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Your Dream Client’s Constraints Become Your Failures

first_imgLeft unaddressed, your dream client’s constraints become your failures.Your dream client doesn’t want to invest the money necessary to produce the results they say that they need. Without making the right investments it will be incredibly difficult to execute. When you fail to produce the results you promised to deliver, you will have failed. It won’t be because you had bad intentions. It will be because you made your prospect’s constraints your own.Without gaining the consensus of the stakeholders within your dream client’s company, it will be difficult to stand up your solution so it works as it should. Your contacts within your dream client’s business don’t believe that it is necessary to involve the other people who are going to be impacted by the decision to change, believing that you will be risking your ability to gain approval if you involve them. When these stakeholders resist the change, dig in their heels, and stop just short of sabotaging your solution, it won’t be because your solution wasn’t right. The trouble will be the result of you having allowed your customer’s constraints to become your failures.There are a list of things that you know your prospect needs to change to move from their current state to their desired future state. The thing is, they really have no interest in changing these things. They don’t want to change the way they do things. They don’t want to try anything new. Every suggestion you make is shut down with the answer, “We can’t do that.” You can get ink on paper, but when you fail to deliver, it will be because you have allowed your dream client’s constraints to become your own.If you want to execute, you have to be honest and help your prospective clients deal with their constraints. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Belgium up against Japan and the hopes of a continent

first_imgBelgium take on Japan, the only Asian team in the knockout stages of FIFA World Cup 2018, with the spot in the quarter-finals up for grabs at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don.Japan emerged against most expectations from a tricky group containing Colombia, Poland and Senegal – three sides with greater firepower. The manner of Japan’s qualification will probably not send waves of fear into a Belgium squad which is as technically gifted as it is deep.The Japanese only just squeezed through, taking a route no team has ever taken out of a World Cup group. Japan and Senegal finished with four points each, had the same goal differential, scored the same number of goals and even drew 2-2, sending it to a tiebreaker being used at the World Cup for the first time: disciplinary record.Japan only advanced because it received fewer yellow cards than Senegal. Now it’s up against arguably the most well-balanced and complete side in the competition.Belgium, on the other hand, swept through the group stage with three wins for the second World Cup in succession.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGENow the highly regarded team needs to prove it has more substance than it did four years ago, when the Red Devils went out at the quarterfinal stage. There is so much hype surrounding this Belgium side, anything but a semifinal appearance – matching the nation’s best achievement in 1986 – will be deemed a disappointment.Belgium averaged three goals per game, and looked flashy even when playing mostly reserves against England in winning the last group game.advertisementBelgium has one of the world’s best goalkeepers in Thibaut Courtois – who has yet to make the same blunders befalling other big-name goalies here in Russia – a superb orchestrator of attacks in the wonderfully gifted Eden Hazard and a lethal finisher in striker Romelu Lukaku.Despite being only 25 years old, the powerfully-built Lukaku already has 40 international goals – including four so far in Russia. This puts him level with Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, and one behind England striker Harry Kane in the race to finish top scorer at the World Cup.Lukaku will look to add to his group-stage tally of four goals against a Japan defense conceding more than a goal per game. Japan may well have conceded more than four goals overall, but played almost the entire game with an extra man in a 2-1 win against Colombia, which had a player sent off in the third minute.Lukaku has even more reason to be confident, considering the quality of service he can expect from Hazard, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and wide forward Dries Mertens.The attacking trio of Mertens-Lukaku-Hazard is one of the most eye-catching around. Lukaku has made their job easier by improving his movement off the ball, too, since he has a tendency to be too static at times when just waiting inside the penalty area. STOPPING BELGIUMJapan coach Akira Nishino has his work cut out containing Belgium’s free-flowing attacks. Even if he manages to keep Hazard quiet, there are still multiple threats.De Bruyne has proved to be an exquisite passer with Premier League champion Manchester City, and is especially dangerous with long-range passes and crosses. Mertens has a more unpredictable style of play, but has mesmerizingly quick feet, an even quicker brain and – despite his diminutive size – he is hard to knock off the ball.Mertens’ modest tally of 15 goals in 72 games for Belgium does not do justice to his finishing ability. When the mood takes him, Mertens is utterly ruthless in front of goal and he has netted 56 goals overall in the past two seasons with Napoli in Italy’s Serie A. JAPANESE THREATGiven the fragility of Japan’s defense, Nishino may have no choice but to try and take the game to Belgium. This could produce a high-scoring contest.Japan also has talented and experienced attacking players in former Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa and the hugely popular Keisuke Honda.Kagawa, who has 31 international goals, is likely to play as a playmaker behind the lone striker in Nishino’s favored 4-2-3-1 formation.Honda, who has netted 37 times for Japan, is no longer a regular, but the 32-year-old former AC Milan player remains dangerous on free kicks. Attack-minded fullback Hiroki Sakai also adds another dimension with his marauding runs down the right flank.Nishino must decide between Yoshinori Muto and Yuya Osako as his lone striker. After starting the first two games, and coming on early in the second half against Poland, Osako is favored to start.advertisement(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 champions

first_imgFrance destroyed Croatia 4-2 in the FIFA World Cup 2018 final to win their second World Cup. Les Blues scored twice in each half as they proved just too strong for a spirited Croatia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.This was the highest scoring World Cup final in 60 years.France took the lead when Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time winner over England in the semi-final, inadvertently headed home an Antoine Griezmann free-kick in the 18th minute for the first own goal in a World Cup final.Croatia’s Ivan Perisic, who had also scored in the semi-final, levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later after France had failed to clear a Luka Modric free-kick.FRANCE VS CROATIA FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL HIGHLIGHTSBut Perisic was then responsible for conceding a penalty for handball that was give following a VAR decision and Griezmann coolly converted the spot-kick in the 38th to put the French back in front.In the second half, France stretched their lead further when Paul Pogba swept a left-footer into the net. If Croatia had any hopes of a comeback, they were dashed with that stunnung strike. Pogba also became the first Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final.Six minutes later, France extended their advantage when Kylian Mbappe became the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final. His precise kick past Subasic meant there was very little for Croatia to do than see their chance slip away. Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba scored the fourth and third goal respectively for France (Reuters Photo)Mandzukic, who must have been gutted after his own goal in the first half, then reduced the deficit for Croatia.advertisementRUSSIAN PUNK BAND BEHIND PITCH INVASION?Russian punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ claimed responsibility for a pitch invasion during the soccer World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday, after four people briefly interrupted the game.”Hello everyone from the Luzhniki pitch, it’s cool here!” they wrote in posts on their Twitter and Facebook accounts almost immediately after the event.Security personnel reacted slowly initially as the quartet, all identically dressed in white shirts, black trousers and black hats, ran on to the field from behind the French goal, trying to high-five players.Croatia defender Dejan Lovren shoved one person to the ground before security personnel carried them off.The interruption lasted no longer than two minutes, with play resuming at the 52-minute markVAR USED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A WORLD CUP FINAL VAR has been used in a World Cup final for the first time (Reuters Photo)The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used for the first time in a World Cup final to award France a 38th-minute penalty which Antoine Griezmann scored to give them a 2-1 lead over Croatia on Sunday.Referee Nestor Pitana was alerted to a possible handball and after checking the off-field screen he decided Ivan Perisic had handled the ball in trying to clear a French set-piece.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer Pakistan

first_imgOshane Thomas destroyed Pakistan’s batting unit with figures of 4 for 27 before Chris Gayle smashed a 34-ball 50 as West Indies crushed Pakistan by 7 wickets in their first match of World Cup 2019 at Nottingham on Friday.Pakistan were bowled out for 105 off 21.4 overs, their shortest innings in World Cup history after an abject display with the bat.In response, Chris Gayle walked out all guns blazing and became the leading six-hitter in World Cups. West Indies had barely managed to scrape through to the 2019 World Cup but are already one of the favourites to win the trophy. West Indies had won the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 before being shocked by India in the final of the 1983 World Cup at Lord’s.After a long period of turmoil and internal conflicts, West Indies cricket has come of age again. The reigning World T20 champions, West Indies showed their intent in a high-scoring ODI series against England at home earlier in the year. On Friday, Chris Gayle showed why he continues to be one of the most feared batsmen in world cricket.Chasing a paltry 106, West Indies wasted little time. Rather Chris Gayle wasted little time. Pakistan had hit only 1 six in their entire innings. Gayle hit 3 sixes and 6 fours to lead a brutal response from the West Indians. Mohammad Amir picked the wickets of Shai Hope and Darren Bravo but that did not stop Gayle from exploding.50 for @henrygayleThe #MenInMaroon are racing to victory!#WIvPAK LIVE World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 31, 2019Gayle eventually fell to Mohammad Amir for 50 but by then West Indies had raced away to 77 in the 11th over and were on the cusp of a huge win.West Indies still had plenty of batting left to go past the target. and they reached home without appearing to break a sweat.Earlier in the day, West Indies captain Jason Holder had no hesitation bowling in overcast conditions after winning the toss.Sheldon Cottrell struck in the 3rd over of the Pakistan innings to remove Imam-ul-Haq before Andre Russell removed the dangerous Fakhar Zaman. Harris Sohail was the next to go as Russell struck again in a torrid 3-over spell. In the 14th over of the innings, Babar Azam became the first of Oshane Thomas’s 4 victims and in the next 7 overs, Pakistan lost their last 6 wickets to be bowled out for their 2nd lowest World Cup total.After an abject batting display, former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja was aghast and said other teams in the tournament would now be aware of Pakistan’s batting fralities. Shoaib Akhtar, who was part of the 1999 World Cup team which reached the final in England, said he was speechless after the batting show.Pakistan next take on hosts England on June 3 but they have their task cut out – can they iron out their flaws in 3 days? They have very little choice.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle becomes highest six-hitter in tournament’s historyAlso Read | Pakistan trolled after their shortest innings in World Cup historyAlso Read | Not colour, but merit should be the basis for selection: Kagiso RabadaAlso See:last_img read more

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first_imgWhile you may feel like you are constantly being bombarded with new incentives and programs from work places, insurance companies, banks, schools and various sporting organizations, ATA is introducing a new program which needs to be noticed. The Hot Spots program took off in July this year and is already proving it’s worth checking out. It is a package designed to assist regions to attract new affiliates and to win back unaffiliated groups. Queensland have already had 7 new associations take advantage of the Hot Spots program, with new competitions emerging in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast and in other Queensland regions. “We’ve got new competitions springing up all over Brisbane, in some cases we’re running out of suitable venues to play Touch because the growth is so large,” Garry Madders from Brisbane City Touch said. ATA believe that the Hot Spots program will help bring a 3% overall growth in associations affiliated with the ATA and their relevant State and Regional Association during 2004/2005. The package has been introduced to not only assist the new affiliates in getting up and running, but to also have some say in the manner in which their new competition is promoted and administered. ATA realise that Association managers require administration assistance, as well as referee and competition management, and education and development programs. The ATA will help meet these requirements by offering the following package valued at around $2,500: * An Advertising campaign * A starter Kit made up of Administration Polo Shirts, 5 Touch Balls, 5 Referee Shirts * 5 targeted referee training sessions * Targeted Sporting Pulse education (Sporting Pulse is a computer program to manage the association’s databases; players, coaches, referees) * An affiliate marketing CD * Sportsware Competition and Database program It is envisaged that the educational programs will be funded by the ATA and undertaken by the most strategically placed Regional or State qualified person. As a further benefit to new associations, ATA will then build on the Hot Spots program further by offering membership to the ATA affiliate reward program, which is designed to reward growth captured by associations and comes in the form of a capped team total fee. This affiliate membership offer takes effect after two completed years of membership with the ATA and its affiliated organisations. So if you’re keen to be involved with the growth and development of new Touch associations and affiliates, have a think about how the Hot Spots package could help your area. All enquiries on the Hot Spots program can be directed to Rachel Moyle, read more


Sherbrooke Village Scheduling Changes

first_imgDue to unforeseen circumstances, the Sherbrooke Village SawmillFrolic, originally scheduled for Sunday July 25, will now takeplace on Sunday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. The event, which will be held at the MacDonald Brothers’ Sawmillon Sonora Road, will feature woodsmen’s competitions in variouschainsaw classifications, as well as axe throwing and spikedriving. The event is open to competition and hobby classparticipants and prizes will be awarded in each category. The St. Mary’s River punt boat building demonstration, originallyscheduled for Sunday Aug. 1 , will now take place this Sunday,July 25. -30-last_img read more

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Crown criticizes parole ruling for USborn convicted killer sexual predator

first_imgHALIFAX — A top Nova Scotia prosecutor is questioning a parole board decision allowing the release and deportation of a convicted killer and sexual predator, saying it’s based on “hope over reason.”Paul Carver, chief Crown attorney for Halifax, secured a rare dangerous offender designation for William Shrubsall in 2001, after proving to a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge there was a high risk the American man would commit more violent or sexual crimes.Shrubsall was jailed in Canada 18 years ago for a series of Nova Scotia beatings which left some of the young female victims permanently disabled. He had previously been convicted in the beating death of his mother in Niagara Falls, N.Y.In granting Shrubsall’s release on Nov. 7, the parole board noted the 47-year-old — who has changed his name to Ethan Simon Templar MacLeod — had behaved well, had completed programs to reduce his violence, had been attending regular psychological counselling and had been developing a plan for his release into the community.However, it also said these factors “would not have been enough” for his release without the board members’ knowledge he would be deported to Niagara County in upstate New York to “face many more years of incarceration.”According to court records, Shrubsall faced a sentence of between two-and-one-third to seven years in jail for prior sexual abuse convictions in Niagara County, and the district attorney has told the Buffalo News she also intended to prosecute him for fleeing justice 23 years ago.However, Carver says the parole board’s six-page decision doesn’t make sense to him.He notes Correctional Service Canada is cited in the decision explicitly stating Shrubsall hasn’t reached the point where he can be safely released into the community, and that recent psychological assessments indicate his risk to commit fresh sexual crimes “remains high.”“Why do you (parole board members) believe that in the next two to seven years that something is going to happen to bring the risk to a manageable state? There is no explanation for that logic. None,” Carver said.“That’s why I don’t understand it. This is the triumph of hope over reason. You have no basis in reality to draw that conclusion as far as I can tell from that decision.”Carver said when the original application for dangerous offender status was sought in 2000, it was because “we believed this person poses such a high risk for future violence that there are going to be more crimes.”The prosecutor argues the sole reason an inmate convicted as a dangerous offender should be released is that there is solid evidence the risks have been brought under control.“If you’re just going to release them because you can send them off to the United States, that’s not a component of the dangerous offender scheme,” he said.“He will be out on the street of Niagara County, New York … at some point. And if he hurts somebody then we will have failed to do what we endeavoured to do,” said the prosecutor.Shrubsall’s criminal background is extensive.About 30 years ago, he bludgeoned his mother to death with a baseball bat in their home the night before his graduation.The parole board report says that he committed sexual assaults against two women. In May 1996, he fled to Canada while his trial was underway for assaulting a 17-year-old, but he was convicted in absentia.Once he came to Halifax, Shrubsall went on a spree of violence that devastated the lives of a number of victims.In February 1998, while robbing a retail store, he struck a female employee with a baseball bat, fracturing her skull. A few months later, in May, 1998, he attacked and sexually assaulted a female victim as she was walking home from work.In June 1998, he met a woman in a bar and took her to a residence in a taxi. He wouldn’t let her leave his apartment, choking and sexually assaulting her.In his oral judgment, the Nova Scotia judge said he didn’t see a “realistic prospect of controlling the threat of dangerousness and managing the risk” of Shrubsall as a regular offender, and said it was likely that he would continue to pose a risk to others that would “likely result in death, severe physical injury or psychological damage to a future victim.”He was also described as “lacking a conscience.”In 2002, when Shrubsall changed his name to Ethan Simon Templar MacLeod, it drew a critical reaction from the family of the British writer who created the fictional hero Simon Templar.Simon Templar was the alter ego of The Saint, a handsome, adventurous literary creation who appeared in more than 100 books, TV shows and comic strips.The family considered taking legal action to try and prevent Shrubsall from using the name, but found there was little they could do.The Niagara County District Attorney office wasn’t available on Monday, a civic holiday in the United States, but district attorney Caroline Wojtaszek has told the Buffalo News that Shrubsall will be arraigned on a pending indictment of bail jumping, and will serve his sex-abuse sentence as he awaits trial.She also told the Buffalo News site that Shrubsall could be a candidate for civil confinement as a sex offender.“He’s not somebody that I think should be out of custody, ever,” Wojtaszek told the newspaper.— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP investigating fatal vehicle accident

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The RCMP in Grande Prairie are investigating a fatal collision that occurred at the intersection of Canfor Road and the Forestry Trunk Road on Thursday.At roughly 12:45 p.m. on February 22nd, a truck travelling southbound on the Forestry Road collided with a logging truck that was travelling eastbound on the Canfor Road. The 67-year-old driver of the southbound vehicle and his 27-year-old passenger, both from the Edmonton area, were confirmed to be deceased at the scene.A female passenger from Mundare was airlifted to a hospital via STARS air ambulance with serious injuries. The driver of the logging truck was uninjured. The RCMP is currently investigating all possible contributing factors that could have caused the crash.last_img read more

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CM Finch Elementary School contributes to Poppy Campaign

first_imgCo-Campaign Manager Tina Tucker says they are grateful for the support from the community in Fort St. John.“I am proud to say thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the Poppy campaign a huge success this year. I just want to say thank you Fort St. John for supporting our local Veterans and their families.”The Poppy Fund provides support to Veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families who are in need. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – C.M. Finch Elementary School recently donated $975.00 to the Fort St. John Poppy Campaign.The money was raised through the School where students and community members donated money towards the Poppy Campaign.The $975.00 donation now brings the Campaign’s total to $45,503.48.last_img read more

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Bank Al-Maghrib Signs MoU with Dubai to Supervise Moroccan Banks

Rabat – Morocco’s central bank, Bank Al-Maghrib (BAM), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) to cooperate in the supervision of banks based in Morocco and Dubai.The two bodies signed the MoU on Wednesday, March 13, in Rabat.The agreement highlights Bank Al-Maghrib’s commitment to developing the highest governance standards in Moroccan banks and supervising their activities overseas, including within international financial hubs such as Dubai, said BAM in a statement. The MoU will cover, in particular, the efficiency of regulatory tools for banks having mutual interests in Morocco and Dubai. The agreement would help bolster investors’ confidence and promote bilateral financial services.Under the MoU, Bank Al-Maghrib and the DFSA will share all information regarding authorization applications made by banks established in both jurisdictions. The exchange will also concern information on the financial strength of credit institutions as well as the points identified in reports and during supervision visits.Representatives of the two authorities will hold ad-hoc meetings to address supervisory issues relating to cross-border institutions based in both jurisdictions.BAM and DFSA will also work jointly to identify possible financial offenses related, in particular, to unauthorized banking services, money laundering, and any other breach of regulatory requirements. read more

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IPL to brief Sri Lanka after JJ threat

Eight of the nine IPL franchises have 13 Sri Lankans in their roster. Chennai, home to Super Kings, is scheduled to host 10 IPL matches this season. The IPL chairman said the franchises will also be advised and asked to take a call accordingly.“A new situation has risen and we have to strategise the whole thing. We have to consider the local sentiments but we also have to take care of the security of the Sri Lankan players. The BCCI and the SLC have the best of the relationship,” he said.Street protests have taken place in Tamil Nadu to denounce the Sri Lankan government for the killings of Tamil civilians in the war against the Tamil Tigers in the island country that ended May 2009. “All the matches scheduled to be held in Chennai will go on as scheduled. As far as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is concerned, we have briefed them about the security measures taken by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India),” Shukla told NDTV.“Security and safety of the Sri Lankan players are paramount. But we have to take care of the local sentiments and accordingly will advise the SLC on the security situation,” he said. Shukla, union minister for parliamentary affairs, said that the local administration’s advice cannot be ignored. Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla says Sri Lanka cricket will be briefed on the security situation for the IPL after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said she will not allow Sri Lankan players to play in any matches in Chennai.The Indo Asian News Service said quoted Shukla as saying that IPL matches in Chennai will go ahead as scheduled despite growing unrest in the city over the participation of Sri Lankan cricketers in the cash-rich Twenty20 league. Jayalalithaa had written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that the state government will permit IPL matches only if the organisers promise that no Sri Lankan players, umpires, officials or support staff will participate. Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Kulasekara will play for Chennai Super Kings; Jeevan Mendis and Mahela Jayawardene for Delhi Daredevils; Sachithra Senanayake plays for Kolkata Knight Riders; Lasith Malinga is with Mumbai Indians; Ajantha Mendis and Angelo Mathews are in Pune Warriors; Rajasthan Royals have Kusal Janith Perera; Royal Challengers have Muttiah Muralitharan and Tillakaratne Dilshan; and Sunrisers Hyderabad have Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera. Jayawardene will be leading Daredevils while Sangakkara will be in charge of Sunrisers. read more

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UN doing whatever we can to rush emergency medical aid to Baghdad

“We are trying to do whatever we can with the World Health Organization, Red Cross and our own humanitarian people to see how we can get medication in as soon as possible,” Mr. Annan told reporters on arrival at UN Headquarters in New York when asked for his thoughts about the latest situation in the Iraqi capital.”But as far as the actual situation in Baghdad is concerned, it is too early to comment to determine who is in charge, who is going to run the city, and what has happened to the government,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Annan has received an invitation from Prime Minister Costas Simitis of Greece, in his capacity as President of the European Union, to attend the European Conference in Athens on 17 April, to discuss the situation in Iraq, according to a UN spokesman.Since that occasion will provide him with the opportunity to meet with the leadership of the European Union, as well as other participating countries, the Secretary-General has decided not to travel this week to London, Paris, Berlin and Moscow, a trip that had been previously announced, the spokesman said. read more

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Can An NHL Player Finally Score 50 Goals In 50 Games Again

Scoring 50 goals in 50 games is the crowning achievement of an NHL goal scorer. Players who do so join a club of legends including Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Maurice Richard. The club is exclusive — it has only five members, and it hasn’t accepted a new application in 25 years. There are dozens and dozens of active NHL players who weren’t alive yet the last time someone scored 50 goals in 50 games, when Brett Hull did it during the 1991-92 season.As with throwing dead octopuses onto the ice and shaking hands with the opponent after a playoff series, the 50 in 50 club is like many things unique to the NHL: steeped in history and perhaps devoid of logic. The attention bestowed on the exploit dates back to the days when there were only 50 games on the schedule. So when Richard became to first to do it in 1945, it meant he averaged a goal a game for a whole season. When the schedule expanded to 60 games — and then to 70 games, and then 74, 76, 78, 80 and 84 games, finally settling at 82 games — 50 in 50 remained a thing. Because, you know, why not?Like with many exclusive clubs, there are also a lot of rules. To gain access, you must score 50 goals in your team’s first 50 games, not your own. Alexander Mogilny scored 50 goals in his first 46 games in 1992-93, but an injury forced him to miss three weeks at the beginning of the season. Mogilny’s 50th tally came in his team’s 53rd game, so he’s not allowed in. No exceptions!It’s not easy to sustain a goal-per-game pace for 50 consecutive games, but so far this season, Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov is doing almost exactly that. With 14 goals in 15 games, the young Russian with a hellacious shot has set himself up to make a legitimate run at hockey’s goal-scoring holy grail.Of course, many others have started the season on a similar tear in recent years — and all of them ended up way short of the benchmark. Here’s how every player who notched at least 14 goals in his team’s first 15 games post-lockout stacked up against the last three 50/50 players. Amazingly, only one of these players (Jaromir Jagr in 2006) exceeded 50 goals on the season, let alone in 50 games. In the 2005-06 season, winger Simon Gagne scored 17 in the Flyers’ first 15 games, but he ultimately scored only 17 more in the next 35. In that same season, both Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson had 15 goals through the first 15 games. They both cooled, too — like Gagne, they each netted 17 goals in the following 35 games.But there’s reason to believe this year might be different: The league itself seems different.So far this season, goalies are stopping pucks with less success than they have since 2008-09. But not all of the blame can be placed on lackluster goaltending — a number of rule changes have led to an increase in power play opportunities per game. More power play opportunities equal more high-quality scoring opportunities, which means more goalies left hung out to dry.It’s not shocking to see an analog in the 2005-06 season, when Jagr, Gagne, Heatley and Alfredsson each flirted with a goal-a-game pace: The league instituted rule changes in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout with the express purpose of increasing the number of goals per game, which had tanked in the NHL of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Chief among those rule changes was the elimination of the two-line offside pass. Defenses were slow to adjust to the rule change, which led to a preponderance of breakaways and two-on-one situations.In the 1980s and early 1990s, the NHL was a wide open league, and goaltending often seemed like an afterthought. From 1980-81 to 1993-94, the goals against average for the league never dipped below 3.0 — and the 50 in 50 was accomplished seven times.1Mike Bossy, Gretzky (three times), Lemieux, Hull (twice). From 1994-95 to the present, the goals against average has risen higher than 3.0 in only one season. It hasn’t climbed quite that high this season, but it’s close.2It currently sits at 2.89.Kucherov isn’t the only one taking advantage of the increase in scoring. Like during the 2005-06 season, this year’s NHL has a handful of players vying for NHL legend status. Alex Ovechkin has also started the year on fire (13 goals in 16 games), while Islanders’ captain John Tavares has 12 goals in 15.Of course, a goal scorer is nothing without dime-dishing linemates, and Kucherov has benefited from playing with the league’s leading point getter in Steven Stamkos (who missed 65 games last season, and the Bolts missed the playoffs). Stamkos is known best for his goal scoring prowess — he’s a two-time recipient of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, awarded to the league’s top goal scorer — but this year it’s his passing that has him at the top of the NHL’s scoring list. He’s still scoring goals, but his 18 assists pace the league. And 10 of those helpers have come on goals scored by Kucherov.Every player to hit the 50-goals-in-50-games milestone played on a line with one (or two) very good passers. Lemieux — who also unofficially scored 50 in 50 in two other seasons3Super Mario scored 50 goals in his first 50 games in both the 1992-93 and 1995-96 seasons, but neither exploit came on or before his team’s first 50 games. Sorry, Mario: Hockey conservatives say this doesn’t count. — played the bulk of his career on lines with some combination of Jagr, Kevin Stevens and Ron Francis. Hull played on a line in St. Louis with Adam Oates. Gretzky had Jari Kurri, Mike Bossy had Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies, and Richard had Elmer Lach and Toe Blake. And it’s not a stretch to place Kucherov and Stamkos among these all-time great duos and trios.Kucherov’s gaudy numbers aren’t surprising — he’s scored no fewer than 29 goals in each of his three full NHL seasons and has an astounding career shooting percentage of 15.1. But that historically good shooting percentage is up dramatically this season: At the moment, Kucherov is scoring on 24 percent of the shots he’s taking. That’s destined to regress to the mean, but for now, Kucherov’s shot looks damn near unsavable.Who knows if Kucherov — or Ovechkin or Tavares — can sustain a goal-per-game pace for all 50 games. Even if they don’t, they’ve already made the NHL feel a little bit like the wild old days of the ’80s and early ’90s. And they’ve given every hockey nerd something to pull for. read more

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What To Watch As The BucksCeltics Matchup Goes Down To The Wire

The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have faced off in plenty of playoff showdowns over the years, including four clashes in the 1980s alone, during the heyday of Larry Legend and Sid the Squid. This year’s series renewed the rivalry after a 31-year hiatus, and it’s largely lived up to expectations so far: Game 1 featured a pair of buzzer-beaters at the close of regulation before Boston won in overtime, then the Celtics handily took Game 2. But the Bucks managed to claw their way back, running away with Game 3 before winning Game 4 in thrilling fashion to tie the series up.Here are four questions to ponder as the teams head back to Boston and begin what’s now a best-of-three affair.Can Milwaukee’s offense stay hot?The biggest statistical trend helping to turn the tide in this series has been the newfound efficiency of the Milwaukee offense, which went from averaging a mediocre 105.9 points per 100 possessions1The league’s regular-season average was 106.2. in Games 1 and 2 to a scorching 122.8 points per 100 in Games 3 and 4, according to NBA Advanced Stats.You don’t heat up an offense that quickly without an abrupt change in shooting fortunes, and the Bucks have certainly turned things around from beyond the arc. In Games 1 and 2, Milwaukee averaged just 7.5 3-pointers per game — a number below its paltry regular-season average of 8.8 — with only Khris Middleton (who, granted, made a whopping 4.5 threes per game) providing any consistent spacing from the outside. Over the past two games, however, Milwaukee has increased its threes per game to 13, with 10 different players making at least one 3-pointer. In Game 3 alone, the Bucks set a franchise postseason record with 16 threes, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.So much of the Bucks’ offense is tied up in the playing style of its leading talent, Giannis Antetokounmpo, a player whose unmatched combination of size, length and athleticism allows him to get shots as close to the basket as he wants. (During the regular season, Giannis led the NBA in paint scoring at 15.7 points per game, and the Bucks were tied for the fifth-most buckets from the restricted area.) But as great as Antetokounmpo is, the reality of the modern NBA is that such a defense-collapsing force needs to be complemented with shooting that pushes opponents into impossible defensive dilemmas.The Bucks have often struggled to pose such a threat from deep; they made the league’s fourth-fewest threes per game during the regular season. But they hinted at a fuller offensive potential over the past few games versus Boston, with their increased focus on long-range shooting. It’s worth watching to see if Milwaukee can keep pairing those threes with a Giannis-led interior attack to potentially key a playoff series victory.Can Boston get Terry Rozier back on track?One of the keys to whether Boston could survive the loss of Kyrie Irving has been the play of Terry Rozier, the third-year guard who enjoyed a breakout regular season and took on an increased role in March after Irving’s knee surgery. Rozier was stellar in the first two games of this series, averaging 23 points (on 46.9 percent shooting) and zero turnovers per game as the Celtics built their 2-0 lead. But he has cooled down substantially, with his averages falling to 9.5 points (on 26.3 percent shooting) and 3 turnovers per game in Boston’s pair of losses.Which Rozier will show up now? It will depends on how he cracks the defense of Eric Bledsoe and, increasingly, Matthew Dellavedova — who guarded Rozier with success in Games 3 and 4. That pair has succeeded in making Rozier much less dynamic as both a passer and a scorer in the past two games, holding him to 8.5 potential assists per game (down from 10 in Games 1 and 2) and a usage rate of 18.4 percent (down from 20 percent).The Celtics have still gotten plenty of scoring punch from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who in Game 4 became the second pair of teammates under 22 years old to ever notch 55 combined points in a playoff game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — joining Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant from 2010. But with Rozier suddenly struggling, the Celtics are missing an important version of the stellar backcourt production that had been so central to the team’s success, both with and without Irving.Will Giannis’s teammates keep up the help?As noted, Milwaukee’s chances are inextricably tied to the Greek Freak — and Antetokounmpo has been holding up his end, delivering a superstar performance. Over the past two games, he’s anchored the Bucks with a 30.1 percent usage rate, 64.5 true shooting percentage and 28.9 assist percentage as the team was fighting its way back to draw the series even. But the irony is that those numbers weren’t too different when Milwaukee was falling into its early series hole: In Games 1 and 2, Antetokounmpo had a 30.2 percent usage rate, a 66.3 true shooting percentage and a 28.8 assist percentage.So for the Bucks, the determining factor isn’t merely how well Giannis plays — it’s how much everyone around him contributes. In the two opening losses, Antetokounmpo’s teammates averaged 74 total points and 13 total assists per game, with a 57.3 percent true shooting mark. In the Bucks’ two victories, those numbers skyrocketed to 87 points, 20.5 assists and a 65.2 true shooting percentage.Of particular note has been the strong play of Middleton and an expanded role for Jabari Parker, who was limited to about 12 minutes per game in Games 1 and 2. Parker has come on strong since, averaging 16.5 points (on 54.5 percent shooting), 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and only 0.5 turnovers per game in Games 3 and 4. He helped Milwaukee’s bench outscore Boston’s 31-15 in Game 4, an important edge in a matchup decided by just two points.This doesn’t mean Giannis should be taken for granted, of course. He’s personally dominating this series, with his own play putting teammates in a position to produce efficient numbers for themselves. He willed the Bucks to victory in Game 4’s closing seconds, fighting off Tatum under the rim to tip home the game-winning bucket with 5.1 ticks to go. But the biggest difference between Milwaukee’s losses and wins in this series has been how well the Bucks not named “Antetokounmpo” have been able to execute in their supporting roles.Where’s Al Horford?Though Irving was forced to shoulder Boston’s scoring attack after Gordon Hayward went down with injury five minutes into the season, the 2017-18 Celtics’ most valuable player might have been center Al Horford, whose mega-efficient combination of skills make him the unsung catalyst who improves everyone around him.Boston’s first two games against Milwaukee featured Horford at his versatile best. He scored 20 points per game — while needing only 9.5 shots per game to do it — grabbed 8.5 rebounds and dealt out 4 assists. Every time you looked, he was doing some kind of proverbial “little thing,” like setting a key screen, contesting a shot or getting to the line. Despite taking responsibility for only 15.2 percent of Boston’s offensive attempts2Including shots and turnovers. while in the game, Horford managed to personally account for 17.8 percent of all the positive actions that took place on the court (for either team), according to NBA Advanced Stats.Horford didn’t play poorly in the following two games. He still averaged double-digit points and shot better than 50 percent from the floor. But he individually accounted for only 11 percent of the positive events that happened when he was on the floor, and the Celtics went from plus-4.9 points per 100 possessions with him to minus-8.9. On defense in particular, he had few answers for Antetokounmpo’s forays to the basket (in fairness, who does?), as the Bucks’ offensive rating swelled to 119.9 with Horford on the court.One of Horford’s greatest gifts is that he doesn’t need plays called for him to make a big impact. But there’s a fine line between unselfishly playing all-around basketball and not being involved enough, and Horford was probably on the wrong side of that line as Milwaukee chipped away at Boston’s 2-0 lead — especially in Game 4. He’ll need to get back to exerting his influence at both ends of the court in Game 5 for the Celtics to turn this series around.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Patients with possible cancer will wait almost a month longer to see

first_img Show more Accident and Emergency Cancer patients are only finding out they have the disease at A&ECredit:Chris Radburn /PA Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said:“We know that our patients have great trust in their family doctor – according to the last GP Patient Survey, over 90 per cent had trust and confidence in the last GP they saw – so it’s understandable that some patients are willing to wait longer for an appointment with their preferred GP.“However, with conditions as serious a cancer, we would urge patients to make an appointment to discuss any potentially serious symptoms, as soon as possible – and we would reassure patients that all  registered GPs working in the UK, irrespective of whether they’re the patient’s regular family doctor, will be highly trained to have sensitive, non-judgemental conversations with them about any issue affecting their health.”Dr Claire Knight, Cancer Research UK’s health information manager, said: “This study, unsurprisingly, found that GP’s listening skills are important. But the researchers asked questions to members of the public based on a hypothetical scenario so the answers weren’t based on actual patient experience. Consequently the results of this study cannot be linked to cancer trends and don’t tell us whether GPs have good or bad listening skills.”. GPs need to improve their listening skills because patients with possible cancer are suffering delays being diagnosed as they seek out one with a good bedside manner, research suggests.A new study found patients with possible signs of the disease will wait almost a month longer to see a GP – if it means finding someone who would listen properly to them.The research University College London found that patients were so desperate to see a family doctor with a decent bedside manner that they would defer consultations even about symptoms which could be life-threatening.Researchers conducted a series of experiments to see how more than 600 particpants weighed up decisions to see a doctor. Those enrolled in the study were assigned symptoms which could mean cancer and asked what would inform their decisions to make an appointment. Participants said they would want a short waiting time, to be able to choose their own doctor, and to find a GP with good or very good listening skills.But the analysis, published in the British Journal of General Practice found that concerns about communication were so great, that participants were willing to wait an average of three and a half weeks extra, in order to obtain a consultation with a GP who listened properly. “Conversely, and more worryingly, this means that having negative experiences when communicating with the doctor may put people off seeking help promptly.”The research said that poor listening skills also increased the risk that GPs would fail to elicit information about crucial symptoms.In recent years, health officials have run campaigns urging patients to get over potential embarassment and describe symptoms such as changes in bowel habits, which could be a warning sign of cancer. Britain has some of the worst cancer survival figures in the western world, largely because of late diagnosis.One in five patients with cancer is not diagnosed until they have arrived at an Accident & Emergency department.Last month, a study found that the vast majority of such patients had visited their GP at least one, while quarter had been to their surgery three or more times before arriving at A&E.Charities said the problem was exacerbated by difficulties obtaining a GP appointment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Leading doctors have said too many patients are being forced to wait up to a month to see a family doctor, by which time problems may have become far more urgent.Researchers from UCL and the University of Surrey said the findings suggested work needed to be done to improve the communication skills of GPs.“In the context of experiencing a possible cancer symptom, people are willing to trade speed of access for a doctor with better interpersonal skills. It may therefore be possible to promote help seeking by improving doctors’ communication skills,” they concluded.last_img read more

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This could be a significant year for Argentinian mining

first_imgRepresentatives from investment bank and brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald recently attended a briefing at the embassy of Argentina on the changes underway in the country following last year’s general election, and stated that after 12 years of ‘Kirchnerism’ (left-wing populism), “Argentina’s new government under President Mauricio Marci is wasting no time in recreating a pro-business political environment which should attract significant foreign investment back in to the country.”“Natural resource industries – mining, energy and agriculture – have been identified as key elements for this re-engagement, with the government hoping to attract $40 billion of direct foreign investment over the next two years. Since the election last December, significant policy changes have already been achieved.” Cantor said that of particular note for the mining industry has been the formation of a new Ministry of Energy and Minerals headed by Juan Jose Aranguren, the former CEO of Shell Argentina; removal of the 5% export tax on mining products; and removal of exchange controls and import-related bureaucracy. Further legislative changes are expected once Congress returns from its summer recess on March 1.The country has also made significant progress in reaching financial settlement with the “holdout creditors” over the country’s $95 billion default in 2001. “To date, two of the groups involved, as well as the 50,000 Italian bondholders, have agreed terms, and some observers are hopeful of a complete settlement by year end. This would allow Argentina greater access to international capital markets again.”Cantor Fitzgerald concludes: “Overall, the target is to make Argentina as attractive for natural resource companies as any of its South American peers. The country’s mineral endowment is significant with the focus for mining investment being placed on gold, silver and lithium assets. Given this particular mix of metals, the well-established mining culture, and a healthy dose of the feel good factor, 2016 could be a significant year for Argentina.”On its investor advice for Patagonia Gold (PGD), the company states: “PGD has already highlighted policy changes which have positively impacted its business, and we believe the recent formation of a new Energy and Mines Ministry, and the country’s drive to attract fresh foreign investment, should further benefit PGD and the country’s mining sector as a whole. Furthermore, PGD should produce some important news flow during the year as it looks to stabilise its mining operation at Lomada and continue its assessment of the COSE and Cap-Oeste projects.”last_img read more

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Komatsu Mining opens up on automation present and future at its Arizona

first_imgKomatsu Mining recently held a special media event at its Arizona Proving Grounds (AZPG) near Tucson, and gave a presentation specifically focussed on the history, current status and future plans for its FrontRunner® Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) technology and line-up. The company now has over 130 fully autonomous mining trucks running across seven operational sites (six are fully autonomous sites) – namely in the Suncor oil sands operations in Alberta, Codelco’s copper operations in Chile and across multiple Rio Tinto iron ore sites in Australia’s Pilbara – and the fleet still has a perfect safety record with no incidents. The 130 number is growing, and the fleet to date has moved over 2 billion tonnes. FrontRunner is now operating on Komatsu 830Es, 930Es and 980Es. The company states that the 400 ton 980E is the largest payload autonomous haul truck on the market.The company emphasised that autonomous systems need to work in tight conjunction with optimised fleet management to realise maximum benefits. It also pointed out that it offers a full suite of autonomy options to the market, from assisted operations through active control, teleremote, to autonomous haulage. The current offering is impressive. At the fully autonomous end of the spectrum, the Komatsu AHS system already consists of the FrontRunner Central Control, which is the autonomous control system that integrates seamlessly with an industry leading DISPATCH Mine Management system and allows full control from one central location. The fleet offered as stated now includes three autonomous models, the 830E-AT, 930E-AT and 980E-AT, from 240 to 400 tons. The loading units are not yet automated (on the media day, a PC7000 manned hydraulic excavator was used) but Komatsu offers advanced loading units for single or double sided loading from hydraulic excavators to hydraulic shovels, large wheel loaders and electric rope shovels. Equipped Manual Vehicles below the main fleet include graders, dozers, water trucks and light vehicles equipped with FrontRunner EMV Kit for seamless integration.All this is supported by a MasterLink 802.11 wireless network for high bandwidth and speed but the company is also increasingly looking at working with LTE networks for consistency and strength of signal with greater degrees of automation. There are many autonomous truck benefits, from reduction of risk from drowsy or unskilled drivers to taking personnel out of hazardous working areas to central control and working with a machine that offers 100% compliance and obeying of road rules. The machines also bring lower fuel usage, reduced carbon emissions and lower tyre disposal costs due to increased tyre life. They offer in precision and reliability superior navigation accuracy, precision placement of dumped loads, absolute control of material destination and consistent haul cycle times. Efficiency-wise they equate to a more planned and stable operation with reduced variability, increased operational utilisation and minimised stoppage for breaks. Komatsu has said in cost terms that the load and haul total unit cost for users of its AHS are reduced by up to 15% with a 13% reduction in total maintenance costs. With reduction of sudden acceleration and abrupt steering, Komatsu has estimated a 40% improvement in tyre life compared to manned operations.FrontRunner autonomous haulage trucks can communicate using auto interaction which helps them navigate intersections, dump and load locations, while permission lines monitor speed while interacting with other AHTs. Manual vehicle interaction allows for interaction between AHTs and Equipped Manual Vehicles (EMVs) with three modes designed for different interactions: Travel, Passing and Park. A Collision Detection System (CDS) is an additional FrontRunner safety layer, consisting of digital safety envelopes surrounding EMVs and AHTs at all times, providing a warning when an AHT’s permission lines cross an EMVs safety envelope. When the Obstacle Detection System (ODS) detects an obstacle it automatically stops the AHT which are equipped with two ODS units at front and back for optimal coverage. An Emergency Stop Button can stop all AHTs in operation when activated. FrontRunner EMVs, AHTs and the Central Control have have this button.At the Arizona Proving Grounds (AZPG) Komatsu has tested all new prototype trucks with an isolated 700 acre testing area for AHS operation and a modern workshop with room for future sized equipment.The full autonomous mine will be next in the near term, featuring not only AHS trucks but also autonomous loading units and more advanced cabless trucks, namely the Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle or IAHV which is under development at the Proving Grounds and which was originally shown off at MINExpo 2016. Not much more has been released on progress other than originally announced, however, IM understands that there are about two years of testing to complete – that includes testing of the equipment and technology both together and separately. Two years of testing have already been conducted so the development will have been over four years in total.Komatsu developed this IAHV vehicle exclusively as an unmanned vehicle designed to maximise the advantages of unmanned operation. By distributing equal load to the four wheels both when the vehicle is loaded and unloaded, and adopting four-wheel drive, retarder and steering, Komatsu is aiming for high-performance shuttling of this vehicle in both forward and reverse travel directions, thereby totally eliminating the need for K-turns at loading and unloading sites. In particular, Komatsu expects that this new vehicle will considerably improve the productivity at mines where existing unmanned haulage vehicles face challenging conditions, such as slippery ground due to frequent rain/snowfall as well as confined spaces for loading.Ultimately the plan of course is to have a mine running on artifical intelligence, where you can upload the mine plan to the equipment and the fleet will execute it autonomously, something Komatsu is fully committed to.last_img read more

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UHL doctors write open letter outlining challenges they face treating patients

first_img Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 9:33 PM 17,060 Views UHL doctors write open letter outlining challenges they face treating patients The letter was signed off by five doctors and addressed to ‘the people of the Mid West’. 20 Comments Apr 18th 2019, 9:33 PM DOCTORS AT UNIVERSITY Hospital Limerick have penned an open letter outlining their concerns for bed-shortages and wait time for acutely ill patients at the hospital. The letter said elderly and frail patients, in particular, faced “unacceptable” wait times when they presented at the emergency department, meaning “the experience of some of these patients has been very bad”. The letter, which was signed off by five doctors and addressed to “the people of the Mid West” also said the only way to deal with the challenges it faced was by “maximising efficiency”.“The only way that this huge volume of attendances and admissions can be coped with by UHL, with a reduced number of beds, is by maximising efficiency. “So the hospital focuses on reducing the length of stay, on admitting people on the day of their planned surgical procedure, and on trying to ensure that they will not need to be re-admitted within a month.”Doctors drew attention to the catchment areas of UHL and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin to highlight the difference in patient numbers being treated.While they said it was “difficult to compare hospitals because of national services” that each provided, doctors wrote that UHL served a number of counties and has a greater catchment area of 385,000 people, while Beaumont Hospital serves 290,000 people.“UHL had 26,153 emergency in-patient discharges while Beaumont has 18,659, a 40% difference,” it said. The latest trolley count from the INMO today, showed more patients were waiting on trolleys in UHL than any other hospital in the country, with 53 patients currently waiting on wards and the emergency department. Cork University Hospital had the second highest number of patients at 38 patients, followed by Beaumont Hospital with 31 patients.Earlier this month, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said the highest number of patients on trolleys ever recorded in a single hospital had occurred in Limerick when it counted 81 people waiting on beds. Health Minister Simon Harris said he would raise the issue of the trolley count – which he said were different to the HSE’s count – with the INMO at a meeting the following day. Local TD Maurice Quinlivan said he was aware of elderly patients who were forced to sleep on trolleys at time when the hospital was running at full capacity. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Short URL By Conor McCravelast_img read more

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