Advertisement Print Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSCrimeGardainvestigationLimerick CityNews Gardaí across Ireland take on viral dance challenge Email Previous articleLimerick FC sign Karl O’Sullivan, Aaron Fitzgerald and Robbie WilliamsNext articleEmergency services attend scene of river rescue Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCrime & CourtSerious assault in Limerick City under investigationBy Staff Reporter – December 12, 2018 2887 Facebook Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention GARDAI in Limerick are investigating the circumstances of a serious assault in the City Centre during the early hours of Wednesday morning.A man in his 40s was found with serious head and body injuries at Augustinian Lane off Roches Street shortly after 2:30am on Wednesday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The victim of the assault was taken to University Hospital Limerick where his condition was described as serious but not life-threatening.A garda spokesperson confirmed that the incident under investigation surrounded a “serious assault where this man was found with extensive injuries.“The scene in the City Centre was cordoned off this Wednesday as garda forensic investigators conducted analysis of the scene.Gardai in Henry street are appealing for members of the public to assist with any information and they can be contacted on 061 212400. Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin
UL Hospitals Group chief executive Colette CowanTHE Chief Executive of one of the country’s largest hospital groups, UL Hospitals, has warned the pattern of COVID-19 is rapidly worsening across the mid west region, as 427 of her staff were unavailable for work due to the virus.According to latest HSE figures published Saturday, January 9th, there were 109 confirmed cases of coronavirus at the group’s main hospital, University Hospital Limerick (UHL).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There were 5,680 new notified cases in the mid west during the past 14 days (26 Dec-08Jan).Over a four-day period, from last Tuesday to Friday, the number of staff unavailable or work within the UL Hospital Group, across Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, had jumped from 140 to 427.In an e-mail sent to politicians last Friday, Colette Cowan, the chief executive of the Group, warned that “the pattern of the disease across the region over the holiday period has been one of rapid deterioration” and the 14-day incidence rate across the region had also “increased significantly”.“As of January 5th, Limerick’s 14-day incidence rate was 1113.4 per 100,000; The national average was 674.36 per 100,000. This is the type of exponential growth we had hoped never to see and will mean an increase in hospitalisations and critical care admissions in the weeks ahead,” Ms Cowan warned. WhatsApp Twitter Print TAGScovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post The Group’s Crisis Management Team and Executive Crisis Management Team continue to meet to plan and put into effect responses to the ongoing public health emergency, as “the number of patients being admitted with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 has increased significantly”.Ms Cowan advised politicians the total number of COVID-19 patients within the group as of last Wednesday “exceeds the maximum experienced during the peak of the first wave” and that “in recent days we have been admitting about 10 new Covid patients per day”.Covid and non-Covid critical care patients are being treated on two floors at UHL, designated for intensive care and high dependency patients as part of UHL’s plan to open/convert additional critical care beds as required.“Our staff retrained and redeployed to support this critical care surge capacity during the first wave and are ready to do so again when required if demand exceeds current capacity,” Ms Cowan said.An additional six high dependency beds, funded for UHL under the Winter Plan 2020/2021, “are available for use immediately in response to the surge”.The majority of scheduled surgery and outpatient appointments across the Group, bar University Maternity Hospital Limerick, has been deferred to outbreaks of the virus.“There are currently 427 staff across the Group unavailable for work due to Covid-19. This includes staff who have tested positive for Covid-19 either through workplace or community transmission; those who are close contacts of positive cases and staff who are showing symptoms and who are staying off work in line with the public health guidance in respect of Covid-19.”In the past week attendances at the Emergency Department at UHL ranged between 138 and 205 patients per day, and Ms Cowan warned “the incidence of Covid-19 in the community means that we are facing significant challenges in discharging patients to long-term care facilities and stepping patients down for rehabilitation”.However, highlighting positives, Ms Cowan noted that it had opened a 60-bed block at UHL and this “additional single-room capacity is having a very real immediate impact in allowing us to isolate and treat Covid-19 patients” with “two of the three wards currently designated Covid-19 wards”.Ms Cowan also noted “some hope for the region with the delivery to UL Hospitals Group of more than 1,500 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines this week”, with 650 staff in total vaccinated up to last Tuesday.“By the end of the week, with plans at an advanced stage to start vaccination at Croom, Nenagh and St John’s Hospital, it is envisaged that some 1,500 staff will have received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.”Ms Cowan advised however that “while there is a renewed sense of hope, it is vital that we do not become complacent during this dangerous new phase of the pandemic”.Speaking to this reporter Saturday, Limerick Fine Gael Councillor, Daniel Butler, said he was concerned Limerick and other parts will exceed their ICU bed capacity within days: “The scale of transmission at the moment is hugely significant and we’ve seen, day by day, increases in admittance to ICU and into the hospital system, I’d be very worried about ICU bed capacity.”“My gut tells me that we might exceed bed capacity next week, that would be my real concern, the figures are only going in one way at the moment, and I think we could be looking at dipping into surgical capacity that the HSE has secured,” Cllr Butler said. 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ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA support for credit union-friendly candidates in this year’s mid-term election was covered by two Washington, D.C. publications Wednesday. CUNA announced several independent expenditures Wednesday, which follows a similar announcement several weeks ago, part of the $7 million CUNA is investing in this year’s mid-terms.The Hill highlighted digital, television and radio ads purchased by the Credit Union Legislative Action COucil, CUNA’s political action committee in support of several incumbents on both sides of the aisle.These include Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio).
MORE NEWS: Coast’s most popular house sells The mansion at 1-3 Queen Guineveres Place had been on the market for years. It is believed to have fetched close to $5 million.Property records show it hit the market in November 2017 under an expressions of interest campaign before a $7.4 million price tag was attached in April 2018.Multiple agents have tried their hand at selling the five-bedroom residence over the years, some even reducing the asking price to push it over the line. Amir Prestige Property Agents’ Ivy Wu sealed the deal, selling it to an interstate couple who planned to live in it. “They appreciated the quality and scale of the property,” she said.She would not disclose the sale price but it is understood to be in the high $4 millions. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoCashed-up Brisbane buyers bought the four-bedroom penthouse in the One Palm Beach development. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Further south, cashed-up Brisbane buyers splashed $4 million on a trophy penthouse at Palm Beach. Harcourts Coastal’s Tolemy Stevens handled the sale of the four-bedroom residence topping the One Palm Beach development, which has 17 apartments including the penthouse.“The buyers were looking at Main Beach, Broadbeach and Mermaid Beach but ended up landing in Palm Beach,” he said.“They loved the penthouse’s size, the fact it occupied the entire level and that they were on the eighth floor and so felt connected to the beach still.” The sale of a Sovereign Islands property is among a few big deals penned already in 2020.THE sale of a distinctive Sovereign Islands castle is one of the highest multimillion-dollar deals to be inked on the Gold Coast so far this year.The extravagant residence at 1-3 Queen Guineveres Place, known as Villa Verona, fetched almost $5 million after more than two years on the market.It was built by Russian couple Igor and Irina Farbitnik after they bought the block in 1997. The builder behind the Coast’s renowned Utopia mansion, Scott Widdicombe, then purchased the sprawling property in 2016 and spent millions refurbishing it. MORE NEWS: QLD leads housing growth turnaround
Faculty at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences have filed charges against USC with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the University of unfair labor practices and asking for a delay in the upcoming unionization vote.Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanForward march · USC Faculty Forward, a precursor to the Faculty Union, holds a rally on campus in April 2015 to encourage support for higher wages and better benefits for the University’s non-tenure track faculty.In an email sent on Friday afternoon, the USC Faculty Union — a group of non-tenure track faculty working to join the Service Employees International Union Local 721 — stated that USC’s “business model of education” had left them with low wages and few benefits, a problem that could be remedied by joining a labor union.Efforts to unionize, however, have been met with resistance from the University, resulting in the charges that were filed Friday by SEIU Local 721 on behalf of USC faculty, according to the email.Adjunct faculty at the Roski School of Art and Design and the USC International Academy voted to join SEIU Local 721 in February, but the Dornsife vote resulted in a loss for pro-union organizers. However, following an appeal by the USC Faculty Union, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in April that the University’s actions prior to the vote — including a series of emails sent out by Provost Michael Quick, which discouraged faculty members from supporting unionization — made the results of the vote invalid.“Even after a landslide unionization victory in Roski, USC has maintained an aggressive anti-union stance — refusing to recognize the Roski union victory and promising to appeal their union vote to the highest court, flooding the National Labor Relations Board with frivolous appeals aimed at silencing our collective voice,” the Faculty Union wrote in the email. “In Dornsife, the University’s blatant lawbreaking during the unionization process led the Federal government to throw out the election results altogether and call for a new vote.”Andrea Parra, an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and one of the organizers of the Faculty Union, hopes that bringing charges against USC will result in a statement of neutrality from the University, which so far has actively tried to prevent unionization on campus.“[The University’s] campaign of fear and intimidation towards faculty will only intensify if left unchecked — together we are holding the University accountable, and ensuring that faculty can consider the question of unionization through a fair and democratic process free from University interference,” Parra wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Despite our repeated attempts to hold the University accountable for its continued law breaking, University administrators sent out another communication encouraging faculty to vote against the union just last week.”Parra said that USC’s anti-union stance has also contributed to the Faculty Union’s actions against the University.“For instance, USC administration continues to charge that contingent faculty are ‘managers’ due to the service component of their contracts, and are therefore precluded from organizing a union,” Parra said.The Faculty Union has asked that the Dornsife vote be delayed “to protect free and fair elections for workers,” according to the email. The vote was initially supposed to take place within several weeks of the original NLRB ruling in April, but the NLRB will set the new date of the vote if the charges are upheld, according to Parra.The University, however, has stated that the request to delay the vote will not significantly change the outcome and believes that the initial results should be respected.“Local 721 has not told us what charges they filed with the NLRB,” Quick said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “We are acting in good faith and lawfully. We believe Dornsife faculty should have the chance to make their will known. It seems to us that Local 721 would not be trying to block the election if they thought the faculty majority supports them.”The NLRB ruling in April stated that pay raises offered in the week prior to the unionization vote, as well as statements implying that faculty would no longer be able to participate in governance, “[created] a general atmosphere of fear making a free election impossible.” The University has disputed this report on the basis that Quick’s statements about faculty governance were meant to explain to faculty what would occur were they to vote for unionization.
Cleo Mathis, 75, who has known the honoree since grade school, said his friend is deserving because of all the ways Heacock has served the community. “It’s the least they can do,” he said. Beside serving for 20 years on the board of education, Heacock, the co-owner of Homer R. Heacock Realty Inc., serves on the boards of the Montebello Chamber of Commerce, the Montebello-Commerce YMCA and the Beverly Hospital Foundation. He is also a member of the Montebello Kiwanis Club and the Montebello Christian Fellowship, among other organizations. “He is so respected and admired,” said former classmate Mary DeLapp Bowlin, 74. “It’s so well-deserved.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Darrell Heacock finally got his letterman jacket – 56 years after he graduated from Montebello High School. He received it during his induction ceremony Thursday to the Montebello High School Hall of Fame. Heacock, 75, who admitted he wasn’t a big enough jock to earn a jacket while a student, was surrounded by family and friends at the ceremony in the school’s gymnasium. “I don’t know if I’ve done anything more than most to deserve this honor,” he said. “I’ve just met my responsibilities as a member of the community.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Montebello High School Alumni Association selected Heacock for installation because of his dynamic leadership and his true sense of love and service to young and old alike. “He is a true humanitarian committed to every cause he serves and actively contributes time, talent and resources when called upon,” said Katheryne Nighswonger of the alumni association. The former Montebello Unified School District board of education member joined an illustrious list of Montebello High hall-of-famers that includes actor Edward James Olmos, Nobel Prize winner for medicine Dr. Bruce Merrifield, world tennis champion Jack Kramer and last year’s recipients, Dr. Eugene Odou, who graduated in 1942, and Dr. Bruce Odou, who graduated in 1945. “I was here last year honoring the Odous, and I can’t believe I’m here this year for my induction,” Heacock said. He was joined at the barbecue by a dozen of his classmates from the Class of ’51.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceJordan Bell is frustrated.Steve Kerr and the Warriors coaching staff is frustrated, too.And on Monday night, in garbage time of the Warriors’ blowout win over the Lakers at Staples Center, those frustrations manifested themselves in a sideline spat between the second-year player and the head coach, captured by TNT’s cameras. Click here if you’re having trouble viewing this video on a mobile device.Kerr …
(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Epigenetics has become a hot topic in biology. There are players “above DNA”– some heritable – that may be more important than the genetic code itself.Unto the 3rd and 4th generation: A headline on Science Daily sounds almost Biblical: “Gene Mutations Caused by a Father’s Lifestyle Can Be Inherited by Multiple Generations.” Moses had said that a father’s sins can affect offspring; was he stating a fact of epigenetics unknown in his day? He was undoubtedly referring to spiritual effects, but it’s becoming apparent to scientists that “a father’s lifestyle has the potential to affect the DNA of multiple generations and not just his immediate offspring,” because changes in the regulation of genes can be passed on through the gametes of his children and their children.Reversible damage: A paper in PLoS Biology states that epigenetic changes are reversible. Working with yeast, a team said, “The results presented here suggest that epigenetic control within an individual cell is reversible and can be achieved via regulation of histone acetyltransferase activity.” With the previous entry, this suggests that offspring are not doomed to suffer their father’s lifestyle problems.Work out and modify your fat: Science Daily reported evidence that workouts make epigenetic changes to your fat cells. A researcher at Lund University in Sweden said, “Our study shows the positive effects of exercise, because the epigenetic pattern of genes that affect fat storage in the body changes.”Work out and fix your nerves: Damage to neural stem cells from mutations can be reversed by exercise. That’s a finding announced in Medical Xpress: mutational damage to CHD7 (a gene that codes for an epigenetic regulator) that inhibits neurogenesis in mice, and presumably in humans, can be completely reversed by exercise: “After the running exercise the CHD7 mutant neurons were fully rescued: They were able to create functioning networks.”The pursuit of happiness: Research reported on Science Daily shows that your body responds differently to “different kinds of happiness.” The “hedonic” kind (pursuit of pleasure, likened to “empty calories” in food) produces more stress, whereas the “eudaimonic kind” (the pursuit of purpose and noble meaning in life, as meant in the Declaration of Independence), produced less stress and greater sense of satisfaction with life. The effects can be measured in epigenetic markers on genes.Extra layer of information: As you grow, epigenetics modifies the genes in your brain. An article on Medical Xpress says that epigenetic information adds to genetic information content:Changes in the epigenome, including chemical modifications of DNA, can act as an extra layer of information in the genome, and are thought to play a role in learning and memory, as well as in age-related cognitive decline. The results of a new study by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies show that the landscape of DNA methylation, a particular type of epigenomic modification, is highly dynamic in brain cells during the transition from birth to adulthood, helping to understand how information in the genomes of cells in the brain is controlled from fetal development to adulthood. The brain is much more complex than all other organs in the body and this discovery opens the door to a deeper understanding of how the intricate patterns of connectivity in the brain are formed.These and other recent stories represent a major paradigm shift in genetics. Gone is the old “Central Dogma” that considered genes the master regulators. The path of information flow is not simply DNA to RNA to protein anymore; it’s a much more dynamic, elaborate choreography, the intricacies of which scientists are only beginning to understand.Needless to say, the discovery of “an extra layer of information” above DNA is worrisome to Darwinism but confirming of intelligent design. It’s also helpful to know that our actions and choices can affect our genes and those of our children.We’ll take this opportunity to again promote the recent book on the subject by Woodward and Gills, The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA. Hear a podcast by Dr. Woodward on ID the Future. Watch a short presentation by Woodward and Gills on YouTube.
Ray MaotaAdd this green ribbon to your Facebook profile image to show your support for organ donation. Organ donation and transplantation is represented internationally with a symbolic green ribbon. (Image: Flickr)August is Women’s Month as well as Organ Donation Awareness Month and the awesome foursome of Love Life; Gift Life are on a mission to combine both elements in their newest campaign.Fawn Rogers, Siobhan Scallan, Shaylene Perry and Alice Voigt founded Love Life; Gift Life to heighten the level of organ donor awareness in South Africa.On 7 July, the foursome led the Save 7 Lives campaign on International Save 7 Lives Day to much success on social media. The campaign trended globally on Twitter.ORGust CampaignTheir recent campaign, aptly named the #ORGust Campaign, is about the stories of unsung heroes of organ transplantation – specifically, stories of the women making a real impact.These are the stories of nurses, transplant coordinators, surgeons, doctors, psychologists, specialists, physiotherapists, academics and activists.Perry said the campaign will recognise the efforts made by these healthcare professionals in involved in organ transplants. “No transplant patient would be here today, if it were not for the extensive team of people, so often behind the scenes, making miracles happen.”Besides showcasing women working in transplantation, Perry said the organisation hopes all South Africans can show their support for Organ Donation Awareness Month.Love Life, Gift Life is encouraging South Africans to add a green ribbon – an international symbol for organ donation and transplantation – to their Facebook profile image this month.“We are all well aware of the reach social media has,” said Perry. “And after our successful #Save7Lives campaign went viral, we are optimistic that this campaign will also have a great impact within the online community.“By showing their support with the green ribbon, people are not only creating awareness for the cause but will undoubtedly give much needed hope to the thousands of disheartened patients awaiting a lifesaving transplant.”To show your support click HERE and add a green ribbon to your profile.Personal journeysThe four women who founded Love Life; Gift Life needed lung transplants for various reasons. Getting donor lungs and starting recovery has been a joyful experience.Fawn Rogers (Bi-lateral Lung Transplant Recipient- top left); Shaylene Perry (Single Lung Transplant Recipient- top right); Alice Vogt (Bi-lateral Lung Transplant Recipient- bottom left); and, Siobhan Scallan (Bi-lateral Lung Transplant Recipient- bottom right) are the founders of Love Life; Gift Life. (Image: Love Life; Gift Life)Rogers was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at a young age and had not been able to live a normal life until she got a donor in 2013.“The recovery was difficult but since I’ve been out I’ve had a completely new life. I have gone from being bedridden with tubes, relying on my mom, to working full-time,” she said.“I enjoy mundane things like going out for coffee and relaxing with friends and family. They also seem very happy to be able to do that with me.”Perry, who fell ill when she was 27, said: “My joy comes from now being able to be a mother and wife. There were years that going up the stairs was a mission and my daughter always knew mommy as being sick. Now I can be a mother to her.”
The cast of Downton Abbey has embraced ‘water bottle-gate’ by posing for a picture to promote WaterAid’s work.The Cast Of Downton AbbeyA publicity still released last week hit the headlines when a plastic water bottle was spotted in the corner of the picture. The official photograph of The Earl and Lady Edith was cropped and used during the launch of the new season, but it was when an uncropped version of the image worked its way onto the internet that it sparked a global press frenzy.An itv spokesperson said, “After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters. They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity – WaterAid.”Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, said: “It brought a really big smile to my face when the cast of Downton Abbey said that they wanted to support WaterAid’s work. How fantastic that the attention created over one water bottle ends up benefiting some of the world’s poorest communities through access to safe, clean water today.“Every pound and penny WaterAid receives will be matched by the UK Government, which means we can reach twice as many people with desperately needed clean water and sanitation.“Thank you so much to the cast and the producers of Downton Abbey.”If you enjoyed the photo, donate online or text WATER to 70007 to donate £3, to help get clean water and safe toilets to the world’s poorest communities.