Advertisement This year’s Pride festival will run from Monday, July 10 to Sunday, July 16, the week-long festival will include workshops, support meetings and discussions as well as evening events in venues throughout the city. NewsLocal NewsLimerick pride Festival 2017 gives youth a voiceBy Cian Reinhardt – June 13, 2017 1108 Friends of Pride pictured at the launch of Limerick LGBT Pride Festival 2017 at the clayton Hotel. limerick Pride 2017 runs from July 10-16 with the parade on July 15. picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerickThe countdown to Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2017 officially began with the launch at the Clayton Hotel in Limerick City on Monday, June 12 with the message of giving the youth of Limerick a voice. Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat The annual Limerick LGBTQ Pride Parade on Saturday, July 15, will bring some pizzazz, music and colour to Limerick City Centre, gathering at City Hall at 1.30pm the Parade will make its way at 2.30pm sharp up O’Connell Street, across Mallow Street to Henry Street, past Arthurs Quay Park and returning to City Hall. After the parade people will gather at the Hunt Museum for the PrideFest party which includes special guests Hands in Harmony Deaf Community Choir and drag performances from Shyanne O’Shea and Charnell Clearwater among other performers. TAGSFestivalLGBT LimerickLimerick PrideNewspride festival 2017 WhatsApp Previous articleMinister Simon Harris officially opens Emergency DepartmentNext articleWav Mastering founder celebrates 30 vibrant years in music industry Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Facebook Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow That night after PrideFest, X-Factor star Saara Aalto will headline the Pride Climax Party at Dolans Warehouse with support from Limerick singer/songwriter Doreen Grimes. Email Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Print Speaking at the launch Lou McCormack, Chairperson Limerick LGBTQ Pride 2017 said, “There is something for everyone culminating in the annual Pride Parade and the PrideFest party directly after the Parade at the Hunt Museum. We want to welcome everyone to join us in celebrating LGBTQ culture in Limerick and show Limerick for the truly open and accepting city that she is.” Linkedin Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Friends of Pride pictured at the launch of Limerick LGBT Pride Festival 2017 at the clayton Hotel. limerick Pride 2017 runs from July 10-16 with the parade on July 15. picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerickRichard Lynch, PRO Limerick LGBTQ Pride 2017 said, “our theme this year is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBTQ) Youth. Ireland voted YES to same-sex marriage in 2015, a new generation has spoken who were responsible for that historic victory. This generation is our future leaders and we want to give them a platform as the voice of a new Ireland.” Twitter
9. For point-of-care testing: providers need to meet ISO standards ISO 15189 and ISO 22870 ‘point-of-care testing (POCT) – requirements for quality and competence’. Samples shall be processed by a UKAS accredited or applicant providerThese ISO standards and technical specifications set out the key components that should be considered to provide safe and reliable POCT service.It is expected that UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189 and ISO 22870 will become a mandatory minimum standard by summer 2021.Providers are encouraged to adhere to ISO 22583 “Guidance for supervisors and operators of point-of-care testing (POCT) devices”. clear governance and lines of accountability such as senior responsible officer, clinical lead, quality lead, training lead staff are appropriately trained and there is evidence of competency assessment and participation in relevant external quality assessment (EQA) liability and indemnity cover for staff a verification report for the laboratory element of the test (known as the assay), in line with national protocols for laboratory-based testing information management systems to monitor sample delivery and tracking systems to meet the provisions for handling, transportation and analysis of test samples working to containment level CL3 or CL2+ with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approval for laboratory-based testing systems, processes and record management to support the delivery of safe and reliable service Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers ICO FAQs UKAS ISO 15189 ISO 17025 guidance on medical devices regulation from 1 January 2021 guidance on CE marking In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive RequirementsThe current minimum standards are summarised as follows (more detail is provided in the form):1. Requirement of a clinical or medical director or equivalent and healthcare scientistThe provider must have a designated resourced role that has oversight and approval of medical practices undertaken by the provider and responsibility for reporting medical issues. The individual must be a registered medical practitioner.The provider must also have a designated resourced role that has oversight of clinical practices undertaken by the provider and responsibility for reporting clinical issues. This individual must be a registered medical practitioner or a healthcare scientist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.The same individual can fulfil both roles (medical and clinical) providing they are duly registered.2. The test product must be permitted to be put into service in accordance with part 4 of the Medical Devices Regulations 2002, other than solely by virtue of an authorisation made under regulation 39(2) of those regulations.This requirement is to ensure that the test product has a CE marking (or, once the UK leaves the European Union on December 31st, a UKCA marking).A CE mark is a logo that is placed on an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical device to show that it conforms to the requirements of the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive 98/79/EC, as implemented by the Medical Devices Regulations 2002 (note: it’s currently an offence under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 to place a device on the market or supply without a CE mark, unless a derogation has been obtained from MHRA under the Medical Devices Regulations 2002).A CE mark shows that the device is fit for its intended purpose stated and meets legislative requirements relating to safety.From 1 January 2021, tests with a UKCA mark can be used. Tests with a CE mark can be used until July 2023. 7. Clinical governanceThe provider must have clear clinical governance procedures in place. For example: The ISO standard and technical specifications set out the key components that should be considered to provide safe and reliable sample collection service.It is expected that UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189 or ISO/IEC 17025 will become a mandatory minimum standard by summer 2021.Sampling can be accredited as part of a wider lab-based activity, or sampling can be the scope of a standalone, separately accredited legal entity. Private providers must tell employers of any positive results for COVID-19, and employers must inform relevant staff to self-isolate. For more information on what employers should do in the case of a positive test result, please see employer guidance.8. For PCR lab-based testing: providers shall be or use a UKAS-accredited lab or applicant laboratory to either ISO 15189 (Medical Laboratories – requirements for quality and competence) or ISO/IEC 17025 (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories)For polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, all samples must be processed by a UKAS accredited laboratory, or UKAS applicant laboratory (the laboratory has applied for UKAS accreditation but has not yet achieved it), and have quality management systems operating according to ISO 15189 and/or ISO/IEC 17025. ISO 15189 is the standard used in all NHS laboratories.UKAS accreditation provides an assurance of the competence, impartiality and integrity of laboratories. This accreditation is an important element in establishing and maintaining confidence in a testing service. The government envisages that UKAS accreditation will become a mandatory minimum standard for all private sector providers of COVID-19 testing by summer 2021. 10. Compliant with all legal and regulatory requirements for sample collection, processing and sharing of results including the requirements of data protection legislationThe legal and regulatory requirements for private testing are set out in the guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers below. This includes GDPR considerations.The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has set out FAQs on data collection and data protection relating to COVID-19 that provide further information. The government has published this guidance on the minimum standards that private providers of COVID-19 testing services are expected to meet when offering services to organisations or members of the public.A list of self-declared private providers of COVID-19 testing will be published on GOV.UK. This is also the first stage of UKAS accreditation (UKAS Applicant stage). To complete this stage and to be published on the GOV.UK list of private providers, you must declare that your service meets these minimum standards by completing the form.To be published on the list you will also need to provide some additional information to support our due diligence checks and this will be reviewed by UKAS. See the list of successful self-declared private providers of COVID-19 testing. 6. Samples shall be taken by a provider meeting or working towards ISO standard ISO15189 or ISO/IEC17025MHRA has published target product profiles (TPPs) for different types of test, which outlines who should collect test samples under the ‘Target User’ description.The provider must have relevant competency-based trained test operators undertaking or overseeing sample collection dependent on test sample collection requirements. TPPs ISO 22870 Link to ISO 22583 Self-declare as a provider UKAS ISO 15189 ISO 17025 To become an accredited test provider, please visit the UKAS website and complete an application form before making a self-declaration. Start the private sector provider self-declaration process 5. Relevant systems in place to report adverse test incidentsThe provider must be able to demonstrate that it has systems in place to identify any adverse incidents or quality control issues in respect of the test device and be able to report them in a timely manner to the relevant regulatory body. MHRA has a dedicated COVID-19 Yellow Card portal to report adverse incidents with medicines, medical devices and diagnostics. 3. Alignment to DHSC MHRA target product profile scopeThe Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published target product profiles (TPPs) for different types of test, setting out the ‘scope’ of what that test should be used for, including target use, target user and target use settings.The provider must declare that they’re using the test in line with its published scope. MHRA has set out guidance explaining how both virus and antibody tests work. MHRA COVID-19 Yellow Card portal Note: this standard only applies to providers solely providing COVID-19 testing services for domestic purposes. Providers of ‘Testing to Release for International Travel’ (or their sub-contractors, if relevant) must adhere to the more stringent minimum standard ‘Use of tests which meet minimum performance characteristics’. See the minimum standards for these services.4. Reporting of coronavirus test resultsThe provider must have a system in place for reporting positive, and negative and inconclusive test results cases to PHE in accordance with public health legislation. about MHRA For patients, the public and professional users: a guide to COVID-19 tests and testing kits Target Product Profile: antibody tests to help determine if people have recent infection to SARS-CoV-2 PHE guidance for reporting notifiable diseases
NFF President Amaju Pinnick, who spoke on behalf of the federation yesterday, admitted that the timely intervention of the Presidency in the August 20 deadline given to Nigeria to resolve the lingering crisis caused or face ban caused FIFA to change its on the planned sanctions. “The position of His Excellency, and that of the Federal Government, which was conveyed to FIFA by His Excellency, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (GCON) has convinced FIFA that Nigeria is indeed ready as ever to follow FIFA’s Statutes. I want to also use this opportunity to thank the Vice President, who as Acting President, played a very key role in the resolution of the matter. “Our appreciation also goes to the Members of the Federal Executive Council, Members of the National Assembly, Heads of the various Security Agencies, Members of the NFF Congress, all our sponsors/partners, football stakeholders, analysts and ball fans who stood solidly by the tenets of association football,” observed the NFF chief.Pinnick, also the 1st Vice President of CAF and Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, disclosed that the immediate focus of the NFF now is the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, starting with an away game against Seychelles on 7th September, and with home-and-away matches against Libya in October and another away fixture against South Africa in November “We will approach the matches one game at a time. Our objective is not only to qualify for the finals, but for the Super Eagles to also make a meaningful impact at the finals in Camerooon in the summer of next year,” stated Pinnick, who is also President of the AFCON Organizing Committee.He affirmed also that focus is on the upcoming Women Africa Cup of Nations (scheduled for Ghana in November and for which the Super Falcons, reigning champions, have qualified), as well as the 2019 Under-20 and Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations championships billed for Niger Republic and Tanzania respectively.While commending Enyimba FC of Aba and its Chairman, NFF Executive Committee Member Felix Anyansi-Agwu for their brilliant outing in Bamako at the weekend that has paved the way for qualification for the quarter finals of the CAF Confederation Cup, Pinnick charged the team not to relent but instead go all out to defeat Club Athletique Renaissance Aiglons of Congo in Aba next week to assure of progress. The former Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission used the opportunity to reiterate the long-term vision of the federation, hinged on youth football development and financial autonomy. “Our vision, as we have espoused from Day One, is to build a sustainable football culture for our dear nation. To do that, youth development is key. That is what we are trying to do with the Under-15 squad which recently reached the final of the African Youth Games in Algeria, and which will form the bulk of the next Under-17 National Team.“In the area of corporate support, we want to thank all our sponsors and partners for their love and patience during the crisis. AITEO Group, Coca Cola, Zenith Bank, Nigerian Breweries PLC, TGI Group, Emzor Pharmaceuticals, NIKE, WAPIC Insurance, Cadbury Nigeria PLC and 1XBET have done remarkably well.“They have ensured that from about the 20% that our administration met, the NFF is now about 60% self –financing. Our objective is to work very hard to attain 100% self –financing for the Federation within the next two years, in order that football can free some money for critical areas like education, health and infrastructural renewal, upgrading and development,” he added. Pinnick stressed that the resolutions of the NFF Congress at the Extra-Ordinary General Assembly of 2nd August in Benin City still stand. “The door remains open for those aggrieved members of the football family who are ready to abide by extant football rules and regulations, as they can still pick up forms for the elections coming up on 20th September in Katsina. “We have learnt so much during this crisis. We are more determined to run an inclusive administration where everyone can have a sense of belonging, as we work tenaciously and diligently towards taking Nigerian Football to new heights of excellence.” While revealing that the NFF Board has met with the Reconciliation Committee set up by the Sports Ministry and outlined the steps to be taken to conclusively resolve on-going issues in Nigerian football, Pinnick also added that the Board has presented to the Presidency a roadmap for general reform of the country’s football system. “We have presented to the Presidency immediate, short-term and long-term plans for resolving issues in our football, to ensure that the industry not only delivers on its mandate of promoting the game in Nigeria as a key economic factor, but also avoids governance troubles and wrangling in the future. “On behalf of the NFF Executive Committee, I apologize to all those individuals, interests and groups that we might have offended, one way or the other through our actions and inactions, over the years. Nigerian football, and not any individual or group, is the winner.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Says: Door remains open for aggrieved members to contest board election in Katsina next monthBy Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has expressed sincere appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the resolution of the federation’s leadership issue, which enabled Nigeria to avert suspension from international football on Monday.
The 26th Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games kicks off today on the campus of University of Ghana (UG). The much-anticipated Games dubbed Legon 2020 will end on 19th January 2020.The Games is under the distinguished patronage of Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor of University of Ghana. The Game is themed “Integrating Sport into Academia for Youth Empowerment and Development.”Participating UniversitiesThis edition will witness for the first time ever, eleven (11) institutions compete for laurels at the Hill of Knowledge. The institutions comprise University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast, University of Education, Winneba, University for Development Studies, University of Mines and Technology, University of Professional Studies, University of Energy and Natural Resources and University of Health and Allied Sciences. The new entrants at this year’s competition are the Ghana Institute of Journalism and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.DisciplinesOver two thousand athletes from the eleven institutions will compete in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Goalball, Handball, Hockey, Netball, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball. Beach Volleyball which was experimented at the 25th edition, has been adopted as part of the official disciplines. Some talented athletes to grace the field and tracks during the Games include the fastest student athlete in Africa and African Games Champion Benjamin Azamati and 400 meters Bronze winner at the African Games Grace Obour both of UG, Edwin Gadayi of UCC, Neeyi Akesseh of UEW, Kate Agyeman and Rafiatu Nuhu both of UDS. Grace Obour during the UG Inter-Hall Athletics ChampionshipNoveltiesThe Local Organising Committee led by Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs) and her indefatigable deputy Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu together with their team have introduced innovations such as Karaoke and movie nights, live broadcast of football matches, indoor and outdoor games and variety shows. This is to help athletes and officials relax after the day’s activities and also establish lifelong relationships.The LOC seeks to host a memorable Games which befits the status of a higher learning institution and be referred to as the best organised GUSA Games in the history of tertiary sports in the Ghana. Opening CeremonyA very colourful opening ceremony will be held on 6th January, 2020 on the University of Ghana Main Field at 1pm. The ceremony will be followed by a football match between the host University of Ghana and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.Live Updates on Social MediaThere will be live updates on the official social media handles of the Games (Facebook: @Legon2020, Twitter & Instagram: @Legon_2020) and periodic updates on its website www.legon2020.ug.edu.gh and our media partners across the country.