Twitter Facebook Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Linkedin Print Advertisement TAGSEnvironmentLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Lminerick City and County Coumcil Mayoral Election in the Council Chambers in Dooradoyle.Newly elected Mayor of Limerick City and County James CollinsPicture: Keith WisemanMAYOR James Collins has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hold a public oral hearing on the health implications of Irish Cement’s €10m plans to phase out fossil fuels in favour of burning used tyres and waste material at its Mungret plant.The Fianna Fáil general election candidate made his call this week following the latest fine imposed on Irish Cement for a dust spillage at the Limerick facility.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are talking about houses and cars being covered in a ‘glue-like’ limestone dust which came from Irish Cement’s plant. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if cars and houses can be covered in this sticky glue, then thousands of people in one of Limerick’s largest suburbs are breathing in the same toxic substance,” he said.“Irish Cement has been prosecuted four times now since 2016 in relation to breaches such as this. The EPA’s inspector was clear and unequivocal — this was environmental pollution. The inspector said last week that people in nearby housing estates are considering moving to save their health.“We are not talking about a handful of dust here, or a handful of complaints. We are talking about 21 complaints from neighbouring housing estates after 2.5 tonnes of waste splurged from the chimney stacks at Irish Cement, when a blockage in the kiln was cleared.”Mayor Collins feels that people can no longer be expected to sit back and blindly accept Irish Cement’s assurances that they will do their best to stop this happening again.“We can’t sit back and allow Irish Cement proceed with its incineration proposals when clearly there are huge public concerns about emissions from the Irish Cement plant in Mungret carrying on the wind for a radius of 20km. We are literally talking about the health of thousands of people in Limerick.“We’ve had an oral hearing on the planning issues surrounding Irish Cement, but we haven’t had an oral hearing publicly dealing specifically with the health implications of allowing incineration at the Mungret plant. The HSE didn’t even give testimony to the last oral hearing. Surely now, they can see this is a public health issue of major concern.”The City West representative also claims there is a lack of oversight with no-one doing baseline monitoring of emissions from the plant. He warned that Irish Cement is an environmental and health time-bomb that could have serious implications for thousands of people in Limerick, not just those living in the immediate vicinity.The €10 million development plan sees Irish Cement bidding to replace fossil fuel, used on site for cement clinker production, with alternative fuels to improve the sustainability of the Limerick operations, where 80 people are employed. The Limerick site is currently the only cement plant in Ireland not licensed to use alternative fuels.“This plant is located in an area where we are master planning hundreds of new houses, new sports and community facilities. Are we really going to leave the residents there literally living under a cloud?” Mayor Collins asked.A spokesman for the EPA said an oral hearing can be requested after they issue a proposed decision.“We have issued a further information request to Irish Cement and we expect to make a proposed decision once this further information has been returned,” he concluded. Previous articleHistoric contribution by Thomond SocietyNext articleLimerick lose Munster League opener Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list NewsEnvironmentPoliticsLimerick mayor calls for oral hearing on Irish Cement incineration planBy Alan Jacques – December 14, 2018 1266 TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat
Twitter Professor Norelee Kennedy with her parents Pat and Phyllis at the UL graduation ceremony on Tuesday.Photo: Oisin McHughPARENTS are usually regarded as the ones who proudly witness their offspring leave the college nest, but on Tuesday it was Norelee Kennedy who saw her parents graduate at University of Limerick.And it turned out to be a real family affair as Norelee, who is the incoming Vice President for Research at UL, was also in the processing party to confer her parents Pat and Phyllis with Certificates in Local History.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Kennedy, who is due to take up her position next January, said she was privileged to have been involved in her mother and father’s’ graduation ceremony.Pat and Phyllis Kennedy, from Toomevara, were among more than 3,400 students graduating this week from UL.Six days of conferring ceremonies are taking place on the university’s campus and are being live-streamed around the world.Speaking after receiving their parchments, Phyllis and Pat said it had been a “teamwork graduation”.“He was a great help to me and vice versa,” Phyllis said of her husband.Her proud daughter recalled how she was regularly called on by her studious parents and asked: “How do we log on and how do we do this?”“Naturally we would call you…sure that’s what you’re there for,” Phyllis responded.Both Pat and Phyllis were among 20 students who completed the Certificate in Local History, which was hosted off-campus at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna.The group studied Irish folklore, the history of place names and periods of the 19th Century, examining the relationship between landlords and tenants associated with Portumna House.“It was quite interesting and relaxed and we made some great friends,” added Pat who added he considered himself “the elder Statesman” of his group of fellow history students.His wife said that she loved being a student and that she “can still get all my books from the (UL) Glucksman Library with my student card”.Many of the participants, who range in age from their 80s to those in their 30s, said that taking the course had set them on a path to follow further educational routes.The level 6 course runs as a precursor to the MA in Local History offered at UL or as course of interest to those looking to understand and know more about their area and its history.“It is designed for people with an interest in local history and for those who could be afraid of entering university life, but we have put it in to their own locality to make it more accessible,” explained course director Dr David Fleming.“It takes the intimidation out of it and indeed follows as a best example of anybody who could go to university, should go to university,”And, referring to the Kennedys, he added: “To have a husband and wife taking the same course is special, but then to know that there was a direct connection with the University and the new vice president for research makes it even more special.”“It is lovely for them, and the University when these things combine. It’s what we are all about,” he said. University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May NewsEducationLocal NewsA history of learning that spans the generationsBy David Raleigh – August 29, 2019 204 Advertisement Linkedin University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success TAGSeducationLimerick City and Countylocal newsNewsUniversity of Limerick Previous articleNew phase for UL’s Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology CentreNext articleShocked Sinéad “amazed” to be crowned Rose of Tralee David Raleigh WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties Email Print Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineering
WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Twitter Google+ Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Search stood down as elderly Bruckless man is found dead Facebook Google+ An elderly man who was missing from the Bruckless Village area of South Donegal has been found dead.The alarm was raised last evening when the man was reported missing.Gardai, the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team, the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team as well as a SARDA search dog unit took part in the search.Shortly after 1am this morning the man was found dead in a hay shed.It is understood the man’s death is not being treated as suspicious. Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp By News Highland – April 19, 2012 Previous articleDeputy Pringle says he is not pro-abortion but backs X-Case billNext articleFailte Ireland funding boost for Donegal International Rally News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey
Today, Dave Matthews Band announced that they will follow their upcoming fall arena tour with a free show in Miami Beach, Florida on December 28th at the Capital One Beach Bash at Lummus Park. Ohio rockers Walk The Moon will serve as opening support for the show, with music starting around 4 pm ET. The free concert will celebrate the following night’s College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the Capital One Orange Bowl.Dave Matthews Band’s upcoming fall tour will span the end of November and beginning of December, and will hit venues along the east coast in addition to a stop in Canada. The tour comes as the band continues to ride a wave of momentum behind their 2018 release, Come Tomorrow, which marked the band’s record-breaking 7th-straight record to hit #1 on the Billboard charts.For more information on upcoming tour dates, head to Dave Matthews Band’s official website.
It has become common for people who have pets to refer to themselves as “pet parents,” but how closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship?A small study from a group of Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers makes a contribution to answering this complex question by investigating differences in how important brain structures are activated when women view images of their children and their own dogs. Their report was published in the open-access journal PLOS One.“Pets hold a special place in many people’s hearts and lives, and there is compelling evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that interacting with pets can be beneficial to the physical, social, and emotional well-being of humans,” says Lori Palley of the MGH Center for Comparative Medicine, co-lead author of the report and a doctor of veterinary medicine. “Several previous studies have found that levels of neurohormones like oxytocin — which is involved in pair-bonding and maternal attachment — rise after interaction with pets, and new brain-imaging technologies are helping us begin to understand the neurobiological basis of the relationship, which is exciting.”In order to compare patterns of brain activation involved with the human-pet bond with those elicited by the mother-child bond, the study enrolled a group of women with at least one child aged 2 to 10 years old and one dog that had been in the household for two years or longer. Participation consisted of two sessions, the first being a home visit during which participants completed several questionnaires, including ones that asked about their relationships with both their child and pet. The participants’ dog and child were also photographed in each participants’ home.The second session took place at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH, where functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) — which indicates levels of activation in specific brain structures by detecting changes in blood flow and oxygen levels — was performed as participants lay in a scanner and viewed a series of photographs. The photos included images of each participant’s own child and own dog, alternated with images of an unfamiliar child and dog belonging to another study participant. After the scanning session, each participant completed additional assessments, including an image-recognition test to confirm she had paid close attention to photos presented during scanning, and rated several images from each category shown during the session on factors relating to pleasantness and excitement.Of 16 women originally enrolled, complete information and MR data was available for 14 participants. The imaging studies revealed both similarities and differences in the way the women’s important brain regions reacted to images of their own child and own dog. Areas previously reported as important for functions such as emotion, reward, affiliation, visual processing, and social interaction all showed increased activity when participants viewed either their own child or their own dog. A region known to be important to bond formation — the substantia nigra/ventral tegmental area (SNi/VTA) — was activated only in response to images of a participant’s own child. The fusiform gyrus, which is involved in facial recognition and other visual processing functions, actually showed greater response to own-dog images than own-child images.“Although this is a small study that may not apply to other individuals, the results suggest there is a common brain network important for pair-bond formation and maintenance that is activated when mothers viewed images of either their child or their dog,” says Luke Stoeckel, MGH Department of Psychiatry, co-lead author of the PLOS One report. “We also observed differences in activation of some regions that may reflect variance in the evolutionary course and function of these relationships.“For example, like the SNi/VTA, the nucleus accumbens has been reported to have an important role in pair-bonding in both human and animal studies. But that region showed greater deactivation when mothers viewed their own-dog images instead of greater activation in response to own-child images, as one might expect. We think the greater response of the fusiform gyrus to images of participants’ dogs may reflect the increased reliance on visual than verbal cues in human-animal communications.”Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and co-author Randy Gollub adds, “Since fMRI is an indirect measure of neural activity and can only correlate brain activity with an individual’s experience, it will be interesting to see if future studies can directly test whether these patterns of brain activity are explained by the specific cognitive and emotional functions involved in human-animal relationships. Further, the similarities and differences in brain activity revealed by functional neuroimaging may help to generate hypotheses that eventually provide an explanation for the complexities underlying human-animal relationships.”The investigators note that further research is needed to replicate these findings in a larger sample and to see if they are seen in other populations — such as women without children, fathers, and parents of adopted children — and in relationships with other animal species. Combining fMRI studies with additional behavioral and physiological measures could obtain evidence to support a direct relationship between the observed brain activity and the purported functions.
He then headed to his Trump International Golf Club, where he remained until about 3 p.m.Trump is expected to return to Washington D.C. Sunday evening. NASCAR announced Friday that he will serve as grand marshal of the annual Daytona 500, making him the first president to have that role.Trump has hosted series champs at the White House in the past and awarded NASCAR team owner Roger Penske the Presidential Medal of Freedom.The limo is a Cadillac built atop a heavy-duty truck chassis. President Trump is certainly making the most of his weekend in the Sunshine State.On Sunday, the commander-in-chief plans to take “The Beast,” as his presidential limousine is nicknamed, for a lap around the Daytona International Speedway track.Getting ready to go to the Daytona 500. Will be GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2020 On Saturday evening, Trump attended a fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort that was expected to raise $10 million for his campaign and the Republican National Committee.It is said to be his most expensive fundraiser ever, with invitations going only to donors who gave $580,600 per couple, according to The Washington Post.The President began his Saturday reflecting on his recent impeachment acquittal, tweeting:…..biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration, and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.” Peter Baker @nytimes The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2020
Although Peter Marrack wasn’t the biggest name on the University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team, Marrack’s three-set victory proved to be the difference in the Badgers’ 4-3 win over Wake Forest Sunday.With all the other matches finished and the score tied at 3-3, all eyes were on Marrack as his match came to the end. Down 5-4 after Wake Forest’s Jonathan Wolff broke his serve, Marrack won three straight games en route to the 7-5 win.“Every game, anyone could’ve won,” Marrack said. “It was big — they were like 20 in the country, and we lost to them last year, so I think it was huge.”The Demon Deacons were not only ranked in the top 25 nationally, but they also featured the top doubles team in the country. Junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka proved to be up to the task, however, and handled the Wake Forest duo 8-4. Tied at four games each, the Badgers rallied off four straight games to take the match.“That’s the No. 1 team in the country,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “They are playing good enough to beat teams like that. We could be looking at our first All-American, singles and doubles.”The convincing doubles win give Baumann and Michalicka confidence heading into some key matches.“We’re still undefeated; we know we can beat them,” Baumann said. “It shows where we can be.”In fact, Wisconsin won all three doubles matches on the day, including a tiebreaking win for Michael Dierberger and Michael Muskievicz. Badgers Luke Rassow-Kantor and Patrick Pohlmann had an easier time, putting the Demon Deacons away 8-2.Although Wisconsin swept the doubles matches, it still needed singles wins from Baumann, Pohlmann and Marrack to edge out the victory.“You die by the four-threes and you live by them,” Van Emburgh said. “Today we’re living by them.”Unable to break Forman in his singles match, Baumann needed a tiebreak to win the first set and came from behind in the second. Facing a 3-1 deficit, he won three consecutive games to defeat Forman.“It was tough to play him because he has a really big serve and a really big forehand. The opportunities you have, you really have to take them,” Baumann said. “I won the big points; that was the most important thing.”In Pohlmann’s single match, he swept Andrew Brasseaux 7-5 and 6-1 to give the Badgers another vital point. “This was a team effort,” Van Emburgh said. “I’m just so proud of the guys the way they stepped up.”Despite the help from his teammates, the match still came down to Marrack’s come-from-behind win.“He just played with a lot of heart and a lot of guts today,” Van Emburgh said. “Hats off to him because to be in a position like that is not easy. For Peter to step up and embrace that challenge and pull that match out against a great Wake Forest player, it’s quite an accomplishment for him.”
Drake University junior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District men’s basketball team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday, Feb. 9.Timmer, a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, is the team’s top scorer this season with 15.6 points per game and is 13th all-time in scoring at Drake with 1,264 career points. This season, he has scored in double figures in 21 of the team’s 25 games with six 20-point games including a season-high 28 points in the win over Evansville and 27 points in the road win at Missouri State.The CoSIDA Academic All-District honor is another addition to Timmer’s tremendous list of accomplishments. A pharmacy major that has been accepted into Drake’s doctorate of pharmacy program, Timmer was named the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015-16 and a member of its Scholar-Athlete team. He has also been named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week seven times in the past two seasons.Timmer is the only student-athlete in the state of Iowa to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District men’s basketball honors and the only men’s MVC student-athlete to do so.Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. To be nominated, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.30 grade point average and a have competed in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests.Print Friendly Version
A new realization has broken on the astrobiological community: planetary habitable zones have no fences. Michael Sherber wrote for Astrobiology Magazine (see Space.com) that planets around low-mass stars tend to be pulled out of the habitable zone toward the star. They have just a billion years before migration can pull them in and cook them. “Planets around small mass stars may only have a billion-year window during which life can form.” He did not indicate whether that life would be very happy, though, knowing a fiery hell awaited it. “Habitability is not a permanent property of a planet,” the article said. Rory Barnes (U of Arizona) who thought about this, wondered if it could be a test of the Gaia Hypothesis – something he termed “a grand picture of evolution.” Maybe the lifeforms could adapt as the planet migrates inward by altering the planet’s climate and geochemistry. Maybe we could even learn “how life mitigates disasters and adapts to climate change,” he said. Meanwhile, Clara Moskowitz at Space.com had more optimistic news. Some planets once thought inhospitable might actually be able to support life. “The [habitable] zone may not be so fixed, it turns out,” she said. “Some extrasolar planets that one might assume are too cold to host life could in fact be made habitable by a squishing effect from their stars, a new study found.” If the planet has an oblong orbit, the tidal heating would heat it up. Maybe this could melt the ice of a planet outside the zone and give it hope for life. Maybe it could start volcanoes and plate tectonics. That’s a lot of maybes. One thing we know: it all comes together just right where we live: “Plate tectonics is a definite boon for life,” she said, “because stirring up the surface layers helps to regulate the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, since rock absorbs CO2 from the air.” That “perfect balance” helps a planet maintain that “just right” temperature range.Quiz question: what is an evolutionist’s favorite word? Oh, you want a free hint? Maybe, baby.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Chasitie Euler’s area of Henry, Fulton, Williams and Lucas Counties has seen a wide window of planting, with some corn fields just planted and some fields almost to the V4 stage. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Euler about what to scout for in the early and late planted fields, as well as some replant decisions being made for corn and soybeans and the impressive wheat crop in that part of Ohio in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.