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Limerick on Covid watch list

first_imgLinkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Designed by FreepikCOVID-19 test facilities have been increased in Limerick as speculation mounts of a possible local lockdown after a surge in confirmed cases.In the past eight days, 70 confirmed cases were announced locally, sparking a warning from Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, that NPHET was “monitoring with growing concern the number of cases nationally, particularly in Limerick”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While publicans welcomed the government decision to re-open all pubs from September 21, fresh doubts were raised over whether pubs could reopen in Limerick because of the sustained rise in cases locally.The HSE has opened an additional Covid 19 testing facility at St Joseph’s Health Campus on Mulgrave Street, increasing the number of test bays from three to seven.The new centre will cater for up to 700 tests a day if demand requires, offering free testing for anyone who is referred by a GP.A HSE spokesman said that those attending the centre have been urged not to travel there by taxi or public transport and to adhere to social distancing and wearing a face-covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre)”.Local Community Healthcare Chief Officer Maria Bridgeman, added: “It is important the public continue to adhere to all public health guidelines as the HSE continues it’s response to Covid 19.”The city test centre will be operational from 8am to 8pm seven-days-a-week from this Thursday morning.It comes as patients presenting with minor injuries at the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick, were being redirected to injury units across the mid west regionEmergency Medicine Consultant Dr Gareth Quin said that physical distancing, infection prevention and patient streaming measures introduced at the emergency department will remain in place for the protection of patients and staff as Covid-19 remains an ever-present threat“.“Given the high attendances and admissions at the emergency department, it’s necessary for most of the measures introduced at the peak of the pandemic to remain in place,” he added.UHL confirmed that levels of presentations at its overcrowded ED were “surpassing pre-pandemic levels (a weekday average of more than 200 presentations)”, and that “it has become more important than ever for the department to be ring-fenced for emergency cases”. WhatsApp Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Advertisement Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport center_img Previous articleHunt Museum Launches Costume Design Classes & Workshops for everyoneNext article226 families from County Limerick have availed of the services and supports offered by RMHC David Raleigh Email Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Facebook Twitter TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19healthLimerick City and CountyNews NewsHealthLimerick on Covid watch listBy David Raleigh – September 10, 2020 334 last_img read more

Archbishop stresses importance of interfaith dialogue, understanding

first_imgArchbishop Michael Fitzgerald, member of the Society of Missionaries of Africa and delegate to the Arab League from 2006 to 2012, spoke on the importance of interfaith dialogue between Christianity and Islam in a lecture entitled “The Church and Islam 50 Years after Nostra Aetate.”“Religion, relayed by inter-religious dialogue, can provide the right atmosphere in which conflicts can be involved,” Fitzgerald said. “Efforts can be made towards greater respect for all individuals, and the goal of harmony and peace be brought nearer.”Fitzgerald said the “Nostra Aetate,” a declaration passed by the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church in 1965, highlights the importance of mutual understanding among religions.“Christians are not expected to combat other religions, opposing their religious and cultural expression, but rather, to seek to appreciate and defend the spiritual and moral values enshrined in them,” he said.“Nostra Aetate” calls Christians to respect religious plurality in an increasingly connected and secular world and recognize the truth found in all these religions, Fitzgerald said.“It means that the various religions, including Islam, although they differ from Christ — in essential points are not totally rejected,” he said. “They are seen as containing, or at least as reflecting, truth which enlightens.”Fitzgerald said the document clarifies that non-Christian religions are to be respected not simply because those who adhere to these religions deserve this respect, but also because these religions themselves contain truths that have directed their followers’ lives.“It would be possible to assert that the different religious traditions are to be taken seriously because they have shaped the religious outlook of the people who have followed these traditions,” he said. “One can’t make a valid distinction between the respect due to the persons and the respect for the religion.”Even though the importance of Jesus Christ may not be recognized in other religions, that does not prevent non-Christians from attaining the same enlightenment towards which Christians strive, Fitzgerald said.“The role of Jesus Christ as unique mediator between God and human kind doesn’t exclude subordinate mediations,” he said. “Dialogue with people of other religions is by no means excluded.”While “Nostra Aetate” is an important refinement in church doctrine promoting the respect of diverse faiths, it also has its limitations, Fitzgerald said.“Because of its brevity, which was a deliberate choice in order to avoid controversy, it doesn’t do full justice to the different religions in the world,” he said. “It leaves much work for theologians. In this way, it can be considered an invitational document rather than a prescriptive document.”In the context of a growing perception of Christianity and Islam as opposed world views, it is important to increase dialogue between these two religions, Fitzgerald said.“Christian-Muslim dialogue should lead to a common search for understanding, to a shared sympathy for those who are suffering and in need,” he said. “A thirst for justice for all, forgiveness from wrong done, together with a readiness to recognize one’s own wrongdoing.”Fitzgerald said before dialogue can take place, however, the widespread misunderstandings people hold of both the Christian and Islamic faiths must first be addressed.“A difficulty is in lack of knowledge when one considers populations as a whole,” he said. “There is an ignorance in the West about Islam, and much ignorance about Christianity in countries where there is a Muslim majority.“There is a constant need to educate people, conveying the true image of Islam, as many Muslims advocate, but also revealing the true image of Christianity.”Fitzgerald said while the influence of interfaith dialogue is greatest at the grassroots level, it is important for high ranking religious leaders to foster a community of understanding as well.“Religious leaders are not called upon to formulate concrete political measures but rather to underline basic moral principles,” he said. “They need to be able to support government measures when these are seen to contribute to the common good, but also to criticize them when human dignity is not being fully respected.”Tags: Archbishop, Christianity, interfaith dialogue, Islam, Michael Fitzgerald, Nostra Aetatelast_img read more

Woolies turns to recycled packaging

first_img19 November 2010Woolworths has become the first major South African retailer to use post-consumer recycled plastics in its food packaging, helping both to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and to cut its dependence on imported oil stocks needed to make virgin plastic.Since the beginning of September, Woolworths’ ready-to-eat sandwiches have been packed in containers made with 30% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET), which is made from recycled plastic bottles.According to Woolworths, recycling one ton of PET bottles not only saves 6.2 cubic metres of landfill space, it also saves enough energy to keep a 15 watt energy-saver light glowing for 24 hours.No compromise on food safetyWoolworths first began using rPET fibre several years ago for the filling in its duvets and pillows, and also plans to roll out rPET packaging to juice bottles and other plastic packaging shortly.“Not only is packaging made with rPET more ecologically sound and technologically advanced, there is no compromise on food safety,” Woolworths foods MD Zyda Rylands said in a statement last week.“The recycled PET comes primarily from locally collected soft drink and water bottles and is scrupulously super-cleaned by the local supplier, who has invested some R20-million in a food grade recycling plant.”Rylands said the plant was the first recycler in the world to be certified by the British Retail Consortium, and that the resulting recycled plastic met or exceeded international standards for food safety.Reducing emissions, creating jobsRecycling PET has economic advantages as well – it reduces carbon dioxide emissions and cuts dependence on imported oil stocks used to make virgin plastic. “It also helps create jobs,” Rylands said. “It’s estimated that some 10 000 people earn income from collecting bottles.”Rylands said the retailer had now successfully eliminated over 600 tons of foods packaging, with more than 23% of its food products using recycled packaging materials, and most of the sleeves on its ready-made meals, dips and other food products being made from cardboard with a 80% recycled paper content.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Missing endangered woman located

first_imgUPDATE: Joelle Emerson was located early Saturday after she called home, police said.—————————–Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Vancouver woman who is believed to be experiencing a mental health crisis.A family member reported 35-year-old Joelle Emerson missing to the Vancouver Police Department on Thursday after Emerson left her residence during a mental health crisis, police said. She has not made contact with her family.Police said Emerson is considered to be at risk due to her ongoing mental health concerns.She is described as standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, 125 pounds, with blue eyes and short red hair. At the time of her disappearance, Emerson had her hair in a short ponytail. She was last seen wearing black pants and a green hooded jacket.Anyone who sees Emerson or knows of her whereabouts should contact 311, if in Clark County, or Vancouver police Detective David Jensen at 360-772-2205.last_img read more

Zika handbooks created by CARPHA now in circulation

first_img No Zika reports for TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Jabn 2016 – The Caribbean is getting more Zika ready with the help of CARPHA (Caribbean Public Health Agency). When Magnetic Media questioned the CHTA and CTO panel on the public safety issues and public health concerns of a modern world, including the new to the region, Zika virus, the six deaths in Tobago from swine flu and how crime is affecting tourism, there was confirmation that plans are activated. One of those plans included that CARPHA has issued a guide book for hotels on how to deal with Zika. Frank Comito, CEO of the CHTA exposed that there have been some cancellations of vacations as a result of the health notices in North America but there has been no hysteria. On the matter of crime, CHTA members have been proactive with visitor safety initiatives including better lighting, better landscaping, addition of CCTV, liaising with local officials and in the case of The Bahamas, there is now a Tourism Police unit. Related Items:carpha, frank comito, ZIka Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to regionlast_img read more

Jamaica Local Government Minister urges collection of fees

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 17, 2017 – Kingston – Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is urging municipal corporations to maximize the revenue-generating potential from the requisite payment of fees by businesses and residents for services the councils administer, in keeping with the beneficiaries’ statutory obligations.Among the categories of revenues, which he said are at the corporations’ disposal, are property taxes, trade licences and building permit fees.Mr. McKenzie said maximising the out-turns of these was imperative in order to supplement the Government’s budgetary provisions allocated to each corporation through the Ministry.“I know that councillors continue to lament the fact that they are not getting as much as they want. But you have to help yourselves in this regard, (as) the Ministry will not always be able to provide you with all of the resources that you need,” he stated.The Minister was addressing the St. Mary Municipal Corporation’s monthly meeting in Port Maria on October 12.   While noting that municipal corporations are not faring badly in revenue inflows, Mr. McKenzie said they are “not doing as well as they ought”, based on the level of arrears for statutory obligations.He argued that if councils can collect as much as 40 per cent of outstanding sums, “then the Ministry wouldn’t have to be struggling to find money to support the work of the local authorities”.“These are revenues that the councils need to step up their approach on in collecting, and I am urging councilors to go on an extensive drive to collect those outstanding revenues,” Mr. McKenzie emphasized.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more