WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleSwimming – Limerick’s Doyle wins Athlete of the yearNext articleTwo Limerick sisters brawled outside family home Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSClarelimerickmissingRoss Minihane RIP NewsOpen verdict in inquest of missing Limerick manBy Staff Reporter – May 31, 2016 1142 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email WhatsApp Linkedin Print The late Ross Minihane from LimerickAN inquest into the death of a Limerick man who had been missing from his home for more than three months has returned an open verdict after the Clare Coroner found that it could not be determined what happened in the lead-up to the discovery of his body.Ross Minihane (37) was reported missing from his home on December 17 last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On March 29, his body was found on the banks of the River Shannon at Labasheeda by the crew of the Shannon rescue helicopter.Originally from Rathbane, he had been living in Sixmilebridge for a short period before he went missing.His remains were found when the Shannon coastguard helicopter was on a training exercise near the shore at Colmanstown. Gardaí and the RNLI assisted in the subsequent recovery of the remains.Recognising the clothing that Mr Minihane was wearing from a missing person appeal posted on social media,Garda John Cahill told the Coroner’s Court that he linked the remains to Ross Minihane from a description of his clothing posted in a missing person appeal on social media.DNA profiling confirmed the identity of the remains as being those of the 37-year-old Limerick man.A post-mortem examination was carried out at University Hospital Limerick but it was unable to confirm the cause of death.Clare County Coroner, Isobel O’Dea said that as it was not known what happened to Mr Minihane in the lead up to his death, an open verdict would be recorded by the court.Sympathies were expressed to the family and all those involved in the recovery of Mr Minihane’s remains were thanked as well as Garda Cahill, the Shannon Coastguard and Gardaí at Kildysart. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Advertisement Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
Results from an intercomparison campaign of ultraviolet spectroradiometers that was organized at Nea Michaniona, Greece July, 1–13 1997, are presented. Nineteen instrument systems from 15 different countries took part and provided spectra of global solar UV irradiance for two consecutive days from sunrise to sunset every half hour. No data exchange was allowed between participants in order to achieve absolutely independent results among the instruments. The data analysis procedure included the determination of wavelength shifts and the application of suitable corrections to the measured spectra, their standardization to common spectral resolution of 1 nm full width at half maximum and the application of cosine corrections. Reference spectra were calculated for each observational time, derived for a set of instruments which were objectively selected and used as comparison norms for the assessment of the relative agreement among the various instruments. With regard to the absolute irradiance measurements, the range of the deviations from the reference for all spectra was within ±20%. About half of the instruments agreed to within ±5%, while only three fell outside the ±10% agreement limit. As for the accuracy of the wave-length registration of the recorded spectra, for most of the spectroradiometers (14) the calculated wavelength shifts were smaller than 0.2 nm. The overall outcome of the campaign was very encouraging, as it was proven that the agreement among the majority of the instruments was good and comparable to the commonly accepted uncertainties of spectral UV measurements. In addition, many of the instruments provided consistent results relative to at least the previous two intercomparison campaigns, held in 1995 in Ispra, Italy and in 1993 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. As a result of this series of intercomparison campaigns, several of the currently operating spectroradiometers operating may be regarded as a core group of instruments, which with the employment of proper operational procedures are capable of providing quality spectral solar UV measurements.
By Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic management agency that works on brand development within the bakery, foodservice and convenience retail sectorsTime is everyone’s most valuable asset, so how do today’s successful in-store and high street bakers manage to achieve their targets? Answer: by giving customers what they want, when they want it, in the right location and, of course, at the right price.Consumers are more time-crunched than ever, with 65% of food-to-go shoppers looking for a quick takeaway option (him! Food-to-go Report 2009). So it is important to make your bakery or café the easiest choice for customers offering a variety of takeaway meal deal options, snack times and breakfast and ranging from a small section that offers self-select loaves and baguettes, to muffins and sweet treats and on up to full counter service and a range of ready-to-eat hot options, such as slices, turnovers and paninis.Forecourts successfully follow this model and drive around 40% of their revenues through food and beverages. So what can independent bakers and retailers learn from this? The answer is to manage four key areas of your business your 4Ms: man, machine, method and money:l Man this is your most valuable asset. Look at skill sets, customer service, staff friendliness, training in hygiene, health and safety, quality control, suggestive selling, waste management, incentives and feedback.l Machine your equipment is key. Carefully consider location, customers and product range, coffee machine, hot displays, hot and ambient counter-top merchandisers, ovens and grills and chilled units. And there is always help at hand food suppliers, such as Bako, BFP, Brakes and Delice de France etc, can advise you on the different equipment elements.l Method this involves planning parts of the day, with the right offer in the right time and place. Remember to break down each part of your trading hours, based on customer flow and demand. People want to grab croissants and coffee in the morning, which need to be baked-off or supplied before 6am. Lunch is all about your sandwich range, sausage rolls, pasties and pizza slices. Consider soup, paninis and hot fillings.l Money get the first three Ms right and watch the profits roll in! Understand the contribution from each product by range and category and do your sums. Identify your best/worst performers change that range, refresh your beverage offer, focus on value and quality and your customers will spend their money with you.
Kim Snodgrass clearly remembers Dec. 11, 1998. It was her first day in the sixth grade, and the beginning of her steady education — as well as her salvation.“From then on, I never missed a day of school,” said the master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Risk and Prevention Program, who will graduate today armed with ambition and a story of overcoming adversity.Snodgrass, a fresh-faced, blued-eyed blonde, could be a poster child for the stereotypical Californian. She could also be a poster child for foster care.As a young girl, she and her family were on the run. They camped out in the mountains and hopped to and from motels and shelters across southern California. They skipped out on apartments whenever the rent was due. They stole to survive, walking out of grocery stores with carts full of food, or filling up the car at gas stations, and then driving away without paying.“That is what we were so used to, stealing things and getting what we needed whenever we needed it.”Snodgrass watched as her stepfather and mother’s addiction to drugs and alcohol broke the family apart, gradually “disintegrating” her parents in the process. Eventually, her mother lost all rights to her five children. Between age 5 and 11, Snodgrass was in and out of at least 10 foster homes. Finally, at age 16, her long-term foster family adopted her, her younger brother, Max, and sister, Jennifer.“I always knew from an early age what [my mother and stepfather] were doing was wrong, and I made a pact to myself that I was going to get myself out of this hole. I was not ever going to touch drugs or alcohol or smoke, and I was going to make it.”Though she had only had sporadic formal schooling before sixth grade, she knew her escape route depended on education. She became a driven student and excelled academically.“I used my education as my savior. It was like my thing that I could always go back to, no matter what happened in my life.”Snodgrass attended the University of California, Irvine, where she studied community and public service. It was there that she dedicated herself to helping foster care children.“When I entered college, I thought I needed a college degree to have a successful family. As a sophomore, I thought I needed a college degree to change the foster care population, as I found out that only 50 percent of foster youth graduate from high school. My junior year, I realized that I needed a graduate degree to really make an impact and help train others about how they can make change to make an even bigger impact.”With her new master’s degree, she hopes to provide foster care children with access to support systems and mentors who can help them to develop important life skills and succeed in high school and college. As part of her program at Harvard, she developed an intervention method to help foster care youth transition to college and beyond, and is currently working with an HGSE alumna to explore using her program at a local nonprofit.While at Harvard, she also produced an educational video about the foster care system, founded the club REACH (which stands for Realizing Every Action Creates Hope) to raise awareness about foster care youth in school, and worked on a model for a charter school designed for foster care children in connection with the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit in Santa Ana, Calif.She also made time to teach at two local schools. The fast pace is the standard for Snodgrass, who admitted that the overachiever mentality is something of a coping mechanism, one that offers her life a certain kind of balance.“I cram people into every second of the day. My schedule is back to back to back. It’s something that helps [keep] me from sitting down and crying. I don’t just dwell on the past, I think, ‘What can I do tomorrow?’”After Harvard, “the possibilities are endless,” said Snodgrass, who sees herself getting a Ph.D. and working in the policy realm, or running a charter school or nonprofit.But one thing is certain. Citing research that shows that children who face difficult challenges often succeed with the support of just one encouraging voice, Snodgrass sees her future mission clearly.“So many people helped me get where I am today. I want to go back and help others. My mission is to be a child advocate, and become that voice for them.”Her Harvard experience has helped her too, and prepared her to help others.“Harvard was 100 percent where I was supposed to be,” said Snodgrass. “I am going to have a big tool kit when I leave.”
About one in 20 middle and high school students who chew tobacco and use other smokeless tobacco products also smoke cigarettes, a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study shows. The findings suggest smokeless tobacco products may increase – rather than reduce – health risks from cigarettes and other traditional smokes. While cigarette use has declined over the past 10 years, smokeless tobacco use has remained at 5%, the researchers reported.The group analyzed questionnaire responses from 18,866 U.S. students in sixth to 12th grade classrooms at 178 schools in the 2011 National Youth Tobacco Survey. The researchers found about three-fourths of the approximate 6% of teens in the study who used “chaw,” snuff, or other such products also smoked cigarettes. Teens with friends and family members who smoked were especially at risk of using both.The study, led by Israel Agaku of HSPH’s Center for Global Tobacco Control, was published online August 5, 2013, in the journal Pediatrics.Constantine Vardavas, coauthor and senior research scientist at the Center, discussed the findings August 5, 2013 with the website MedPage Today.“Clinicians when they are engaging an adolescent patient shouldn’t only ask ‘Do you smoke cigarettes?,’ but also ‘Do you use any form of tobacco, including smokeless?’,” Vardavas told MedPage Today. “It’s important that a clinician convey the message that all tobacco products are harmful.” Read Full Story
“This is simply because most of the capital committed by investors to VCs in the first quarter was actually solicited before the region began to tighten social-distancing measures in April,” he said.BRI Ventures was recorded as the top fund-raiser firm in Indonesia with $136 million, followed by OCBC Ventura NISP and Indogen Capital at $15 million and $10 million, respectively. Meanwhile, Singapore-based B Capital raised $600 million, Vickers Venture Partners raised $200 million and Credence Partners at $50 million.Southeast Asia-focused VCs were armed with committed capital of around $5.8 billion, based on venture funds that reached a final close in the last four quarters, according to the report, titled “Southeast Asia’s VC Fund: Q1 2020 Review”.Beyond fund closings, 53 VC firms were in the market to raise $8.4 billion for Southeast Asia-focused funds, of which around 30 percent has been secured. Indonesia and Singapore currently dominate the venture capital (VC) fundraising in Southeast Asia, despite a slower pace of capital raising in the first quarter this year.Indonesia raised US$161 million in the first quarter while Singapore leads with $865 million over the same period, according to a recent report by Deal Street Asia. No closes were recorded by VC funds in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam.Deal Street Asia ASEAN market research head Andi Haswidi in a statement on Tuesday said that the first-quarter fundraising performance did not reflect the true impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SEA-focused VC funds accumulated $1.3 billion in additional dry powder in the first three months this year, ending a year-long streak of quarter-on-quarter growth.Data from the report also show that capital committed for interim and final fund closes fell 47 percent during the period from Q4 of 2019. However, this figure was still more than triple the value recorded in the same period last year.Andi went on to say that the outlook for VC raising in the region is expected to deteriorate in the coming months as the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic started to affect the fundraising process.“We believe fundraising is going to be more challenging in the second quarter onward as investors’ risk appetites shrink,” he said. “Fund managers are also careful about deploying their dry powder, which could weigh on tech startup valuations despite investors’ loaded war chests.”Topics :
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has urged the public to use locally produced rapid testing kits developed by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).The minister said the testing kits cost Rp 75,000 (US$5.13) each and had a 98 percent accuracy rate. “They used to be sold at Rp 150,000. I hope the price can get even lower,” Luhut said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.He added that people should use such tests to reduce dependence on imported medical equipment and to support local industry.Read also: Doubts loom over widespread use of rapid tests in virus-stricken IndonesiaExperts have raised concerns about the widespread use of rapid antibody testing as a prerequisite for certain activities during the pandemic. A post-market survey showed that many of the testing kits had sensitivities and specificities of less than 50 percent.The Health Ministry suggested that rapid tests were not to be used for diagnosis on July 13. This is in line with the World Health organization’s (WHO) recommendation that “a diagnosis of COVID-19 infection based on antibody response will […] only be possible in the recovery phase.”Minister Luhut said the government would never impose any policies that put people at a disadvantage, especially in relation to the COVID-19 response.“President Joko Widodo always reminds us to do what’s best for the people,” said the minister. (dpk)Topics :
Benthic has started a four month geotechnical campaign for Equinor in the BM-C-33 and BM-S-8 blocks located off the coast of Brazil.Mobilization of PROD3 (Portable Remotely Operated Drill) onto the MV Sable Chouest began in Niteroi in November 2018 and field operations are expected to reach completion by April 2019.The offshore work scope includes the collection of soil samples, CPT testing, box coring and ROV work including feature and sub-bottom profiler confirmations.A coral survey and inspection, along with the installation of a cathodic protection system on 4 existing wellheads will be executed. Lastly, standpipe piezometers will be installed for logging pore pressure over a 1 year minimum time period.Following onshore and offshore laboratory testing, analyses and interpretation, the data will be used to determine slope stability and geohazard feasibility assessments, as well as geotechnical design.Operations will take place in water depths ranging from 2,100m to 2,900m.“Benthic is excited to partner with Equinor to execute this comprehensive ultra-deep water campaign in Brazil,” said Fabio Pereira, regional manager – Brazil.“Brazil is a key market for Benthic’s expansion and this project allows us to further prove our capabilities in Brazilian ultra-deep waters. We are delighted to have both onshore and offshore employees joining our Brazilian team and look forward to future projects in the region.”
Press Association The Holland international scored his first goal for the club to break Albion’s hearts just as they looked like securing victory. Saido Berahino had fired them 2-1 ahead with his seventh goal of the season in the second half after Marouane Fellaini bagged his first goal for United. The changes, though, did little to end United’s stuttering season as the Baggies grabbed a perfect start. They had already dominated possession without hurting United before they swept ahead in the eighth minute. Graham Dorrans flicked on Myhill’s clearance for Wisdom to scamper down the right and his clever cut back found Sessegnon to finish emphatically into the top corner from 18 yards. Myhill saved from Robin van Persie as United tried to find an instant response but the visitors were wasteful and their final ball was often too easy for the Baggies. Myhill, who made a routine stop from Di Maria, was given catching practice as United toiled against organised Albion. In contrast Berahino was giving Marcos Rojo an uncomfortable evening with the £16million defender constantly worried by the forward. And the England Under-21 international was inches away from connecting with Dorrans’ searching cross. Myhill beat away Di Maria’s drive on 31 minutes as United tried to up the tempo but they continued to be undone by their own wastefulness in the final third. But they were almost handed a lifeline seven minutes before the break when Craig Dawson was forced to block Van Persie’s shot after the striker robbed Joleon Lescott in the area. It was the only time the Baggies had switched off and United were firmly on the back foot going into the second half. Van Gaal reacted by replacing Ander Herrera with Fellaini and the midfielder made an instant impact on 47 minutes. He collected Di Maria’s hanging cross after out-muscling Lescott before thundering a right-footed effort high beyond Myhill from 15 yards. It changed the complexion of the game with United pressing and Myhill saved Di Maria’s tame effort. But while the visitors were buoyant Albion held firm and regained the lead on 66 minutes. It was another poor goal to concede from United as Rafael played Berahino onside as he broke onto Brunt’s defence-splitting pass and coolly curled into the bottom corner. United’s rally began when Van Persie slammed an 18-yard volley onto the base of the post and Januzaj blazed the rebound over. Rojo nodded well wide with nine minutes left but Blind secured a point with three minutes left when he bent the ball into the bottom corner from 18 yards after Rafael’s cross was only half cleared. It had cancelled out Stephane Sessegnon’s wonderful opener at The Hawthorns and the Baggies, who move up to 14th in the Barclays Premier League, were good value for a point. The result means United boss Louis van Gaal has still not won away from Old Trafford with his side sixth in the table. Ben Foster missed out for West Brom after suffering a calf injury in training and was replaced by Boaz Myhill in the Baggies goal. Chris Brunt shrugged off a groin injury to start and Victor Anichebe was on the bench despite battling a hernia problem. Andre Wisdom returned after being ineligible to face parent club Liverpool last time out meaning Cristian Gamboa dropped to the bench. Adnan Janujaz made his first start of the season for United with Radamel Falcao left on the bench. Phil Jones returned as Paddy McNair struggled with a hamstring problem along with fellow injury victim Antonio Valencia. Michael Carrick, yet to make an appearance this season, made the bench as he stepped up his recovery from ankle ligament damage. Daley Blind rescued a late point for Manchester United as they were held to a 2-2 draw at West Brom.
“I would give a strong signal even going as far as a break in matches to allow time for fruitful reflection for those who participate,” Conte told an end-of-year press conference in Rome.“However, I will let the competent authorities decide.”Pre-match violence marred Wednesday’s match in Milan with 39-year-old Daniele Belardinelli killed when he was struck by a car amid skirmishes when up to 100 Inter supporters attacked Napoli fans as they arrived at the San Siro stadium by minibus.Belardinelli — a supporter of Varese and Inter Milan, clubs whose fans are close — had been banned from the San Siro between 2007 and 2017 for violence.Conte also deplored as “very serious” the monkey noises directed at Napoli’s Senegalese international Kalidou Koulibaly.The Prime Minister said “a strong reaction was needed from all,” adding that he would discuss with the Minister of Sport the possibility of “strengthening penalties” against offenders.In the meantime the Italian league have already ordered Inter Milan to play two Serie A home matches behind closed doors as punishment for the racist chants.Inter fans have already been banned from travelling to Tuscany on Saturday when the club, third in Serie A, play Empoli.“There’s huge disappointment about not being able to play in front of our fans, but if that’s something we have to do in order to win this battle then we accept it willingly,” said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti.Italian Football Federation chief Gabriela Gravina confirmed matches would go ahead as planned after consultation with the football league, Italian Olympic Committee and government ministers.“I’ve spoken with everyone to gauge the climate and unanimously we have decided to continue,” said Gravina.Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, however, said that in the future high-risk games would not be played at night “but in the light of day … with police helicopters that can control the offenders”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italy’s PM Giuseppe Conte wants “a strong signal even going as far as a pause in matches,” following violence and racism in Serie A. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIROME, Italy, Dec 28 – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Friday he was in favour of a pause in Serie A fixtures in the wake of the death of a supporter before a midweek game between Inter Milan and Napoli which was also overshadowed by racist chants.The Italian league will continue this weekend with the final round of matches before a three-week winter break.