​Olympic Day celebrations end in Vabukori

first_imgSome former Olympic athletes also accompanied the team to present inspirational talks. Among the group was a former sprinter representing PNG in the Athens Olympics in 2004 and again in Beijing in 2008, Mae Koime.Based on the key objectives of the Olympic Day celebration this year, the Committee centred their event associating with primary and secondary school students.Meanwhile, with the 2016 Trukai Fun Run set for this Sunday, the committee concludes the celebrations today at Vabukori village in the National Capital District with another fun-filled day.The Olympic Day is marked on June 23, which was yesterday. However, the celebration was planned to coincide with the Trukai Fun Run.The NOC thanks the students and schools participation in the week-long event and hopes to extend the celebration of the event to other provinces as well in the coming years. During the week-long celebration, which started on Monday, the National Olympic Committee (NOC) team visited some schools in the city, giving talks and educating them about sport and the Olympics.last_img read more

Stranorlar, Ramelton, and Lifford Community Hospital beds could be moved to Letterkenny

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has slammed the Government for “misleading the general public” on matters relating to the long-term future of the Community Hospitals in Donegal.The Leas Cheann Comhairle says that “it has been shocking how this matter has been handled” by Minister of Health since 2016 when their policy decision to downgrade the capacity of three Donegal hospitals – St Joseph’s Stranorlar, Ramelton and Lifford Community Hospital.He adds that he felt shocked when Minister of State Jim Daly gave “the impression” that his question in July – when he asked for the retention of beds at all three community hospitals – was invalid and inaccurate. Speaking today, Pat the Cope says: “What is to be absolutely clear now is the Government’s intention to remove the long stay accommodation (residency beds) from the Community hospitals in Lifford, Ramelton and St Joseph’s Stranorlar.“This is an increditable decision and a retrograde step in the provision of health care in our county.”Following this, Gallagher says that the Government’s reputation and credibility is “in tatters and is completely shot”, “no one can have any further confidence in the process which they are engaged in.”The only two things that can restore Government confidence at this point, he says, would be the reversal of the Government policy of January 2016 and the fixture of a capital plan for the long term future of all three hospitals, which would include retoring staffing numbers in all three facilities.“What we have witnessed from the Government over the past two years almost has been a complete farce.“I am demanding the Government come clean and admit there has been an attempt to mislead the general public and immediately initiate a policy change and to secure the future of the three hospitals in Donegal,” said Pat the Cope. “It is clear following a series of Dáil questions placed by me to the Minister for Health over the past 6 months, that it remains the clear stated intent of the Government to remove long stay accommodation residency beds from these three hospitals, in line with the decision made by the previous Government in January 2016.“This was reaffirmed to me on the 26th of July 2017, again on the 15th of November and again today 22nd of November 2017.“It is shocking the extent to which some Government representatives have gone to in order to cover up or massage the truth on this matter since the original announcement was made in January 2016.”In a reply to Deputy Gallagher, Health Minister Simon Harris says: ““The programme which was announced on 26 January 2016 included the development of a new 130 bed centre, centrally located in Letterkenny to ensure that bed capacity in the region, which includes Ramelton, Lifford and Stranorlar is secured on a sustainable basis.”Pat the Cope says that it has become evident that the Government have taken the decision to replace the three Community Hospital’s residency beds capacity with one centralised unit in Letterkenny.Just one week ago on the 15th of November, Minister Harris told Deputy Gallagher that: “This investment programme will see the provision of two new centres in Donegal, namely in Ballyshannon and also a 130 bed centre to be located in Letterkenny”. Deputy Gallagher says that is is “clear” that the Government are refusing to reverse their current stated policy, which is to “downgrade” the three community hospitals in question.Stranorlar, Ramelton, and Lifford Community Hospital beds could be moved to Letterkenny was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Community HospitalhealthHSELiffordPat The Cope GallagherRameltonst josephs stranorlarlast_img read more

‘Arrogant’ Virat Kohli fired up Lendl Simmons to knock India out of World T20

first_imgLendl Simmons has revealed that how a “very arrogant” Virat Kohli fired him up to play a match-winning knock in the World Twenty20 semifinal to knock out India. Riding on Kohli’s 47-ball 89, India posted 192/2 on the board but Simmons slammed a fluent 51-ball 82 to power West Indies to a seven-wicket win at the Wankhede.The West Indies also went on to win the World T20 title for the second time by beating England in the final. Simmons said, in that match he was fired up by Kohli’s on field aggressive behaviour.”When he (Virat Kohli) fielded, he said something to me, and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to show you you’re not the only good batsman,'” Simmons told ESPNCricinfo. “That’s the way he is. He’s very arrogant, he’s very aggressive when he fields, and when he bats as well. He’s just a very aggressive person,” he added.Simmons too rode his luck in that semifinal match, as he was twice caught of no-balls. Simmons was drafted into the West Indies squad at the last stage of the tournament to replace an injured Andre Fletcher.”Those things motivate our players and it certainly motivated me. That really urged me to bat the way I did – to show him that he’s not the only one who can do it. That played a big role,” Simmons said.Simmons rates that knock againt India being the highlight of his career. “Every cricketer has his day and you just need to cash in when it is your day. I took full opportunity of that (caught off no-balls) to bat until the end. It was mind-blowing doing that with all those people supporting India and being very loud. It was the highlight of my career,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more