A call has been made for immediate funding to address a backlog in applications for the Cross-Border Directive.Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal, Charlie McConalogue, has said that the request for additional resources by the Cross-Border Directive team must be approved immediately by the Minister for Health and the HSE.The HSE revealed that there are currently 3,500 applications for reimbursement and prior authorisation waiting to be processed. It is taking approximately 13 weeks to process applications. Deputy McConalogue said that Cross-Border team have been proactive in their approach to seeking additional staff and resources due to a rapidly increasing demand on the service.“The cross-border directive provides people who are languishing on waiting lists with an alternative option by giving them the opportunity to avail of health services in another European country. They can then recoup costs from the HSE for the amount of that treatment in Ireland, or the cost of the treatment abroad, if that is less,” Mr McConalogue said.“However, their requests have been met by radio silence from the HSE and the Minister while patients are left waiting on reimbursements which in many cases can be thousands of euros.”McConalogue said the delays are “unacceptable” and “indicative of how the health system is run under our Government in that a scheme that aims to relieve the pressure on the public waiting list is also under resourced.” He called on the Minister and HSE to come together to approve this funding request.Cross-Border Directive patients waiting up to 13 weeks for reimbursements was last modified: June 18th, 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) Tags:Cross-Border Directive
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A 28th element has proven to be essential for life: bromine.Vanderbilt University scientists have added another element to the list of elements vital for life.In a paper published Thursday, June 5, in the journal Cell, Vanderbilt University researchers establish for the first time that bromine, among the 92 naturally occurring chemical elements in the universe, is the 28th element essential for tissue development in all animals, from primitive sea creatures to humans.“Without bromine, there are no animals. That’s the discovery,” said Billy Hudson, Ph.D., the paper’s senior author and Elliott V. Newman Professor of Medicine.Why was this not found earlier? Unlike calcium, iron, potassium and other elements, bromine does not make up any organelles or machines in the cell. It works indirectly during the construction of tissues. But without its participation, there would be no animal life, the investigators found. A 4-minute embedded video explains the importance of this discovery. The team was obviously delighted to find one of the “incredibly fundamental things” about life, a finding that could have important real-world applications in disease treatment.Foundations for the discovery were laid in the 1980s, when researchers back then found that certain patients had defective collagen-IV, an essential protein for tissue development. Since then, several patient groups have been found to be bromine-deficient. The Vanderbilt team found that fruit flies deprived of bromine in their diet had radically deformed tissues, and most died. The flies could be rescued, however, by addition of bromine to the diet. Subsequent research found that bromide (the ionic form) is an important cofactor for the enzyme peroxidasin, which builds collagen-IV. Bromide plays a key role in formation of the sulfilimine bond. “The chemical element bromine is thus ‘essential for animal development and tissue architecture,’ they report.”Here is another requirement for habitability of a planet for life as we know it. Astrobiologists err by thinking that planets might be habitable merely with rock and water. Perhaps microbial life could get by without bromine, but not multicellular life that builds tissues. It’s no bromide (n., a platitude or trite saying) to say that life depends on bromide (the ionic form of bromine). Can you find any place on Earth without animals? From the frozen poles to the depths of the sea, to the driest deserts, animal life flourishes because of bromine. The Creator ensured that the planet He designed to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), and on which He formed creatures in His image, had sufficient quantities of bromine available all over the globe, along with 27 other essential elements. (Visited 556 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
zoomImage Courtesy: DNV GL Classification society DNV GL and a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) have signed a framework agreement to boost the uptake of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as ship fuel.The deal, signed with Keppel’s subsidiary Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech), covers potential newbuilding projects including LNG bunker vessels, small-scale LNG carriers and floating storage regasification units (FSRUs), as well as LNG related assets employing battery and hybrid technologies.As the first delivery in the agreement, DNV GL will issue Approval in Principle (AiP) certificates for two LNG bunker vessel designs from KMDTech. The designs are for two 7,500 cbm small-scale LNG carriers with bunkering capabilities, with one of them featuring hybrid battery propulsion.They are equipped with engines that can run on both diesel and LNG, and will also have a class notation for bunkering which enables the provision of LNG bunkering services if required.In light of the upcoming IMO 2020 SOx regulations, LNG as marine fuel is viewed as one of the most viable options for deep-sea shipping. DNV GL’s Maritime Forecast to 2050, part of the research behind the DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook 2018, projects that more than 10 per cent of the world’s shipping fleet will be powered by LNG by 2030, compared to less than 0.3 per cent in 2019. The report anticipates that LNG powered vessels will make up 23 per cent of the world’s fleet by 2050.In order to support this growth, an upgrade of LNG bunkering infrastructure is needed.“One of the objectives of our collaboration with Keppel is to facilitate the increased supply of LNG bunkering infrastructure by being future ready through design approvals of different sizes of LNG bunker vessels, and LNG-related assets such as small-scale LNG carriers and FSRU,” said Johan Peter Tutturen, Business Director Gas Carriers in DNV GL.The collaboration is also intended to further advance asset design by optimizing machinery and systems configuration to increase fuel efficiency, using advance simulation tools.