first_imgMr Murphy, rightTHE Manager of Letterkenny General Hospital has today apologised for further delays in the Emergency Department today.“Letterkenny General Hospital remains very busy today,” said Sean Murphy.“A lot of emergency admissions over the past few days and high bed occupancy levels are still causing delays in moving patients from the Emergency Department to the wards. “LGH would ask the public for their understanding for any delays that may occur while it responds to the current workload and to avoid attending the Emergency Department today if at all possible. Patients are asked to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance.“The hospital is taking all steps to deal with the situation,” he added.Yesterday staff contacted Donegal Daily to say there weren’t enough staff to cope .  LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL MANAGER APOLOGISES FOR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT CHAOS was last modified: May 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:crisisemergency departmentLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

Triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary targets personal best in London Olympics

first_imgWinning an Olympic medal is always an arduous task and for India, a track and field medal is something that still remains elusive.Renjith Maheshwary is aware of the challenges in front of him. While a medal at the Olympics would be the biggest achievement for the triple jumper, Renjith’s personal goal would be to better his own performance and leave the rest to luck.In the last couple of years, Renjith’s performance has gone down, but the Kerala jumper is known to rise to the occasion as he did at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.Coming into the Commonwealth Games, Renjith did not have the best of marks but when at the competition, he leapt 17.07 to bag the bronze medal.Over the past eight years, Renjith has been in the vicinity of the 16m mark, although he did come up with efforts of 17.04m in 2007 and 17.07m in 2010.He qualified for the London Olympics in April this year at the Federation Cup in Patiala with a leap of 16.85m. However, there was not much for him to boast of after that and he hasn’t been part of many competitions after that.At the Olympics, however, the stakes are higher and one small mistake can cost an athlete a medal.At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the gold medal went to Portuguese Nelson Evora with a jump of 17.67m, while Leevan Sands of Bahamas took the bronze with a 17.59m leap.Renjith hopes to cross the 17m mark at the Olympics and according to reports, he says, 17.30m is a possibility with a 22-stride run-up. Only time will tell if that effort will be good enough to get him a medal in London, if he manages to achieve that.advertisementThe triple jumper has been in Italy for some time now and expects to come good when the actual competition begins on August 7.There were questions regarding his preparation and fitness for the Olympics, but Renjith answered them in the best possible way with a 16.45m in mere nine strides this week.Thereafter, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) could not do much but give clearance to Renjith for the London Games. Expecting a medal would be too much of an ask from Renjith, or from any track and field athlete, but an improved performance could pave the way for better things.rahul.rawat @ mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Poorly-organised felicitation function at National Stadium in Delhi mars Olympic celebrations

first_imgAn event meant to honour India’s Olympic heroes turned out to be chaotic. It was an eventful day for London medal winners who hopped from one function to the other, but the felicitation by the Sports Ministry at the National Stadium left a lot to be desired.It had all the makings of a hastily arranged programme without much thought going into it. One wondered why the stadium was not used for the venue, and instead a makeshift dais was put up near the gate. Hundreds of people strolled in without any security checks, making it a nightmare for police officials. Youngsters enrolled in the “Come and play scheme” of the Sports Authority of India and schoolchildren were called to attend the function. Besides, fans got too close to the dais, giving security officials a headache.Many of the athletes who were part of the India’s Olympic contingent had no place to sit and even the coaches were left to rue the mismanagement. Boxers Vijender Kumar and Manoj Kumar left in a huff while the hockey team quietly moved to a corner.”This isn’t the way to organise an event of this scale. We were felicitated after the Commonwealth Games at the same venue but that happened inside the stadium not in an open area like this,” said one of the athletes, part of India’s contingent in London.”It was a completely chaotic function. This could have been a security issue for everyone present here,” he added.Silver medallists Sushil Kumar and Vijay Kumar, bronze medal winners Yogeshwar, Saina Nehwal, MC Mary Kom and Gagan Narang all wore broad smiles as they were greeted by ministry officials. They were later taken in open jeeps to the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Indian Gate where they paid floral tributes to the martyrs. All the while the crowd followed them along with a strong media contingent.advertisementAt the stadium, Maken handed cheques of Rs30 lakh each to the silver medallists while the bronze medalists received Rs20 lakh each. Maken said that the government would continue its support to the athletes under the ‘Operation Excellence’ 2010 scheme.”We aim to win 25 medals at the 2020 Olympics. We will provide all assistance,” he said.A faux pax during the event spelled embarrassment for the medallists. Eyebrows were raised, jokes did the rounds when the master of ceremonies called Saina Nehwal ‘Sania Nehwal’.That was not all. Yogeshwar Dutt was welcomed as ‘Yogendra Dutt’, shooter Joydeep Karmakar was identified as an ‘archer’ and Gagan Narang’s bronze medal changed colour to ‘silver’. The athletes somehow maintained their poise.Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh slammed the ministry. “This is not the way to treat the national heroes and their family,” he told Mail Today. “There was no place to sit. There were four disciplines that earned us medals, but the names of federations were not mentioned,” he said.last_img read more