RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleFree condoms campaign to encourage safe sexNext articleListen: The Last Post with Andrew Carey February 16, 2019 Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print NewsHousingPoliticsLack of political action is adding to Limerick’s housing crisisBy Alan Jacques – February 13, 2019 1363 Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp Limerick Sinn Fein TD Maurice QuinlivanWITH the latest figures from Daft.ie showing that rent prices in Limerick City are now 16.7 per cent higher than last year, Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has called on Housing Minster Eoghan Murphy to introduce rent certainty in the local market.“Renters in Limerick are continuing to see their rents spiral out of control, as Fine Gael refuse to take radical action to address the problem. Limerick has been particularly hard hit with huge rent increases. The average rent in Limerick City is now € €1,171 per month, a 16.7 per cent increase on the same time last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is not a sustainable. How on earth are working people looking to rent in Limerick City supposed to afford such an increase in rent in one year?” Deputy Quinlivan asked.“The Minister’s failure to get to grips with the crisis in the rental sector continues to heap pressure on struggling renters and effectively locks low-income earners out of the rental market. We know Rent Certainty alone will not resolve the issue of high rents. It will, however, put a break on the unaffordable rent increases that thousands of people are facing.“The huge increase in rents coupled with a severe shortage of homes to rent and buy is exacerbating the housing crisis,” he claimed.Meanwhile, Labour Party Housing spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan stated this week that she believes homelessness can be ended by legal and practical action.Labour Party Housing spokesperson Jan O’SullivanThe former Housing Minister insists that if the ideals of the Democratic Programme are to be fulfilled 100 years after its publication, then all barriers to housing must be removed.According to Deputy O’Sullivan, the ideals adopted by the first Dáil 100 years ago are a challenge that we are now in a position to rise to.“Ireland is now a developed nation; we have worked our way out of the worst economic disaster since the foundation of the State; there is wealth but this is not shared equally and many of the children in our State are living in poverty, some are homeless, some haven’t got the most basic right of knowing their own identity.“With political will, we can now chart a course to address the needs of all our children. Nearly 4,000 of them are without a secure roof over their heads.“Between November 2017 and November 2018, there has been a 14 per cent rise in child homelessness.“Last week at the Raise the Roof conference, architect Mel Reynolds pointed out that there is enough Local Authority owned land, zoned for housing, to build 50,000 units of accommodation nationally, 30,000 of those in the Dublin area. What is missing is the will and drive from Government.“In the Labour Party, we have presented detailed costed proposals for 80,000 social and affordable homes to be built over five years. That is the scale of what is needed and delivery at present falls very far short of that.“Labour has also steered a Bill through the Dáil which is now stalled in committee that would oblige Housing Authorities and the state to prioritise the interests of the child and to assist families, including providing them with safe accommodation.“We can end child homelessness by legal and practical action. As long as the will is there,” she concluded. Linkedin Advertisement Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Twitter Email Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!
By Tim KellySure signs of spring: beach tag sales are picking up, second homeowners are getting their places opened up and cleaned for the season, and the latest Book Sale of the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library is about to take place. “They are a fantastic organization, and they really do a great job,” Library Director Karen Mahar said of the Friends and Volunteers. “We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group helping to support what we do.”The annual spring book sale takes place Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is held in the atrium outside the main entrance to the library.Hardbound books, paperbacks, fiction, nonfiction, children’s titles, even audio books are available. All proceeds are used for the benefit of one of the nation’s great public libraries.“The book sales are really our only means for raising funds,” said Patti Phillips, one of three co-chairs for the event (along with Elaine Wilson and Debbie Moreland) so we hope the community will turn out and support the event and the library.”Phillips said the group is passionate about the event because it enables people to increase the size of their personal libraries while helping the one in Ocean City.“We have quite a few teachers and former teachers who belong to our organization,” she said. “That’s one reason why we are so passionate about books and about literacy.” Karen Mahar, Ocean City Free Public Library director, calls the Friends and Volunteers of the Library a “fantastic organization.” A great deal of planning and sweat equity goes into the sale, Phillips explained.The books sold at the event come from a variety of sources. Some are books taken out of circulation from the library shelves, while others are donated from groups and individuals. The human resources needed to keep the group going are fairly significant, Phillips noted. “We need approximately 50 people each day so that we can have 10 volunteers working in shifts,” she said. “It really is an organization-wide effort.”Sponsored by the Volunteers and Friends of the Free Public Library, the book sale also receives a big assist from the city, which donates the use of the tables where the books are displayed, delivers and installs them and then breaks them down post-event.“We receive a great deal of cooperation from the city,” Phillips said.The group’s mission is to focus public attention on the library and to help get the word out on its services, programs and facilities and to foster financial support, she said.New members and volunteers are always welcome. The group holds general membership meetings the second Monday of each month in the library’s Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. In addition to the book sale, the group prepares reading gift bags for new mothers at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, gift bags for Ocean City’s kindergarten students, sponsors speeches by popular authors and holds “High Tea” socials, among other events and activities in support of the library. The volunteers also organize the Dollar Books and free books tables at the library.“We’re very lucky,” Mahar said. “The Friends and Volunteers are great advocates.”Friends and Volunteers of the Library Spring Book Sale flyer. Register for a free class to test your culinary skills.
“That’s why after swabbing the person concerned should just stay home until the test result is released. Para indi mag-spread (virus) if ever may mag-positive,” said Abello. “We are building our own laboratory not only for COVID-19. That is really part of the plan of the provincial government to upgrade our hospital capability, among others, and when COVID-19 came we put RT-PCR test lab there,” Defensor said. (With a report from LHC, Capitol News/PN) She also acknowledged that the delayed release of test results would delay the conduct of contact tracing, therefore increasing the risk of virus transmission. “Massive contact tracing was conducted and lots of specimens were collected for testing. Last week the laboratory received over 4,000 samples,” said Abello. Both machines are expected to be delivered to the province within the week. The WVMC sub-national laboratory started operating in March. It has since received 31,898 specimens for testing. The remaining specimens were stored in a refrigerator while waiting for processing. In a related development, the Iloilo provincial government announced it would lend its RT-PCR machine to WVMC to boost the latter’s testing capacity. According to Abello, the backlog surged following the lockdown of two hospitals – St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo in this city and Pedro L. Gindap Municipal Hospital in Barbaza, Antique – these past two weeks. They have healthcare workers who tested positive for COVID-19. “Six hundred of these are waiting to be loaded sa RT-PCR (real time – polymerase chain reaction) machine, 414 for scanning and 420 for signing,” said Abello. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said the machine, worth P2.7 million, is for use of the Iloilo Provincial Hospital where another COVID-19 testing laboratory is being constructed. ILOILO City – Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) sub-national laboratory’s backlogs in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing reached 3,200 specimens as of July 8, according to Dr. Stephanie Abello, chief pathologist. The WVMC sub-national laboratory releases an average of 400 results daily but to address the backlogs it would be doubling its output, said Abello. Meanwhile, the construction of the COVID-19 laboratory at the provincial hospital is ongoing. An amount of P9 million was allotted for its construction sourced from the Bayanihan Fund. The provincial government will also lend its fully-automated RNA extraction machine worth P1.950 million to the WVMC. The machine helps shorten the turnaround time for test results. “But in the meantime we will put it at WVMC. We will also put personnel there so we can train them,” he said. The provincial government’s Hospital Management Office chief Dr. Cynthia Ng said the province has also lent two desktop computers and two ventilators to WVMC.
All Modifieds and Stock Cars Thursday at Super NationalsBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 5) – Qualifying today at Boone Speedway will determine the front eight spots in the middle rows for Modified and Stock Car main events at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Two qualifying features for both divisions will be on the program, as will all Harris Auto Racing Modified Race of Champions heats.Also on the Thursday card is the inaugural Karl Crate Clash.Racing starts at 3 p.m.*Stock Cars with community betterment/charitable organization themes will be on display beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Fan Zone.Autograph sessions scheduled at the same location are at 4 p.m. for Wednesday Stock Car qualifying feature winners David Smith and Brandon Czarapata; at 5 p.m. for Wednesday Modified qualifying feature winners Ricky Thornton Jr. and Chase Allen; and at 7 p.m. for former Modified champions in attendance at Super Nationals.The drawing for starting spots on the Karl Crate Clash grid is at 6 p.m.*Qualifying feature winner Chase Allen didn’t decide to make his first tip to Boone until a couple weeks ago. It goes without saying he’s happy with the decision.“It’s been awesome. I’ll come back here every year if I can,” said Allen, from Midlothian, Texas. “Just to come to Boone and win my first time here has been great.”Still available for post-race interviews well after the checkers flew, Allen made the 750-mile trip wanting but not expecting to win so much so quickly.“I wanted to win it. That’s why you race,” he said. “Did I expect to win it (the qualifier) last night? No.”*
The Wicklow man ended on 6 over par after two rounds.Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is also set to miss out on being involved over the weekend.Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will both be in action later this evening in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.
FILE PHOTO: Eden Hazard Madrid, Spain | AFP | Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Friday that big-money summer signing Eden Hazard has been passed fit and will make his long-awaited La Liga debut against Levante on Saturday.“We all want to see Eden,” said Zidane. “There’s a lot of pressure on him, a lot of expectation. But he is ready and that is the most important thing.”Hazard was expected to make his debut in Vigo in the opening round in mid-August after joining Madrid for an initial 100 million euros from Chelsea in June.But the Belgian pulled up with a thigh strain at the club’s training base in Valdebebas and had to sit out the first three weeks of the season during which Real struggled, collecting one win and two draws.Zidane, however, called for patience as Hazard finds his feet again.“We have to go gently,” he said. “He (Hazard) was injured for three weeks, he has been back for a week.“We have seven games in 21 days and we will have to go gently. It will be up to me to keep an eye on his minutes and his playing time, because we need him over a long period, for several matches, not for one.” Share on: WhatsApp Hazard’s return is timely for Madrid who also start their Champions League campaign against Paris Saint-Germain next week, especially as Luka Modric was druled out this week with a groin strain.“The season starts now,” said Zidane. “We have seven games in 21 days and I think that’s what we need, anyway, to play, make matches, compete… that’s what players want.”The Frenchman also shrugged off criticism of the team following their indifferent start to the season.“The comments, everything that is said, that’s not going to change,” he said.“We know what we want to change within (the team), we will do everything to do things well. Enough talk, we have perform on the pitch.”
By Chris Rotolo |A recent study on electronic cigarettes and vaping devices indicates that users of these products are exposing themselves to cancer-causing toxins, and the report is eliciting action from local schools.According to the study’s lead researcher, Mark Rubinstein, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, urine tests from the bodies of teens who used electronic cigarettes and vaping devices revealed elevated levels of five different toxins that are referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), all of which are known or suspected carcinogens.Adrian Pristas, M.D., a pulmonologist for Hackensack Meridian Health at Riverview Medical Center, said these VOCs can only become carcinogenic when they are heated to a certain temperature and though vape devices are not believed to produce that level of heat, the fact that they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has led him to raise questions.“Why would you take the chance? This is a situation that is not much different than what we’re facing with (marijuana), in that the use is way ahead of the medical knowledge,” Pristas said.“The fact is we don’t know a whole lot about what vaping is doing to the human body. We can only compare it to other inhalation exposures. Vaping is potentially dangerous.”Rubinstein’s study indicated that traces of these potentially harmful VOCs were detected at a rate up to three times higher in users than in those teens who did not vape.“Many of these compounds are carcinogenic. Will they definitely cause cancer? We don’t know that, but it’s ordinarily not a good idea to put these compounds in your body, especially if you’re a youngster who is going to use these devices for many years and live with the impact of DNA mutation over that time,” said Norman Edelman, M.D., senior scientific advisor for the American Lung Association.Though touted as a healthier option to traditional combustible cigarettes, the recent study on these VOCs tells a more threatening tale, especially when considering that addictive properties like nicotine are still present inside the liquid used within an electronic cigarette.“It’s been proven that these devices do produce nicotine. These things are not free and clear like they’ve been made out to be,” Pristas said. “And they appear to be an addictive gateway device that leads to cigarette use, as studies have shown that those who are 14 to 30 years of age and vape are four times more likely to start smoking.”One of Pristas’ biggest concerns surrounding the vaping issue is the latest marketing trend that appears to be targeting younger users with various flavors, including Bananas Foster, Rainbow Candy, Berry Splash and many more. These tactics are also troubling to Oceanport resident Kim Murphy, who helped found the borough’s Drug Education Initiative committee (DEI).“All of these flavors, all these marketing tactics, they’re absolutely trying to draw in younger users, and as a parent it’s very upsetting,” Murphy said. “I’ve read that they’re primarily targeting young girls, because the vapors smell like their perfume, so they can get away with it easier. But the fact is the marketing is working. Young kids are very into it. These companies are making a lot of money. And it’s our job to educate our families.”Murphy and the DEI committee are taking an initial educational step by inviting local parents to “Vaping: What Every Parent Should Know,” a presentation on March 20 at the Maple Place School, which will display information on the dangers of vaping, trends concerning kids, the cosmetic makeup of vaping devices and the flavored liquids that are available.According to Murphy, the presentation is a response to the lack of easily digestible and readily available information on the issue, and the recent increase in questions she and the DEI committee have received from concerned parents.“It’s been the No. 1 question people have had and it’s a topic that we personally don’t know much about,” Murphy said. “We don’t know what our kids were facing. We don’t know why it’s so easy for them to do it. It’s obvious that times are changing. Kids really aren’t smoking cigarettes anymore. But this is a new threat. And we need to create different platforms for professionals to come and educate us on what we’re dealing with.”The presentation will be made at 7 p.m. and led by PJ O’Connell, Shore Regional High School’s security director, who hosted the same session at his high school in January.“We’re very excited to have PJ leading the presentation, because he’s a retired police detective who worked in Ocean Township, so he’s able to speak from experience. He’ll show what it is that your kids are doing. He’ll let you smell the different scents. He’ll show what the different devices look like so you can identify them at home. Vaping is very accessible to our kids, but PJ is here to help.” Murphy said.Earlier this month a presentation was held at Middletown High School South for district parents to attend and acquire information about vaping, and several other Two River-area townships are addressing, or have addressed the issue.When the calendar turned to 2018, Red Bank Regional Superintendent Louis Moore issued a policy update to his school community, reminding students that in 2010, the state of New Jersey had implemented a vaping ban prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices in all indoor public places, businesses and schools. Moore’s update also stated that possession and use of these devices on school property or at school functions “may result in serious consequences for students, including suspension, police referral and a mandatory substance screening.”On April 25, all Freehold Regional School District parents are invited to Colts Neck High School for a special presentation titled “Vaping: The Smoke Screen our Parents Need to Know About Vapes, E-Cigs & Cloud Pens.” The 45-minute event will be led by Douglas S. Collier of Drug Education Awareness, and will include a Q&A session for attendees.This article was first published in the March 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThe loss early in the season may have been a blessing in disguise for the Castlegar Vikings.Because ever since the defending champs dropped the opener the Vikes have been perfect, continuing the trend right on through to capturing the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League title Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The Vikes overcame below zero temperatures, and a stingy Dam Inn Mates squad, to claim its fourth straight title with a 26-12 victory.The game was a rematch of the 2009 final won 16-4 by Castlegar.“Defence was clearly the key for us,” said Castlegar receiver/defensive back Steve Mota. “Our defence gave them nothing. (Dam Inn) had us first and goal twice and didn’t score.”After intercepting Dam Inn on the goal line late in the opening quarter with the game scoreless, the Vikes drove the length of the field. The long drive down the field was capped off in a major score when Castlegar quarterback David Kravski connected with John Lloyd from inside the red zone making it 7-0. Castlegar then went up 14-0 when Mota intercepted a short pass before out running the Mates into the end zone for a pick-six.Dam Inn rallied back to close the gap as Griffin Augustine found the end zone for the Mates. However, the two-point conversion fell short keeping the Vikes in control.In the second half Jason Trower scored for the Vikes to increase the lead.Bryan Lauzon and Lloyd also had interceptions for Castlegar. Augustine had one of the two interceptions for Dam Inn.”Dam Inn was definitely our (toughest) competition,” Mota explained. “We had to come ready to play each and every time we played them. We match up well. Our go to guys made plays, their go to guys made plays.”Castlegar had an easy time advancing to the league final after the regular season champs disposed of Nelson Impact in one semi final.In the other contest Dam Inn Mates needed a late touchdown to knock off Hume [email protected]