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Well-loved Scalabrine learned to embrace White Mamba role

first_imgScalabrine, who played a stretch four, was never his team’s top player.  He usually entered the game as a substitute, but that doesn’t mean the man who has become known as the “White Mamba” didn’t get the loudest cheers.“First, I was like ‘why am I getting extra attention when they [the fans] should be focusing on the team?’ and that lasted for like two years,” said Scalabrine during an interview at NBA’s Philippine headquarters in Bonifacio Global City Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Scalabrine, who is in the country for the NBA 3X happening this weekend, admitted he had come to embrace his role with any team he was playing for, even if he played mostly in garbage time with the game all but decided.“I just totally embraced the fact that when I get into the game I would give people what they want, because they stick around, they cheer, so might as well give them a bucket or something like that.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Silver lining for young and old athletes at Asian Games Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Scalabrine, who first played for the New Jersey Nets, received his god-like status when he signed with the Boston Celtics, where he won a title in 2008. And even though he moved to the Bulls in 2010, Scalabrine still enjoyed the cult following.It also helped that all of Scalabrine’s teams, the Nets, Celtics, and Bulls, were all talent-laden clubs.Scalabrine played with Jason Kidd with the Nets when they reached two consecutive finals in 2002 and 2003 and he had a chance to be teammates with the trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen in Boston.During his time with Chicago, Scalabrine shared the floor with the young Derrick Rose,  who was named the MVP in 2011.“For me to come into games, you’ve got to be on good teams because good teams beat people up by 15, 18, 20 points,” said Scalabrine, who is now an analyst at CSN.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Former NBA player Brian Scalabrine talks to members of the press during his media availability at NBA’s Philippine headquarters on Thursday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIn the NBA, there are polarizing players who receive both fame and infamy while there are those whose fan base only resides in their respective team’s cities.Then there’s Brian Scalabrine, a perennial role player who in some way is universally loved in all of basketball circles.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Tigers Hunt down UAB

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jeremy Hunt scored a career-high 30 points and No. 8 Memphis limited Alabama-Birmingham to 31 percent shooting in a 70-56 victory Thursday night. The Tigers (20-3, 10-0 Conference USA) blew the game open by going on a 24-5 run starting late in the first half for their 12th consecutive victory. No. 12 Nevada 81, Fresno State 68 Nick Fazekas had a season-high 33 points, 15 rebounds and keyed a big run to open the second half to lead Nevada. Kyle Shiloh had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Wolf Pack (22-2, 10-1 Western Athletic Conference) won for the 15th time in 16 games. Nevada outrebounded Fresno State (16-8, 5-6) 53-25. At No. 13 Oregon 55, Arizona State 51 Tajuan Porter scored 24 points and the Ducks held on to win. Porter was 8-for-12 from the field with six 3-pointers for Oregon (20-4, 8-4 Pac-10), which scored its fewest points of the season. Aaron Brooks, who started the game as the Pac-10’s leading scorer at 20.8 points, equalled his season-low with five points on 1-of-8 shooting. Porter scored 14 of the Ducks’ first 16 points and had 17 in the first half including five 3-pointers . No. 14 Washington State 58, at No. 25 Stanford 45 Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver each scored 12 points and the Cougars used a smothering defense to reach 20 wins for the first time since the 1993-94 season. Ivory Clark scored 11 points and Robbie Cowgill 10 as Washington State (20-4, 9-3 Pac-10) remained second in the conference. Stanford (15-7, 7-4) shot just 28 percent in the game in posting a season-low score. No. 24 Arizona 72, at Oregon State 66 Marcus Williams scored 23 points tp pace the Wildcats to a road victory. Ivan Radenovic had 19 points, making 13 of 16 free throws and Jordan Hill had 12 points and 11 rebounds in his fourth start for the Wildcats (16-7, 7-5 Pac-10). Sasa Cuic had a career-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead Oregon State (9-16, 1-11). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No. 10 Butler 92, at Cleveland State 50 Pete Campbell made eight 3-pointers – six in the first half – and finished with 28 points, and the Bulldogs showed off their outside touch by making a school- record 20 3s in the blowout win. Ranked higher in the AP poll than at any time in school history, the Bulldogs (23-2, 11-1 Horizon League) extended their winning streak to nine in a row. Campbell made 8-of-11 shots from beyond the arc and Butler, which knocked off Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and Gonzaga earlier this season, dominated the overmatched Vikings (8-18, 2-11) from the opening tip. center_img Hunt made six 3-pointers before the half, bettering his previous scoring high by a point in 15 minutes action. He didn’t score again until managing a short jumper and a seventh 3 over the final three minutes. But Memphis’ defense never let UAB (11-12, 3-6) muster much of a scoring spurt. last_img read more

Rivera Park patrol up for review

first_imgThe Smith Park restroom has remained locked since the alleged rape, which Rothans called an isolated incident. He added that Pico Rivera never had a significant crime problem in the city’s parks to begin with. But he has received only positive feedback from residents since the city added the four-member park patrol. Now, however, as budget talks for the next fiscal year begin, city and sheriff’s officials must determine whether to keep, reduce or eliminate the park patrol program next year. Rothans said his agency has spent $217,800 in city funds on the park patrol program. “We’ve always had a presence in the park, and that will continue,” Rothans said, “but we have a lot of options on the table. Nothing is set yet.” PICO RIVERA – Alexander and Magdalena Riviera feel safer now visiting their neighborhood park than they did a year ago. “Before, there were a lot of problems in the park. But lately, everything has been quite well,” said Alexander, 78, who lives near Rivera Park on Shade Lane in Pico Rivera. A year ago, the city hired Joel Vargas as a community service officer to patrol the parks, working closely with the Sheriff’s Department’s Pico Rivera Station. The move was triggered by the alleged rape last summer of a 13-year-old girl inside the restroom at Smith Park. “After that incident occurred, we wanted to do something to ensure our public parks were safe and that they had high visibility,” said Capt. Mike Rothans of the Pico Rivera Station. Magdalena Riviera, 70, said there’s no question in her mind that the park patrols are worth keeping. “This way the gangsters won’t come here,” she said. As a community service officer, Vargas is assigned to watch over Smith, Rivera, Pico, Streamland, Rio Vista and Rio Hondo parks. Park patrol unit members cruise the facilities in marked, white Sheriff’s Department vehicles. But they do not carry guns, take criminal reports or participate in pursuits. Instead, if they witness a crime, they summon deputies to deal with the situation. “More than anything, we’re out here for deterrence,” Vargas said. “We’re the extra eyes and ears for the deputies.” During a regular shift, Vargas stops for 30 to 45 minutes at each park, looking for signs of trouble, or monitoring suspicious activity. Once, he spotted a man lying motionless in the middle of a Rio Hondo Park field, he said. Not sure whether the man was injured, Vargas said he approached him to make sure he was OK. “He was just sleeping,” he said. “But until then, I wasn’t sure because he hadn’t moved at all.” Since being hired, Vargas has not encountered many major incidents, he said. Mostly, he handles parking issues and reminds pet owners about leashing their dogs. Occasionally, he will help deputies with traffic control. Still, Vargas believes his presence has been a deterrent that has kept potential problems from surfacing at city parks. “More than anything, it’s peace of mind for the residents because they see a police presence,” said Vargas. “We’re out there and we’re trying to keep an eye on things and have people feel safe in their own corner of the city.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Homecoming

first_imgAndrew, 22, has been playing the cello since he was a fifth-grader at Viewpoint School in Calabasas. And at 16, he played Hayden’s “First Cello Concerto” with the New West Symphony. In May 2006, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with the Hugo Kortschak Award for Excellence in Chamber Music, and this fall the Escher quartet will begin a three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. “I’m stunned,” Lawrence Janss said about his son’s accomplishments as a cellist. “I’m popping buttons off my shirt every day, I’m so puffed up about him. I’m not musical at all, but I like to think I had some influence on (Andrew’s) venturing into the world of art.” Andrew Janss formed the Escher String Quartet with other students from the Manhattan School of Music, including violinists Adam Barnett-Hart and Wu Jie and violist Pierre Laponte. Although he expects to live in New York for the next decade, he misses California and is looking forward to his performance in Ventura next month. THOUSAND OAKS The Janss family is known in Southern California for developing Westwood, Thousand Oaks and parts of the San Fernando Valley. Now, add art to the family r sum . Photographs by Lawrence Janss of Thousand Oaks were used to develop “Yosemite: Journey of Light,” a fusion of his photography and the music of Robert Kyr that was performed by the New West Symphony in Brentwood, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks in April. And Janss’ son, Andrew, is slated to perform Thursday as a cellist with the Escher String Quartet in the Ventura Music Festival. “It’s my first coming back as a professional,” he said. “I don’t get to come back to California nearly as much as I would like. There is a solid-core classical music audience in Ventura County,” he said. “There are people who supported me when I was coming up and there are expectations I don’t want to disappoint.” Andrew’s great-great-grandfather, Peter Janss, was a doctor who came from Denmark to the United States in the 1800s and started the family’s real-estate business. His sons, Edwin and Harold, bought 10,000 acres in the Conejo Valley and developed 3,000 acres in Westwood, donating to the state the land to build UCLA. Edwin Janss Jr. headed the development of Thousand Oaks on the family ranch land that covered much of what is downtown Thousand Oaks today, including The Oaks shopping center and the Janss Marketplace. One of the city’s main streets, Janss Road, is named after the family. Edwin Janss Jr. also built a reputation as an underwater photographer and a collector of works by young artists before they had received widespread public recognition. “My father was a great photographer,” Lawrence Janss said. “He befriended great artists when they were young and struggling. He had that eye.” Lawrence Janss, 57, studied photography with Ansel Adams, whose photographs he also collected, and in 1998 produced his own photographic interpretation of Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” which was premiered by the New West Symphony. He recently exhibited his photos of Yosemite in a fusion of still and motion pictures with the music in “Yosemite: Journey of Light,” which had its world premiere this month. Lawrence Janss was also instrumental in saving the historic Moorpark Theater on High Street, which he bought in 2001 and renovated before selling it to the city of Moorpark in 2004. Marney Janss, who is Lawrence Janss’ wife and Andrew’s mother, is the founder of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in Calabasas, where Andrew attended Viewpoint School. “His teacher called me and said that Andrew had way more than the average ability,” Marney Janss said. “I was thrilled, but we never pushed it. It wasn’t something I was going to push someone into ever. It’s difficult financially; it’s difficult artistically. But this is what he wanted to do. I’m very proud of him.” Andrew said although his parents are not musicians, their interests in art and music encouraged him to become a cellist. “It was an art-filled household,” he said. “There was always music playing. I think I was destined to become some kind of artist.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602 If you go The Escher String Quartet will perform in the Ventura Music Festival Rising Stars Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 1385 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. Tickets are $15 to $25. For more information, call (805) 648-3146 or go to www.venturamusicfestival.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CalArts graduates scramble for Hollywood studio jobs

first_imgVALENCIA – Graduation is show time in the CalArts animation program, with students vying for studios ready to hire them. So the online success of Alex Hirsch’s six-minute video “Off the Wall” couldn’t have come at a better moment for the fledgling animator. Who knew that drawing a few squiggly lines would grab so much attention? Hirsch’s creation is an animated doodle on a wall who tries to impress live-action humans. Wallby is the kind of stick-and-circle character a grade-schooler might draw when the teacher’s not looking, and Hirsch knows it. But instead of jaw-dropping art, humor and story drive Wallby’s animated adventures. Hirsch’s classmates co-star. The formula earned almost 600,000 hits on YouTube.com. “I just wanted to cram all my friends into something as a parting Hallmark card to my school,” said Hirsch, who graduated Friday from Valencia’s California Institute of the Arts. The video has been more than that for Hirsch, 21. Major studio executives saw it and were impressed, and it won Hirsch a lunch meeting with one executive who encouraged him to pitch ideas to the studio. “My portfolio probably isn’t good enough to make its way to him,” Hirsch said. “But the short’s funny, so that’s worth its weight in gold.” Hirsch is on the job interview circuit, as are fellow students. At a CalArts job fair a couple of weeks before graduation, students tried to catch the eye of representatives from The Walt Disney Co., Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Nickelodeon and other companies. And they did it with their portfolios alone, since they are barred from being in the same room with potential employers rifling through their work. After a few hours, students come back and look for their names on a list. If a company listed a student’s name, it means he or she won a short job interview in a “speed-dating” kind of format at the school. Over the years, students finding their names absent from the lists have been reduced to tears. Tuition at the school is $31,290 a year. More than a quarter of students pay it all, while the rest rely on various forms of financial aid, ranging from work-study to full scholarship, said Margaret Crane, a spokeswoman for the school. To its credit, CalArts has a long list of alumni who have graduated from its animation programs and done more than just find paying jobs in the industry. Tim Burton is virtually a cult figure; Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise co-directed “Beauty and the Beast”; Craig McCracken created “The Powerpuff Girls”; John Lasseter became an executive at Pixar after having directed both “Toy Story” movies and “A Bug’s Life.” When he was a student at CalArts before going on to direct episodes of “The Simpsons,” Jim Reardon made a 1986 Peanuts parody called “Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown.” Reardon works at Pixar. In Reardon’s gory CalArts classic, Charlie Brown shoots his way through the revenge fantasy audience members have probably always had for him. The short film shares space on YouTube.com with the more recent creations of Hirsch and other current and former students. Some graduates never find jobs in animation. But one said such failings can usually be blamed on not putting in the work. During the all-nighters they pull working on their projects and chugging energy drinks, students build strong bonds with each other. The year culminates with a boisterous marathon showing of all the students’ animation shorts. Students down alcohol and cheer each other on at the “open show.” Then comes the “producer’s show,” when only the best shorts are showcased and students dress up to hobnob with studio execs – another steppingstone to a potential job. “It’s like the open show is the bachelor’s party and the producer’s show is the wedding,” said student Dimitri Frazao, 25, who helped Hirsch with his video. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Port to use portable scanning unit

first_img“We will clearly know when something is in there that shouldn’t be,” Holmes said. “It’s not a silver bullet, but it’s definitely a great tool.” Police and bomb-sniffing canines currently inspect trucks carrying food and supplies to the three cruise lines based at the Port of Los Angeles, but the process is not very efficient and can often be time-consuming, Holmes said. “Cruise ships are like a floating city, and when you have a large cruise operation like we do, you have to make passengers, vendors, employees, everyone feel safe,” Holmes said. “This machine is going to make the inspection process much easier because it takes a very detailed picture of what’s inside a truck or container.” If needed, the mobile scanning system will be hauled to large events and awards shows held in other areas of Los Angeles, Holmes said. The X-ray system will be installed on a large American-made truck powered by a diesel engine meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions standards for 2007, according to Holmes. “We could be getting this system sooner, but there’s a backlog of these low-emission trucks right now,” Holmes said. “But it will be worth the wait.” art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An X-ray unit capable of detecting dangerous devices will scan goods loaded onto passenger cruise ships passing in and out of the Port of Los Angeles beginning next year under a plan approved Thursday night by the harbor commission. The panel agreed to buy the $1.88 million mobile scanning unit created by Beijing-based Nuctech Inc. with funds received from the federal Port Security Grant Program, according to a port report. The Port of Los Angeles is among the first municipal agencies to purchase the security system to specifically examine goods loaded onto passenger cruises, according to John Holmes, director of port operations. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents already use the high-tech scanners to peek inside cargo containers entering the port, which served about 1.2 million cruise line passengers last year. last_img read more

Officials: Florida robbery bomb was fake

first_imgOn Tuesday evening, the man was in the drive-through lane of the bank where he works. The device was strapped to him with duct tape, and he seemed convinced that it was a real bomb, Rode said. It wasn’t clear how the robbery occurred. Authorities said the employee passed a “significant amount” of money to two men and a woman he claimed had abducted him at gunpoint from his Dania Beach home and brought him to the Wachovia bank branch in downtown Hollywood. The employee said the alleged kidnappers wore masks, the two men had guns and he could only provide a generic description to investigators, Rode said. The bank employee, whose identity was not released, was not injured. He and his girlfriend were questioned overnight by investigators and released early Wednesday, but it was still unclear whether they had been victims or participants, Rode said. “We have more questions than answers,” he said. “One question is, are they somehow involved? We just don’t know. We’re treating them for now as victims, but that could change.” The Broward County sheriff’s bomb squad used a robot to detonate the suspected bomb after removing it from the man. “It would not have exploded by itself,” Rode said Wednesday. The case was reminiscent of a bank robbery in 2003 in which a pizza delivery driver in Erie, Pa., was found with a bomb attached to a homemade collar around his neck. The pizza delivery man, Brian Wells, told police he had been abducted and forced to rob the bank. State troopers arrested him and called in a bomb squad, but the device exploded, killing Wells, before they could remove it. Federal prosecutors in July said Wells was knowingly involved in the robbery plot, an allegation Wells’ family denies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CRIME: Police investigate whether a bank employee was involved in the incident. By The Associated Press HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A device strapped to a bank employee’s chest during a robbery was not a bomb, police said Wednesday as they worked to determine whether the man was a participant in the crime or a victim. “The bomb squad made the determination that it was in fact a hoax bomb,” said police Capt. Tony Rode. last_img read more

Chelsea reports: ‘Van Persie to London, defender considering exit and boost on France forward’

first_imgChelsea could strengthen before the close of the January transfer window.Alexandre Pato continues to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but could the Blues have a Plan B if this deal collapses?Including major transfer boosts, check out six of the latest rumours on Chelsea by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 5 2. Gary Cahill – Chelsea defender considering exit over Euro 2016 fears? – Since the emergence of Kurt Zouma into the Blues’ first team last season, Cahill has been competing with John Terry for a starting place, and over the past few months the latter has been the preferred option. With the 2016 European Championship finals approaching, the England international is now said to be fearful over his chances of being picked for Roy Hodgson’s squad, and he is consequently considering his future at Stamford Bridge, according to Reuters. It could be too late for him to leave in the current window, but he has reportedly accepted that his career with Chelsea may be coming to an end. 5 5 3. Antoine Griezmann – Diego Simeone worried about losing the Frenchman to Chelsea? – Chelsea were linked with Griezmann, who is contracted to Atletico Madrid until 2020, in the summer, but a bid never materialised. The Frenchman, however, remains on the Blues’ radar and Diego Simeone has openly suggested that the forward could leave the Estadio Vicente Calderon, if the player himself decides it’s time to move on. The Argentine manager said, ‘The sporting directors have speaking to him directly, with those close to him, in order to work out what’s best for him and the club. Of course he’s a very important player for us, but we can’t hold him here with chains’. 5 1. Robin van Persie – Blues to try to lure ex-Arsenal and Manchester United striker to the Bridge? Read all about this rumour below, then click the arrow above to get up to date on four more stories on Chelsea – The Netherlands international swapped Manchester for Turkey in the summer, sealing a £4.7m move to Fenerbahce, but the striker has endured a miserable time thus far with his new club. He has been used sparingly by Vitor Pereira, making just 10 starts in the Super Lig, but despite his limited playing time, the 32-year-old has still bagged seven goals – which has left Chelsea interested. According to the Daily Express, Roman Abramovich could make a move for the former Arsenal captain, offering a similar short-team contract as Alexandre Pato. 4. Mauricio Pochettino – Spurs boss on Roman Abramovich’s managerial wish list? – Chelsea reportedly have five names on their managerial wish list, and Pochettino is the latest to have been added. His sublime work at Tottenham Hotspur this season, which has resulted in the club charging for the Premier League’s top four and introducing a number of homegrown players to the stage, has allegedly made him a top target. Antoine Conte, Jorge Sampaoli, Diego Simeone and Didier Deschamps are the others being monitored by Abramovich. 5 5. Bertrand Traore – Chelsea facing FIFA investigation over academy starlet? – The Blues could be in hot water with the world’s football governing body after it came to light that Traore played for the club’s under-18 side when he was 16 – which is a clear breach of FIFA regulations. Such is the seriousness of the issue, Chelsea could face a transfer ban if they are found guilty of breaking the rules. The defending English champions have dismissed the claims as false, stating that nothing illegal has taken place; though it seems the case is ongoing.last_img read more

The Fantastic Four

first_imgThis year, March Madness has lived up to its name in grand style. The last-second finishes, the upsets, the passion and drama that make college sports great are all there. You can throw away your brackets, because this year’s NCAA tournament has made fools of the experts and jokes of our predictions. Picked all No. 1 seeds? A good idea, in theory, but in reality the No. 1s are all out of the tournament. And who’s going to the Final Four? The sweetest Cinderella you could ever imagine. She goes by the name George Mason, and against all odds she’s scored a ticket to the big ball. So, too, has the University of California, Los Angeles, returning to its rightful place of greatness among college basketball squads. It’s almost enough to make L.A. sports fans forget about the Lakers, the Dodgers or this year’s Rose Bowl. Madness has never been so much fun. FOR THE RECORD An editorial Monday incorrectly identified the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as spending $305 million on new trains. Metrolink, not the MTA, is making the purchase. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

HSE MUST REVIEW RECRUITMENT PROCESS AS €6M SPENT ON HOSPITAL ON AGENCY STAFF – BROGAN

first_imgThe whole area of recruitment of junior doctors and consultants at Letterkenny General Hospital must be reviewed, says Cllr Ciaran Brogan.Cllr Ciaran BroganThe Fianna Fail representative said fact that the hospital is using agency doctors at present is totally unsatisfactory.Last year Letterkenny spent €6 million on such agency staff which he described as “an awful lot of money for non-permanent personnel.” “It was reported recently that the H.S.E. is paying private agencies a massive €110,000 every thirteen weeks to fill a single consultant post at Letterkenny General. Last September the Dail Public Accounts Committee was told that five consultant posts at the hospital are being filled on hourly-rate contracts with the cost for three months equivalent to the normal pay of a full-time consultant for an entire year.“That to me is crazy money at a time when we should be filling vacancies on a permanent basis and that’s something I impressed on the General Manager at Letterkenny Hospital, Sean Murphy, when I had a meeting with him on Tuesday of this week.“The Government needs to be attracting junior doctors and filling these positions on a permanent basis. The same Government boasted the line that money would follow the patient. I’m afraid I have yet to see that.”He aded that whatever resources are required to make these positions permanent must be provided. “We cannot continue handing out huge amounts of money to these agencies when medical posts can, and should, be filled permanently.“The resources must be given to help meet the huge demand that exists at Letterkenny General Hospital on a daily basis.”H said that after a recent meeting with the General Manager Sean Murphy, he undertook a tour of the hospital to monitor the rebuilding programme and said there is certainly a lot of progress being made.“New equipment is being provided and the new dining room and kitchen area should be open in the next month, I was told. The new chapel has been completed and is looking very well,” he aded.HSE MUST REVIEW RECRUITMENT PROCESS AS €6M SPENT ON HOSPITAL ON AGENCY STAFF – BROGAN was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 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) Tags:agency staffClr Ciaran BrogancosultantsdoctorsStafflast_img read more