New record for patients on hospital trolleys

first_imgLinkedin Email WhatsApp Facebook University Hospital LimerickA RECORD high for the number of patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) was set this week, when figures from the INMO showed there were 70 admitted patients waiting for a bed.This is the highest number since the nursing union began counting the numbers of waiting patients. On Tuesday, 46 people were on trolleys in the Emergency Department and a further 24 were waiting for an in-patient bed in overflow wards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The numbers had decreased to 64 during the week.Limerick Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan said she is “calling for funding to open all available beds in hospitals in the region, for extra step-down beds where they can be provided and for additional Home Care Packages. It needs an urgent interim response from Government.”“No other region has the pressure we have and all other regions are better resourced for the populations they serve”.In a statement, hospital management said “UL Hospitals Group sincerely regrets that any patient has to face long waits in our emergency department.“The emergency department at UHL is one of the busiest in the country and the numbers presenting continue to increase year on year. Attendances to the end of December 2018 were 72,037 – an increase of 6.2 percent on 2017.The statement said the emergency department was exceptionally busy in recent days.“In the week between Monday, February 18 and Sunday, February 24, a total of 1,453 presented to the emergency department. In the 24-hour period to midnight on Monday, February 25, a total of 210 people attended the Emergency Department. We continue to see high volumes of frail elderly with complex medical conditions and regret that anyone faces long wait times while we prioritise the sickest patients. The Department is also seeing high volumes of surgical patients at present.“We are again asking members of the public to please consider all their care options before presenting to the emergency department at UHL.Injury units in Ennis and Nenagh are open from 8am to 8pm, and St John’s is open from 8am to 6pm for the treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns.“UHL has just over 450 inpatient beds; this is recognised as not being sufficient for the needs of the Mid West Region. The Group welcomes the commitment to increasing bed capacity at the hospital,” the statement concluded. Printcenter_img Previous articleAfternoon delight with Finghin CollinsNext articleCity hosts flowers for Magdalenes event Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsHealthNew record for patients on hospital trolleysBy Bernie English – March 2, 2019 1355 Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Southern cities hit hard by storms face new crisis: No water

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp Snow begins to accumulate as San Antonio police officers gather near the Alamo, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in downtown San Antonio. Snow, ice and sub-freezing weather continue to wreak havoc on the state’s power grid and utilities.center_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 Southern cities hit hard by storms face new crisis: No water Twitter Local NewsBusinessStateUS News Pinterest Previous articleTahoe setting is ‘mic drop’ moment for outdoor NHL gamesNext [email protected] Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Syracuse sets NCAA tournament semifinal record with 12 3-pointers in win over Washington

first_img Published on April 4, 2016 at 1:05 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds INDIANAPOLIS — Brittney Sykes received a Snapchat from Malachi Richardson less than three hours before Syracuse took on Washington.Richardson, who threw up “3 goggles” after hitting several 3s in the men’s NCAA Tournament for SU, was watching the first semifinal between Connecticut and Oregon State and was sending his encouragement to Sykes.“I was like, ‘Listen best, I’m going to do the 3 goggles for you,’” Sykes said. “I’m going to throw them up. If I have one or two, I’m going to do it for you.’”With SU cruising and just five minutes separating it from its first-ever national championship game appearance, Sykes stood along the sideline right in front of Syracuse’s bench. Her 3-pointer pushed the Orange’s lead to 16.Sykes connected her thumb and index finger and raised them both to her eye as her other three fingers stuck straight up. She came through on her promise to to Richardson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just had to put it up real quick,” Sykes said of the 3 goggles.The No. 4 seed Orange (30-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) had 12 chances to celebrate a made 3 in its 80-59 blowout win over No. 7 seed Washington (26-11, 11-7 Pac-12) 80-59 on Sunday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In its first-ever Final Four appearance, SU set a national semifinal record with 12 3-pointers and continued its improbable NCAA tournament run. Syracuse will take on No. 1 seed and three-time defending national champion Connecticut (37-0, 18-0 American Athletic) on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the title game.Washington’s 2-3 zone was busted by seven first-half 3s and the Orange capitalized on open space along the perimeter. It even forced the Huskies to switch to a man-to-man defense. The last time SU faced a similar zone, against Albany in the Round of 32, it went 8-of-27 from deep. On Sunday, it went 12-of-33 on the biggest stage the program has ever experienced.“When you hit your first couple, it kind of opens them up for everybody else,” guard Maggie Morrison said.Already with a 15-point lead, Taylor Ford came off the bench and hit back-to-back 3s. On the first one, she was wide open off a skip pass from Morrison. On the second, a defender was so close to her that she grazed Ford’s head.But to hit that, while being so tightly guarded, is what Brianna Butler said became the turning point of the game.“Yeah, that was contested. I probably shouldn’t have shot that one,” Ford said. “But when I put it up, my wrist was like literally perfect and when it went in, I was like, ‘Whoah, yes!’”Throughout the season, head coach Quentin Hillsman said if SU hits 10 3s a game, it’ll have a good chance to win. In games it’s done that, Syracuse is 14-0.When Alexis Peterson hit a 3 late in the third quarter, she held three fingers up in the air. Time after time, players on the Orange’s bench did too. On nearly each made attempt, Hillsman held his three in the air before pacing the sideline as they hung above his head.The celebrations have become as much of a Syracuse tradition as the makes for a coach who berates players when they pass up open shots. On Sunday, the activity helped the Orange continue to make history.After Sykes threw up the 3 goggles with five minutes left, Butler set an NCAA single-season record with her 128th 3-pointer of the year. When she and the Orange came to the bench with four minutes to play, Ford yelled, “Finish strong!” in the huddle. But by that point the result was already decided. And SU’s 3-pointers went a long way in determining that.“That’s what makes us so explosive. When we’re hitting 3s, that’s what we want to do,” assistant coach Vonn Read said. “We want to make 10-12 3s a game … When we’re making shots like that, we’re tough to beat.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pochettino hails ‘fantastic’ Kane and Alli

first_imgBurnley, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino saluted “fantastic” duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli after Tottenham revived their challenge for Champions League qualification with a 3-0 win at Burnley.Kane scored a hat-trick to take his total of Premier League goals in the calendar year to 36, equalling the competition record set by Alan Shearer with Blackburn in 1995.Alli played a rather more controversial role in proceedings, although he did end the match with two assists.He won a disputed penalty early in the game, shortly after receiving a yellow card for a dangerous challenge on Burnley defender Charlie Taylor, with many home fans believing it should have been a sending off.However, he did produce a sublime pass for Kane to complete his hat-trick with 12 minutes to go.Pochettino said that both men played a significant role in Tottenham’s first away league win since September 30, and is hopeful that they can continue to lift a side who had slipped to seventh place before the weekend.“Harry is so important. I have praised him over the three-and-a-half years I have been here,” Pochettino said.“He makes a contribution not only with goals but with his attitude and his professionalism. How he works on the pitch is fantastic. He’s a massive example for everyone.“I’m so happy for him, because not only have we achieved the three points, but he equalled Alan Shearer’s record.Kane and Alli“He needs one more to set a new record, and I think that’s a massive, massive achievement for an individual like him.”Alli has had a relatively disappointing personal season to date, with only three league goals to his name.The midfielder was criticised heavily a week ago for a bad challenge on Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne, for which he received a yellow card, while his early tackle on Taylor was another example of his temperamental side.Pochettino, though, said that referee Michael Oliver was correct both in only booking Alli and in awarding the early penalty.– Special player – “I think it was a yellow. I don’t think it was more than yellow. The penalty was a penalty,” he said.“I’m happy with his performance and contribution. He tried always. He was always in the game, trying to help the team. His contribution was fantastic.”The Tottenham manager is not worried that Alli’s reputation for getting into trouble on the pitch precedes him, and is certain he will rediscover his scoring touch.“It’s coming,” Pochettino said. “We always expect from Dele Alli that not only does he work, but he scores too. But we feel that’s coming.“He’s going to score and perform in the way that he did before.“He’s a special player. He is like he is. When everyone in this country praised him in the past two seasons, I think it was easy.“He’s still young, he’s 21. Because he’s so special in his character and the way he plays sometimes the crowd is focused on him.“Of course, we demand more. We are the first to demand more from him. But I think he’s in a good way. You can feel that Dele is recovering again all of the feelings from the past.”Burnley manager Sean Dyche acknowledged that his team did not capture the form that has lifted them into the Premier League’s top six this season.“You lick your wounds. They turned up and we didn’t quite. Overall, we have to be really happy where the club is at,” he said.“The best side won on the day. They’re a top-class side. They did the basics. They showed us respect by showing they would have to earn the win.“Harry Kane is a fantastic player. He must be up there with the best strikers in the world.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England sweep to victory in Senior Home Internationals

first_img England won the Senior Men’s Home Internationals for the seventh time today, sweeping to victory with an unbeaten performance against Wales. The team conceded just half a point in the title decider at Machynys Peninsula, defeating the hosts 8.5-0.5. “We are absolutely delighted with the result, but it didn’t look that straightforward during the afternoon,” said team captain Roy Smethurst of Crewe, Cheshire. “We needed to win two singles to win the match and after nine holes we were up in a couple and everything else was quite close. But it all came our way on the back nine, we gained the advantage around holes 10 to 12.” He added: “Everyone has played really well and my biggest problem was deciding who to leave out each morning and afternoon.”  His team was Ian Crowther of Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire; Stephen East of Moortown, Yorkshire; Richard Latham of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire; Alan Mew of Stoneham, Hampshire; David Nelson of Northenden, Cheshire; David Niven of Newbury & Crookham of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire; and Mark Stones of Boyce Hill, Essex. England have now won this championship seven times and four of those victories have been in Wales. “We’ve never lost in Wales,” said Smethurst, whose team follows those which won at Aberdovey in 2004; Tenby in 2008; and Southerndown in 2012. England’s other victories were in the inaugural match in 2002 at Nairn Dunbar in Scotland; at Caldy, England, in 2007; and Royal County Down, Ireland, in 2013. England opened the 2016 championship with a 7-2 win over European champions Scotland. “Since I’ve been captain this is the fourth time we have met Scotland and we have lost the last three times. The guys were absolutely brilliant this time and played really well,” said Smethurst. The team followed up with a 6-3 win over the defending champions, Ireland. “We were very pleased to win that, but Wales had also won twice and that meant we couldn’t let up,” said Smethurst. England held a points advantage going into today’s title decider and knew that a halved match would be good enough to win the championship. The team amassed 2.5 points from the three singles, with East and Latham conceding the half point to Nigel Evans and Nick Grimmitt. But after that it was a clean sweep for the new champions. The pairings of Niven and Stones and of Crowther and Nelson won comfortably in the foursomes. In the singles East got the first point with his 5/4 win, while Niven secured the victory with his 2/1 win. They were followed in by Mew (4/2), Stones (3/2) and by Latham and Nelson who both won 1up. In the day’s other match Scotland beat Ireland 5.5-3.5 to take third place. Click here for full scores.  Image copyright Andrew Windsor. 21 Sep 2016 England sweep to victory in Senior Home Internationals 21 September, 2016 England seniors beat Euro champions Scotland England made an impressive start to the Senior Men’s Home internationals with a 7-2 win over European champions Scotland on the opening day at Machynys Peninsula, Wales. Yesterday’s win puts the team top of the table after the first day’s play, which also saw the hosts, Wales, beat defending champions Ireland 6-3. Scotland took the first foursomes point off England with excellent play from Ronnie Clark and Graham Bell who were around five-under when they beat England’s David Nelson and Ian Crowther 5/4. But England’s other foursomes pairing quickly responded with Stephen East and Richard Latham defeating their opponents 5&3, followed by a 4&3 win for Alan Mew and Mark Stones. England were on top form in the singles, winning five of the six games. There were comfortable wins for Stones (5/3) and Latham (4/3), followed by Mew (3/2) East (2/1) and David Niven (1up). Click here for full scorescenter_img 21 September 2016 England and Wales to go head to-head in title decider England and Wales will go head-to-head tomorrow to decide the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Machynys Peninsula. Both teams have won their first two matches in the round robin series, with England beating the defending champions Ireland by 6-3 today. Wales, the hosts, beat European champions Scotland 5-4 in their match. England took the lead in the match after the morning foursomes, with wins in two tight games. After 12 holes, the pairings of Stephen East and Richard Latham and of Ian Crowther and David Nelson were both just one up. But with a strong performance over the inward half both pairs defeated their opposition 3/2. The team confirmed the win with comfortable wins from Alan Mew, who beat his opponent 6/5; and from Stephen East and Mark Stones who both won 5/4. Ian Crowther completed the scoreline with his 4/3 success. England are seeking their seventh win in this championship having previously held the title in 2002, ’04, ’07, ’08,’12 and ’13. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Mayor Stephanie Murray to Lead Middletown in 2018

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – Stephanie Murray will once again serve as Middletown’s mayor in 2018.Speaking inside a bustling, packed courtroom at 1 Kings Highway on Jan. 7, Murray was quick to thank her family and supporters, but also expressed appreciation for one of the “hallmarks” of her hometown – its sense of community and dedication to volunteerism.“A community is not just about geography,” Murray said. “A community is about people taking care of each other. Community is about being part of a team.”That was the overriding theme of Murray’s speech to residents after she was sworn in by Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.Murray succeeds Committeeman Gerry Scharfenberger, a six-time mayor, who led the township throughout 2017. She was re-elected to Middletown’s governing body in November alongside her running mate, Tony Fiore.“Even though this is my third time as mayor, I am as thrilled as I was the first time,” she said. “I am also filled with an even healthier dose of reverence, having learned from the first few times around the block.”Murray, who recently took a part-time job as West Long Branch’s borough administrator, believes experience will help her govern throughout 2018, a year sure to be filled with plenty of decisions and changes for the governing body.In the second half of the meeting, the Township Committee unanimously approved another $25,000 in legal fees to fight the Monmouth County Reliability Project – a $111 million proposal by Jersey Central Power & Light Co. to build a 230kV transmission line along 10 miles of the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail line from Aberdeen to Red Bank, running through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown.Middletown, as the lead agency, has teamed with Aberdeen, Hazlet and Holmdel to form a municipal consortium to fight the project in court. The $25,000 installment is for Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, P.C., a Basking Ridge-based law firm, which the township retained in 2016 to litigate on their behalf. Maser Consulting, a Middletown engineering firm, was also brought on to the legal team. The four towns have collectively spent nearly $200,000 in legal fees to fight the MCRP.In December, the MCRP’s legal record closed in the Office of Administrative Law, and the project is now in hands of Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Cookson. A residents’ group called RAGE (Residents Against Giant Electric) has also spent nearly $450,000 of their own money for legal fees. RAGE leadership anticipates a decision by Cookson at the end of the month.“We certainly think this is the last payment we have to make and are very optimistic about the outcome,” Murray said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed but we’ll stay prepared.”Other new projects slated for Middletown in 2018 include a township-operated garbage pickup program and the construction of a new town hall.In his final address as 2017 mayor, Scharfenberger said the new trash policy is the “most high-profile program” for residents this year. The township said the program will help lessen the impact on taxpayers, but some residents have been unhappy with the new service. It went into effect on Jan. 1.“While change can sometimes be difficult and worrisome, we are confident that this move is overwhelmingly the best, most cost-effective choice for Middletown,” he said. “After the system becomes routine, we think residents will agree.”The project to rebuild the town hall complex is expected to make strides this year. Tentative design plans have been drawn up for the $20 million project, which Scharfenberger vowed would be accomplished without impact to taxpayers.Murray said the project will be underway by January 2019 and added news that the township will market a segment of the property for outside development to offset the cost of the major project.Other initiatives the mayor plans to focus on this year include keeping the municipal rate flat after a decrease in 2017, along with expanding the township’s heritage tourism program to include more historic districts in Middletown.“Middletown is not only a hub of education, culture and activity, but the paramount (example) of a successful community,” she said. “Again, this is because of all of you.”A Middletown FirstWith over 350 years of recorded history it’s hard to come across a “first” in Middletown, but volunteer first responders made it happen last week.Surrounded by her family, Kimberly Kraynock was sworn in as the first female chief of any emergency department in Middletown history, after she was elected by her peers from five volunteer companies as the EMS Chief for 2018.Kraynock, a Keansburg resident with 14 years of experience in the volunteer EMS field, said the afternoon was one filled with plenty of emotion.“You never think you’re going to get there, at least in my opinion. You work so hard towards something like this and you don’t really ever expect to get there sometimes,” Kraynock said.“It’s hard to say thanks,” she continued, “so you just have to make sure to do the best you can for your department and the town to make as many improvements as you can.”Kraynock has been with the Port Monmouth First Aid Squad for the past eight years and also spent time in Tinton Falls and with the Lincroft First Aid & Rescue Squad, where her career began.Murray administered the oath of office to Kraynock and the two embraced each other before and after the swearing in. Afterwards, Murray said it was a historic day for Middletown.“I’m so proud, I really am,” Murray said. “I think it’s about time and you’ll be seeing a lot more as time goes by.”Kraynock said she plans to focus more on collective training with all the departments, practicing in active shooter situations and integrating other associations in town to first responders’ events and programs.“There are a lot more female volunteers in your organization than you realize,” Kraynock said with a smile. “It’s about time we start showing that.”This article was first published in the Jan. 11-18, 2018 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more