Burglaries down as arrests increase

first_imgEmail NewsLocal NewsBurglaries down as arrests increaseBy admin – December 7, 2012 613 WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin DESPITE a perceived increase in rural crime and property thefts in particular, the latest crime statistics figures indicate that the number of reported burglaries is down 20 per cent on last year as Limerick Gardaí continue their campaign against burglars. Sgt Brian Broderick of the Crime Prevention Unit attached to Henry Street Garda Station said that a number of arrests were made last week in connection with six burglaries at both residential and commercial office properties in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Thefts of cash, jewellery and electrical items were reported from four residential addresses and a commercial premises on Sexton Street was ransacked by intruders and eight people were arrested in connection with the criminal activity between Tuesday and Thursday of last week.Two 24-year-old men were detained in connection with the burglaries and one man in his 30s was arrested at the scene of one of the reported burglaries in the suburbs of the city.All eight were charged and are currently due before the courts.As Gardaí continue to target criminal activity throughout the county, figures indicate that the number of burglaries is down 20 percent over this time last year. However they are asking business owners and the general public to remain vigilant and ensure that their homes and business premises have adequate security measures in place over the Christmas period.Gardai are warning that it is a time for opportunist type thefts and urge people not to take chances with their property.center_img Previous articleLimerick medical companies contribute to exports increaseNext articleSouthill quilt launched by ‘The Governor’ admin Print Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Irish Cement online oral hearing is described as ‘box-ticking exercise’

first_imgNewsEnvironmentIrish Cement online oral hearing is described as ‘box-ticking exercise’By Alan Jacques – December 3, 2020 364 Print Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Email Linkedin Limerick Against Pollution spokesperson Claire Keating.LIMERICK Against Pollution (LAP) have taken issue with connection test calls carried out with participants for this Wednesday’s controversial oral hearing relating to Irish Cement’s plans to move from burning fossil fuels to alternative fuels at its Mungret plant.A hearing was due to be held in May but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.MCI Ireland were outsourced by the EPA as the audio visual partner for this week’s online oral hearing. But, according to Claire Keating of LAP, the results of tests carried out for the oral hearing last Friday, were not at all satisfactory.“Many couldn’t connect; and some of the EPA people were also unable to connect,” she told the Limerick Post.“It also became clear that the EPA people and the Director of Production at MCI Ireland hadn’t really considered with any degree of care the way in which questioning, normal at an oral hearing, would be conducted; and the EPA representative was quite reluctant to answer some questions put to him.”Ms Keating also claims that the EPA representative was extremely defensive about the organisation for which he works; looked uneasy, would not answer questions, and neither of the individuals “seem to have collaborated in any effective way”.“We are of the opinion that the failure of the test call was simply due to a mixture of incompetence, disorganisation, lack of communication between people in the EPA, among themselves and with MCI Ireland, and the result of being in a big ‘organisation’ with no clear lines of responsibility, and no direction from upper levels.“Not only is the technology limiting, not only are members of the public likely to be excluded, our experience today shows that this is a pretence at public consultation, a box-ticking exercise by an incompetent EPA. This sham hearing should be cancelled until the conditions exist that allow the EPA to run a competent process. That is, when we can run a live event post-Covid.” she added.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LAP say that the main problem with the platform is that they won’t be able to ask questions at this Wednesday’s hearing. They take the view that this is not a hearing but “parallel monologues”.“Why did the EPA simply not operate the hearing themselves on one of the many widely used platforms from Microsoft, Google, WebEx, Citrix, Zoom? Instead these people opt for an obscure technology that they can’t make work,” Ms Keating declared.In response, a statement from the EPA advised that the purpose of carrying out this testing was to identify any potential problems that may arise so that they can be addressed before the oral hearing this week.“The EPA is proactively testing with participants and continues to be available to test connections ahead of the oral hearing. The EPA has no further comment to make at this time.” Previous articleCouncil budget grows by €14 million despite Covid impactNext article#Health: UHL disputes figures on vacant consultant posts Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Sleep, heart disease link leads from brain to marrow

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Insufficient amounts in early childhood tied to cognitive, behavioral problems What’s another hour of lost sleep? For some, a hazard Both too much and too little shut-eye can be associated with health problems Study flags later risks for sleep-deprived kids Research sheds light on body clock and links to mental health and disease As daylight saving time looms, researcher sheds light on health effects of not getting enough rest center_img Related Early birds may be happier than night owls Study identifies gene regions associated with sleep duration The research, published in February in the journal Nature, was conducted with colleagues from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Medical University of Vienna, and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. It was funded by several sources, including the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.Because these results were found in laboratory mice, Swirski said the next step is to search for a similar response in people. Ultimately, he and McAlpine said, the findings highlight the importance of good sleep hygiene, while the enhanced understanding of inflammatory mechanisms could provide new avenues of investigation for other conditions in which inflammation plays a role.“If these pathways are relevant in humans, and there is reason to suspect they are, then they may be very important for possible targeting of inflammation, perhaps beyond cardiovascular disease,” Swirski said. “These pathways may be relevant in cancer, infectious disease, and many other conditions where inflammatory cells play a major role.” Researchers have known for some time that poor sleep raises heart disease risk. Now, they’ve found a chemical chain reaction that helps explain that risk, leading from poor sleep to a white blood cell surge that promotes the artery-clogging plaques of cardiovascular disease.The world’s top killer, cardiovascular disease kills 17.7 million worldwide annually, according to figures from the World Health Organization. It has been linked to a number of risk factors, including smoking, a poor diet, and lack of exercise. A less widely known risk is chronically poor sleep, whether short or fragmented, like that experienced by night-shift workers, travelers in the grip of jet lag, and sufferers of sleep apnea and similar conditions.“There are studies that suggest [sleep] can be as potent a driver of the disease as more traditional risk factors, such as smoking or high cholesterol levels,” said Cameron McAlpine, a research fellow in the lab of Filip Swirski, an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Systems Biology.Four years ago, McAlpine, Swirski, and their colleagues began experiments designed to explore the connection between sleep and the immune and inflammatory mechanisms that play a role in atherosclerosis.Atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, is a key feature of heart disease and has come to be understood as largely an inflammatory condition, McAlpine said. It typically advances with age as fatty plaques deposit along the walls of blood vessels, narrowing them and interfering with blood flow. The atherosclerotic plaques are made up of fats like LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol and white blood cells that flood to the scene and become entangled in fibers that hold the plaque together. The plaques not only reduce blood flow, they also can rupture and cause blood clots that clog arteries leading to the brain, causing strokes, or the heart, causing heart attacks.“The research showing a link between sleep and cardiovascular disease in humans is abundant,” Swirski said. “We wanted to know the ‘how.’ In this study we uncovered one small piece of what is surely a much larger puzzle.”Through multiple experiments, researchers found that poor sleep causes production of a protein called hypocretin to fall in the brain’s hypothalamus region, which is responsible for wakefulness, energy levels, and sleep patterns. Low hypocretin levels stimulate the bone marrow to increase production of a second protein, called colony-stimulating factor 1 (CSF-1). CSF-1, in turn, signals the bone marrow’s blood stem cells to step up production of white blood cells, boosting the immune and inflammatory response that is a feature of the condition.In their experiments, conducted on mice fed a high-fat diet and genetically preprogrammed to develop atherosclerosis, the sleep-deprived mice had more white blood cells in their bloodstreams and developed larger plaques, and those plaques contained more white blood cells than those of control mice whose sleep wasn’t disrupted. Researchers then gave supplemental hypocretin to the sleep-deprived mice and found that the prevalence of atherosclerosis declined.“The role of hypocretin was certainly very, very shocking and unexpected to us. We really didn’t know what to make of it initially,” McAlpine said. “We had no idea we would find increasing white blood cells and this production could actually be regulated by sleep.”last_img read more

Belgium Joins 8MW+ Club as First Norther Turbine Rises

first_imgThe first MHI Vestas 8.4MW wind turbine has been installed on the 370MW Norther offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea, Norther NV, the owner and developer of the project, said.Source: Norther NVThe wind turbines are being transported in sets of four by Van Oord’s installation vessel Aeolus from Vlissingen in the Netherlands and installed at the site some 23 kilometres off the coast of Zeebrugge.The wind farm comprises 44 MHI Vestas 8.4MW units scheduled to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2019.Norther is the first Belgian wind farm to feature wind turbines with a capacity of 8MW or above and will be the largest offshore wind farm in Belgian waters once operational.Norther NV is a partnership between Elicio and Boreas, which in turn is a joint venture between Eneco and Diamond Generating Europe.last_img read more