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first_imgFacebook St. Munchin’s Family Resource CentreCOUNCILLORS in Limerick’s Metropolitan District believe there is an urgent need for community centres in the city and have urged council officials to visit St Munchin’s Resource Centre to see how they can emulate its success in other urban areas.Solidarity councillor Paul Keller called for urgent action in getting a community centre established in Garryowen.Fianna Fail councillor Kieran O’Hanlon said the council needed to be more active and felt that finding a greenfield site was the best solution for a community centre in Garryowen.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Party colleague Jerry O’Dea pointed out that the people in the area deserved a “purpose built facility”.More community news here Email Advertisement Previous articleLimerick groups benefit from university’s new Christmas traditionNext articleThe Flag Listeners are back on stage Editor Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Print NewsCommunityRugbyMunsterLimerick council officials urged to visit St Munchin’s CentreBy Editor – December 25, 2017 5313 TAGSSt Munchin’s Resource Centre last_img read more

first_imgChief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral DK Joshi arrived at the BIA yesterday to attend the Galle Dialogue 2013 to be held in the Port City of Galle on 25th and 26th November 2013 and he was warmly received by Chief of staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera on his arrival.His participation in the international maritime conference organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence is symbolic of the goodwill between the two friendly Navies and the highest regard accorded to the Sri Lanka’s initiative in fostering strategic maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean.Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi took over as the 21st Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy with effect from 31st August 2012. He is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare and has a distinguished service spanning nearly 38 years during which he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments.Admiral Joshi is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, USA, an alumnus of the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi. He is due to present a paper on “Emerging Maritime Interests in Asia Pacific: An Indian Perspective” at the Galle Dialogue’s 01st session tomorrow.[mappress]Press Release, November 25, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy November 25, 2013 Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy Chief Attends “Galle Dialogue – 2013” center_img Indian Navy Chief Attends “Galle Dialogue – 2013” Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe West Virginia University School of Medicine and Departmentof Orthopaedics are seeking a Musculoskeletal OncologicClinician/Scientist (ranks available: Assistant Professor,Associate Professor, or Professor). The successful candidate willbe expected to practice in Morgantown, WV.Duties: The successful candidate will practice in the area ofmusculoskeletal oncology. In addition to providing excellentpatient care, the successful candidate will also be activelyinvolved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. For appointment at the Associate Professor or Professorrank, it is expected that candidates sustain an outstanding,extramurally supported research program.Qualifications: Candidate must have an MD or DO degree or foreignequivalent and be eligible to obtain a West Virginia medicallicense. Successful candidate must have completed an orthopaedicsurgery residency program, as well as musculoskeletal oncologyfellowship program. Successful candidates must be board certifiedin orthopaedic surgery. Candidates who are not board certified /board eligible who possess extraordinary ability and demonstratedtrack record may be considered at the discretion of the ChiefMedical Officer. For appointment at the Associate Professor orProfessor ranks, a demonstrated track-record of leadership,excellent communication skills, and publications in high-impactjournals are required. All qualifications must be met by the timeof appointment.This position will carry a 60% clinical component and 40% research.The focus of the clinical practice is on all orthopaedic cancercare, primary and metastatic disease as well as infections, and wehave a large referral base. Opportunity for complicatedarthroplasty exists but is not required. WVU Medicine has amulti-institutional sarcoma board that meets twice monthly todiscuss cases. Our research initiatives are directed towardtranslational work in the area of sarcoma using nanotechonology,immunotherapy, and immunodiagnostics.We are reaching our goal of expertise in all sub-specialty areas ofOrthopaedics, including spine, total joint replacement, sportsmedicine, foot and ankle, hand, pediatrics, trauma, andmusculoskeletal oncology. Our faculty are fellowship trained andrespected nationally, but we emphasize more than surgical expertise- our mission is to provide excellence in patient care and customerservice in the delivery of that care. As a part of a major academicteaching center, we use a multidisciplinary approach to thetreatment and education of our patients. Our physicians have easyaccess to a full range of specialists.The WVU Cancer Institute is one of the country’s top USNWRrated cancer treatment centers. Multidisciplinary medical teams usethe latest cancer therapies, sophisticated technologies, andpatient-driven research to deliver the best possible treatment instate-of-the-art facilities. We offer treatment to those in WestVirginia as well as patients from five bordering states. We have avery active clinical trials program, pharmaceutical studies, andemerging statewide clinical trials network.WVU Medicine is West Virginia University’s affiliated healthsystem, West Virginia’s largest private employer, and a nationalleader in patient safety and quality. The WVU Health System iscomprised of thirteen member hospitals and five hospitals undermanagement agreements, anchored by its flagship hospital, J.W RubyMemorial Hospital in Morgantown, a 700+ bed academic medical centerthat offers tertiary and quaternary care. WVU Medicine has morethan 1,000 active medical staff members and 18,000 employees whoserve hundreds of thousands of people each year from across thestate of West Virginia and the nation.Morgantown, WV is the quintessential college town, with Division IBig 12 sports, diverse cultural and arts activities, world famousoutdoor recreation, and excellent schools. Yet, we are only 75miles from Pittsburgh and a three-hour drive to DC. We are aninclusive, educated small community with a strong local economy.You will be amazed at the high quality of life we have to offerhere in beautiful north-central West Virginia.Build your legacy as you serve, teach, learn and make a differencefrom day one. To learn more, visit https://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/orthopaedics/and apply online at http://wvumedicine.org/careers/.For additional information, please contact Pam Furbee, SeniorPhysician Recruiter, at [email protected] Virginia University & University Health Associates are anAA/EO employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – and WVU isthe recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.Notes To ApplicantsLI-PF1 Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c)last_img read more

first_img Read Full Story Nevin Scrimshaw, a nutritionist who pioneered the use of protein supplements to save the lives of children at risk of dying from malnutrition, passed away on February 8, 2013. He was 95.Scrimshaw, M.P.H. ’59, who received HSPH’s Alumni Award of Merit in 1995, devoted his seven-decade career to the field of international nutrition. Soon after training as a physician, he moved his young family from the University of Rochester to Guatemala, where he founded the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama. His professors told him that by devoting himself to the then-exotic specialty he would be throwing away his career, Scrimshaw told the Boston Globe in 2008.In the 1950s, Scrimshaw pioneered the use of indigenous protein sources to create an inexpensive mixture that could be fed to young children to combat deadly malnutrition. His product, Incaparina, is still given to 80 percent of Guatemalan children during their first year. He guided the production of a similar food in India, and his approach is still used to develop other such products in developing countries.Scrimshaw also worked to reduce endemic goiter, a thyroid condition in children caused by a mother’s iodine deficiency. He developed a method of iodizing local salt and worked with governments to require iodation of all table salt. He also was a leader in research on the link between malnutrition and infection.last_img read more

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWatermelon farmers fear gummy stem blight more than any other disease. To develop better ways to manage it, University of Georgia plant pathologists are leading a regional effort to pinpoint its origins.Once GSB hits a field, it can be hard to contain, especially in hot, wet weather, said David Langston, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton, Ga. It attacks leaves and stems, severely reducing yields and sometimes killing plants.Farmers typically spray plants with fungicides eight times during the growing season, or once a week from April through June, to try and stay ahead of the disease. The cost averages $25 per acre per application. Georgia is a top watermelon-producing state. Georgia farmers are expected to grow between 25,000 acres and 30,000 acres this season, the most in recent years.Langston and fellow CAES plant pathologist Kate Stevenson are leading a team of experts from North Carolina State, Clemson University and the University of Florida to figure out how GSB epidemics start each year. A two-year, $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension will pay for the work.“In many ways, and I’ve used this analogy often, we are trying to find the smoking gun, so to speak, for this disease in the Southeast,” Langston said. “If you don’t know where the inoculum is coming from, it is near impossible to control a disease.”There are many fungicidal tools U.S. farmers use to fight GSB, but the disease is very good at becoming resistant to them quickly, Langston said — as fast as in just a few years of the first use. This is a big problem.To grow watermelons, U.S. farmers typically plant transplants, or baby plants, that are grown from seeds in greenhouses during the winter. These seedings are planted in Georgia fields in March and April. The seeds come from plants grown in Asia, South American and Australia. These countries have GSB, too. Farmers in these places use fungicides to control the disease, but which fungicides they use and how often is not known by U.S. watermelon experts or farmers. Langston believes that GSB strains are becoming resistant to certain fungicides in foreign fields. The disease — and the epidemics that hit Georgia and other states -– could be tracked to the seeds used to grow the watermelon transplants. Some of these transplants are resistant to fungicides before ever being sprayed in the U.S. Or, it could be spread each year through a build up of spores flying in the wind. The research will determine if greenhouse plants in the U.S. are being infected by GSB spores either already in the house or flying in from the outside. To help do this, solar-powered machines will collect air samples in and around the houses. If positive GSB spores are collected around the greenhouse before the plants inside show disease symptoms, the evidence would indicate the plants got it from the airborne spores and not from seeds. If GSB is seen on plants before spores arrive in the area, the evidence would show the disease didn’t start from airborne spores; it came from the seeds. The GSB spores collected from infected plants and the air will be tested to see if they are resistant to fungicides.The UGA researchers will do similar comparisons in farmers’ fields using two spore-sampling machines in Florida, two in Georgia, two in South Carolina and one in North Carolina to determine if fungal spores are present at or during GSB epidemics in those fields.If it is determined that the disease is mostly seed-borne, cooperative efforts with seed companies and their foreign growers could reduce or eliminate fungicide resistance problems or the transmitting of the problems to U.S. farmers, Langston said.If air-borne spores are the problem, he said, more aggressive fungicide rotation programs and management practices could be developed for U.S. farmers.last_img read more

first_img Dispatches from Iraq January 15, 2005 Regular News Dispatches from Iraqcenter_img Combat swimming in Mortaritaville Capt. Greg Weiss Chief, Military Justice, Iraq True to form the U.S. Army is an alphabet soup of acronyms. A few acronyms in the form of TCNs (Third Country Nationals) and LNs (Local Nationals) have been in the forefront of my mind in the past few days. Philippine TCNs staff the gym, pool, barber shop, and laundry. Pakistani TCNs staff the dining facility, the other barber shop, and the Post Exchange, and Iraqi LNs work as interpreters, gate guards, janitors and do much manual labor. I have no idea of the basis of the division of labor. American contractors manage and staff many operational shops, such as the fire department, flight line ground operations, machine, electrical, automotive, and carpentry shops, and support many of the radar and computer systems. Interestingly, the American contractors here, which I estimate are at least 15 percent of Anaconda’s total population, are issued body armor and Kevlar helmets, while most TCNs and LNs are not (or at least they never seem to have them).I have benefited greatly from the TCN services on post. The men and women who staff the pool are a particularly gregarious bunch, always eager to practice their English after greeting you with a warm smile. They recognize most of the soldiers who use the pool regularly for exercise and meet you with a kickboard and pull-buoy while looking for an empty lane. They also allow you to finish your current lap when the incoming indirect fire air siren sounds and the pool must be cleared.The pool staff is great about clearing out a lane for lap swimmers in order to to avoid “combat swimming.” The pool always has two lanes set aside for lap swimming, and at times the entire pool is divided into six lanes. Regardless of the setup there are always soldiers lounging in the shallow end of the lap lanes using the floating lane lines as a pool recliner. In addition, if you know soldiers, you know that the diving board is a launching pad for a constant stream of 18-year-olds performing cannonballs and jack-knives in the deep end. Avoiding cannonballs while trying to swim laps is akin to a naval battle scene from “Master and Commander.” The Philippine TCNs will kick the cannonballers and lane-loungers out of at least one lap lane when someone who regularly swims laps shows up, which is pretty considerate.A few days ago a mortar attack killed three Philippine TCNs in their sleeping trailer. I had never even considered the safety of the TCNs when the air siren sounded previously, which is pretty damn inconsiderate. I have become fairly immune to the daily sound of the air siren, save the “rigor” of putting on my flack jacket and Kevlar and seeking shelter in the nearest hardened building. Incidentally LSA Anaconda has earned the nickname “Mortaritaville” throughout the theater because of the frequency of the indirect fire attacks. When a soldier in my section does not check in immediately after the “all clear” is sounded, I become concerned for their safety; however, no one in my unit has yet been injured by a mortar or rocket attack. My threshold of worry subsequent to the first few after I arrived at LSA Anaconda has increased dramatically. Regardless, when I was told of the three deaths I felt terrible.The great majority of the TCN staff is here to quadruple their wages for six to 12 months and return home. One of the pool staff told me that he will save enough money in his 12 months here to open his own gym back in the Philippines and operate it without a profit for three years upon his return. He was not a victim of the attack. Nor was anyone I recognize from the pool or gym missing. I assume that the victims were from the laundry because apparently several of the laundry staff quit immediately following the attack. I will not describe the level of frustration I experienced when some of my soldiers related to me their level of frustration at being subject to greater turn around time for their laundry. We Americans are here with a sense of service to country, or at least most of us are, but the foreign workers are here for employment. Would any rational human not consider quitting a job where one of the occupational hazards was death by mortar fire?Ironically, I went to the TCN-run barbershop just after that attack in anticipation of a visit by the commanding general to my office tomorrow. The Pakistani barbers produce a good result, but the haircut process itself is a painful adventure. First, there is always at least an hour — and at times up to a few hours — wait. No appointments, just first come, first served. You pay penance in the flimsy plastic chairs that line the hot barbershop, clutching a roughly cut wooden square containing a handwritten markered number, listening to blasted 1980s power ballads while flipping through either a two-week old Stars and Stripes or a current J.C. Whitney Auto Parts catalogue.Once you are absolved from the waiting limbo, you approach the next available barber and engage what has become a regular communication ritual for me. After the barber suits you up with the paper collar and cape, he offers you the full extent of his English vocabulary: “Skin?” I have rarely heard another English word spoken by the barbershop staff. Those who attempt to explain a particular style beyond skin tight end up disappointed when they receive the same haircut as everyone else. Actually there are two types of haircuts, fully shaved off (Army and Marines) or skin tight on the sides with a little hair on the top (Air Force or American contractor.) I generally opt for, or more realistically am given, the latter. After they shave the sides and trim the top, the barber pulls out a BBQ grill brush, the kind with the tightly packed metal bristles, and brutally brushes out the cut hair that has become intermixed with the remaining hair. It’s not really a BBQ grill brush, but it’s the plastic version. Finally, the barber raises up his hands one at a time, as though he is at a karate brick-breaking demonstration, and whacks you solidly between the neck and shoulder. As with all of the times I have had my hair cut at Anaconda, I completed the experience sweaty, stinging, and late.A few days later I had to travel to Baghdad for a court martial in an aggravated assault case, but all convoys to Baghdad were cancelled. All of the rotary wing flights to Baghdad were full because the convoys were cancelled. Of course none of this makes a difference to the judge, who comes to Iraq for a week every six weeks and rates his own helicopter as a full colonel, so I had to get to Baghdad. I was down to my last and only option to commute to Victory Base: serve as a shooter on a fuel truck to a base a few hours south of Baghdad, then go back north up to Victory Base as a shooter on a different KBR truck, all the day before the court martial. I had planned to take a Military Police Staff Sergeant and third-year law student, Alex Straub, with me as my bailiff and confinee escort, but I could not force him to go on the KBR trucks. I gave him the option of not going when I found out that my last option was going to be realized, and he matter-of-factly responded, “Sir, if you’re going, I’m going. I can’t let my officer go outside the wire without his NCO.” He’s a good man. Just as we were about to depart on the rolling bull’s eyes even that convoy was cancelled. Fortunately my paralegal talked us onto a flight the morning of the court martial.In my case the accused, the victim, and a few other soldiers had engaged in a lighthearted discussion outside of the unit’s sleeping tents at Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) after a long day of work. I can only assume that these soldiers had been drinking alcohol in violation of General Order #1, which prohibits the “sale, possession, manufacture, or consumption of alcohol” in theater. The discussion became a marketplace for racial jokes, which is not terribly uncommon in the Army. I am neither advocating nor judging the conversation, but rather relaying the facts. This type of discussion took place commonly in this unit throughout their deployment, with the participation of almost all, if not all, of the members of the unit. Soldiers of all races in the unit both made and were made the subject of these jokes, and during this particular conversation the victim made a joke that offended the accused. Soon after the discussion ended the soldiers departed for the evening.At around 2330 hours the victim entered his sleeping tent and eventually went to sleep. Several hours later, at around 0230 hours, the accused snuck into victim’s sleeping tent to find the victim. . . . (Continued in the February 1 News. ) In civilian life, Capt. Greg Weiss is an associate with Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, Mccoy, Graham, and Ford in West Palm Beach, who was mobilized from a reserve component for duty in Iraq. Capt. Weiss has agreed to share his wartime experiences with his fellow Florida Bar members through the News .last_img read more

first_imgSakhir, Bahrain | AFP | Sebastian Vettel marked his 200th Formula One race with a thrilling and brilliantly-judged victory for Ferrari in Sunday’s dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix.The four-time ex champion, on severely-worn tyres, came home narrowly ahead of Valtteri Bottas and the Finn’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a nail-biting finish to an intriguing contest.French rookie Pierre Gasly took a stunning fourth place for the Honda-powered Toro Rosso team ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas.It was Vettel’s second win in as many races this season, the 49th of his career and extended his lead ahead of Hamilton in the drivers’ championship to 17 points after the Englishman delivered a dazzling drive from ninth on the grid to finish only six seconds adrift.Both have won four championships and, this season, are battling to secure an historic fifth title.“Wow!” screamed Vettel as he crossed the line. “These tyres were done – they were done for the last 10 laps.“I came on the radio to say everything was under control, but that was a lie! I thought Bottas would catch me and I just tried to keep it as clean as possible.”Bottas said: “We were on the harder compound and I knew there was a chance. I tried to catch him, but it was just not enough. Extremely disappointing.”Hamilton, who started ninth after being given a five-place penalty for a gearbox change, said he was satisfied. “I am happy,” he said. “It was damage limitation. I started ninth so third is not that bad…”But it was not all good news for Ferrari as Vettel’s team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish after colliding with a mechanic at a pit stop.The mechanic was taken to the circuit medical centre with a suspected broken leg.Both the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo also retired after the opening laps.Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Renault ahead of Fernando Alonso and his McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.Marcus Ericsson grabbed two points for Sauber by finishing ninth ahead of Esteban Ocon, who was 10th for Force India. – luck ended –The race began with temperatures falling from 29 and 35 degrees Celsius respectively for air and track.Vettel made a clean start and Bottas swept past Raikkonen to split the Ferraris on the opening lap.This lifted spirits for Mercedes, but Hamilton, down in ninth to resist a charging lunge by Verstappen at the start of lap two.From 15th on the grid, the Red Bull driver had reached the top ten, but his luck ended when he banged wheels with Hamilton and punctured his left rear tyre.As the Dutchman idled back to the pits, his Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo slowed and stopped at the side of the track. A Virtual Safety Car was deployed.Verstappen pitted and re-joined, but his race was over when, like Ricciardo, he stopped and retired.This left Hamilton to make up places and after slipping to 10th he regained ninth and then passed Alonso, Hulkenberg and Ocon in one move.Vettel pitted after 19 laps, passing the lead to Bottas, and rejoining fourth. Two laps later, Raikkonen also came in for a Ferrari pit-stop that elevated Hamilton to second.Bottas finally pitted after 21 laps, in a 3.8 seconds stop for medium tyres that were expected to see him complete the race – while both Ferrari ran on softs.In the lead, Hamilton was 5.3 seconds clear of Vettel after 22 laps, an advantage trimmed to half a second by lap 25 with Bottas five seconds adrift in third.A frustrated Vettel finally burst past the defensive Hamilton, on his original tyres, to re-gain the lead on lap 26. Hamilton then pitted, also for mediums, which left both Mercedes on a one-stop strategy and Ferrari requiring another stop each.With further stops required, Ferrari’s problems were compounded after 36 laps when Raikkonen came in and inadvertently ran over a mechanic as he pulled away.It was his second unsafe release of the weekend and his third in a race.Unaffected, Vettel pushed to make the most of an emergency one-stop strategy, resisting Bottas all the way to the flag.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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