HSE West over 26 million euro over budget after first quarter

first_img HSE West over 26 million euro over budget after first quarter Pinterest By News Highland – May 29, 2012 Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Previous articleGovernment called to reverse ‘undemocratic’ decision to scrap Udarus electionsNext articleBody found in search for teenager at disused quarry in Strabane News Highland center_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ WhatsApp There are fears of widespread bed closures after the HSE West forum was told this month that acute hospitals in the region are still in a difficult financial position.A senior official with the HSE has indicated that net expenditure was just over €26 million overbudget by the end of March.Over €20 million of that was within the acute hospital sector, and €5.5 million within the community sector.As a result of the first quarter figures, the HSE West forum was told cost-containment plans are in place, with “significant seasonal closures” on the cards. Newsx Adverts Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Press release: UK’s biggest road upgrade reaches half-way point

first_img Our amazing team has been working incredibly hard to deliver this upgraded A14, and most days we have up to 2,700 staff working across more than 20 miles to build the new roads and bridges that are needed, in addition to all of the environmental measures we are implementing. This is the biggest road building project currently taking place in the country and yet drivers will only see around a quarter of it from the existing road at present. Working on this epic project has been remarkable so far: from seeing the new road emerge as we moved earth into place for its foundations, to the wide array of bridges and structures being built, the fantastic discoveries of our archaeological team and the industry-leading work our environmental team is carrying out. We know drivers can be frustrated by roadworks, particularly when they’re in place for a long time, but we’re delighted to announce at this two-year anniversary that we’re on time and on budget, having completed more than 50% of the work, to get this new road opened for drivers by the end of 2020. Main construction on a project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon started on Monday 28 November 2016 and is on target to be completed by December 2020.Since work started, more than eight million working hours have gone into the project, and eight million cubic metres of earthworks have been moved across the site – equivalent to more than three Great Pyramids of Giza. Nine new bridges will have opened to traffic by the end of the year and construction is well under way on 25 more. Along the way, the project team has started delivering extensive protection for the environment and uncovered astonishing archaeological finds which shine new light on thousands of years of history.Project Director for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme David Bray said: Highways England is upgrading a 21-mile stretch of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon to three lanes in each direction including a brand new 17-mile bypass south of Huntingdon, with four lanes in each direction between Bar Hill and Girton. The project, which includes 34 main bridges and structures, will add capacity, boost the local and national economy and cut up to 20 minutes off drivers’ journeys.center_img Since work started in November 2016, 80% of the 10 million cubic metres of material needed for the £1.5 billion project has been moved, with the spoil used for new earthworks and embankments. More than eight million construction hours have been worked, and the 750m long River Great Ouse Viaduct, with its 6,000 tonne steel structure, is 85% complete.The project team has worked hard to keep traffic flowing through the roadworks, leaving all lanes open to traffic during the day, with extra restrictions, when needed, in place overnight and at weekends. The free recovery service has also responded swiftly to every incident within the existing roadworks, recovering more than 700 broken-down vehicles, with 95% of these cleared within an hour, and 184 cleared within 30 minutes.The team has won eight industry awards for innovative working, including ‘Best Construction Project to Work On’ and a RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award. The project is also the first of its type to be recognised as by the Considerate Construction Scheme as an ‘Ultra’ site, for the way the project is delivered.The project’s diverse workforce includes more than 100 apprentices and 63 graduates, in addition to 28 internships and two Groundwork outreach programmes.Some 250 archaeologists have been involved in the scheme, investigating 33 sites across 360 hectares. Their remarkable discoveries include 40 pottery kilns, 342 burials, a Roman camp, an abandoned Medieval village, rare Roman coins from the third century, and a variety of Ice Age animals, including a woolly mammoth from 130,000 years ago.Some 866,000 plants from 50 different species will be replanted alongside the new A14, with trees in keeping with those found locally including oak, elm, hawthorn, blackthorn, elder and field maple. Several rare plant species have also been moved so that they can be replanted. In all, twice as many trees will be replanted as those which have had to be felled for the construction of the new road and cleared vegetation has been used within the local community for energy production. All the electricity used in the project has come from renewable energy.The team has also been working hard to support local charities and good causes, with 30 local projects receiving £280,000 to benefit around 2,000 people. as part of the A14 Community Fund. Around £60,000 has been raised for local charities through various initiatives too.In partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, a £3.5 million programme of works has started to build new pedestrian, cyclist and horse rider routes in addition to the 18 miles which are provided as part of the scheme. Funding has also been secured to support four local flood prevention projects. Communities have engaged with the project thanks to the team’s mobile visitor exhibition centre attending 70 events, reaching around 5,000 people.In recent weeks, a new bridge over the A14 at Swavesey has opened to traffic, and an old bridge demolished. Two massive new bridges at Bar Hill were also moved into place during a weekend operation in September, having been pre-fabricated next to the A14. Looking ahead, the project team expects to open a new local access road between Cambridge and Dry Drayton this winter, and the new A1 between Brampton and Buckden is expected to open early in 2019.The fully upgraded A14 is due to be opened to traffic by December 2020.last_img read more

Watch Footage From Greensky Bluegrass & Fruition’s Performance In Covington [Pro-Shot]

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass has been on a wonderful run of shows with their friends Fruition! Though the series of shows are winding down, their performance last Thursday, Februrary 9th at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky showed that both bands are clearly enjoying the pairing. The mixture of deep psychedelic bluegrass and remarkably passionate Americana has had fans of both bands raving long after the last notes have faded each night. Though the spate of shows they have delighted fans with across the northeast and mid-west is ending tonight in Chicago, our own Rex Thomson caught up with the band and filmed a bit of the goodness to share with the world.Greensky came out of the gate strong with a nine minute rendition of one of there signature pieces, the apocalyptic “Fixin’ To Ruin.” As always, the soulful voice and plaintive howls of mandolin madman Paul Hoffman soared above the music and connected with the audience on a nearly primal level. Watch the show opener below:“Fixin’ To Ruin”Never a band to play the stoic card, Greensky let loose an impeccable rendition of a song about despicable behavior “Just To Lie” before letting it flow perfectly into the mournful “Past My Prime.” The choice of songs and subject matter made an interesting statement about the perils of pure self interest and the strong chance at the lonely life such actions that could result. Watch the magic below:“Just To Lie > Past My Prime”After a strong first set and a much needed break, Greensky Bluegrass returned to the stage ready and rairing to go. Launching out of the gate with epic momentum the band couldn’t seem to stop as they finished a spot on “No Idea” so they kept flowing into a heartfelt take on The Beatles‘ standard “Help!” Watch the bluegrass freight train leave the station below:“No Idea>Help!”Never ones to forget where the music came from, the boys paid homage to the progenitors of the sound that they have worked so hard to master and carry forward into the new millennium. Recent birthday boy Dave Bruzza takes the lead on the Ralph Stanley tune that he and the Clinch Mountain Boys made into a true standard, “How Mountain Girls Can Love.” Watch the boys show off their love of the past masters below:“How Mountain Girls Can Love”One of the true highlights of the night came when Anders Beck took the microphone to thank longtime friends of the band and beloved fixtures of the mid-west music scene, Burk and Shellie, for their kind gift of pre-show baked goods. While the cake was free from any… extra curriculars… the culinary skills of Shellie are well known and respected by any who have been fortunate enough to sample them. As a way of showing their appreciation the carved twenty plus minutes out of their second set to deliver a spectacular version of Burk’s favorite tune, Tarpology, including a special gooey “More Of Me” filling. Click the video below and get ready for an unavoidable dance party:“Tarpology>More Of Me>Tarpology”There were several highlights not shared here, obviously, but the show closing, 20-minute plus version of “Don’t Lie” must be mentioned. One of the finest tunes the band has given to the world was treated with the respect it deserves, with the sentiment of the Michigan native seemingly more appropriate than ever in today’s anarchic political climate. After a short break, the band sent the audience home on a tranquil note with a lilting “Yellow Eyes” to help them slow back down from the warp speed bluegrass they had just witnessed.Fans like Burk and Shellie who have been following the band for close to a decade and more have had the pleasure of watching their friends grow from playing dive bars for beers to playing in front of dangerously packed throngs of adoring fans. As a testament to the fact that they have stayed the same, humble musicians they were from the beginning the band hung out with fans outside in twenty degree weather, looking both appreciative and slightly embarrassed at the fuss being made over them. With the love continuing to build there seems to be no limit to the future of these five friends and the staff and supporters that surround them, and with their relentless effort over the years they couldn’t deserve the acclaim more!Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Madison Theater | Covington, KY | 2/9/17Set 1: Fixing To Ruin, Lose My Way, Radio Blues, While Waiting, Through the Trees, Pig in a Pen, Just to Lie>Past My Prime, Living OverSet 2: No Idea>Help!*, How Mountain Girls Can Love, Tarpology>More Of Me>Tarpology, Take Cover, Old Barns, Wings for Wheels, Don’t LieEncore: Yellow Eyes* Beatles coverPortland, Oregon’s own Fruition started off the night with a fiery display of insightful and heartfelt songwriting and from the heart performance that has made them the darlings of the Americana scene. With a front line of Jay Cobb Anderson, Mimi Naja and Kellen Asebroek sharing the composition and lead duties the band suffers from an overload of quality songs that makes writing set lists a truly difficult proposition each night. In an effort to fairly represent the trio of voices that constitute the band we have one from each of the three main vocalists.First up is the Naja composition “Santa Fe,” an ode to the strugle to keep love alive when the distances grow wide. Be prepared to be moved when you listen to the song below:Keyboard and guitar playing Asebroek takes us through the various stages of romantic behavior with “Above The Line,” below:Though the entire band truly plays a significant part of making the title track of their most recent release, Labor Of Love, the sonic buzz saw that it is, Jay Cobb Anderson and his all in performance on the tune elevates it to one of the finest songs any band produced last year. Have a listen to the friendship defining rabble-rouser below:Between the quality songwriting and the go for broke performances Fruition regularly delivers as they tour the country, their stock is quickly rising among veteran and first time concert goers alike. It is impossible to witness the display of passion and joy put forth by these five friends from the Pacific Northwest and not leave the show humming the melodies and tapping your toes to the beats still rocking in your head and heart. If they come anywhere near your city, do yourself a favor and go see what the quickly spreading love is all about!Setlist: Fruition | Madison Theater | Covington, KY | 2/9/17Set 1: I Don’t Mind, Just One Of Them Nights, Blue Light, The Wanter, Above The Line, Santa Fe, There She Was, Fire, Mountain Annie, Come In, Git In, Labor of Love, Love Sneaking Up on Youlast_img read more

CalPERS to transform ESG to ‘data-driven mainstay’ of investment

first_imgIn an exclusive interview with IPE, Anne Simpson, senior portfolio manager for global equity and head of the Corporate Governance Program at CalPERS, discussed the genesis of the pension fund’s new approach, the scope of the pilot programme and the strategic goals for the initiative.“We’re reframing the ESG debate as an investment issue,” Simpson said. “For us, it’s the natural next step from adopting investment beliefs a couple of years ago. We’re shifting from thinking about this as ‘ESG issues,’ and thinking about what is required for our funds to be sustainable over the 70-year liability horizon we’ve got.”Two of the investment beliefs “set the stage for what CalPERS is doing.“One is that long-term value creation comes from the management of three forms of capital – financial capital, human capital and also physical capital,” Simpson said.“We’ve never been terribly fond of the ESG acronym. By reframing this as sustainable investment around these three forms of capital, we’ve given an economic framing of the issue to use in explaining what it is we want our managers to be paying attention to when they’re deploying capital.”The second CalPERS investment belief is the statement that “risk is multifaceted for an investor like CalPERS, because of our size, the longevity of our liabilities and so forth”.“Risk for us isn’t captured just through tracking error and volatility – natural resource scarcity and demographic and climate changes are also risks.”From that global basis, Simpson said, “the next question is what sort of agenda does that set for the policies and the monitoring we want our managers to report to us on”.CalPERS felt strongly it was important to develop this bottom-up and formed an internal cross-asset-class team of 20 people that undertook a two-year project with two objectives.“The definitions of what is meant by sustainable investment are hazy at best, so the first thing we need to do is define this for ourselves, and that’s where the investment beliefs come in,” she said.“Second, we needed to review the data and tools that might be available because, although we might be saying human capital needs to be properly managed for purposes of producing long-term value, there’s precious little by way of data and useful information about that that can be integrated into your financial assessments.”CalPERS’s system staff will develop expectations about the factors relevant to investing sustainably in each asset class and how those factors should be woven into the manager selection process.The development of sustainable investing criteria will focus most on external managers. At CalPERS, 70% of assets are invested internally via quantitatively managed public equity portfolios and an active fixed income portfolio. External managers are used primarily for private-market assets.“What we’re just starting now is a pilot phase, for about a year,” Simpson said. “We want the managers to come back to us and articulate the ESG factors – the sustainable investment factors in the new language – which they have reflected in their investment policies, and second, to report to us on how those are not just identified but how those are tracked and integrated into the decision-making process.”Despite the large number of managers that have become signatories to the PRI, Simpson said the identification of relevant sustainability issues was still at an early stage.“People might say, ‘oh yes, environmental issues are terribly important,’ but which issues, at what stage and where – something that might be just relevant at a sector level can become material depending on your location,” she said.“You can think about something as simple as water – either too much or too little. If you’re in a coastal property that might suffer inundation from the sea level rising or extreme weather events, that’s one kind of risk, while if you’re in California you can be acutely aware of what water scarcity can do to your business strategy.”Both are serious risks, she said, “but we do not have an agreed accounting standard or even a set of reliable data to track water as an input”.CalPERS aims to jump-start a process that will lead to rigorous quantification of the factors that affect the long-term sustainability of a business.All managers will be asked to explain how they define these issues, what their policies are and their data and modelling of sustainability factors.At the same time, CalPERS is reducing the number of external managers. “Another aspect of the investment beliefs is the simple and obvious statement that costs matter,” Simpson said. “We’ve got more managers than makes sense.”In what Simpson described as a “shrink-to-fit” process, CalPERS will trim its roster of more than 200 managers. “The goal is to have around 100 managers so we can have bigger strategic relationships where we’ll be able to have more impact on the fee structure and better alignment,” she said. “Next year, we’ll take a look at what managers come back with.”Responses to the sustainability initiative will be one more data point in the review.“In what will become the legacy portfolio, managers will be wound down over a period of time. In the strategic portfolio that comes out of this review and selection process, managers will report to CalPERS for the long term, and our thinking will evolve as we work our way through this pilot programme.”While some managers will lose CalPERS mandates in the course of the review, Simpson said she remained focused on the big picture.“One of the most important things we’re doing in this process is setting up an investment demand for better sustainability data and better modelling, and fundamentally, the integration of these factors into financial reporting,” she said.“At the moment, there are 101 terrific initiatives around, which gather data from some companies on some issues, but it’s not integrated into the reports that get filed or audited.”Ultimately, CalPERS is seeking to spark investment management innovation.“The prize here would be that, through this process, you get investment managers behind the notion that sustainability issues need to be properly defined, properly tracked and ultimately connected into the risk/return framework that investment is all about,” Simpson said.“That’s a big project but one that a fund of our size takes on.” The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public-employee pension system in the US, with about $350bn (€317bn) in assets, in June launched a pilot programme that will lead to formal requirements that all managers receiving capital allocations articulate and implement ESG principles into their investment processes.To date, ESG policies at most large pension plans have focused on company-specific issues where major asset owners could engage directly with management to push for changes at the company level.Other managers have met pension fund requirements that they incorporate ESG criteria by signing on to the Principles for Responsible Investment administered by the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative.CalPERS’s initiative aims to identify and document on a consistent basis the ESG practices, and supporting data and modelling, that managers in all asset classes use in actual investment decisions.last_img read more

LA Dodgers fall to Pirates again; magic number still seven

first_imgThe Dodgers still lead the Giants by 7 1/2 games with 14 to play, but the sun-soaked crowd of 47,483 endured 97-degree heat and the Dodgers’ second straight loss to the Pirates.Although it is nearly a foregone conclusion the Dodgers will make the playoffs — though there is no guarantee of home-field advantage — there were a couple of alarming trends.Red flag No. 1: If the Dodgers are going to succeed in the playoffs, they must find a way to overcome the kind of pitching they saw Sunday from the Pirates’ Garrit Cole, a former UCLA star who struck out nine in seven innings of work.The Dodgers did manufacture some runs off Cole. Andre Ethier had a two-out RBI single in the first inning following Carl Crawford’s 122nd career triple (most among active players). Alex Guerrero squirted an RBI single in the second inning, and Van Slyke bombed a solo homer over the center-field wall in the seventh in his first game since coming back from a hand injury Sept. 15.But it was not enough to overcome Bolsinger’s so-so performance.The Dodgers also tiptoed quietly in the eighth and ninth innings against the Pirates’ bullpen, being retired in order by Tony Watson and Mark Melancon. That is not a good omen against playoff teams with lockdown bullpens.It followed a commanding performance from Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano on Saturday.Red flag No. 2: The Dodgers continued their trend of sub-par play against playoff-bound teams. By winning Sunday, the Pirates won five of six from the Dodgers in the season series.Worse yet, the Dodgers fell to 10-18 against the other NL playoff-bound teams for a paltry .357 winning percentage, a record that improves just slightly to 16-25 (.390 percentage) if one throws in the American League playoff teams the Dodgers have faced.“The most important thing is coming back tomorrow against the D’backs,” Ethier said. “We know where we are at, but if you are looking too far ahead, that gets you into trouble.”The silver lining: There were some positives from the Dodgers to take from Sunday’s game.Corey Seager hit a third-inning double and has hit safely in 13 of his 16 games while batting .379 (22 for 58). Seager also made several stellar plays in the field, including snaring a line drive to start a 6-4-3 double play in the third inning and turning a nifty 4-6-3 double play from Chase Utley in the ninth.Utley came up with his own web gem to end the sixth inning, making a diving stop up the middle and throwing from his knees to rob a decent-hitting Cole of a hit.The much-maligned Dodgers bullpen also put up zeroes as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly “only” used five relievers to piecemeal Bolsinger’s outing. Yimi Garcia (2/3 of an inning), Carlos Frias (two innings in his first appearance since June 30), Jim Johnson, J.P. Howell and Juan Nicasio combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. September has not been kind to Bolsinger, who gave up two more booming homers in a 4-3 loss Sunday afternoon to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Bolsinger has allowed four homers in 13 innings since being recalled Sept. 1 after giving up just three homers in his first 89 innings over 16 starts. Bolsinger was charged with four runs (three earned) and five hits in 4 1/3 innings, and even he expressed doubt about making the playoff roster if his malaise continues.“My feel is not there,” Bolsinger said. “It hasn’t been there. Before it was consistent and a lot sharper.”VIDEO: Watch Mike Bolsinger’s postgame interviewWith the San Francisco Giants’ 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the National League West remained at seven games. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The ball lined off Mike Bolsinger’s left wrist and rolled toward the first-base line.Bolsinger made a quick recovery and pounced on the ball but made a wild underhand throw past the first-base bag. First baseman Scott Van Slyke retrieved the ball and fired toward the plate but air-mailed it into the stands allowing the run to score.“I was a little discombobulated,” Bolsinger admitted. “Everything happened so quick. I probably should’ve just eaten it.”Welcome to September baseball, the time of year for sloppy play, expanded rosters and countless pitching changes and defensive substitutions.last_img read more