The sky’s NOT falling…

first_img…but isn’t the economy?With the entire Tribe of Economists – especially the elite mega-salaried ones in the developed countries – caught with their pants down when their financial system catastrophically collapsed in 2008 – you’d think politicians would be a bit sceptical about their prognostications. Not with the Guyanese movers and shakers of our economy, however.Your Eyewitness has made this point so many times before that his outstretched hands supplicating the grey-bearded fella in the sky are now fixed in that posture. Just months after the elections the business community started to make noises about the economy “slowing down”. “Not to worry!!” exclaimed the Finance Minister. “Just post elections jitters – everything’s gonna be all right! The IMF says our economy’s growing!”When everything DIDN’T get “all right”, the businessmen again pointed out to the Government perchance they might consider injecting some budgetary “stimulus”. After all public servants hadn’t gotten their promised raises which they could’ve spent to accomplish that task. “Not to worry!” said Pressie. “The IMF economists tell us we’re the only economy that’s growing. Never mind the six sick sisters. Folks gonna find money to spend at Christmas – regardless.”With Christmas sales flat and the economy still crippled, the business community raised their voices in unison this time – through their Associations and produced numbers to show “things na regulah” when it came to money circulating and lubricating the economy. The Minister of Business now joined his colleague in the Finance Ministry and told the gathered businessmen, in so many words, they didn’t know what they were talking about. The economists at the IMF had once again assured the Government “everything’s all hunky dory!”Well now that the year’s half over and sales still slip-sliding away, the businessmen decided to do a survey – which showed that their revenues had declined by 30-40%!!! Now that’s not a “decline” – but an economy in free fall! So guess what the Business Minister – who was just given another portfolio, Tourism – said? That’s right! In a fine imitation of the captain of the Titanic, he asserted, “Not to worry, The economy’s not in crisis!”As others – such as the Opposition Leader – have pointed out, this proclivity to lap up the opinions of “outsiders” as gospel, and deny the empirical evidence of locals, isn’t confined to maters economic…But in the latter case, the results could literally mirror the experience of the Titanic….but this time it will be a whole country deep-sixed.The irony is economics likes to call itself “the queen of the social sciences” because it claims it is “evidence based”.Will the powers that be please look at the evidence on the economy themselves?…it’s leaking!One of the weirdest developments in Guyana that for some reason hasn’t gotten its fair share of coverage has been unfolding in Region 5. No…not the flood – which DID escape notice for a couple of months. But more on that later. Your Eyewitness has in mind the ridiculous situation in the RDC which has been unable to conduct meetings this year because the APNU/AFC councillors insist the Chairman must apologise to Pressie. Why? Seems he didn’t show up at a function in Region 5 where Pressie was handing one of his “B’s” – bus, bicycle or boat. You remember that programme.And we return to the flooding in Region 5. So because of the alleged “diss” of Pressie by the Chair, nothing can be done by the RDC to deal frontally with the water that had inundated the houses of the poor villagers.Who, not so incidentally, are mostly supporters of the APNUGo figure!!…so why apologise?After our own Oscar says he ain’t apologising to nobody, your Eyewitness was reminded of a soca tune from back in the day: “Miss lady… whey Oscar bite you? Right dey right dey, right dey, ouch!!… Yuh blood sucka…yuh dracula!”Blood suckers will bite…it’s their nature!last_img read more

‘Tough to swallow’: Barty finds Wimbledon title bid is Riske business

first_imgTaal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, her American opponent stormed back and Barty, who had strolled through the first week without a problem, had no answer.“It is a tough one to swallow but I lost to a better player,” said Barty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“When her back is against the wall, she plays really well typically.”Barty, who was the first Australian woman to be ranked world number one since Goolagong Cawley, said overall she was ecstatic at the journey she had been on this year, winning the French Open and getting to the top of the rankings. Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay LATEST STORIES 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks “I think for me personally, no, I haven’t lived my life any differently,” she said.“There’s a little bit more attention, a few more of you guys here in the press rooms.“Look, I mean, for me, nothing has really changed.“I think it’s been a really, really positive couple of months for us.”Barty, who spent a lot of her off time watching Disney movies, said she would be able to move on from the defeat.“It’s incredibly tough right now,” she said.“But in saying that, it’s also only a tennis match.“I try to do everything I can to win the tennis match.“If I don’t, the sun is still going to come up tomorrow.“Today wasn’t my day, but that’s not going to define us as a team, it’s not going to define me as a person. I think that’s the most important thing.” Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READcenter_img “Overall it’s been a hell of a trip,” she said.“Disappointed right now. In the same breath, it’s been an incredible few months.“New ground for me here at Wimbledon. This is the best we’ve (her and her team) done (she had never reached the fourth round in singles before).“Yeah, very proud of what we’ve been able to achieve.”Barty, who returned rejuvenated to the sport after a spell playing cricket, said in stark contrast to her predecessor Japan’s Naomi Osaka that being number one had not changed her or added pressure.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Barty said she would have a few beers and then focus on her next target, the US Open in August.“We’ll go home, rest a little bit, then head down again, work hard, and head over to the States,” she said. ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Rafael Nadal wins in straight sets, makes seventh Wimbledon quarterfinal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next United States’ Alison Riske returns the ball to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in a women’s singles match during day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)World number one Ashleigh Barty paid credit to her last 16 conqueror Alison Riske but admitted the 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 defeat was “tough to swallow”.The 23-year-old Australian, who could lose her number one ranking to the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova, looked on course to keep her hopes up of becoming the first Australian women’s Wimbledon champion since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her second crown in 1980 after taking the first set.ADVERTISEMENT Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian View commentslast_img read more

GUMH Needs US$150K

first_imgThe Ganta United Methodist Hospital needs about US$150K to revamp its laboratory in order to provide all required medical examinations.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview recently, administrator Mr. Patrick Martor said when the laboratory is improved, nearly all tests will be done at the hospital, and patients will no longer be referred to other hospitals for diagnostic testing.He said presently, the hospital is not able to carry out all the essential laboratory tests.“Even though we do a small portion of the parasitology examination here, it needs to be improved,” he said. “We need to make the lab a more functioning laboratory.” Mr. Martor said the US$150k will enable the administration to standardize the building, equip the hospital and train personnel.The Ganta United Methodist Hospital is one of the oldest referral hospitals in Nimba County. It was established in the late 1920s by Dr. George Way Harley, a Methodist Missionary.Since Mr. Martor took over as administrator of the hospital last year, many developments have been taking place, including putting tiles on the hospital floor, improving the sanitation and the record system.The hospital has been recently fenced, and patients have to pass through what is known as a “triage” for temperature and other tests, before entering the main hospital.The management anticipates an increase in the size of the pediatric and adult wards.“We want to make the delivery ward a very decent place to encourage those who want to deliver in the hospital to have safe deliveries,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal fight back to edge spirited Montpellier

first_img0Shares0000MONTPELLIER, France, September 19 – Arsenal came from behind to win 2-1 in an end-to-end game at Champions League debutants Montpellier on Tuesday, as Arsene Wenger’s side made a winning start to their Group B campaign.Younes Belhanda stunned the visitors with a ninth-minute Panenka penalty but Arsenal hit back through quick-fire goals from Lukas Podolski and Gervinho to secure only their sixth win in their last 16 group-phase away games.“It was difficult,” said Arsenal assistant coach Steve Bould, who took charge of the team due to Wenger’s touchline ban. “In the first half, I thought we were excellent and kept the crowd really quiet. The second half was tough and we looked a bit tired physically.“It was hot and humid. The crowd got right behind them and it’s quite an intimidating place to play, so we were pleased to get the result.”Remy Cabella hit the bar for Montpellier, who gave Arsenal several uneasy moments, and despite the result, the hosts’ display belied a difficult start to their Ligue 1 title defence that has seen them beaten three times already.“We can have a few regrets,” said Montpellier coach Rene Girard.“They scored two goals in two minutes and it nearly killed the match. We were a bit timid in the first half, but in the second half we were exemplary in terms of our desire and engagement, and we created a few opportunities.“But at this level, you don’t get second chances.”Arsenal have now recorded three straight wins after Premier League successes over Liverpool and Southampton, although Olivier Giroud is still without a goal after failing to score on his return to his former club.Girard had called on the club’s fans to make Stade de la Mosson “hell” for the visitors but there was a nervousness in the hosts’ ranks until Belhanda’s penalty brought the stadium roaring to life.The penalty award appeared harsh but replays vindicated referee Carlos Velasco Carballo’s decision to penalise Thomas Vermaelen for a robust challenge on Belhanda, who beat Vito Mannone with a nonchalant chipped spot-kick.It was a better start than Montpellier’s fans could have hoped for on their team’s first ever appearance in the competition, but within only nine minutes the French champions found themselves behind.Giroud had received a warm reception from the supporters of his former club but he created the equaliser in the 16th minute with a prodded through ball for fellow summer signing Podolski that the German guided past Geoffrey Jourdren.Montpellier barely had time to gather their senses before Arsenal struck again, as Gervinho ghosted into the six-yard area to convert Carl Jenkinson’s low cross from the right.In response, Cabella drew a save from Mannone with a low drive, while Giroud threatened to open his Arsenal account just before half-time with a volley from a Kieran Gibbs cross that flew wide.Montpellier began to pin Arsenal back in the second period, with a succession of chances early in the half serving to raise the volume in the stadium.Garry Bocaly and Anthony Mounier both shot off-target, while Cabella fired over after dispossessing the dallying Abou Diaby and then saw a carefully weighted chip from 20 yards come back off the bar.Back in the Arsenal team after injury, Diaby looked ponderous at times, but in the 57th minute he drove forward and released Santi Cazorla for a shot that Jourdren had to beat away.Belhanda’s promptings were at the heart of much of Montpellier’s best football, but he spurned a glorious chance to bring his side level in the 80th minute.After tip-toeing around the prone Per Mertesacker, the Moroccan playmaker found himself with a clear sight of goal, but from 10 yards out he could only shoot straight at Mannone.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Peterborough boss becomes first managerial casualty of the season

first_img1 Peterborough have announced the departure of manager Dave Robertson with immediate effect.Robertson was dismissed in the wake of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Southend which left them 20th in League One.In a statement Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said: “I would personally like to thank David for stepping in last season when the club was at a low point after the previous manager’s departure.“He steadied the ship, put a smile on everyone’s faces again and worked tirelessly each day to improve the club’s fortunes on the pitch.“Unfortunately after yesterday’s result and the manner of defeat, I felt it was time to take action and make a change as it had become plain to see our young squad was under-performing and playing nowhere near their potential.“Make no mistake, our players must also shoulder responsibility for this awful start to the season which has now led to a great person losing their job.”Robertson had replaced former boss Darren Ferguson in February, initially in a caretaker capacity, before being given the job on a full-time basis in May. Dave Robertson last_img read more

Shock Arsenal transfer report: Gunners to loan out Jack Wilshere before deadline

first_img Arsene Wenger wants Jack Wilshere to reinvigorate his stalling career 1 Arsenal are willing to loan out Jack Wilshere in a bid to kickstart the midfielder’s career, according to reports.The Gunners academy graduate has played just 37 mintues of action this season, and there is no clear route to the Arsenal first-team for the England international.With a number of injury problems behind him, head coach Arsene Wenger is keen to send Wilshere out on loan, so he can prove his fitness and kickstart a stuttering career.Considered one of the brightest talents of his generation, Wilshere spent the majoriry of last season injured, and his lack of game time resulted in the 24-year-old missing out on a call up to Sam Allardyce’s first England squad.Wenger believes Wilshere still has a future at the Emirates, but feels he will benefit from playing regularly away from the club.Reports indicate a number of Premier League and overseas clubs have shown an interest in the midfielder, although Wenger will not sanction a deal which sees Wilshere link up with a top four rival.last_img read more

Money woes hit fitness group

first_imgNORTH HILLS – Bodies in Motion Inc., which operates five fitness studios from the San Fernando Valley to Orange County, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing was made Tuesday at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California facility in Woodland hills. It lists the North Hills-based company’s debt between $10 million and $50 million and a like amount of assets. The company’s attorney, Ron Bender, was in court in Santa Ana on Thursday and could not be reached for comment. Last summer the company hired a financial adviser to market the businesses in an attempt to find a buyer or financial partner. But none had been found prior to the filing date. For the fiscal years ending Dec. 31, 2004 and 2005, the company’s annual revenues were about $10.1 million and $12.7 million, respectively. The company has about 350 employees and 14,000 members. Gordon also said in the filing that he’s confident he can continue to operate the business successfully after the reorganization. Among the 21 largest unsecured creditors are some current and former employees of the company who are clients of Encino attorney Scott E. Shapiro. He filed a class-action suit against the company in October 2003, mainly over unpaid overtime wages. That case was eventually settled through mediation for about $300,000. Bodies in Motion was supposed to tender the funds to a court-approved administrator for distribution to members of the class and attorneys, Shapiro said. “We’re in a very sticky situation because the bankruptcy came as quite a shock to us,” he said. “We’re very disappointed that it has come down to this and we’re going to put forward our best efforts on behalf of the class to collect the money due to them.” Gordon founded Bodies in Motion in 1990 and since then has been credited with bringing innovative concepts to the fitness business. Gordon began offering what the filing says are one-of-a-kind group exercise classes such as kickboxing, yoga, dance and cycling. Each club has multiple group exercise rooms, including one for boxing and kickboxing, and an array of equipment. Some even have full-size boxing rings. The filing also says some of the trainers are Olympic athletes, world champions or current contenders in their sports. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Bruce Gordon, the company’s founder, president and chief executive officer, did not return calls seeking comment. However, a signed declaration by Gordon suggests the company’s problems may be temporary and stem from its newest facility in Irvine, which opened in January 2005. Gordon’s declaration makes the following points: The company’s financial success and viability have been severely impaired by the opening and operation of that location. Gordon decided to open a bigger facility than originally planned, dramatically increasing costs. The company suffers and expects that it will continue to suffer losses from the Irvine operation. last_img read more

Football wonderkids: Scouting the best teenagers in the world right now

first_img Joaquin Ardaiz (Danubio) – Linked with Liverpool and Man City in recent days, it seems the ‘Little Cavani’ will be heading over to Europe before too long. Aged just 18, Ardaiz currently plays for Danubio in his homeland of Uruguay, the same club where PSG star Cavani started his career. Regarded as a promising forward, Ardaiz has scored four goals in just 10 starts at club level, and has shown he is well up to the physical demands of senior football. Click the right arrow to see more of the best wonderkids in world football. Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) – De Ligt hit the headlines when he made his debut for the Netherlands in March, becoming, at 17, the youngest Dutch international since 1931. He had started just two league games for his club, Ajax, before appearing for his country, and his performance was a nightmare. Both of Bulgaria’s goals in the Dutch’s 2-0 defeat came from mistakes from De Ligt. However, that performance should not affect the wonderful career De Ligt is sure to have. The reason he was thrown into international duty is because he looked remarkably impressive for Ajax, and he has started this season in the same style, playing all but four minutes of every game. De Ligt showed his talent in Ajax’s Europa League final defeat to Man United, putting in a calm and confident display at the back. Davinson Sanchez has already left Ajax for Spurs, and De Ligt is sure to follow his former centre-back partner out the door soon, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City all interested. Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – One of the better known names on this list, Pulisic is a known target for Liverpool. However, it seems unlikely he will leave Dortmund any time soon given he plays a key role for the Bundesliga club. He’s already made 60 first-team appearances for Dortmund, and has an incredible seven goals in 16 games for the USMNT despite still not turning 19 until later this month. Able to play anywhere across the front three, Pulisic currently takes up a position on the left where he can show off his ability to dribble with pace into threatening positions. But his game is not all about physicality, with his match intelligence already at a high level; he knows exactly when to release the ball to ensure his teammates profit. Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) – Regarded as one of England’s brightest youth players, there are high hopes Nelson will become a star figure for both club and country in the coming years. He was handed first-team experience in pre-season, and showed enough to suggest he will not be fazed if Arsene Wenger calls upon him throughout this campaign. Predominately an attacking midfielder, Nelson can play out wide or just behind the striker, and the main strength of his game is his ability to beat opponents with the ball at his feet. He loves to race past a full-back before sending a cross into the box, though he can also cut inside to shoot at goal. This unpredictability is something that cannot be taught, and it should serve Nelson well as he attempts to make a name for himself in senior football. 10 Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan) – Despite Milan spending nearly £200m in the transfer market over the summer, they have had to rely on 19-year-old academy graduate Cutrone more than they would like this season. He has scored four goals in just seven games this term, showcasing his exceptional ability in the final third. He can finish with both feet as well as his head, and he uses his movement very well to create space in opposition defences. He will be vying with Andre Silva for a starting role with Milan, but Cutrone has shown he has the ability to perform at a high level when called upon. 10 Vinicius Junior (Flamengo, will join Real Madrid in 2018) – Real Madrid spent £40m to sign Vinicius Junior Alban Lafont (Toulouse) – Donnarumma may be held in regard as the best young goalkeeper in world football, and his Italian compatriot Alex Meret has been earning rave reviews as well, but there is another teenage keeper making waves in Europe. Toulouse set a French record when Alban Lafont became the youngest ever goalkeeper to start a Ligue 1 game, and the 18-year-old has gone from strength to strength since then. He has already played 67 first-team matches, and though he has gone under the radar compared to Donnarumma, both Arsenal and Watford are known admirers. Very much a modern keeper, Lafont loves to sweep behind his defence and has earned praise for his skill on the ball. But, most of all, he is a superbly athletic shot stopper with a great reaction speed. Big things are expected of Lafont. 10 10 10 As football fans we are always looking at the future and trying to work out which players will become the stars of tomorrow.There are some certainties in this current group of wonderkids, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Gianluigi Donnarumma already exceptionally gifted players who are guaranteed to become world class players in the coming years.But what about the other youngsters currently playing who deserve the title of wonderkid?talkSPORT take a look at 10 of the most talented teenagers right now, and you can see them by clicking the right arrow, above… 10 10 Brahim Diaz (Manchester City) – An 18-year-old playmaker from Spain, Diaz could be returning to his homeland if Real Madrid get their way. Signed from Malaga in 2015, Diaz is said to be disappointed by his lack of first-team football and is open to a transfer to Madrid – with the Bernabeu club tracking the youngster. He made his City debut in the League Cup last year, and scored an excellent goal against Real during pre-season. Nicknamed the ‘Mini Messi’ for his exceptional skill on the ball, Diaz also draws comparisons to David Silva for his diminutive build and incredible vision. 10 10 Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur) – Aged 19, Foyth joined Spurs towards the end of the summer transfer window from Estudiantes. A centre-back who has been capped at Under-20 level for Argentina, Foyth is excellent with the ball at his feet, and as he is quite tall and doesn’t possess the typically bulky build of a defender, comparisons have been made with John Stones. He is comfortable dribbling the ball out of the back, and loves to win possession before driving forward. He is prone to diving into tackles a lot, but under Mauricio Pochettino he should develop into a world class defender. 10 Lovro Majer (NK Lokomotiva) – Already a full Croatia international despite only turning 19 at the beginning of the year, attacking midfielder Majer has been on Everton’s radar for some time. And it is no surprise given he has started the season with four goals and three assists in just seven matches in Croatia’s top division. With fantastic close control and a desire to always have the ball, Majer is showing all the potential to become a top level midfielder. He is constantly creating chances either for himself or his teammates, and he has drastically improved his final ball this season. There are no doubts about Majer’s work rate either, as he loves to drop deep into midfield to win the ball before driving forward with possession. last_img read more

‘Arsenal putting on-field success over finances by keeping Sanchez and Ozil’

first_img1 Ivan Gazidis answered fan questions at Arsenal’s eventful AGM on Thursday Arsenal’s decision not to sell Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the summer proves the club is putting on-field success over financial gain, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis.Gazidis, who was taking questions at Arsenal’s annual general meeting on Thursday, said no one outside the club is aware of the demands being made by players approaching the end of their contracts.It was reported last December that both Ozil and Sanchez wanted to be paid the same as the Premier League’s top earners.Neither of the pair are yet to sign new deals and can walk away for free at the end of the season – something manager Arsene Wenger has said he is prepared to allow happen as long as they contribute to success in the interim.The board have backed that call and Gazidis insists that shows the club are not solely concerned with the bottom line.“You don’t always have a choice of where you sell a player, nor do you have control of whether a player extends with you or what demands his agent makes,” he said.“From the outside, none of this information is going to be in the public domain, that leads to pressure and criticism.“Those on the outside don’t know the dynamics, don’t know the demands being made, don’t know the constraints.“Probably the most vocal criticism we have ever had at an AGM was after we had transferred Robin van Persie [to Manchester United] in the last year of his contract.“That was one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make and we were told then we were financially motivated and not focused on football.“This summer, with stronger underlying financials we have taken a different tack. The decision on Alexis and Mesut Ozil are certainly not decisions that fit the narrative that we put money first.“We have taken that approach to give the club the best possible chance to compete for trophies this season.”The AGM at the Emirates Stadium was attended by around 200 shareholders, the majority of whom voted unsuccessfully against re-electing chairman Sir Chips Keswick or director Josh Kroenke in rare move to show their unhappiness with the set-up.READ MORE: Arsenal AGM: Sir Chips Keswick re-elected as Gunners chairman despite fierce opposition from fans‘We are committed long-term’ – Stan Kroenke insists he has no plans to sell ArsenalArsene Wenger says he is hungrier than ever but will review Arsenal position at end of the seasonlast_img read more

FAMILY TO SUE HSE AFTER MUM DIES IN ACCIDENT AT FALCARRAGH HOSPITAL

first_imgEnds FAMILY TO SUE HSE AFTER MUM DIES IN ACCIDENT AT FALCARRAGH HOSPITAL was last modified: January 28th, 2011 by StephenShare 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) THE family of a Gortahork woman who died after her head became trapped in a cot side in her hospital bed are pressing with plans to sue the HSE.Sile Coyle, 85, of Ardsmore died on her first night at Falcarragh Community Nursing Unit in August 2008.An inquest into Mrs Coyle’s death yesterday found she died from asphyxiation after her head became trapped between a cot side at the head of the bed she was sleeping in.The six person jury at Mrs Coyle’s inquest made a number of recommendations when returning a cause of death after the day-long hearing at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court. As well as recommending better training for nursing staff in the use of cots, they also said all cots must carry warning stickers.The family of the late Mrs Coyle refused to comment after yesterday’s inquest.However a legal source close to the family confirmed they will be pressing ahead with a full civil action against the HSE.Mrs Coyle, who family said was in good health, had gone into Falcarragh Hospital for a rest for a number of days.However her respite resulted in her death after she was choked to death.Nurse Carmel O’Rourke, who had worked at the hospital since 1999, told Letterkenny Coroner’s Court today that on August 14th, 2008, herself and another nurse were looking after 25 patients.Another patient had died at 3.10am but nurse O’Rourke said that they continued to check on all patients.The last time she checked on Sile Coyle was between 6.30am and 6.45am and that she seemed well and was lying on her back with two pillows on either side of her.However when she went back in to check on Mrs Coyle at around 7.40am she noticed her head was stuck between the cot side and the bed’s head.She tried to lift her up but could not and called for help from colleague Mary Boyle.Nurse Mary Boyle said the first she heard there was anything wrong was when he colleague Carmel O’Rourke called to her at 7.40am.Nurse Boyle said she went to Mrs Coyle’s bed and notice her head was trapped in the cot at the top of the bed and was being held by nurse O’Rourke.She rushed to get some oxygen as nurse O’Rourke started CPR.Nurse O’Rourke then rushed to get a defibrillator and nurse Boyle took over CPR.When the defibrillator was put on Mrs Coyle, a sign came on waning that shocking was not recommended.Both nurses continued CPR until Dr.Neil Loftus arrived and pronounced Mrs Coyle dead at 8.10am.The dead woman’s son Eugene Coyle said he regularly left his mother to Falcarragh Community Hospital on a Saturday where she attended mass but then collected her around 3pm.He said this was the first time his mother was left in the hospital for ‘a few days’.He said his mother was absent-minded but was in general good health.The next morning when he got a phonecall from nurse Carmel O’Rourke to say his mother had died, he was shocked.Sgt Martin Rochford of Falcarragh Garda Station said he was called to Falcarragh Nursing Home on August 15th, 2008 at 9.20am after a report of a sudden death.Pathologist Dr.David Barry carried out a full post-mortem on Mrs Coyle’s body.He said he noticed a large bruising measuring 10cms by 2cms on her neck.Dr.Barry said Mrs Coyle died of acute asphyxia contributed to by bronchial pneumonia and coronary artery narrowing.“It would have made her give up the ghost earlier than would have been the case” he said.The Coroner’s court heard how no training had been given to nursing staff in Ireland on the use of cot sides before Mrs Coyle’s death.However the Director of Nursing at Falcarragh Community Nursing Unit, Geraldine McClean, revealed a Serious Incident Review Team had been set up to examineways of improving safety of cot sides.All staff in Co Donegal are now trained in the use of cot sides and all cots are fitted with warning stickers while a similar programme is being rolled out across the country.The jury found that death was due to asphyxiation after Mrs Coyle caught her head in the cot and that underlying health matters may or may not have left the victim in a weakened state that she could not release herself.“We feel the elderly are deserving of the highest care,” said the spokesman.The jury foreman added that a programme of training for safety around cots should continue and asked that patient and health staff ratio should be examined.Coroner John Cannon said nobody but the family knows the sudden loss they have felt.But he said it is reassuring to know her death was not in vain and that guidelines have now been adopted since her death.last_img read more