick-starting a career in maritime or aviation.Because of this, he said, the two industries remain the most untransformed in the country.However, to counter this unacceptable state of affairs, representatives from ECDoT have been on an awareness drive since 2010, and plan to visit a total of 60 schools to educate learners on seafaring and piloting.Such drives may not be necessary in the near future. According to Qwase, plans were in place to establish a maritime school in the province in 2011.“By 2015, we will have fully fledged maritime high schools and 300 graduates,” he said.Developing the aviation and maritime industriesKumbaca said Samsa was offering 100 learnerships in the maritime industry, while an unspecified number of learnerships in the aviation industry were to be chosen by SA Express.Students had the option of registering for one of three programmes that were made available on the day.Mechanical engineering students who had a diploma, had dropped out of their studies, or had studied the theory of mechanical engineering, were directed towards the maritime learnerships.Students who have passed grade 12 with at least a D average or a level five in maths, were medically fit, older than 16 and had no criminal record, were registered as potential flyers into the Aviation Learner Training Programme.Female students with a high school pass of at least a D average or a level five in maths and science, and a passion for aviation, were encouraged to sign up for the ladies-only Cadet Pilot Programme.last_img read more

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