Hospitality sector needs to up workers’ wages, Cllr warns

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has urged the hospitality sector to adopt better pay for its employees and to have better working conditions. The call comes as Independent Cllr Michael Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig met with Méabh Seoighe Tourist officer for Udarás na Gaeltachta yesterday (Sat) to follow up on a proposal that Glenveagh visitor center would set aside a place to promote Gaeltacht in the county.The Glenties Councillor made the proposal over a year ago and speaking to Donegal Daily, he said more had to be done to make it worthwhile for tourism employees to work and promote Donegal. He said: “I met with Méabh Seoighe Tourist officer for Udarás na Gaeltachta to follow up on a proposal I put to both Údaras and Glenveagh National Parks and Wildlife Service over a  year ago.“My proposal is that the Glenveagh Visitor Centre would set aside a place to promote our beautiful Gaeltacht which is only 15 minutes away.“We also discussed my motion to Donegal County Council, that the Council design and erect new signage that clearly shows visitors when they entering An Ghaeltacht.“In the course of our meeting, I also emphasised the importance of those promoting tourism to seriously consider the environmental impact of tourism on our community and planet. “While tourism has a role to play, I am concerned that too many eggs are being put into the tourist basket, which is being  seen as the great economic saviour of our social and economic deprived community.“This deprivation is the result of years of neglect by successive governments, and addressing this situation requires a much broader and deeper response than simply focusing on tourism as some kind of fix-all ‘magic bullet’.“The majority of workers within the tourism sector are on minimum wage and are also only seasonal workers.“You will not be able to afford a mortgage on a minimum wage, you will not be able to put your children through college on a minimum wage.“Minimum wage is only a bare survival wage, not a living wage, and affords no security, dignity or long term prospects for these workers.” Hospitality sector needs to up workers’ wages, Cllr warns was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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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Lady Spartans finish season with loss; Cardinals remain perfect with win over Oroville

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Red Bluff Lady Spartans wrapped up the regular season Thursday night against the league-leading Pleasant Valley Vikings and fell 69-36 in a physical game.The Vikings dominated the first period, taking a 14-3 lead by the buzzer, but Kylee Kitchell and Maggie Winning found the net in the second to keep the deficit at 11 by the half, 25-14.The Spartans pulled within 10 in the third but that’s as close as they would get, with the Vikings leading 44-26 after three and going on a …last_img

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Webcams, IMs, and File Shares, Oh My! Web-Based, User-Friendly Healthcare

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We’ve just been introduced to an interesting company: Doctations. This relatively new site aims to open communication channels and online services to turn any doctor’s practice into a web-based community.The software, an Internet-based healthcare transaction interface, allows doctors to upload and save medical data, to share test results with patients, and to analyze information with their colleagues. Patients in this system can manage their healthcare, schedule appointments, request prescription refills, research medications, access articles, and communicate with doctors – all securely, quickly, and cost-effectively. Our question: Why aren’t systems like these in place everywhere right now?Unfortunately, a combination of data security concerns and industry regulations such as HIPAA have made doctor-patient online communication – even via email – nearly impossible. Doctations’ data transactions are made secure through an encrypted database and a secure login and password. Voice identification processes are available, as well. These data security measures are compliant with all relevant industry regulations.More than just a task manager, the interface allows physicians to access a messaging system that includes audio and video chats, kind of like Skype. Using this part of the service, physicians could conduct online consultations with their patients via webcam. It’s unclear whether the system would also allow homebound patients to send vital statistics such as weight and blood pressure to physicians automatically through the use of monitored devices, another trending topic in “telehealth“. Online consultations – and getting insurance companies to pay for them – have also been a subject of great concern to the American Medial Association, which has been lobbying for more modern billing practices for online consults since 2004.Doctations has also expressed the goal of making physicians’ offices entirely paperless by moving source data (such as reports, faxes, and mail) and business processes online. The company has partnered with Sure Scripts and Quest Diagnostics to send prescription requests and order lab results. The company has also partnered with science and health publisher Elsevier to give patients access to important research materials and decision support alerts. These are just a few noteworthy features we found while browsing around the Doctations website. The service appears to be full-featured for all aspects of a medical practice, from staffing and billing to patient-focused task management. The service is available on a subscription basis for healthcare providers.Check out this CNBC interview with Doctations founder and neurosurgeon Dr. Louis Cornacchia: Although many users would love the opportunity to have quicker, simpler, less expensive healthcare as well as greater access to their physicians, others still probably have concerns about the security of putting their most personal information online. On which side of the fence do you find yourself? And for our readers who are also medical doctors, would it make sense to implement such software in your own practice? What are the objections?Let us know your thoughts in the comments. We’re going to switch on the webcam and see if we can get a doctor to look at this troubling mole. Related Posts jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#health#web last_img read more

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This Week in Internet of Things: Intel’s $25M IoT Investment, French Intelligent Cities & More

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The adoption of IPv6 is a key technology in the Internet of Things, because every object connected to the Internet requires at least one IP address. There will be huge demand for Internet addresses and IPv6 is more than capable of handling that.Intel invests $25 Million in Internet of Things ResearchIntel announced this week that it will invest NT$750 million (US$25.8 million) in joint research with Taiwan’s top-ranked university, National Taiwan University. The research project, named Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center, will focus on Internet of Things. Specifically it will look at smart sensing, “green sensing” and context analysis.Vida Ilderem Burger, vice president and director of Intel’s integrated platforms research, said thatit’s Intel’s first such center and will probably eventually expand to China. This is significant, because as we noted last week China is well ahead of the U.S. on IoT implementation.The Quantified Self: RunKeeper Emphasizes IoT Platform Fitness-tracker RunKeeperannounced this week that its iPhone app will remain free, after formally being a paid app. Instead of making money from its apps directly, RunKeeper is going to focus on building a platform for exercise and health data. Other companies have already built RunKeeper integration into sensors, ranging from heart rate monitors to sleep monitors and bathroom scales. RunKeeper says it will launch a public API (Application Programming Interface) this year. Running coaches are already selling training programs on the RunKeeper site and power-users can pay for the RunKeeper Elite level of service. For more explanation and context, read Marshall Kirkpatrick’s analysis of RunKeeper.French Intelligent CitiesBruce Sterling, who runs the excellent Spime Watch on his Wired blog, pointed us to a report on “smart city” development in France. The telecoms company France Telecom Orange has been running two smart city pilot projects at Cagne-sur-mer, a city with 40,000 residents located near Nice, and in the Grenoble city center. Reports Louise Joselyn from new Electronics:“At Cagne, the pilot project has involved the deployment of sensors to monitor, measure and even control certain aspects of the city environment, including water metering in public buildings, street lighting control and the environment.[…]So far, the Cagne project has worked well, handling 100 or so sensors. The challenge is to support multiservices simultaneously and to scale to tens of thousands of sensors.” QR Codes Track Ancient Artifacts As we reported earlier this week, the Center for the Studies of Archaeological and Prehistoric Heritage (CEPAP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona is now using QR codes to ID and track ancient artifacts. The CEPAP team has been testing this process for two years, affixing QR tags on everything from sword blades to bone remains. CEPAP has managed to reduce artifact coding errors to 1% with this process.Sao Paulo Cancer Hospital Uses RFID to Respond to Heart AttacksA report in the RFID Journal this week explained how a Brazilian hospital is making use of RFID in medical emergencies. The system “not only alerts responders in the event of a cardiac arrest, but also tracks response times, thereby providing the clinic with information that it can utilize to improve its response processes.”The RFID implementation has been a success so far and the hospital is planning to extend it to “tracking and managing clinical assets, as well as for environmental monitoring of temperature and humidity in patient care areas, and in hospital refrigerators and freezers used to store tissue samples and medications.”That’s a summary of some Internet of Things highlights from the past week. Feel free to share in the comments other interesting Internet of Things developments that you spotted this week. Every Thursday evening PT we review Internet of Things developments from the past week. Internet of Things is a term for when everyday objects are connected to the Internet. It’s becoming an increasingly relevant trend for the Web and media, so we want to keep you updated with the latest news. Tune in every Thursday evening for our updates.This week’s stories include a big IoT investment by chip maker Intel, two French cities building smart cities, RunKeeper’s platform for exercise and health data, and more. Also we continue the countdown to the Internet address apocalypse!5 More Days Until the Internet Runs Out of IPv4 AddressesAs we noted last week, it’s getting down to the wire for IPv4 Internet addresses. It’s now down to 5 days, according to the Twitter account @ipv4countdown (data sourced from Hurricane Electric). This time next week, it’ll be Armageddon! Well… not really, the Internet will continue to run and most of us won’t notice any difference. For the technically inclined though, the age of IPv6 will have officially arrived. richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Eagles claw Archers

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena nailed a triple with 9.2 seconds remaining as Ateneo stunned fierce rival La Salle, 80-78, Sunday night to stay in the quarterfinal hunt in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.Momentarily open at the left corner, Ravena hoisted the shot while drawing a foul on Ricci Rivero to give the Blue Eagles the lead for good, 76-74, much to the delight of the Ateneo faithful at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the victory, San Beda improved to 6-0, virtually clinching a place in the quarterfinals of the preseason event.The Eagles looked like they were on their way to the victory when they took a 73-68 lead heading into the final minutes.But La Salle responded with six straight points capped by a Ben Mbala putback for a 74-73 lead with 18.3 seconds left.Ravena missed the bonus free throw, but teammate Matt Nieto hauled down the rebound leading to another foul for two more charities, 78-74.Hardly looking the squad that ruled this tournament in emphatic fashion last year, La Salle fell to 4-3 as it continued to miss Kib Montalbo and Prince Rivero to injuries.Letran absorbed its sixth loss in seven games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Mangulabnan cops Superbikes, Expert plums “It was a big shot by Thirdy (Ravena),” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, whose Eagles improved to 3-2 in the preseason tournament . “We don’t want to rely on big shots to win the game, but it’s good that we get one when we need it.”The rivals’ first match since their UAAP finals meeting won by La Salle last year turned out to be a hotly contested affair with technical fouls called on players from both teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEarlier, San Beda maintained its unblemished record with a 75-63 drubbing of Letran in a battle of NCAA rivals, while National U leaned on JJ Alejandro’s big game to subdue St. Benilde, 104-88.Robert Bolick fired 17 points to lead the Red Lions, who rallied from an early deficit with a strong performance in the third quarter. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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Pop-up Drops, Yanks Beat Reds, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — When the ball went up, Brian McCann thought it was the second out of the inning. And when it came down, the Yankees had a three-game sweep.Jacoby Ellsbury got four hits and scored the winning run in the ninth on McCann’s pop-fly single that dropped near three Cincinnati Reds in shallow right field, giving New York a 3-2 victory on July 20.“I’ll take it, for sure,” McCann said with a laugh. “I saw that everybody was looking at each other. So there was a chance, and luckily for us it fell.”Ellsbury and Derek Jeter each had an RBI single in the fifth inning for the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda outpitched Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto and left with a 2-1 lead before Todd Frazier’s tying homer off Dellin Betances in the eighth.Ellsbury also stole two bases and made a sliding catch in center field that saved a run. “He can do anything on the baseball field. He showed all his tools today. He does this on a nightly basis,” McCann said.Ellsbury reached safely all five times up, including a leadoff single in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman (0-3). Before that, left-handed hitters had been 1-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against the hard-throwing Cuban this season.Ellsbury got a great jump and swiped second without a throw. He reached third on a wild pitch before Chapman struck out Mark Teixeira with a 101 mph fastball.McCann, another left-handed batter, lifted a popup that barely reached the outfield grass behind first base. But with the infield playing in, Frazier and second baseman Skip Schumaker scurried back trying to get under the ball as Jay Bruce rushed in from right field.“It is anybody’s ball,” Frazier said. “If you can get to it, it is your ball.”All three appeared to have a hard time finding it in the air, however, and the ball landed untouched. Ellsbury alertly saw what was happening and dashed home easily as McCann stood on first base with his arms raised.“You don’t see that too often,” Ellsbury said. “It’s just a read that you have to make pretty quick.”Chapman stared out toward shallow right field, where Frazier, Schumaker and Bruce were practically frozen in disbelief.“Just one of those things — I thought I was under it and I was not,” Frazier said. “By the time the ball was coming down it was already too late so, I made a mistake, turned my body the wrong way and, one of those things where I should have caught it.”Center fielder Billy Hamilton had trouble with the sun earlier, allowing Ellsbury’s seventh-inning fly to fall for a double.David Robertson (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth. It was New York’s second walk-off win this season and the fifth game-ending hit for McCann — his first since a home run for Atlanta against Houston on May 17, 2011.The 39-year-old Kuroda gave up three hits and no earned runs over 6 2-3 innings in his 200th major league appearance. “He was great,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “Did a wonderful job today.”After losing their sixth straight road game, a season high, the Reds are 2-5 without injured sluggers Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.Cueto threw 112 pitches in five innings, matching his shortest start this season. “I felt really strong today,” he said through a translator. “I would have kept going even with the amount of pitches I had.”Frazier won a matchup of All-Stars when he lofted Betances’ full-count pitch into the left-field corner, just beyond the 318-foot sign.It was the first home run at Yankee Stadium for Frazier, who grew up about 85 miles away in Toms River, New Jersey. He pumped his fists at home plate and received hearty high-fives in the dugout.Betances has allowed two homers in 58 1-3 innings this season. “I think we were all a little bit shocked when it happened,” Girardi said.Moments earlier, Schumaker made a costly baserunning mistake.He singled to start the inning and, with Frazier at the plate, took off trying to steal second before Betances began his delivery. The big right-hander stepped off the rubber, and Schumaker was tagged out after a long rundown.Schumaker, just off the seven-day concussion disabled list, had an RBI double with two outs in the fifth. It was Cincinnati’s only hit in 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position during the series.“They just outplayed us,” Reds Manager Bryan Price said. “Some of the things that happened in the series (were) unfortunate.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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