Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc 2008 Annual Report

first_imgCavmont Capital Holdings Plc (CCHZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc (CCHZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc (CCHZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc (CCHZ.zm)  2008 annual report.Company ProfileCavmont Capital Holdings Zambia Plc is a registered commercial bank in Zambia and the holding company of Cavmont Bank Limited. Cavmont Bank was established in 2004 through the merger of Cavmont Merchant Bank Limited and New Capital Bank Plc. The financial institution offers products and services for retail, commercial and corporate banking; including treasury and credit products. In addition to general transaction accounts, clients of Cavmont Bank are offered solutions for long-term savings and investments, time and repo deposits, foreign exchange trading, personal and business loans, overdraft and salary advance accounts, residential and building loans, invoice discounting facilities, guarantee bonds, and short- and medium-term finance options. Cavmont Bank has 19 branches operating in the major towns and cities of Zambia. Cavmont Capital Holdings Zambia Plc. is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

This new year – rethinking gratitude

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Jeremy David Engels, a Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute, and Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University. This article was first published in theconversation.comIt’s a new year, which means that it’s also time to imagine new beginnings and better futures. It’s time, in short, for New Year’s resolutions.Gratitude, in particular, has become a popular resolution. For many of us, living gratefully seems to promise more happiness in our lives.But what if we’ve got gratitude all wrong?I began writing my book “The Art of Gratitude” because I too believed that gratitude might offer an antidote to the anger, fear and resentment that characterize contemporary life. But as I read one self-help book about gratitude after another, it had the opposite effect on me. The more I read, the less grateful I felt.I came to ask, does the problem lie in how gratitude tends to be defined?The debt of gratitudeGratitude is often defined as a feeling of obligation and indebtedness toward those who give us a gift or help us out in some way. Consider how often many of us use the phrase, “I owe you a debt of gratitude,” or “One good turn deserves another.”What is the framework of gratitude? Eugene Kim, CC BYThe debt of gratitude idea dates back to the foundations of Western culture, to Aristotle, Cicero and the New Testament.According to a leading contemporary expert on gratitude, UC Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons, “To be grateful means to allow oneself to be placed in the position of recipient – to feel indebted and aware of one’s dependence on others.” Or, as Emmons argues elsewhere, gratitude is “an acknowledgement of debt,” and ingratitude “the refusal to admit one’s debt to others.”In this framework, people are debtors and the givers of debt. According to philosopher Shelly Kagan, “If someone does you a favor, you owe them something; you owe them a debt of gratitude.” People judge the value of others based on what they can offer. Emmons writes:“Gratitude requires that a giver give not only a gift but also a gift dear to himself – a ‘pearl of great price,’ as it were. … The degree to which we feel gratitude always hinges on this internal, secret assessment of cost: It is intrinsic to the emotion, and perfectly logical, that we don’t feel all that grateful for gifts that we receive that cost little or nothing to the giver.”In other words, gifts and kindnesses involve a calculation of “cost,” which extends to repayment: Gifts are calculated gestures that must be repaid with an expression of thanks and, if possible, reciprocal gifts.Thinking in such terms might encourage people to see their relationships in economic terms – as transactions to be judged by market criteria of gain and loss.To that end, the Christian radio show host Nancy Leigh DeMoss advises keeping a gratitude journal just like a bank statement or a checkbook registry, as a place to manage gratitude debts.“I want to encourage you to think of gratitude as being a debt you owe, the same way you’re called upon to pay your monthly bills.”The art of gratitudeGratitude is about more than individual happiness. My happiness is bound with yours and with everyone else’s.Gratitude authors, who urge us to focus on the debts we owe to others, are reminding us of this fact. I, however, argue in “The Art of Gratitude” that the rhetoric of the debt of gratitude sets us down a dangerous road. The trouble is that the value of our relationships cannot be calculated with numbers on the page, and trying to do so might make us miss out on what is most important.Take, for example, a recent gift I received – of a nice aluminum water bottle. A friend said that she saw it and thought of me. Of course, I thanked her. But rather than immediately calculate the cost of the gift and determine how I would repay her, I asked: “Why did you choose a water bottle?”She told me where she grew up in the United States, she did not have access to clean water. I travel a lot, and she wanted me to take clean water with me wherever I went. Moreover, she hoped that it would help to cut down on plastic bottle waste, because, she said, we all share this planet.I might have missed all of this had I only pondered on how best to repay it. Instead, this gift prompted a conversation that reminded me of our fundamental interconnectedness. My actions, she was saying, impacted her life, just as her actions impacted my own.Gratitude is an opportunity, not a debt. InesBazdar via www.shutterstock.comThis interconnected worldIt is crucial to recognize that our daily practices of gratitude have broader social and political implications.Say I feel gratitude for access to clean air in Central Pennsylvania. I feel this gratitude because I grew up with asthma, and I know how hard it can be to breathe polluted air. I need not feel indebted to anyone for this clean air. Clean air is not a gift. I am grateful because clean air is necessary for life.Same is true for clean water. There is currently, however, a potentially grave challenge to clean water in Centre County, Pennsylvania, where I live.Looking through grateful eyes, attuned to the support necessary to live and thrive, I can recognize a threat to clean water as a personal threat. Though it is personal, it cannot be remedied alone. I must reach out to others who will also be affected, so that we can act together to manage it.The takeaway of my book is that indebtedness is not the only way to relate. Examples like these prove that all of us are deeply dependent upon the material support of the earth, and that also speaks to our interconnectedness.My resolution this year is therefore to practice the art of gratitude by imagining my life, and the world in which I live, as an opportunity, not a debt. I resolve to focus on what is necessary, and to work together with others to make it possible for all to live and to live well, because we live together. I hope that you will join me. Also, the new Bachelor season…..he is just, okay. Please enter your comment! Recreation marijuana now has been allowed to be legal in Calif., Mass., and Maine as of New Year’s Day. Heard it on the news…… January 1, 2018 at 5:16 pm Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply January 1, 2018 at 5:23 pm Mama Mia January 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm If medical marijuana is approved, my cats would like to obtain some medical marijuana cat- nip for their fur ball throat conditions…..LOL…ha ha ha Reply Reply Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply A woman drove off into a Wildwood Boat Ramp, the Coleman Boat Ramp, and has died. I believe it was today sometime. Also, another woman, in an unrelated case, drove off down into the Astatula Boat Ramp, and died also back in Dec. A fisherman found the vehicle submerged there at the Astatula ramp, and called 911, and then her body was found floating out in the lake, closer to daybreak, and recovered. What is going on with these women drowning at these boat ramps??? Reply Reply Mama Mia Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply January 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 January 1, 2018 at 5:17 pm Reply Reply Mama Mia Reply Looks like 34-27, UCF over Auburn….final. I am just grateful to be at home and sitting in front of the heater, keeping warm, and covered with fuzzy throws, snuggled up warm and cozy with my lap dog in my recliner. I watched the New Year shows at Times Square New Year’s Eve, thinking OMG, how can those people stand that kind of cold out there? Also watched the Las Vegas New Year Shows, with Britney Spears, and the crowds in New Orleans. Mariah Carey, in NY, was so desperate to show her boobs, as usual, that she wouldn’t cover them up, if it had of been 50 degrees below zero…. even though she had on that long white fur coat she kept open, that crazy hoochie….LOL Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here I might have to get out my heavier coat, that is fake fur lined, as it is suppose to get even colder. My husband is bringing in my delicate plants, that can’t take the cold. I hope there is not any frogs in them. One year a green frog got loose in our house, when we brought in the plants, and it screamed when our cat started playing cat and mouse with it, during the night, and it almost scared us to death screaming in the middle of the night, and we didn’t know what was screaming, as it sounded like a child screaming, until we turned on the light in the bedroom, and saw the green frog and took him back outside away from our cat. Reply center_img 16 COMMENTS January 1, 2018 at 5:44 pm Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia January 1, 2018 at 5:09 pm Mama Mia January 1, 2018 at 4:40 pm Mama Mia January 1, 2018 at 5:51 pm Mama Mia I saw the bicycle hybrid that combines a bicycle and a treadmill, like you walk on, for exercise. You stand up and just walk, as the bike wheels pull you along, and you are standing on a treadmill type belt, as you walk. I think they indicated it goes up to 17 miles an hour, rolling forward along the trails. They are available in College Park…….I forgot what they called them. There was a wreck earlier today at 441 and entrance to the road between Amscot and Wawa. We came by right after it happened, and later came back by, and the fire truck and wrecker were there. A small red compact car and another darker colored vehicle involved. January 1, 2018 at 5:53 pm Young Sheldon is coming on tonight. You know who he reminds me of…..LOL! January 1, 2018 at 7:13 pm Mama Mia January 1, 2018 at 5:55 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia January 1, 2018 at 5:47 pm Ambush of the cops in Colorado….a young cop with a wife and young kids was shot and killed, and other cops shot and injured….4, I believe. 100 rounds fired at the cops! An attack on a lady employee in Ocoee, at a massage spa, by a guy who sprayed some kind of burning chemical in her face, and who put a rope around her neck, and who had done other criminal acts…..and a Florida guy who booby trapped the front doorknob of their home to electrocute his wife, that was pregnant and that had planned on divorcing him…..the mean happenings continue right on into the New Year…… Mama Mia TAGStheconversation.com Previous articleResearch on how self-control works could help you stick with New Year’s resolutionsNext article5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Vehicle Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia I was so sorry to learn of the 35 year old lady’s death on Rock Springs Road, just before midnight of the New Year, just south of Lester Road, near Tahoe St. in the mobile home park, where she was on a bicycle riding along, and was peddling heading south along there, and lost control of her bicycle, for some reason, and fell out into the roadway, and was hit by a car driven by another lady, who did stop, and call 911. The lady on the bike was taken to the hospital, but died. It is so sad, it really reminds everyone of how fragile life is….prayers for her family….and may she RIP, God Bless Her Soul, I am so very sorry to hear this awful news. January 1, 2018 at 4:54 pm They do not suspect alcohol, as a factor, in either of the above two cases either….??? I am grateful for the super moon tonight beginning at about 9:30 pm or so……. January 1, 2018 at 7:32 pm Approved for pets, I mean……LOL ha ha ha Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 I actually liked the dress that Melania Trump had on for the New Years Eve blow- out party. A very pretty pinkish metallic. I liked it. January 1, 2018 at 5:57 pm Please enter your name here Reply Reply last_img read more

Pure Fundraising appoints Helen Mackenzie as CEO

first_img Telephone fundraising agency Pure Fundraising has appointed Helen Mackenzie as CEO.Mackenzie took up the role this month from invoice trading and supply chain finance firm Platform Black where she had been head of strategic partnerships since January.Prior to Platform Black, Mackenzie spent 10 months as head of new business – corporate partnerships at Save the Children UK, following 17 years as director at Capital Corporate Finance, an independent broker to the factoring and invoice discounting market. She has also worked as a face-to-face payroll giving fundraiser, and at Capital Corporate Finance, helped raise £800,000 for Childline, earning herself a Childline Patron’s Award.Over the coming year, Mackenzie has said she is looking to work with charities, governing bodies and the sector as a whole to help challenge and change the perception of fundraising that has been built up from recent negative press.Commenting on her appointment, Mackenzie said:“There have been many changes and challenges in fundraising recently, so it’s an honour to have the opportunity work with Pure Fundraising who are already leading their field in terms of their ethical and supporter focussed approach to fundraising.“Charities are doing a fantastic job in very challenging circumstances, so I want to ensure that Pure commits to working with charities of all sizes, helping them respond to the challenges that recent changes in fundraising regulation present.”Founded in 2002, Pure Fundraising was bought by Parseq in 2014, and was sold to holding company Pure 2016 along with Pell & Bales in June this year. Pure Fundraising appoints Helen Mackenzie as CEO About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Advertisement  268 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  267 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Recruitment / people Telephone fundraising Melanie May | 16 November 2016 | Newslast_img read more

Joint letter to Congolese president seeking journalist’s release

first_img News News Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists have sent a joint letter to the Republic of Congo’s president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, requesting the immediate release of Ghys Fortuné Bemba, the publisher of the newspaper Talassa. Bemba has been held for more than eight months for publishing a statement by a government opponent. No date has so far been set for his trial. to go further March 5, 2021 Find out more Denis Sassou Nguesso, Congo President – Photo: Thierry Charlier (AFP/Getty Images) Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression President Denis Sassou Nguesso Presidential Palace Brazzaville, Congo Via email to the government spokesperson, Thierry Moungalla September 18, 2017 Dear President Sassou Nguesso, The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Sans Frontières, two independent press freedom advocacy organizations, write to express our deep concern about the jailing without charge of Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately owned newspaper Talassa, since January. Republic of the Congo security services arrested Bemba in Brazzaville on January 11, 2017. According to a statement released by Congolese Public Prosecutor André Oko Ngakala, the editor is accused of “complicity in undermining state security” in connection with his publication of a statement by former rebel leader Frédéric Bintsamou, also known as Pastor Ntumi. Bemba’s arrest followed Congolese authorities’ visit to Talassa’s office on January 9 to prevent the newspaper’s publication, according to news reports. A formal request on July 13, 2017, for Bemba’s release while awaiting trial was denied, and a trial date was not set, according to a person tracking his case. When CPJ in July 2017 contacted Séraphin Ondele, cabinet director of the minister of the interior for Republic of the Congo, he said he was unaware of Bemba’s case. This is not the first time Bemba and Talassa have been targeted by Congolese authorities. Bemba was arrested in 2015 in connection with an article critical of your administration, and Talassa was suspended in 2007 and 2013. Bemba’s detention for more than eight months without trial is inhumane, and sends a chilling message to the media in Republic of the Congo that the government will not respect the fundamental right of journalists to gather and impart information and that they too could be jailed. We urge you to use your office to ensure that Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba is immediately freed and that all investigations against him are dropped. Freedom of the press in the Republic of the Congo depends on a climate in which journalists can work without fear of reprisal, which in turn depends on your leadership. Sincerely, Joel Simon Executive Director Committee to Protect Journalists Christophe Deloire Secretary General Reporters Sans Frontières CC: Arsène Niamba, Communications Adviser to the President Thierry Moungalla, Government spokesman Jean Claude Gakosso, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Aimé Emmanuel Yoka, Minister of State, Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice and Human Rights Sètondji Adjovi, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human RightsDavid Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Moussa Faki Mahamat, African Union Commission ChairmanGeorges Nakseu, Directeur, Démocratie et Droits de l’Homme, Organisation Internationale de la FrancophonieFaith Pansy Tlakula, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression March 31, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this information Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a month RSF_en September 18, 2017 – Updated on September 19, 2017 Joint letter to Congolese president seeking journalist’s release Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release News May 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Congo-Brazzavillelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders challenges information minister about law on social responsibility and the broadcast media

first_img Receive email alerts News New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets News News Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out more Ten media have been banned from publishing or putting out any information about the murder of a prosecutor in 2004, under proceedings launched against them for “obstruction of justice”. Minister of Communications and Information, Yuri Pimentel (photo) is now seeking sanctions by invoking the law on social responsibility on the broadcast media. Reporters Without Borders sent him an open letter seeking clarification. February 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders challenges information minister about law on social responsibility and the broadcast media to go further VenezuelaAmericas Follow the news on Venezuela News Organisation August 25, 2020 Find out more VenezuelaAmericas RSF_en Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela To Yuri PimentelMinister of Communications and InformationDear Mr Minister, Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom, has learned about proceedings opened against six TV stations and four national dailies on 23 January for “obstruction of justice”, an offence liable to six months to two years in prison.These ten media have, on this basis, been banned from publishing or giving any information about the investigation into the murder of the Prosecutor, Danilo Anderson, on 18 November 2004. (cf. http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=16264)This protective measure was upheld on appeal on 14 February. On 22 February, you personally sought application of the law on social responsibility, which only concerns radio and TV, to “a certain number of media” for the same reason. These events have caused us concern, for several reasonsIf it does not appear to constitute an offence of “obstructing justice”, the proceedings that have been opened on this basis provide even less reason to take protective measures towards media involved. Should a media investigated for “defamation” be closed on the sole pretext that it could “defame again”, even though it has not yet been convicted by the courts?This curious reasoning seemed to operate when the sanction was applied against six TV channels and four national dailies on 23 January. Why seek to add a “preventative” sanction to a possible sanction? This means a real threat to press freedom and is a judicial anomaly because nobody can be punished twice for the same reason.To this double penalty, a third now appears about to be added. The law on social responsibility, which you invoke, sets out fines that could be as high as 2% of last year’s gross revenue for a TV station or channel. From this several questions arise.Do you consider that the broadcast media is a priori more blameworthy that the written press? Is the application of the law on social responsibility that you are seeking limited to the six TV channels targeted by the “obstruction of justice” investigation? You have not made this point clear. Finally and above all, what is the relationship between the law on social responsibility and the offence of “obstruction of justice”?Article 29 of the law punishes the publication of content that promotes, extols or incites war, disturbance of public order or offence”. Not only does relaying information not mean obstructing justice, actually obstructing justice does not mean raising this obstruction to the level of principle. Does defamation also in itself mean extolling defamation?Reporters Without Borders thanks you very much and awaits your clarification on this case.Yours sincerely,Robert MénardSecretary general Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Desperate blogger could die in Azerbaijani jail

first_img RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeCorruptionImprisoned Receive email alerts Huseynov’s health is worsening by the day as a result of the no-liquid hunger strike he began after being told of the new charges. He could have been freed in March 2019 but is now facing the possibility of an additional seven-year sentence for allegedly hitting a prison guard. to go further June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to drop the new charges and free this well-known blogger at once. Organisation After he was placed in isolation on 26 December, his lawyers were not able to visit him until 28 December, when he was already very weak and unable to walk without assistance. His lawyers have learned that he was given an injection yesterday, but they have yet to find out anything about the nature of this injection. “Mehman Huseynov is in danger of dying and we hold the Azerbaijani authorities responsible for his fate,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We ask them to free this blogger as a matter of urgency and to drop the new charges against him. The international community must do everything in its power to achieve this.” News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Follow the news on Azerbaijan For more information, read RSF’s previous press release: “No holiday respite for Azerbaijani journalists” (28.12.2018) Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about Mehman Huseynov, a jailed Azerbaijani blogger who is in a critical condition because he has drunk no liquids and eaten no food for the past five days in protest against the new, trumped-up charges that have been brought against him. center_img December 31, 2018 Desperate blogger could die in Azerbaijani jail AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeCorruptionImprisoned News Jailed since March 2017 for allegedly “defaming” the policeman he said had tortured him while he was previously detained, Huseynov is well known as a blogger for criticizing the regime and denouncing high-level corruption. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News News June 8, 2021 Find out more He is also the president of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a media defence NGO that has repeatedly been targeted by the authorities. It is now run from abroad by his brother, Emin Huseynov, a fellow-journalist who had to flee the country. When their mother died last August, Mehman Huseynov was not allowed to pay her a final visit. Azerbaijan is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. April 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Limerick solicitor claims lives are being destroyed in latest health service…

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash NewsHealthLimerick solicitor claims lives are being destroyed in latest health service scandalBy Bernie English – May 19, 2018 2826 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSDooradoyleHealth Service ExecutiveHSElimerickmelanie powerMesh Survivors Irelandsolicitor Linkedin Previous articleBattling Munster downed by Leinster in Pro 14 semi finalNext articleClare power past Limerick in Munster football quarter 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. Twittercenter_img A LIMERICK solicitor is highlighting the case of Irish women who claim their lives have been ruined by a medical device designed to stop incontinence by leading a protest to the Dáil this Thursday.Dooradoyle-based Melanie Power says the women have been left in excruciating pain, lost their jobs, left needing walking aids or, in extreme cases, being confined to beds or wheelchairs following operations to insert plastic pelvic mesh that cannot be removed in this country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up She has organised the Mesh Survivors Ireland group and has spearheaded the national campaign to suspend the use of pelvic mesh in Ireland until the women’s’ claims can be fully investigated.“Transvaginal mesh devices are used in surgeries to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The device contracts in the pelvic area bringing with it nerves, tissues and slicing like cheese wire into whatever organs get in the way,” Ms Power told The Limerick Post.“Women were not warned there could be serious side effects. This device needs to be looked at on a special scan which is not available here. It can’t even be seen, only the damage it causes and it can’t be removed by surgery in this country.“Women have remortgaged their homes to go to the UK to have this device taken out, They’ve become reliant on walking sticks and wheelchairs and have been given no option but to medicate their pain, often with drugs containing opiates. One woman who contacted the group said she had planned her suicide until she discovered this could be the reason for the terrible pain she has been suffering for years and which doctors have told her is all in her head”.Terri, who has asked that only her first name be used, is one of the women who will be taking part in the protest.She had the mesh fitted eight years ago and suffered disabling pain from the outset.“I’ve had two children and I had incontinence when I sneezed. I was told this was a simple 20-minute procedure. Since the day it was done, it has taken my whole life,” the 44-year-old mother told The Limerick Post.She had increasing periods of sick leave from her job as a home carer with the HSE, sometimes for months at a time.“I’ve been off this time for a year and I’m lucky my job is being held open for me but I can’t do anything that involves physical exertion. If I do, I’m crippled with pain”.Living on temporary illness payments, Terri’s mortgage has fallen behind.“Three times I’ve had them come to my door with an eviction notice because of the arrears as a result of all the time off work.“My daughter had to drop out in her last year in college. I couldn’t afford to keep her there and my son had to leave secondary school early because I couldn’t drive him the fifteen kilometres to school every day.“I can’t plan anything because I never know what the pain will be like on any day. Sometimes it’s like the pain of childbirth. I’ve missed weddings, important occasions, social outings. I feel very isolated because when you have to keep refusing to go places, people stop asking you.“I have no self-confidence. I go walking between midnight and dawn because I’m afraid to meet someone in case I stop to talk to them and the next thing is, I’m on my knees with pain. This has taken over my whole life”.Terri has applied for the treatment abroad scheme to have the device removed. A private operation would cost in excess of €8,000.These procedures have been carried out on Irish women since the late 90s but Ms Power says one of the procedures has been effectively banned in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.“What is particularly infuriating is that for many of the women, the condition they had prior to this surgery was nothing more than embarrassing and inconvenient.“Irish urogynaecologists are maintaining that the despite the life-altering consequences caused by this device, that it is the “gold standard” treatment for stress urinary incontinence”.A recent NHS audit of women implanted with the device showed that in the eight years following surgery 40 per cent needed treatment for trauma and orthopaedics, 50 per cent needed treatment for gynaecological complications and 10 per cent needed treatment for pain management.Many women report that in the years following the procedure, they are problem free but it can take up to 15 years for the debilitating problems to start.HSE figures show that around 2,000 of these devices were implanted in 2015 alone, excluding procedures done privately.”We have allowed Irish women to be treated as guinea pigs for 20 years because, for the most part, these devices were not tested on humans before being introduced to the market,” Ms Power said.“We need to stop and take stock of the evidence base of what damage this device has caused.  Once this information is available, the government can make an informed decision on whether to ban this device completely. The device has to be suspended until this happens. Traditional surgery is an option in the meantime. ”A number of members of the group are considering legal action arising from their complaints which are being handled by Ms Power’s firm.The Continence Foundation of Ireland, a group of health professionals who specialise in the treatment of incontinence and prolapse, carry a statement on the devices on its website.Addressing concerns about the device raised by patients, it says that if non-surgical measures do not help, “surgery in the form of a Mid-urethral sling (MUS) may be recommended. Mid-urethral slings are minimally invasive procedures developed in Europe in the 1990s to treat female stress urinary incontinence.“These slings are narrow, polypropylene tapes that are placed beneath the middle part of the urethra to provide dynamic support to stop leakage from the bladder. They have been shown to be as effective as more invasive traditional surgery with major advantages of shorter operating and admission times, and a quicker return to normal activities together with lower rates of complications.In a statement to the Limerick Post, a HSE spokesperson said that the Minister for Health has asked the Government Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, to advise on the use of Transvaginal Mesh Implants and that this will take a number of months to complete. Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live last_img read more

Freehold woman shot dead in New Jersey while driving home

first_imgWABC-TV(FREEHOLD, N.J.) — A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman as she was driving on a rural stretch of highway in Freehold, New Jersey, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was taken into custody several hours after the woman was pronounced dead at the hospital.The victim, identified as 24-year-old Sciasia Calhoun, had been driving with her family on Route 33 when she was shot around 11:45 p.m. Thursday, the prosecutor’s office said. The woman’s boyfriend and her 1-year-old child were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. Neither was injured.The woman was pronounced dead about an hour later at CentraState Medical Center.The suspect is believed to have fired at the passing vehicle from the side of the road. Police are investigating.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lakers Guard Lonzo Ball out 4-6 weeks

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTim Warner/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball will miss four to six weeks after spraining his left ankle against Houston on Saturday, the team announced on Sunday.Ball suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 138-134 loss to the Rockets.The second-year guard had the ball and made a move to the free throw line against Houston guard James Ennis III, before passing it to teammate Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Ball left his feet on the pass and landed awkwardly on his left ankle. He was carried to the locker room by teammates Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley.Ball tweaked the same ankle in a late November game against Indiana.This is the latest injury for Los Angeles. On Christmas day, the Lakers lost forward LeBron James to a groin injury and guard Rajon Rondo to a right ring finger injury. Both players are cleared to resume full-contact practice.Ball is averaging 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game this season.The Lakers are 25-22 on the year and sit tied for eighth in the Western Conference standings.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img January 20, 2019 /Sports News – National Lakers Guard Lonzo Ball out 4-6 weekslast_img read more

HydroChemPSC announces acquisition of TriStar Tank Services

first_img Employees of TriStar. (Credit: HydroChemPSC). The TriStar Tank Services divisions comprises the PetroServ tank cleaning and Global Vapor Control degassing business units HydroChemPSC, a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co., today announced the acquisition of TriStar Tank Services from TriStar Global Energy Solutions. The TriStar Tank Services divisions comprises the PetroServ tank cleaning and Global Vapor Control degassing business units. The acquisition will greatly strengthen HydroChemPSC’s specialty services group in North America.“The acquisition of TriStar Tank Services, a recognized leader in tank cleaning and degassing services will add critical mass to HydroChemPSC’s complex tank cleaning and vapor control services group – allowing us to provide broader services to both our downstream and midstream customers. TriStar Tank Services is a natural fit with HydroChemPSC’s Four Foundational Elements: Safety, Technology, People and Customers. We look forward to providing our customers the safest and most efficient operational experience across an expanded service offering and are excited to welcome TriStar’s talented employees to the HydroChemPSC family,” said Brad Clark, CEO of HydroChemPSC.center_img Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more