Veterinary Ireland has called on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Veterinary Council of Ireland to initiate an immediate investigation into the recent report that the Donegal Animal Hospital in Letterkenny has been temporarily closed by its British owners (Independent Vet Care). The Donegal Animal Hospital in Letterkenny closed temporarily last week due to regulatory issues and staff shortages.Veterinary Ireland President Dr David MacGuinness, said: “The reports of distressed animals left without veterinary care due to the closure of the veterinary practice by its lay owners is a major concern to Veterinary Ireland.”Veterinary Ireland Chief Executive Finbarr Murphy, added: “Our concerns that vets who become employees of lay corporate entities would not have control over the provision of veterinary services to the public have been realised.“It is vital that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Veterinary Council of Ireland clarify immediately that lay persons can have no role in the operation of veterinary practices”.The Veterinary Council has recently clarified that veterinary practitioners should be fully and autonomously responsible for the provision of veterinary services to the public. “It is clear from what has happened in this instance where the practice has been closed by its lay owners and farmers and the public have been left without veterinary services that the vet is not in control of the operation of the veterinary practice or the provision of veterinary services, including the provision of 24 hour services and the sale and supply of prescription animal remedies which are of critical importance to animal health and welfare and human health,” Mr Murphy said.He claimed it also raises the question as to who is now responsible for the critically important antibiotics and other dangerous drugs which of necessity would be available to that veterinary practice and should be under the control of a veterinary surgeon.Calls for investigation following closure of Donegal Animal Hospital was last modified: August 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Musa M Mkalipi 15 engineering students from TUT have been awarded hefty bursaries from Huawei Technologies. The bursaries will enable students to improve their skills in the ICT sector.(Images: Musa Mkalipi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Portia Nqobile MvubuHuawei PR assistant manager+27 11 517 9800Engineering students at Tshwane University of Technology have received a helping hand to complete their studies through a bursary scheme set up by the Chinese multinational telecommunications company, Huawei, which has set aside R480 000 (US$48 400) for 15 bursaries.The recipients are all studying at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in the department of engineering. Through the Huawei bursaries, it is expected that the students will be able to improve their skills in the information and communications technology sector. They will allow the students to focus all their attention on completing their studies, as they will not have to worry about financial constraints. The bursaries will include money for tuition and accommodation.Sipho Themba, a lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering at TUT, said that the majority of the students majored in electrical engineering “because locally they are not exposed to opportunities in the [telecoms] sector”.Many students did not choose telecommunications as a major and David Wang, Huawei’s eastern and southern Africa region public and communications affairs director, explained: “After several attempts to recruit students from the institution for internships, we realised that there were very few pupils who chose telecoms as a major and we saw this as an opportunity to intervene.”Presenting the bursary cheque to the university, Wang added: “to bridge this gap, we are today signing an agreement between our company at the Tshwane University of Technology to provide the students with a platform to acquire financial assistance to encourage students in the department of electrical engineering to consider the rapidly growing industry of telecommunications.”Norman Saul Baloyi, a second year electrical engineering student, responded: “I am very happy and thankful to have the bursary opportunity that Huawei has given us as some of us really need this.”The bursaries fall under Huawei’s Global Telecom Seed for the Future Program, which is aimed at growing expertise in the telecommunications industry, as well as at improving innovation. The programme has come to South Africa amid efforts to promote local talent and to enhance creativity. It has been implemented in 14 countries and has set up 16 training centres around the world. It has given bursaries to students from 50 universities.A partnership between the university and Huawei has existed for 13 years. “One of the challenges we have in our country is developing the next generation of academics and people who are entrepreneurial. That is why I am very glad that today we are meeting for the students as they are the heart of everything we do,” said Professor Nthabiseng Ogude, the university’s vice-chancellor.She pointed out that 48 percent of students at TUT depended on financial aid. “If we do not get into these types of partnerships for education we cannot achieve very much.”Tertiary drop outsAccording to South African higher education facts and figures, a paper published by the International Education Association of South Africa (Ieasa), public funding of higher education has increased in recent years. Money has been invested in refurbishing buildings and constructing new facilities. Ieasa is a non-profit organisation, established as a result of the need for universities and universities of technology in South Africa to respond to international educational trends.There are 11 traditional universities in South Africa that offer degrees. These universities are research based. There are also six universities of technology that offer diplomas.Students’ drop-out rate, however, is 40%, according to the Human Sciences Research Council, which published a paper on the issue. It posited that the high drop-out rate was a threat to the nation’s future. Only 15 percent of tertiary students continue to study and achieve their qualifications. Financial difficulties are among the reasons for students failing to complete their studies.To bridge this gap, various bursary schemes and learnership programmes have been set up. The Department of Basic Education, for example, runs its Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme, offering full-cost bursaries to teaching students. The purpose is to promote teaching at public schools. Launched in 2007, it is a multi-year fund available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority.Recipients are required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received a bursary. There are approximately 3 500 new bursaries available for 2014.The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) also provides financial assistance to academically deserving and financially needy students to study at a tertiary institution. It provides both bursaries and loans, funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training, as well as other government departments. NSFAS also administers funds for some universities, as well as for Nedbank.The repayment of student loans by past beneficiaries is a crucial element of the scheme’s funding model. NSFAS also manages and processes bursaries for companies or organisations that hold funds to assist students financially.Improving higher education and trainingSouth Africa invests roughly 20% of its total state expenditure on education, making it the highest proportion of the budget used on education in the world. This year, in his budget speech in parliament on 27 February, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that R200-billion ($20.2-billion) would be set aside for education.However the World Economic Forum Global Competiveness report indicates that the education system in South Africa is inadequate compared to the rest of the Africa. The report weighs the competitiveness of 144 countries and gives insight on their success and efficiency. In its Global Competitiveness Report 2012-13 report, the country’s ranks 84th in higher education and training, and a lowly 132nd in primary education. In its Country Profile Highlights for the period, it states: “Efforts must also be made to increase the university enrollment rate in order to better develop [South Africa’s] innovation potential.”Improving higher education and trainingExperts in the field of skills training and human resources have distilled ways in which education has been improved in the modern world, and how it can be further enhanced, to better the future of academics.● Mobile technology: with cellphones and tablets, students are able to get information freely and easily.● Improved access to internet: internet prices have gone down and an immense amount of information is now available to students. This has also made it possible for students to afford distance learning online.● Free educational software and resources: to prolong and improve performance and learning, appropriate technologies should be available to students. By offering students resources such as computers they can become technologically skilled and can access information easily.● Business, banking and financial skills: these are needed to support the expansion of the economy. To promote financial literacy, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange holds an annual National Youth Financial Literacy Day aimed at giving young people more insight into how to handle their finances to improve their financial stability.● Lifelong learning and comprehensive universities: through non-stop updating of skills, individuals will remain competitive once they have entered the job market.
Lobbying Helps Slow the Growth of Rooftop SolarWhen Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid?An Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsPV Systems Have Gotten Dirt Cheap Solar installer PosiGen LLC is targeting cash-poor consumers whose credit may not be great, and so far the gamble seems to be paying off.PosiGen, in fact, makes a point of not checking the credit scores of potential customers, according to a report at Bloomberg Technology. Far from finding its low-income customers are slow to pay or don’t pay, the company reports the default rate on contracts is extremely low — 47 defaults in 13,000 installations, less than 0.4%.The seven-year-old company now operates in Louisiana, New York, and Connecticut, according to its website. Bloomberg said PosiGen got its start in hard-hit areas of New Orleans in the years following Hurricane Katrina, then went on to capture 80% of Louisiana’s rooftop solar market. It is now expanding into Minnesota and New Jersey, and would continue growing elsewhere if it could raise the cash.In an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Thomas Neyhart suggested that the company was seeking out customers that other installers might want to avoid. “We want the people on disability,” he said, “the people living paycheck to paycheck.” RELATED ARTICLES In a 2015 article, Greentech Media said PosiGen’s business model is aimed squarely at middle- and low-income homeowners whose low credit scores and lack of cash have prevented them from participating in the solar boom.Neyhart called their marketing plan “blue-collar green.” The company’s standard installation is a 6.2-kW array that homeowners get for $79.99 a month.Greentech Media said the company’s approach is unique because it combines energy efficiency upgrades on the house with solar panel installation. Energy upgrades include adding insulation, installing smart thermostats, and replacing inefficient light bulbs. Coupled with the installation of solar panels, customers can expect to pay 40% to 80% less than they would for a typical power purchase agreement offered by a competitor.
Ailing CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami, who has been under house arrest for over a month in Srinagar, was shifted to AIIMS here on Monday morning, officials said. Accompanied by a doctor, a relative and a police officer, Tarigami arrived here and was immediately taken to AIIMS, the officials said. The Supreme Court had on Thursday said that Tarigami should be shifted “at the earliest” to “the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, from Srinagar, where he is under house arrest.” He had been put under house arrested in the early hours of August 5 when the Centre abrogated special status to Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is reportedly unhappy with Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh’s comments on Sunday saying Rahul Gandhi was now ready to become PM.Sources told Headlines Today that the prime minister has not taken the comments lightly and wants the AICC to clarify the party’s stand on Digvijay’s remarks. Manmohan wants the AICC to rebuke Digvijay for his remarks, said the sources.Digvijay had used Rahul Gandhi’s 41st birthday on Sunday to say he should take over as prime minister. Digvijay had said, “I think it is time that Rahul becomes the Prime Minister. Rahul is now 41 and he has been working for the party for the last seven to eight years. But all this will be decided by him only.”On Monday, Digvijay sang a different tune. “I must clarify that the only thing I said was that in my lifetime I would like to see Rahul Gandhi as the PM. It does not mean that Manmohan Singh should go. I never meant it. We are happy under his leadership. I meant that Rahul has all the qualities to become PM,” he said.Senior journalist Swapan Dasgupta told Headlines Today, “This should not be seen in isolation”. For the past some time, Digvijay has gone on to distance himself from the position of the government on different issues, Dasgupta said. “There is a continuous sniping at the government’s handling of the civil society over its agitation,” Dasgupta added. Responding to a question if there is an attempt to undermine the position of the prime minister, party spokesperson Jayanti Natrajan said, “There is no difference of opinions within the party. It’s a united party.” “Manmohan Singh is our PM and will continue to do so. However, Rahul is a most charismatic politician. He has all the qualities to lead the party in the future – something no young leader has done,” she added. Author and co-founder of hamaracongress.com Sanjay Jha said Rahul joined the party when the Congress was facing various crises, but he breathed life into the youth Congress. “Lots of people don’t give him credit for what he has done at the grassroots level. Digvijay’s remark should be seen from that perspective,” Jha told Headlines Today.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss And now that he’s back with the Beermen, Tubid said the championship was the very result he expected in his return.“I missed this feeling because I’m a winner again,” said Tubid who has won a total of eight titles in his career. “When I returned to San Miguel I knew I had a big chance of winning another championship.”“This team is truly at its prime and I’m just so blessed having a chance to play with these guys again.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Beermen spend time with fans as they celebrate latest PBA All-Filipino title Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “What us veterans do in practice is to give our starters the toughest practice as possible, we push them to the limit,” said Tubid during the fans’ day that the PBA held Friday at Robinson’s Magnolia.“I see to it that what the players gain in practice will be translated to games. As they say, it’s better to have a hard practice so once the game starts it would be easier for them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m like a drill sergeant, that’s the role they gave me here and I will do that role.”Tubid, together with Brian Heruela, was traded to the Dyip for the draft rights to 2017 top overall pick Christian Standhardinger. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ronald Tubid may have appeared sparingly in the PBA Philippine Cup finals, but his real worth for San Miguel came behind the scenes.The 16-year veteran played less than 10 minutes a game in the title showdown, but he made his impact in practice where he became the Beermen’s “drill sergeant” toughening up the starters for the grueling seven-game series.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Read more Share via Email The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Champions League Manchester City Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City’s inability to maintain a two‑goal lead against Manchester United could weigh on players’ minds when seeking to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday night.City led 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday through goals by Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gündogan. Yet after the break City crumbled as two Paul Pogba strikes and Chris Smalling’s 69th-minute winner ensured Guardiola’s team failed to win and thus missed a chance to claim the title.City were also shaky in the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in the Champions League first leg last Wednesday and Guardiola is conscious that their aim to progress to the semi-finals has been made more difficult after the scars of the past week. If Liverpool score once City would need five goals to knock out Jürgen Klopp’s side.Asked if the memory of City’s collapse on Saturday could affect players’ minds if they were to go two ahead again, Guardiola said: “It’s difficult – difficult for our mood not winning and, yeah, that can happen. But maybe we will improve for the future regarding this – and realise that sometimes it is not enough what you’ve done [and need to do more] to win. Share on Pinterest Read more It is clear now that Manchester City can fold under very little pressure “In the first half against United we tried to do what we’ve done all season but maybe it’s not enough to win at Champions League level or the Premier League. If that’s so I will have to recognise that I’m not good enough or the way we want to play is not able to do that. But I don’t think so because of what we’ve done this season – in the first half [against United], even in moments in the second half, I have to be happy. But when you play against Liverpool or in Europe when you have that momentum you have to close the door. And we didn’t close it against United.”Guardiola admitted concern at not being able to ensure his teams can maintain focus. “I thought many times about that. I’ve dropped a lot of Champions League games in the space of 10 or 15 minutes,” he said, offering an example of when he was Bayern Munich manager for a Champions League semi-final first leg in May 2015. “We were playing Barcelona and after 77 minutes it was 0-0, then after 90 minutes – 3-0. This has happened many times – maybe it’s my fault. I have to think about it.”Last year City allowed a 5-3 last‑16 first-leg lead over Monaco slip to a 6-6 aggregate defeat after the away leg and so were eliminated on away goals. Yet Guardiola did strike a defiant note. “When you dominate and create chances you are closer to winning games and this season showed that. But it’s impossible when opponents arrive four times and score three goals [like United] – there is no system that can stop that, so it is so complicated.”At Anfield the City manager dropped Raheem Sterling to play an extra midfielder in Gündogan. Against United he left Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Agüero on the bench, so started with no recognised No 9. Asked if those selections had been two errors, Guardiola said: “The first half [going two ahead] was a mistake? OK, we lost, I’m not right, you are right.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Liverpool Reuse this content Sterling had missed several chances before the interval, and Guardiola said: “But he was there [for them]. We could be better but we could be worse.“Always when you don’t win you will have made mistakes but the first half was good. The second was not. But we played three days ago, our physicality was lower than United’s. Maybe the second half was a bit influenced by that. But football is a results business and the result was not good. I would like to correct that, to improve these kind of situations.“We kept going but when you have two one-against-ones [Sterling] and the Gündogan chance then if we go to 3-0, 4-0 the game is over. But at 2-0 the game is never over, especially in this league. Football at this level is about the [penalty] boxes. Real Madrid and Barcelona are always successful because they have players up front who, when they have half-chances, score two goals. To score goals is the most difficult thing.” Manchester United Share on Messenger Premier League Topics Pep Guardiola news