Limerick nursing home battling COVID outbreak after eight residents die in…

first_imgDesigned by FreepikA private nursing home in Co Limerick is managing a severe outbreak of COVID-19 after eight off its residents died over the past two weeks after all eight had tested positive for the virus after an outbreak was declared shortly before Christmas.Pat Kennedy, CEO Windmill Healthcare, which operates Killeline Care Centre, Newcastle West, said: “Unfortunately, and sadly, we must confirm that we have 8 COVID-19 related deaths. This has been very upsetting for everyone, especially their loved ones, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all their families and extended friends.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Management are “scheduling for a vaccine roll out on the 18th January, and this cannot come quick enough” but “it’s vital for it to be sooner if possible,” Mr Kennedy said.The outbreak, declared three weeks ago, escalated over the past fortnight, as management continued to actively manage the situation with support for the HSE.The nursing home has close to 100 staff members caring for a maximum 63 residents.Reliable sources said “the majority” of staff and 63 residents tested positive for the virus.Some staff remain in self isolation while others have isolated and returned to work.As of today there were 12 active COVID cases among residents, however the number of confirmed cases among staff was not disclosed.“Windmill Healthcare can confirm that we are managing a Covid outbreak in Killeline Care Centre, Newcastle West. As part of our fortnightly staff serial testing, we had been advised that a number of staff had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the Christmas period,” said Mr Kennedy.“We are fortunate that our senior management team at Windmill Healthcare are clinicians, with vast experience. Working alongside the management team at Killeline Care Centre, they immediately enacted our contingency plan and put all infection prevention and control measures in place.” “We have been liaising daily with the COVID-19 Outbreak Control Team within the HSE and local GP’s. Working together we are ensuring a collective approach and have been monitoring the situation daily to contain and control the outbreak to protect our residents and our staff.”Windmill operates six nursing homes and two retirement villages across Limerick, North Cork, Kerry, Galway and Offaly.“Being a part of a larger group means that we have extra resources behind us, and we have been fortunate to call on our complement of staff from across the country, as well as HSE and agency staff. The support we have received from the COVID-19 Outbreak Control Team, our local GP’s and our Staff has been a massive help throughout this enduring time,” Mr Kennedy said. Print He added, “with the incidence rate of Covid-19 in Limerick currently so high, particularly in West Limerick, it is a constant battle for all Nursing Homes to keep COVID-19 at bay, however, when it does penetrate, it shows how cruel it can be to our most vulnerable.”“The majority of our staff have now tested positive for COVID-19, as we are now 3 weeks into this outbreak, a high number of these staff are now recovered and back to work.”“The past three weeks has been an escalating scenario daily, but recent COVID-19 swabbing test result have indicated that the outbreak has now stabilized, and we expect that we will endure another difficult week before the cycle is complete.”Meanwhile, a HSE-run community hospital for the elderly, also located in Newcastle West, has managed to effectively wipeout an outbreak of covid-19 of an entire ward.The outbreak, at St Ita’s Community Hospital, was declared in the last week of November, when 25 patients on a 27-bed ward tested positive for the virus, informed sources said.There were no notified cases at the hospital this Monday, reliable sources confirmed.When asked for comment, a HSE Mid West Community Healthcare spokesman said it “does not comment on individual cases or individual activations, in the interests of confidentiality for individuals concerned”.“The HSE’s Department of Public Health responds to notified cases or outbreaks of Covid-19. The Department of Public Health undertakes a risk assessment of the situation, appropriate investigations are carried out and control measures put in place if required,” he added.Windmill spokeswoman’s response: “No other confirmed cases across any of our centres across the country.” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Twitter Previous articleWhat have they achieved? 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The Industry Pulse

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse Company News The Industry Pulse 2018-01-25 David Wharton Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily ________________________________________________________________________________The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has four new top leaders who are taking on key roles in the agency at the start of 2018 and during a critical recovery period following last year’s devastating hurricanes. HUD Secretary Ben Carson administered the oath of office to the following individuals recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate: J. Paul Compton, Jr. to become HUD’s General Counsel; Suzanne Israel Tufts to be Assistant Secretary for the Office of Administration; Leonard Wolfson as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations; and Irving Dennis to serve as Chief Financial Officer. “Today, our bench got a lot deeper,” said Secretary Carson. “These four outstanding individuals bring substantial experience to HUD at a moment when our Department is being called upon to excel as we support millions of our fellow citizens recovering from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.”________________________________________________________________________________Concentrance Consulting Group, Inc., a small minority-owned business founded in 2000, has rolled out a new version of its technology that automates the compliance review process of MBS Issuers who collectively hold over $1 trillion in outstanding issuance. The compliance-as-a-service technology, powered by IntelliMime, ensures step-by-step guide review consistency, and enables real-time government agency management complete with a browser view of each compliance review while in process. The system does all of this in a hosted, cloud-based, data-secure environment consistent with Federal Government requirements. “The technology has a depth to it that is unique,” said Allen Jones, Principal of Concentrance, who went on to say, “IntelliMime takes very complex routines and automates them with reporting, analytics, and dashboards. The system is user friendly and scalable and through workforce optimization can drive down costs and create efficiencies.”________________________________________________________________________________Situs, a provider of strategic business and technology solutions to the real estate industry, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MountainView Financial Solutions, a service provider to the financial services industry. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed on or before January 31st. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, MountainView is a valuation and risk analytics business for the financial services sector. “MountainView is the premier valuation and brokerage platform for Mortgage Servicing Rights (MSRs), hard-to-value securities, and whole loans, and has a well-earned reputation as an elite provider of risk management analytics for financial institutions,” said Steve Powel, CEO of Situs. “Together with our 2017 acquisition of The Collingwood Group, the MountainView transaction expands our set of capabilities and positions Situs as the trusted advisor of choice within the continually evolving housing finance market, and puts Situs at the nexus of real estate and fintech.”________________________________________________________________________________Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a San Diego, California-based mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, announced that Ian Miller has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). In this newly created position, he is responsible for ensuring that MCT’s marketing strategy effectively supports the company’s business plan and helps drive growth. “We are elated to have been able to recruit Ian to join the MCT team and head the marketing strategy,” said Curtis Richins, President of MCT. “We’ve grown our business considerably over the past several years and had a need to ensure that our brand accurately reflects the robust suite of products, services, and technology we now offer within company divisions. Ian has and will continue to play a key role in making sure MCT maintains a strong reputation in the mortgage industry.” MCT has traditionally been known in the mortgage industry as a pipeline hedge firm but over the years has developed into a fully-integrated provider of capital markets services and software. Miller is charged with developing and executing MCT’s marketing plan and strategic initiatives. Since joining MCT, he has made significant strides in honing the company’s messaging, positioning, branding and creating positive industry awareness for MCT’s value proposition and extensive suite of secondary marketing focused products and services.________________________________________________________________________________In its quest to deliver quality, drive productivity, and create growth for this sector, the Dallas-headquartered DIMONT, one of the country’s leading insurance claims adjusting and collateral loss mitigation services providers for residential mortgage and auto loans, has added several industry experts to its team in recent months, including the most recent addition of Laura MacIntyre as Chief Revenue Officer. In her new role, MacIntyre, a 25-year industry veteran, will oversee key growth areas, including sales and marketing, for DIMONT. As a leader, MacIntyre has led the financial growth and expansion of multiple companies during her illustrious career. “Laura’s track record is exemplary,” said DIMONT President and CEO Denis Brosnan. “She is an innovative and accomplished executive with demonstrated ability to deliver mission critical results. Her contributions will position DIMONT for great success in serving our mortgage and auto clientele.””DIMONT is uniquely positioned to bring disruptive technology to the industry that can help our customers achieve optimization, digitization, efficiency, and increased output at a lower cost. I look forward to showcasing these offerings and demonstrating the great value they bring to the table for our customers,” MacIntyre told DS News. “The culture at DIMONT is absolutely fantastic and I’m excited to work with a group of professionals who are really focused on the customer and on delivering the best service to the industry.” Previous: Massachusetts Appeals Court Clarifies Demand Letter Ruling Next: Hunter Gorog Steps Down From Landmark Network Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Company News The Industry Pulse Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Industry Pulse Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 25, 2018 1,383 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News About Author: David Wharton The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago tweet Which companies are merging, and what professionals are moving? 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Police Association not pleased with discretionary approach to drug use

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 1 May 2019Family First Comment: “Several submitters, including the Law Society and the Police Association, told the committee that the wording in the bill would effectively decriminalise all drug use and possession because it would be easy to argue in court that every user would benefit more from a therapeutic approach than a prosecution. Association president Chris Cahill told the committee that the bill was effectively telling police to move from a default presumption to prosecute to one of non-prosecution for all drug users, which would lead to a “dramatic” decline in police charges…. it was an issue that should have wider public debate rather than be “slipped in” to a bill that was primarily about synthetic drugs.”#SoftOnDrugsThe Government says its bill to make drug use a health issue is not default decriminalisation, even though a select committee was told today that prosecutions for drug use or possession will seldom if ever be brought under the bill.And while there appears to be broad support for a health focus, Parliament’s health select committee was told that there would be no point without a massive injection of resources for heath and addiction services across the whole country.The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill, currently before the committee, is the Government’s response to the synthetic cannabis crisis and would classify synthetic drugs AMB-FUBINACA and 5F-ADB as Class A drugs; dealers of Class A drugs face a lifetime in prison.It would also codify police discretion into law, clarifying that a prosecution for drug use or possession – regardless of which drug – should only be pursued if it was in the public interest, taking into account whether a “health-centred or therapeutic approach would be more beneficial”.Several submitters, including the Law Society and the Police Association, told the committee that the wording in the bill would effectively decriminalise all drug use and possession because it would be easy to argue in court that every user would benefit more from a therapeutic approach than a prosecution.Association president Chris Cahill told the committee that the bill was effectively telling police to move from a default presumption to prosecute to one of non-prosecution for all drug users, which would lead to a “dramatic” decline in police charges.While the association did not have a position for or against decriminalisation, he said it was an issue that should have wider public debate rather than be “slipped in” to a bill that was primarily about synthetic drugs.READ MORE: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/larry-williams-drive/audio/chris-cahill-police-association-not-pleased-with-discretionary-approach-to-drug-use/Drug law change ‘goes too far’ – Police AssociationRadio NZ News 1 May 2019https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/388222/drug-law-change-goes-too-far-police-associationlast_img read more

Craig Gilroy scores twice in huge win for Ulster

first_img On the night when Andrew Trimble made a record 190th Ulster appearance, they turned on the afterburners with Trimble’s fellow winger Craig Gilroy getting over for two tries. Ulster’s other tryscorers were Dan Tuohy, Sean Reidy, Paul Marshall, Peter Browne and Lewis Stevenson, with Stuart McCloskey kicking three conversions and a penalty while Peter Nelson slotted two conversions. Ulster’s cause was also helped by Treviso being reduced to 13 men at the end of the first half. The recalled Tuohy opened the scoring for the home side after just six minutes and McCloskey converted. That soon became 10-0 after McCloskey slotted a penalty. After the Ulster centre missed with his next shot at goal, and Jayden Hayward did likewise for the Italians, Ulster bagged their second try when Reidy drove over from a maul. McCloskey converted to make it 17-0 and Treviso’s ill-discipline then cost them dear, with yellow cards being shown in quick succession to both prop Rupert Harden and number eight Robert Barbieri. The net result was the inevitable concession of more tries, with Marshall getting over first and then Gilroy scoring a trademark try by weaving his way through a thicket of defenders to grab the bonus point. McCloskey missed both conversions but Ulster looked out of sight at half-time on the back of their 27-0 lead. After Sam Christie’s score for the Italians, converted by Hayward, Ulster upped the ante again. Browne crossed in the 55th minute, McCloskey converting, and Gilroy’s try and Nelson’s conversion took the score beyond 40. Stevenson went over the Italians’ line in the closing stages to complete the rout with the help of another Nelson conversion. Ulster got back in the winning groove again after the Guinness PRO12’s three-week sabbatical and annihilated Treviso 48-7 in a seven-try romp which took them up to third in the table overnight. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more