Advertisement Boycott of Israeli goods rejected by Council Another starting date for Castleconnell works Email Facebook Print NewsLimerick Council wants St John’s emergency department reopenedBy Alan Jacques – January 19, 2018 3144 IT is time to reopen the emergency department at St John’s Hospital to service Limerick inner city.That’s according to Fianna Fail councillor Kieran O’Hanlon who was speaking on the health crisis at this month’s Metropolitan District meeting in City Hall. The former mayor called for emergency department services at St John’s Hospital to be made available to the people of Limerick “24/7”.“University Hospital Limerick cannot cope with the numbers going in there. St John’s was always an excellent hospital and needs to be made available,” Cllr O’Hanlon told the council executive this Monday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There has to be accountability locally for the running of hospitals. The closing of Barrington’s and St John’s for emergency cases was a tragedy in my opinion.”Solidarity councillor Cian Prendiville had a notice of motion before the Council calling them to write to Health Minister Simon Harris TD, urging him to re-open 1,500 beds cut from hospitals over the last decade. The City North representative believes the health crisis, “while an emergency, is no accident”.“This is a solvable crisis that did not fall out of the sky. If a crisis continues too long it is not a crisis, it is a policy. This is a policy to drive down public health services. What we need is a fundamentally democratic health service,” Cllr Prendiville said.Fine Gael councillor Michael Hourigan claimed the government were throwing money at the problem and said that A&E issue has been an issue “as long as I’m around”.“There is no doubt about the commitment of the Minister to resolve this. The will is there. It is not for the want of money or investment,” he told councillors.Sinn Fein councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh suggested that Mary Harney, the new chancellor of University of Limerick and former Health Minister, be invited to City Hall to explain why “she failed to do anything”.“It is the same attitude towards health. The private sector is well looked after,” Cllr O’Ceallaigh commented.Independent councillor John Gilligan pointed out that not a single person is on a trolley at Blackrock Clinic. “If you can afford healthcare”, he told council members, “You’ll get it”.“Nothing will change while we continue to prop that up. They are playing with people’s lives and that’s wrong. Our health system has been politicised.“How can you cut off a third of the system and expect things to be better? But they did do something, they changed the name of the Regional to UL Hospital,” he stated.by Alan [email protected] Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR O’Connell Street rejuvenation plan hit by delays TAGSCllr Cian PrendivilleCllr John GilliganCllr Kieran O’HanlonCllr Michael HouriganCllr Séighin Ó CeallaighFianna FáilFine GaelHealth Minister Simon HarrislimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Metropolitan DistrictSinn FeinSolidarityst johns hospital WhatsApp Alleyway to be closed due to anti-social behaviour Previous articleParticipation in Limerick’s RDS science fair reaches record highNext articleArt arrives at Limerick. Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Council to look at reasons behind city business closures Linkedin Sinn Féin’s Séighin Ó Ceallaigh raises Incinerator with EPA
The Materials Characterization and Processing (MCP) facility ofJohns Hopkins University is looking to hire an experienced ResearchScientist to run the brand new Focused Ion Beam lab. The successfulapplicant will be responsible for operation, training, technicalsupport, and maintenance of the Helios FIB and SEM within the MCP.Secondary responsibility would be to support the TEM Manager withequipment maintenance and training of users of the Tecnai TF30.Specific required FIB experiences are: 1) TEM sample preparation,2) 3D EDX and EBSD data acquisition and processing, and 3) cryo-FIBapplications. Specific SEM experiences are: 1) low voltage and lowvacuum imaging, and 2) quantitative EDX analysis.JHU engages in a wide variety of research activities ranging fromfunctional materials to biology, from Earth materials to mechanicalproperties testing. You will be expected to develop appropriateuses of electron microbeam instruments to serve JHU’s diverseresearch needs.JHU offers the opportunity to work in a top-ten university withoutthe high-volume pressures of larger institutions. The MCP will bemoving to a newly renovated space where you will have anopportunity to shape the future of analytical facilities atHopkins.A PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Chemical Engineering,Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related fieldis required.Applications should be submitted electronically through Interfolioby Friday, January 25, 2019 to receive full consideration, howeverthe position will be posted until filled. They should include acover letter, a curriculum vitae, plus a list of threereferences.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail The linked samples helped prosecutors identify repeat homicide and sexual offenders, including an estimated 200 that may not have discovered without the new law, according to the announcement.When a sample is collected, typically by cheek swab, officers ship the sample to the Indiana State Police’s lab in Indianapolis for testing, according to Evansville Regional Laboratory Manager Dan Colbert. The information then is entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), a national database where law enforcement agencies can compare DNA profiles to identify repeat offenders, especially when crimes are committed across state lines.Indiana law allows citizens to petition to remove their sample from CODIS if their charges are dropped, if a new felony charge is not filed within a year of the original incident or if they are acquitted.Even so, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has denounced the law and labeled it a violation of privacy.“The basic presumption of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ a cornerstone of our criminal justice system, is turned on its head when innocent people are included in a DNA databank,” ACLU officials said in a statement Tuesday. “There is a vast difference between using DNA as a tool in investigations — both to catch the guilty and exonerate the wrongly accused — and permanently storing the most intimate biological information of persons who may not have been convicted of any crime.”ACLU officials also said the measure could encourage racial divides.“A DNA databank that includes arrestees will unfairly represent minorities, who are wrongfully arrested at a disproportionately higher rate than whites,” the ACLU statement continued.Steuerwald, however, said because the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of allowing states to collect DNA for law enforcement purposes, there is no reason for additional debate.“The Supreme Court is the final authority,” he said. “We had the same debate with photos and fingerprinting. It’s new technology, but the same debate.”Steuerwald has argued for a change in DNA collection since 2015. Prior to this year, samples were only collected in the event of a felony conviction.Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, piloted the companion bill in the Senate that was adopted into law as Senate Enrolled Act 322.A fiscal analysis of SEA 322 estimated that state police labs would receive an additional 17,000 samples per year. In April, The Associated Press reported that the Indiana State Police lab division received around 4,200 samples to test per month between January and March 2018, a more than 3,000 per month increase from 2017.And though the law includes a provision to transfer additional money to the state’s DNA Sample Processing Fund — $424,317 per year — analysts outlined various equipment, staff and analysis costs that would require the state police to pay an additional $859,725 in 2018 to operate under the new statute. After first-year costs are settled, and specialized equipment is ordered, the state police’s lab division would pay around $648,725 extra per fiscal year.A substantial portion of the estimated expenditures comes directly from the kit analysis, which adds up to $527,000 annually.Indiana is the 31st state to enact a collection law of this kind. And the former 30 states, according to a National Conference of State Legislatures report, have followed similar procedures for some time. The first was established by Louisiana in 1997.If a defendant in Indiana is matched to a CODIS profile, their posted bail may be increased or revoked, depending on the severity of the crime. Legislative analysts said this could cost jails up to $44 per person each day they are incarcerated.Steuerwald, however, said he wasn’t concerned “at all” with that provision.“They’ve been charged,” he said. “And according to the stats, they’re usually charged with a pretty heinous crime.”FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. By Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Eight months after a law requiring state police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested on a felony charge took effect, the policymakers behind the measure are praising what they see as positive results.In a press release last week, the office of Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Danville, reported the new law had matched nearly 500 samples collected since Jan. 1 with old information recorded by a national database.
Australia has eliminated the novel coronavirus in many parts of the country, its chief medical officer said on Friday, clearing the way for sports fans to soon return to stadiums and for foreign students to prepare to fly back to classes.Australia recorded just 38 cases of the coronavirus over the past week, with travellers returning from overseas and already in quarantine accounting for more than half of them, said Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy.”We have effectively achieved elimination at this time in many parts of the country,” Murphy told reporters. The prospect of allowing international students back also reinforces Morrison’s call for Australian states and territories to reopen internal borders.He has grown frustrated by the reluctance of several states to open borders and he said if it continued the restart of international education would be delayed.”If someone can’t come to your state from Sydney, then someone can’t come to your state from Singapore,” he said.But the path out of lockdown has been complicated by rallies to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Morrison said gatherings last weekend that attracted tens of thousands had delayed the process.A rally is scheduled in Sydney on Friday despite warnings of on-the-spot fines and arrest and more are planned.Australia has had about 7,300 cases of the coronavirus and 102 deaths. Prime Minister Scott Morrison last month announced a three-step plan to remove most lockdown measures by July.But with case numbers falling significantly, Morrison said restrictions on indoor gatherings would be loosened in July with crowds of up 10,000 people allowed in seated stadiums and a trial scheme to allow foreign students to return.Details for students were being finalized but they would require quarantine, he said.The return of international students would be a boost for universities facing big financial losses with the border closed. International education is Australia’s fourth-largest foreign exchange earner, worth A$38 billion ($26 billion) annually. Topics :
Tweet NewsRegional Barbados government hopes to reduce electricity costs by: – May 10, 2012 10 Views no discussions Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Flag of Barbados. Photo credit: flags.netBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The government of Barbados is hoping to reduce electricity costs in this country by as much as 22 percent over the next 20 years. This was announced by Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce, on Monday evening at the Sustainable Energy For All (SEFA) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference.He told delegates, drawn from the 28 countries represented, that the local savings in electricity would amount to US$283.5 million and added that this would also lower fuel costs by an estimated US$670 million; cut CO2 emissions by 4.5 million tons; and reduce reliance on fossil fuels to about 71 percent.Boyce said that the Barbados Declaration had mandated government to provide each household with access to modern and affordable renewable energy services to eradicate poverty safeguard the environment and provide new opportunities for sustainable development and economic growth. Concerning SIDS’ importation of fossil fuels, he noted that this dependence represented “one of the greatest threats to our economic viability and survival as sovereign states”. He added: “Planning is already under way by government and the private sector on renewable energy projects that would cut our dependence on fossil fuels for base load electricity generation by about 33 percent, probably within six to eight years. “These projects are in biomass and co-generation, municipal solid waste to energy, industrial organic waste to energy, and landfill gas to energy. Further, we will also encourage pilot projects in ocean thermal energy conversion and sea water air cooling. In addition, work continues to expand our solar thermal generation and our capacity for electricity generation from solar photovoltaics as well as from wind.” Boyce pointed out that, in Barbados, work was currently under way to improve the legislative and regulatory structure for renewable energy, as well as the fiscal, pricing, funding, training and certification, standards and warranties, and physical planning permitting areas. “These all need to be made more adequately supportive of the sustainable energy drive by the economy”, he pointed out.Furthermore, in the area of energy efficiency, the minister said that studies had already been done in various sectors of the Barbados economy, especially in the hotel sector, to estimate the potential savings from more energy efficient plants equipment and operations. “Such work is continuing and is now focused on [realising] the identified potential savings, and how to put appropriate funding in place for the investment required,” he stated. Overall, he noted that it had been estimated that investments of US $20 billion, over two decades, would be required to assist SIDS to increase energy efficiency by 25 percent and to generate a minimum of 50 percent of electric power from renewable sources. In order to meet these goals, the minister said it was hoped that other development partners would be fully supportive of the initiatives put forward by Small Island Developing States. By Cathy LashleyCaribbean News Now
Olympic silver medallist Juan Martin del Potro will miss the Australian Open next month and the Auckland Classic in New Zealand due to fitness concerns.The 28-year-old has struggled with wrist problems since reaching a career-high fourth in the world in 2010.After missing most of the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Del Potro returned in 2016 to reach the Olympic final and help Argentina win a first Davis Cup.He told Auckland Classic organisers he has “not had sufficient recovery time”.Del Potro began 2016 ranked 1,042th but finished at 38th after a year that included wins over Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.He revealed earlier this week he was considering not playing in Australia next month, telling reporters: “Tennis waited for me for two years and it can wait one more Australian Open.”
Athletes run during the Men’s Marathon athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Chief de Mission of Uganda’s team at the just concluded Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, Beatrice Ayikoru has called on Government to establish programs that motivates athletes to stay in Uganda and avoid disappearing abroad.In an interview, Ayikoru who is also the general secretary of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) said since most Ugandan athletes are from poor families and backgrounds, when they go abroad they think that’s the opportunity of a life time.She also says sports in the country lacks motivating with no facilities, like swimming pools, squash courts and gyms and no equipment like rackets which are not made in Uganda and are very expensive.During the Games in Australia five athletes Regan Ssimbwa, Nasir Bashir (boxing), Halima Namboozo (table tennis) and two weightlifters Irene Kasubo and Kalidi Butuusa disappeared.Uganda won three gold medals, two bronze and one silver at the common wealth games, with Joshua Cheptegei winning two gold medals in the 5000 and 10,000 race and Stella Chesang won another gold in the 10,000 meters women’s race. Merciline Chelangat also got a bronze in the 10,000 meters and Solomon Mutai got a Silver medal while Juma Miro won bronze in a weight category. Uganda was ranked 15th.Ayikoru also says the other issue is the welfare of athletes. She says a proper arrangement should be in place to pay athletes, even at a time when they are just starting, adding that the structures of talent identification should be established earlier and made sustainable, saying there are thousands of Ugandans who cannot all go out. Ayikoru said she hopes that the athletes will return back to Uganda.It is not the first time Ugandan athletes have disappeared abroad. Last year, three Ugandan boxers David Ayiti, Geoffrey Kakeeto and African welterweight champion Muzamiru Kakande.who participated in the 2017 AIBA World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, did not return home.***URNShare on: WhatsApp