Only three Travellers over the age of 65 in East Limerick

Posted On Jun 4 2021 by

first_imgIs Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleAdare Manor restaurant awarded Michelin StarNext articlePlanning permission granted for new Primary Care Centre in Newcastle West Alan Jacques WhatsApp Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyNewsTraveller Members of the Traveller community and Ballyhoura Development at the launch of the East Limerick Traveller Health Assessment report.OF the Traveller community in East Limerick, there are only three Travellers over the age of 65 — less than one per cent of the Traveller population in the area.This was one of the stark findings of the East Limerick Traveller Health Baseline Needs Assessment. The study also shows that only 29 of the Traveller population in East County Limerick is over the age of 50, which is only six per cent of the Traveller community in the area.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The assessment was undertaken as a collaborative study between the HSE and Ballyhoura Development, supported by Sheila Cahill Consulting, between March and June of this year.The purpose of the assessment was to identify the health and wellbeing needs of Travellers living in East County Limerick. Although national figures and statistics are available, until now there has been no definitive research undertaken into the health needs of Travellers in the region.The study sought to establish a clear demographic profile of the Traveller community in East Limerick, and to examine a baseline of the health status of Travellers, particularly areas in need of attention, as well as identifying the key factors, which influence and affect the physical and mental health of Travellers.Ballyhoura Development manager Eileen O’Keeffe said that the link between health and the inequalities that exist in housing and education available to members of the Travelling Community cannot be ignored.“With over 90 per cent of Travellers living in East Limerick participating in the assessment, this report can be regarded as a definitive study which will help to inform the development and implementation of appropriate responses and solutions to the diverse range of health needs amongst the Traveller Community, as outlined in the report,” she explained.One of the key findings of the assessment is that less than 50 per cent of Travellers living in East Limerick were identified in the 2016 census, meaning that the Traveller community in the area is twice as large as was previously recorded.The HSE Traveller Health Unit will now consider the findings of the assessment. NewsCommunityOnly three Travellers over the age of 65 in East LimerickBy Alan Jacques – October 9, 2019 1436 Printcenter_img TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Email Linkedin Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Go Behind the Scenes at On the Town With Misty Copeland

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_img Related Shows On the Town Misty Copeland is currently making a triumphant Broadway debut in On the Town, and she recently made this behind the scenes video of her preparation for the role of Ivy Smith in the musical. “I’ve been on stage performing professionally for half of my life, almost, so I don’t often walk into a situation feeling nervous, and I did,” she admitted about starting rehearsals at the Lyric Theatre and the “terrifying” prospect of singing. However, Copeland has garnered rave reviews for her performance and is truly an inspiration for us all. “Whenever I step into something that’s uncomfortable or unfamiliar I grow in leaps and bounds.” Copeland will remain with the revival through the end of its Broadway engagement on September 6. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 View Commentslast_img read more

Investors urged to consider unfamiliar assets as easing slows

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_img“This should create a more fertile environment for macro and long-short investors, in particular,” she said.Institutional investors needed to expand their opportunity set because of the limited opportunities available, and consider having less constrained mandates, Mercer said.Manager skill would be increasingly important as investors hunted for scarce returns, the analysis concluded.Clarke said institutional investors should also set up a robust risk management framework that drew on scenario and stress test analysis as well as the more traditional ‘Value at Risk’ analysis.“Considered manager selection also remains critical in identifying strategies that are capable of providing a diversifying and sustainable source of return,” she said.The consultancy said the low level of yields available across a wide range of asset classes would make it hard to be sure of generating a decent level of return.”Private markets may offer a richer opportunity set than many listed markets given that much of the central bank stimulus has been absorbed by the listed bond and equity markets,” the report noted.However, this did not mean financial assets were now in a bubble and set to fall, it said“Indeed, the supply and demand dynamics of financial markets — that is, the large and increasing monetary base seeking a home in yield-producing financial assets — suggest that markets could continue to rise for some time,” the report added. Institutional investors will need to re-think investment strategies and consider growing their private market exposure they are less familiar with if they are to generate adequate returns in future, according to an analysis by Mercer.Central banks internationally have worked together to stimulate economic growth since 2008, but this synchronised action was expected to gradually come to an end in 2015, the consultancy said.There was now a growing disparity between the improving economic performance of the US and the UK and weakness in the eurozone and Japan, it explained.Deb Clarke, head of investment research at Mercer, said: “As central bank policy starts to diverge we expect to see more volatility and higher dispersion in markets.last_img read more

Stefon Diggs injury update: Vikings WR (knee) to play vs. Patriots, report says

Posted On Aug 27 2020 by

first_imgThe Vikings could also get a boost with the return of Xavier Rhodes. The veteran cornerback, also listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, was limited during his first practice Friday and will work out again pregame to determine whether he can play.The Patriots (8-3) are slated to host the Vikings (6-4-1) at 4:25 p.m. ET. Stefon Diggs is ready to make his return.According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source, the Vikings wide receiver is expected to suit up Sunday against the Patriots. Receiver duo of Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen ‘have a lot in common’ as Vikings’ one-two punch Diggs, who is listed as questionable with a knee injury, missed practice most of the week but worked out for the first time Friday on a limited basis. He also dealt with a rib injury earlier this season. The 24-year-old has 58 catches for 587 yards and four touchdowns this season. Related Newslast_img read more

‘Extraordinary’ Pep holds no fears for Klopp

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgTwo of Europe’s heavyweight managers, Klopp and Guardiola look destined to compete for the sport’s biggest prizes for years to come.But there is strong mutual admiration between the bosses, with Klopp unstinting in his praise for Guardiola’s ability to get his players to give life to his purist principles.“His teams are always excellently positioned. He always has great teams which make excellent decisions,” Klopp told recently.“At Barcelona it was Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Lionel Messi and so on.“At Bayern Munich he had fantastic players who made a lot of great decisions. Now, with Gundogan, Silva, Aguero, Sane on the left wing, Sterling on the wing, Gabriel Jesus, they’re extraordinary.“Positioning is important, but this is not witchcraft, it is not unusual just because the wing-backs come inside.“But when the players are in position they move every millisecond in order to be available, and when they are, that’s when the individual quality of the player becomes important.”Likewise, Guardiola is an admirer of Klopp’s commitment to an entertaining style of play, the Spaniard last season hailing his counterpart as “the best manager in the world for spectators because creates teams to attack the back four”.Despite their ability to thrill the neutral, Klopp and Guardiola had vastly different paths to Wednesday’s seismic encounter.Klopp’s journeyman playing career took in stops at unglamourous outposts including Rot-Weiss Frankfurt and Mainz, while Guardiola played for over a decade in the rarified air of Barcelona, where the local boy made good became a Catalan icon.It was no different when they took their first steps into management.– Competitive streak –Klopp learned his trade in anonymity at Mainz before enjoying a career breakthrough once he moved to Dortmund in 2008.Taking over at Barcelona in the same year Klopp arrived at Dortmund, the cerebral Guardiola relished the intellectual and philosophical aspects of management.Yet that renaissance man image hid a fiercely competitive streak that has fuelled all of his best teams.Although Klopp twice won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund, who also finished as Champions League runners-up in 2013, the 50-year-old has yet to secure the first silverware of his two-and-a-half-year reign at LiverpoolIn contrast, Guardiola has amassed 22 trophies with Barcelona, Bayern and City, including two Champions League crowns and six domestic league titles.The 47-year-old can make it seven league titles if City get the three points they need to be crowned champions by beating Manchester United on Saturday.First, Guardiola will focus on finding a way to improve his mediocre record against Klopp.Leaders City are 18 points clear of third placed Liverpool in the Premier League, but there won’t be any inferiority complex from Klopp when they clash for the third time this season.Liverpool’s 4-3 win over City in January saw Klopp take his personal tally against Guardiola’s teams to six wins, five defeats and one draw from 12 fixtures.Klopp has enjoyed more victories over Guardiola than any other manager and he believes he can add to that impressive record because his Liverpool squad is closer in quality to Guardiola’s current crop than at any time in their careers.“There’s no big difference, actually. It’s just that Pep has always had better teams than me,” Klopp said.“You can see that now with Manchester City – they have a lot more points (in the Premier League) than we do.“However, that difference has never been as small as it is now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp (L) and Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola look destined to compete for the sport’s biggest prizes for years to come © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Jurgen Klopp has no qualms about saluting Pep Guardiola’s ability to create “extraordinary” teams, but the Liverpool boss is convinced he can bridge the class divide when Manchester City visit Anfield for their Champions League showdown.Having first gone head to head with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, the friendly rivalry between Klopp and Guardiola has its biggest stage yet as Liverpool face City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.last_img read more

Another look at 20 years of fertilizer recommendations

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are likely as many varied opinions on the validity and the accuracy of the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations as there are farms and soil types. No matter what that opinion may be from field to field, it is hard to deny that the document has had an incredible impact on crop production in Ohio.last_img

Five Ways to Deal with Crawlspace Air

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgIf you have a home with a crawlspace — or are building or buying one — you have several options on what to do with that particular foundation type. Most crawlspaces are vented to the outdoors, but over the past decade, encapsulating the crawlspace (as shown in the photo here) has gained favor among builders of green and energy efficient homes. It’s often seen as the best way to eliminate the moisture problems that often result from vented crawlspaces. But what do you do about the air down there?Before we address that question, however, let me point out that encapsulated crawlspaces are great for humid climates, like the Southeastern U.S. In a dry climate, however, it may or not be worth the cost to encapsulate. So, as always, do what’s most suitable for your climate.Basically, your options are to do one of the following:The tried and false method of venting the crawlspace to the outdoorsPutting a little bit of supply air from the HVAC system into the crawlspaceUsing an exhaust fan to move air from the crawlspace to outsideInstalling a dehumidifier RELATED ARTICLESBuilding an Unvented CrawlspaceProblems with Crawlspaces Vented Crawlspaces and the Psychrometric Chart Are Not FriendsAn Open Discussion on Closed CrawlspacesFixing a Wet BasementAdvanced Energy’s Crawlspace Web Site Let’s take a look at each of these methods.1. Vent the crawlspace to the outsideDo this in a humid climate, and you’re asking for trouble. The outside air that you bring into the crawl actually has more moisture in it than the crawlspace air you’re venting to the outside much of the time. Although the psychrometric chart shows mathematically why it doesn’t work, a look into just about any vented crawlspace in the Southeastern U.S. proves that venting to the outside is often a disaster.The photo of the moldy humidifier below is from a house that was only a year or two old. Although the home builder had installed closed cell spray foam insulation in all the above-grade walls and the attic, he left the crawlspace vented to the outside. The result was mold growing on the HVAC system.Let’s just say this is your worst option unless you’re in a dry climate and quickly move on to the better choices.Conclusion: This is your worst option in humid climates. It’s probably also worst for most climates if the HVAC systems and ductwork are located in the crawlspace.Supply conditioned air from the HVAC systemIf you encapsulate the crawlspace, adding a little bit of air from the HVAC system is probably the most common method used. If there’s already a duct system down there, it’s easy and inexpensive to do. The air from the system helps to dry out the crawlspace air.But it also puts the crawlspace under a slight positive pressure and the house under a slight negative pressure. Is that a problem? Not according to Advanced Energy‘s Closed Crawl Spaces guide:In Advanced Energy field tests, the small crawlspace airflow causes a negligible pressure effect that is far exceeded by the effects of duct leakage, stack pressure or wind-induced pressures in the building.How much supply air do you need to add to the crawlspace? Advanced Energy recommends 1 cubic foot per minute (cfm) for each 30 square feet of crawlspace floor area. The International Residential Code (IRC) recommends 1 cfm per 50 square feet:Conditioned air supply sized to deliver at a rate equal to 1 cubic foot per minute (0.47 L/s) for each 50 square feet (4.7 m2) of under-floor area, including a return air pathway to the common area (such as a duct or transfer grille), and perimeter walls insulated.If you go this route, it may work well in the summer if the air conditioner is sized properly. If the system runs long enough, it can provide enough dry air to the crawlspace to keep the relative humidity below 70%, where you want it.In the swing seasons, however, and in homes with oversized air conditioners, this method may not work well. Another thing about this method that I’m not crazy about is that you’re conditioning the crawlspace based on the conditions in the finished space above. The crawlspace has its own conditions, though, and may or may not respond well to controls in another place.Conclusion: Although it’s the most common method of treating the air in encapsulated crawlspaces, it may or may not work well.3. Exhaust air to the outsideFirst, note that I’m not talking about the crazy idea to put large fans in the crawlspace to exchange large quantities of air between the outdoors and the crawl. (Yes, companies really do promote this, and it’s a quick way to rot the wood in your crawlspace.) I’m talking about a small exhaust fan, as described in the IRC. Here’s the language from the code:Continuously operated mechanical exhaust ventilation at a rate equal to 1 cubic foot per minute (0.47 L/s) for each 50 square feet (4.7m2) of crawlspace floor area, including an air pathway to the common area (such as a duct or transfer grille), and perimeter walls insulated.So a 2,000-square-foot crawlspace would need a 40 cfm exhaust fan. It’s pulling just a little bit of air from the crawlspace. The problem is that you don’t really know where the makeup air for the crawlspace is coming from. Yes, the code specifies a pathway for air to move into the crawlspace from the house, but air doesn’t always follow those arrows in the diagrams. If the band joist isn’t sealed well, for example, it may pull a lot of the air from outdoors, which isn’t really what you want.Conclusion: It could work but is probably less reliable than supply air from the HVAC system.4. Install a dehumidifierIn this method, you use a stand-alone dehumidifier for the crawlspace. (Again, we’re talking about encapsulated crawlspaces only; although some people try, you can’t dehumidify the whole outdoors.) It’s controlled by the conditions in the crawlspace, not the house above, so it this method will do the best job of keeping the crawlspace dry.Brad Brinke of The Crawlspace Company in Virginia Beach responded to my question about this topic on our Facebook page: “We have a very good track record with the dehumidifier here in Virginia. We install a humidistat and fan system to help the dehumidifier operate efficiently. We tried using supply air from the home and it did not work.” (See the full discussion here.)If you want dry air in your crawlspace, a dehumidifier is the way to go. Yes, they do have drawbacks. You have to buy additional equipment. They require maintenance. If the drain fails, you may have a bulk water problem in the crawlspace.If it’s a small crawlspace, a standard dehumidifier that you can buy for $200 to $300 may be sufficient. For medium to large crawlspaces, however, it’s best to go with a more robust model, like the ones made by Therma-Stor. Their Santa Fe line is made for basements and crawlspaces. The dehumidifier photo below shows an older Santa Fe model made just for encapsulated crawlspaces.Conclusion: Although more expensive, installing a dehumidifier is the best method for treating the air in an encapsulated crawlspace.5. Connect the crawlspace to the house with a transfer grilleBoth of the quotes from the building code that I mentioned above include the following language:…including a return air pathway to the common area (such as a duct or transfer grille)…What they’re saying is that if you pressurize the crawlspace with supply air or depressurize it with an exhaust fan, they want the crawlspace to be able to communicate with the house above to relieve the pressure. The easiest way to accomplish this is with a transfer grille right in the floor, as you see in the last photo below.Advanced Energy isn’t a fan of this method, instead recommending that the entire floor be air sealed to isolate the crawlspace from the house. There are some good reasons for this. If, for example, the intent of the opening is for house air to move downward (as in the case of the exhaust fan), the stack effect may win out if the crawlspace isn’t perfectly sealed to the outside.Another potential problem is pollutants in the crawlspace air migrating into the house. These could be soil gases such as radon or fumes from paints, pesticides, or fuel stored in the crawlspace. Also, if the crawlspace access door is left open, it may not be discovered for some time. Meanwhile, the house is directly connected to the outside through that transfer grille.Is it ever OK to install a transfer grille? Sure. In the house where I took the photo above, there’s no access to the crawlspace from outside, and the owner (a guy who only recently learned the correct pronunciation of his name) doesn’t store hazardous chemicals down there (unless you consider wine hazardous).Dr. Joseph Lstiburek, whose transfer grille you can see in the photos below, thinks that mixing house and crawlspace air is fine in some cases: “If your crawlspace is ‘clean,’ connecting it to the rest of the house is OK. If it is not clean then you should not do so. In trashed crawlspaces sucking on them with a continuous exhaust fan works well. In clean crawlspaces up North, transfer grilles work just fine. In between and in the South, a very small amount of return air works fine with a transfer grille as does a small amount of supply air with a separate fan that does not blow cold air from the HVAC system but blows house air that is warmer and drier.”The bottom lineIf I had to say one method was better than any other to deal with the air in a crawlspace, it would be to encapsulate it and install a dehumidifier. Adding supply air from the HVAC system can be tricky and may let the crawlspace humidity go too high in spring and fall. An exhaust fan may be OK in some cases. One thing I’d recommend above all else, though, is to monitor the air. Install a digital thermo-hygrometer with a remote sensor so the homeowners can keep an eye on what’s happening to the humidity levels there.Now, go out there and turn those netherworlds into betterworlds! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. 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Sachin deserves Bharat Ratna: Sportspersons

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgDescribing Sachin Tendulkar as worthy recipient of the Bharat Ratna award, sportspersons from different disciplines lend their voice to confer the iconic batsman with the country’s highest civilian honour.”It is the government that has to decide whether he (Tendulkar) should be given the award or not but as far as I am concerned, he definitely deserves the accolades. He has made every Indian proud,” said ace shooter and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gagan Narang.”Sachin is playing since the time when many of the current generation Indian cricket players were not even born and still his hunger for runs has not diminished, which is quite remarkable,” the shooter added.Star boxer Vijender Singh who won the gold medal at last month’s Asian Games at Guangzhou, China said, “Players like Sachin are born once in a millennium. His game has improved with age. He should be conferred with the Bharat Ratna for his achievements.””We all take inspiration from Sachin. He has a unique way of replying his critics with the bat. I have met him on numerous occasions and it is difficult to find a person as humble as him,” Singh mentioned.Karnataka’s Ashwini Akkunji was also in favour of the government bestowing Tendulkar with the Bharat Ratna award.The athlete who clinched a pair of gold medals in 4X400 metre relay and 400m hurdles at Guangzhou Games said, “Sachin has given numerous happy moments to his countrymen. Despite being so successful he is very down-to-earth, which is quite inspiring.”advertisement”Watching him play motivates us to do well for our country on consistent basis,” the athlete added.Earlier chess champion Viswanathan Anand, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and world cup winning captain Kapil Dev also asked the government to honour the star cricketer with the prestigious award.With PTI inputslast_img read more