Swilly Seals back on winning streak!

first_imgThe Seals travelled to the Joey Dunlop Centre yesterday to take on Ballymoney A.S.C in the second round of the Provincial Towns League.Having been beaten narrowly by Ballymena in the first round the club needed a victory in order to secure their place in the league division two.The swimmers showed class in the first event the Medley Relays winning 7 from 8 comprehensively setting the tone for an exciting evening of competition. The younger age groups dominated throughout as did the senior boys. Two female B swimmers swam up an age group to strengthen the ranks and were hugely impressive and successful.A massive well done to all swimmers who gave their absolute all on a big victory over Ballymoney with a final scoreline of Swilly Seals 602 and Ballymoney 542.The next P.T L gala is at home against Lecale of Downpatrick in January. Having been beaten away in Downpatrick last season swimmers will be out to get a victory over the strong County Down outfit.In the meantime swimmers will be busy with the Bangor Minors Meet, War memorial and Winter Qualifying Meet in Lisburn. Swilly Seals back on winning streak! was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 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:SportSwilly SealsSWIMMINGlast_img read more

Spanish Town Hospital to Be Upgraded

first_img Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a pre-construction technical assessment is being undertaken at the Spanish Town Hospital as part of plans to upgrade the Type B facility to a Type A.“Upgrading from a (Type) B to an A means more services, more facilities, more beds and, as a consequence, being better able to respond to the needs of the community,” he said.Dr. Tufton was speaking at the signing of a grant agreement between the Embassy of Japan and the St. Catherine-based hospital for $9.4 million (US$81,376) to procure an ultrasound machine, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on January 15.It is expected that the assessment will examine all areas of the construction project to create an accurate picture of all requirements before actual construction begins.Hospitals in Jamaica are classified as either Type A, B or C. As a Type B facility, there are restrictions in terms of specialist services the hospital provides. The upgrading will, therefore, enable the facility to better serve the wide range of cases from St. Catherine and neighbouring parishes.Type A facilities provide comprehensive secondary and tertiary healthcare services and are the final referral points for public and private hospitals.Dr. Tufton noted that the Japanese Government, under their Grassroots and Human Security Project, are “contributing to the critical area of equipment”, which is needed.Meanwhile, the Minister is hoping that “before the end of the calendar year (and), if not, certainly early into the next financial year… we will break ground for the expansion of the Spanish Town Hospital”.Dr. Tufton expressed gratitude to the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency, Hiromasa Yamazaki, for the contribution his Government is making to the Spanish Town Hospital under the Grassroots and Human Security Project.Under that project, a number of hospitals and organisations have benefited, including the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, which recently obtained an ultrasound machine. The Bustamante Hospital for Children also benefited from improved facilities and medical equipment in 2013/14.He also noted that the St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation, in 2015/16, benefited from three fire trucks and a water tank truck.For her part, Parish Manager of the St. Catherine Health Services, Beverley Needham, says the donation by the Japanese Government will further strengthen efforts to improve healthcare delivery at the hospital.“We are truly grateful that the Embassy of Japan chose the Spanish Town Hospital to benefit from this much-needed intervention,” she said.For his part, Mr. Yamazaki said the grant represents a commitment to assist Jamaica to meet its health needs.“We are willing to work further with the Government of Jamaica, as well as each hospital like Spanish Town and St. Ann’s Bay as well as others,” he said.The Ambassador said that expanding the Japan-Jamaica partnership is his top priority, and that the handover of the grant funds marks the continuation of that relationship.“A stronger bridge is being developed with Jamaica in our quest to support the development endeavours of this progressive country in the critical areas of education, energy, disaster risk management, climate change and health,” he said. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a pre-construction technical assessment is being undertaken at the Spanish Town Hospital as part of plans to upgrade the Type B facility to a Type A. Dr. Tufton expressed gratitude to the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency, Hiromasa Yamazaki, for the contribution his Government is making to the Spanish Town Hospital under the Grassroots and Human Security Project. Dr. Tufton was speaking at the signing of a grant agreement between the Embassy of Japan and the St. Catherine-based hospital for $9.4 million (US$81,376) to procure an ultrasound machine, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on January 15.last_img read more