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Three cardiac campaign groups in the South East combine to organise "Have a Heart Day" and are calling on the people of the Southeast Region to once again come out on Saturday, 10th February to show support for our regions call for 24/7 Cardiac Care. Event begins at 2.15pm and finishes at 3.15pm to mirror the ‘Golden Hour’.

The three cardiac campaign groups in the South East - Health Equality for the South East (HEFSE),  24/7 Cardiac Cover for the South East and The South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) are combining to send a Valentines message to Government on February 10th by organising a "Have a Heart Day"  - begins at 2.15 p.m. This initiative is to highlight once again the ongoing medical injustice that continues to be perpetrated on the people of the South East. We are asking people to support the call on government to implement a second Cath Lab and 24/7 cardiac care at UHW forthwith for the people of the south east region.

We note the latest capital expenditure proposals to relocate Dublin maternity and paediatric hospital services is now estimated to cost over €1.6 billion. We in the South East region believe we have a right to an expenditure of just €3 million euro to double our regional cardiac service delivery and provide 24/7 cardiac care at UHW for every South East citizen.

We are assembling at 2.15 p.m. at the Williamstown Retail Complex and adjacent to WLR Radio Centre and will walk the short distance to UHW where there will be a brief announcement regarding ongoing and future action including taking our campaign to the streets of Dublin.

This is a people driven event and we are asking everyone possible to join in support and claim you and your family’s right to equal access in healthcare. We are calling on all community groups, hospital and healthcare workers, trades unions, voluntary ambulance, business groups, Agri food sector, SMEs and local rescue services to support this demonstration. As this is a non-politically aligned event we ask that that there be no political flags or banners etc. We are urging every single person in the southeast to come out and show your support for the regional cardiac centre and we would welcome all south east region elected representatives to join with the people on the day.

This will be a family friendly event and we are calling on families and children in the region to support and design a "Have a Heart" Valentines Card which will be collected at the event and sent to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

We are calling on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health to fulfil promises they made in the Dail in 2017 to South East citizens to immediately review the south east cardiac service on foot of the deployment of a mobile Cath lab which is soon to cease operating at UHW. We now understand that the resulting data and the growing emergency waiting list demonstrates a clear and unambiguous clinical need to immediately implement a second Cath Lab and 24/7 cardiac care at UHW without further delay.

This event offers every person in the South East region the opportunity to defend your right to regional cardiac care, to be treated equally in healthcare and to allow your voice be heard. Your participation will demonstrate to Government that we in the South East region will no longer tolerate this ongoing dangerous and discriminatory regional health service deficit.

TSSG Gary McManusTechnology experts at one of Ireland’s leading research and innovation centres have teamed up with partners in Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal and are the overall coordinators of a ground-breaking, practical and pragmatic project with potentially life-changing impacts on dementia sufferers and their careers

Carelink http://www.carelink-aal.org will reduce stress for caregivers, dramatically increase the survival rates of wandering patients and will promote low-cost, community-based caring into the future, experts at the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology say.

It’s a 30 month, €2.5 million project, funded under the European Commission’s Active and Assisted Living (AAL) programme’s http://www.aal-europe.eu/, 2016 call for proposals under the heading ‘Living with Dementia’.

Acting Director of Research at TSSG, Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, said it is significant that the TSSG at WIT is coordinating the project. “Tracking dementia patients both indoors and outdoors has always been a major challenge. We are now seeing numerous applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) into the healthcare sector, and by combining it with Artificial Intelligence, we are hoping this will further improve the tracking of dementia patients in a low-cost manner.” 

Dementia is on the rise, with approximately 55,000 sufferers in Ireland at this time. Wandering is a common occurrence among people with dementia with more than 60% tending to wander, Project Coordinator and Leader, Gary McManus from TSSG at WIT revealed. Their other Irish partner is Naas-based Open Sky Data.

“There can be many causes of wandering, including confusion, boredom, restlessness or even out of habit. Whatever the cause, it can be extremely stressful for both patients and their carer and the outcomes can be very serious, and in some cases fatal.

“The Carelink solution aims to improve wandering outcomes and quality of life for dementia patients and their carer through the creation of an intelligent location monitoring system which is uniquely customised to meet the needs of dementia patients as well as the carer,” he explained.

Carelink will deliver three main innovations that will revolutionise the personal tracking industry, particularly focusing on dementia sufferers, as well as providing a second track which focuses on information sharing and training for the community.

Firstly, the Carelink team will design an innovative, wearable device for dementia patients at various stages of the disease. The device will be suitable for their needs as well as the needs of their carer. Belgium-based human-centric design experts, U-Sentric, will engage with end user selected primary carers and patients throughout the design and prototyping stages of this wearable, to work towards a solution that ensures end-users are happy to wear both day and night.

The second main innovation will see the Carelink team develop a wireless sensor suite so that it can provide proximity and location information for the wearer that is low cost, robust and energy efficient. UNINOVA in Portugal will develop a wireless sensor pack that will meet these requirements.

The TSSG team will design and develop a cloud-based platform to support personalised connected solutions to enable carers to monitor the proximity and location of patients and interact with the system remotely, Commercialisation Specialist, Christine O’Meara says.

“Carers require customisable, low cost methods for remotely monitoring the location and proximity of patients,” O’Meara explains.

“TSSG will develop a cloud-hosted system along with a suite of interfaces that can be used to develop apps and services for the carers and patients interacting with the wireless sensor suite. TSSG will also develop intelligent behaviour profiling algorithms to ensure appropriate energy management policies are adhered to by the patients wearables at all times. Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, strict rules on data protection and access will be abided to always,” she concluded.

The project is funded in conjunction with the national funding bodies Enterprise Ireland (Ireland), Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal), Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER (Switzerland) and IWT agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie (Belgium). AAL sees ICT experts across the globe work on ageing well initiatives for our increasingly ageing population.

Carelink-AAL includes a team of researchers, innovators and business people from across Europe, all of whom are committed to delivering a low-cost, location and proximity monitoring system suitable for dementia sufferers.

McManus says partners include Uninova (Portugal), U-Sentric (Belgium), Open Sky Data (Ireland), Creagy (Switzerland) and Akademie Berlingen (Switzerland). McManus has previous experience in the health sector and worked on Inspiration, which built an app to 'Inspire' elderly people to a healthier lifestyle through prompting towards physical activity, better eating habits and social engagement.

For more, log on to Carelink http://www.carelink-aal.org or follow their twitter account @CarelinkAAL

WIT Felicity Kelliher David DempseyA new book for those wondering how to make sustainable incomes from cloud computing and software as a service reveals that securing SaaS subscription renewal is critical to the survival and prosperity of this business.

Published by Palgrave MacMillan, Industry trends in cloud computing: Alternative business-to-business revenue models is co-authored by David Dempsey, Senior Vice President and Country Leader at Salesforce Ireland (an original co-founder of Salesforce EMEA) and Felicity Kelliher, Senior Lecturer in Management and Co-founder of the award winning RIKON group at Waterford Institute of Technology(WIT), School of Business, Ireland. Dempsey is a graduate of the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at WIT.

Industry trends in cloud computing: Alternative business-to-business revenue models will be of interest to those within the software as a service (SaaS) sector seeking to maximise sustainable revenue as well as client business owners and managers.

Exploring the Cloud Computing (CC) commercial landscape as it matures the authors examine the new paradigm it is creating for the distribution of computer software applications among business-to-business (B2B) clients. The primary research presented in this book seeks to examine the key drivers behind the B2B SaaS subscription renewal decision and, in doing so, to explore the recurring revenue framework for the Cloud SaaS business. 

Industry trends in cloud computing: Alternative business-to-business revenue models offers readers a visual tool for assessing a Business-to-Business (B2B) revenue renewal decision process and presents strategies of how SaaS providers might entice B2B clients to remain with a specific SaaS provider over time.

Dr David Dempsey says “Cloud Computing has brought about the democratisation of the Software Industry.  Whether an SME, Mid Market or Enterprise level business, the Cloud completely transforms software delivery and consumption. Expanded markets bring empowered customers who expect their suppliers to engage with them in completely new ways. This book looks at the historical basis of Cloud, its transformation and growth and the business opportunities and risks it brings to the software marketplace. For academics and industry practitioners alike, it offers insightful reading, built on well-researched and timely academic and industry context.”

Dr Felicity Kelliher says “Businesses have come to expect software applications to be perpetually available and paid for as consumed, changing traditional software revenue models forever. This SaaS revenue model places new pressures on software as a service (SaaS) providers to fully comprehend the customer’s decision process when purchasing or renewing a SaaS contract. The book offers a means for those servicing the B2B market to consider these criteria in detail and in doing so, helping to guarantee their future revenue stream”.

In the foreword highly regarded European software industry figure Steve Garnett writes: “This book is primarily concerned with the expectation that the customer, or consumer, of Cloud Computing Software as a Service (SaaS) subscriptions is empowered like never before to pick and choose both their SaaS infrastructure and their service provider. This empowerment, combined with the ever-increasing array of supplier choice, means the commercial software developer is now presented with both an unprecedented opportunity and an unbound exposure in this new democratic software distribution, consumption and monetisation world.”

WaterfordGreenway3Waterford’s All Ireland title hopes are very much alive as the county’s stunning Greenway has been shortlisted in the coveted All Ireland Community and Council Awards, to be held in Croke Park next month.

As the Waterford Greenway edges towards its 1st birthday on 25th March, Waterford City and County Council has confirmed that the 46km off-road cycling and walking trail has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Tourism Initiative’ section of the IPB Insurance and Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) event, which will take place on Saturday, 3rd February 2018.

The awards recognise and celebrate community and councils working together and provide a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate the work done within our communities; to reward our unsung heroes and recognise the phenomenal contribution they’ve made to our lives, the organisers say.

While the Waterford Greenway is one of Ireland’s newest tourism offerings, it has already attracted close to 250,000 visitors from all over Ireland and abroad. Winning the ‘Best Tourism Initiative’ category, which is sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, would be a huge boost and a massive coup, Waterford City and County Council Mayor, Cllr. Pat Nugent, said.

“We’re very proud of the Waterford Greenway and great credit has to go to the staff who have developed and maintain it, to the surrounding communities who have embraced it and promoted it and to the 247,000 plus visitors who used it between March and early December of last year.

“The competition is formidable and other finalists are drawn from Wicklow, Tipperary, Leitrim, Mid-Ulster and Mayo. But being shortlisted is a huge honour and helps us bring the Waterford Greenway message to an even wider audience through the Awards,” the Mayor added.

Since it opened in March of this year, 247,545 have enjoyed using it; 105,639 on foot and 141,906 have cycled it. Well over 9 out of 10 (94%) of visitors to the Waterford Greenway www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com rated it as either excellent or good, a comprehensive report published in December showed. Chief Executive with Waterford City and County Council, Michael Walsh, is hopeful that they may scoop the coveted award.

“It will be great to fly the Waterford flag in Croke Park for the Awards and we’re hoping it will be a good omen for great things to come for Waterford in 2018. The data we gleaned from the pre-Christmas report on the Greenway was extremely encouraging and it was fantastic to see the Greenway being used for so many purposes and by so many age groups right throughout the year.

“Visitors and local people alike take great pride in it. We’re planning further investment and further attractions along the Greenway and are in negotiations with a number of groups regarding same. It’s been a phenomenal boost to Waterford and we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved.”

The Tourism Award criteria shows that it is specifically aimed at rewarding an initiative which directly increases visitor numbers to an area or to Ireland overall. It also aims to recognise an initiative or project that has helped improve the way we care for our visitors. “The impact this initiative has had, or is having, on visitor numbers and on communities, will be taken into consideration, as will the effect it is having on businesses, both new and existing,” the awards criteria continues.

The Waterford Greenway is Ireland’s longest greenway and the spectacular, 46km off-road cycling and walking trail stretches from the Viking City of Waterford to the picturesque coastal town of Dungarvan.

Visitors are invited to travel along Waterford  Greenway from the City along the River Suir, by Mount Congreve Gardens, through Kilmacthomas, across eleven bridges, over three impressive viaducts and through a 400m long tunnel; with wonderful views of the Comeragh Mountains, the Copper Coast and Dungarvan Bay.

LEO Student Enterprise EXPOThe breadth of talent is amazing at the 3rd Waterford Student Enterprise Expo on the morning of Thursday, 25th January with over one hundred businesses showing their enterprise ideas, products and services.

Nearly 1,000 students started the Local Enterprise Office’s Student Enterprise Awards in September of last year and now these students from fifteen secondary schools in Waterford will showcase their business ideas to the public from the W.I.T. Arena in Carriganore.

All are welcome to attend, and to meet the students and see the new innovations and business ideas. WLR fm’s Eamon Keane will be broadcasting Deise Today live from the event between 10am and 12 noon.

100 businesses created by transition year students from Ring, Lismore, Dungarvan, Tramore and Waterford City will be represented at this bigger and better Waterford Student Enterprise Expo, hosted by the Waterford Local Enterprise Office.

Richie Walsh of the Local Enterprise Office commented on the importance of the event, “The Expo gives the students a wonderful opportunity to experience interacting with the public and communicating their ideas.”

“We at the Local Enterprise Office in Waterford would like to invite everyone along to this FREE event on the morning of Thursday January 25th in the W.I.T. Arena. Every corner of the county will be represented, so we hope there will be lots of visitors from all over Waterford.”

The students, schools and Local Enterprise Office appeal to the public to visit the Student Enterprise Expo to support the work they have put into their businesses and encourage their efforts. Keep up to date with the students’ progress on the Waterford, Student Enterprise Awards Facebook page or follow the event on Twitter via #WfdStudentExpo.

For more information please contact your Local Enterprise Office at 35 the Mall in Waterford City or Civic Offices in Dungarvan. Alternatively you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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