Limerick girl Hannah’s dream job with the BBC

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Facebook Twitter Print Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedincenter_img Previous articleAttacks on Limerick firefighters lower than national averageNext articleUL graduates score high in employment stakes Alan Jacques Hannah Quinn MulliganCOUNTY Limerick woman Hannah Quinn Mulligan has landed her dream job with ‘the Beeb’.Twenty four-year-old Hannah has beaten off stiff competition to work as a trainee producer with the BBC. A graduate of Crescent Comprehensive, Trinity College and UL, she was the only applicant from the Republic of Ireland to be shortlisted for interview from a pool of 4,500 applicants.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Hannah recently completed ‘Leading LYTs’, a youth initiative programme that aims to equip young adults with the skills required to become County Limerick Youth Theatre facilitators and says this gave her the experience to secure the much sought after position.“Without the experience I gained as a facilitator, I would not have had anything to recommend me in these interviews and my dream job would still just be a dream,” a thrilled Hannah commented.“This journey started last year in Lough Gur with a training programme that enabled me to find work as a facilitator and short film director in my home county of Limerick. It was this work that I spoke about during the interview process with the BBC,” she explained.The LYT youth initiative programme encourage young people to discover their own competence and skills through non-formal learning. According to course facilitator Fiona Quinn, it also helps them to both recognise and enhance these skills in the wider community.“Young people learn so much through non-formal learning, that they seldom realise what they’ve learnt,” said Ms Quinn.‘Leading LYTs’ were also involved in a European Integration Fund project which helps newly arrived migrants from outside the EU to integrate well into Irish Society. Participants used youth theatre as a vehicle for getting young people to discuss similarities and differences in a safe place where their ideas could be explored through drama. NewsLocal NewsLimerick girl Hannah’s dream job with the BBCBy Alan Jacques – August 29, 2014 1478 TAGSBBCHannah Quinn MulliganLeading LYTslimerick WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Four nursing home staffers charged in deadly Hurricane Irma horror

first_imgfelixmizioznikov/iStock(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) — Calling it “a terrible tragedy that should have never happened,” the police chief of Hollywood, Florida, announced on Tuesday the arrests of four staff members of a nursing rehabilitation center whose alleged inaction caused the deaths of 12 elderly patients who perished from heatstroke when they were left lingering for hours in the sweltering facility that lost power during Hurricane Irma in 2017.Chief Chris O’Brien released details of the arrests at a news conference attended by relatives of the patients who died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills due to alleged neglect by its former administrator, night nursing supervisor and two nurses.“The families sitting here today should not have lost their loved ones in this way,” O’Brien said. “They placed their faith and trust in the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, its medical and administrative staff and that trust was betrayed. They have been living an absolute nightmare.”Jorge Carballo, 61, the former administrator of the facility, and Sergo Colins, 45, the facility’s supervising night nurse, were each charged with 12 counts of felony aggravated manslaughter.Tamika Tory Miller, 31, a nurse at the center, was arrested and charged with six counts of felony aggravated manslaughter and tampering with evidence in connection with patient medical records. Another nurse at the center, Althea Kenesha Meggie, 36, was charged with two counts of felony aggravated manslaughter and tampering with evidence in connection with patient medical records.“These are trained professionals that should have been aware of the environmental hazards that were taking place in that facility and they chose to ignore them,” O’Brien said of the suspects. “These individuals took an oath to provide care and safety for these individuals in their facility. They betrayed that oath.”Not only did they fail to properly care for the patients, he said, but Meggie and Miller allegedly attempted to cover up the neglect by manipulating patient medical records.The charges resulted from what O’Brien described as the most extensive criminal investigation in his agency’s history.“This was a terrible tragedy that should have never happened,” O’Brien said.He said police were called to the facility on Sept. 13, 2017, after Hurricane Irma swept through South Florida and knocked out power to the rehabilitation center, which at the time was caring for around 140 patients.When police arrived on the scene, they found three patients already dead and several others in varying degrees of medical distress, police officials said. Despite sweltering conditions inside the facility, the staff failed to evacuate patients despite there being a fully-functioning hospital across the street, officials said.It was hotter inside the center than it was outside, officials said, and paramedics found patients overheated, including one who had a 107-degree temperature.Police immediately began evacuating the center, saving the lives of most patients. But a total of 12, who ranged in age from 71 to 99, died, authorities said.In November 2017, the Broward County Medical Examiner ruled all the deaths homicides and determined that the patients died from heatstroke, Major Steven Bolger, head of criminal investigation for the Hollywood Police Department, said at Tuesday’s news conference.“The actions and inactions of the four individuals — the two nurses responsible for the hands-on care of patients, the nursing supervisor and the facility administrator — led to the deaths of these patients,” Bolger said. “Since September of 2017, it has been the goal of the Hollywood police department to get justice for the patients who where medically and physically vulnerable and did not receive the appropriate care at the rehabilitation center.”As loved ones of the victims listened, Bolger read off the names of those who died. They were Carolyn Eartherly, 78, Gail Nova, 71, Estella Hendricks, 71, Bobby Owens, 84, Manuel Mendieta, 96, Albertina Vega, 99, Betty Hibbard, 84, Carlos Canal, 93, Martha Murray, 94, Delores Beamonte, Miguel Franco, 92, and his wife, Cecilia Franco, 90.Bolger said the nearly two-year investigation involved the State Attorney of Broward County and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Detectives interviewed more than 500 people, reviewed 400 hours of surveillance video and collected more than 1,000 pieces of evidence, including 55 computers.Ilham Soffan, an attorney for Meggie, portrayed her client and the others charged as scapegoats. Meggie, Soffan said, was filling in at the center because it was short-staffed on the day the power went out.“She did the best that she possibly could do under the circumstances,” Soffan told ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV. “She actually is not a permanent employee. She came in to assist.”Another attorney for Meggie, David Frankel, said at a news conference on Monday that Meggie will fight the charges. He said Meggie and the other nurses called the Florida Power & Light Company numerous times in an attempt to get the power at the center back on.“They were calling the emergency operations center from the governor’s office and they were calling the governor himself who was posting his cellphone number on television saying for people to call if there was an emergency,” Frankel said. “Those people never responded and never came.”Attorneys for the other suspects could not immediately be reached.Asked why the owner of the center had not been charged, O’Brien said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.“I head some comments that we arrested low-hanging fruit,” O’Brien said. “I can tell you that somebody’s status in the organization had zero impact on our decision to charge these individuals, whether they’re the most junior person in the organization or the most senior.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. read more

Equal pay gap widens for first time in five years

first_img Previous Article Next Article The gap between men and women’s wages has widened for the first time since1997. According to the New Earnings Survey statistics by the Office for NationalStatistics, women who work full-time earn just 81.2 per cent of the averagefull-time male wage, compared to 81.5 per cent in 2001. They also show thatpart-time female staff earn 58.9 per cent of the male full-time average hourlywage, compared to 58.7 per cent in 2001. The Office for National Statistics said the boost to low-earning women’ssalaries from last October’s increase in the minimum wage, was wiped out by theimpact of large pay rises for male professional and managerial workers inLondon. The widening pay gap has also been attributed to big pay deals for theCity’s predominantly male workforce over the past year. Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission Julie Mellor said: “Womenwho work part-time pay a heavy price for not working the traditionalnine-to-five. Those in typical part-time jobs such as cleaning or catering,which offer the flexible hours they need to look after their children, findthere are low hourly rates of pay. We just don’t put a proper value on thesetypes of jobs because they have traditionally been done by women,” shesaid. “Britain’s woeful record on pay has to change if we are ever to see amore equal society. It will only change if companies of all sizes review theway that they pay their staff. It is not enough to recognise the problem. Overthe longer term the Government needs to look at why women’s jobs remainundervalued and underpaid.” The EOC has developed an Equal Pay Kit to help employers carry out payreviews, and also developed guidance for software producers developing ITpackages which can be used to assess companies’ pay systems. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Equal pay gap widens for first time in five yearsOn 29 Oct 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

USC Hotel receives sustainability certification

first_imgAs USC Hotel continues on the path of recycling and reducing waste to conserve resources, De Jong said it was critical that prospective guests know about the hotel’s sustainability efforts.  He said guests will feel a sense of internal contentment in knowing they made a greener choice. De Jong said USC Hotel will strive to maintain the silver level and continue making eco-friendly changes to move toward gold-level certification. The hotel has committed to advancing  environmental research and continuing to serve the needs of the Trojan community. The Hotel’s process of analyzing past trends in its resource utilization and pollution emittance aims to ensure that future generations have equal access to natural resources. Green Seal, a U.S. nonprofit, evaluates a hotel’s waste reduction, energy consumption, water management, pollution minimization and eco-friendly purchasing.  “There really is this global call for action,” said Caltabiano, a senior majoring in international relations. “USC will either be the leader and go first or will eventually transition to a sustainable university because everyone else will.” “I think the sustainable 2028 goals, which the administration is currently planning, are going to be very impactful,” Caltabiano said. “President Folt hopes to have USC become plastic-free within the next two years, and these policy changes made by the school will really be impacting the sustainable purchasing decisions that the everyday USC student will be doing.”  De Jong said he hopes the USC Hotel can become an educational resource and a catalyst for other entities on campus to go green. USC Hotel’s has made it its goal  to protect Earth’s natural resources for the health of future Trojans without compromising innovation and business. And now that is becoming a reality according to USC Hotel and USC Hospitality Executive Director Dirk De Jong. After a year of the Green Seal organization auditing its practices, the USC Hotel received a silver-level Green Seal certification in January. Looking forward, he wants the hotel to become a leading example of sustainable practices for their campus partners.  “It is really a collective mindset. It is really about moving the community and society in that [sustainable] direction,” De Jong said. “Things need to be replaced after a certain amount of time. Instead of discarding them, we actually donate them to a homeless shelter.”   “These larger infrastructure projects are changing the choices that students have in a positive way,” Caltabiano said. “Now you will not have the option of the less sustainable product at the USC Hotel and will not have the option of purchasing a plastic water bottle [on campus]. By changing the infrastructure and the living environment around us, we are going to start subconsciously making more sustainable choices.”  Isabella Caltabiano, Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Affairs Director, said that as part of the 2028 sustainability goals, President Carol Folt highlighted the importance of reviewing old buildings to incorporate more efficient use of energy and water while limiting waste. Using USC Hotel’s example as a critical shift toward sustainable infrastructure’s campus-wide catalytic expansion, Caltabiano said she hopes USC becomes a leading example to inspire students and universities to prioritize their environmental vision. Gabrielle Kim, a freshman majoring in political science, said that by renovating buildings like the USC Hotel with clean technologies and renewable energy sources, all people related to the hotel will become more conscious of their individual energy consumption.center_img “More of the impact from making these environmentally friendly infrastructures and buildings will not be a direct environmental change that is positive right away, just because there already has been so much damage done,” Kim said. “But I do think that it’s the mental impact that it’ll have that is greater … because I think once USC recognizes how it can be sustainable then it’ll incorporate that in other aspects … I think it’s just an attitude shift that will make a big difference.” USC Hotel’s sustainability efforts include installing a flow restrictor to save water and replacing disposable toiletry products with multi-use options such as reusable shampoo bottles. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) “We always look at how any new initiative will meet the needs of the USC community, students, parents, staff, alumni — anybody that stays with us,” he said.  Caltabiano is working toward policy changes at USC that would make eco-friendly options prevalent and easily accessible on campus. USC Hotel has implemented a flow restrictor, a water-conserving device and replaced disposable products, such as plastic shampoo bottles, with reusable amenities. These changes positively impact the environment while still being attractive to guests, De Jong said. De Jong said the process for fulfilling the Green Seal requirements for waste minimization, energy efficiency, water conservation, wastewater management and environmental responsibility is extensive. With the help of Green Seal and data scientists, USC Hotel collects and analyzes data on the hotel’s consumption of resources.  De Jong said that to earn the certification, USC Hospitality aimed to reduce its carbon footprint and excess consumption of natural resources while maintaining a quality experience for it’s customers.  Caltabiano commended the efforts of USC Hospitality on its composting bins and said that the initiative would also be implemented in the University’s residential colleges.  Correction: A previous version of this article reported that USC Hotel received an award. It earned a Green Seal certification, not an award. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

Ravens RB Rice receives 2-game suspension from NFL

first_imgBaltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, hands off to running back Ray Rice during a training camp practice, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo)OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games without pay and fine him an additional game check “for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”Despite the court’s decision not to impose criminal punishment, “the Commissioner determined, as he advised Rice, that the conduct was incompatible with NFL policies and warranted disciplinary action.”In a letter to Rice, Goodell wrote:  “As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”Rice’s suspension will begin on Aug. 30. He will be eligible for reinstatement Sept. 12 after the Pittsburgh game. Rice may participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said in a statement issued by the Ravens. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.”Rice is the team’s career leader in total scrimmage yards and ranks behind only Jamal Lewis in total yards rushing.Bernard Pierce is expected to start for Rice in Baltimore’s first two games.Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement: “We appreciate the thorough process the league office used to evaluate the incident with Ray Rice. The time the Commissioner spent with Ray and Janay is typical of the extra steps the NFL takes when making decisions regarding discipline issues. While not having Ray for the first two games is significant to our team, we respect the league’s decision and believe it is fair.”He added, “We also respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.”Rice’s teammates were not stunned by the news of the suspension.“You knew something was going to happen,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said. “I’ll be glad when those two games are up.”Coach John Harbaugh said, “It’s part of the process. There are consequences when you make a mistake; we’ll move forward.”Rice participated Thursday in Baltimore’s first full-squad practice. Before that session began, the Ravens lost cornerback Aaron Ross for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, a mishap that occurred during his conditioning test.___AP NFL website: and read more