Nine hospitals around the country are without 24/7 emergency consultant cover. Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central Billy Kelleher has expressed concern over the lack of emergency consultant cover in nine hospital Emergency Departments. The figures, released to Fianna Fáil through Parliamentary Questions, show that nine hospitals around the country with 24/7 Emergency Departments do not have an emergency medicine consultant present around the clock. "These figures confirm major deficits in emergency cover in our hospitals – in fact a shocking 9 out of 29 Emergency Departments nationwide do not have a named Consultant in Emergency Medicine available and clinically accountable on a 24/7 basis. [quote]Efforts must be put in place to ensure that all these hospitals have an Emergency Medicine Consultant available and clinically accountable on a 24/7 basis, without delay.
August 11, 2018 12:22 UTC
26 gardaí assaulted in Cork in 2017ALMOST 30 gardaí were assaulted in the line of duty in Cork’s three policing divisions last year. In the Cork City division, 15 members of the force were assaulted, with a further eight in Cork North and three in Cork West assaulted. The 26 gardaí assaulted were among 62 personnel injured on the job in Cork in 2017. A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said garda management offers supports to those injured in the line of duty. Sessional nurses and doctors including occupational health physicians also enhance the capacity of the service.”
August 11, 2018 11:37 UTC
The son of former Dublin goalkeeper John O'Leary is to walk out on to the Croke Park pitch today. Tom will present the referee with the match ball as Dublin take on Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final at 5pm. The seven-year-old was born with a heart condition called 'tetralogy of fallot' and he has a rare chromosomal disorder. John O'Leary with his sons Tom, middle, and Jack, right. His dad, legendary Dublin keeper John O'Leary, who is on the board of the charity, describes what will happen:"He's going to present the ball to the referee," he said.
August 11, 2018 11:15 UTC
The Minister for Communications has demanded "significant measures" in moderation practices at Facebook. Denis Naughten made the comments in a meeting with the social media giant in New York, days after an undercover report was aired by Channel 4 on the company's bad practices in monitoring harmful content. An account from the meeting, reported by the Irish Independent, showed the Minister saying that he was "appalled" by their procedures. He said that changes needed to be made to ensure there was never a repeat of inappropriate content being allowed to remain on the site. Digital Desk
August 11, 2018 09:33 UTC
Homeless crisis reaches 'new low' after photo of six kids sleeping in garda station surfaces. Sinn Féin: Time to 'pull the plug' on government due to homelessness crisisFINE Gael is coming under fire for failing to address the homelessness crisis. Sinn Féin has urged Fianna Fáil to 'pull the plug' on the confidence and supply deal and stop propping up the government, while homelessness campaigner Father Peter McVerry has warned that an 'avalanche of homelessness' is coming. It comes after images of a woman and her children sleeping in Tallaght Garda Station caused uproar during the week. “Sinn Fein’s attack on Fianna Fáil is nothing more than a vain attempt to grab headlines and make itself relevant,” he said.
August 11, 2018 09:22 UTC
Defence forces losing out on recruits due to 'low pay'THE Defence Forces are losing out on recruits to companies such as Pfizer and McDonald’s due to the tough conditions and low pay currently being experienced by members of the force. The low pay is being blamed as one of the key reasons for poor retention rates among new recruits and the low number of new applicants for open roles. Mr Keane said the Defence Forces need 750 recruits to bring numbers back up to what they should be and they are struggling to attract bodies with the current offerings. Mr Keane also said that skilled members of the Defence Forces are forgoing large sums of money to serve their country. Speaking to the Evening Echo, Mr Keane said there are a number of skill sets within the Defence Forces who could obtain well-paid employment with companies outside of the defence forces, with less stress, strain, and hardship than they are currently enduring.
August 11, 2018 09:11 UTC
A new study of dog and cat owners over the age of 55 found that those who have an animal companion tend to be happier, more successful, and exercise more. Stock imageThe study commissioned by UK retirement home builder McCarthy & Stone surveyed 1,000 British dog and cat owners. Pet owners reported nearly twice as much exercise as those without, at five times per week versus three. Pet owners were also more likely to be married, have a child, and be happy with their job. ‘Having a close bond with a domestic animal can boost “feel food” biochemicals such as endorphins and oxytocin; which can make owners feel more relaxed, calmer and happier at home.
August 09, 2018 19:40 UTC
Sexting your partner may spice things up in the bedroom but could wreck your relationship in the long term, a new study suggests. Couples were quizzed about their sexting habits and experts found that people who exchange intimate photographs and messages reported higher sexual satisfaction. Scroll down for videoSexting your partner may spice things up in the bedroom but could wreck your relationship in the long term. The US and Canadian participants were all in committed relationships when they were surveyed about sexting, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, commitment, conflict and their use of pornography. Those who described their partner as having a similar texting style to themselves reported greater relationship satisfaction.
August 09, 2018 19:01 UTC
For years, scientists have suggested women are worse at reading maps than men. A best-selling popular science book a few years ago even had the title 'Why men don't listen and women can't read maps.' Research conducted across over half a million people in 57 countries shows overall this idea is still true: women are still worse overall than men at navigation. Scroll down for videoResearch conducted across over half a million people in 57 countries shows overall this idea is still true: women are still worse overall than men at navigation. The authors note that other researchers have found a similar effect in maths ability - in countries where the gender gap between men and women is narrower, women are better at maths.
August 09, 2018 17:37 UTC
First lady Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens in New York City on Thursday and obtained their citizenship through the 'chain migration' process that President Donald Trump wants to end. Asked if Viktor and Amalija Knavs had obtained citizenship through that method, Wildes said: 'I suppose. Just regular: The Knavs got no special treatment in the citizenship process, their attorney saidNow we are citizens: Viktor, left, and Amalija Knavs listen as their attorney Michael Wildes makes a statement in New York on their becoming citizens. They got no special treatment during the citizenship process, Wildes said. New status: Viktor and Amalija Knavs became U.S. citizens on Thursday.
August 09, 2018 17:23 UTC
Samsung has finally unveiled its own smart speaker in a bid to take on Amazon, Apple, and Google. At the firm’s Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York today, Samsung teased a look at its Galaxy Home speaker, equipped with the Bixby voice assistant. At the firm’s Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York today, Samsung teased a look at its sleek Galaxy Home speaker, equipped with the Bixby voice assistant. The Galaxy Home is a vase-shaped device perched upon three metal stiltsSamsung announced the highly-anticipated speaker alongside its Galaxy Note 9 phone on August 9. Though there’s no word yet on the cost, rumors earlier this year suggested it could be comparable to Apple’s $349 HomePod.
August 09, 2018 16:52 UTC
Egypt's long-rumoured second sphinx may have been unearthed by construction workers building a new road. According to local reports, a sphinx-like statue was found on Al-Kabbash Road, which connects the two temples of Karnak and Luxor built around 1400BC. Officials have confirmed the statue has a 'lion's body with a human head'. The Great Sphinx of Giza was discovered by the Great Pyramids on the west bank of the river Nile. Construction workers uncovered the 'second sphinx' during a roadworks project between the temples of Karnak and Luxor.
August 09, 2018 16:24 UTC
A mother has told of her terrifying ordeal of being locked up in a filthy Dubai jail for three days with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London. Now Dr Holman faces spending up to a year in the strict Arab state for her case to be settled. During a tense standoff with the immigration officer, Dr Holman said he became angry with her and refused to answer her questions. Dr Holman said her daughter Bibi was inconsolable and she tried to comfort her by reading her books in the jail. Dr Holman said: 'Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit.
August 09, 2018 15:54 UTC
Russian visit: Donald Trump went with Ivana Trump to Moscow and to St Petersburg in 1987 at the personal invitation of the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations. Trump flew with his first wife Ivana and two unnamed associates to what was then still Soviet Russia. A source said that the Americans talked about a meeting they had had with Ivanka Trump, Trump's daughter. Sater is a Soviet-born former adviser to Trump, a convicted felon and onetime stock scammer who is at the center of the Trump Russia nexis - he was also managing director of Bayrock. 'House of Trump, House of Putin; the Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia' is available for pre-order on Amazon
August 09, 2018 15:44 UTC
Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy Note 9 handset as the technology giant looks to strengthen its position as the world's largest smartphone maker. Scroll down for videoSamsung has unveiled its new Galaxy Note 9 handset as the technology giant looks to strengthen its position as the world's largest smartphone maker. It comes equipped with the characteristic 'phablet' size screen, this time a whopping 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity DisplayFaster processorSamsung claims its all-new Galaxy Note 9 is 'super powerful'. It also ships with support for the fastest mobile network speeds currently available, which will allow Galaxy Note 9 owners to download content up to 1.2 gigabits per second. The Galaxy Note 9 also uses AI on the smartphone to tweak the power out of the smartphone to ensure it delivers a stable performance.
August 09, 2018 15:39 UTC