Vicky Phelan wants public service managers to be made accountable

first_imgLinkedin Email WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook NewsHealthVicky Phelan wants public service managers to be made accountableBy Bernie English – October 17, 2018 2339 TAGSCervical CheckhealthLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Printcenter_img TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleJoe Coleman breaks the rapids with a remarkable new bookNext articleLIVESTREAM: County SFC and JAFC Finals Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Vicky PhelanPhotographer – Paul Sherwood [email protected] LIMERICK woman who exposed the CervicalCheck scandal says that new laws are needed to enshrine management-level accountability in the public service.Vicky Phelan was speaking at the launch this week of a new support group set up with Lorraine Walsh and Stephen Teap, named 221+ after the number of women who have been affected by false-negative smears and withheld information.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The three were on hand for the launch of the new group at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.Ms Phelan said she did not want to see a commission of investigation “as it would drag on for years and no-one would be accountable in the end. “We’re living in a country where people can get away with things at a management level and not be held accountable,” said Ms Phelan, who exposed the issue by refusing to sign a confidentiality agreement on getting a court settlement against the US laboratory which read the failed smear tests.“Until we start fighting and jumping up and down to try to get it, we’re not going to get accountability. We can’t sack people in this country.”The mother-of-two said that if the campaign she started helps other victims, that gives her a sense of purpose.She also paid tribute to her fellow campaigners. “There isn’t a chance in hell that I would be standing here without Stephan Teap and the other women and families who have been affected by this”, she said.  221+ will offer an opportunity for those affected by the scandal to support each other as well as advocate for change in the health service. “One of the things I will be looking at is legislation for accountability, not just in the health sector but across the public sector and the civil service because we just don’t have it in this country,” she said.Meanwhile, the proposed establishment of a private tribunal to deal with claims arising from the CervicalCheck scandal received a cautious welcome from the 221+ group although it was disappointed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s commitment to a “totally non-adversarial” process was not followed through.The tribunal, similar to court proceedings but held behind closed doors, was proposed by Judge Charles Meenan in a Government-commissioned report.Ms Phelan urged Health Minister Simon Harris to provide assurances on how the adversarial nature of such a process can be minimised.”Her solicitor Cian O’Carroll, who is also representing several other of the women affected by the scandal, said it added to the choice of options open to his clients.“The problem is the tribunal is in private and it shields the State and labs from the public knowing about negligent errors. Women must also prove their case in an adversarial system,” he said. Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

The People, Businesses and Technology Making AI a Reality

first_imgCan you imagine going under the knife only to find out afterwards you didn’t actually need surgery? I recently heard a story of a woman who had a lump removed from her breast that was benign. I was shocked. But after some research, I discovered it’s not uncommon.Even today, with all the technological advancements, unnecessary surgeries happen. About 90 percent of breast lump removals are discovered to be unnecessary. The good news is that technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) now exist to help solve these problems. Doctors like Manisha Bahl at Massachusetts General Hospital have shown that these unnecessary surgeries could be reduced by nearly one-third by using machine learning.It’s true. AI is real and widespread.AI innovation is happening everywhere, not just in healthcare. Approximately 71 percent of companies said they had already implemented AI or were planning to implement AI in the next 12 months.[1] The chart shows the responses from 2,106 data and analytics technology decision makers at global organizations.Source: Forrester Data Global Technographics Data & Analytics Survey, 2017.We wanted to better understand how AI impacts companies, their lines of business, and the IT department. So, we commissioned Forrester Consulting to help us answer these questions with primary research. The details and findings formed the basis of a Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper on the topic.What’s clear is that the world is no longer waiting for Silicon Valley to develop an all-in-one solution to solve their problems. Individuals and organizations are using new foundational technology to innovate with AI on their own. Foundational technology such as 3D printing is democratizing manufacturing and improving product development. Connected IoT devices are now ubiquitous, and generating lots of raw data. Powerful new 4-socket servers with serial and parallel processing are used to digest massive amounts of data to compute insights in real-time. These technologies are now accessible to everyone, not just the huge research institutions or Fortune 50 companies.Organizations are using AI to better understand their customers and develop better products. In the next 12 months, 54 percent of companies are planning to use AI to deliver a better customer experience.[2] Across the globe, in every vertical, individuals and organizations are innovating with AI and its applications – machine learning and deep learning.HEALTHCARECould AI replace your doctor? Maybe. AI isn’t replacing everything your doctor does. The hospital of the future isn’t going to run itself. Similar to manufacturing, the advancements in healthcare appear to be focused on repetitive tasks and variability reduction. Let’s look at an example.The human eye is fallible. Doctors have human eyes. Even a handful of the best doctors can look at the same medical image and come to different conclusions. The question is how often does this happen? In 1959, a ground-breaking article cited that radiologists missed approximately 30% of positive findings.[3] More than five decades later, numerous studies still confirm the discrepancy of radiologic interpretations.[4]Enter the digital eye powered by AI. The digital eye is already better than the human eye in many areas. In fact, the accuracy of the digital eye is expected to further extend its lead on the human eye.[5] These improvements will continue to advance radiology, pathology, dermatology, and ophthalmology precision.At Stanford University, researchers are using the digital eye. They have created an AI algorithm to identify skin cancer. Human skin is full of lesions that are non-cancerous. Lesions like freckles, moles, and skin tags are very common and benign. It can be difficult to spot the cancerous ones. The Stanford researchers trained their deep learning algorithm with 130,000 images. What they found was that their algorithm’s efficiency at diagnosing skin cancer is similar to a doctor’s.MANUFACTURINGWhen Henry Ford radically changed how cars were built, humans performed almost every task, sometimes with mind-numbing repetition. Today, robots perform many of these sequences in a pre-programmed path. They do it with precision and without complaints. But, there are still problems to solve and efficiencies to gain, leading some to believe the days of the “dumb” factory are numbered.[6] The factory of the future will be smart and run itself with predictive maintenance, yield enhancements, and automated quality testing.The benefits of AI go beyond manufacturing operations. AI used in manufacturing business processes can have dramatic impacts, too. In fact, McKinsey believes there are huge advantages to an AI-enhanced supply chain:Forecasting errors can be reduced by as much as 50 percentLost sales from out-of-stock products can be reduced by up to 65 percentInventory stockpiles can be reduced by 20 percent to 50 percentHOSPITALITYIn 2005, Ritz-Carlton launched a central system to help deliver flawless and memorable customer service. They named it “Mystique” and it made staff observations about guests at one hotel available to all of its properties. Mystique solved a problem of information sharing across its 60 hotel properties. When hotel staff learned something new about a guest (like their preference for Diet Coke), they would enter it into Mystique. The company’s goal was to note five preferences about each guest.[7] When the guest returned to any Ritz-Carlton, the hotel staff would satisfy at least three or more of these preferences.More than a decade after the launch of “Mystique,” today’s traveler demands this across the hospitality industry. They expect hotels to know everything about them – what they like and what they don’t – and to accommodate and tailor messages around it. This goes beyond the size of the bed, preferred floor, and feather or foam pillows. Promotional emails no longer have to offer golf packages to those who don’t play golf. Customers want to see offers that appeal to their tastes, not the one-size-fits-all messages of the past. AI is helping do that by tapping into data sources like social media.Is your company completely ready for AI? Probably not.CIOs must emerge as the leader on AI for the entire business. The AI research we commissioned Forrester to execute revealed that there are numerous uncoordinated AI projects happening across the company. Lines-of-business leaders initiated most AI deployment efforts. Often, they engage IT for support. But, approximately 15% to 20% of time, IT is completely in-the-dark. Why?There is little doubt that IT is best positioned to lead all AI projects across the company. In fact, involving IT has compounding AI benefits. Companies that involve IT are 3x more likely to adopt machine learning platforms and 2x as likely to adopt deep learning platforms. On the other side of the equation, firms with lines of business who go it alone explore and adopt about half the number of AI building blocks.At least part of the reason why lines-of-business are bypassing IT is the lack of a modernized data center. IT owns the technology infrastructure, data, and software applications. IT is best positioned to serve as a hub for all AI initiatives and can connect to outside data sources and interconnect internal data sources across business units. But, the reality is that most data centers are not ready for AI initiatives. Respondents stated that some of their most challenging infrastructure issues for AI strategies were around server automation and security. Plus, 61% said they lacked servers with purpose-built processors like GPUs and FPGAs.How to prepare for AI initiatives in the data centerWe asked Forrester to put together a checklist to help CIOs lead AI in their company. It’s a great place to start because it includes strategic, tactical, and practical guidance backed by data. Some of the recommendations focus on the organization. Some focus on modernizing the infrastructure.Modernized infrastructure to support AI usually starts with new servers. It’s critical that these new servers support GPUs and FPGAs. CPUs are great for serial processing. GPUs and FPGAs are great for parallel processing. When computational tasks can be performed in parallel, the server offloads them to the GPU or FPGA. This frees up the CPU and is the key to cut learning times down from days and weeks to minutes and hours.Just a few short years ago, servers with specialized parallel processing capabilities were limited. These server platforms were expensive and so were the GPUs they needed. Today, things are different. The Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio is packed with servers that are purpose-built to handle AI and machine learning. Late last year, we rolled out the PowerEdge C4140, which is an ultra-dense, accelerator optimized platform that can support 2 CPUs and 2 GPUs in a 1U space. Today, we further extend our commitment to AI with the announcement of two new 4-socket servers.The PowerEdge R840 is a dense, 2U platform with support for up to 4 Intel CPUs and up to 2 GPUs or up to 2 FPGAs. It’s geared to turbocharge data analytics with its flexible performance and capacity options including a 24 NVMe drive configuration and significant storage space.The PowerEdge R940xa is a 4U platform built for extreme acceleration. It supports a 1:1 CPU to GPU ratio with up to 4 Intel CPUs and up to 4 GPUs or up to 8 FPGAs. Large internal storage (with up to 32 drives) provides an alternative to rising cloud fees and security risks.These servers are only a small portion of the PowerEdge portfolio. You can check out all of them all by visiting and learn more at[1] Forrester Data Global Technographics Data & Analytics Survey, 2017.[2] Source: A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell EMC, January 2018.[3] Garland LH. Studies on the accuracy of diagnostic procedures.[4] Berlin L. Accuracy of diagnostic procedures: has it improved over the past five decades? AJR 2007; 188:1173–1178.[5] Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare: Separating Reality From Hype, March 13, 2018. Forbes. Accessed April 24, 2018.[6] Teaming humans with robotic AI will remake modern manufacturing, September 11, 2017. Engadget. Accessed April 24, 2018.[7] Technology Invades Hospitality Industry: Hilton Robot, Domino Delivery Droid, Ritz-Carlton Mystique, March 18, 2016. Forbes. Accessed April 24, 2018. read more

Video:Braithwaite mocks shameful moment during Barca unveiling

first_imgBarcelona forward Martin Braithwaite has addressed his embarrassing attempt at keepy uppies during his unveiling at Camp Nou with a new video from isolation.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole MovieBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts Martin Braithwaite attempts some keepy ups in his back garden during isolationThe striker signed in February after Barca were granted an emergency exception with long-term injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele. But when he was put in front of the cameras for the first time the 28-year-old cracked under the pressure.The striker attempted a series of tricks which he was unable to pull off leading to many fans mocking him on social media.After those efforts failed he proceeded to casually dribble the ball backwards and forwards.The Danish striker has been working on his skills since his embarrassing unveiling at BarcelonaBut now Braithwaite has redeemed himself with a video of him practicing in isolation as the football season continues to be disrupted by coronavirus.The forward captioned the post: ‘THIS is how it was meant to go…’This time Braithwaite was able to flick the ball over his head and control it with ease.center_img Read Also: Coronavirus: Ronaldo set to lose £8.4m from Juventus contractPerhaps there was less pressure in his garden than there was in one of the most famous grounds in world football.Braithwaite isn’t the only footballer to have been keeping himself busy during the indefinite break.Several stars have attempted ‘stay at home’ challenges with the likes of Lionel Messi doing keepie uppies with a roll of toilet paper while Paul Pogba took part in pram racing with his wife.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Muire GAA News:Lotto (08/07/15): Is iad 17-18-20-21 na huimhreacha a tháinig amach. Níor imigh an pota óir agus ní raibh trí uimhir ag duine ar bith. Beidh €1,220 sa phota an tseachtain seo chugainn. There are still a few places left in the Naomh Muire 100+Club and for €20 a month you could share in the €1,400 monthly prize money. Please contact coordinator Dónal Ó’Searcaigh 086 3189331 if you are interested. Hard luck to our club player Saoirse Bonner and the Donegal U-14 team who lost out to Tipperary in the All Ireland final replay in Tuam on Saturday. The club are mighty proud of Saoirse on her achievements to date as a Club & County player and we have no doubt Saoirse’s name will featured on future Donegal teams.Again our Saoirse’s0 Army Supporters Bus made the Journey to Tuam and the wee girls cheered to the final whistle for Saoirse and the Donegal Girls.Our Senior ladies were defeated by Dungloe in the 2nd leg of the quarter finals of the Donegal Junior A championship in the Banks on Sunday.Due to a higher score difference over the two legs we push on to the county semi finals where our opponents will be Buncrana. Our minors (ladies) play this Thursday against Cloich Cheann Fhaola in Falcarrach at 7pm. The under 16 leagues (ladies) start on the 21st July. U-12 Blitz day is now changed to the 25th July, venue tbc.Ticket distribution will take place on Thursday 16th in the Clubhouse from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Club Donegal gear and remaining membership cards can also be collected at that time.The bus for the Ulster final will leave Annagry car park at 08:30am. This will get everyone up in time to watch the minor final.Our seniors had a disappointing result in Bundoran on Saturday evening where the home team collected the league points. The reserves continued their fine run of form with another excellent win in the earlier game on Saturday evening. Both teams are in league action again this weekend when we welcome C.L.G. Naomh Columba to the Banks. Please see website/facebook/twitter for more details. Website:, Twitter: @naomhmuireThe club held a very successful U-10 blitz on Saturday. A great day’s fun was had by all. Thanks to everyone who helped out with preparing and supplying the food for the day. Thanks also to CL.G. An Chlochán Leith and C.L.G. na gCeithre Maistrí for contributing to a great day for the children.The first Cúl Camp to be held at the club is underway this week (13th – 17th July).GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE SENIOR LADIES FACE BUNCRANA IN COUNTY SEMI-FINAL was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:GAANAOMH MUIRENoticesSportlast_img read more