Children’s mental health services under review

first_imgLimerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Print WhatsApp NewsHealthChildren’s mental health services under reviewBy Bernie English – April 15, 2019 913 Advertisement Twitter Tom Neville TDMENTAL health services for children which normally operate round the clock at University Hospital Limerick have been suspended to accommodate a review of the service.In response to a Dáil question from Limerick Fine Gael TD Tom Neville, Minister of State Jim Daly said the review was being carried out because only 14 patients used the service in the whole of last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We have to look at our resources and see if that is the best use of them and we are engaging with consultants as well as patients, their families and the HSE,” he explained.“We need to see that we are deploying our resources in the most appropriate manner when the demand is clearly not there when just 14 patients presented for treatment.”The HSE issued a statement to the Limerick Leader newspaper assuring patients and families that while the service is under review, children under the age of 14 who present outside normal working hours are still being seen, either by a paediatric consultant psychiatrist if there is one available or by another suitable doctor in the emergency department.While the matter is still under review, the HSE says it hopes to be able to produce a final plan shortly.In the meantime, paediatric patients in need of mental health services are still being seen as normal during the day. Email Mental Health Charity Let’s Get Talking open new outreach in Midwest Green Ribbon Month aims to help end stigma and discrimination about mental health center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Previous articleLimerick Council pledges to take action on mental healthNext articleLimerick Businessman Awarded Prestigious All-Ireland Business Award Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TAGShealthLimerick City and CountyMental HealthNews Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick Post Show | Limerick Mental Health Karen seeks mental health support for cancer patientslast_img read more

Aryzta revenue improves as lockdown measures ease

first_imgBakery business Aryzta has seen continued improvement in organic revenue as lockdown eases in many parts of Europe.The frozen bakery specialist – currently the target of a number of takeover approaches – reported revenue down almost 50% year on year in April as a result of strict lockdown measures and the virtual closure of the foodservice market.But turnover has steadily improved since then, down 36% year on year in May and 23% in June.And the company today (11 August) reported revenue down 18% year on year in the month to 25 July.Revenue is down around 20% in Europe, with improvement in retail and quick-serve restaurants, although foodservice remains ‘significantly down’.The picture is similar in North America, although the market is volatile as some states and major cities reinstate restrictions.As restrictions loosen generally, Aryzta has increased production using adapted shift patterns, although many lines are still operating at reduced capacity. Currently, around 14% of staff are furloughed, down from 30% on 30 April.Aryzta has recently appointed Rothschild & Co to undertake a review of all strategic and financial options to maximise value for shareholders and stakeholders.And the company last month announced that a number of third parties had shown an interest in buying the business.An extraordinary general meeting will take place on 16 September, when chairman Gary McGann will step down as chair and a member of the board unless a deal for the business had been struck.Group chief financial officer Frederic Pflanz is to leave the business in December. News of Pflanz’s departure comes just weeks after the business announced that board members Dan Flinter and Rolf Watter had resigned and would leave Aryzta in September.Their departure followed demands in May by a group of Aryzta shareholders – Cobas Selección, Cobas International and Veraison Sicav – for a major shake-up of its executive board.last_img read more

Shohei Ohtani reflects on decision to play for Angels and historic rookie season

first_imgANAHEIM – Shohei Ohtani said through his interpreter that “nothing crazy really surprised me on or off the field” in his first year as a major league player.Maybe that means that Ohtani, the Angels’ 24-year-old rookie phenom, was the crazy and surprising one.As he prepared for his 104th and final game of the season Sunday, Ohtani had already accomplished a feat many thought impossible. His 3.31 earned-run average was the lowest of any Angels pitcher who made at least 10 starts in 2018. His .362 on-base percentage, .568 slugging percentage, 10 stolen bases and .392 weighted on-base average trailed only Mike Trout. Despite losing 22 games to an  elbow injury, Ohtani established himself as baseball’s best dual-threat pitcher/position player in a century.“Overall I was able to have fun and enjoy everything when I was playing on the field,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “That’s a really good thing to take out of this season. Unfortunately I’m very disappointed the team wasn’t able to make the playoffs. I’ll try to come back stronger next year and hopefully next year we’ll be in the playoffs.” “I feel that I made the right decision, and I feel that I made that more every day that I come to the field,” he said. “Every game that I play, I feel more and more that I made the right decision.”Rather than immediately accepting a doctor’s recommendation of Tommy John surgery on Sept. 6, Ohtani chose to play out the season as a hitter. He hit two home runs in that day’s game against the Texas Rangers.The Angels were already on the brink of postseason elimination at the time, so Ohtani’s presence in the lineup merely offered incentive for fans to tune in – and for American League Rookie of the Year voters to keep an eye on Ohtani’s gaudy stats.Among AL rookies with at least 300 plate appearances, Ohtani ranks first in OBP (.362) and slugging (.568), third in batting average (.286) and stolen bases (10), and fourth in home runs (22) and RBIs (61) through Saturday.Ohtani said that the most impressive pitcher he had to face was probably Justin Verlander. The best hitter he had to face was Mookie Betts. He might be honored alongside both of them when baseball’s annual awards are announced in November. Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery in the coming week to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. When he is able to return as a hitter is uncertain. He will almost certainly not pitch before the 2020 season.In hindsight, 2018 might just be an appetizer to an already historic career.Ohtani and Babe Ruth (1919) are the only two players in major league history with 10 pitching appearances and 20 home runs in the same season. Ohtani and Ruth are the only players to hit 10 homers and wins four games as a pitcher. No one had ever hit 20 homers and struck out 50 batters in the same season before Ohtani.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.When he left Japan for MLB last winter, Ohtani was able to choose from 30 destinations. He was allowed to sign only the standard rookie contract under MLB’s international signing rules, in addition to a limited signing bonus. Since the maximum signing bonus allowed varied by less than eight figures from team to team, the cost to sign Ohtani was not prohibitive.The Angels have missed the postseason each of the last four years. At 79-82, they are guaranteed a losing record in each of the last three. Does Ohtani regret his choice?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more