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first_imgA drop in childhood vaccinations in the North-West has led to an increase in the risk of measles and meningitis outbreaks rises.The HSE has warned that the uptake of routine childhood vaccinations has dropped at the start of 2019 with only 85% of two-year-olds in Donegal receiving the MMR vaccine.The uptake of 2 doses of the meningitis C vaccine was 76% for Donegal and 85% for Sligo/Leitrim. Full protection with 3 doses of the pneumococcal vaccine (PCV) was also low at 75% for Donegal and 85% for Sligo/Leitrim.The pneumococcal vaccine protects against a number of serious diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia.Although the majority of people in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim are still protecting their children with vaccination, 95% of people need to have the MMR vaccine to prevent the spread of measles.The current vaccination levels in the North West will not stop outbreaks of disease, warned the HSE. So far in 2019, there have been have had 12 cases of measles, 7 cases of whooping cough and 169 cases of mumps in the North West.Dr Laura Heavey, Specialist Registrar in Public Health Medicine in HSE North West said it is vital that parents take children to be vaccinated.She said “Every parent wants to protect their child and do what’s right for them. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do, now that there is so much false and misleading information on the internet and social media when it comes to vaccination.‘I would really encourage parents to look for information in the right places. Two good sources of reliable, evidence-based information are www.immunisation.ie and the Vaccine Knowledge Project at http://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/.“All of the vaccines on the infant, child and adolescent schedule in Ireland are backed up with years of data on their safety.’ A HSE spokesperson said that when vaccination rates fall, they immediately see in an increase in cases of diseases like measles, whooping cough, pneumonia and meningitis.The spokesperson warned “These diseases can result in serious illness and even death. Even those who survive can have long term impacts on their health.“Infection with the measles virus wipes out the special white blood cells, called T lymphocytes, that play a vital role in immunity to disease.“This means that children who get infected with measles will go on to get more illnesses for up to 3 years after their measles infection resolves, as their immune system struggles to recover from the virus.” Dr Heavey added that getting a disease ‘naturally’ is actually more risky for a child’s immune system.‘A vaccine contains bacteria or viruses that are weakened or killed. Vaccines don’t activate the immune system in the same way that getting infected with a live bacteria or virus would.“It’s much, much safer to get the MMR vaccine, for example, than risk your child getting sick with the live measles virus. A live virus or bacteria is much more stressful and difficult for the immune system to deal with’.The HSE spokesperson added “Vaccines save up to 3 million lives every year. New developments mean that vaccines could eliminate certain cancers caused by the HPV virus too. Rising vaccine hesitancy is a serious threat to this progress. False information about vaccines on the internet is one of the causes.“It’s never too late to catch up on your child’s vaccinations. If you are behind the schedule, contact your GP to discuss catching up.”Concerns as drop in vaccinations in North-West leads to risk of outbreaks was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgThe magical corncrake has been given a chance at survival in Donegal and other counties after Ireland received €4.3 million from the EU to fund a four-year conservation project for the bird.Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan welcomed the announcement of €4.3 million in EU Life funding, awarded to her Department’s National Parks and Wildlife Service, for a project focused on improving the conservation status of the corncrake in Ireland.Once synonymous with the Irish countryside, the population of the corncrake has declined by 85% since the 1970s, with a 92% decrease in range. This means that the species is now effectively confined to Donegal and parts of Connacht, including offshore islands; supporting the corncrake in these remaining areas is critical to its survival.Announcing the award of funding today Madigan said: “The decline in corncrake numbers is of significant conservation concern in Ireland. Conserving species in their natural habitats requires a strategic approach to succeed.”Madigan said that the funding “will allow my Department, working in concert with stakeholders across government and the communities in question, to put concrete and sustainable measures in place to help secure the future of this species, which has a special place in Irish culture”.The €5.9m budget ‘LIFE Atlantic Crex’ project is due to commence in January 2020 and will run for five years. The project will see conservation work funded in project sites in Counties Donegal, Mayo and Galway. Working in partnership with landowners, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and Fota Wildlife Park, the project aims to deliver a 20% increase on the 2018 population of the corncrake recorded in Ireland by 2024.“During 2019 we have introduced a number of significant measures to protect and promote Ireland’s biodiversity,” Madigan added.”The corncrake is a species listed for special protection under Annex 1 of the EU Birds Directive.Grant of €4.3M aims to save corncrake and increase numbers was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Corncrakedonegalgrantlast_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–As their second straight losing season comes to a close, the Giants don’t have any plans to perform an autopsy.The ownership group has already mourned the end of the franchise’s golden era. The Giants plan to embrace the next generation, and in doing so, they’ll leave behind general manager Bobby Evans, a key pillar of their glory days.Giants CEO Larry Baer announced Evans was dismissed from his role Monday as part of a wide-reaching organizational shakeup expected to continue …last_img read more

first_img1 August 2013 South Africa’s renewable energy efforts ramped up with the launch of the country’s first large-scale high-resolution Wind Resource Map on Wednesday. The Wind Resource Map would be a vital instrument in government’s planning for efficient use of the country’s wind resources, Energy Minister Ben Martins said in a statement. By providing accurate, verified information on South Africa’s wind resources, the map would also “serve as an all-important tool in enabling developers to fast-track their own efforts in developing wind farm projects,” Martins said. The map, generated from the Wind Atlas for South Africa project, currently covers the Western Cape and parts of the Eastern and Northern Cape provinces. It includes information, such as surface terrain effects that determine local wind climates, and estimates of wind speed and capacity, to help prospective wind farm developers identify high-potential zones. The information promises not only to cut down on development time and costs, but also to help level the playing field between larger and smaller players in the industry. Denmark’s ambassador to South Africa, Rene Dinesen, said the new high-resolution data would be of huge benefit to both the government and independent power producers. “This data can ensure that the most highly productive project sites in terms of wind speed are identified,” Dinesen said. Denmark is providing financial support to South Africa to invest in wind-based electricity generation, following the signing of an agreement between the two countries in March. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgExploding sewersNew York was the biggest of the test markets. Apparently, the system performed flawlessly during the Blizzard of 1888, but subsequent cracks in some of the pipes led to escaping steam, water leaks that seeped into residential basements, and increased heat in the city’s sewer lines, resulting in some very smelly explosions. The situation was deemed to have created “conditions dangerous and detrimental to life and health,” and the city shut down the system.Though the system was subsequently restored, the old pipes continue to cause problems. As a result of this first experience with steam heating, district heating in the U.S. is now usually found in settings such as universities, public buildings, and hospital complexes, and only rarely as centralized residential heating, as Holly had intended. BLOGS BY VERA NOVAK Keeping Green on the Right TrackPraise for the Czech Team’s Solar Decathlon EntryAdaptations That Accommodate NatureDealing with Rising Damp in Building ReconstructionDisseminating Building Science Knowledge RELATED ARTICLES Capturing and Distributing Waste Heat From Power GenerationVäxjö, Sweden, is a Model of SustainabilityBringing Combined Heat and Power to BrattleboroCombined Heat and Power in Sweden During my recent travels in Europe, I was surprised at the wide variety of approaches to heating methods and distribution. For example, in the U.K. we visited the Southampton City district heating scheme, a project that uses geothermal and CHP (combined heat and power). The centrally generated heat is supplied to surrounding buildings through underground pipes. It serves 45 businesses, and the businesses save 10% on energy costs plus all of the costs of owning and maintaining heating equipment.Intrigued, I did some research. Apparently, France is home to the world’s oldest known geothermal district heating system. The system in Chaudes-Aigues has been in use since the 14th century, though the Romans already employed under-floor heating systems in Pompeii.In more recent history, in 1881, Birdsill Holly, an engineer from Lockport, New York, patented a system of “district heating” that used centralized boilers and a network of main and branch pipelines to deliver steam heat directly to homes. Installations were tested in such cities as Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; and Springfield, Massachusetts. District heating in EuropeBirdsill Holly must be smiling from his grave, because district heating is very much alive and well in Europe, and increasingly included in new residential complexes. For example, in Denmark district heating provide 60% of the country’s heating needs.What is even more exciting is the marriage of alternative fuels sources with district heating. In many ways, this is a perfect solution for geothermal. We often hit a “problem” with ICF houses or apartment complexes — the space heating demand is so low that the capital expenditure for geothermal systems has a questionable cost/benefit ratio. If the same installation could service several buildings, then the system would pencil out.center_img Heating with biomassThe other development in Europe is the use of biomass fuels, such as wood chips or pellets. High efficiency biomass boilers can reduce the CO2 output compared to the use of fossil fuels, and they are also more readily adaptable to alternative biomass sources (other than wood chips and pellets) as these become available.While these systems use the same basic technology as backyard wood chip burners, the commercial models have an automatic feed mechanism supplying the burner, which can be moderated based on demand. The refilling of the fuel storage bin is also automated, with a signal sent to the supplier when the material reaches a certain point. Another benefit of this type of equipment is the ability to scale it from just a couple of houses to a large development; we saw both types of systems in Southampton.This distributed concept could be applied to other technologies as well. I’m thinking of my favorite heat-to-energy concept, Cool Energy. This system uses solar thermal collectors to provide heat to a tank, and converts this heat to electricity on demand by means of Stirling Engine technology.The company that promotes the technology has long stated its intent to adapt this for residential use. However, there are high capital costs, implementation costs, and innovation costs, and the technology is better adapted to a larger setting. But this could be implemented in a new development – with the panels on top of a local school or grocery store, and thermal heat and electricity distributed throughout the neighborhood. This would be far more “green” than subsidizing panels for every house. Dr. Vera Novak was recently awarded a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning by Virginia Tech. Her work is dedicated to increased depth and breadth of sustainability in construction, by leveraging the points of greatest potential impact. She is currently working on optimizing corporate sustainability practices to support regenerative design, as well as adapting a lean thinking process for smaller scale projects. She also writes the Eco Build Trends blog. Energy savings and reduced CO2 emissionsMuch has changed since the early days of implementation. Certainly, pipe materials are more durable and less prone to cracking and corrosion. And the advantages are numerous. Operating and maintenance, which can be sporadic in individual buildings, can be centralized for greater attention.There are also economic gains from reduced redundancy. The increased efficiency of one unit operating at peak efficiency means less waste and less CO2 and other pollutants. Even capital costs are less, since the savings of a centralized plant offsets the extra cost of the distribution lines.last_img read more

first_imgRead Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village But more than the numbers, what the 23-year-old cherishes the most were the learnings he had from coach Eric Altamirano.“I’ve really learned a lot from this Flying V team. I’m very thankful for the management, to our bosses, and to coach Eric — especially coach Eric because I learned a lot from his system. He really helped me a lot to be prepared for the PBA,” he said.As he braces for bigger challenges ahead, Teng shared that he’s taking this time to hone his craft as he raises the possibility of making the leap and joining the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.“The time I have right now, I’ll work with my individual skills. I consistently work on my outside shooting and continue improving my basic skills. I need to do that so that I’ll be more prepared when I come to the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Teng, the leading contender for the Conference MVP award, rued what could have been a dream run for Flying V as it already reached great heights after being only the fourth team to sweep the eliminations.“It’s unfortunate. We knew we could’ve achieved more. But we just don’t know what happened. But that’s basketball and those things happen and we just have to learn from it,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe failed championship campaign, though, does not diminish what Teng has achieved with the Thunder.Averaging a league-best 22.15 points, 6.85 rebounds, and 5.77 assists, Teng had a blast in one conference stay with Flying, recording the most triple-doubles in league history with three. JRU gets first streak, clobbers St. Benilde by 28center_img MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESIt may have been a tough pill to swallow, but Jeron Teng acknowledged Centro Escolar University came out the better team against Flying V in their semifinals series.“I think they hit big shots in the late game. We also had open shots, but we just didn’t make it. It happens,” he said after the Thunder’s stunning exit in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup with a 72-67 Game 3 defeat to the Scorpions on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Alisson best goalkeeper in Englandby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabinho says Liverpool teammate Alisson is the Premier League’s best goalkeeper.The Brazilian’s gaffe allowed Jesse Lingard to equalise during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over the Red Devils on Sunday.But Fabinho has stuck by his compatriot.”When we entered the locker room, we even talked, but I did not even focus on that,” he added. “[Alisson] came to comment, but I said “no, bro, let it go”.”These plays will always happen. And what are we going to talk about Alisson? He was very important in our qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, days before.”Without a doubt, he is the best goalkeeper of the English League. There is a lot of confidence.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan officially becomes a Nike school next month. The Wolverines, previously with adidas, signed a $173 million deal with The Swoosh earlier this year than runs through 2027. The contract begins on Aug. 1. As part of the deal, Michigan’s football program will be wearing the Jordan logo. All of the Wolverines’ gear – jerseys, pants, sideline apparel, etc. – will have the Jumpman logo. Today, we got a sneak peek at some of Michigan’s new gear, including a color, “Amarillo,” that Nike specially developed for the Wolverines. Michigan will be the only college program to wear this shade of yellow. Here’s a look, from ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Nike will go back to the more traditional yellow for Michigan. Here’s a comparison of adidas yellow vs Nike pic.twitter.com/KTQHQPXKMp— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner says that the “Amarillo” sweatshirt with the Jumpman logo on one shoulder and the Block M on the other will be Jim Harbaugh’s official sideline shirt. This (but in blue and w/ a thin M) is Jim Harbaugh’s new coaching shirt. He designed it. pic.twitter.com/8ID6UFE44K— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 20, 2016You can view more details of Michigan’s new gear here.last_img read more

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. — One person was killed in a shooting that sent five others to hospital west of Toronto Saturday evening, police said as they hunted for suspects in the case.Circumstances surrounding the incident were scant, but Const. Iryna Yashnyk of the Peel Regional Police say it happened outside an apartment building in a residential area of Mississauga, Ont., just after 6 p.m. One person died at the scene, while five others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.“It’s early in the investigation, and it’s still very much an active scene and a dynamic investigation,” Yashnyk told reporters as police officers went door-to-door in the nearby apartment building looking for more victims and potential suspects.She said she didn’t know if the shooting was targeted or if the victims knew the shooter or shooters.Officers didn’t have any suspect information to provide, she said, noting that nobody had been arrested as of 9 p.m. Yashnyk also declined to provide information about the people who were shot.Paramedics, meanwhile, said the person who died was a male, though his age was unknown. Supt. Kyle Johansen of the Peel regional paramedics added that a woman was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.He said two of the injured were under the age of 18. A male teenager had serious injuries, he said, as did a girl who was even younger.He said both of them were expected to survive.Numerous police cruisers remained outside the apartment building on Saturday night.The Canadian Presslast_img read more