The final LaoisToday football Team of the Week for 2018

first_img Facebook Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter TAGSFootball team of the week Home Sport GAA The final LaoisToday football Team of the Week for 2018 SportGAAGaelic Football Previous articlePeavoy Financial Planning: How can I reduce my Income Tax bill?Next articlePortlaoise ladies hockey club enjoy more success LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Pinterest Brought to you in association with Portarlington Credit Union The football season has almost concluded and what a year it has been.Sunday saw the conclusion of the Senior championship as Portlaoise claimed the Jack Delaney Cup for the 11th year out of the last 12.The Minor final was a dramatic affair with Portarlington and Ballyroan-Abbey playing out a draw.Ballyroan-Abbey had an extra man for 40 minutes and were three points up in the fourth minute of extra time but Portarlington scored a late goal through Ceilum Coughlan-Maher to force a replay.That game is set to take place again on Sunday and should be another keenly contested affair.All four clubs who contested finals are represented in our selection this week – with county champions Portlaoise leading the way with five representatives.Check it out below: 1 – Graham Brody (Portlaoise)Graham Brody on one of his runs out the fieldGraham Brody is up for an All-Star next month and you can see exactly why by his performance yesterday.His save from Matthew Finlay may not have looked great because the ball smacked him in the face, but he was out off his line line a shot to close down the space.2 – Gary Saunders (Portlaoise)What a year it has been for the teenager who won his first senior medal yesterday.He made a very important tackle towards the end of the second half that snuffed out a goal chance for O’Dempsey’s and showed composure on the ball at all times.3 – Shane Nerney (O’Dempsey’s)Shane NerneyIt was a tough gig for Shane Nerney on Sunday up against Paul Cahillane but he competed very well with the sharpshooter.Came out with a lot of ball too throughout and will look to push on with Laois again next year.4 – David Holland (Portlaoise)David Holland was given the unenviable task of marking Laois’ top scorer in the club championship this year – Matthew Finlay.He held Hatch to just one point from play and followed him all over the pitch. A great display and hopefully he will see more game time with Laois next year.5 – Robbie Kehoe (O’Dempsey’s)Robbie Kehoe was arguably the best player on the pitch in the first half of Sunday’s final.His tackling was aggressive and every time he got the ball in his hand, he ran directly at the heart of the Portlaoise defence and caused them lots of problems. Would be great to see him back with Laois next year.6 – Peter O’Leary (O’Dempsey’s)Peter O’LearyThe oldest player on the O’Dempsey’s team at 33, Peter O’Leary was a real leader on the field for his side.He charged up field with the ball in hand at will and held the half back together.7 – Rioghan Murphy (Portarlington)A young man with a really bright future. Portarlington lost centre back Daragh Galvin to two yellow cards in the first half and in his absence, Cathal Bennett and Rioghan Murphy really stood up.He won the penalty which gave Portarlington a lifeline but went off late of with a shoulder injury after colliding with his own teammate. Hopefully he will be ok for the replay and he is sure to play a big role with the Laois minors next year regardless.8 – Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise)Kieran Lillis had a great year with Laois and he has carried that form into the club championship with Portlaoise.Kicked a great point and generally ruled the skies for his side all afternoon.9 – Barry Kelly (O’Dempsey’s)Barry Kelly last played for Laois as an U-21 six years ago but his displays this year have shown he is certainly worth a shot with the seniors now.He has incredible pace and an ability to carry the ball which he displayed again on Sunday.10 – Mark Barry (O’Dempsey’s)Mark BarryLike Saunders before, this was Mark Barry’s first year playing adult football and he ended it with a league medal in his pocket.Set up a great goal chance for Matthew Finlay in the first half and provided the assist for Dan McCormack’s goal 15 minutes later. Kicked three points himself and has all the talent to go a long way.11 – Conor Boyle (Portlaoise)Conor Boyle was in fine form for PortlaoiseConor Boyle is class. He is like the Pirlo of Laois GAA and he simply oozes quality.He always scores and he landed three points from play in the final.12 – Craig Rogers (Portlaoise)Craig Rogers powers forward for Portlaoise in the Laois Shopping Centre Senior Football final at O’Moore Park. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR PhotoRogers has had a brilliant year and although he did not score as much as in previous games, he was still central to all that Portlaoise did.He did kick an outrageous point in the first half too.13 – Ricky Maher (Portlaoise)Man of the match in the county final and deservedly so. Ricky Maher scored a goal in either half and at crucial times as Portlaoise won their 11th title in the last 12 years.He is an advertisement for perseverance as Maher has spent the last nine years trying to break into the Portlaoise team and took the opportunity with both hands.14 – Paul Cahillane (Portlaoise)Replacing Bruno McCormack is not easy but Paul Cahillane filled his boots well at full forward for Portlaoise.Was involved in a fine tussle with Shane Nerney but did kick three points and played a big role in Maher’s second goal.15 – Davin McEvoy (Ballyroan-Abbey)Davin McEvoy won an U-15 title with Ballyroan-Abbey last week and he was one kick of a ball away from adding a minor crown to his locker on Sunday.He came off the bench at half time and kicked 1-3 to give his side a commanding lead before Portarlington’s dramatic equaliser means we have to do it all over again.SUBS OF THE WEEKCeilum Coughlan-Maher (Portarlington)Ceilum Coughlan-Maher would probably have felt hard done by not to start in the final as he put in a great display in the semi final win over Killeshin-Crettyard.But he came on in the second half and popped up with that all important goal to snatch a draw.Frank Flanagan (Portlaoise)Has lost his starting place on the team this year after spending the summer in America but what a substitute to have.Came on to tie up big Dan McCormack for the last 20 minutes and limited his aerial threat in the time that remained.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Thousands raised in memory of much loved Laois man The final LaoisToday football Team of the Week for 2018center_img Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 15th October 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp Community Pinterest Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

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Budget Day is March 29

Budget 2012: The penny drops The federal government will unveil its much-awaited austerity budget on March 29, although Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said those expecting a detailed schedule of spending cuts may be disappointed. Flaherty said Wednesday the budget will not lay out in specifics where the government plans to find between $4 billion and $8 billion in annual savings over the next three years. Vencap industry pleased with $500 million support in 2012 budget Keywords Budget 2012 Related news “There’s not going to be intricate detail,” he told reporters in Ottawa. “But there’ll be enough information that it’ll be comprehensible, that it will describe what we’re doing in terms of the deficit reduction action plan, and much more than that, this is a jobs and growth budget.” The end of March date is later than usual for a federal budget, but Flaherty had long signalled he wanted a clearer picture of how the European debt crisis might impact Canada’s economy before tabling the blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year. As well, the Harper government has been battling a constant barrage of criticism over its plans to cut programs and tackle Old Age Security in an effort to limit the cost of elderly benefits as the baby boomer generation moves to retirement. Public sector unions have scheduled a “day of action” for Thursday to protest what they warn could be the elimination of 100,000 jobs across the country. “Some of the numbers I’ve read from some of the public service unions are outrageous,” Flaherty responded. However, he added that the public sector had been “protected” during the recession, so it was “realistic … that we ask the public service to participate in the belt-tightening.” On Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told an Ottawa newspaper that estimates of as many as 25,000 public service jobs vanishing in the capital region due to austerity were a “gross, gross, gross exaggeration.” Reports in Ottawa suggests the budget will call for spending cuts of about $5 billion fully phased in within three years. Flaherty would not say what he has in mind, but called the cuts modest in relation to a $265 billion budget. “We’re talking about relatively small spending reductions. If you want to look at big austerity programs, you go to the United Kingdom today, you go to Canada in 1995, 1996. This is not in that order of magnitude.” The 2012-13 budget comes amid a recent flurry of mildly encouraging economic news, suggesting that the gloom that permeated November’s fall update with the doubling of a risk premium for downside surprises in Europe has abated somewhat. Flaherty has invited the country’s leading economists to Ottawa in the first week of March to give him the most recent outlook for the economy. Recent interviews with several suggest their outlook won’t be much different from November’s 2.1% growth projection for 2012, but that they will turn down the temperature on risk. They will likely also tell Flaherty that government revenues may be bigger than expected given the continued strength of commodity prices, including oil, which is again well over US$100 a barrel. High commodity prices improve Canada’s terms of trade and give a net boost to corporate profits. Flaherty got some good news last week when the Finance Department reported the monthly deficit fell to $353 million in December, from $1.35 billion a year earlier. The December data put Ottawa about $10 billion ahead of pace for the first nine months of the fiscal year compared to the previous year. Some analysts calculate this year’s fiscal deficit could come in as low as $26 billion — or $5 billion below the fall update’s estimate — putting Ottawa in position to get back to balance one year earlier than projected, in 2014-15. Flaherty said he believes the government books are still essentially in the same position as they was in November, although he added “it’s possible we’ll do a bit better.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Julian Beltrame Mint strikes last penny read more

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Most Schools in Manchester and St. Elizabeth Ready for New Term

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedMost Schools in Manchester and St. Elizabeth Ready for New Term RelatedMost Schools in Manchester and St. Elizabeth Ready for New Term FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With only two days before the start of the new school year, the region five office of the Ministry of Education and Youth has reported that most schools in Manchester and St. Elizabeth were ready to accommodate students.Regional Director of Region 5, Rueben Grey, told JIS News that 85 per cent of schools were prepared for the new term, noting that a number of institutions had benefited from extensive repairs and refurbishing.He informed that while “most principals are in place and teachers have been appointed,” when the term begins “we may discover that there might be schools that require more teachers because of the number of students that they have”.In addition to undertaking repairs and hiring staff, Mr. Grey informed that grants have been disbursed for the school feeding programme, and furniture and textbooks supplied to schools.He told JIS News that, “we will continue to look at infrastructure and where there is need for minor repairs we will continue in that regard”, adding that “we are working continuously to ensure that all students are in school”. The Regional Director has advised that parents, who have not provided birth certificates to the respective schools, to do so as soon as possible, to ensure that their children were registered for the new term.Meanwhile, principals of a number of schools in the region have express satisfaction with the level of preparedness for the new term.In addition to the general repairs, staff also benefited from development workshops and meetings. Work will continue at a few schools on the weekend.center_img RelatedMost Schools in Manchester and St. Elizabeth Ready for New Term Most Schools in Manchester and St. Elizabeth Ready for New Term UncategorizedSeptember 2, 2006last_img read more

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Canada supports Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 24 November

first_imgCanada supports Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 24 November From: Department of Justice CanadaA well-functioning criminal justice system is one that serves all Canadians, protects victims and their families, and creates a safer and stronger Canada for everyone.A well-functioning criminal justice system is one that serves all Canadians, protects victims and their families, and creates a safer and stronger Canada for everyone.Today, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, launched Victims and Survivors of Crime Week with its theme of “Recognizing Courage, Renewing Commitment”.The goal of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is to raise awareness nationwide about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services, programs, and laws in place to help them and their families. It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the important work of victim service providers and other criminal justice professionals who assist victims of crime.This year, instead of an in-person symposium, Justice Canada is hosting a virtual Victims and Survivors of Crime Week event online. Also as part of this week’s activities, the Government of Canada is providing financial support to 90 projects all across the country. Under Justice Canada’s Victims Fund, more than $790,000 will help raise awareness about the needs of victims and the services available to victims, survivors, and families from coast-to-coast-to-coast.The 2020 theme recognizes that it takes great courage for victims and survivors of crime and their families to share their stories and to persevere in the aftermath of crime. The theme also recognizes that countless professionals and volunteers across Canada work to empower victims and survivors of crime, advocate on behalf of victims, and deliver effective services despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.Quotes“This year’s Victims and Survivors of Crime Week comes at a unique and difficult time for many Canadians. The pandemic has reminded us how important it is that victims continue to be supported and heard. I honour their courage as well as the work of all those service providers who support them. Together, we need to ensure victims are not retraumatized by the justice system and that they have access to meaningful supports, information, and assistance to help them. This week reminds us to continue our efforts. The Government of Canada is committed to a justice system that works for all Canadians.”The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., Q.C., M.P.Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada“It takes a great deal of courage for victims and survivors of crime, and their families, to come forward and speak about what they’ve gone through. This week, we salute their strength and their resilience. We sincerely thank the many dedicated and hardworking victim advocates, service providers, professionals and volunteers who support them as we renew our commitment to doing all we can to prevent crime and protect those who are most vulnerable in our communities.”The Honourable Bill BlairMinister of Public Safety and Emergency PreparednessQuick factsThis year marks several important milestones, including:the 20th anniversary of the Federal Victims Strategythe 15th anniversary of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week andfive years since the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights came into force. /Public Release. 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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:anniversary, attorney-general, Canada, covid-19, crime, Criminal, criminal justice, deal, Emergency, Federal, Force, Government, justice, Minister, resilience, Safetylast_img read more

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Inland Rail partnership to leave water legacy

first_imgInland Rail partnership to leave water legacy Inland Rail will deliver enduring water benefits in Gilgandra with an agreement signed today that will see the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) fund four additional bores across the Shire.Local Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton welcomed the agreement that will identify a water source for Inland Rail construction while leaving a legacy for locals along the route.“I’m so pleased to see this project going ahead, having worked closely with Gilgandra Shire Council to ensure the community’s needs are met,” Mr Coulton said.“As Inland Rail completes the national freight network, it will introduce new markets for growers, producers and manufacturers right across the region – it will also leave legacy water infrastructure to serve the community.“Once construction of Inland Rail from Narromine to Narrabri is complete, the bores that the ARTC is establishing in the Gilgandra area will be handed to the Gilgandra Shire Council.“This will provide the community with improved water supply for facilities and offer a reliable source of water for roadworks, as well as firefighting and other emergency service needs.”Narromine to Narrabri Inland Rail Project Director Duncan Mitchell said ARTC appreciates how precious water is in regional areas.“Inland Rail already applies a range of sustainable construction practices including using biodegradable polymers in dust management to minimise the amount of water required for construction,” Mr Mitchell said.“We envisage that this project will increase the water security of the region and further minimise the impact of construction on local water supplies, in response to community feedback.“The bores will be monitored to manage any effect on neighbouring bores – this project is an example of how Inland Rail is being designed and delivered with the immediate and long-term betterment of communities in mind.”Acting Mayor of Gilgandra Shire Council Ash Walker said Council has been an advocate for undertaking water investigations early in the construction process to improve outcomes for community stakeholders.“Finding secure water sources that don’t compete with existing stock and domestic bores has been a recurrent request from landholders,” Cr Walker said.“This project enables Council to be part of achieving this outcome whilst leaving deep bore infrastructure and reliable water sources as a legacy to our community once construction is complete.“It is Council’s intention that by having an active involvement in this process, we can play a leading role in communicating the findings to the community and provide opportunities for the community to learn more about the deeper aquifers in our region.“This water infrastructure will be a positive legacy for our community for generations.”The arrangement provides for four bores to be sunk into the Pilliga Sandstone and Purlewaugh Sandstone aquifers to a depth between 200 and 280 metres.The Gilgandra Shire Council will shortly appoint a project manager, to be funded by ARTC, who will lead further planning and development of the bores. /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Rail Track Corporation, communications, community, Gilgandra, Government, infrastructure, Inland Rail, Local Government, Mitchell, Narrabri, Narromine, Parkes, Pilliga, regional development, Sandstone, sustainablelast_img read more

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Northern Road and Bringelly Road Upgrade opens to traffic

first_imgNorthern Road and Bringelly Road Upgrade opens to traffic Construction on the Northern Road Stage 2 and the full Bringelly Road Upgrade is complete and open to traffic.The upgrades included converting the section of The Northern Road between Peter Brock Drive and Mersey Road, along with 10 kilometres of Bringelly Road, to a four-lane dual carriageway with the 80 kilometre-an-hour speed limit reinstated.It will mean easier, faster and safer travel for the 15,000 motorists who use The Northern Road and 10,000 motorists who use Bringelly Road every day.The projects are part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan which will support 4000 direct and indirect jobs.Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the delivery of critical infrastructure was part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to Western Sydney.“Every day we are seeing the benefits of our investment in this region come to life,” Mr Tudge said.“It’s not only benefitting people now, but these upgrades will capitalise on the economic benefits through freight and passenger travel to Western Sydney Airport in the future.”New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said these upgrades will support integrated transport in the area.“Completing these upgrades is an important step in finalising the jointly funded The Northern Road and Bringelly Road upgrades,” Mr Constance said.“Drivers are already seeing significant changes along a 35-kilometre section of The Northern Road thanks to sections completed to date.“It is great to see another piece of the puzzle now complete.”Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the full 10-kilometre length of Bringelly Road was now finished, with both project stages delivered.“The full suite of improvements on the revamped Bringelly Road will improve safety, increase road capacity and reduce congestion and travel times along this key arterial route,” Senator Payne said.“The completion of this project is another clear example of the Morrison Government delivering the infrastructure Western Sydney needs to support local jobs and growth.”State Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said it is fantastic to see the progress on the projects, funded under the Australian and NSW governments’ $4.1 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.“This is all about supporting local communities,” Mr Sidgreaves said.“A growing population will need infrastructure and jobs to stimulate economic growth, and the opening of this section of The Northern Road is a key piece of investment that will deliver for the community.”The projects have been jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $407 million and the NSW Government providing $102 million for the Bringelly Road Upgrade and the Australian Government providing $1.2 billion and the NSW Government providing $351 million to The Northern Road Upgrade. /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Camden, community, Federal, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, Morrison, Morrison Government, New South Wales, NSW, regional development, Sydney, Transport, Western Sydneylast_img read more

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Taskforce Ravello Burglary Charge

first_imgTaskforce Ravello Burglary Charge Taskforce Ravello officers have charged a 34-year-old Balga man over a burglary offence that occurred in Rockingham on 23 December 2020.The burglary occurred while the funeral for Rebels OMCG Nick Martin was being conducted in Perth’s northern suburbs, and at an address connected to Mr Martin.Taskforce Ravello was formed to investigate the fatal shooting of Mr Martin at Kwinana Motorplex on 12 December, 2020. The taskforce has also undertaken suppression and disruption activities to prevent further gang activity following Mr Martin’s death.The 34-year-old man is currently in custody on other matters and has been charged with one count each of Burglary and Stealing. He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on Friday 8 January, 2020.The State Government has offered a $1 million reward for information related to Mr Martin’s death. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. /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:Australia, Burglary, court, crime, custody, death, Government, investigation, Kwinana, Perth, police, Rockingham, shooting, WA, Western Australia, Western Australia Policelast_img read more

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NHS patients to receive life-saving COVID-19 treatments that could cut hospital time by 10 days

first_imgNHS patients to receive life-saving COVID-19 treatments that could cut hospital time by 10 days Patients in intensive care units across the UK are to receive potentially life-saving treatments for COVID-19Government ensures life-saving drugs will be available in NHS healthcare settings with immediate effectPatients across the UK who are admitted to intensive care units due to COVID-19 are set to receive new life-saving treatments which can reduce the time spent in hospital by up to 10 days, the government has announced today (Thursday 7 January).Results from the government-funded REMAP-CAP clinical trial published today showed tocilizumab and sarilumab reduced the relative risk of death by 24%, when administered to patients within 24 hours of entering intensive care.Most of the data came from when the drugs were administered in addition to a corticosteroid, such as dexamethasone – also discovered through government-backed research through the RECOVERY clinical trial – which is already provided as standard of care to the NHS.Patients receiving these drugs, typically used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, left intensive care between 7 to 10 days earlier on average. The rollout of these treatments could therefore contribute significantly towards reducing pressures on hospitals over the coming weeks and months.Updated guidance will be issued tomorrow by the government and the NHS to trusts across the UK, encouraging them to use tocilizumab in their treatment of COVID-19 patients who are admitted to intensive care units, effective immediately.Supplies of tocilizumab are already available in hospitals across the UK and clinicians will be able to treat all those admitted to intensive care units, potentially saving hundreds of lives. The department is working closely with Roche, who manufacture tocilizumab, to ensure treatments continue to be available to UK patients.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:The UK has proven time and time again it is at the very forefront of identifying and providing the most promising, innovative treatments for its patients.Today’s results are yet another landmark development in finding a way out of this pandemic and, when added to the armoury of vaccines and treatments already being rolled out, will play a significant role in defeating this virus.We have worked quickly to ensure this treatment is available to NHS patients without delay, meaning hundreds of lives will be saved.I am hugely proud of the significant role our NHS and its patients have played in this international trial, and grateful to the outstanding scientists and clinicians behind REMAP-CAP who have brought this treatment to our patients.Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said:This is a significant step forward for increasing survival of patients in intensive care with COVID-19. The data shows that tocilizumab, and likely sarilumab, speed up and improve the odds of recovery in intensive care, which is crucial for helping to relieve pressure on intensive care and hospitals and saving lives.This is evidence of the UK’s excellent research infrastructure and life sciences industry advancing global understanding of this disease, which we have done both through our own programme of clinical research and through our ability to make very large contributions to international studies.In June last year, the UK government approved dexamethasone as the world’s first treatment proven to reduce mortality for COVID-19. The REMAP-CAP trial found that the rate of death for those in intensive care units on corticosteroids, such as dexamethasone, and respiratory support alone was 35%, which was reduced to 28% when tocilizumab was also administered.The government continues to work in partnership to ensure global equitable access to safe and effective treatments. Only multilateral collaboration can deliver at the speed and scale needed to end the global pandemic, and the government remains committed to participating in international trials such as this that seek to answer important questions about the virus.The UK has played an integral role in these international efforts: three-quarters of patients enrolled globally have been NHS patients, in 142 hospitals across the UK – roughly half of the 289 total sites across the world. A quarter of all patients in intensive care with COVID-19 have enrolled and continue to volunteer to enrol in the REMAP-CAP trial – all of whom have made a vital contribution to the research needed to beat this disease.Support also came from the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), its well-established Clinical Research Network and the UK’s Chief Medical Officers. The UK government has, to date, provided £1.2 million to support the REMAP-CAP trial.Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said:The fact there is now another drug that can help to reduce mortality for patients with COVID-19 is hugely welcome news and another positive development in the continued fight against the virus.This signals how the NHS is working all the time to find new treatments and therapies, but the best advice for individuals is to remember the hands, face, space guidance.Background informationThe REMAP-CAP analysis has not yet been peer-reviewed.Tocilizumab is administered intravenously in a one or two-dose regime. It has been demonstrated to be effective for patients requiring organ support when administered soon after admission to ICU.Other trials such as the RECOVERY trial are assessing efficacy in wider patient groups outside of intensive care settings, but these are still ongoing. REMAP-CAP has not tested the effectiveness of tocilizumab in primary care settings.Tocilizumab will be used to further reduce mortality from COVID-19 and in addition to dexamethasone, which is already standard of care for hospitalised patients receiving supplemental oxygen.Tocilizumab and sarilumab have already been added to the government’s export restriction list, which bans companies from buying medicines meant for UK patients and selling them on for a higher price in another country. This will protect supply for UK patients by enforcing regulatory action on those who flout the restrictions.The REMAP-CAP trial showed that mortality was 35.8% for patients receiving current standard of care alone, and that this was reduced to 27.3% using tocilizumab and sarilumab. This was a 24% relative reduction in risk of mortality for patients who entered intensive care. /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:arthritis, covid-19, disease, Government, healthcare, hospital, industry, infrastructure, primary care, Professor, research, rheumatoid arthritis, Scientists, Secretary, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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Chancellor describes surgeon general pick as thoughtful, curious

first_imgVivek Murthy“He was thoughtful and always asked great questions,” DiStefano said. “The health and wellness of student-athletes were a top priority for him. He was a valuable asset to the NCAA Board of Governors during the pandemic.”In spring 2019, Murthy was among five independent members who joined college and university presidents—including the CU Boulder chancellor—on the board that sets the future direction for college sports. That broadened representation on the NCAA Board of Governors was among the recommendations of the Commission on College Basketball, an independent group led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, which formed in response to a federal investigation into corruption in college basketball.  Published: Dec. 4, 2020 Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano serves on the NCAA Board of Governors with Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general likely to be tapped by President-elect Joe Biden to fill the role of “America’s doctor.” Chancellor Philip DiStefano“As surgeon general, I’m sure he’ll heavily rely on science and experts regarding policy,” said DiStefano, who sits on the NCAA Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors and voted in favor of expanding its representation. DiStefano began a three-year term on the NCAA Board of Governors in August 2016 and his term was renewed for one year to August 2021.Murthy, who served as the nation’s surgeon general from 2014 to 2017, is a physician, public health advocate, teacher and entrepreneur who discovered the art of healing watching his parents run a medical clinic in Miami. He published the first Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health and the first federal report on e-cigarettes and youth. He also launched a campaign to call the nation’s health professionals together to address America’s opioid crisis, according to the NCAA.Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Communitycenter_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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Western St. Mary schools and clinics gets boost

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedWestern St. Mary schools and clinics gets boost RelatedWestern St. Mary schools and clinics gets boost Western St. Mary schools and clinics gets boost EducationMay 11, 2011 RelatedWestern St. Mary schools and clinics gets boost By ASTON G. BAILEY, PORT ANTONIO REGIONAL FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PORT ANTONIO — Delivery of healthcare and education in Western St. Mary has been boosted with the recent presentation of medical supplies and computer modems to health centres and schools in the constituency. The medical supplies, including wheelchairs, walkers, mattresses and blood pressure machines, were procured from Jamaicans living in Canada, while the computer modems were donated by Member of Parliament for the constituency, Hon. Robert Montague. The medical supplies will be distributed to health clinics in the constituency, while the schools to benefit from the modems include, Woodside All Age Ramble All Age, Seafield Primary and Free Hill Primary. The supplies were handed over by Mr. Montague, who is also Minister of State for Local Government, at the Retreat Health Clinic on Friday (May 6). Attending were representatives of several organizations, including the St. Mary Health Department, The North Eastern Regional Health Authority (NEHRA), the St. Mary Parish Council and various schools in the area. Mr. Montague said he was happy to be associated with the event, as it represented a major milestone in the processes of healthcare and education in St. Mary. He said the presentation of the supplies was the realization of a commitment he had made, to provide assistance to schools and health centres in the constituency. He also gave an assurance that he will continue to work for the development of healthcare and education in the communities. He said that the presentation of the computer modems will complete the list of institutions targeted for internet service in the constituency. The assistance programme, through which the medical supplies have been provided, has already brought significant benefits to the St. Mary Infirmary, the original target.  Declaring that internet service will significantly enhance the quality of education in the schools, Mr. Montague said that service will go a far way in guaranteeing the success of a programme recently developed by a number of communities in the constituency, through which community members combine their efforts to work with schools to monitor the performance of students to assist them in achieving academic success.  Stressing that education has to be the foundation for the further social and economic development, Mr. Montague said Western St. Mary was fully committed to ensuring that the sector continues to play its role. He added that over 120 tertiary level scholarships, and assistance to over 3,000 primary school students, were recently issued in the constituency.last_img read more

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