Electric Picnic Previous articleFrom the Archive: Watch Laois’s 1986 National Football League final win over Monaghan – and the celebrations that followedNext articleBREAKING: 16 more deaths reported from Coronavirus in Ireland LaoisToday Reporter Home News Business Publicans seek to open six weeks earlier than currently scheduled NewsBusiness Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role TAGSCoronavirus Twitter Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Facebook News Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th May 2020 Publicans seek to open six weeks earlier than currently scheduled Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Two of the leading representative bodies for publicans are to meet Government officials to discuss opening pubs six weeks earlier than is currently planned.Under the Government road map for re-opening the country following the Coronavirus restrictions, pubs won’t be allowed to re-open until August.However, the Licenced Vintners Association and Vintners Federation of Ireland have proposed a plan to convince public health officials to re-open at the end of June at the same time as cafes and restaurants.According to RTE, the two bodies have written to the Government accepting an invitation to discuss the road map and its implications for pubs as a matter of urgency.The two organisations are proposing strict protocols for staff and customers to allow pubs to reopen.Among the proposals include:confining the number of people sitting at a table to sixtable service being a requirementno sitting, standing, payment or drinking allowed at the counterall customers to remain seatedno live music or DJoutdoor spaces used to enhance social distancingsafe use of toilet facilities, which may include limits on the numbers using toilets at any one timeLicenced Vintners Association chief executive Donal O’Keeffe said pub owners want to be treated the same as cafés and restaurants.“We fully respect the need to continue to protect the public health,” he said.“We have repeatedly proven this commitment, not least in the fact that our sector was the first to close across the country.“We also believe that if other venues who serve food and alcohol are allowed to reopen in Phase 3, then pubs should be granted the same opportunity to trade.”He said many pubs may choose not to reopen as it simply will not be financially viable under these conditions.“However, for those who want to trade, these measures will have the essential impact of protecting the health and wellbeing of staff and customers alike,” Mr O’Keeffe said.Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive of the VFI said: “We were pleased to see Minister Humphreys and Minister Harris commit to organising a meeting this week to discuss the reopening of pubs in line with restaurants and cafés.“We have now written to the Government to ensure this meeting happens at the earliest possible opportunity. What is clear is that the current roadmap plan isn’t tenable and will lead to confusion in the hospitality sector if it is not addressed.”SEE ALSO – From the Archives: Watch Laois’s 1986 National Football League success here RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date
Related Posts Share Ensuring essential HIV services during the COVID-19 pandemic Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha COVID-19 Updates Guest Blogs News WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By EH News Bureau on January 24, 2021 Meeting the challenge of maintaining lifesaving essential services for people with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic called for using innovative strategies by front line public health champions. Dr Vandana Dabla, Programme Manager, National Initiative to Strengthen and Coordinate HIV-TB response, Society for Health Allied Research and Education India (SHARE INDIA) and Dr Vijay Yeldandi, Head- Infectious Diseases & Public Health, SHARE INDIA share some case studies from the field, from Andhra Pradesh, which has the fourth highest HIV prevalence in the country and the highest number of estimated AIDS related deaths in 2019This past year (2020) unleashed on an unprepared world a catastrophic pandemic that has affected every facet of socio-economic activity globally, leading to an unprecedented collapse of our fragile health care system with tragic consequences for the most vulnerable. Preoccupied as the medical world was, trying desperately to find solutions to the COVID 19 pandemic, the already tenuous arrangements for ensuring the care and support of the vulnerable population of People living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHIV) simply melted away. Years of hard work building a system to get ensure reliable access to antiretroviral medications essential for lifelong HIV treatment were collapsing.India carries the third highest burden of HIV in the world, with an estimated 2.14 million people living with HIV/ AIDS in the country. The national lockdown forced by the pandemic response posed the challenge of “how to supply lifesaving medicines to patients” who were unable to access any HIV center facility because of the lockdown.The challenge was particularly grave in Andhra Pradesh, which has the fourth highest HIV prevalence in the country (13 per cent), in addition to the highest number of estimated AIDS related deaths in 2019 (11.43 thousand). The state also witnessed the highest “Lost-to-follow up” (LFU) patients in the HIV treatment programme. The challenging task of sustaining the supply chain management of HIV lifesaving medications to the key HIV population was assisted by SHARE INDIA through NARI SAKSHAM, a community-based organisation.With over a quarter of a century experience in public health and infectious diseases, the Society for Health Allied Research & Education India (SHARE INDIA), supported by PEPFAR and CDC India; provides technical assistance (TA) to the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society to enhance the HIV treatment cascade.The collective efforts ensured the supply of three-month antiretroviral medications to all female sex workers and their partners along with increasing awareness of COVID-19 preventive measures. The stories from the field are inspiring us to understand the prevailing challenges and the unparalleled commitment of the field workers.SanthiSanthi, outreach workerSanthi is one of the outreach workers (ORW) who serves female sex workers registered at NARI SAKSHAM at East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Dedicated to her mission, she said, “Nevertheless, lockdown and COVID does not stop us from providing HIV and TB medications to our peers on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Now we take the medicines directly to their homes”.Unlike other days, Santhi started her outreach at 6 am itself. “No work – no money” Santhi stated and asked that, “When peers are finding it difficult to make ends meet since the lock down is imposed, how could they travel to Rajahmundry for ART?”Sharing her emotional turmoil, Santhi said, “I am shattered witnessing some of my peers living in despair, which is beyond my imagination. I counsel them to stay strong and ensure adherence to medication to maintain their health. I feel happy to hear the peers “compliments” that keep motivating me”.As she marches on the empty roads, passing house after house, Santhi remains focused on her mission. She wants to ensure that everyone in her area receives medications and continues treatment. While Santhi thanks SHARE INDIA and CBO for the support and guidance, she acknowledges support provided by Nodal ART centre for arranging “travel pass” under medical emergency.ChantiChanti, outreach workerChanti, an ORW, shares her story. Waking up at 4 am now to distribute ARV medications at homes of patients, Chanti recalled, “It was one of the most challenging times in my 14 years of working in the field, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”She continued, “I could only see the narrow roads ahead with no transportation to the site. I would request my husband for transport on our personal vehicle to reach to my patients’ homes. One day, he met with an accident. Determined to distribute medicines to my peers, I convinced my brother to support me for my transport. It was really tough, but I did it”.She used to travel more than 50 kms every day through scary narrow lanes. However, she also appreciates the need and determination of her patient’s desire to not disclose their HIV status to others, hence, they were unable to take anybody’s help travelling to the ART centre. For the same reason, Chanti realised that going directly to their homes would threaten their confidentiality.She said, “To negotiate with the need to address stigma, I would first give them a phone-call before going and fix a place to meet and handover the medications. They would meet me and take medications with an overwhelmingly heartwarming smile. Those smiles were my reward”. Chanti ensured hand hygiene, maintained safe physical distance and wore the mask all the time.The work of these intrepid public health warriors undeterred by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic is helping to save many lives. Their work is an inspiration that keeps us all at SHARE INDIA motivated to ever intensify our efforts to mitigate the direct and collateral damage to the lives of the people we are pledged to serve. Read Article Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control SocietyARV medicationCDC IndiaCOVID-19NACONARI SAKSHAMPeople living with HIV/ AIDSPEPFARSHARE INDIA Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Add Comment
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A football building included in the athletics department’s $190 million facilities plan is slated to displace the school’s outdoor track, home to 136 student-athletes, 87 of which are women.One member of the Gophers track team said student-athletes haven’t been told where the new facility will be built, but that the St. Paul campus is an option.Athletics Director Norwood Teague recently wrote in an email to student-athletes that the University and Gopher Athletics “will cooperate fully with the investigation,” which he expects to begin in February.If the OCR finds the University to be out of compliance with Title IX, it risks losing federal funding.The Daily reported in September that the OCR was investigating the University for a separate complaint alleging that the school didn’t take effective steps to end sexual harassment by a former volunteer assistant coach for the women’s gymnastics coach. University will undergo investigation for alleged Title IX violationsA complaint was filed with the Office for Civil Rights. Betsy HelfandJanuary 23, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA federal office will investigate a complaint alleging that the University of Minnesota has discriminated against women on the basis of gender, according to a government document and a press release.The complaint was filed with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to explore whether the school had violated Title IX, which protects against gender-based discrimination.Specifically, the complaint alleges that the University fails to provide women with the same opportunities as men in areas including equipment and supplies, scheduling, facilities, and athletic scholarships, according a letter from the Office for Civil Rights obtained by the Minnesota Daily. Last summer, before the University received the complaint, it hired a gender-equity consultant to review the athletics department, a press release said.“The University and Gopher Athletics are committed to Title IX compliance,” the release said. “We focus on the student-athlete experience to ensure our student-athletes are provided equitable experiences and opportunities.”An anonymous party filed the complaint in November. That party wrote in an email to track athletes that the complaint’s intent was to “prevent the destruction of the current outdoor track or force the construction of a new track — before the 2016 outdoor season.”
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Previously he was the southeastern regional director of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. He has been a member of the Groundwater Management Districts Association and the National Water Resource Association, where he presently serves as secretary and treasurer of the New Mexico chapter. STATE News: “Our water is our most precious natural resource,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “These individuals are tasked with upholding the people’s trust and providing for a sustainable future of that resource. My expectation is their diverse knowledge and expertise will serve New Mexicans well.” The governor appointed Aron Balok, Bidtah Becker, Greg Carrasco, Paula Garcia, Mike Hamman, Stacy Timmons and Tanya Trujillo. The governor re appointed, as chair, Mark Sanchez. The ninth member of the commission is, per statute, State Engineer John D’Antonio. Mike Hamman is the chief engineer and CEO at the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, where under his leadership the district has improved drought resiliency for irrigators while meeting a broadening mission in environmental and recreational services. He has more than 35 years of public service specializing in water resource management. He has also worked as an area manager at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Albuquerque, as the executive director of the Trinity River Restoration Program in Weaverville, Calif., and as a water administrator at the Jicarilla Apache Nation, among other posts. SANTA FE ― Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday appointed seven new members to the Interstate Stream Commission and re-appointed an eighth. Gregory Carrasco is a farmer and rancher in Las Cruces who spent much of his career with Farm Credit Services of New Mexico and who brings an important agricultural perspective to water issues. In addition to multiple farming and cattle interests, he was the president and owner of a real estate title insurance agency and director with a company dealing in real estate and cattle operations in New Mexico and other regional states. He has served with the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, the New Mexico State University Foundation and the Diocese of Las Cruces Foundation. Bidtak Becker was, through January, the executive director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources in Window Rock, Ariz. She has served in various roles at the Nation, including as assistant attorney general in the natural resources unit, representing the Nation’s interests in environmental matters, and as an attorney in the Nation’s Department of Justice water rights unit. She is a trustee at the Institute of American Indian Arts and has also served as board director for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts and the UNM Law Alumni Association. Stacy Timmons is a hydrogeologist and program manager at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, the state geologic survey, at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. Having worked on a variety of water issues over more than 15 years in New Mexico and with numerous publications, she currently manages the Aquifer Mapping Program, a group of researchers who work to address groundwater quantity and quality questions in New Mexico. Aron Balok is the superintendent of the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District, where he has served for a decade, since 2009, overseeing all operations. Paula Garcia is the executive director of the New Mexico Acequia Association, where she has worked for more than 20 years, since 1998. Garcia is also the chair of the Mora County Commission and serves as a board member and was president of the New Mexico Association of Counties. She was previously a member and chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Minority Farmers Advisory Committee, appointed by former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Tanya Trujillo is the lower basin project director at the Colorado River Sustainability Campaign, where she coordinates efforts among state, federal, tribal and local agencies to promote efficient water management in Western states. She has previously been executive director of the Colorado River Board of California and counselor to the assistant secretary for water and science at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She also served as general counsel to the Interstate Stream Commission. Per state statute, the governor’s appointees must be representative of diverse major irrigation districts or sections of the state. At least one commissioner shall be a member of a tribe or pueblo. The appointees, who are not subject to state Senate confirmation, serve non-staggered six-year terms.
Mr Justice FancourtCity law firms representing two oligarchs accused of a multi-billion-pound fraud at a now state-owned Ukrainian bank claimed around £14m in costs after successively arguing that the case should not be heard in London.In a judgment on costs published this week, Mr Justice Fancourt awarded a portion of the claimed costs, around £8.4m, to businessmen Igor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Bogolyubov and five businesses to which they have or have had connections.The judgment shows that international firm Fieldfisher, which represented Kolomoisky, claimed around £9m. Bogolyubov, now represented by Enyo Law and previously by Skadden, claimed £2.9m, while lawyers for the five companies claimed £2.1m.After considering the ‘very very substantial’ costs, Fancourt J awarded interim payments of £4m (Kolomoisky), £2m (Bogolyubov) and £1.5m (the five companies). The costs judgment comes after the High Court ruled in PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank and Igor Valeryevich Kolomoisky & Others, that the English courts do not have jurisdiction to hear the claims by PrivatBank.A worldwide freezing order for misrepresentation and non-disclosure previously obtained by the bank was also stayed. The oligarchs deny any wrongdoing.PrivatBank, represented by international firm Hogan Lovells, has said it will appeal the ruling.Assessing the £9m costs, Fancourt J said the sum was hard to quanitify as there is ‘no costs schedule equivalent to the kind of schedule that is produced on a summary assessment.‘The short schedule that has been produced provides very little detail at all. It contains, for example, single items for work done on documents for 7,107 hours and 58 minutes, amounting to £2,008,000 of fees, and in another part of the schedule another 4,506 hours of work done on documents for £1.55 million of fees,’ Fancourt J wrote.Fancourt J also rejected a claim by PrivatBank that the fees be placed into a solicitor’s holding pending the outcome of any appeal. ‘At this stage it is clear that very substantial amounts of money have been spent by the defendants on legal fees. It seems to me appropriate, on the basis of my findings, that they should have those interim payments on account of costs at this stage,’ his judgment found.