UL Hospitals group welcome visitors from University of Cape Coast

first_imgAdvertisement TAGSGhanaSchool of Nursing and MidwiferyUCCUL HospitalsUniversity of Cape Cost WhatsApp Facebook UL Hospitals meet waiting list data standards Twitter Fairtrade Fortnight in Limerick receives speech from special guest Print Previous articleGood start to the year for local hospitality sectorNext article11 arrested in paedophile ring investigation Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Pictured with the Da Vinci Xi Dual Console Robot at UHL are (l to r): Suzanne Dunne, Head of Strategy, UL Hospitals Group; Fiona Sampson, CNM3, UHL, Dr Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo, University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana, Margaret Gleeson, Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery, UL Hospitals Group, Dara Walsh, Biomedical Communicator,UL, Christiana Okantey, University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana & Maebh Barry, Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, UL.UL Hospitals was delighted to welcome two faculty members from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana, to the Group last week.Dr Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo and Christiana Okantey were in Limerick as part of a University of Limerick (UL) collaborative agreement with UCC, Ghana. The visitors expressed a wish to see the Da Vinci Xi Robot at University Hospital Limerick as part of their visit and hear about the Group’s Robotic Surgery programme. In addition University Maternity Hospital Limerick welcomed the visitors to the maternity site, where they met with midwifery and nursing staff there.Welcoming the Ghanaian visitors, Margaret Gleeson, Group Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery said,” We already have strong links with Ghana through Friends of Ghana, which is a partnership between UL Hospitals Group, UL, the charity Ghana Medical Help and the national health service of Ghana. In 2017, our work with Friends of Ghana focused on training primary healthcare staff in basic life-saving skills in the remote Upper West Region. This work will continue in 2018,  and we were therefore delighted to welcome Dr Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo and Christiana Okantey here this week to get some insights into the midwifery and nursing care services in Ghana.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Pictured with the Da Vinci Xi Dual Console Robot at UHL are (l to r): Fiona Sampson, CNM3, UHL, Dr Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo, University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana, Christiana Okantey, University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana & Maebh Barry, Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, UL.Maebh Barry, Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, UL said, “Our ongoing collaborative programme with UCC in Ghana means we continue to welcome students from the University of Cape Coast to study at the University of Limerick, we have two students here for Spring semester 2018. In addition, following a recent UL faculty exchange to UCC we were delighted to welcome  two faculty members from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Cape Coast, Dr Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo and Christiana Okantey, with the aim of further exploring potential partnership relationships and with curriculum, research and scholarship synergies. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the UL Hospitals  for facilitating the visit to UHL and UMHL this week  where our visitors were  able to see some innovations in healthcare in Ireland. “Friends of Ghana group has been ratified by the Board of UL Hospitals Group and sees the realisation of the Group’s ambition to establish formal links in a developing country.UHL is the first public hospital in Ireland to perform colorectal, kidney and adrenal surgical procedures using the Da Vinci Xi Dual Console Robot.More about health here. center_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsHealthUL Hospitals group welcome visitors from University of Cape CoastBy Staff Reporter – March 6, 2018 1878 Staff at UL Hospitals Run for Ghana Linkedin 2,174 procedures cancelled in Limerick hospitals New advanced nursing posts a first for UL Hospitals Limerick hospital staff help Pieta House save lives last_img read more

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Former Fed Chair Bernanke Says DOJ Should Hold Individuals Accountable for Crisis

first_img Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben BernankeFormer Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Thursday that he believes the U.S. government should have sought the prosecution of individuals for their roles in precipitating the 2008 financial crisis rather than companies.Bernanke, who headed the U.S. central bank from 2006 to 2014, told the BBC that the Department of Justice should have attempted to hold individuals accountable for the crisis instead of companies because it was the decisions of individuals, and not the companies themselves, that brought on the crisis.”Perhaps that would have given us more clarity about whether these actions were irresponsible, illegal, whatever that would have been,” Bernanke said.When asked if individuals should have gone to jail for their decisions that led to the crisis, Bernanke replied, “Some individuals did go to jail, but certainly we could have gotten a better sense of what responsibility there was and what penalties would be appropriate for that.”Last month, the DOJ issued a memo to all U.S. state attorneys general stating that it will pursue the prosecution of individuals whose actions brought on the Great Recession of seven years ago. The Department has settled with several large banks over the crisis, including JPMorgan Chase (a then-record $13 billion in November 2013), Citi ($7 billion in July 2014), and Bank of America (a record $16.65 billion in August 2014) for selling toxic-mortgage backed securities to investors in the run-up to the crisis. “Some individuals did go to jail, but certainly we could have gotten a better sense of what responsibility there was and what penalties would be appropriate for that.”Deputy attorney general Sally Q. Yates stated in the memo that, “One of the most effective ways to combat corporate misconduct is by seeking accountability from the individuals who perpetuated the wrongdoing. Such accountability is important for several reasons: it deters future illegal activity, it incentivizes changes in corporate behavior, it ensures that the proper parties are held responsible for their actions, and it promotes the public’s confidence in our justice system.” Tagged with: 2008 Financial Crisis Ben Bernanke Department of Justice Federal Reserve Settlements  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Former Fed Chair Bernanke Says DOJ Should Hold Individuals Accountable for Crisis Previous: Ask the Economist: How Have Zero Interest Rates Affected the Housing Industry? Next: Speaker of the House Candidates Come From Contrasting Housing States 2008 Financial Crisis Ben Bernanke Department of Justice Federal Reserve Settlements 2015-10-09 Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Former Fed Chair Bernanke Says DOJ Should Hold Individuals Accountable for Crisis October 9, 2015 1,101 Views center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

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SofTrak Synthetic Golf Greens Dealership Established in Vermont

first_imgUnited Turf Industries, developer ofSofTrak Synthetic Golf Greens the high-performance,low-maintenance turf for residential and commercial use that closelysimulates the look and feel of natural grass greens today announcesthe establishment of a new SofTrak dealership in Vermont and Eastern NewYork through Bob Kelly.Kelly, an avid golfer and longtime member at Burlington Country Club, willcover Vermont and the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence,Warren and Washington in New York with his dealership, SofTrak SyntheticGolf Greens of Vermont, LLC (802.985.9555 or [email protected](link sends e-mail)).Prospective customers can view and test an installed SofTrak SyntheticGolf Green by appointment. Measuring 1,200 square feet, the SofTrak greenfeatures two feet of fringe around its perimeter and five cups built intoits undulating surface. A sand bunker and a couple tee boxes located 15and 30 yards away – from which to hit onto his green from – are scheduledto be added as well.For further information about SofTrak, visit www.unitedturf.com(link is external).A graduate of Middlebury College (VT) and a retired Certified PublicAccountant, Kelly didn’t plan on getting into the burgeoning syntheticputting greens business. However, while researching synthetic turf brandsand the companies that supply them before purchasing a putting andchipping green for his backyard, Kelly had an epiphany.”I saw an excellent business opportunity that simultaneously gave me thehigh-performance green I wanted for my personal use,” says Kelly. “Thefact that PGA Tour players select SofTrak to practice on at their privateresidences, coupled with the comprehensive training SofTrak dealersreceive in the design and installation of the greens made this an easy andexciting decision.”Exclusively supplied by United Turf Industries of Wichita, KS(www.unitedturf.com(link is external)), SofTrak’s sophisticated construction processincludes two layers of crushed stone base, which enables undulations andcontours to be designed into the green as well as quick, thorough drainageof water.SofTrak’s proprietary RQS in-fill — a sand-like material that is uniqueto the industry in that it resists hardening over time — ensures SofTrakgreens provide consistent-rolling putts and accept shots into greens frommore than 125 yards. Also, the surface fibers of SofTrak greens are UV-rayresistant to help maintain the lush, green appearance.Kelly is confident his dealership will thrive in Vermont and Eastern NewYork. He says he could discover no synthetic greens supplier in the area.Also, because residents so value the natural beauty of the area, heexpects them to respond favorably to SofTrak greens, which look likenatural turf greens and blend seamlessly into existing landscapes.In addition to thousands of homeowners and commercial businessesnationwide — from retirement communities and college campuses to golfshops and condominium complexes — PGA TOUR stars Fred Couples and SteveFlesch use SofTrak in the convenient comfort of their respective venues.last_img read more

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Apartment buyer kickbacks set to rise as credit crunch nears

first_imgInner-ring suburbs were definite targets for the credit crunch but high apartment supply was also exposing the middle ring. Picture: Jodie RichterBRISBANE apartment buyers are in the “boxseat” for kickbacks as a looming credit crunch sees developers warned to go all out to ensure contracts don’t fall over.This as a dozen Brisbane postcodes were named in a lender’s blacklist, which included bluechips like Hamilton, New Farm, South Brisbane and Brisbane City.Prominent corporate recovery firm Ferrier Hodgson warned that “crunch time looms” for the Brisbane apartment market, advising funding partners and developers to prepare for multiple scenarios.“With all the headwinds facing the residential apartment sector in Brisbane, we anticipate sales prices for new apartments will decline, as will sales volumes for off-the-plan apartments, with settlement risk being a significant concern,” Ferrier Hodgson’s new report on the Brisbane apartment sector said. Million dollar sales at record levels Fainga’a brothers sell Brisbane Home More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago Get The Courier-Mail’s real estate news in your inbox FREE Inner-ring suburbs were definite targets for the crunch, but the contagion was expected to spread to the middle ring because of the high level of apartment supply going in.“While inner city areas such as Newstead and Fortitude Valley, West End and South Brisbane will face these pressures, we have heightened concerns for developers and financiers with exposure to middle ring suburban areas such as Albion, Nundah, Cannon Hill and Chermside where significant apartment projects are completing now and throughout the rest of 2017,” the report said.“Financiers exposed to the larger residential projects in this sector need to be prepared to work closely with developers where they have an exposure to mitigate the risk of loss.”Developers were going to great lengths to keep investors on side, drawing on an array of incentives to drive up tenants for newly finished buildings, including up to four months rent free to secure 12 month leases.“This is to fill vacancies during 2017 and into 2018 where rental guarantees have been offered to investors by developers, as part of their purchase.”In the arsenal developers have been advised to consider “monetary incentive to settle rather than default”, helping buyers obtain loans, finding alternate buyers early, giving buyers extra time to settle, looking at first and second mortgages and in worst case scenarios, terminating contracts and pursuing buyers for any shortfall.Lenders have responded by creating multiple classes of borrowers, with some of Brisbane’s most affluent suburbs on lending blacklists — where they would be forced to pay higher deposits and face more conservative apartment valuations.last_img read more

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Norway backs down over forcing market valuation for pension funds’ bonds

first_imgShe said the industry association had been working on the matter for a long time, and was pleased the ministry had listened to its arguments.“Managing guaranteed pension products in a low interest rate regime is very challenging, where the providers are forced to take very low risk. This proposal would make it even more difficult for customers to achieve a satisfactory return,” Kierulf Prytz said.A significant portion of bond investments and loans in the customer portfolios underlying guaranteed pension products in Norway, such as defined benefit plans and paid-up policies, are accounted for at amortised cost, the ministry said.Were investments valued according to the market instead, changes in market rates could lead to increased profits or deficits on customer assets because of changes in the value of the bonds, it said.“The access to amortised cost use for a significant proportion of investments in pension funds gives pension providers a buffer against changes in market rates,” the ministry added.In the consultation, the government department said it had asked stakeholders to comment on this proposal specifically, stressing that no change was not appropriate unless it could be adequately shown to be in the customer’s favour.“The hearing responses have different views, but a majority of replies do not support the proposal from the FSA,” the ministry stated.Those against the idea said it would weaken suppliers ‘ability to manage risk and so could reduce customers’ returns, it said.“It has also been pointed out that it may be unfortunate to make such a change in a situation with a great deal of uncertainty in the financial markets,” the ministry added.The ministry said it was still considering the other regulatory proposals contained in the consultation, whose deadline was 8 April.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Norway’s Ministry of Finance announced today it is not going ahead with a proposal to stop pension providers from being able to account for investments in customer funds in bonds and other loans at so-called amortised cost – a plan which would have forced them to use market valuations instead.The proposal, which has been out for consultation since January as part of an inquiry into the regulations for guaranteed pension products, had come from the Norwegian FSA (Finanstilsynet) which argued that the change to ongoing market valuation would support “neutral transfer rules” and simplification.But opponents argued – among other things – that banning amortised cost accounting for the underlying fixed income investments would mean more risk for the providers and as a result of that, ultimately lower returns for pension savers.Stefi Kierulf Prytz, director of life and pensions at lobby group Finance Norway, said: “It is an important victory for pension savers.”last_img read more

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