A morning crash on the N15 outside Donegal Town has now been cleared.The collision took place on the N15 at the Drumlongher roundabout at 8am this Monday morning. No serious injuries were reported from the minor collision.A road closure was in place on the N15 earlier this morning, followed by a stop/go system as emergency services dealt with the crash. The incident led to lengthy delays for morning commuters and school traffic on approach to the busy roundabout.Update: Road reopened following collision outside Donegal Town was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
11 May 2010South African financial services and insurance group Discovery is expanding its presence in the UK through the acquisition of Standard Life Healthcare, Britain’s fourth-largest private medical insurer, for about R1.56-billion (£138-million).Discovery has been active in the UK since 2004 through PruHealth, a joint venture between itself and the UK’s Prudential Assurance Company, and the UK has since then been a key focus area for Discovery’s international strategy.As part of the transaction, Standard Life will be merged into PruHealth, enabling Discovery to raise its ownership in the joint venture to 75%, while still retaining Prudential as a partner.“While PruHealth has won awards for product innovation, Standard Life Healthcare has been broadly recognised for its excellence in service delivery,” Discovery CEO Adrian Gore said in a statement this week.“The integration of our assets will result in a well-balanced client mix, a comprehensive and complementary product range, a broadening of expertise in the UK, and a national distribution network of agents and brokers,” he said.“This will significantly strengthen our competitive position, and provide the platform for strong future growth.”New competitor of scaleAccording to the statement, the UK has a large, well developed financial services market which is receptive to the consumer-driven product philosophy that Discovery has brought to both the health insurance and protection industries.The continued trend towards wellness and consumerism, as well as the increased financial pressure that the [UK’s National Health Service] is expected to face as a result of tighter public spending, creates significant growth opportunities for Discovery’s innovative, integrated model, the company said.The transaction creates a new competitor of scale in the UK private medical insurance market, covering approximately 700 000 people, and attracting annual premiums of approximately R4.1-billion (£370-million).“We believe Discovery’s acquisition of Standard Life Healthcare provides significant opportunities in the UK for both PruHealth and PruProtect and will create value for both Discovery and Prudential,” said Prudential UK and Europe deputy CEO Andy Crossley.“We look forward to working with Discovery to integrate Standard Life Healthcare into the joint venture arrangement.”The transaction is subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals from the Financial Services Authority (UK) and the South African Reserve Bank, which are expected to take approximately three months.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
5 July 2013 South African financial services group Old Mutual is expanding its African operations with the acquisition of a controlling stake in micro-finance company Faulu Kenya. The deal, which makes up a portion of the R5-billion the company has set aside for African growth, is expected to reach completion by the end of 2013, dependent on regulatory approvals and the finalisation of legal agreements. Old Mutual Kenya comprises part of the long-term savings and investment business of the Old Mutual Group, which is listed on the Johannesburg and London Stock Exchanges. It was selected after a two-year process that saw Faulu engage with over 20 potential financial partners and narrow it down to six local and international institutional investors. “The exercise entailed a rigorous vetting process to pick the best suited partner in line with Faulu’s commitment to being a financial bridge to success for Kenyans,” Faulu managing director, John Mwara, said in a statement on Thursday. Faulu was established as a loan scheme in Nairobi in 1991 and expanded into a micro-financing firm. It was the first micro-finance institution to be licensed to mobilise deposits from the public by the Central Bank of Kenya in 2009. It now has over 100 service outlets, including 31 banking branches in 44 of the 47 counties in Kenya with over 400 000 active customers. “This deal confirms Old Mutual Kenya’s commitment to availing affordable insurance products to millions of Kenyans through strategic partners like Faulu, whose fast expanding branch network creates an excellent distribution channel,” said Old Mutual Kenya CEO, Tavaziva Madzinga. “I am delighted that we have agreed this partnership with Faulu,” Old Mutual Emerging Markets chief executive officer, Ralph Mupita. “We continue to see further opportunities for the development of our business across East Africa.” SAinfo reporter
The French politician who formally congratulated the mayor of Paris for losing the 2012 Olympics bid to London made perfect sense. The straitjacket of security, he explained, would drive summer tourists away from London towards grateful France. Paris would get the holiday business while London paid the 9 billion-pound bill,The French politician who formally congratulated the mayor of Paris for losing the 2012 Olympics bid to London made perfect sense. The straitjacket of security, he explained, would drive summer tourists away from London towards grateful France. Paris would get the holiday business while London paid the 9 billion-pound bill for the effete glory of a forgettable media event. Win-win for the Eiffel Tower.Boris Johnson, mayor of London, who has delivered all Olympics facilities within budget and a year ahead without being accused of anything more corrupt than an occasional ogle, must have sneered and chortled in response. But there is a major philosophical lesson to be learnt about fate. The lucky, win. The truly lucky know when to lose.A very powerful Congress leader, his demeanour touched by a faraway wistful look, whispered a fantasy to me the other day: that the Congress had chosen to sit in Opposition after winning 206 seats in the summer of 2009. Some crumbly structure would perforce have made a grab for power, doubtless with former Congress allies like DMK queuing up for the telecom ministry as their price for support to a BJP prime minister. Within weeks the whole lot would have been compromised at bargain rates, since they would be trading in used goods. Suresh Kalmadi would have welcomed the return of this version of NDA, since he could have bought out their bigwigs with nothing more expensive than the occasional first class ticket to a sports jamboree. This government would have either sought to sabotage investigations into both the Commonwealth Games and 2G spectrum, or defended them on some silly technical ground, leaving the quiet but well-fed Congress on a high moral plateau. The rackety NDA government would have collapsed in derisive confusion; Congress would win a clear majority in the winter 2011 general elections and Rahul Gandhi would be sworn in as the undisputed prime minister.advertisementThe BJP should be feeling extraordinarily pleased that it lost the last general elections.In 2004 the BJP was unprepared for defeat; but then no ruling party is ever ready for bad news. In 2009 the BJP was unprepared for victory, which is less forgivable. The fault lay not in any individual, but in a more basic flaw: it had not still fully absorbed the extent to which the Indian voter had shifted from an emotional agenda to an economic ambition. In 2009 some of the more media-magnetic BJP campaigners were still behaving as if they were on the sets of a 1950s Bollywood historical melodrama. That age had, paradoxically, exhausted itself with the culmination of the Ram temple movement; once the mosque at Ayodhya was destroyed, it took its emotions along with it. The BJP lost the Assembly elections of 1993 in the very heartland that had sustained its most powerful emotional appeal; Digvijaya Singh became chief minister of Madhya Pradesh that year.Two general election defeats have created a double benefit for the BJP. The voter is ready to empathise again, feeling that enough punishment has been meted out. And the party understands that serious correctives are essential if the show is to go on. The first is happening. There is a visible rise in the BJP vote across the north. The party could shock its enemies and surprise its friends in the next Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. It has stemmed the bleed in Madhya Pradesh and returned to form in Rajasthan, while remaining steadily ahead in Gujarat. The correctives are still a work in progress. Nitin Gadkari’s principal task over the next year will be to put together a viable economic policy for the party which the voter can assess, measure and then identify with.Why has the Congress slipped? Corruption is the easy answer, but not a complete one. The voter is angry about the theft of public money, of course. But he is truly livid at the fact that corruption has derailed economic growth. The first is sufficient cause for the visible and escalating concern that we see around us; the second can lay the seeds for insurrection. The Indian industrialist is talking through his bank account, investing abroad rather than at home. The worker is seeing the gains for which he abandoned the culture of strikes, being frittered away. There is confusion in villages as the landowner demands a share in that fixed lottery called land prices.Protest is a legitimate part of any Opposition’s duty, but that alone cannot convert the BJP into a ruling party. It has to rise above protest and become an alternative; from a trade union into the management structure that the shareholders of democracy can hire when the present management is voted out.advertisementIt tells us something when the language of business becomes perfectly applicable to the business of contemporary politics.
DefinitionWrist arthroscopy is surgery that uses a tiny camera and surgical tools to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your wrist. The camera is called an arthroscope. The procedure allows the doctor to detect problems and make repairs to the wrist without making larger cuts in the skin and tissue. This means that you may have less pain and recover more quickly.Alternative NamesWrist surgeryDescription You will likely receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This means you will be asleep and unable to feel pain. Or, you may have regional anesthesia. Your arm and wrist area will be numbed so that you do not feel any pain. If you receive regional anesthesia, you will also be given medicine to make you very sleepy during the operation.During the procedure, the surgeon does the following:Inserts the arthroscope into your wrist through a small incision. The scope is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. This allows the surgeon to view the inside of your wrist.Inspects all the tissues of your wrist. These tissues include cartilage, bones, tendons, and ligaments.Repairs any damaged tissues. To do this, your surgeon makes 1 to 3 more small incisions and inserts other instruments through them. A tear in a muscle, tendon, or cartilage is fixed. Any damaged tissue is removed.At the end of the surgery, the incisions will be closed with stitches and covered with a dressing (bandage). Most surgeons take pictures from the video monitor during the procedure to show you what they found and what repairs they made.advertisementYour surgeon may need to do open surgery if there is a lot of damage. Open surgery means you will have a large incision so that the surgeon can get directly to your bones and tissues.Why the Procedure Is Done You might need wrist arthroscopy if you have one of these problems:Wrist pain: Arthroscopy allows the surgeon to explore what is causing your wrist pain.Ganglionremoval: This is a small, fluid-filled sac that grows from the wrist joint. It is harmless, but it can be painful and can limit your ability to move your wrist freely.Ligament tears: A ligament is a band of tissue that connects bone to bone. Several ligaments in the wrist help keep it stable and allow it to move. Torn ligaments can be repaired with this type of surgery.Carpal tunnel release: Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve that passes through certain bones and tissues in your wrist becomes swollen and irritated. With arthroscopy the area through which this nerve passes can be made larger to relieve the pressure and pain.Wrist fractures: Arthroscopy can be used to remove small bits of bone and realign the bones in your wrist. RisksRisk of anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsRisks of wrist arthroscopy are:BleedingInfectionBlood clotFailure of surgery to relieve symptomsFailure of repair to healWeakness of the wristInjury to a tendon, blood vessel, or nerveBefore the Procedure Tell your health care provider what medicines you are taking. This includes medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other medicines.Ask your health care provider which medicines you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see your doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your health care provider if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your health care provider or nurse for help. Smoking can slow wound and bone healing.Tell your doctor about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you may have before your surgery.On the day of surgery:You will likely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your health care provider told you to take with a small sip of water.Your health care provider will tell you when to arrive at the hospital. Be sure to arrive on time.After the Procedure You can go home the same day after spending an hour or so in recovery. You should have someone drive you home.Keep your wrist elevated above your heart for two to three days to help reduce swelling and pain. You can also apply a cold pack to help with swelling.Keep your bandage clean and dry. Your health care provider can show you how to change the dressing.You can take pain relievers, if needed, as long as your doctor says its safe to do so.Outlook (Prognosis)advertisementArthroscopy uses small cuts in the skin, so compared to regular surgery, you may have:Less pain and stiffnessFewer complicationsFaster recoveryThe small cuts will heal quickly and you may be able to resume your normal activities in a few days. However, if your doctor had to repair a lot of tissue in your wrist, it may take several weeks to heal.You may be shown how to do gentle exercises with your fingers and hand. Your doctor may also recommend that you see a physical therapist to help you regain the full use of your wrist.ReferencesOsterman AL, Lincoski C. Wrist Arthroscopy. In: Skirven, TM, Osterman AL, et al, eds.Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2011:chap. 77.Part SJ III. Wrist. In: Wolfe SW, Hotchkiss RN, Kozin SH, Pederson WC, eds.Greens Operative Hand Surgery. 6th ed.Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Churchill-Livingston; 2010:chap 14. Review Date:5/15/2013Reviewed 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.
The Indian men’s hockey team will take on Japan as they open their campaign in the Asia Cup 2017 here at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday.Though India are clear favourites for the title and interestingly also have the backing of the local crowd who welcomed the team with loud cheers during their practice match on Monday against Oman, they need to bring their top game to every match to ensure they top Pool A which will also see Bangladesh and Pakistan in the fray.”The opening match of the tournament is always challenging because we need to get over the early nervousness and find our rhythm. We have had two good practice sessions on the main pitch and even played a practice match against Oman. The team is upbeat and ready for the first challenge,” stated skipper Manpreet Singh on the eve of their first match.India previously played Japan in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup earlier this year where they beat them 4-3. It’s Japan’s ability to play fast-paced hockey with good attack that makes them an unpredictable team. At the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup they set up a shocking 3-2 win over World No.2 Australia.”We have seen how they play and they are definitely one of the fastest improving sides in Asia. We can never take Japan to be an easy team,” expressed Manpreet.India’s defence line-up saw a minor change with the experienced Kothajit Singh missing out due to an injury. “But we are now joined by Amit Rohidas who has just returned from a good outing at the Australian Hockey League and he did well during India’s tour of Belgium and Holland so we don’t see Kothajit’s absence as a set-back,” explained Manpreet.advertisementOn the other hand, Japanese National Coach Siegfried Aikman minced no words when he said that every team stands a chance to make the final in this tournament. “It’s a major tournament which gives us the opportunity to play at the highest level. The World Cup qualifier makes it even more challenging for us but reality learns that we need to know our place in the ranking. We stand for a huge challenge to compete with outstanding teams in our group. However, this is sports and in sports its always possible to flip the script. So, let’s wait and see,” he stated.Speaking about India in the tournament, Aikman said, “I think that India has the best chances as the highest ranked team in this tournament. But behind India almost all countries can surprise. As I said before we don’t come only to participate we came to achieve our goals.”
zoomImage courtesy: Unsplash/Cameron Venti Hong Kong-based containership owner and operator Seaspan Corporation has closed its new USD 1 billion portfolio financing program. The program consists of pari passu ranking senior secured loan facilities, guaranteed by Seaspan, including a USD 200 million revolving credit facility (RCF) and an USD 800 million term loan facility.Seaspan said that the program can be increased to USD 2 billion through additional commitments under the RCF and TLA, execution of additional secured loan agreements and/or issuing private placement notes, in each case with a corresponding expansion of the collateral pool.This move provides Seaspan with the flexibility to add, substitute and remove vessels during the term. The program will initially consist of a portfolio of 36 vessels.Net proceeds from the program would be used to repay 12 secured credit facilities, for general corporate purposes, and may be used in part to finance the acquisition of vessels, Seaspan concluded.