Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2015 presentation For more information about Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) 2015 presentation Company ProfileUmeme Limited supplies and distributes electricity in Uganda. It is the main electricity distribution company in the region; operating and maintaining a distribution network of some 31 790 kilometres of medium and low voltage electricity lines as well as providing after-sales services to its customers. Umeme Limited supplies electricity for domestic, commercial, industrial and public works usage, and is responsible for the purchase of electricity for Independent Power Producers. Umeme Limited is a subsidiary of Umeme Holdings; which is a subsidiary of Actis Infrastructure 2LP. Umeme Limited took over the supply and distribution of electricity in Uganda from UEDCL under a 20-year concession period. Umeme Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange
Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2019 presentation results for the first quarter.For more information about Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) 2019 presentation results for the first quarter.Company ProfileDangote Cement Plc manufactures, packages and distributes cement and related products for the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. The company has operations in Nigeria, Benin and Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia and exports internationally. Dangote Cement Plc operates the largest cement plant in sub-Saharan Africa, the Obajana Cement Plant. Cement bagged and distributed by Dangote Cement Plc is required of the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors. Formerly known as Obajana Cement Plc, the company changed its name to Dangote Cement Plc in 2010. The company is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Dangote Cement Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Sir Clive Woodward waded into one of the perpetual debates about the Six Nations this week and got right behind the concept of introducing promotion and relegation to the tournament. It is just a shame, and shame on the organisers, that it is not going to happen anytime soon.Martin Johnson once said that when Woodward was his England coach he came up with 10 ideas the-then captain would swat a handful of the more madcap ones away. But Woodward has got it spot on this time.Unfortunately John Feehan, the chief executive of the Six Nations, does not see it the same way telling us recently that there is no chance of promotion and relegation being brought in for the foreseeable future. I wonder what they make of that down Tbilisi and Bucharest way where the Georgians and the Romanians must be wondering why they bother.Many people have had their say and surprise, surprise most of the ones who are opposed to promotion and relegation are in the Six Nations already. All very cosy but it is time to kick down the door.Standing strong: The Oaks in the World Cup against ItalyLast year Bernard Lapasset, the chairman of World Rugby, called for the Six Nations to be re-vamped to let other nations gatecrash the party. But he was on his way out of the top job in the game at the time so his words hardly hit the target.But Georgia have hit the glass ceiling in rugby terms. They have won the Tier 2 European Nations Cup, now known as the Rugby Europe International Championships, eight times in the last nine years and have nowhere to go. Romania have been runners-up five times in the last six years and won the whole shooting match in 2010 and they have nowhere to go.How must Milton Haig, the coach of Georgia, feel? He sends his team out every week knowing full well that even if they win every game by 70 points they will still be banging their heads against a brick wall.Romania have been down this route before. Back in the 1980s they knocked over Wales, France and Scotland, drew with Ireland, and in 1981 were only narrowly second best to the All Blacks. They could have joined the-then Five Nations and had a decent crack at it.Big ask: Conor O’Shea has been tasked with breathing fire into the ItaliansThat was all in the Communist era when most of the players were policemen or soldiers in name and could train any time they liked. But the collapse of Communism saw the slow collapse of rugby in that country and the chance was missed but that team would have held their own in the Six Nations.Italy became the first team to join the championship, since France in 1947, when they were allowed in, in 2000. That was probably five years too late as well because they had a serious outfit in the mid-to-late 1990s but the suits dragged their feet before letting them in to the private party.That team before they were given the green light contained giants such as Massimo Giovanelli, Carlo Checchinato, in the best years of his career, and a young scrum-half by the name of Alessandro Troncon. They gave the rest of Europe the hurry-up beating Ireland, France and Scotland, and giving England a fright in a World Cup qualifier in 1998, before eventually being grudgingly granted entry to the Six Nations. Up for the fight: Jonny Gray tries to power through the Georgian defence TAGS: GeorgiaRomania LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Closed shop: The Six Nations committee are not open to relegation or promotionIn the 16 championships since 2000 Italy have finished bottom of the pile 11 times and peaked at fourth spot in 2007 and 2013. So they would be the most obvious candidate for the drop.But whoever finishes bottom – and it was France in 2013, Scotland in 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2015 and Wales in 2003 should be destined for the drop or at the very least a play-off against the European Nations Cup winners.If Georgia go to Murrayfield, Stadio Olimpico or even the Principality Stadium, Twickenham, Stade de France or the Aviva Stadium and win a game they should be straight into the championship.And if any of the current Six Nations do not fancy their chances of getting out of the European Nations Cup – against the likes of Romania, Belgium, Germany or Russia they shouldn’t be in the Six Nations in the first place.As Woodward pointed out, in the Daily Mail, if Georgia have a bad season in the European Nations Cup they are down the gurgler and into the second tier. So they have got a glass ceiling on top of them whilst they are standing on a trap door and it is nonsense.Strong views: Sir Clive Woodward is an advocate for promotion and relegationLasha Khurtsidze, the general secretary of the Georgian Rugby Union, said last year: “We and Romania need to be given a chance, something to aspire to, and we have been saying this for a while. Argentina were in our position not that long ago and look at them now since they were brought into the Rugby Championship.”It works alright in the Premiership although, equally as shamefully, there are some out there who want to ring-fence the top tier of English club rugby.If that had happened, when the idea was all the rage although it is still simmering, then we would never have had the Exeter story. Promotion and relegation in the Six Nations is still off the agenda – this closed rhetoric has got to stop Trips to Dublin, Edinburgh, Cardiff, London, Rome and Paris are all brilliant for the fans and, we can assume, the men and women who run the competition don’t mind the jaunts either.Maybe they just don’t fancy a trip to Tbilisi. It might not be Paris in the spring but it is time to for the Georgians to stop banging against the ceiling. It must be giving them and thousands of true rugby fans a headache – pass the aspirin.
Keep track all the action from Japan via our Rugby World Cup home page.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. All hail Japan’s Brave BlossomsA few hours after the final whistle, the station is still bustling with rugby fans awaiting their trains home. Those clad in red and white mix happily with those in green. A queue snakes around the shop as supporters source post-match snacks for the journey – after all, you can work up quite an appetite watching history being made.This could be Brighton 2015 or Shizuoka 2019 (Kakegawa the local station). The only differences would be the orderliness of the queue, and the speed and promptness of the trains.Japan are making a habit of being at the centre of World Cup epics and the local fans here will be hoping there are more to come. Having stunned South Africa – and the world – in 2015, Ireland were the victims four years on.It’s the 19-12 win under the setting sun at the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa that feels most significant, though, and is the one that takes them to a record high of eighth in the world rankings.Match report: Japan 19-12 IrelandIt was almost cat and mouse against the Springboks at RWC 2015; one side clawing ahead before the other caught back up, neither able to build a substantial lead and Japan delivering the decisive blow with Karne Hesketh’s last-minute try.Yet here in Shizuoka they dominated. Yes, Ireland impressed in the first quarter and used their kicking game effectively to deliver two tries, but they didn’t get a sniff after that. The Brave Blossoms kept Ireland, the world’s No 1 team coming into this World Cup, scoreless for 60 minutes. Incredible.Japan’s defence was outstanding; they often sent two men into tackles to not only stop the attacker but drive them backwards and thus negate Ireland’s physicality. They missed just 13 tackles and made 173 for a success rate of 93% – special mention to James Moore (23 tackles) and Luke Thompson (19).Plus, they stole two Irish lineouts – one at a crucial juncture in their own 22. And those facets weren’t even the most impressive.Tempo. That’s the word you would use to summarise this Japan team. It’s certainly the one that was most common among the responses of Ireland players when dissecting the match afterwards.Japan not only play with speed but accuracy. Other teams have been bemoaning the slippery balls in the humid conditions and handling errors have beset many matches. It’s not a problem for Japan, the ball whizzed from one side of the pitch to the other and back again, and stuck firmly in each players grasp.Corner stop: Kenki Fukuoka runs in Japan’s try against Ireland (Getty Images)Their creativity and speed of movement had Ireland scrabbling around to prevent them from scoring more than the one try they managed. Had it not been for Keith Earls’s tackle on Kenki Fukuoka five metres from the line, the men in green wouldn’t have even departed with a losing bonus point. In fact, Joey Carbery decided to kick the ball off at the end rather than launch a length-of-the field attack to ensure Ireland did retain a point that could be crucial when it comes to the final standings of Pool A.Joe Schmidt insisted his side had not underestimated Japan, but his counterpart Jamie Joseph made an interesting point post-match. “We’ve been preparing for this game a hell of a lot longer than Ireland have,” said the Japan coach. “The players have been focusing on today for the last year at least and probably subconsciously for three years. Ireland have been thinking about it since Monday.”Looking back to the opening night in Tokyo, Japan were nervous against Russia; they made uncharacteristic errors and made hard work of getting the four-try bonus point. In contrast, Ireland dominated every area of their first fixture against Scotland. A week on those Japanese nerves had been eradicated; there was clarity in their game plan and they delivered it expertly. Those in Kakegawa station were clearly enjoying all that a World Cup brings. The branded products in the convenience store being snapped up as much as the bento boxes and beers. Most were already wearing the newest Japan jersey, plenty had a RWC 2019 hat or other item. It’s little wonder the merchandise sales for this tournament have already broken previous records.Michael Leitch is the ‘face’ of this team. He was dropped to the bench for this match but he came on after half an hour when Amanaki Mafi was injured and made a huge impact, whether in his tackles or his link work out wide or the quiet words he had with Yu Tamura before crucial kicks at goal. Now he and his squad are looking to set more records on the pitch.Big impact: Michael Leitch attacks out wide (Getty Images)“That was the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in,” said Leitch once he’d had a chance to digest the performance. “Everyone who has come to Japan for the World Cup is having a great time, the Tier Two teams are putting in good performances and I think this is going to be one of the best World Cups.“We still have a job to do but this game was crucial for us. This is massive for Japan rugby. In 2015 we showed the world what we can do and now in front of our home fans hopefully we can leave a massive legacy.”Brighton started the legacy, Shizuoka bolstered it and their all-round performance against Ireland suggests that it will continue beyond the pool stages of this World Cup. And that is exactly what the global game needs.Japan are consistently shaking up the world order and for that they must be hailed. The Brave Blossoms are blooming marvellous. TAGS: Japan Why Japan beating Ireland is more significant than their victory over South Africa four years ago Home advantage: Japan players line up for the anthem – with plenty of support in the crowd (Getty Images)“The pressure wasn’t on us tonight,” said Thompson, at 38 the oldest player at this World Cup. “Last week we were expected to win, there were a lot of guys playing in their first World Cup match, it was a huge occasion and Russia played really well and didn’t let us do as much as we wanted to. This week we had more experience and we played with the ball well.”There was belief too. It grew throughout the game, particularly as they continually held off the green wave. And they will need that same mental resilience as they move on to their remaining pool matches against Samoa and Scotland. After all, they won three matches in 2015 and didn’t make it to the quarter-finals, so they know nothing is guaranteed in terms of progress to the last eight just yet.Related: Rugby World Cup fixturesThey can be sure of growing excitement around the country, however. In 2015, they captured the imagination of the Japanese people and in 2019, with this victory over Ireland, they have cemented the nation’s interest in rugby. And fans will be hoping the journey isn’t over yet.A look at the clips from the various fanzones across the country demonstrates how engaged people are with the tournament. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Joy and pain: Japan celebrate while Joey Carbery looks dejected (Getty Images)
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Irish begging ‘special’ denied AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 August 2005 | News Tagged with: Gaming Ireland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 31 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Irish postal service, An Post, has denied that they have put on a special van delivery to carry ‘begging’ letters to Euro lottery winner Dolores McNamara’s home near Limerick. Dolores won ‚€115, 436, 126 on 29th July, the biggest payout ever from the Euro lottery game.The information from An Post follows widespread rumours that other lottery winners in Ireland have been inundated with letters from individuals and charities seeking money. Financial experts have indicated that even on deposit the lottery win will produce an income of ‚€10,000 per day. Advertisement
Facebook Uniforms take effect next fall at Gale Pond Alamo Facebook Local NewsEducation WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Unemployment numbers hit the floodNext articleGabe McDonald capital murder trial begins in June admin Pinterest Gale Pond Alamo STEAM Academy. Twitter By admin – May 9, 2018 A Texas ranger walks outside the ambulance entrance at Medical Center Hospital after three sheriff deputies were shot in the line of duty Monday night in North Odessa. Gale Pond Alamo STEAM Academy students will be donning uniforms next fall after a poll of parents and staff.Students weren’t surveyed, but a majority of them interviewed by the Odessa American like the idea.Principal Regina Lee said the goal was to unify the school and give youngsters a sense of pride. The students that support it said it would reduce bullying and make it easier to get dressed in the morning. Those who don’t like it said they don’t like not having a choice in attire, or they don’t care what they wear.Lee said standard attire has been in the works since around the middle of last school year. As part of the process for converting to a science, technology, engineering, art and math campus, she and colleagues visited other campuses which happened to be uniform schools and thought it would be a good idea.“I started with the staff and just asked if they thought it would be a good idea. They did and I mentioned it to our VIP (Volunteers & Partners) parents at the time. Several of them had older kiddoes at the middle schools and just loved it,” Lee said.Initially, she polled parents to see if they were interested, which was followed by a couple of different surveys to make sure everyone was asked. A paper ballot vote was conducted last year, which among other things, included feedback on colors and whether they agreed or disagreed with going to standard attire.Lee was able to speak to some of the parents who disagreed for different reasons or had concerns about the uniform policy.Parents didn’t want students to feel excluded, that there would be uniforms at school and youngsters wouldn’t be sent home.“I assured them the purpose was to have them here,” Lee said.One thing she does regret is not polling the students.If students can’t afford uniforms, some will be available. Lee added that teachers often step up to provide clothing for students and it would probably work the same way for uniforms.Currently, about 415 students in grades prekindergarten through fifth attend Gale Pond Alamo STEAM Academy.The response was 72 percent for uniforms and 28 against. About 134 people voted. Some families with students in fifth grade didn’t cast ballots and some didn’t care, Lee said. The Ector County Independent School District Board approved uniforms for Gale Pond at a meeting last month.Colors for tops will be black, gray, red, gold, navy blue and royal blue.Pants, skirts and shorts will be khaki, navy and black, Lee said.Out of 10 students, a majority liked the concept of standard attire.“It’s really good to have uniforms because you don’t have to go digging through your clothes and look for the clothes that you’re going to wear to match every day,” said 7-year-old first grader Jaiye Olivas.Nine-year-old third-grader Cayden Boren said he thinks having uniforms will cut down on bullying because everyone will be wearing the same thing and if students don’t like it they’re wearing the same clothes, so they don’t like anything.Branson Anderson, a seven-year-old first-grader, endorses standard attire.“… Almost every time I choose something to go to school in, my mom says, ‘No, that doesn’t match,” Anderson said.Lukas Houston, a 10-year-old third-grader, was a dissenting voice. He added that he may not be coming back to Alamo next year, but uniforms are not the reason.“I say no because, first of all, it’s not your opinion. Second of all, it could be hot, or itch, or it may be a hard material and it might burn you. I’ve heard complaints on the bus, so I’d say no,” Houston said.Eight-year-old third-grader Caiden Hinojos said he doesn’t want uniforms either.“I don’t really care what I wear. My mom puts out what I wear, so I don’t really care. I just don’t want to wear it because I always wear suits and stuff to church and I don’t want to waste my suits,” Hinojos said.More Information Pinterest
Ingram Micro Earns Top Marks in Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index WhatsApp Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families Facebook Twitter Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– Ingram Micro, the world’s leading provider of technology and logistics solutions, proudly announced it received a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the second year in a row. The CEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Ingram Micro joins the ranks of 767 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year. “We are proud Ingram Micro has once again scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. Diversity, equity and inclusion are critical components of our ability to provide a culture and workplace where all associates are comfortable being their true selves; an environment where everyone can contribute and thrive. Supporting these initiatives results in the combination of different thoughts, approaches, ideas and outlooks, strengthening our business through recruiting and retaining the best and brightest talent and adding value for our customers and partners,” said Scott Sherman, executive vice president of Human Resources, Ingram Micro. “From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet, many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality,” said Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President. “This year has shown us that tools like the CEI are crucial in the work to increase equity and inclusion in the workplace, but also that companies must breathe life into these policies and practices in real and tangible ways. Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBTQ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do—but the best business decision.” The results of the 2021 CEI showcase how 1,142 U.S.-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., but also for the 57% of CEI-rated companies with global operations who are helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad. Ingram Micro’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100% ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality. The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 18 million U.S. workers and an additional 17 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held medium to large-sized businesses. The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:Non-discrimination policies across business entities Corporate social responsibility The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei. About Ingram Micro Inc. Ingram Micro helps businesses realize the promise of technology™. It delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world. Deep expertise in technology solutions, mobility, cloud, and supply chain solutions enables its business partners to operate efficiently and successfully in the markets they serve. More at www.ingrammicro.com. About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. © 2021 Ingram Micro Inc. All rights reserved. Ingram Micro and the registered Ingram Micro logo are trademarks used under license by Ingram Micro Inc. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005087/en/ CONTACT: Damon Wright Ingram Micro Inc. 1-714-382-5013 [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY LOGISTICS/SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT TRANSPORT MOBILE/WIRELESS SOURCE: Ingram Micro Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/28/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 01/28/2021 09:02 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005087/en TAGS Previous articleStirling Ultracold Supplies Island of Puerto Rico and U.S. Embassy Locations with Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) Freezers to Help Facilitate Global COVID-19 Vaccination EffortsNext articleNorthern Trust Expands Family Office and Private Investment Group Digital AIM Web Support Supporting an inclusive culture WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook
Pinterest By News Highland – April 24, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Group of Donegal Doctors call for Yes vote in abortion referendum A group of Donegal Doctors have released a statement calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming abortion referendum.It follows a statement issued by a separate group of GPs in the county in recent days advocating a No vote next month, owing to findings from the Maternal Death Inquiry that deaths in Ireland were extremely rare.However the Yes doctors believe that the statistics fail to capture the experiences faced by many Irish women and that death is a very low bar by which to set the standard for maternity services.The statement continues that in 2016, 63 women listed a Donegal address when seeking a termination in England/Wales.Doctor Noel Sharkey is one of thirteen doctors who have signed the joint statement:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/nodfgdfgdfelraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The statement in full:With a month to go until polling day, a group of Donegal Doctors For Yes have released a statement to the people of Donegal calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum:We are a group of doctors, working in or from Donegal, who currently work across various medical specialties. We refer to a recently published letter from a group of doctors calling for a no vote. Their statement, that the Eighth Amendment does not put the lives of pregnant women at risk, runs contrary to the testimonies of Ireland’s leading obstetricians, including Prof Peter Boylan (former Master of National Maternity Hospital, Holles St) and Dr Rhona Mahoney (current Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St). These are the current experts in maternal and foetal health and deal with some of the most complicated pregnancies, many of which are dealt with away from rural GP practises because of their complex nature. Furthermore, the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which has representation from all 19 maternity units across the country, has publicly declared its support for the recommendations made by the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment.Maternal mortality rates are not an indicator of successful pregnancies. This is evidenced by the countless number of Irish women who are sharing their experiences of having to choose between a forced pregnancy and travelling to the UK to access healthcare. 63 women listed a Donegal address when seeking a termination in England/Wales in 2016. Others have ordered abortion pills online and taken them in their home without any medical supervision. Maternal mortality statistics fail to capture these experiences. Indeed, death is a very low bar by which to set the standard for maternity services in Ireland. The current system has failed these women, many of whom are our sisters, daughters, mothers, aunts, cousins and friends, as well as patients.Regarding Savita Halappanavar, the author of the independent report into her tragic death, Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, has publicly stated that a timely termination could have saved her life, as has her husband. In addition, her family have urged the Irish electorate to vote Yes in the upcoming referendum. In his report to the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, Professor Arulkumaran said the following: “She did have sepsis. However, if she had a termination in the first days as requested, she would not have had sepsis. If she had the termination when asked for it, the sepsis would not arise” “We would never have heard of her and she would be alive today”. It is becoming clear that a minority of doctors wish to retain the Eighth Amendment. We respect these views and support legislation that will ensure that no doctor will be forced into providing abortion services against their conscience. However, in the face of ever growing medical evidence and the real life stories of Irish women, this ideology can no longer be afforded the constitutional protection it currently relies on. That doctors cannot agree on the issue is a strong enough argument in itself for introducing legislation rather than continuing with the ‘one size fits all’ model of the Eighth Amendment. As Irish women will attest, no two pregnancies are the same. Donegal women will continue to need access to termination services, regardless of the outcome of the referendum. However, we now have an opportunity to allow this to happen in a safe and compassionate environment, near the support of family and friends, and without fear of prosecution. 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