Concern raised in Donegal over Garda restructuring plan

first_imgThe Chair of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee (JPC) has raised concern over proposals to restructure the Garda organisation.A network of 19 “mini police forces” is to be set up across the country.The move would see Donegal and Sligo/Leitrim become one force. There are suggestions the plan will mean up to nine chief superintendents and as many as 30 superintendents — almost a fifth of all superintendents — may be “surplus to requirements”.The “divisional” model will replace the current “district” model. There are 107 of these, headed by a superintendent.Under the new model, there won’t be a superintendent in charge of everything in the district, but a divisional superintendent in charge of crime, two to three in charge of community engagement, one for performance, and an assistant principal officer in charge of HR, administration and finance. Councillor Gerry McMonagle said he attended several national joint policing meetings across the country but at no time were major reforms outlined.He told Donegal Daily: “These proposed changes were not raised with us at the JPC at a local level or for that matter nationally.“I would have attended a number of joint policing meetings with other chairs of committees with the policing authority, but plans of this nature were never ever mentioned to us,” McMonagle added.“There was always talk about improving Garda statistics but there was no talk of merging counties, divisions or districts.”The Letterkenny councillor said suggestions of a new plan for the county only created further ‘uncertainty’.He continued: “I haven’t heard anyone from any walk of life, and especially from the Gardaí, who are favour of it. “Most of the rank and file Gardaí are opposed to it, they can’t understand it.“The fact that the Garda Representative Association (GRA) or the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors were not informed, says a lot about this plan.“For example, under the new proposals, County Kerry has been allowed to stay on its own, which is in a similar situation to Donegal without the added pressure and problem of Brexit.“Donegal is on a border with a city that has over 120,000 people, in what is technically another jurisdiction. “Questions have to be asked about why certain counties were allowed to stay on their own but Donegal wasn’t,” he added.“It only brings further uncertainty to the county.“Garda management in the county have been lobbying for a number of years to get increase resources into Donegal.“They work and live in the county and understand what is needed in terms of additional gardaí on the ground, more vehicles and other resources.“Now, if garda management moves to Sligo, which has been suggested, who is going to take care of the needs of Donegal?“And what sort of pressure will they be under if they don’t deliver for Sligo or for Leitrim.“I just think they have put the cart before the horse and now Commissioner (Drew) Harris has suggested he is going to consult with JPCs, the GRA and it is all cart before the horse.“This should have been done prior to this plan being unveiled,” McMonagle concluded.Concern raised in Donegal over Garda restructuring plan was last modified: August 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Microsoft Joins Coalition Opposing Google’s Acquisition of Flight Search Provider ITA

first_imgMicrosoft has joined a coalition of travel sites that want to make their opposition known to Google’s acquisition of ITA Software. Google announced its plans to buy ITA back in July, but the acquisition likely faces regulatory scrutiny as ITA technology powers the organization of price and schedule information for the major airlines, travel booking companies, and search engines. And the Fairsearch.org coalition argues that if Google buys ITA that competition and innovation surrounding the online travel industry will be stifled.Microsoft uses ITA software to help power Bing, and the fear of Microsoft and others is that by acquiring ITA Software, Google will control the software that powers most travel-related searches. The $700 million price-tag for ITA points not just to the strength of its technology and predominance in the industry, but also to Google’s desire to make its search data better – more accurate, more real-time.But Microsoft, along with the UK search engine Foundem, the French online travel agency Level…com, and the Singapore-based travel agency ZUJI, join existing Fairsearch.org members Expedia.com, Hotwire, TripAdvisor, and Kayak in urging the Justice Department to challenge the acquisition deal. “Competition in online travel search over the last decade has not only created more choices and innovation for travelers, but has also driven prices lower around the world for consumers,” says ZUJI president Roshan Mendis. “We are concerned that less competition in flight search in the U.S. will result in less innovation in travel search globally, and more importantly, less pressure on travel service providers to offer the lowest price for consumers regardless of where they are located.”For its part, Google has said it has no plans to sell airline tickets or set prices. The purchase is aimed to “provide better results for our users,” says Google. audrey watters Tags:#search#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Neck pain

first_imgDefinitionNeck pain is discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. These include the muscles, nerves, bones (vertebrae), and the disks between the bones.Alternative NamesPain – neck; Neck stiffnessConsiderationsWhen your neck is sore, you may have difficulty moving it, especially turning to one side. Many people describe this as having a stiff neck.If neck pain involves nerves, you may feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm, hand, or elsewhere.CausesA common cause of neck pain is muscle strain or tension. Usually, everyday activities are to blame. Such activities include:Bending over a desk for hoursPoor posture while watching TV or readingHavingyour computer monitor positioned too high or too lowSleeping in an uncomfortable positionTwisting and turning the neck in a jarring manner while exercisingAccidents or falls can cause severe neck injuries such as vertebral fractures, whiplash, blood vessel injury, and even paralysis.Other causes include:Medical conditions, such as fibromyalgiaCervical arthritis or spondylosisRuptured diskSmall fractures to the spine from osteoporosisSpinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)SprainsInfection of the spine (osteomyelitis, diskitis, abscess)Cancer that involves the spineHome CareFor minor, common causes of neck pain:Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Use ice for the first 48to 72 hours, then use heat after that. Heat may be applied withwarm showers,hot compresses, or a heating pad. To prevent injuring your skin, do not fall asleep with a heating pad or ice bag in place.Stop normal physical activity for the first few days. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce inflammation.Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear. This helps to gently stretch the neck muscles.Have a partner gently massage the sore or painful areas.Try sleeping on a firm mattress without a pillow or with a special neck pillow.Ask your health care provider about usinga soft neck collar to relieve discomfort.Do not use the collar for a long time. Doing socan make your neck muscles weaker.You may want to reduce your activity only for the first couple of days. Then slowly resume your usual activities. Do notdo anyheavy lifting or twisting of your back or neck for the first 6 weeks after the pain begins. After 2 to3 weeks, slowlybeginexercising again. A physical therapist can help you decide when to begin stretching and strengthening exercises and how to do them.advertisementDo not dothe following during yourearly recovery, unless your doctor or physical therapist says it is OK:JoggingFootballGolfBalletWeight liftingLeg lifts when lying on your stomachSit-ups with straight legs (rather than bent knees)The following steps can prevent neck pain or help your neck pain improve:Use relaxation techniques and regular exercise to prevent stress and tension to the neck muscles.Learn stretching exercises for your neck and upper body. Stretch every day, especially before and after exercise. A physical therapist can teach you these exercises.Use good posture, especially if you sit at a desk all day. Keep your back supported. Adjust your computer monitor to eye level. This prevents you from continually looking up or down.If you work at a computer, stretch your neck every hour or so.Use a headset when on the telephone, especially if answering or using the phone is a main part of your job.When reading or typing from documents at your desk, place them in a holder at eye level.Evaluate your sleeping conditions. Make sure your pillow is properly and comfortably supporting your head and neck. You may need a special neck pillow. Make sure your mattress is firm enough.Use seat belts and bike helmets to prevent injuries.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalSeek medical help right away if:You have a fever and headache, and your neck is so stiff that you cannot touch your chin to your chest. This may be meningitis. Call your local emergency number (such as 911) or get to a hospital.You have symptoms of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or arm or jaw pain.Call your health care provider if:Symptoms do not go away in 1 week with self careYou have numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or handYour neck pain was caused by a fall, blow, or injury — if you cannot move your arm or hand, have someone call 911You have swollen glands or a lump in your neckYour pain does not go away with regular doses of over-the-counter pain medicationYou have difficulty swallowing or breathing along with the neck painThe pain gets worse when you lie down or wakes you up at nightYour pain is so severe that you cannot get comfortableYou lose control over urination or bowel movementsWhat to Expect at Your Office VisitadvertisementYour doctor or nurse will perform a physical exam and ask about your neck pain, including how often it occurs and how much it hurts. Other questions may include:Is your pain in the front, back, or side of your neck?Are both sides of your neck affected equally?When did the pain first develop?Is it painful all the time or does the pain come and go?Can you touch your chin to your chest?What makes your neck feel worse? What makes your neck feel better?Do you have neck weakness or neck stiffness?Do you have any accompanying symptoms like numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or hand?Do you have swollen glands or a lump in your neck?Your answers helpthe doctor determine the cause of your neck pain and whether it is likely to quickly get better with simple measures such as ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy, and proper exercises. Most of the time, neck pain will get better in 4to 6 weeks using these approaches.Your doctor or nurse will probably not order any tests during the first visit, unless you have symptoms or a medical history that suggests a tumor, infection, fracture, or serious nerve disorder. In that case, the following tests may be done:X-rays of the neckCT scan of the neck or headBlood tests such as a complete blood count (CBC)MRI of the neckIf the pain is due to muscle spasm or a pinched nerve, your health care provider may prescribe a muscle relaxantor a more powerful pain reliever. Over-the-counter medications often work as well as prescription drugs. The health care provider may prescribe a neck collar or, if there is nerve damage, refer you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon for consultation.If your doctor or nurse thinks your neck pain may be due to meningitis, you will be sent to an emergency department for further tests and treatment.ReferencesCheng JS, McGirt MJ, Degin C. Neck pain. In: In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al., eds. Kellys Textbook of Rheumotology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 45.Devereaux MW. Neck pain. Med Clin North Am. 2009;93:273-284.Gross A, Miller J, DSylva J, et al. Manipulation or mobilisation for neck pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Jan 20;(1):CD004249.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more