Government has published a wish list not a plan for winter…

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan.Pic. Emma Jervis/ Press 22 WhatsApp “These were core parts of our Capacity Protection plan. But these alone are not enough and the rest of the plan misses the mark. It is another missed opportunity to deliver a proper health service for people in the Mid-West. SINN Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has criticised the Government’s 2020/21 Winter Plan as a wish list which is short on targets, timelines and ambition. I am really fearful of a winter crisis at UHL. Email Previous articleTreaty Talk EP114: Hurling Recap Football Semis, Camogie & Ladies Football ActionNext articleLimerick Suicide Watch announce a new Ambassador Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Deputy Quinlivan said: “This is a wish list, not a plan – it is lacking in detail, targets, and timelines for staff recruitment and bed delivery. It is underwhelming and very disappointing. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I had hoped to see more from the Minister on this matter. He know the difficulties faced by our local hospital UHL, he knows the difficulties caused by bed and particularly bed shortages. I am sure he knows that this wish list is far too little and the results of this initiative will be seen as way too late at University Hospital Limerick.“It’s not a plan to catch up on missed care, it’s not a plan to build capacity, it’s not even a plan to stand still. Limerick people will not be impressed.“It falls far short on the number of beds and staff required to safely deliver appropriate care in the coming winter months.“The Sinn Féin plan, which was launched in early August, would deliver 1,100 additional acute and sub-acute beds and 50 ICU beds this year, €40 million to kickstart Cancer care, and bring on an additional 2,500 staff ahead of winter, not after. A plan that would let Limerick people that finally the ongoing yearly crisis at UHL would be tackled.“The Government plan will only deliver 251 acute beds and 89 sub-acute beds in 2020 and 232 acute beds in early 2021.“The 17 ICU beds proposed is far short of what is needed. Additional ICU beds in early 2021 will be crucial but no target has been set.“These new bed numbers include additional beds already due to come online; it only provides revenue funding to open them not capital funding to deliver additional beds.“The HSE admits that the so-called ‘new’ beds will only mitigate covid-related capacity shortfalls, not meet demand.“There are hundreds of unfilled vacancies across the health service including many here in Limerick, as the INMO and IHCA have said. Without filling these, new beds cannot be opened.“Without clear commitments and rapid recruitment this will not relieve the burden on existing staff – they are overworked, burned out, and have worked hard through last winter and this pandemic with no relief.“There are no mentions of disability services and mental health services, and no funding to kickstart cancer services this year.“We welcome the investment in occupational welfare supports for frontline staff, investment in community care and community intervention teams, and the winter flu expansion. Print TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener LimerickNewsGovernment has published a wish list not a plan for winter healthcareBy Staff Reporter – September 28, 2020 125 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

€9 million of rates owed to council in 2010 still not paid

first_img Twitter €9 million of rates owed to council in 2010 still not paid 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+center_img Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Previous articleStudent’s drink “spiked with Ketamine”Next articleLetterkenny woman loses claim against dating agency News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By News Highland – March 29, 2011 Twitter Google+ Figures released from Donegal County Council show that of the total amount of commercial rates due to the council last year, almost a third went unpaid.Just over 16 million euro was collected by the council in 2010, however arrears carried forward to this year total close on 9 million euro.The figures show that 6 million euro in arrears was carried over from 2009, rate demands issued for last year total just over 22 million euro.Of the total, 2.5 million euro has been written off as unrecoverable, in most cases this was because properties, all though obliged to be charges rates, were either vacant or unoccupied.8.9 million euro in commercial rates due in 2010 were carried over to this year.Head of Finance with the council, Garry Martin said that the council understand the financial constraints on business and the impact that has on their ability to pay in a timely fashion.He says the council is working proactively and positively with businesses stating many customers have entered in to payment plans in order to manage their liabilities over an extended period. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Tweeting Often and on Weekends is More Effective, Suggests Data

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#biz#tips john paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market How often should you post updates to Twitter for maximum impact? Is there a time of day that works best? What about a day of the week?These are the types of questions that Dan Zarrella is constantly trying to answer. Instead of relying on intuition and hearsay, however, the self-described “social media scientist” prefers to take a look a look at things more objectively, using data. Zarrella, who works for HubSpot and has authored such delightfully nerdy reports as “The Science of ReTweets”, recently hosted a webinar titled “The Science of Timing” that took a close look at how the timing of social media activity impacts its effectiveness. The hugely popular webinar had a number of interesting takeaways, some of which were surprising. For example: Tweeting later in the day and later in the week results in more retweets.The click-through-rate on tweeted links appears to spike in the late morning and then again around 5pm.The click-through rate on links tends to decline as more links are tweeted per hour. After about six links per hour, click-throughs essentially drop off. Still, tweeting more frequently leads to more followers, but Facebook is a different story: Too many posts on Facebook can more easily alienate people.Weekends are an ideal time for sharing on Facebook.More people tend to open marketing emails in the early morning than any other time during the day. Weekends also appear to be effective for emails.Check out the slides below for more data-backed social media pointers. The Science of Timing View more presentations from HubSpot Internet Marketing Related Posts last_img read more

Resilience is the New Green

first_imgA United Nations report published June 25, 2019 warned that “Climate change threatens truly catastrophic consequences across much of the globe and the human rights of vast numbers of people will be among the casualties.” The emphasis on human rights represents a shift of focus, from mitigation to prevent climate change, to a concern on how to deal with what has become an inevitable catastrophe—how do we cope? Highly damaging natural disasters have increased in frequency and cost. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 14 major events in 2018 that caused at least $1 billion in damage. In the 1980s disasters of that magnitude averaged less than three per year, as published in “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2019,” Joint Center for Housing of Harvard University. Green builders aim to reduce greenhouse gasses by consuming less energy and employing building materials with a lower global warming index. Despite these efforts, carbon dioxide emission continue to increase and energy consumption worldwide remains projected to grow 28% over the next 20 years, and that’s according to our own Energy Information Administration, an organization not known to exaggerate the effects of climate change. In other words, the sky is falling, and attitudes are shifting from avoiding catastrophe to managing it. Scoring points to achieve a higher LEED score won’t make any difference, as the UN report concludes, “Ticking boxes will not save humanity or the planet from impending disaster.” Perhaps builders should take stock of what’s coming with climate change and add the more urgent concepts of resiliency and adaptation to their green lexicon.RELATED ARTICLESWhat Does the Term ‘Resilience’ Really Mean?Unfolding Community ResilienceResilient Food Supply SystemsIt Takes a Village to Be ResilientDesigning Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More Resilient Resilience and adaptation Resilience describes the ability to survive and bounce back from the ravages of natural disasters. Adaptation, although similar in meaning, implies a different approach and affects a greater geographic area. Adaptation entails looking ahead and building for the climate conditions likely to come in 20 to 30 years. Doing this now, before disaster strikes, will allow entire towns to survive without significant damage. One dramatically successful example of adaptive construction came October 10th of 2018 when Michael, a category 5 hurricane, crashed into Mexico Beach on the Florida Panhandle. Only one house survived, the one built of reinforced concrete and elevated on tall pilings to allow a storm surge to pass underneath without toppling it over. This map depicts the total estimated cost borne by each state, from billion-dollar weather and climate events. Photo courtesy of NOAA. The house was designed as a fortress to withstand a weather onslaught, just as Medieval fortresses were designed to withstand a siege. Unfortunately, Hurricane Michael wiped out the neighborhood surrounding the strengthened Sand Palace, as the Mexico Beach house was dubbed by the owner. Most residents in that neighborhood cannot afford to rebuild to the standards required to resist a category 5 hurricane and today the Sand Palace stands alone. The resilience of one home offers little compensation for the loss of the neighborhood surrounding it. Hence a new thrust in the public and private sectors to advance the concept of adaptation, which has to do with accepting the inevitable impacts of climate outcomes predicted over the next 100 years and finding community-wide methods to deal with it. In some cases, it may even mean moving to a safer location. Do you still have a home when the neighborhood surrounding it is gone? Mexico Beach before and after Hurricane Michael. Photo courtesy of USGS. More builders must embrace adaptation to avoid the lonely house syndrome suffered by the only house built to withstand a hurricane in Mexico Beach. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division. Both resilience (which often means rebuilding), and adaptation (which implies building forward), have a place, and it’s a place where today’s green builders and developers can play a major role. Mitigation, which entails building with as little environmental impact as is practical, remains a moral obligation, but it has become less urgent. Another LEED Platinum showhouse won’t save the world, but a FORTIFIED for Safer Living home may save a family. A new program to consider The FORTIFIED for Safer Living program is a code-plus, new construction programs designed specifically for climate adaptation. The FORTIFIED Home designation, which comes in Silver and Gold, provides technical guidance for builders and a benchmark of disaster adaptation for the homeowner. The insurance industry developed the program specifically for high wind events and hail. As the insurance industry took a lead in promoting automobile safety, from seatbelts to airbags and now advanced collision avoidance systems, the FORTIFIED for Safer Living program was designed to make houses less vulnerable to storms. State Farm concluded that, in a given storm, homes built to the FORTIFIED standard suffered half the dollar losses of a conventional house. Superstorm Sandy ravaged the upper East Coast in October 2012. The author worked the storm as a FEMA adjuster, and the things he saw changed his view of climate change and the immediate risks. In fact, the storm changed many people’s perception of the danger at hand, including the US Geologic Survey. Following the storm, USGS developed a Science Plan to put extreme storms into the greater context of climate change, sea-level rise, and coastal vulnerability. Photo courtesy of USGS. After Superstorm Sandy ravaged the North Atlantic Coast, the US Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) created Rebuild by Design to forester an innovative architectural blueprint for climate change at the community level. The program includes an open-sourced interdisciplinary curriculum about adaptive design led by a community of academics and design professionals, but little of practical value for the builder. The Department of Energy, known for its code-forward programs under the Building America banner, has ventured to highlighting some adaptive housing experiments, but not yet developed a climate response program, continuing with the Net Zero Ready effort to weave some energy independence into the housing stock, rather than focus climate impacts. Although an independent energy source could certainly form part of any disaster-equipping strategy. The FORTIFIED for Safer Living program remains a good start, even if the focus is narrow, new programs will emerge, including new modules in existing programs, such as the US Green Building Council’s LEED program that recently introduced three Resilient Design pilot credits. The program now includes points for designing to mitigate climate vulnerabilities, adding risk resilience measures, and a backup energy system for post-disaster blackouts. The US government offers a resource called the U.S. Government Resilience Toolkit that includes climate maps to study future impacts to local communities, international case studies, and a topic section on the Built Environment that offers actionable information for builders under the tab Buildings and Structures. The toolkit points out that building codes derive from historical data, and do not anticipate impending climate conditions. For example, current standards for air conditioning may not meet the load requirements in 30 years. Roofs designed for historical snow loads may collapse under loads associated with increased evaporation. Exterior finishes, including doors and windows may not hold up when tropical storms buffet areas that never anticipated them, just as the Florida Panhandle never anticipated a category 5 hurricane—such an event was never in the weather models used to develop the local codes. FEAMA offers a wealth of material for all hazards—hurricanes, hail storms, tornados, floods, and earthquakes. These materials offer a quick study on adoptive construction techniques, but they offer no systematic program and no way to certify your house meets a climate-ready threshold, as does the FORTIFIED Home program. Climate apartheid Beyond the material consequences of hurricanes, droughts, floods and tornadoes come the financial and social impacts. Florida insurance premiums have risen to nearly $9,000 annually in certain locations, with deductibles making homeownership inaccessible to many. In 2018 more than 87,000 Floridians were dropped by their insurance companies. According to FEMA, Texas experienced a more than 18% increase in flood insurance policies from July 2017 to the end of May. During a recent FEMA presentation, It was made clear that during 2017 and 2018 a federally-declared, climate-related disasters occurred at a rate of 2.5 per week, that’s 137 federally declared disasters in 2017, and 124 in 2018. It’s become so common, that many disasters never make the evening news. Yet they impact families dramatically. It’s easy to understand why homeowners’ insurance premiums have climbed, and yet our federal emergency dollars fall short. The cost of homeownership in disaster-prone areas has caused a gradual migration that some urban experts liken to a decanting of the population. 2017 tied 2011 for the highest number of billion-dollar disasters for a single year. This map depicts the general location of the sixteen weather and climate disasters assessed to cause at least $1 billion in direct damages during 2017. As you will see, major disasters are not limited to hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires. Floods, tornados, hail and even droughts can leverage major economic impact. Photo courtesy of NOAA. The surviving home in Mexico Beach belonged to an affluent radiologist. Most of the homes in the area belonged to long-time residents, not necessarily so well-heeled. The $35,000 FEMA provides to elevate homes with flood insurance coverage generally do not cover the costs of the work. Many cannot rebuild. During a Weather Channel interview, Dr. Lebron Lackey, who owns the only home now standing at Mexico Beach, said, “You can build a home that stays, but you never want to say goodbye to the town.” As in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the massive storm that destroyed much of New Orleans’s lower 9th Ward, one tragic aftermath of climate events comes with the new phenomena of climate refugees. In fact, many of the immigrants amassed at our southern border make the long and difficult pilgrimage north because they can no longer farm on their drought-stricken lands. A recent United Nations report concludes that “Climate change threatens to undo the last 50 years of progress in development, global health, and poverty reduction.” Expect many more caravans at the southern border as droughts in Central America affect food production and create social instability. Expect a gradual decanting of population from southern states northward, where the climate costs and effects won’t punish as severely. Rust Belt cities already promote themselves as climate havens, like Duluth, Minnesota that actively promotes itself as a climate refugee destination to storm-weary Florida residents. Building for the future In a climate study published in July of 2019, researchers developed models of how climate change will impact may cities throughout the world, forming conservative analogs between climates today and 30 years hereafter. For example, researchers claim the climate in Portland, Oregon, in 2050, will resemble today’s climate in San Antonio, Texas, and that Washington D.C. will be more like today’s Nashville, Tennessee. The analogies between today’s and tomorrow’s climate provides valuable information for builders, who can begin studying housing in San Antonio to plan for adoptive construction in Portland. Hot/dry and hot/humid climates require construction strategies much different than those designed for cooler climates. If you look at homes built in the hot and humid southern states, you will see designs geared to take advantage of breezes, with wrap-around porches and balconies, tall windows, and homes elevated to promote ventilation underneath. In the hot and dry areas, such as the southwestern states, traditional home designs include ample shade and smaller windows to retain the cool air available after sunset. A new branch of forward-looking urbanists seeks to alert architects and city planners about the encroaching hot and humid climates. During the 2019 Congress for New Urbanism, held in Louisville, Tennessee, several presentations focussed on designing an adaptive urban response to climate impacts in the southern United States and Coastal areas. The focus has shifted from reducing carbon emissions to preparing for the new normal. Certainly, the best response still entails both mitigation and adaptation. Builders play a minor role in climate change mitigation, since the problems and solutions remain at the highest levels of political will. But builders can play a major role in resilience, by helping communities rebuild after disasters, and even more so in adaptation, by building today in anticipation of future climate impacts small and large. Proactive construction in areas of relatively low vulnerability today will improve hazard and climate resilience tomorrow. Instead of waiting for the disaster, builders now have the tools to anticipate and provide homeowners with safety and comfort well into an uncertain future. Fernando Pagés Ruiz is a boutique developer in Colorado and author of two books published by The Taunton Press, “Building an Affordable House: Trade Secrets to High-Value, Low-Cost Construction,” and “Affordable Remodel: How to Get Custom Results on Any Budget.” His latest book, “Architectural Design for Traditional Neighborhoods” will be available in Sep 2019.last_img read more

Coming Soon: Desktops Hosted On The Cloud, Usable Anywhere

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… brian proffitt IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Tags:#cloud computing Related Posts A new video technology quietly announced late last week could mark a landmark change in how apps are deployed on PCs, tablets and smartphones for years to come – and also have big ramifications on how companies like Apple do business.You wouldn’t think that the technology launched by the Mozilla Foundation and graphic-rendering vendor Otoy on Friday would be all that big a deal. After all, the software, which is known as a codec, was originally designed to allow for the playback of videos on HTML5 pages within a browser without plug-ins.That alone is pretty cool, from a consumer’s point of view. There’s are still videos out there, such as those encoded with the H.264 format, that need a special plug-in to be viewed, thanks to the patents tied to the H.264 specification. Live TV and HD video can be viewed with any HTML5 browser that can support WebGL (hold that thought).But the other thing the new codec, known as ORBX.js, features is much, much more significant: it also enables steaming of desktop applications. An application (say, Microsoft Office) could be hosted on a company’s server and then used by any employee who logs in to the application. It would not matter what operating system they were using (Windows, OS X or Linux) or even what platform (phone, tablet or desktop), because the browser would be the only thing that matters.“This is not just remote desktop tech, or X11 reborn via JavaScript],” [blogged Mozilla Foundation CTO Brendan Eich, “Many local/remote hybrid computation schemes are at hand today, e.g., a game can do near-field computing in the browser on a beefy client while offloading lower [level of detail] work to the [game processing unit] cloud.”When Cloud Becomes The PlatformUsing streaming video to deploy remote desktops is not new, of course, this is pretty much the way Logmein does it with their remote desktop technology. But as good as Logmein and other RD vendors are, they still use a dedicated client and the speed of the remote setup can be hampered by the power of the source desktop as well as the limitations of bandwidth.If the application were to be hosted in the cloud with more resources, as Eich suggests, then only bandwidth would become a limit to application performance. In fact, if ORBX.js performs as promised, you won’t even need a “beefy” client, as Eich says we have now – nearly all of the processing work will be done in the cloud and streamed to the waiting browser client.Streaming apps, if this technology works, would then represent a big change for end users and even a potential cost savings – if the bulk of the processing power is situated in the cloud, then hardware requirements for end-user devices can stay where they are or even be lowered.Another big change – if all you need is a decent screen and an interface to connect to applications, you could host your entire work/home environment in the cloud and access it from any compatible device at any time. It could be a full version on the desktop or laptop, and perhaps a scaled-down version on your tablet or smartphone, but the apps and your data would always be there, on any of your machines.Walled Garden? What Walled Garden?If applications can be delivered effectively through this kind of enhanced video streaming, currently that also puts Apple and Microsoft at a strong disadvantage against competitors like Google and Blackberry, especially in the mobile space.Recall the requirements for the JavaScript-based ORBX.js: any HTML5 browser that can support WebGL.As it stands right now, the Safari browser on the iOS mobile platform does not support WebGL at all (except for iAd developers) – and on OS X, Safari only offers partial support for the standard (if the user has up-to-date video drivers). Internet Explorer does not support WebGL at all, either.Android is a little tricker: neither the native Android browser or Chrome for Android support WebGL, but Firefox for Android does. As of BlackBerry 10, the BlackBerry browser will support WebGL, too.This would mean that Android and BlackBerry users could run cloud-based apps on their devices right now, while Windows Phone, Windows 8, Windows RT and iOS users would be out of luck.That’s probably no accident, either, since any application that streams in through browser is one the operating system vendor can’t monetize. In other words, Apple and Microsoft won’t get their app store cut from apps that are streamed.That this is a deliberate choice on the part of Apple and Microsoft seems likely. Even Google has yet to support WebGL on its mobile-device browsers, possibly for the same reasons.But given that Google’s Chrome browser is all in for WebGL, Google could still reap the benefits of cloud-based applications soon. If that proves a success, or if BlackBerry’s WebGL bet pays off, then it won’t be a long wait for the Android browsers to come around to WebGL.At which point, it will be anyone’s guess if Microsoft and Apple will jump on board, too. There are already rumors that Internet Explorer 11 will support WebGL, so Microsoft may be on its way to enabling cloud-based streaming apps.Cloud applications will never supplant native apps – connectivity issues and security concerns will make sure of that – but it’s a future that looks pretty cool for users who want to use their applications and data any where, any time.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more