Air travel tax to be reconsidered in budget

first_imgNewsLocal NewsAir travel tax to be reconsidered in budgetBy admin – December 1, 2010 476 Previous articleLegal advice sought on city development planNext article19 tonnes of waste recycled in Limerick admin THE €10 Air Travel Tax is to be reconsidered in the upcoming budget on the back of a debate called by Kieran O’Donnell TD. The deputy said he has secured a commitment from the government to reconsider the tax and its implications for Shannon Airport. “This is a very serious issue for Limerick and the Mid-West.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Email Advertisement Facebook Print Twitter “I have consistently called for this destructive and short-sighted tax to be removed, and I repeated this call to Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan and Mary Hanafin, Minister for Tourism, Culture & Sport in the Dail during this debate,” said the deputy.He added jobs, not taxes, were needed and that Shannon Airport needs to be in as competitive a position as possible.“This year alone, Shannon will see a reduction in its passenger numbers of almost 30% or 800,000 passengers to just two million.“The airport board announced that they have set a target of 2.5 million passengers by 2015.  Removal of the travel tax will greatly assist in meeting this target”.In reply, Minister Lenihan said the issue would be considered in the context of the forthcoming budget.  “The penny seems to be finally dropping with the minister that we must make it as attractive as possible for people to visit here.  That means keeping the cost of getting to and from Shannon as low as possible,” continued O’Donnell.  “In that context, the commitment to reconsider the tax is potentially very significant for Limerick and the Mid-West”. WhatsApp Linkedinlast_img read more

Limerick lifeline for the elderly is facing closure

first_img1,746 elderly patients waited over 24 hours in University Hospital Limerick ED in 2017 says Limerick TD Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE first programme of its kind in Europe, AgeWell Ireland, operated in conjunction with St Munchin’s Community Centre, provides companionship and friendship to people aged 60 and over who are experiencing isolation or loneliness.By pairing them with specially trained companions, who visit them on a weekly basis, the free service seeks to provide comfort and support to older adults who are experiencing chronic loneliness.Those availing of the service have reported a significant increase in their wellbeing after just four months. A series of assessments has found that there was a 33 per cent decrease in the number who described themselves as lonely and a rise of 63 per cent in their self-rated health.However, despite the success of the programme, it may cease to exist by the end of next month. Initially rolled out in 2017 on a nine-month trial basis, AgeWell Ireland has since received two extensions, the latest of which runs till March 31.There are currently no immediate plans to extend the scheme further, meaning the 70 elderly people who use it will no longer receive the weekly visits they have to come to rely on.Patricia is in her seventies and lives in Corbally. Since the death of her husband seven years ago she has become increasingly lonely, weekend visits from her working children and occasional calls from busy neighbours only partially helping to break the monotony. And although she had qualms about signing up to AgeWell six months ago, they have since been quelled.She was enrolled in the programme, much to her surprise, by her daughter: “’What are ye doing to me?’ I said. ‘How will I cope with a person coming in that I don’t know? What’ll I talk about?’”.Yet, upon meeting her carefully selected companion, Ann, those qualms were quickly alleviated: “I look forward to it,” she says when asked about the visits. “Ann rings to let me know when she’ll be around and I’m waiting for her when she comes.”Rena O’Brien, Anne Hourigan, Greg Ryan, Marion Moloney, Joan O’Dwyer, and Eileen Ryan; Limerick’s Age WellsBut what do they talk about, and how did she cope with a person coming in that she didn’t know?“There’s no plan. We talk about the sad things that are going on in the world. I enjoy Ann, I don’t feel anyway uncomfortable with her coming in and talking to her.”And the service works both ways. Ann Hourigan retired from her career as a nurse two and a half years ago. However, rather than enjoy her retirement, she sought out a new career, something which didn’t involve the stresses or strains of her previous profession.“When I got this job I thought, ‘there is a God, this is exactly what I’m looking for.’ Although she visits six clients per week, and speaks with them on the phone every day,Ann admits that being one of the Europe’s first Age Wells doesn’t really feel like a job, “when I was in the working world I was running from one person to the next, whereas this is a part of my life that has slowed down and I can slow down with my clients and give my time to them,” she says, adding, “I’ve built up such a rapport with my clients that even if we didn’t get funding I’d still keep in touch.”Designed to pair the elderly with like-minded companions, Age Well only employs those aged 55 and over.“It’s a peer-to-peer companionship programme,” explains Programme Manager, Carmel Boland,” it seems to work, our clients can identify with people who’d be in an age bracket to understand what they’re going through.”And the role isn’t just confined to those with previous experience in care support, the nine Age Wells come from all walks of life and receive specialist training before being paired with suitable clients.“Everybody has had quite intense training, they would have gone through the different situations they would have come up against. It’s helped establish some of the skills they needed to be able to take part in this type of work.”Carmel is quick to point out that this service addresses a need as yet unfulfilled by the public sector, “It’s not anything like home help, home care packages, that’s fulfilling a need around personal care, this is a different type of need that people would have identified, someone they can talk to about things that worry them.”This need for human interaction is quite stark in some of their clients explains Care Coordinator, Deirdre Hogan. She describes a client who regularly called the Dublin-based service, Alone, just so he’d have someone to talk to, staggering his calls over the course of a few hours so he wouldn’t speak to the same people: “He said it was like winning the Lotto when he discovered we were starting up this service here.”Although currently only operating in the city, Carmel is acutely aware of the need to extend the programme to include rural areas. Yet with a lengthy waiting list, and just nine Age Wells to go around, the emphasis for now is on giving as much time as possible to those already using the service.Her hope though, is that eventually the programme will be run on a national level: “There’s no reason why it can’t run nationally,” she says. And were it to run throughout the country, Carmel is quick to point out that it will be available to everyone, regardless of their background or financial means, “We go into the most fabulous houses, we go into houses where people might not have much, loneliness does not discriminate, that’s the bottom line.” ESB scam caller led to distraction theft Linkedin TAGSAge Well IrelandCorballyelderlyloneliness Anne Hourigan and Deirdre HoganA service that is tackling loneliness among elderly Limerick people is in danger of being discontinued due to lack of funding. Simon Bourke reports. 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Contractile and metabolic characteristics of muscle fibres from Antarctic fish

first_imgContractile properties were determined for muscles from three species ofAntarctic fish with broadly similar activity patterns:Trematomus hansoni, Notothenia rossii and Chaenocephalus aceratus. C. aceratus differs from theother species in that the genes for the respiratory pigments are not expressed. Red and white fibres were isolated from the pectoral fin adductor and trunkmuscles, respectively. Fibre segments were chemically skinned with the nonionicdetergent Brij-58. All experiments were carried out at 0°C. Maximum isometric tensions (Po) were 6.6–7.1 Ncm−2for red, and 21.4–25.1 Ncm−2 for white muscle fibres. The force-velocity (P-V) characteristics of musclefibres were determined by step isotonic releases. Unloaded contraction velocities (muscle lengths s−1, Los−1) were 0.7 for red, and 0.9?-1.1 for white fibres. Maximum mechanical power outputs (Wkg−1 muscle for white muscle), calculated using Hill’s equation for muscle shortening, were 26.7 (T.hansoni), 15.7 (N. rossii) and 22.7 (C. aceratus). Corresponding values forred pectoral muscle fibres were around 4.2 Wkg−1 for all three species. Maximum activities of enzymes of carbohydrate utilization (hexokinase, phosphofructokinase, lactate dehydrogenase), fatty acid metabolism (carnitine palmitoyl transferase, 3-OH acyl CoA dehydrogenase) and aerobicmitochondrial metabolism (cytochrome oxidase) were measured in musclehomogenates from C. aceratus and N. rossii at 0°C. Red pectoral musclefibres from C. aceratus and N. rossii had similar activities of cytochromeoxidase, carnitine palmitoyltransferase and glycolytic enzymes. Hexokinaseactivities were two times higher in the red fibres of C. aceratus than N. rossii, suggesting a greater capacity for aerobic glucose utilization in the former species. In spite of the lack of respiratory pigments, the metabolic and mechanicalcharacteristics of the swimming muscles in C. aceratus apppear to be similarto those of other Notothenioids. Power outputs and enzyme activities ofAntarctic fish muscle measured at 0°C are comparable to those for temperatespecies measured at 15 or 25°C, indicating a high degree of cold-adaptation ofboth energy-producing and energy-utilizing pathways.last_img read more

Activist speaks on sexual minorities in Uganda

first_imgWinning the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award has brought activist Frank Mugisha respect in the United States, but in his home country of Uganda, he and his cause still meet with a great deal of enmity. Mugisha is the executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and works to promote the rights of LGBTQ Ugandans. He spoke at the event “Human Rights and Homophobia: A Conversation with Frank Mugisha” in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall yesterday. The Progressive Student Association (PSA) sponsored the event in conjunction with the Kellogg Institute’s Africa Working Group. PSA co-president Alex Coccia said Mugisha’s work has estranged him from his family and forced him to flee Uganda on repeated occasions. (Editor’s Note: Coccia is a Viewpoint columnist for The Observer.) Mugisha said a pending bill in the Ugandan parliament might criminalize both homosexuality and support for openly homosexual individuals. There is also a provision in the bill that would create a death penalty for serial offenders, Mugisha said. “I would receive the death penalty under this bill,” he said. The bill was first introduced in 2009 three months after a group of American evangelicals, including activist Scott Lively, came to Uganda to campaign against homosexuality, Mugisha said. Support for the bill is estimated to be around 85 percent in the parliament and will pass if it reaches the floor. Mugisha said the bill and propaganda from Ugandan religious leaders has changed the way homosexuals are treated in Ugandan communities. “Before the bill was introduced we had gay and lesbian people who lived in the community but were not persecuted,” Mugisha said. He said people in Ugandan villages do not always have a sense of the difference between bills in parliament and established laws. He said neighbors turned in one homosexual man who had lived in a community for twenty years. Mugisha said the people only acted because they believed it was required by law. There is also a prevalent characterization of homosexuality as “not African,” which extends to the leadership of many African nations, Mugisha said. He said many Ugandans, and Africans generally, view homosexuality as a cultural construct of Europe and the United States. “Almost all African leaders say homosexuality is abnormal,” Mugisha said. “Many African leaders say homosexuality is Western, not African.” Ignorance on the subject of homosexuality is the primary reason for homophobia and the main obstacle to his efforts, Mugisha said. “My biggest struggle is against ignorance,” he said. “I wish I could talk to every Ugandan one-on-one and tell them there is no disease they are going to catch.” Mugisha said it is difficult for Ugandans to recognize homosexual rights as a human-rights issue. He said he has to explain that his homosexuality does not harm anyone else while the government claims homophobia does harm others. Mugisha said he is also frustrated by the opposition to homosexuality in Ugandan churches, which also believe homosexuality is the result of Western influence. “There are no Western values, Eastern values, Southern values or Northern values when the issue is humanity,” he said. “When you are talking about God as love it is all the same.” Mugisha said he is a Catholic and urges other homosexual Ugandans to retain their faith. “I can’t wake up in the morning and say ‘I don’t believe in God,’ that’s not me,” Mugisha said. “Being a gay person, lesbian person, transgender person or bisexual person does not prevent you from being Christian.” SMUG’s greatest success is the visibility the organization has brought to the issue internationally and within Uganda, he said. SMUG has been successful with two legal cases in Uganda, Mugisha said. One was against the government for abuse of homosexuals by police, and the other was against a paper which called for the hanging of perceived homosexuals. “We’ve created a visibility in my country. The government can’t say there are no homosexuals in Uganda anymore,” Mugisha said.last_img read more

The March 2014 Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live!

first_imgThe March issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors celebrates three popular passions among Blue Ridge outdoor enthusiasts: fishing, dogs, and beer (not necessarily in that order). Our second annual dog photo contest begins in March, and to kick it off, we feature southern Appalachia’s search and rescue dogs with heroic tales.Also in March, we’ll take several spins around the region…looking at beer and food pairings, the youngest person to thru-hike the A.T., laid-back lodges perfect for outdoor dirtbags, hidden fly fishing gems you might not know about, and a talk with the Blue Ridge runner who set a first in the history of the Tour de France. Our former online editor Jack Murray tops off the fly fishing issue with a comprehensive run-down of the latest fly fishing gear around.Here’s your digital sneak peak:FEATURESA River Runs Through It: Fly Fishing DestinationsLe Tour de ZoëHippie LodgesKelly Parham: Saving lives and riding bikesBeing Buddy BackpackerA Tail of Two TeresasWinter Paddling WondersDEPARTMENTSDebate: Hiking off-trail: Cool or Not Cool?Spring Into BeerWhiskey NationSpring Fly Fishing GearESSAYIn the Footsteps of Grizlast_img read more

Medan Veterinary Center rules African swine fever as cause of thousands of pig deaths

first_imgThe Medan Veterinary Center has confirmed that the deaths of tens of thousands of pigs in Nias and South Nias regencies in North Sumatra were due to the African swine fever (ASF) virus. Medan Veterinary Center head Agustia said his team sent the test results to the Animal Husbandry Directorate General, adding that the virus could spread to the rest of Nias Island if preventative measures were not taken.”There are indications that the virus has spread to Gunung Sitoli already. We ask other areas, especially North Nias and West Nias, which have not yet been infected, to remain cautious since this virus spreads quickly,” Agustia said on Saturday.  According to Medan Veterinary Center data, the number of dead pigs in Nias and South Nias has surpassed 37,000.Read also: Two Sumatra regencies report sudden death of pigsTo halt the spread of the virus, Agustia recommended that the Nias and South Nias regency administrations stop the transportation of pigs between villages, designate a special area for the disposal of pig corpses and implement biosecurity measures to reduce pig deaths. “These recommendations must be carried out to prevent further pig deaths on Nias Island,” Agustia said. The East Nusa Tenggara Husbandry Agency previously reported that 2,000 pigs across Timor Island died after contracting ASF in February.Earlier this year, ASF killed tens of thousands of pigs across other areas of North Sumatra, as well as hundreds of pigs in Bali. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Davis Cup: Basic defeated Grigelis, BiH – Lithuania 2: 0

first_imgThe second meeting of the last round of the Second group of Euro Africa zone between Davis Cup teams of Lithuania and BiH played Laurynas Grigelis and Mirza Basic. Our tennis player won with the score 3: 1 in sets (7: 6.7: 5/7: 6/7: 0 /, 3: 6, 6: 3) and thus increased the lead of our team to 2: 0.After Damir Dzumhur defeated Lukas Mugevicius with the score 3: 0 (6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 3) in sets, Mirza Basic (157 ATP) played with Laurynas Grigelis (454 ATP).There was a great fight in the first set, and it was resolved in the tie-break, where Basic was more successful with the score 7: 5, who thus led 1: 0 in sets after 49 minutes.The second set ended in a tie-break as well first. Basic was more focused and better and won a tie-break 7: 0, as well as the second set to take the lead 2: 0 in the match.Grigelis must save in the third set to stay in the match, in which he succeeded. After 34 minutes of play he got the third set with 6: 3 in games.However, Mirza played in the fourth set much better and did not allow a surprise. He won the set with 6: 3 in games and enrolled victory against Grigelis and increased the lead of BiH against Lithuania on 2: 0. The match lasted for 2 hours and 48 minutes.To recall, with the victory over Lithuania, BiH would qualify in the first group of Euro Africa zone, which would be a historic achievement for BH Davis Cup team.Davis Cup:Lithuania – BiH 0: 2, Laurynas Grigelis – Mirza Basic 1: 3 (6: 7/5: 7/6: 7/0: 7 /, 6: 3, 3: 6)Other matches in the duel between Lithuania and BiH:Saturday, 2 pm:Tadas Babelis / Tomas Vaise – Mirza Basic / Tomislav BrkicSunday, 1 pm:Laurynas Grigelis – Damir DzumhurLukas Mugevicius – Mirza Basic(Source: D. B./ read more

Real Madrid clinch world record deal for Mbappe – report

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Real are looking to fill the void left by Alvaro Morata, who joined Premier League champions Chelsea last Friday in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, asked about Mbappe last week, said that Real were short one attacker after Morata’s departure but chose his words carefully.“I am not saying we are lacking a centre forward but we are short of one attacker, that’s how things are,” he said. “We will see how we will manage that.”If he does arrive at Zidane’s European champions the 18-year-old will be on a net annual salary of “seven million” euros, Marca said.Mbappe, under contract at Monaco until 2019, has been wooed so hard by some of Europe’s top clubs that Monaco raised the red card and warned the circling predators that they could be reported to FIFA, world football’s governing body.“Top European football clubs made contact with Kylian Mbappe and his entourage without our authorisation,” Monaco said on their website.The club said they wanted to remind these clubs that such actions are contrary to French and international regulations.Mbappe scored six goals in six Champions League starts and 15 in Ligue 1 as he exploded onto the scene in the second half of last season.On Monday, Monaco lost full-back Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City in a world record £52 million deal for a defender. Paris, France | AFP |  Real Madrid have reportedly reached a world record deal in principle to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for 180 million euros ($210m, £160m), closing one of the hottest transfer sagas of the summer.Spanish sports daily Marca, citing sources close to the negotiations, said the gifted teenage striker who shot to stardom last season is expected to join Real “in the next few days” on a six-year deal.French newspapers Le Parisien and Nice Matin were quick to announce that Monaco had denied the report. But in the cloak and dagger climate of rumour and innuendo that characterises football’s transfer operations, the latest twist revived speculation surrounding the future of Europe’s most-eligible young star.Only the rumour mill surrounding Neymar and the massive sums involved have come close to eclipsing the buzz generated by Mbappe in recent weeks.Neymar, Barcelona’s 25-year-old Brazilian superstar, is at the centre of frenzied speculation linking him to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euros, the price of his buyout clause.– Circling predators –The likelihood of that deal looks to have receded in the past few days as the Mbappe move takes centre stage. And if it goes through, Real will have completed a major coup by snatching one of the most coveted young players in football from under the noses of top European clubs including PSG and Premier League giants including Manchester City.Real midfielder Casemiro, on tour with the European champions in United States, refused to be drawn on the speculation ahead of Wednesday’s friendly clash against Manchester City in Los Angeles.“Mbappe is not a Real Madrid player so I can’t speak about him,” said Casemiro.But Marca, known to have strong links to the Madrid club, insisted that Real are set to pay between 150-160m euros with add-ons of between 20 and 30m for Mbappe, dwarfing the current world transfer record of 105m Manchester United paid to lure Paul Pogba from Juventus last year.last_img read more

Golf centre makes it their business to be the best

first_img A Cambridgeshire golf centre is getting down to the business of being the best – with the help of England Golf.The Kingsway Golf Centre in Melbourn, just south of Cambridge, aims to be the best ‘learn to play’ centre in the area and has drawn up an action plan, inspired by lessons learned at an England Golf Business Growth Forum for clubs.The forums, held across the country, helped golf clubs take a fresh look at their opportunities, identify goals for growth and trial new approaches.Following their success, England Golf is now running 20 Business Growth Hubs this month and in November, which are free to affiliated clubs. They have an interactive format to learn, share and network and this year’s themes focus on how to futureproof your club, grow your business and grow your membership.Clubs can be represented by three to four decision makers and the hubs are free of charge as part of England Golf’s support to clubs.James Watts, the Kingsway general manager, commented after attending his forum: “I couldn’t write notes fast enough!” He returned to Kingsway to work with colleagues and Marc Smith, England Golf’s Cambridgeshire County Development Officer, to draw up the action plan.The aim is to increase the number of visitors to the centre and encourage them to return, frequently, to enjoy the nine-hole course, nine-hole pitch and putt course, footgolf, 40 bay driving range, American Golf store and café bar.“There are two other pay and play centres in the area so it’s a competitive market,” said Watts. “The Business Growth Forum was very useful. It’s given us a very good understanding of where our business is working well and not so well. It’s been very beneficial.”Their first step was to survey customers and staff to identify the centre’s strengths and areas where improvements could be made. Then, a three-year business plan was drawn up.“Before, everything was working, but not as well as it could be,” said Watts. “Now we have the business plan everyone on the staff knows what direction we are pulling in.”The centre has put a fresh emphasis on improving customer service by starting a new staff training scheme leading to NVQ qualifications.The centre has better knowledge of who to target as potential customers after studying their local demographic. “We were surprised by the number of young, up and coming people with good jobs and stable incomes living within 30 minutes’ drive of the centre,” said Watts.Head PGA professional, Chris Hattersley, is closely involved in new plans to develop the teaching academy, with the particular aim of attracting more women and juniors to coaching sessions.The centre is also building on its successes. The customer survey revealed that the driving range was the most highly rated feature so Kingsway invested in 21,000 new range balls to enhance its appeal even further.In addition, new avenues are also being explored, such as children’s parties featuring the popular footgolf.Marc Smith commented: “Kingsway have achieved so much in a short time since the forum. They have been so dynamic and open to using all the support England Golf can offer.” 12 Oct 2016 Golf centre makes it their business to be the best last_img read more

Selects to more than calm Storm en route to Provincial B Cup berth

first_imgThe Nelson Selects outscored the Kootenay South Storm 11-2 in a two-game, total goal series to capture the Kootenay Provincial B Cup U15 Girl’s Zone title Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.The Selects now advance to the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 4-7 in North Vancouver.”We are extremely pleased with the performance of the squad,” said Coaches Paul Burkart and Pat Perkins.”Every member of the team worked well attacking and defending, and proved themselves worthy to represent the Kootenay Region at the Provincial B Cup in July.”Game won was never in doubt as the Selects jumped to a 3-0 lead en route to the five-goal victory.Allie Zondervan opened the scoring early in the first half, followed by markers from Naomi Perkins and Emily Graeme to give Nelson a 3 – 0 lead at the half.The Storm squad scored from a penalty kick early in the second half to narrow the score to 3 – 1. However, Nelson quickly answered with goals by Camille Gebhart, Kyra Burkart, and a pair by Zondervan to bring the score to 7 – 1.Later in the day, the two sides squared off in game two with the same result.Nelson turned up the defence to score the shutout.Zondervan opened the scoring early in the first half followed by a pair of goals by Perkins for a 3-0 lead at half.Perkins completed the hat-trick to secure the win and a berth in the Provincial B Cup.last_img read more