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 Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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

Oxford and beyond

first_imgThey may have different approaches — one wants to teach computers to “think” like humans, and by doing so unlock the secrets of how the brain works; the other is interested in economics and public policy — but both Ruth Fong ’15 and Benjamin Sprung-Keyser ’15 share a desire to improve the world around them.And their hopes were just given a major boost.Fong and Sprung-Keyser were among the 32 Americans named as Rhodes Scholars on Sunday. The scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic awards in the world, covers the full cost of two or three years’ study at the University of Oxford.Harvard has now produced a total of 350 Rhodes Scholars.Ruth Fong“I was pretty shocked when I found out,” Fong said. “I think it’s still sinking in, to be honest. The other finalists are all really remarkable, so I was really caught by surprise.”Fong’s interest in whether a computer could be taught to “think” like a human began an early age, when her first-grade teacher, Mrs. Sciacca, introduced her to the notion of context clues. By examining all the words in a sentence, Fong was able to guess what an omitted word might be.At Harvard, she became intrigued by the idea that a computer might learn to do the same.As a sophomore, the Mather House resident and computer science concentrator enrolled in a computational linguistics class, and worked on using algorithms to extract the meaning of single words from sentences using context clues. She later applied similar techniques to images.“I seek to develop a comprehensive understanding of learning,” she wrote in her Rhodes application. “Currently, I am developing techniques that utilize fMRI brain activity data to improve object detection algorithms. Some preliminary results demonstrate that context clues about how ‘animated’ an image is — that is, how likely it contains living things like humans or animals — can be extracted from fMRI data. These findings support my driving hypothesis that computers ‘learn’ better when they ‘think’ more like humans.”Fong plans to continue those studies at Oxford, where she will pursue degrees in both computer science and math and foundations in computer science.“I knew I was in love with computer science from a pretty early age,” she said. “I grew up playing with Legos and K’nex. Now is really a critical time for the field, but these questions are not new. We’re at the beginning of an era in which we finally have the computing resources to explore the question of what it would mean for a machine to think and be human-like.”Benjamin Sprung-Keyser“It’s been quite the whirlwind over the past 24 hours, but people have been so incredibly supportive … it’s just been fantastic,” Sprung-Keyser said.A large part of his interest in economics, he said, stems from the fact that he was introduced to the field during one of the most serious crises in recent memory, the Great Recession of 2007-09.“With millions displaced, I saw that the costs of unemployment are not just monetary; they are psychological,” he wrote in his scholarship application. “I saw that labor may be a necessity, but it is also a source of fulfillment — allowing individuals to impart meaning to their lives. I was drawn to the study of employment, and that has influenced nearly all my work.”Sprung-Keyser plans to pursue a master’s degree in economics at Oxford, with a goal of eventually obtaining a Ph.D. and conducting research on issues that lie at the intersection of economics and public policy.“There are some things about the subject of economics that are incredibly attractive to me,” the Kirkland House resident said. “It has a quantitative component to it that I find very interesting, but it also has a little bit of messiness of the real world as well. I can’t think of doing anything else.”His time at Oxford, however, may not be limited to study in his chosen field.With a strong background in debate, Sprung-Keyser said he is looking forward to taking part in discussions at the renowned Oxford Union.“That is perhaps the best place in the world to engage in debate,” he said. “It’s hard to know exactly what experience at Oxford will translate to the future, but you have to imagine if you have two years to study economics, conduct your own research, and participate in debates on public and social policy at the Oxford Union, that those things become important in the future, and they end up mattering.”last_img read more

Saint Michael’s receives $766,000 NSF grant as part of plant genome project

first_imgSaint Michael’s College,Saint Michael’s College biologist Dr Mark Lubkowitz and his students join a team of researchers from the University of Missouri, University of Florida, Purdue University and the University Nebraska-Lincoln, on a five-year project to study the genes that control the movement of carbohydrates in corn.Saint Michael’s and the other four institutions, major research universities, have been awarded a $6.6 million grant from the Plant Genome Research Program at the National Science Foundation for a joint five-year research project that will involve undergraduates at each institution.Working with 45 Saint Michael’s students over the next five years, Dr. Lubkowitz and his co-investigators across the country will do research that could lead to increased corn yield, more drought resistant plants, larger plants and easier production of biofuels.‘To be part of a Plant Genome Grant’the first ever awarded in the state of Vermont’is an incredible opportunity for our students,’ Dr. Lubkowitz said.‘As for the actual research,’ he said, ‘people often ask me what Carbohydrate Partitioning (CP) is, and I tell them, think biofuels, crop yields, and the mitigating of global climate change.’The researchers indicate that carbohydrate transport is little understood, but is ‘one of the most important factors in plant development.’ Thus, understanding it better has great potential to improve corn yield and quality.‘Our research,’ Lubkowitz said, ‘may give insights into how we can increase the movement of carbohydrates and could thus affect biofuel production and the rate at which we can pull CO2 out of the atmosphere.’Additional benefits of the grantThe research has the potential to advance society’s understanding of drought stress, biofuel production, food production and carbon sequestration (binding).The work integrates undergraduates at major research universities and at a liberal arts college into all areas of the research.And the project, in collaboration with Vermont EPSCoR, will run a workshop for high school teachers and students on the vital significance of plant genomics and Carbohydrate Partitioning (CP) in plants.Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. It is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 371 Colleges, and is included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Saint Michael’s is one of only 280 colleges and universities nationwide, one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.last_img read more

Iowa Climate Statement: dangerous heat events will be more frequent and severe

first_imgDES MOINES — A group of 216 “climate educators” from 38 colleges and universities in Iowa have issued a statement, warning “extreme” temperatures are ahead.“Conditions will become very dangerous at times, much more so than we are experiencing at the present time,” Iowa State Univesity atmospheric sciences professor Bill Gutowski said during a news conference Wednesday at the statehouse.The group’s analysis indicates the number of days when temperatures exceed 90 degrees will at least double within the next two decades.“Depending again on how we work towards reducing our increasing greenhouse gases,” Gutowski said, “so it’s not hopeless and I want people to realize it’s not hopeless and there are adaptations that we can do as well.”Yet the group of Iowa scientists warns flooding is more likely with a warmer and more humid atmosphere, plus Iowans may have to adjust when they spend time outdoors to avoid heat-related illnesses.“The Iowans most at risk for becoming ill — whether having heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat stroke or suffering death — include our friends and neighbors who work outside on a regular basis, older adults above age 65, infants and children, those individuals with chronic conditions, low-income households and our athletes,” Drake University environmental science professor Peter Levi said.Levi said 1435 people died of heat-related illnesses during the recent heat wave in France and two-thirds of those who died were over the age of 75. There will be an economic as well as a health impact to rising temperatures, according to Levi, who indicated the state’s livestock industry will have to adjust to extreme heat.“Confined livestock are at increased risk of death or significantly lower productivity as livestock will not reach market weight in the same time frame when stressed due to high temperatures,” Levi said.The 2019 Iowa Climate Statement concludes “dangerous heat events will be more frequent and more severe.” The group of Iowa scientists acknowledge climate change has become a controversial issue in the political atmosphere and they’ve not been able to convince everyone of the severity of future weather disruptions. The group is emphasizing that Iowans can take action on a local level, by doing things like installing solar panels and encouraging utility companies to diversity with wind and solar projects.last_img read more

Ray Lewis to retire after playoffs

first_imgLAST RIDE–This Sept. 10, 2012 file photo shows Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wearing eye black showing the initials of former Ravens owner Art Modell before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) by David GinsburgAP Sports WriterOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ray Lewis will end his brilliant 17-year NFL career after the Baltimore Ravens complete their 2013 playoff run.Lewis has been sidelined since Oct. 14 with a torn right triceps. The 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker intends to return Sunday to face the Indianapolis Colts in what will almost certainly be his final home game.“I talked to my team today,” Lewis said Wednesday. “I talked to them about life in general. And everything that starts has an end. For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride.”Lewis will walk away from the game because he wants to spend more time with his two sons. While working to return from his injury, Lewis watched them play on the same high school football team, and he intends to watch Ray Lewis III perform as a freshman next year for his alma mater, the University of Miami.“God is calling,” the 37-year-old Lewis said. “My children have made the ultimate sacrifice for their father for 17 years. I don’t want to see them do that no more. I’ve done what I wanted to do in this business, and now it’s my turn to give them something back.”Which means he’ll pull off his No. 52 uniform for the last time after the Ravens are eliminated or win the Super Bowl.“It’s either hold onto the game and keep playing and let my kids miss out on times we can be spending together,” Lewis said. “Because I always promised my son if he got a full ride on scholarship Daddy is going to be there. I can’t miss that.”Lewis was the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2000, when Baltimore won the Super Bowl title, and in 2003.“I never played the game for individual stats. I only played the game to make my team a better team,” he said.Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more