News / No relief for carriers as spot rates resume downward spiral after Chinese new year holiday

first_img By Mike Wackett 19/02/2016 © Aydindurdu Container spot rates between Asia and Europe resumed their pre-Chinese New Year downward spiral this week, adding further fuel to the financial fires raging in many ocean carrier boardrooms.After a week’s break, the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) components for North Europe and the Mediterranean slumped by $99 per teu and $110 per teu to $332 and $344, respectively.According to container derivatives broker FIS, the latest decline for North European ports sees rates 67% below the corresponding period of 2015 and fast approaching the all-time low for the tradelane of $205 per teu.“Carriers had planned to implement a GRI of around $900 on 1 March,” said FIS, “However, this has now been pushed back to 15 March, suggesting utilisation is not strong enough to support such an increase.”Indeed, post-holiday weakness in demand was confirmed today by an announcement from G6 alliance members of an 11-week suspension of its Loop 6 Asia-North Europe service – which calls at Southampton, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg – due to “changes in market demand”.Further G6 “service adjustments” could follow, and it would seem odds-on there will be cancellations from the other three alliances as all lines wrestle with severe overcapacity and sluggish demand.It became clear from Maersk’s results last week that all carriers plying between Asia and Europe are likely operating vessels at a loss. There is no silver bullet – fuel savings have been used up and unit costs have been paired to the bone.The dilemma, for even the carriers with the deepest pockets, is how long they must keep throwing money at a route which shows no sign of recovery.With G6 alliance members preparing to lay-up 11 ultra-large container vessels for almost three months, more will need to follow until the supply-demand equilibrium is regained and before irreparable damage is inflicted on balance sheets.And unfortunately for global carriers, returns on other tradelanes are also proving disappointing, with freight rates under pressure on all routes. The SCFI saw a significant decline in spot rates from Asia to the US this week. For the USWC, rates dropped by $251 to $1,070 per 40ft, a decline of 19%, while for the US east coast, rates fell by $264 per 40ft to $2,074.This is especially bad news at the start of the annual contract negotiation season on the transpacific tradelane.But it is not just the largest trades where rates are plummeting – FIS noted that spot rates to the South American east coast have hit their lowest level ever, plunging to just $99 per teu.last_img read more

Grassley probes insurer over ‘penalties’ charged for brand-name drugs

first_imgPharmalot Grassley probes insurer over ‘penalties’ charged for brand-name drugs By Ed Silverman April 18, 2017 Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. After months of targeting drug makers over their pricing, Senator Chuck Grassley is now probing one of the biggest insurers in the mid-Atlantic region, opening what may become another front in the battle over the cost of prescription medicines.The lawmaker has asked CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to explain a complicated policy that he suspects may force patients to overpay for brand-name medications that doctors have specified must be dispensed. Grassley is also concerned that some people may instead feel they have no choice but to opt for lower-cost generic drugs that, in such situations, may not be as effective. Senator Chuck Grassley Drew Angerer/Getty Images What’s included? Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTEDcenter_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED About the Author Reprints Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsSTAT+ What is it? @Pharmalot Ed Silverman [email protected] last_img read more

Puppies are making people sick — and it’s people’s fault

first_img Antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have infected more than 100 people and that have been linked to pet store puppies appear to have spread at least in part because healthy dogs were given antibiotics — a decision that all but surely fostered antibiotic resistance.“This is shocking,” said Lance Price, head of George Washington University’s Antibiotic Resistance Action Center. “This is an important study that’s shining a light on something that we need to spend more time on.”More than half of the puppies in a sample of roughly 150 dogs studied as part of the outbreak investigation were given antibiotics not because they were sick, but to keep them from becoming so, according to a new study published Thursday. The technique, called prophylaxis, has been widely used in food animal production and is blamed for fueling antibiotic resistance.advertisement Thursday’s study was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a journal produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It revealed how many antibiotics the dogs had been given as well as the results of testing done on bacterial samples — known as isolates — from 10 of the sick people and eight of the puppies to see which drugs might kill the bacteria.“Outbreak isolates were resistant by antibiotic susceptibility testing to all antibiotics commonly used to treat Campylobacter infections,” the authors reported.“This outbreak demonstrates that puppies can be a source of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections in humans, warranting a closer look at antimicrobial use in the commercial dog industry.” By Helen Branswell Sept. 20, 2018 Reprints Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Lawmakers must act on limiting antibiotic use in food animals @HelenBranswell Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. The outbreak of the bacteria, Campylobacter jejuni, which causes diarrheal disease, started in early 2016 and continued until February of this year. People from 18 states fell ill, including 29 pet store employees. The investigation, which began in August of 2017, discovered that puppies were the source of the problem.advertisement HealthPuppies are making people sick — and it’s people’s fault Trending Now: RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images The outbreak involved six pet store chains, but the problem likely is a broader one, the study showed. Officials in four states visited 20 pet stores and collected antibiotic administration records for about 150 puppies. Of those, 95 percent had received at least one course of drugs —and many received more than one — before reaching the store or while at the store. Sixteen different types of antibiotics were used. And about half the treated dogs were not sick — they were given the drugs to prevent illness.Senior author Mark Laughlin, a veterinarian with CDC’s division of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases, said investigators were taken aback by the scale of antibiotic use in the industry.“We were surprised to see the large number of different types of drugs and the large number of courses that the dogs were exposed to. These are pretty young animals on the whole,” he told STAT.Initially the CDC thought it might be able to trace the infections to a single source — one breeder or commercial breeding facility where the bacterium had spread. But as the investigators learned more about the byzantine world of the breeding and distribution of dogs sold in pet stores, it became clear there wasn’t a single source.In effect, the system was creating the problem. “These dogs were coming from a large variety of sources,” Laughlin said.Price wasn’t impressed. “If your system requires a constant or regular dose of antibiotics to keep the animals healthy, your system’s broken. You’ve designed a system that makes sick animals,” he said.Wellington agreed. “Antibiotics should only be used to treat illness, not to compensate for poor practices — whether it’s trucking dogs long distances and having poor hygiene in the process along the way,” he said. “These are lifesaving medicines that should only be used to treat sick animals or sick people.”Campylobacter jejuni is a common infection; the CDC estimates that about 1.3 million cases occur every year in the U.S. Fortunately most people recover without needing medical care.Both Wellington and Price have been vocal critics of misuse of antibiotics in food animal production. But use of the drugs in the commercial dog industry wasn’t on their radar.Price was startled by the report. “For me, this is an indication that they need to be raising these animals differently. They’re creating this terrible distribution system for multidrug-resistant bacteria,” he said.The reality is that, although the outbreak appears to have ended, there could well be ongoing cases because the practices that led to puppies becoming infected with multidrug resistant drugs are still being used.Laughlin said the CDC is working with veterinarian associations and the commercial dog industry, which he said was concerned and keen to make changes.They must, Wellington insisted.“This is one of the clearest examples I’ve seen where resistant bacteria are originating in animals from antibiotic overuse, and they’re passing directly to people and spreading rapidly,” he said. “So I think this is one of those situations where it’s incredibly clear that this is a problem we need to solve.” Related: About the Author Reprints “We just have to change how we’re thinking about antibiotics,” warned Matthew Wellington, antibiotics program director for U.S. PIRG, the Public Interest Research Group. 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Lifting Financial Sanctions Come True?

first_img [imText1]Though North Korea has agreed with the U.S. and China to rejoin the six-party talks, critics say that if there are no major changes to the restrictions on North Korea financial measures, the talks will not be a smooth one.On the 1st, a spokesperson of the North Korean Foreign Affairs Department revealed that North Korea will resume the six-party talks with a proposal to discuss with the U.S. the lifting of financial measures. At present, the North is seen to be expressing a firm willingness to “solve” rather than simply “discuss” the issue. For the most part, in comparison to North Korea’s past ultimatum that it would not attend the talks wearing a “sanctions” hat, to a position of rejoining the talks and discussing financial measures, suggests that by and large progress has been made. However, as insinuated in the announcement, an adversary is predicted that greater weight will be placed on the removal of financial measures rather than the surrender of nukes.In the case North Korea persists with the removal of financial measures, it is expected that the North will repeatedly claim that the removal of financial measures was the proposal for the North’s nuke negations and the six-party talks. Rather, what has happened is that the topic of removing financial sanctions has been packaged and simply relocated. (to the talks)In the Beijing meeting, the delegates agreed on setting up a working group to discuss the financial sanction issue. Although the working group deals with the topic separately, the group’s decision is highly likely to affect the main negotiation among the chief delegates of the six countries.The fact that North Korea may approach the talks with the reduction of armaments cannot be disregarded. Throughout North Korea mass rallies are conducted in success of nuclear experiments. In amidst celebration rallies for nuclear experiments “Talks destroying nukes” are now in discussion. However, though it may be difficult for member countries to accept considering the removal of financial measures as first priority, the claim to reduce nuclear armaments is also an enormous burden.The U.S. has not particularly changed its position on financial measures. At a press conference on the 31st, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs said “It (financial measures) will be resolved according to law. Further, it will be resolved when North Korea ceases participating in illegal acts.”What Assistant Secretary Hill means by this statement is that the financial measures will not be lifted under the current circumstances. Even if the investigations for Banco Delta Bank (BDA) are completed, it is more likely that the U.S. will accept the suspicion of money laundering. In other words, on conclusion of the investigation, it will be difficult for the financial measures to be removed.The North Korea financial measures based on the “Patriot Act Section 311 Clause 5” which stipulates special measures for “international transactions of primary money laundering concern” will only be eased in the case North Korea proves that its counterfeit money and money laundering has significantly decreased. In addition Assistant Secretary Hill said “The reopening of the six-party talks was agreed by the U.S. and North Korea to implement the 9.19 agreement, not to simply talk.” He suggests that a strong claim will be proposed for the abandonment of the North Korean nuke process.At the reconvening of the talks, the U.S. is anticipated to incorporate the 9.19 negotiations. Hence, it is inevitable that a clash will arise with North Korea who wishes to liaise talks on removing the financial measures. Though both the U.S. and North Korea have agreed to reopen the six-party talks, the future does not seem bright as their aims and approach is remarkably different.In the case the negotiations begin to limp, the threat will fall on North Korea who will suffer damages. If North Korea persists to delay ending its nuclear process, it will be pressurized and the North Korea sanctions will continue. It is also possible that its original support China will be the first to begin exercising pressure. In the end, whether North Korea was persuaded by China to rejoin the talks or whether it joined on its own, we are now pressured with a new international shadow. Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center AvatarShin Joo Hyun Analysis & Opinioncenter_img Lifting Financial Sanctions Come True? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Analysis & Opinion By Shin Joo Hyun – 2006.11.02 2:45pm Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

First-look at new riverside event precinct

first_imgFirst-look at new riverside event precinct The first concept plans for the Macquarie River Foreshore Event Precinct have been released, following an extensive community consultation session to come up with ideas for the precinct. Located at the Ollie Robbins Oval in Dubbo’s CBD, the new event precinct will be built to withstand flooding and will attract year-round events and festivals, making use of the beautiful riverside location.Acting Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Stephen Lawrence, said the event space will help Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) attract large-scale events, with amenities already in place, and the capacity to ‘plug and go’ for performers.“We already have a great facility in the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, but this space will allow for up to 10,000 people to attend concerts, live performances, and other events. It’s also in an ideal location, utilising the beautiful Macquarie River, and being close enough to Dubbo CBD that people can then walk up the hill into town and go out for dinner and drinks after the show,” said Councillor Lawrence.The design is adaptable, multifaceted, and has taken into consideration a one in 100 year flood event. The design allows functional community pedestrian usage, contained community event staging of up to 300 people, and the flexibility to reverse the stage setting to face north, allowing an open, expansive stage touring event capacity of up to 10,000. There was an extensive community consultation process, where members of the community, nearby businesses, events industry experts, and other members of the public were invited to provide feedback and input into the initial design process.To identify a suitable architect to provide full design services for the event precinct, Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) conduced an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process, before going to a select tender process involving three architectural firms shortlisted by a weighted matric and demonstrated experience in the event precinct and flood plains development.“LahzNimmo Architects have been identified as the preferred architectural firm to undertake the next phase of the project, which is to provide detailed design of the Macquarie River Event Precinct, and associated amenities,” said Councillor Lawrence.The Macquarie River Foreshore Event Precinct is part of the multi-million dollar Destination Dubbo: International Ready project, which includes the Old Dubbo Gaol Heritage Plaza and the Wiradjuri Tourism Centre. Funding for the Macquarie River Event Precinct is estimated to be approximately $3.5 million, with contributions made by DRC, and NSW Government’s Region Growth Environment and Tourism Fund.“Destination Dubbo is about ensuring we are ready to welcome visitors from all over country, and in time, the world, sharing our unique Western Plains natural landscapes and Wiradjuri culture, so when people go back to their home country, they can tell all their friends and family about the incredible experience they had in the Dubbo Region,” said Director Culture and Economy, Natasha Comber.The public can see preliminary designs, and find out more about the Destination Dubbo: International Ready project by clicking here, or visiting /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, council, culture, director, Dollar, Dubbo, Dubbo Regional Council, Economy, environment, Family, Government, industry, Lawrence, local council, NSW, Pedestrian, project, tourismlast_img read more

Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune installs two new Indian origin ventilators post evaluation

first_img Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Bomi BhoteCOVID-19Dr Prachee SatheICU ventilatorNoccarc V310Ruby Hall Clinic Pune Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune installs two new Indian origin ventilators post evaluation Related Posts By EH News Bureau on August 17, 2020 Read Article News Comments (0) Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals In March 2020, faced with increasing COVID-19 cases and a shortfall of ventilators, Marico Innovation Foundation (MIF) under the leadership of Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, announced the #Innovate2BeatCOVID Grand Challenge. Nocca Robotics and IIT Kanpur reached out to Dr Prachee Sathe, Director – ICU, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, Maharashtra which was fast becoming a hotspot for COVID-19 cases, for her assistance. The three-month long collaboration resulted in the Noccarc V310, a fully-functioning ICU ventilator, emerging victorious amongst 1500 entries. The team was amongst India’s top three innovative ‘Ventilators and Other Respiratory Solutions’ and was awarded Rs. 85 lakh in grants.Various studies and endurance tests later, the team of engineers at Nocca Robotics in association with IIT Kanpur and under the mentorship of Dr Sathe were successfully able to install the Noccarc V310 at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune,.Speaking about the evaluation process, Dr Prachee Sathe, Director – ICU, Ruby Hall Clinic said, “To ensure patient safety, the most important aspect was having the ventilator tested in a clinical setting. During the 28-day study at our ICU, our team monitored the machine round-the-clock. In fact, there was a point of time when Dr Nipun Gupta volunteered to administer the ventilator on himself. We were quick to notice that the device enabled him to breathe comfortably for several hours. It has also been tested on a couple of patients with critical lung infections making it clinically validated.”Giving more details, she added, “The most unique feature of this ventilator is that it comes with a UV chamber. When a virus-infected patient on a ventilator breathes out, he exhales air filled with virus loads, making it hazardous for all of us. The UV filter chambers kill viruses making it a safer environment. Today, it is indeed a moment of pride for us to see our efforts come to fruition. Nocca Robotics has donated two ventilators to our institute — a much needed bestowal at a time when Pune is seeing a high influx of coronavirus patients.”According to a release, the V310 is a turbine-based ventilator which consists of all modes required by doctors. In addition to being a state-of-the-art ICU ventilator for complex respiratory failure, it has some of the most unique features including the HFNC (high-flow nasal cannula), BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure) and CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) modes. The machine also consists of the PRVC (pressure-regulated volume control) mode, and have both volume and pressure control. The ventilator has in fact been tested in private and government hospitals across India and has successfully passed stringent electrical safety, performance and calibration tests.Bomi Bhote, CEO, Ruby Hall Clinic commended the endeavour of the team and said, “At a time when most indigenous ventilators are being rejected due to lack of clinical validation and feasibility, the fact that our team has been part of a project that has seen the light of the day is indeed heartwarming. We have taken a systematic, proactive and comprehensive approach to balance the need for accommodating COVID-19 patients, and the addition of two more ventilators will only add to our cause. This is one of many cases in which we at Ruby Hall Clinic have wanted to create synergy between our desire to provide wholehearted care in times of crisis along with fostering the spirit of local innovation.” Add Commentlast_img read more

Haiti Earthquake Provides Opportunity for Integration into CARICOM – Patterson

first_imgRelatedHaiti Earthquake Provides Opportunity for Integration into CARICOM – Patterson RelatedHaiti Earthquake Provides Opportunity for Integration into CARICOM – Patterson Haiti Earthquake Provides Opportunity for Integration into CARICOM – Patterson Foreign AffairsMarch 12, 2010 RelatedHaiti Earthquake Provides Opportunity for Integration into CARICOM – Pattersoncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Former Prime Minister and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Special Representative to Haiti, Most Hon. PJ Patterson, has said that the devastation caused by the Haiti earthquake provides the opportunity for the full integration of the country into the Caribbean Community drawing on the best of its history and culture.He noted that while Haiti had not yet subscribed to the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), President Rene Preval has repeatedly indicated that Haiti’s future model of development must be consistent with integration into CARICOM.“Future policy and planning for the country must therefore take this into account and be geared towards helping it to become a full beneficial member of the CSME,” he stated at a public forum in Castries, St. Lucia on Tuesday (March 9), on route to the meeting of Inter-Sessional Heads of Government in Dominica from March 11 to 12.The former Prime Minister maintained throughout his address that while CARICOM was there to assist and advise, Haiti must be primarily responsible for its own development plan.Regarding the way forward as supported by CARICOM, Haiti has already indicated an initial focus on agriculture, light manufacturing and services.Hence, the rebuilding of the economic and social infrastructure, including substantial housing, should be seen as an important part of the way forward given the country’s potential employment capacity. In addition, tourism is seen as a key driver in the recovery process, given its linkages with agriculture, arts, crafts and culture.Mr. Patterson stressed the importance of planning small business development within the context of climate change, sustainability and the creativity of the Haitian people, utilising the depth and diversity of the CARICOM cultural profile.He said that the private sector of Haiti and its CARICOM arm should gear up and equip itself for much of the work.The forum in St. Lucia was organised by the co-ordinating committee of civil society representatives, which was formed to help ensure a more cohesive response to the national effort aimed at assisting the people of Haiti.Mr. Patterson praised the initiative, noting that St. Lucia and Dominica were uniquely poised to advance the rebuilding process in Haiti.He said that both countries had the strong bond of language and a shared colonial history that brings them closer to Haiti than most other countries of the region. “This makes your nations ideally suited to assume a leadership role as CARICOM establishes its physical presence in Haiti to assist the redevelopment,” he stated. Advertisementslast_img read more

Paddles and Palettes

first_img Email Some artists put their work on canvases, others use walls. And some, like Matt Springer, use paddles. Springer and five other Montana artists have painted, carved and decorated six paddles for an annual benefit dinner and auction sponsored by the Tamarack Grief Resource Center on Jan. 19 in Whitefish. The dinner and auction will fund scholarships for children who have lost a family member, so that they can attend A Camp to Remember on Flathead Lake. Springer, a grant writer and artist in his spare time, first became involved with Tamarack two years ago as a counselor at the organization’s annual summer camp. Springer said he loves helping the campers heal and recover from their loss. This year the camp is held June 14-17. “The moments you see them healing are pretty magical,” he said, adding that more than anything the camp provides the kids an escape, if only for a few days. But with his full-time job at Flathead Valley Community College, Springer said there was never enough he could do to help the organization. So last year, when the group asked if he would paint a paddle for the annual auction, he jumped at the chance. “The paddle is such a unique medium,” he said. “You can also capture an artist’s own style by just handing them a chunk of wood.” Springer’s paddle features carefully carved trees and branches that were lightly painted, in order to bring out the design. In all, Springer estimates he spent about 15 hours working on the piece. Carol Hagan, an artist from Billings, also contributed a paddle that features vibrant colors that match the water theme the Tamarack center had hoped for. Hagan has been an artist for 26 years and traditionally uses oil-based paints on canvas. Painting on a paddle, however, is a very different experience. “I’m used to painting on a lot bigger surface than that, but it’s a fun challenge,” she said. The paddle is the second Hagan has completed for a Tamarack fundraiser and she’s proud to take part in a cause she believes in. Barbara Myers, a cofounder of the group and a member of the board of directors, said auctioning paddles painted by Montana artists gives their fundraiser a unique element and perfectly fits the camp theme. Besides a handful of paddles, other pieces of local art will be auctioned off this year. Over the last two years, the event has raised more than $20,000 for the camp. “The fundraising helps us say ‘yes’ to every kid who wants to come to camp,” Myers said. According to associate director Jim Parker, more than 75 percent of the children who come to the camp receive some sort of scholarship. The annual A Camp to Remember Benefit Dinner is held on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at Wheeler Jewelry in Kalispell, Red Union Salon in Whitefish or by calling (406) 249-2196. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

First Communions postponed in Derry Diocese

first_img Pinterest First Holy Communions have been postponed in the Derry Diocese over fears that it could lead to gatherings and parties. The sacrament is usually celebrated during April and May when children are between the ages of seven and eight.While public worship at Catholic Churches is due to resume in the North tomorrow First Communions will be rescheduled for September.Speaking on today’s Nine Til Noon Show, Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown says the decision was taken to prevent ‘ super spreader events’, and confirmed the diocese will try to facilitate confirmations…..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCovid situation in Donegal ‘worrying’Next articleOutrage in Moville after local pitch vandalised News Highland FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – March 25, 2021 Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews First Communions postponed in Derry Diocese Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

37 Donegal patients have received radiotherapy at Altnagelvin

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter By News Highland – June 15, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Previous article24 patients awaiting admission at LUHNext article18% unemployment rate in Donegal – Census 2016 News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 37 Donegal patients have received radiotherapy at Altnagelvin Facebook It’s emerged that 37 Donegal patients have received radiotherapy at the new centre in Altnagelvin Hospital, with management there saying things are progressing according to plan.In a letter to DACC Chair Betty Holmes, management say to date the Altnagelvin facility has received 37 referrals for patients from Donegal, 17 for prostate radiotherapy and 20 breast radiotherapy referrals.The letter concludes they continue to work closely with the hospitals in Letterkenny and Galway to advance the implementation of our service in line with the agreed plan.Betty Holmes says it’s a positive development………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more