Former mayor comes out of retirement for local election

first_imgNewsPoliticsFormer mayor comes out of retirement for local electionBy Alan Jacques – March 29, 2019 1687 Former Mayor Jim Long who will be contesting the local elections in May.Photo: Emma JervisFORMER Mayor of Limerick Jim Long has entered the fray as a candidate for the upcoming local elections in City West.Speaking to the Limerick Post this Wednesday, the former Fine Gael councillor revealed that he has been encouraged to come out of retirement and put himself forward as an Independent candidate on May 24.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Over the past five years, I have always been available to people who needed advice on a broad number of issues and concerns. Also, I kept an eye and ear on the shenanigans at council,” the Ballinacurra Gardens man explained.“My assessment is that delivery has been overshadowed by personal fulfilment of the majority of councillors who sit in council chambers. It is very obvious that the cosy done deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil at the behest of senior management within Limerick City and County Council has led to these councillors becoming yes men and women to the chief executive and his team.“As a result, we have dictatorship at the cost of governance and democracy,” he claimed.“This is evident in relation to a number of issues that have failed the people of Limerick over the years.“To name but a few, the huge concerns from operations at the Irish Cement and Aughinish factories from toxic pollutants has now soared beyond health concerns, to an actual denial of our human rights by administrators and agencies.“Our elected members have been extremely silent on the process. The mould must be broken between the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil coalition and senior management.“They have to be ousted and replaced by trustworthy candidates who will deliver for the people, not for Council management, themselves or multinationals,” he concluded. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Twitter Previous articleScramblers are creating havoc on Childers Road in LimerickNext articleGiant Granny left a rich cultural legacy in Limerick Alan Jacques TAGSLimerick City and CountyLocal Elections 2019politics Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? WhatsApp Printcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Emaillast_img read more


first_imgA round-up of news from the professional journalsSupervision works Clinical supervision should be done in groups, away from the workplace andin sessions of at least an hour at least once a month, according to a studycarried out at Manchester university. Nursing Standard 15 December 1999 Prescribing on hold Changes to nurses’ prescribing powers could be on hold for at least twoyears, according to the UKCC. A Department of Health spokesperson said that noprecise timescale had yet been agreed on how to proceed with the Crown reporton nurse prescribing, which was published last March. Nursing Times 15 December 1999 Nurses delay cases A backlog of professional conduct cases due to be heard by the UKCC has beenblamed on disputatious nurses. A quarter of cases now take more than 12 monthsto deal with, according to Lesley South, UKCC professional conduct manager, and”people are becoming more argumentative”. Nursing Times15 December 1999 Lay members call Lay members should be in the majority on nursing’s regulatory body,according to a report by the Commons health committee. MPs believe there is aperception among patients that nurses are not properly accountable and”look after their own”. Nursing Standard 1 December 1999 BriefingOn 1 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Killer mushrooms!

first_imgIt is thought to have been responsible for the deaths of emperors. Inparts of California’s forests, it is everywhere.It is the deathcap mushroom, Amanita phalloides, so filledwith toxins that a single cap can kill anyone who mistakenly eats it anddoes not get medical treatment. Because it looks like an ediblemushroom, the deathcap is among those most involved in human poisoning,such as one that occurred in Newton, Mass., last fall. Through history,it has been a convenient tool for those interested in regime change,playing a key role in the Europe-spanning War of Austrian Succession inthe 1700s, which started when Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI died aftereating a plate of mushrooms, thought to be deathcaps.Though much is known about the deathcap’s toxicity — it kills byfostering liver failure — much less is understood about its generalbiology and its role in the environment. AnnePringle, associate professor of organismic and evolutionarybiology, is out to change that.Pringle has spent years in California’s forests, researching thedeathcaps that in some parts of the state make up as much as 80 percentof the local biomass of mushrooms. Pringle proved first that theCalifornia population was not native, but rather an introducedpopulation from Europe.She’s working now to understand the mushroom’s dispersal across thelandscape and its symbiotic partnership with trees. Its widespreadpresence begs the questions of whether it displaced native symbioticfungi and whether it spreads more easily as a mutualist (an organism in arelationship beneficial to both partners) than it would as a pathogen,which characterizes most known invasive fungi. She recently concludedthat it reproduces more readily through the spread of its spores, whichare released from the fleshy gills under its cap, than asexually throughfragmentation of its thready subterranean fungal body.Like most mushroom-producing fungi, much of the deathcap’s bodyactually lies under the Earth’s surface, and its mushrooms aretemporary, sent up from the underground filaments to release spores andthen fade. Even with the mushroom gone, the fungus still operatesunderground, decomposing old plant matter and, in the case of thedeathcap, partnering with tree roots, providing nitrogen in exchange forcarbon compounds.Pringle’s work, conducted through a combination of old-fashionedfieldwork and cutting-edge genetic analysis, has shown that the deathcapspreads slowly. It moves through either the slow creep of itsunderground body or the floating spread of its spores, which do notdrift far from their release point.Humans likely played a big role in the fungus’ spread. Because itlives in association with tree roots, researchers believe it wasintroduced here from Europe at least twice — once in California and onceon the East Coast — by hitching rides on trees transplanted from Europeto America.On the East Coast, Pringle and researchers from her lab haveidentified dozens of populations: in Newton, near the New Jersey PineBarrens, near Rochester, N.Y., and in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.Pringle says the populations on the East Coast are isolated, notwidespread as in California. Another difference on the East Coast is that deathcaps are associated with pine trees, not theoaks that they partner with in California and Europe. Pringle anddoctoral student Ben Wolfe said that may be because of a slightlydifferent strain being introduced on the East Coast, or it may bebecause of ecological constraints put on the population on the EastCoast by closely related native species, also from the genus Amanita.Though the deathcap may be the star of Pringle’s lab, her workincludes other fungal species, as well as lichens, a symbioticassociation of fungi and algae.Wolfe, who expects to graduate in December, is working with the U.S. Department ofEnergy to decode the genome of Amanita species related tothe deathcap. He hopes to understand the genetic roots of fungalsymbiosis with trees. A bonus of decoding the fungi’s genome, Wolfesaid, would be that, in degrading plant material, the fungi produces anenzyme called cellulase, of potential interest in biofuel processing.In talking about her work, Pringle emphasizes the importance offungal conservation. Fungi have not received the attention that plantsand animals have, so less is known about them. With the planetundergoing an extinction crisis, we may be losing fungal species beforewe even know they’re here, Pringle said.last_img read more

10 ways the wealthy de-stress

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A recent survey on stress in America found 20 percent of those polled aren’t doing anything to actively alleviate or manage their stress, and 42 percent worry they might not be doing enough. The same survey, by the American Psychological Association, showed that 64 percent of adults reported being either significantly or very stressed about money.Although the wealthy might not have the same financial concerns, they experience their share of stress, especially if they achieved their wealth through entrepreneurship or investment prowess. But the difference between them and many anxious Americans is that they’ve developed techniques to reduce stress that can work for anyone.Check out how Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos and more easily de-stress.1. Maintain a RoutineJack Dorsey, who founded both Twitter and Square, sets a strict schedule to minimize surprises — and the stress that comes with them.“I think generally stress comes from things that are unexpected,” he said in “The Found a Business Book” by aspiring entrepreneur and teen author Jack Kaufman. “The more you can set a cadence around what you do and the more ritual and the more consistency you can build in your schedule, the less stress you’re going to have.” continue reading »last_img read more

Polio eradication efforts lost ground in 2008

first_img The global vaccination rate of infants with three doses of the trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV3) for 2007, the most recent year data were available, was estimated at 82%. For the countries in which the wild poliovirus is endemic, vaccination rates were 83% in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 62% in India, and 61% in Nigeria. However, the authors pointed out that OPV3 coverage in some parts of the countries dipped below 40%. The groups noted some promising development in the affected countries, including the interruption of indigenous WPV1 transmission in India’s Uttar Pradesh state and new management approaches with intensive immunization activities in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Also, India saw its 3-year handle on WPV1 transmission in western Uttar Pradesh state erode when the virus entered the state from neighboring Bihar state in mid 2008. They singled out an especially challenging situation in India, where OPV effectiveness is low, purportedly due to the combination of diarrheal diseases, malnutrition, and crowding. In an editorial note that accompanied the polio trend report, the authors said that two World Health Organization (WHO) advisory bodies acknowledged the eradication obstacles and concluded that to drive the number of cases downward again, public health officials need to win the vaccination outreach and coverage cooperation of all affected countries and enhance routine vaccination and surveillance efforts. Oct 16, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Polio vaccination may continue after wild virus fades” In 2008, vaccine-derived polioviruses were detected in patients with acute flaccid paralysis from eight countries. CDC. Progress toward interruption of wild poliovirus transmission—worldwide, 2008. MMWR 2009 Apr 3;58(12):308-12 [Full text] Much of the increase stemmed from a spike in cases in Nigeria, which rose from 285 cases in 2007 to 801 cases in 2008. The authors noted that wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) spread last year from endemic areas in northern Nigeria to polio-free southern states and eight neighboring countries, six of which had been polio-free since the 2003-to-2005 timeframe. The increase was also coupled with suboptimal vaccine coverage for children in Nigeria’s high-risk northern states.center_img Though the incidence of polio has decreased drastically since 1988 when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was established, polio cases increased 26% in 2008—to 1,655, up from 1,315 cases in 2007, according to a report in the Apr 3 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). In Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2008, vaccination efforts in children were met by increases in WPV1 and wild polio type 3 (WPV3) cases, the CDC authors reported. Even in more secure areas of Pakistan, management and operational problems hampered vaccination efforts. Apr 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The world lost some ground last year in its 20-year push to eradicate polio, mainly because the disease has spread to new parts of Nigeria and because conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan have made it difficult to get vaccines to children, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. Last summer, GPEI members, which include the WHO, the CDC, UNICEF, and Rotary International, declared a “final push” toward eradicating polio and launched a 3-year $100-million fund drive toward easing some of the shortfall in eradication efforts. The WHO has estimated the funding gap to be $490 million beyond what governments and other organizations have promised. See also: Most vaccination efforts in developing countries involve a less expensive vaccine that contains live, attenuated virus that multiplies in the gut, providing passive immunization to other people. However, the vaccine virus sometimes mutates into a virulent type that can cause polio paralysis and spread through shedding to those who aren’t vaccinated. Jun 18, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Coalition declares ‘final push’ to end polio”last_img read more

Manchester United and Arsenal target Jonathan David explains why he rejected Premier League move for Lille

first_imgAdvertisement David was being courted by a host of Premier League clubs (Picture: Getty Images)Jonathan David has revealed he turned down a move to the Premier League in favour of Lille due to concerns over playing time in England’s top flight.The 20-year-old has made a name for himself at Belgian side Gent, scoring 18 goals in 27 Pro League appearances last term.The attacker – who already has netted 11 times in his first 12 international games for Canada – was being chased by a whole host of Europe’s top clubs.Arsenal and Man United both reportedly held talks with the player’s agent over a potential move.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Lille swooped in and signed the youngster for a reported €31.5 million fee, becoming their record signing above the recently departed Victor Osimhen.AdvertisementAdvertisementDavid admitted the thinking behind his decision was based on where he could gain the most playing time and Ligue 1 offered more potential for him to grow than the Premier League. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 8:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link596Shares Advertisement Manchester United and Arsenal target Jonathan David explains why he rejected Premier League move for Lille Comment David joined Lille in a club-record €31.5m move (Picture: Getty Images)‘Everyone knows the Premier League is a high-quality league,’ he told France Bleu Nord.‘But my choice was dictated by the fact that above all, I wanted to be sure of playing.‘My choice was made quite early. But I understand that it took a little while to finalise between the two clubs.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Gent wanted to keep me one more season, but I had made my choice and they respected it.‘I always knew it was going to be done, even if it took a little while. I really liked the sports project that Luis Campos [Lille’s sporting director] and the club management sold to me.‘That’s really what encouraged me to join Lille. In fact, I especially wanted to join a club where I know that I will keep playing and getting better.‘There is a very good team here with very good players.’MORE: Mesut Ozil will regret wasted years at Arsenal if he stays, says Alan SmithMORE: Manchester United put transfer plans on hold to focus on Jadon Sancho dealFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

Watch: On this day 10 years ago, Viru slammed 293 against Sri Lanka!

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement nkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs57poxleWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E11y7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) uWould you ever consider trying this?😱y78tCan your students do this? 🌚3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Virender Sehwag: The explosive Team India opener that would send shivers down the opponent bowlers. The critical man behind several success stories of the team, Viru exercised monumental feats in a match that would get the whole stadium up on their toes. A decade ago, he did the same in Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPIn the test against Sri Lanka on 4th December 2009, Sehwag scored a blistering 293 off just 254 deliveries. The official Twitter of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rolled back the years and posted a clip showing Viru’s highlights from that match.Enjoy the video below-Advertisement Sehwag’s monumental score came in the form of 40 boundaries and 7 sixes, but was just shy of 7 runs from reaching a triple century. His first 100 came from came off of 101 balls and the second one from 168. This was the dashing hero’s last double century in test cricket. Advertisementlast_img read more