Community workers in Limerick learn how to handle drug litter

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCommunity workers in Limerick learn how to handle drug litterBy Alan Jacques – April 17, 2014 790 A SPECIAL training day was held at St Munchin’s Community Centre this week to help tackle the serious issue of drug litter in the city.Twelve community workers participating in an Environment Scheme at the Kileely-based resource centre received special training organised by the Ana Liffey Drug project with support from the HSE Drug and Alcohol Service and the Mid West Regional Drugs Task Force.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up With heroin use on the increase in Limerick, the programme was organised to train maintenance and cleaning workers how to properly handle dirty syringes and other drug paraphernalia in their local community.St Munchin’s Community Centre manager, Linda Ledger commented, “This has been a huge issue since Christmas and we really didn’t know where to turn. Chemists are giving out clean needles but users are just throwing them away when they are done.”“The participants on this course are getting very good advice on how to handle drug litter and this kind of programme was badly needed. Drug users shouldn’t be given clean needles unless they bring back the dirty ones to chemists first. It’s a huge concern for families with children,” she said.A young girl was jabbed with a dirty needle last year in the city after a fall from her bike. After HIV tests were conducted the child’s family had to wait nine agonising months to get the all-clear.Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan said drug litter, as well as creating a very real fear of infection and disease in local communities, also acts as a stark reminder of the wider harm caused by the misuse of drugs.“The long term goal remains to educate local people and communities about drug-related litter and how to deal with it,” said Cllr Quinlivan. Facebook WhatsApp #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Previous articleArts grants meeting in Limerick not “controversial enough” for missing city councillorsNext articleClub Rugby Stars to be Honoured at Awards #UBL Alan Jacques Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Emailcenter_img Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement TAGSAna Liffey Drug projectCllr Maurice QuinlivanHSE Drug and Alcohol ServiceMid West Regional Drugs Task ForceMusic LimerickSt Munchin’s Community Centre #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Print Families and workers must be supported through public health emergencylast_img read more

BF Done & Son shuts shop over Christmas

first_imgA Wolverhampton bakery, BF Done & Son, shut its shop until further notice – just before the busy Christmas period.The business, which was a finalist in British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards 2012, told a customer on Facebook that the closure of its Griffiths Drive shop was due to ‘staff illness’.According to local paper, the Express & Star, the associated Done’s Craft Bakers wholesalers near Penkridge is still operating.A spokeswoman for the company told the paper: “The shop in Wednesfield will be closed until further notice. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”The firm has operated within the Done family for 147 years, and has served customers from Wednesfield and Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton since 1867.The bakers were involved in fundraising for the Make a Wish foundation as part of Craft Bakers’ week.last_img read more

THE DIRT: Weekly Outdoor News From The Blue Ridge And Beyond

first_imgConservation Groups in North Carolina Stand up for Red Wolf WelfareMembers of the Red Wolf Coalition, Inc., Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute have announced their intent to sue the U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for the ahency’s perceived mismanagement of North Carolina’s rare red wold population. That mismanagements includes the authorization of the killing of a breeding female, one of only 50-75 red wolves known to be in existence today. The conservation groups will be represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 11.00.18 AM“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has violated the law and its responsibility to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves which now numbers only 50-75 animals,” said Sierra Weaver, senior attorney for the SELC. “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must rededicate itself to ensuring the survival of America’s rarest wolf and restore the former successful recovery of this endangered species.”Learn more here.Jurek Battles BaxterAccording to a story published in Runner’s World earlier this week, Scott Jurek may be headed to trial in Maine to fight three summonses he was issues immediately following his record breaking Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Juke’s Maine-based lawyer, Walter McKee says that each citation carries a potential fee of $1,000.The citations were issues as a result of Jurek’s mountain top celebration after he set the Appalachian Trail speed record previously held by Hendersonville, N.C. native Jennifer Pharr Davis. Authorities cited him for “littering, traveling in a group larger than the park’s limit, and drinking alcohol in public”, but Jurek disputes the charges saying in his personal blog that “the Park administration has chosen to paint a disparaging and inaccurate picture of what truly happened.”Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 11.03.26 AMPhoto by Jenny JurekClick here for more up to date info.Obama Heads to Alaska to Adress Climate Change and Meet Bear GryllsDuring a recent three-day trip to Alaska intended to address and raise awareness about the growing threats of global climate change, President Obama stepped away from his traditional presidential duties to film an episode of ‘Running Wild With Bear Grylls’.  Watch the video to learn more.A Walk in the Woods Hits Theaters Bill Bryson’s famous A.T.-based saga ‘A Walk in the Woods’ has finally been adapted to the silver screen and is playing now at theaters near you. Read our Appalachian Trail mega-feature to find out how the Appalachian Trail Conservancy plans to address the expected surge in A.T. visits following the release of the film.last_img read more

Colombian President Supports March against FARC

first_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos joined civil-society organizations in calling for a march on December 6 against “kidnapping,” “violence,” and “terrorist methods,” following the murder on Saturday of four members of the uniformed services kidnapped by the FARC. “The entire country rejects the FARC, rejects their terrorist methods and their persistence in violence, and for that reason, we’re all going to march on December 6, as one body, as one nation, in order to express that rejection,” Santos said at an event honoring police officers and military personnel in Bogotá. The call for a protest against this communist guerrilla group was issued by civil-society organizations on Sunday, using social networks, following the shooting deaths of four police officers and one member of the military who had been kidnapped and held for more than 12 years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Rosa Parra, the director of ‘Colombia Soy Yo’ [I Am Colombia] – one of the organizations calling for the march – said on Sunday that the protest’s objective is to carry out a mass mobilization in rejection of the FARC, similar to one held in February 2008. Administration representatives, members of Congress, political parties, and hundreds of citizens immediately added their backing to the initiative. Other organizations, meanwhile, have proposed an alternative march “against war,” and not only against the guerrillas, for December 10, International Human Rights Day. “We demand the release of all those who have been kidnapped. There is nothing that can justify this torture for those who are deprived of liberty,” Santos declared. Santos insisted that this guerrilla group was the only party responsible for the deaths of the four uniformed personnel, after the FARC blamed the president and the military high command for having thwarted a plan for the unilateral release of the hostages, stating that it was a “tragic outcome of an insane rescue attempt,” according to a statement published on the group’s website. The president affirmed that “the country is not stupid and does not let itself be deceived by despicable statements,” and he warned that if the guerrillas do not demobilize, “the only outcome left to them will be a cell or a tomb.” By Dialogo December 05, 2011last_img read more

Better Collective Spotlight: France’s final World Cup push tops tipster roundup on bettingexpert

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles The World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium came out as the top match in 2018 across the bettingexpert tipster community.The match finished 1-0 at the Krestovsky Stadium, as Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal to take Les Bleus into the final.As part of the Better Collective Spotlight series, SBC News also learned that France’s subsequent victory over Croatia produced the longest odds win of the year, as one bettingexpert player correctly tipped the final 4-2 scoreline at odds of 150.00.Meanwhile, Germany’s nightmare World Cup campaign in Russia was reflected in the tipster activity, as the pre-tournament holders became the subject of the shortest odds flop on bettingexpert after a shock defeat against South Korea. One tipster took odds of 1.04 on Germany in the Draw No Bet market, only for Joachim Löw’s side to lose 2-0, and exit at the first round stage for the first time since 1938.Over the course of 2018, data collected by bettingexpert showed that Real Madrid were the team that caused the most lost tips, despite profiting from a pair of Loris Karius errors to lift the Champions League trophy for a third year in a row.The team’s talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo – who scored 450 goals in all competitions for Los Blancos over just nine seasons – subsequently made a big-money move to Juventus, who came out as the most popular team for tips placed across the network.The data also revealed the most popular team to bet against across the top three sports leagues in the US, as well as the Premier League. This unwanted accolade went to Baltimore Orioles for MLB, Oakland Raiders in the NFL and Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA, while Brighton were seen as the ‘whipping’ boys in the Premier League – a surprising finding given that the Seagulls finished in 15th place. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020last_img read more

Water burst leaves householders without supply for second day in Falcarragh

first_imgHundreds of householders in and around Falcarragh are without water for a second day after a major burst yesterday.The burst was fixed temporarily but it is understood another burst occurred nearby.Irish Water are currently at the scene addressing the issue. No specific time has been given for a return to normal supply.Water burst leaves householders without supply for second day in Falcarragh was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burstFalcarraghsupplywaterlast_img read more

Bacterial Engineering On Par With Higher Life

first_imgBacteria aren’t the simple life-forms microbiologists used to envision, writes Zemer Gitai in Cell.1Recent advances have demonstrated that bacterial cells have an exquisitely organized and dynamic subcellular architecture.  Like their eukaryotic counterparts, bacteria employ a full complement of cytoskeletal proteins, localize proteins and DNA to specific subcellular addresses at specific times, and use intercellular signaling to coordinate multicellular events.  The striking conceptual and molecular similarities between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell biology thus make bacteria powerful model systems for studying fundamental cellular questions.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)This is different from the traditional picture of bacteria, he elaborates:This traditional perspective [of bacteria as fundamentally different from eukaryotes (i.e., simpler] changed significantly in the past decade with dramatic advances in our understanding of bacterial cell biology.  Work in multiple species has demonstrated that bacteria are actually highly ordered and dynamic cells.  Much like their eukaryotic counterparts, bacterial cells are capable of polarizing, differentiating into different cell types, and signaling to each other to coordinate multicellular actions.  The more recent surprises come from advances in fluorescence microscopy, demonstrating that bacterial cells exhibit a high level of intracellular organization.  Bacteria dynamically localize proteins, DNA, and lipids to reproducible addresses within the cell and use this dynamic organization to tightly regulate complex cellular events in both space and time.Gitai provides detail on the following examples: (1) Bacteria have homologs of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton, (2) bacterial cells are subcellularly organized (i.e., are not lacking organelles or a nucleus-like function), (3) several mechanisms underlie bacterial subcellular organization, and (4) bacteria are able to engage in multicellular activities.    “Bacteria are wondrously diverse and resourceful, occupying virtually every environmental niche imaginable,” he writes in conclusion. 1Zemer Gitai, “The New Bacterial Cell Biology: Moving Parts and Subcellular Architecture,” Cell, Volume 120, Issue 5, 11 March 2005, Pages 577-586, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2005.02.026.Sadly, Gitai assumes evolution in various places, but not with evidence: only with inference, in spite of the evidence.  For example, “If systems are similar due to convergent evolution, they can point us toward nature’s optimal solution to a problem, whereas, if they differ due to divergent evolution, they can identify the basic rules that have remained intact.”  Those are pretty big ifs.  What if they are both due to intelligent design?  He would never think of asking the right questions, even though he has no answers.  “The evolutionary relationships between actin, MreB, and ParM remain unclear, as they are similarly divergent from each other,” he drones in one place, and “The interrelatedness of these spiraled structures remains unclear,” in another.    The rest of his references of evolution only assume it.  He has convergent evolution (read: simultaneous miracles) happening all over the place.  He personifies nature in the previous quote: “nature’s optimal solution to a problem.”  Now that we know who the Darwin Party’s goddess is – Tinkerbell (see 03/08/2005 commentary) – we wish him luck getting optimal solutions from her.  Tinkerbell’s technique is to zap organisms with mutations using her magic wand.  But she flitters about from place to place with no goal in mind, only hoping that the bullets she fires into the machinery will make things run better.  You know the game is rigged when two separate organisms arrive at the same optimal solution.  Calling it convergent evolution will not fool the perceptive viewers of this magic kingdom; they know somebody is behind the scenes controlling the show.    For this reason, we have to give this story both the Amazing and Dumb awards.  Amazing for the bacteria, Dumb for the human.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How to Avoid Mold

first_img BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH Sealed-Combustion Appliances and Hot Tub PartiesDoes More Wall Insulation Reduce Cooling Costs?Should I Insulate My Garage Door?My First Energy AuditEnergy Audits in New England Joseph Lstiburek of the Building Science Corporation wrote a great article a few years back detailing the reasons for our current mold explosion (so I don’t have to!).Modern houses use processed materials like OSB and engineered I-joists that have a much lower capacity to absorb excess moisture than older materials like solid wood. These materials are easier for mold to eat. Lastly, houses are much tighter and require less heat, limiting drying potential.One other tremendous change has been in how people introduce water and humidity into the building. Unlike some big breezy Maine farmhouse heated with 8 cords of firewood dry blasting out the building, a tight modern house is much more susceptible to moisture and your personal water sports. RELATED ARTICLES Moisture Sources, Relative Humidity, and MoldHumidity, Mold, and Indoor Air QualityThe Mold Explosion: Why Now?Sniffing Out House ProblemsRating Windows for Condensation Resistance Can Exterior Foam Insulation Cause Mold and Moisture Problems?All About DehumidifiersVideo: Got Mold? Energy Efficiency and Moisture Management Erik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog. Mold, molder, moldestMold is one of those black triple-X no-no’s that is bound to spook most homeowners. It’s the harbinger of many other problems: wood rot, ants, blue cheese dressing … oh, the horror. Over the last couple of decades, mold has catapulted higher up most homeowners’ problem lists, for a few reasons.center_img Mold is a water issueA recent audit customer called because they were having condensation and mold crop up everywhere in the house. Opening the front door was like walking into a greenhouse. The relative humidity was over 70%. Many of the windows were fogged up on a relatively temperate day. If one opened the kitchen door, the glass on the storm door steamed up almost instantly. It was pretty damp.It took all of three minutes to discover the source of the humidity. The homeowner and his wife loved fish and had at least 15 aquariums. They had several open tanks in the house, both saltwater and fresh water, with a menagerie of sea life. It was also clear from the passion with which they spoke of their aquatic buddies that this hobby was an integral part of their home life. Eliminating that source of moisture was not an option. So what to do?How does one reconcile what a homeowner wants with what building science dictates? After discussing some options, they were open to making one room a dedicated ‘fish room’ with some ventilation and environmental controls.Mold in homes is a function of moisture and the capacity of a house to handle that moisture. If you’re having problems with mold, look for the source of the moisture. If you reduce your water sports, you’ll reduce mold issues. Energy audits and water sportsOne of my original audit instructors called this ‘water sports.’ These are homeowner activities or building features that add a load of moisture into the building enclosure.These problems include inadvertent issues — for example, a bathroom exhaust fan or a dryer that is vented into the house. Or the problems can stem from integral features of the house, like a jacuzzi, a hot tub, or an infinite pool. Or the problems can be due to habits and hobbies like taking long showers, cooking a great deal (boiling water), storing firewood indoors, owning lots of plants, or keeping an aquarium. Mold and moisture issues are a common motivation for homeowners to give us a ring. There’s condensation on the windows and water dripping into the window box. One homeowner described how if she opened her front door during the winter, the glass panes on the storm door would fog up within 10 or 12 seconds.Structural issues in the house, like dirt floors in the basement, sometimes cause these problems. But often the problems are caused by occupant behavior.last_img read more

5 Free Magazines Every Small Business Should Receive

first_img Originally published May 23, 2007 2:32:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Entrepreneurship I know this seems terribly old fashioned in this Web 2.0 era of blogging, but there’s still something nice about reading a great magazine.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid reader of a number of blogs, and have been blogging myself for close to two years.  And I enjoy the conversations that blogs can create as well as the realtime stream of information the blogosphere provides.  But there’s something about thumbing through a colorful, glossy magazine with great content.. written by folks with professional editors at their disposal…ready, willing and able to fix bad grammar and other mistakes we tend to overlook… making it a little more challenging than it should be to read even the best blogs.  And as founder Bob Parsons once said,  people don’t curl up in front of a fire and read a nice blog.  And when you’re flying do you really print off a list of blog entries, or do you pick up an interesting magazine or two?  Before I hit the road I grab a handful of mags I enjoy so much I might even pay for them if I had to…..but I don’t.  Direct Direct is a magazine that bills itself as the information resource for direct marketers.  I’d have to say I agree, as it each month it comes packed with great stats, stories and best practices all around building, keeping and using customer lists.  It combines all this information into a slim 70 pages or so which makes it easy to carry around, and the articles are written in a way that entertains as well as informs.  And Ken Magill does a great job with his e-mail best practices articles.  Plus they have a nice companion website with tons of up to date info.Small Business Impact & Deliver magazinesI lumped these two together because they both are US Postal Service publications,  they are monthly mags that arrive at the same time, and together they amount to only 48 pages or thereabouts.  Small Business Impact covers a variety of subjects, challenges and other issues facing small businesses.  The articles are short, sweet and to the point cover everything from online marketing basics, to health care, to time management.  Just from an aesthetics standpoint, Deliver is really eye catching.  I find myself actually checking out the ads because they’re so good looking.  But going beyond its slick publishing, there are some great articles for those charged with marketing and brand building.  Articles include how today’s printing technology can impact customer relationships, and an interesting interview with Chris Anderson on how new media is forcing marketers to “keep it real”.    Streaming MediaI don’t even know how I started getting this but I’m glad I did.  This might not seem all that important to small businesses, but this magazine will prepare you for how people will be able to take in all kinds of content, and how you can use technology to put your company right in their faces, whether it be on a computer, TV, PDA, or whatever.  It comes monthly and weighs in at over 100 pages, but it’s an easy read.  This month’s issue had a good article on monetizing podcasts and video blogs, and another one on the television paradigm shift that had me thinking a bit.  Computer ShopperI used to get this about ten years ago but couldn’t take it anymore.  It was just too big and heavy to even attempt to read.  It must have gone on a diet or something because now it’s under a 100 pages.  And now I can’t wait to get it every month.  It gives me great reviews and coverage of products and services of which I need to at least be aware.  In many cases it helps me decide which way to go in terms of buying something.Now there are a ton of magazines out there you can get for free by giving up some contact information.  I probably get over 20 a month, but there’s no way I’m reading all of that stuff.  But the above mentioned and a few others (like 1to1, eWeek and BrandWeek) are easy to read, easy to carry and still packed with good information…and did I mention they are free?  You may want to check them out.  What freebies do you recommend? last_img read more