Previous articleTime for RTE to portray positive image of cityNext articleUL urged to buy into city centre admin Facebook Email IT has been confirmed that private companies are bidding for a contract to come into the Mid-Western Regional Hospital and manage it. A spokesperson for Health Minister, Dr James Reilly, told the Limerick Post that whichever of the companies wins the contract for running the hospital for up to 15 months, will be obliged to upskill the existing management team.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There are three UK and one Irish company in the running for the lucrative contract and, the spokesman added, “the aim of this is not to privatise the hospital. It is for the hospital to have access to state- of- the- art management skills, as there are aspects of the current management structures which need to be supported”.The move has outraged IMPACT, who are describing it as a breach of the Croke Park agreement.In a letter to the minister, IMPACT’s national secretary, Louise O’Donnell, said the plans lays bare how “the HSE has drained itself of senior management personnel under the Incentivised Early Retirement and Voluntary Redundancy scheme of 2010, forcing the HSE to rely on more expensive measures to fill the human resources gaps created by the scheme”.Meanwhile, following 12 hours of talks on Wednesday at the Labour Relations Commission, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and SIPTU, have agreed to suspend all industrial action at the Mid Western Regional Hospital for a four week period to allow for a full review of the situation in the emergency department, where nurses say patients are at risk because of conditions. For the duration of this four week period, additional resources have been provided and HSE. Linkedin Print Advertisement NewsLocal NewsPrivate company to run Regional HospitalBy admin – October 20, 2011 546 Twitter WhatsApp
The springtime influence of natural tropical Pacific variability on the surface climate of the Ross Ice Shelf, West Antarctica: implications for ice shelf thinning
Observational records starting in the 1950s show West Antarctica is amongst the most rapidly warming regions on the planet. Together with increased intrusions of warm circumpolar deep water (CDW) onto the continental shelf due to local wind forcing (the primary mechanism in recent decades), this has resulted in enhanced surface and basal melting of floating ice shelves and an associated acceleration and thinning of West Antarctic outlet glaciers, increasing the rate of global sea level rise. In this study, it is shown that during the austral spring season, significant surface warming across West Antarctica has shifted westward to the Ross Ice Shelf in recent decades in response to enhanced cyclonic circulation over the Ross Sea. These circulation changes are caused by a Rossby wave train forced by increasing sea surface temperatures in the western tropical Pacific, which is tied to the springtime shift of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) to its negative phase after 1992. While the local wind trends enhance warm air advection and surface warming across the Ross Ice Shelf, the strong easterly component of the wind trends reduces the likelihood for intrusions of CDW onto the continental shelf in this region. This suggests that during spring there are competing mechanisms of surface and basal melting of the Ross Ice Shelf, both of which are closely tied to natural tropical Pacific decadal variability. Moreover, that the projected transition of the IPO back to its positive phase in the coming decade, though likely to reduce surface warming on the Ross Ice Shelf, could increase the risk of disintegration of Ross Sea ice shelves due to increased intrusions of CDW and enhanced basal melting.
The University of Maine and the University of Vermont are joining forces this fall to offer a research-based online weight management course that helps college students develop healthy eating and exercise habits.”Vtrim Online” is a one-credit, semester-long course based on clinical research by Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., a nationally recognized obesity researcher at the University of Vermont. Her concept is based on behavior changes: a systematic shaping of daily habits to help people move more and eat less.”There is a groundswell nationwide for universities to provide preventative health programming to students,” says Harvey-Berino. “It’s an ideal time in their lives to learn healthy eating behaviors for long-term health and earn college credit, too.”Vtrim arms students with the tactics and knowledge to sustainably combat weight gain through behavior modification — altering reactions to emotional and environmental stimuli through reinforcement of a new behavior, or a reduction in unhealthy behaviors. The University of Vermont has offered Vtrim since 2009.The entire program takes place online. Students are guided by a trained instructor, with whom they meet online weekly for a class in which lessons are discussed in a structured text-based chat room. Individual progress is tracked with online tools, including a food journal and exercise tracker. Students receive expert feedback on their progress.At UMaine, Rod Bushway and Susan Sullivan of the Food Science and Human Nutrition faculty and Ph.D. student Doug Mathews have worked to make the class available to students at UMaine.”We expect a great deal of student interest in the course,” Sullivan says. “Vtrim provides a good opportunity for UMaine students to learn about behavior modification techniques while benefiting their own health.”Though some students sign up to lose weight, most enroll to learn healthy behaviors. Students work with instructors to set realistic goals and establish healthy lifestyle perspectives.Typical weight loss has been 1-2 pounds per week for students in previous classes and 83 percent of people completing Vtrim achieve a clinically meaningful weight loss of 5-10 percent.Obesity continues to grow as a public health problem. Obesity prevalence is 19.1 percent for men and women aged 18-29 years, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and obesity rates increased in 28 states in 2009, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”The University of Maine is proud to be part of a solution to the escalating trend of obesity and unhealthy eating and exercise habits,” says Robert C. White, associate provost and dean of the University of Maine’s Division of Lifelong Learning. Vtrim is being offered through the division’s continuing and distance education program.The course is open to all degree and non-degree students.http://www.uvm.edu/vtrim/vtrim-for-undergrads/(link is external).SOURCE University of Vermont. ORONO, Maine, Aug. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —
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The Guyana Cricket Board has provided trophies for The Young Warriors Cricket Club’s “East Canje Day of Sports” to be held on November 6, 2016 at the Cumberland Ground. At a simple presentation ceremony held recently, former West Indies pacer Colin Stuart presented the trophies to Rafeek Kassim, president of the club. Kassim thanked the GCB and every other sponsor who have supported the event. Stuart said that the GCB is pleased to be part of this fund-raiser. Anthony Ameerally of Memorex, Art Sawmill and Massy Distribution are the latest sponsors on board.Over the years, the East Canje area produced many talented cricketers with the latest being young West Indies winning captain Shimron Hetmyer. Leonard Baichan was the first and only test cricketer coming out of the area. Seon Hetymer, Gajanand Singh, Damodar Daesarat, Richard and Kevin Ramdeen, Balram Samaroo, Kwesi Maltay, Linden Austin, Boodnarine Sumair and Kassim Khan are among many others that represented Guyana at the various levels.The teams will be drawn from the area and some of those expected to take part are Canefield, Gangaram, Canje Pathfinders, Betsy Ground, Goed Bananen Land and Rose Hall Estate.The cricket competition will be of five overs aside and will involve second division players. However, the teams are allowed to buy the first division players in the area with the starting bid being two thousand dollars with the exception of Shimron Hetymer whose starting bid will be ten thousand dollars,similar to IPL style.In addition, there will be sprint races, lime and spoon, bag race and a feature football game involving players from #2, Palmyra, Sheet Anchor and Cumberland versus the other villages in East Canje. Attractive incentives and gate prizes are up for grabs with the oldest male and female fan receiving a hamper each. Proceeds from this event will go towards the host to help continue promoting cricket in the area. The first match bowls off at 9.30.