O’Gorman demands money for mental health

first_img Previous articleGoogle Street View car spotted around LimerickNext articleRiverside picnic and concert for Africa Day admin Advertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsO’Gorman demands money for mental healthBy admin – May 12, 2009 748 Email Printcenter_img Facilities at Mid Western Regional Hospital unsuitable for minorsTHE economic crisis  should not mean mental health services in Ireland remain underfunded and unequal, says Colm O’Gorman, director of Amnesty International Irish section, critical of the poor state of facilities in Unit 5B in the Mid Western Regional Hospital.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He points out that in its annual report for 2008 the Inspector for Mental Health Services found that despite having beds for children, the Acute Psychiatric Unit  at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital was unsuitable for the admission of minors. The report, he adds, also called for admissions to St Joseph’s to cease and a full closure plan to be implemented.Said O’Gorman. “We are now three years into the implementation of the government’s mental health policy A Vision for Change and we still do not have an adequate implementation plan. “When it was launched many campaigners welcomed the policy because it promised an overhaul in how services are provided to enable the move from institutional care to care in the community. “At that time, Minister Harney announced an additional €25 million in funding and assured that further investment would continue. “It also recognised the crucial importance of having service users centrally involved in planning and decision-making. “But three years into the policy progress is painfully slow while funds under A Vision for Change have simply not materialised”. O’Gorman told the Post that in the 2006 and 2007 Budgets the mental health sector was allocated approximately €25 million to develop this policy but the whereabouts of much of it remains a mystery. Millions were diverted into spending gaps in other areas of the HSE. “In Budget 2008, there was no allocation at all and this year again mental health service users have not received the required additional funding.“The right to adequate and appropriate mental health services is a fundamental human right. It is enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which Ireland ratified in 1990. But this right is far from a reality for the majority of people seeking services today”.As far back as 1982, he recalled,  the Government promised to deliver four secure units for people who might be at risk of harming others. In 2006, the promise was for five units. In 2008, there are still no units.“Because of a lack of facilities children are still being placed in adult psychiatric facilities. Figures from the Mental Health Commission show that almost 200 children were admitted to adult centres from January to October 2008.“Specialist mental health services, such as for people with eating disorders or brain injuries, are largely unavailable outside of Dublin.“It might be argued that we cannot afford to spend money on mental health. Amnesty International would respond that at a time of economic crisis when demand on mental health services in increasing, investment in mental health services is even more urgent.“Last September, the Mental Health Commission report, The Economics of Mental Health Care in Ireland, estimated the direct annual cost of poor mental health in Ireland at a staggering €3 billion, or 2% of GNP. In this economic climate, surely we should be increasing, not decreasing, investment in mental health services”. Twitter Linkedin WhatsApplast_img read more

Courts This Week- A Weekly Round Of Important Legal Developments In The Country [Episode-48]

first_imgTop StoriesCourts This Week- A Weekly Round Of Important Legal Developments In The Country [Episode-48] Taniya Pandey21 Jan 2021 4:12 AMShare This – x…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginNext Storylast_img

U2 Rocks Global Tour with EMC’s All-Flash Technology

first_imgWith declining revenues from recorded music, road tours are becoming more and more important. Historically, artists could expect up to 25% of their revenue to come from album sales; today they typically receive little more than a penny for 20 plays on YouTube. As a result, a t-shirt sale can generate as much profit as 25,000 plays. For big acts, the figures can be huge. In the first 11 nights of their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, U2 grossed $22 million and the band has recently embarked upon its European leg.The staging of musical events is continually getting bigger and more complex, and no one has embraced this more than U2. Between 2009-2011, U2 travelled four continents with their unique 400-ton 360-degree stage and the world’s largest video screen. For U2’s current world tour, the band is pushing the live performance envelope once again with a combination of dazzling sets and special effects, all driven by increasingly sophisticated technology, which now includes flash storage and back-up systems from EMC.The EMC VNXe3200 all-flash array and EMC Data Domain 2200 back-up and archiving system – ruggedized in this special flight case for U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tourIntroducing All-Flash Array technology into U2’s current world tour has enabled the band’s creative team to move from relying on USB-based flash and hard drives to a single, centralized storage service.The EMC VNXe 3200 is specifically designed to combine enterprise storage capabilities with radically simplified ease-of-use. U2’s creative team uses the all-flash VNXe 3200 with their MAC OS X and PC Windows 7 platforms, to create, store and deliver stunning visuals for each show.  The ability to easily access, modify and deliver the massive amounts of data required to drive the huge screens that are central to this tour gives them, and U2, a huge amount of flexibility and allows the group to evolve and tailor the set list and visuals for each show.In addition to displaying the concert visuals, recording those visuals is also a challenge. Each show is recorded on over 20 high-definition video cameras focused on the band members with long and wide shots across the stage, as well as cameras capturing audience reactions. On a global tour, that can add up to thousands of hours of high-definition video.At each concert, video streams are recorded from every camera and stored on the VNXe 3200. The team achieves additional efficiencies by archiving each night’s show from the VNXe 3200 to an EMC Data Domain 2500 (DD2500) to ensure they can reliably access the creative content and images from every camera from every angle.EMC’s DD2500 protects that valuable data and reduces storage requirements up to 30 times. With each camera at the show capturing around 1TB of data per night, the band needs just one device to manage all their data protection, while also eliminating the need to transport bulky excess equipment. The DD2500 has a maximum throughput of 13.4TB per hour and can protect up to 6.6 PB of data.EMC is proud to be a part of U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour providing an end-to-end storage and archiving solution for concert visuals.  EMC has partnered with LiveNation to provide U2’s video team, led by Stefaan “Smasher” Desmedt, with an end-to-end storage solution that allows them to create, deliver and archive the stunning visuals that U2 bring to life at each stop on the tour.last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Yakubu still at Maritzburg

first_imgMaritzburg United are still to conclude the deal of Yakubu Mohammed despite the Ghana striker appearing to have already settled in at the club.United have also invited Nigerian forward Dele Olorundane for an assessment.Mohammed was initially linked with a move to Orlando Pirates but that deal fell through due to fitness issues after coach Roger de Sa told KickOff.com that he only lasted just 30 minutes in his first training session with Bucs.He has now found himself chasing a contract at Maritzburg while Olorundane – currently playing for Sunshine Stars – is also due for a trial within the next couple of days.Farook Kadodia, the Maritzburg boss, says they are still yet to complete the signing of Mohammed and are also expecting Olorundane next week.“Not yet,” says Kadodia when asked about if Mohammed has signed. “He is still training and we will see how things go this weekend,” he says.Mohammed has been playing his football at Ashanti Gold where he still has a contract.Though Kadodia says they are yet to complete the signing of the Ghana forward word from the club’s training ground is that Mohammed has looked the part in being the club’s number 9 going into the new season.last_img read more