Linkedin Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Previous articleLimerick Man Launches new HR Tech CompanyNext articleThree months of diversion in Adare David Raleigh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LimerickNewsClinicians must give go-ahead for patients to be moved from UHLBy David Raleigh – January 26, 2020 786 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Senator Kieran O’Donnell at St John’s Hospital.PATIENTS will only be transferred from the consistently overcrowded University Hospital Limerick (UHL) to vacant beds at the nearby St John’s Hospital only when it is deemed safe to do so.Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell said he was informed there were ten vacant beds this morning at St John’s on Monday morning when there were 50 patients waiting for beds at UHL.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Both are managed by the UL Hospitals Group, which also includes the University Maternity Hospital Limerick; Mid Western Regional Hospital, Ennis; Nenagh General Hospital; and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital.Of the 50 patients awaiting beds at UHL, 23 were on trolleys in the emergency department and 27 on trolleys on wards.Senator O’Donnell said he contacted the UL Hospitals Group asking management to confirm if transfers would take place to St John’s to take up the ten vacant beds.He said management later informed him that the vacant beds would be filled if the clinicians deemed it safe to transfer the patients,otherwise they would be filled through St John’s Medical Assessment Unit (MAU).However, a UL Hospitals Group spokesman told the Limerick Post on Monday evening that there were six beds available at St John’s Hospital at 8am that morning.“As occurs every day, patients from UHL will be transferred to St John’s following a clinical decision and in line with national policy on which patients are appropriate to be cared for in Model 2 hospitals.”“At 11am this morning, there were three patients identified for transfer. St John’s Hospital, as is the norm, will have admissions from their own medical assessment unit which is fully operational today.”“Where patients are identified as suitable for an inter-hospital transfer, that transfer is only effected once all the necessary arrangements have been agreed between the clinical teams and bed management at both the transferring and receiving hospital.”“On a typical day at UL Hospitals Group, approximately 15 patients are transferred from UHL to the Model 2 hospitals at St John’s, Ennis and Nenagh,” the spokesman added.On Sunday, Tanaiste Simon Coveney promised Fine Gael would “fix the trolley crisis by making further investment in beds and staff”.Speaking outside Thomond Park, Mr Coveney told reporters: “Because of a strong growing economy, we now can make realistic financial commitments to add extra beds, extra staff into the system, and fix, once and for all, the accident and emergency pressures we are seeing in Limerick.”A 60-bed modular unit is currently being built on the grounds of UHL, and management has sought a further 96-bed unit. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Facebook TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement
Saint Mary’s College held a special ceremony Friday to dedicate a tree on campus in memory of Ziqi Zhang, the international student who was killed travelling between Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame last year. Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), said she knew the death had, and still continues to have, a big impact on members of the Saint Mary’s community. “For those of us who knew her, and even for some who didn’t, it was a very tragic event last fall.” Meyer-Lee said. Meyer-Lee said Zhang was active both at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, as a participant in the dual-degree engineering program. “She jumped into things and got involved right away,” Meyer-Lee said. Although Saint Mary’s did not have a public memorial to mark the anniversary of Zhang’s death, Meyer-Lee said Notre Dame held a candlelight vigil in Zhang’s memory at the Grotto. She said that Saint Mary’s students and faculty were looking to honor Zhang’s memory as well. “As the weather changed and got closer to what it was that night, I think a lot of us … were thinking about her,” Meyer-Lee said. “As the anniversary approached, quite a few of us… started talking about an appropriate way to mark that as a community.” She said the idea for a lasting memorial to Zhang had been discussed more immediately after her death last year, but the anniversary caused the idea to resurface. The Saint Mary’s Student Government Association took the lead, Meyer-Lee said, in conjunction with some of Zhang’s closest friends, to make the memorial a reality. Saint Mary’s chose to dedicate a hawthorn tree near Regina Hall, where Zhang lived during her time on campus. “It’s strong like she was, and living as we want her memory to be,” Meyer-Lee said. “Somebody also pointed out that for an international student, the way a tree has its roots in land and its branches in the air was a nice symbol for the way [Zhang] crossed cultures.” A number of faculty and students from the Saint Mary’s community attended the blessing and dedication, which began at 4 p.m. The ceremony opened with a prayer and reading, then those in attendance were invited to share favorite memories of Zhang. Several of Zhang’s friends and members of faculty shared stories about their times with her. Alice Siquin Yang, assistant director of global education in CWIL, read the letter from Zhang’s father that was shared at her memorial service last October. Those in attendance were invited to extend their hand and join in the blessing of the tree as it was watered from the font of the Church of Our Lady of Loretto The ceremony concluded with a closing prayer and the sign of peace. Participants were invited to congregate in the lobby of Regina Hall to share refreshments and continue to trade memories of Zhang. “It was beautiful,” Saint Mary’s junior Claire Stewart said. “It was wonderful to see [everyone] coming together to cherish the life of a wonderful member of the Saint Mary’s community.” Despite not knowing Zhang very well on a personal level, Stewart said she really felt the loss, and thought attending the dedication was an important way to honor Zhang’s life. “I had one class with her freshman year. The accident happened while I was abroad in Rome … all of us were really shaken up, just knowing that there was a loss in the Saint Mary’s community,” Stewart said. “Even people that we don’t know well are so vital to what our life is here, and every member is integral to our happiness.” Contact Tabitha Ricketts at [email protected]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Muttontown village mayor and her gastroenterologist husband were arrested Thursday for allegedly failing to pay their income taxes for the past five years, Nassau County prosecutors said.Julianne Beckerman, 48, and her 55-year-old husband, Adam Beckerman, both of Muttontown, were charged with four counts of criminal tax fraud and three counts of repeated failure to file personal income and earnings taxes.“While nobody likes taxes, we are obligated to file them and pay our fair share,” said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “So it’s especially disturbing that a doctor and an elected official allegedly failed to file tax their taxes for five years.”Prosecutors said the couple failed to file New York State personal tax returns for tax years 2010-2014, despite earning a total income of more than $4.5 million during that time frame. Investigators determined that the Beckermans allegedly owe $243,865.00 in back taxes, authorities said.The mayor is the the seventh government official arrested or convicted in Nassau County in the past two years. Her arrest follows the October arrests of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, the conviction of ex-Oyster Bay Town Planning Commissioner Frederick Ippolito in January 2016, the conviction of former New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) in December 2015, the recent arrest of Gerard Terry, an attorney who held numerous local government titles and the arrest of Hempstead Town Councilman Ed Ambrosino last week.Julianne Beckerman, who ran on the Concerned Taxpayers Party line, is currently serving her third four-year term as mayor of Muttontown, where she oversaw the creation of the village police department six years ago. The village recently scored a “D” for transparency in a report card compiled by the Press. Village officials did not respond to a request for comment on the mayor’s arrest.Adam Beckerman is a gastroenterologist with a practice in Seaford. The couple’s arrest followed a joint investigation between Nassau prosecutors and investigators with the state Department of Taxation and Finance.The couple was released without bail and surrendered their passports following their initial court appearance Thursday. They are due back in court May 30. They face up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.