Limerick Council calls for maternity hospital move to Dooradoyle

first_imgTwitter TAGSDepartment of HealthHealth Minister Leo VaradkarlimerickRegional Maternity Hospital Limerickuniversity hospital limerick Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin NewsLocal NewsLimerick Council calls for maternity hospital move to DooradoyleBy Alan Jacques – October 9, 2014 827 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Email Previous articleSpecial needs pupils victimised by budget cutsNext articleCouncillors in the dark over Limerick landfill proposal Alan Jacques center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Health Minister Leo Varadkar is to be called upon to relocate the Regional Maternity Hospital from its current site on the Ennis Road to the University Hospital Limerick (UHL) campus in Dooradoyle.This follows the unanimous support for a notice of motion submitted by Limerick City East Labour Party councillor Elena Secas at last week’s meeting of Limerick City and County Council.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When a similar motion was proposed last March, the Department of Health said there was limited funding available for such capital projects up to 2018  and that significant investment has been made at the maternity hospital over the previous year.However Cllr Secas insists that the quality of health care and the access to it in the maternity hospital is a huge issue and its relocation to the main hospital campus is a matter of urgency.“The building is over 50 years old; its facilities and working environment are relatively poor and, despite being the fifth busiest of the 19 maternity units in the country, it has no intensive care or high dependency units,” she stated.“Because it has no blood bank, mothers in critical condition have to be transferred to UHL for treatment and/or investigations, which poses a huge concern for patient safety and separates mothers from their newborn babies in many cases for several days,” she added.Fianna Fail councillor James Collins added his support to Cllr Secas’s proposal and hoped that it would be a case of “new motion, different answer”.He also called for an emergency plan to be implemented at UHL to deal with the current crisis at the hospital’s emergency department and pointed out that “real investment” would have to happen if the maternity hospital was to be moved to Dooradoyle.Fine Gael councillor Maria Byrne said it was “more appropriate” to have the maternity hospital based at the Dooradoyle campus.Sinn Fein councillor for Adare-Rathkeale, Ciara McMahon, expressed concern over the fact that ten people were currently waiting for emergency bypasses at UHL.“I know of one person who has a 100 per cent blockage and they cannot get a bypass.“There are too many pushing pens and not enough pushing trolleys. I know from my experience abroad that you would be treated much faster in Kenya,” she claimed.Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin described the current situation at UHL as a “disaster” while Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor slammed the Government for its “botched” centralisation of A&E services in the region. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebooklast_img read more

Press release: PM urges devolved leaders to ‘listen to businesses’ and back the Brexit deal

first_img From the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and Diageo, to Airbus and Manufacturing NI, business and industry right across the UK want to us to deliver this deal as it gives them the clarity and stability they need to protect jobs and living standards. I am confident that what we have agreed delivers for the whole of the UK. That’s why it is more important than ever that the devolved administrations get behind this deal and listen to businesses and industry bodies across all four nations who have been clear that it provides the certainty they need. This deal honours the result of the referendum – taking back control of our money, laws and borders, protecting jobs and livelihoods, and freeing the UK to strike new trade deals with countries around the world.center_img The Prime Minister will tomorrow (Wednesday 19th December) urge leaders from the devolved administrations to listen to businesses all across the UK who have supported the Brexit deal negotiated with the EU.At the Downing Street meeting, the Prime Minister will update First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford and representatives of the Northern Ireland Civil Service on the next steps for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.She will reiterate how the deal agreed with the EU works for all parts of the UK and will call on leaders to work together and support the Brexit deal to protect the interests of all four nations of the United Kingdom.The Prime Minister will also update leaders on the preparations being made for every eventuality including a ‘no deal’ scenario, and the extensive steps undertaken already to support businesses and citizens.Ahead of the Joint Ministerial Committee (Plenary) (JMC(P)), the Prime Minister said: So my message is clear: now is the time for us to pull together and harness our efforts behind this deal and build a bright future for people all across the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Frozen Aims to Cast a Spell on B’way in 2017 with New Songs!

first_imgWanna build a snowman on the Great White Way? We’ll have to wait until 2017! According to The Daily Mail, Disney Theatrical is on track to bring Elsa and company to Broadway at some point that year. Under the direction of Alex Timbers the show will include new songs along with those you may have heard once or twice before. Among the Broadway-friendly voices featured in the film are If/Then supernova Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Kristen Bell. View Comments Timbers received a Tony nomination for directing Peter and the Starcatcher, as well as for the book of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (which he also directed). His additional directing credits on the Great White Way include The Pee-Wee Herman Show and, most recently, Rocky. Most recently, he has helmed Here Lies Love off-Broadway and in London. He is also a co-creator and co-writer of the music-themed Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. “As has already been announced, Disney Theatrical is working on a stage adaptation of the animated film Frozen,” said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer Disney Theatrical Productions, in a statement. “It will come as no surprise that the EGOT-winning Broadway veteran Robert Lopez and the Oscar and Grammy winning Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the indelible songs for the film, will be working on the show and that Oscar winner Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, will be working on the book of the stage version. No other staffing or dates have been announced.”last_img read more

Super Fans

first_imgSomeone asked who I thought was the best basketball fan in Ripley County.  I think I have two good candidates for that position.  I am sure a lot of you could add to this list as well.  My two candidates are John Ward and Bill Hisrich.John has been part of Ripley County basketball since he could shoot a ball.  He was a player at Osgood High School, then a coach, athletic director, and administrator at Jac-Cen-Del.  Today John goes to a lot of games at Milan High School, because that is where his grandchildren are going to school.Although Bill Hisrich did not go to school in Ripley County or play basketball there, Bill’s contribution came in the way of announcing ball games.  During his prime, Bill announced games from the pee wee level to the high school sports.  There were some weeks that his only day off would be Sunday.  As I think of it now, he may have even worked some CYO games on Sunday.  Known as “Mr. Bill” to the students at Batesville, he spent a lot of his retirement years as a substitute teacher.Both of these men can be seen at ball games today.  If you see either at a ball game and you once played basketball in Ripley County, tell them “thanks”.last_img read more

Deputy Sports Minister happy with Ghana League progress

first_imgDeputy Youth and Sports Minister Vincent Oppong Asamoah says he is impressed with the level of play and patronage in this season’s Ghana Premier league.The excitement and level of play after match day 5 has been the major talking points in the league.Lots of positives have been seen so far and Vincent Asamoah, an avid follower of the league, hopes we can build on those positives to make this season’s league a memorable one“I think we are seeing the best spectating so far in the league and that is impressive. The fans have been so splendid and I must say I am impressed,” he told Joy Sports“The quality of play has been fantastic and officiating too has not been bad at all.”“We need more of the games on TV and aside Supersports, if the other local stations can show matches I think it will also go a long way to promoting and making it very good.”  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

Foursquare with Cash Rewards? WeReward Wants to Pay you for Check-ins

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Location#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Earning Points: Harder than it Looks?Here’s where the setup gets a little tricky. You can’t just say you’re at the restaurant, bar, club, etc. – you have to prove it. With a photo. You can either take a photo of your receipt or of yourself at the business. The actual task may vary depending on the advertiser (the business itself). Only after you share the photo and the advertiser approves it will you be rewarded for the check-in. Payouts are sent via PayPal. Also of note, the amount of money you receive per check-in will vary based on what the advertiser wants to pay. You receive points for each check-in and one point equals one cent. Some advertisers may offer several hundreds of points to make it worth your while, others may only offer a few. It’s entirely up to them. (Domino’s is offering 25 to start.) Points may also be used towards other products or services in some cases. sarah perez The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts New from IZEA, the company that wants to monetize everything from blog posts to tweets, is WeReward, a mobile social networking application that promises to pay you for checking in to local businesses via your mobile phone. Launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt, the startup already supports 15 million U.S. businesses and has Domino’s Pizza as a sponsor. Is this the winning model for location-based social networking? Or are the payouts too small to make it worth the hassle?With WeReward, You Can Still Play FoursquareThe interesting thing about WeReward – besides the cash payouts, of course – is the fact that it’s not just another standalone location-based mobile network. That is, it’s not trying to be Foursquare – it’s integrating with it. To use WeReward, you search for a nearby business you want to check in to and, like most other location-based social networks, you can optionally add a comment or tip. However, on WeReward, you don’t check in so much as you “claim” your points. Another button lets you check in via Foursquare, if you use that service, or share your check-in via Facebook or Twitter. Until we have a chance to test out the service ourselves, we can’t vouch for the payout amounts or speak to whether it’s worth your time to jump through these sorts of hoops. But assuming the check-in-to-reward ratio is high enough, it could entice people to try it out. We could all use an extra $10, right? Check-ins for Brands and an APIIn a phone interview, we spoke with IZEA’s CEO Ted Murphy, who explained to us that the service won’t just be isolated to physical check-ins, but could also offer “check-ins for brands.” For example, a soda company could let you check in (so to speak) by having you take a photo of you buying the beverage at the grocery store. Be sure to smile in your photo, though, because the terms of service authorizes the brand to re-use the image online, like on their Facebook page for example. The only exception is for receipt photos – those will not be re-used. The most intriguing aspect of the service, however, is the API. Still being tested now, this tool will allow developers to integrate WeReward into their existing location-based apps in order to add in a rewards layer that pays you to check in. That means that Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp, UrbanSpoon and any other location-services company could offer points and rewards to users without having to start up a service of their own. Users could then continue to launch their own favorite location-based app when they want to check-in somewhere and still reap the benefits. Murphy says he’s not all that interested as to whether people use the WeReward app or not, he just wants people using the service. That being said, the company will launch its own Android and Blackberry apps in the future. As to the dollar amounts you earn via check-ins? They won’t be too large – maybe 10-15% of whatever the item, product, purchase or service you would be buying. Check in for a fancy meal at an upscale restaurant and that could mean real savings on your total bill. Check in to a bottle of soda and it’s more about having a little fun and seeing your photo go live on the Web, maybe.For now, the 15 million businesses supported at launch aren’t actual participants – IZEA is footing the bill. When a business signs up as an advertiser, IZEA will take 50% of the reward. That means if the end user’s reward is one dollar, the advertiser was willing to pay $2.00. WeReward is currently available for the iPhone only. You can sign up to try it here. It should arrive in the App Store later this week. last_img read more

MacBook Air Contest: What is the Best Route on the Road to the Cloud?

first_imgWhat is the best way to embark upon cloud computing? What do you do first? We’re doing a year-long contest on ReadWriteCloud, asking people for their comments about their views about cloud computing. Each month, we’ll give out a MacBook Air to the person who we think provides the best comment on that month’s topic.There is still time for you to give your commentfor this month’s contest. Here’s the topic:A first step towards creating a virtualized infrastructure often comes at a point when the customer starts experiencing performance issues. Servers start failing as application loads increase. When these issues start occurring, what are the first steps to take into consideration? How should a virtualized infrastructure be deployed? How are these pre-production environments developed? What are the most effective ways to deploy a simplified, reliable and optimized virtualization solution?What do you think? Leave a comment on our post for your chance to win a MacBook Air.Here’s a comment from Joe Masters Emison that provides a good example for the kinds of responses we are looking for:We have not moved everything to the cloud. By using the “do one thing well, and then expand” strategy, we discovered certain aspects of running remote virtualized hardware that would have a noticeable negative impact on our operations. The two downsides to the cloud that have so far kept us from moving everything are the network latency and huge data transfer times. We were aware that both of these could be issues, but by taking our migration one step at a time (and starting with those pieces that would not be affected by latency or huge data transfer times), we were able to determine how significant those issues would be for us. Additionally, another downside to the cloud–relatively slow I/O–ended up being a non-issue for us.At this point, we have every automated component of our data-processing pipeline on the cloud, but have kept the server that serves our local user interfaces and applications. So, in a sense, we have essentially returned to a client-server setup, where the clients (and servers that handle client interfaces) run locally for latency reasons, and the servers that handle heavy-lifting and need dynamic resources run on the cloud.What do you think? What is your thinking about how to get started with cloud computing?Comment today: Tags:#cloud#Contests alex williams Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Failure Rates for PV Panels Are Climbing

first_imgNot all Chinese modules have problemsA particular area of concern are the materials that keep moisture out of the modules and seal the photovoltaic cells between layers of glass, the Times said. When substandard or outdated materials are used, the modules fall apart.Problems don’t affect all Chinese-made modules. The U.S. subsidiary of Yingli, now the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer, for example, says only 15 defective panels were returned out of the 2.8 million shipped here since 2009. The company has just landed a contract to supply a California power plant with solar modules.Quality control also is a problem for non-Chinese manufacturers. First Solar, a major U.S. maker, has set aside $271 million to replace faulty panels manufactured in 2008 and 2009, the Times reported. Despite bumpy road, analysts see a booming marketGrowing pains in Chinese panel manufacturing will actually help the solar industry expand over time, with the global market becoming a $155 billion business by 2018, according to Quartz, a digital news outlet.Citing a report by Lux Research, Quartz said a decline in panel prices will help the solar industry expand into new markets. Annual solar installations will reach 62,000 megawatts in 2018, Lux says, and in the U.S., developers will rush to get projects installed before the tax credit drops from 30% to 10% at the end of 2016.“The U.S. should install 10,800 MW of solar in 2018,” Quartz said, “making it the world’s second largest solar market. But the real action will be in Asia, where Lux projects 30,300 MW will be installed by China, India and Japan.” Manufacturing shortcuts, most of them at Chinese factories, are leading to higher failure rates for photovoltaic panels and prompting growing concerns among testing labs, insurers and solar developers, The New York Times reports.In an article published May 28, the newspaper said that inspections over the last 18 months have discovered that “even the most reputable companies are substituting cheaper, untested materials” in their PV modules.Chinese companies borrowed a lot of money to ramp up manufacturing and are now under intense pressure to cut manufacturing costs and pay off the loans. One way of reducing costs is to take shortcuts and use cheaper materials, the Times said.One testing service reported the defect rate of panels inspected in Shanghai jumped from 7.8% to 13% between 2011 and 2012. Another said defect rates ranged from 5.5% to 22% in audits of 50 Chinese factories in the last 18 months.No one keeps an exact tally of how many panels fail, so the extent of the problem isn’t known.last_img read more

Market Forces Are Driving a Clean Energy Revolution

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Transforming energy marketsOver the past 24 years — under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — the United States has made substantial investments to promote research, development and deployment of clean energy technologies. Transforming U.S. energy systems away from coal and toward clean renewable energy was once a vision touted mainly by environmentalists. Now it is shared by market purists.Today, renewable energy resources like wind and solar power are so affordable that they’re driving coal production and coal-fired generation out of business. Lower-cost natural gas is helping, too.I direct Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy, which works with states to facilitate the transition toward a clean energy economy. In my view, today’s energy market reflects years of federal and state support for clean energy research, development, and deployment.And, despite the Trump administration’s support of coal, a recent survey of industry leaders shows that utilities are not changing their plans significantly. Integration and technology advances support renewablesThere are, of course, renewable energy skeptics. Detractors argue that wind and sun are intermittent sources — not reliable 24 hours a day as a resource that can be turned on and off in response to power market demands.Most new generating capacity added in recent years has been renewables and natural gas while most retired generation has been coal-fired. (Energy Information Administration)This is partially true: A single solar field only produces energy when the sun is shining, and a single wind farm only produces energy while the wind is blowing.But as these resources expand geographically, they create an integrated system of renewable generation that produces a consistent source of electricity.States in New England, mid-Atlantic and the Midwest have integrated electricity systems run by independent system operators that deliver power over large geographic areas, enabling them to balance energy output across their territories.Now the West, too, is starting to integrate into regional transmission systems powered largely by clean sources.For example, in Colorado, Xcel Energy recently submitted a plan to regulators to replace coal generation with renewables and natural gas. This shift will bring its Colorado mix of power up to 55% renewable by 2026 while reducing associated emissions 60% below 2005 levels — all without the EPA’s Clean Power Plan or a renewable mandate. Xcel also is finalizing plans to join the Southwest Power Pool, a transmission market that includes nine other states.Further, advances in energy storage are decreasing the intermittency of renewable generation and offering utilities a buffer between energy demand and energy supply.With storage, utilities can deliver energy when the system needs it. They also can meet spikes in demand with energy from batteries, which reduces the need to build expensive generation that is needed only to meet peak power demand.Innovation is also giving utilities and consumers new ways to manage their power needs. More energy-efficient buildings and appliances, and the ability to manage power requirements through an intelligent grid, will make it possible to do more with less electricity, lowering energy costs for everyone.I expect this dramatic transition to become more pronounced over the next 15 to 20 years. U.S. energy production and consumption will continue to evolve toward a cleaner, more stable, and more intelligent system.This is good news for U.S. energy consumers and for efforts to protect our climate, environment, and economy for future generations. Bill Ritter is the former governor of Colorado. After leaving the governor’s office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.center_img Utilities care about cost and predictabilityA recent survey by the trade publication Utility Dive found that electric power industry leaders expect significant growth in solar, wind, natural gas, and energy storage. They also project significant decreases in coal- and oil-fired generation.Why is their outlook so divergent from what’s happening in Washington, D.C.? The answer is a result of multiple market dynamics within the energy industry.1) Markets favor low-cost energy. Currently natural gas, wind, and solar are the lowest-cost resources available to produce electricity and are pushing out coal as a source of power.2) Markets emphasize the long view. As utilities look at aging coal plants that are providing decreasing value to their systems, they are making multi-decade and multi-billion-dollar decisions on investments in power plants and infrastructure to replace coal.3) Markets loathe uncertainty. The Trump administration’s policy reversals and tweets are an unstable foundation upon which to build a corporate strategy.4) Wall Street is helping utilities finance billions of dollars of investment. To ensure access to low-cost capital, they want to cite low-risk investments. Coal represents a high-risk investment from both a pollution and a resource standpoint. In 2016, 44% percent of the U.S. coal supply came from companies that had declared bankruptcy. The resource is simply too risky for investment markets.5) Utilities earn returns on investments in capital infrastructure. Investments in renewable resources are nearly all capital investment and represent the best return for investors. White House Takes Aim at Renewable Energy ResearchCost of Renewable Energy Continues to FallAn Unlikely Bastion of Renewable EnergyDebating Our All-Renewable Future These Southern Cities Are Going 100 Percent Clean (Energy) Federal agencies provided funding for research and development as well as tax incentives. States used renewable portfolio standards, which typically require that power providers supply an increasing percentage of renewable energy to their customers, to promote deployment of green energy.This one-two punch led to innovations that have transformed U.S. energy markets. In the last eight years, utility-scale solar costs have declined by 86% and wind energy prices have fallen by 67%.Natural gas prices, which were highly volatile and often spiked in the early 2000s, have now stabilized at much more affordable levels. They are likely to remain so as production methods improve and sources expand.The Trump administration is resisting this trend, repealing the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan and proposing subsidies for coal-fired power plants. In doing so, it has also eliminated programs that were designed to help coal-dependent communities weather the energy transition.But these reversals can do little to change underlying market forces, which are driving innovation, closing coal plants, and promoting investment in clean technologies.last_img read more