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78 fewer mental health professionals in Northwest than 10 years ago

first_imgThere are 78 fewer professionals working in mental health services across the HSE region CHO1 than ten years ago new figures show.The local HSE Area, which covers counties Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo, has seen the number of full-time posts within mental health services being reduced from 1,032 in 2009 down to just 954 as of July this year.Deputy Pearse Doherty said the figures illustrate the complete disregard the government has for people with mental health problems. He added the shocking figures come amidst an ongoing recruitment and retention crisis with some 700 vacancies in mental health services alone across the state.Deputy Doherty said “These figures which reveal that there are today 78 fewer full-time staff employed within local Community based mental health services here in the northwest region compared to the same period ten years ago is beyond comprehension.“As a local elected representative, I am constantly being contacted by families who share stories of loved ones who are being let down by gaps in the service, often citing a lack of community and after hours care and support.“And despite the best efforts of our hard working frontline staff, these latest figures clearly show that local mental health services here in Donegal and neighbouring counties are chronically understaffed and under resourced. “The data illustrates that while for the majority of HSE regions there have been an increase, albeit a modest one, in the number of staff working within mental health services, CHO1 – which includes Donegal – is one of the areas where staffing levels are lower than they were back in 2009.“It’s no surprise that a recent Mental Health Commission report was damning in its criticism of how problems such as poor hygiene within mental health units, as well as inadequate staffing were undermining patients’ rights and called on the government to make significant steps to address these issues.“This is why, prior to the summer recess, Sinn Féin tabled and won support for amendments to a Dáil motion which called on both the government and the HSE to produce a real plan aimed at improving patient care and at providing support to staff and all those working within mental health services.“Our amendments included demands that the post of National Director for Mental Health be reinstated, that an information system for mental health services be developed, and for the government to commit to not implementing a freeze on recruitment or overtime for essential staff.“However, the government continues to drag its heels on taking steps towards improving services for those living with mental health difficulties and – as we’ve seen all too many times before – patients here in Donegal continue to suffer disproportionately due to Fine Gael’s health policies.” 78 fewer mental health professionals in Northwest than 10 years ago was last modified: September 6th, 2019 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

Dell Takes Itself Private In $24.4 Billion Deal: With Help From Microsoft

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#dell#Finance#PC#PCs markhachman Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Dell Inc. confirmed Tuesday that it has agreed to a $24.4 billion deal that will take the company private, removing the second-largest PC company from the prying eyes of investors, analysts and regulators. But its partner Microsoft may provide at least a small window into the company’s finances.(See also: Michael Dell Goes To Hell.)What The Deal Looks LikeMichael Dell and a collection of financial partners, including Silver Lake and MSD Capital, will buy up Dell’s outstanding shares at $13.65 apiece, representing a 25% premium over Dell’s closing price on Jan. 11., the day before the rumors of Dell going private surfaced. (A company like Dell that goes private must buy up all the company’s outstanding shares, which means offering shareholders an incentive – a better price on their shares then they could otherwise get.)The deal also includes a $2 billion loan from Microsoft, which is not a permanent investment. Terms of the loan were not disclosed. In addition, debt financing was provided by a number of Wall Street banks. Dell Inc. also said that a Special Committee in charge of the deal would be open to alternative proposals during a 45-day “go shop” period, although the person or group that proposed an alternative deal could be subject to termination fees of between $180 million to $450 million.Michael Dell will retain his title as CEO and chairman, and will contribute his 14% stake in the company; which means that the company will buy up his shares, paying him a very large sum in return. Dell approached Silver Lake last August to take the company private, and the company formed a special committee at the time to evaluate its options.What The Deal Means For Dell“I believe this transaction will open an exciting new chapter for Dell, our customers and team members,”  Michael Dell said in a statement.For Dell, going private means that the company can invest in new technologies and otherwise pursue risky strategies that shareholders could otherwise criticize. With the buyout, Dell Inc. answers to no one, save for the banks and Microsoft, who are funding the deal. It also gives Michael Dell himself an exit strategy, should he wish to step down or if the banks choose to replace him.“We can deliver immediate value to stockholders, while we continue the execution of our long-term strategy and focus on delivering best-in-class solutions to our customers as a private enterprise,” Dell added. “Dell has made solid progress executing this strategy over the past four years, but we recognize that it will still take more time, investment and patience, and I believe our efforts will be better supported by partnering with Silver Lake in our shared vision. I am committed to this journey and I have put a substantial amount of my own capital at risk together with Silver Lake, a world-class investor with an outstanding reputation. We are committed to delivering an unmatched customer experience and excited to pursue the path ahead.”Microsoft: A Window into Dell’s FinancesIt’s possible, however, that Dell won’t go completely private. For the period of time that Microsoft’s loan is active, Microsoft’s shareholders are going to want to know how its investment is doing. Microsoft accounts for its investments on its income statement, and could break out the Dell investment as a separate line item. That number won’t offer much insight into how profitable the newly private Dell is, or what revenues it will have pulled in, but it will indicate whether Dell’s business is going in a positive or negative direction. “Microsoft has provided a $2 billion loan to the group that has proposed to take Dell private,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Microsoft is committed to the long term success of the entire PC ecosystem and invests heavily in a variety of ways to build that ecosystem for the future.“We’re in an industry that is constantly evolving,” the company added. “As always, we will continue to look for opportunities to support partners who are committed to innovating and driving business for their devices and services built on the Microsoft platform.”So why Dell? Influence.“Microsoft, with a $3 billion investment, would get a certain amount of control and influence over Dell,” wrote Patrick Moorhead, a former corporate fellow with AMD and now principal of his own analyst firm, Moor Insights, in an email earlier this month. “Dell has pulled back from the PC business as of late and that is not good for Microsoft as its cash cow is Windows. An investment of this size could guarantee a longer term Windows customer.”Besides the consumer market, Microsoft could steer Dell toward being more focused on the Windows platform for the data center, rather than “trying to do everything for everybody,” said David Johnson, analyst for Forrester Research, in an earlier interview with ReadWrite’s Antone Gonsalves. In addition, Microsoft could get access to Dell’s enterprise sales force and could provide a “converged infrastructure” that unifies the silicon, the hardware, the operating system platform and the management and operation tools.The deal is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter. Dell’s future will become a bit more shadowed then, by its own choice.last_img read more

Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fight

first_imgLyceum rallies to keep slate clean Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Signature move Alvarez, who was the more stonefaced of the two, sent the crowd into a frenzy as he shadowboxed briefly at the front of the stage — his new signature weigh-in move.Hundreds of people stood on line for hours outside the Grand Garden for the chance to see the weigh-in, chanting and signing along with a neatly-attired Mariachi band.For many, it represented their only hope of seeing either fighter in the flesh as the bout has been sold out for weeks.Las Vegas construction worker Harvey Hernandez attended the weigh-in with his friend Roger Ramirez and said Alvarez has a better boxing style.“I am picking Canelo,” the 26-year-old said. “He is better than Triple G. He is going to outclass him and he is from Mexico.“It won’t go the distance. He is going to get knocked out or he will knock Golovkin out.”READ: Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin boutSaid El-Tahan flew all the way from Sweden to watch the fight and says Golovkin must avoid having the decision in the hands of the judges.“Golovkin will win,” said the Malmo police officer. “He is a great fighter and a strong puncher. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 “It won’t go 12 rounds so he must finish him off. If it goes to the judges Golovkin won’t get a fair decision.”Phoenix’s Lorenzo Ventura, 29, said he put a lot of thought into who will win Saturday’s bout which many feel could be the start of a the latest boxing trilogy.“Canelo is going to tire out around the fifth or sixth round,” said Ventura, a part-time boxer, as he headed to his seat in the Garden arena. “Triple G is going to establish his jab and is going to finish him in the 11th round.“When you study both fighters and you see Canelo consistently tire out in the fifth or sixth round fighting smaller men and now he is going to come up in weight class and knock out the most dangerous fighter in that weight class.“The dude (Golovkin) has proven himself over and over again. Jabs win fights. Golovkin lands more jabs accurately than any other fighter in the game. It is that simple.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alvarez was up next, climbing onto the scales in his blue shorts and registering the same 160 pounds for a bout that has all the ingredients to produce a fight of the year.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin seek their places in boxing historyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I am very happy for all the love and support of these fans,” Alvarez told the crowd. “I am going to give them 100 percent. I trained hard and I am disciplined.“I take all this responsibility seriously and I am going to give them a great fight.” MOST READ Kazakhstan’s Golovkin is putting his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation, belts on the line but to the uninitiated it might have seemed more like Alvarez was the champ.Alvarez drew louder cheers from the pro-Mexican crowd, stepped on the scale last and made Golovkin wait several minutes on stage before making his initial appearance, which was preceded by a video tribute on the jumbotron screen.The fighters, who once sparred together at Golovkin’s gym in Big Bear, California, then posed amicably during their staredown in front of a crowd of 9,400.That has been consistent with the buildup to the sold-out fight, which has lacked the vitriolic trash talk typical of world title fights.“See you tomorrow. I have been champion a long time. This is boxing and I am a very true guy,” said Golovkin, who goes by the nickname ‘Triple G’ on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Boxer Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin pose during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. AFP/GETTY IMAGESLAS VEGAS—Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin stepped on the scales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena then came face-to-face for the cameras on Friday (Saturday, Manila), one day before they meet in one of the most anticipated fights in years.Three-belt Champion Golovkin wore black shorts and smiled as he stepped on the scale first weighing the 160-pound (72.5 kg) middleweight limit for Saturday’s world title fight against Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more