SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE ACTION TO TACKLE NUISANCE CALLERS IN DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has pushed for the Scottish Government to act to tackle nuisance calls and texts, following a debate in Holyrood.Elaine has demanded that the Scottish Government commits to using certified companies and publishes an action plan for working to target nuisance calls in Dumfries & Galloway.According to research by Ofcom, more than eight in 10 people in the UK received nuisance calls on their landline over a one month period.Consumer organisation Which?’s research found that a quarter (23%) of Scottish consumers have received an unwanted call but have not reported it, stating that they don’t know where to complain.Eight in 10 Scottish people (81%) support greater accountability over nuisance calls by directors being personally fined if their company breaks the rules.One particular issue raised in Which’s petition feedback is the Government’s Green Deal scheme on energy efficiency, with many respondents subject to persistent unwanted calls promoting the issue.Dr Murray believes that the Scottish Government must do more to make sure that future programmes such as these do no not end up in the hands of marketing agencies.Scottish Labour have used a Holyrood debate to push for the Scottish Government to publish an action plan on the issue, including ensuring that efforts to tackle unwanted calls are included in procurement procedures, particularly making sure that agencies acting on the government’s behalf and promoting government schemes are Telephone Preference Service (TPS) Assured. Additionally, they have called on the Government to undertake a privacy impact assessment before launching new projects.Major companies like SSE and BT have pledged their support to support Which’s campaign by making a public commitment to tackle nuisance calls.Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:“I know from my own surgeries that nuisance calls and texts are a huge issue for people in our local area, infringing on their privacy and making daily life a misery, particularly for older and more vulnerable members of the community.“National consumer research shows huge frustration and many simply do not know what action they can take.“The truth is that there are plenty of steps that the Scottish Government can do to help tackle unwanted calls – the first being to ensure that companies they are working with through procurement are assured through the Telephone Preference Service.“There are a number of recommendations from consumer organisations which the Scottish Government can implement. It’s time for them to look at this issue affecting people right here in Dumfries & Galloway, and publish an action plan setting out exactly what it will do to tackle nuisance calls.”That the Parliament notes the aims of Consumer Association’s campaign, Calling Time on Nuisance Calls and Texts; understands that a report published in Which? suggested that eight in 10 people find such calls and texts a disturbance to their daily lives; believes that they can be particularly distressing for older people, including those in Rutherglen, Cambuslang and Blantyre, and notes the campaign’s aims, which include making senior executives more responsible for the actions of their companies, the introduction of mandatory caller identification to make it easier for consumers to report companies and the assessment of how data is collected, used and traded.Sourcelast_img read more

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Nurse Grethel Peters-Magloire receives Nurse of the Biennium Award

first_img Share Share HealthLocalNews Nurse Grethel Peters-Magloire receives Nurse of the Biennium Award by: – August 27, 2018 705 Views   4 comments Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Mrs Magloire (L) presented with award by Mrs Terrilia Ravalier Acting Principal Nursing Officer (R)Press ReleaseDominica Nurses Association (DNA) is pleased to announce Family Nurse Practitioner Grethel Peters-Magloire as the 2016 – 2018 Nurse of the Biennium. She was presented with the second Elaine Pringle Award during the association’s 61 st anniversary celebration at the Scotts Head Gospel Mission Church yesterday. This award also means that Mrs Magloire will go on to be the recipient of a Caribbean Nurses Organization Award given to member country’s Nurse of the Biennium at its upcoming 31 st conference in Barbados, this October. Nurse Magloire was nominated among three Registered Nurses by a team of Senior Community Health Nurses. She emerged the awardee as a result of her demonstration of excellence and professionalism in nursing practice and leadership in her professional organization.Mrs Magloire has been a nurse for 30 years. She is a disciplined, self-motivated and committed community nurse whose passion for professional development and nursing service saw her rise from Nursing Assistant to Registered Nurse to Midwife and to her career dream – Family Nurse Practitioner. She holds an Associate and Bachelor Degree in Nursing and a Master Degree in Advanced Nursing, the latter two from the University of the West Indies. The DNA executive thanks Nurse Magloire for her dedicated and sacrificial nursing service of love and congratulates her on being the recipient of Nurse of the Biennium – Elaine Pringle Award. Nurse Practitioner, Grethel Peter-Maglore hails from the Marigot Health District where she currently serves. The first recipient of the Elaine Pringle Award was Nurse Jessica Cuffy-David.last_img read more

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Team SA profile: Cameron van der Burgh

first_img10 July 2012The South African team for the 2012 London Olympic Games includes one swimmer who is a world record holder in long course events: Cameron van der Burgh, the fastest breaststroke swimmer ever over 50 metres.The current South African swimmer of the year, his consistently high class performances have also been recognised by Swimming World Magazine, which has named Van der Burgh its African Swimmer of the Year for 2009, 2010 and 2011.A look at his international record confirms that he is a world-class talent with the ability to step onto the Olympic podium in London.Aged 24, Van der Burgh has been competing internationally since 2007 and has achieved notable successes on the world stage since then.World Championships bronzeThat year, he competed in the Fina World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne and was immediately among the medal winners, claiming bronze in the 50 metres after swimming the fastest time of the event in the heats of 27.49 seconds.He also shone at the All Africa Games in Algiers in July, doing the double in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.In 2008, Van der Burgh excelled on the Fina World Cup circuit and followed in the footsteps of Ryk Neethling by becoming the overall World Cup winner.During the 2008 series, he broke three short-course world records. He also became the first man to crack the 26-second barrier in the 50m when he won in Stockholm in a sensational time of 25.94.The 100 metres record had stood behind the name of Ed Moses since 2002, but the South African ace lowered that record from 57.47 to 56.88 seconds.10 victoriesHe finished the series with 12 medals in total, 10 of which were gold, with the other two being bronze medals.At the short course World Championships in Manchester, he placed third in the 50m and won silver in the 100m.At the Beijing Olympics, Vand er Burgh recorded an African record of 59.96sec in the 100m heats, which was the fifth fastest time. He was, however, a little off song in the semi-finals and missed out on the finals by one place.His best year, though, was to follow in 2009 and the highlight of his year came in Rome at the 13th Fina World Championships.Competing in the 100 metres first, he swam an African record 59.54 seconds in the heats. He then improved that mark to 59.13 in the semi-finals, which was the second fastest time.In the final, he cracked the 59-second barrier, clocking 58.95, but had to settle for bronze in another African record.World Championships 50 metresThe best was yet to come for van der Burgh, however, in the 50 metres. He set a championship record and African record in the heats, breaking 27 seconds in a time of 26.92.He went even faster in the semi-finals, establishing a world record of 27.74sec to claim his place in the final.Once more, with medals up for grabs, Van der Burgh rose to the challenge and improved on his own world record to capture gold in 26.67 seconds, a mark that stands to this day and is unlikely to be challenged any time soon given the change in regulations regarding swimsuits since that time.In November, he repeated as the overall winner of the Fina World Cup Series, despite being challenged by fellow South African Roland Schoeman in the 50 metres, with Schoeman twice managing to defeat the world record holder.South African flag carrierHe captured two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he had the honour of carrying the South African flag, defeating a strong challenge from traditional powerhouse Australia, taking the 50m in 27.18 and the 100m in 1:00.10.There was further World Championships success in 2010 for Van der Burgh in Dubai when he claimed gold in the 100m in 56.80sec and silver in the 50m in 26.03sec.Last year, in 2011, Van der Burgh did the double of 50m and 100m golds at the All Africa Games in Maputo, winning both titles with some ease. He also picked up two bronze medals at the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: Mum key to Gabriel Jesus scoring form

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: Mum key to Gabriel Jesus scoring formby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was pleased for Gabriel Jesus after his brace in victory over Everton.The Brazilian looked a more confident player than he did earlier in the season and the 21-year-old put that down to the support of his family. His mother has joined him in Manchester while other family members have also been visiting.Guardiola said: “To have his family here is so important and I think it’s going to help him.”We can’t forget that football players are human beings and there are many players who have the talent but are in bad, bad form because of personal issues – maybe getting divorced, things not going well at home, problems with their mum, dad, whatever.”That can influence things a lot on the pitch, more than people can imagine or expect and sometimes we don’t know it.”That’s why Gabriel has that feeling that, with his family here, he will be calmer, better. It’s good to have your family there. I could not live without my family.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoInter Milan coach Conte raps Italian media: Stop obsessing about tactics

first_imgInter Milan coach Conte raps Italian media: Stop obsessing about tacticsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte has told the Italian media to stop obsessing about tactics.Conte has hit out at the criticism of pundits.“Do they say that I’m more a League coach than a European one? You live by clichés…” said Conte.“As long as someone says something on TV, everyone goes after it. I’ve played in three Champions Leagues, but I always did so with new creations…“Instead, others have with teams who are already established. That’s what we can say to pundits. Everyone here thinks I win whatever I touch, but it’s not true.“Only in Italy are we fixated on formations. I’ve coached in England and they don’t give a damn over there.“I want to see bravery and intensity, the things we’re trying to propose. The rest is all rubbish.“Modern football evolves and you have to keep up with the times, even those who coached before and saw things differently.“Enthusiasm isn’t tied to results but rather what we’re trying to do. Rome was not built in a day.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoEverton U23 boss Unsworth: Baningime finding his form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton U23 boss Unsworth: Baningime finding his formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton U23 boss David Unsworth admits they are having to ‘rebuild’ midfielder Beni Baningime’s game.A summer switch to Denmark, with Brondby and Silkeborg both said to be interested, fell through after talks stalled and Baningime has started the season with Unsworth’s under-23 side.The Congo-born starlet joined Wigan Athletic on loan in January but made just one appearance before returning to Merseyside and has not featured for Everton’s senior side since the draw at Swansea in 2018 when Sam Allardyce was manager.”I think he’s getting back to the levels he was at,” Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo.”He had a disappointing season last year which happens sometimes. We have to rebuild him and we’re certainly rebuilding him.”The good thing about Beni is the foundations are solid and he’s a great kid. He just needs game-time. He didn’t have a lot of that last year for whatever reason but that’s gone now.” last_img read more

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Manny Machado Picked A Great Time To Have His Best Season

Machado is one of the modern era’s best hitting trade targetsBest pre-trade weighted runs created plus (wRC+) for players who were traded at the deadline, 1975-2018 C. Beltran2011MetsGiants150 It’s been a truly miserable summer for baseball in Baltimore. Not only do the Orioles currently have MLB’s worst record, but according to the FiveThirtyEight projections, they are also on pace to lose a staggering 111 games this season. That’s so bad, it would put them in the same company as such notably putrid clubs as the 2003 Tigers (119 losses), 2013 Astros and 2004 Diamondbacks (111 losses apiece). Not even Buck Showalter’s magical managerial touch could save the Orioles from their wretched fate. (Not that they necessarily want to be saved.)Amid such horrors, there has been one bright spot in the form of shortstop Manny Machado. Through Wednesday’s games, Machado has 23 home runs (sixth most in the American League) with a .314/.383/.573 slash line. That helps make him the AL’s seventh-best hitter so far this season according to weighted runs created plus (wRC+), which measures run production relative to the league on a per-plate appearance basis. Not only is it a massive improvement over the disappointing stats Machado put up a year ago, but it represents the best hitting season of his entire career to date.Machado picked a great time to put up career numbers, since he’s set to be a free agent after the season. And it’s good for the Orioles, too, though they’ll miss their star player. When Machado is inevitably traded before the July 31 deadline, he’ll command plenty in return, even if he’s just a three-month rental for a World Series contender.But it’s tough to say Machado isn’t worth the ransom — he’s having one of the best seasons by a trade-deadline target in modern history. Going back to the dawn of the free-agent era in 1975, here is how Machado compares to the top performances by batters who were traded at the deadline,1We also included Marlins’ catcher J.T. Realmuto, whom MLB Trade Rumors has listed among the players most likely to be dealt at this year’s deadline in addition to Machado. in terms of their wRC+ for the team doing the trading: R. Henderson1993AthleticsBlue Jays182 In essence, Machado switching teams is as a big a deal as the A’s trading Mark McGwire at the 1997 deadline. (That one worked out pretty well for the Cardinals, too, with one major caveat.) Machado might not be the best fit for every contender, with questions about his defense at short and his reported unwillingness to switch positions in order to fit better with a potential trade suitor.2Maybe that stance makes sense in the free agent market, since shortstop is considered a premium defensive position. Then again, shortstops don’t seem to be paid more than other positions. But in terms of raw hitting, Machado is making the most of his walk year, and his bat could make a real difference for a top-shelf team looking for that extra edge in October — regardless of whether that team is willing to re-sign him for an increasingly exorbitant price this winter.Check out our latest MLB predictions. J.D. Martinez2017TigersD-Backs160 G. Berroa1997AthleticsOrioles145 PlayerYearTraded fromToPre-Trade wRC+Stayed w/ Acquiring Team? M. Teixeira2008BravesAngels136 M. McGwire1997AthleticsCardinals156✓ G. Parra2015BrewersOrioles138 B. Bonilla1995MetsOrioles154✓ M. Ramirez2008Red SoxDodgers141✓ C. Floyd2002MarlinsExpos147 K. Phelps1988MarinersYankees170✓ O. Gamble1979RangersYankees160✓ J. Guillen2003RedsAthletics159 H. Baines1989White SoxRangers157✓ X. Nady2008PiratesYankees142✓ S. Hairston2009PadresAthletics143 S. Pearce2016RaysOrioles147 Stats through July 10.Machado and Realmuto are both listed among MLB Trade Rumors’ top 10 2018 trade targets.Source: FanGraphs, MLB Trade Rumors M. Machado2018Orioles?155? F. McGriff2001Devil RaysCubs139✓ J.T. Realmuto2018Marlins?149? read more

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Podcast Hello CARMELO Bunched NFL Wins And A Startup Hockey League

Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Oct. 20, 2015), Chadwick Matlin is on vacation, so Slate’s Mike Pesca sits in as we discuss what our new CARMELO basketball projections can tell us about the upcoming NBA season, why only 10 NFL teams have winning records and what that says about parity, and whether the National Women’s Hockey League will learn the lessons of other startup leagues. Plus, a Significant Digit on the Mets’ Daniel Murphy and his postseason hot streak.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Are NFL wins weirdly bunched? read more

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Beside The Points For Monday April 9 2018

Big Number(s)46 percentThere are only six teams who are on the bubble for a playoff spot in the NBA right now. Three of them are effective locks; the Spurs, Jazz and Thunder each have a higher-than-97 percent chance of making the postseason. This leaves three teams jockeying for two playoff spots. The Pelicans and Timberwolves are in the best position, each projected to finish 47-35 and each with just over an 80 percent chance of getting in. But there’s still hope for the Denver Nuggets, who have a 46 percent chance of making the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackchris.herring:Shoutout to @kyle’s timing this year. He’s had at least 3 stories in which a team or a player had a huge win that same night. Jokic last night, Blazers a couple weeks back. Good stuff, man.Predictions NBA Things That Caught My EyeWoods and Nicklaus are the only draws in golfTiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are the only two players where high finishes have a statistically significant effect on Sunday ratings for the Masters tournament. When Tiger finished in the top 10, the average rating was a 10.0, and when Jack finished in the top ten the average rating was a 9.5. [FiveThirtyEight]When Dinosaurs Ruled The EarthThe fullback position is a tough one in the NFL these days. For college fullbacks, they’ve got to make an argument they can also contribute considerably on special teams lest teams overlook them in the draft. This is just part of the position; fullbacks averaged 182.4 plays per season last year, while offenses averaged 1,015.7 snaps per season, meaning you’re only going to see a fullback on offense 18 percent of the time. With a 53-man roster, that’s a tough sell. [ESPN]Sleep; it’s important!I don’t mean to blow your mind with science, but athletes need adequate sleep in order to perform at their peak performance levels. Due to the nature of the NBA schedule and also the width of America, that isn’t always feasible. There were 54 games this NBA season where one team faced a significant competitive disadvantage because of scheduling. For instance, the Denver Nuggets played in Memphis, then left immediately and traveled overnight, then lost an hour en route to Cleveland where they played their third game in five days. Indeed, the Nuggets have been the victims of these “schedule alert” games more than any other team, six of the 54 total games. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Big Ten lost in Frozen FourThe Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs best out Notre Dame this past weekend to win the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament. They were the distinct underdogs; Minnesota Duluth spent just $655,000 on men’s hockey to Notre Dame’s $1.6 million. [ESPN]College Football Playoff probably happens without a Big 12 teamWith Oklahoma sending Baker Mayfield to the NFL, the Big 12 will see its chances of sending a team to the College Football Playoff slashed to 26 percent, lower than any of the other Power 5 conferences. Part of this is that the Big 12 lives and dies based on Oklahoma’s disproportionate performance. The SEC has an 84 percent chance of sending at least one team to the playoff, the Big Ten has an 80 percent shot and the ACC has a 65 percent chance. [ESPN]Cavs should consider preventing the other team from scoring so muchThe Cleveland Cavaliers would ideally prefer to make the NBA Finals, but they have a tough time preventing the other team from scoring the ball a lot, a strategy that other teams have taken to calling “defense.” Yes, interfering with the capacity of opponents to score is, for 28 other teams, a higher priority than for the Cavs and their 29th ranked defense. If they want to beat the Raptors, Celtics or Sixers — again, all who make any attempt, however small, to stop the other team from getting points — LeBron James should consider it! [ESPN] See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetThis is a pro-Nikola Jokic zone haters go elsewhere We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more

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Guardiola wants to prove himself

first_imgManchester City has gotten two consecutive defeats in the English Premier League and now will visit Southampton to end the yearManchester City lost 3-2 against Crystal Palace on December 22nd and then was defeated 2-1 by Leicester City on the 26th.This was the first time the Citizens have gotten back-to-back loses in this English Premier League season.And for manager Pep Guardiola, tomorrow’s game against Southampton will be a chance to prove himself.“I don’t like the situation but its common in football. I’ll prove myself to help them (the squad) to help each other. We move forward,” he told the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I don’t have the secrets to know what will happen in the future but I try to make the situation more general, it’s a challenge for me.”“There is a lot of work and I accept the situation,” Guardiola added.“I know my players and I won’t doubt them for a second. I know what they have to do.”“I never point to finger, I look in the mirror and instead say what can I do to help them,” he commented.“They are heroes for me. Nothing is going to change.”last_img read more

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