Slow uptake of children’s flu vaccine

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UL Hospitals Group chief executive Colette CowanPARENTS in Limerick are not having their children vaccinated against the flu in the numbers that were expected.According to local family doctors, the take-up of the free, painless vaccine – which is administered by nasal spray – has been very disappointing.Meanwhile, it has emerged that just over half of healthcare workers in the University of Limerick Hospitals Group have availed of the flu vaccine while six in ten community healthcare workers have been vaccinated.Hospitals Group chief executive Professor Colette Cowan confirmed that 51 per cent of the healthcare workers in its six hospitals have been vaccinated.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is the highest flu vaccine uptake ever recorded by the hospitals. The UL Hospitals Group is actively working towards the national target of 75 per cent vaccination for healthcare workers,” Prof Cowan added.The numbers indicate that there has been  a 120 per cent increase on the same five week vaccination period in 2019.In answer to a query from the Limerick Post, the HSE said it does not have data on the uptake of the new children’s vaccine but said that 600,000 doses of nasal flu vaccine have been procured so far this year.“All sites that placed an order for the vaccine received their first delivery by the October 9. To date, more than 75 per cent of the vaccine has been distributed to GPs and pharmacies for administration to children between two and 12 years of age,” a HSE spokesman explained.“As of November 18, at least 122,000 doses of the children’s vaccine have been given.“With less than three weeks left of the school term and understanding the challenging circumstances schools find themselves with Covid protocols and limited space for vaccinations, it is not possible to provide the flu vaccine in schools this year,” the spokesman added.At a meeting of the Health Forum West last week, Chief Officer for HSE Mid West Community Healthcare Maria Bridgeman, said that 60 per cent of heath care workers in the region have been vaccinated.“Clinics are on-going across the area and the figure of 60 per cent uptake is expected to increase in the weeks ahead,” she said. Facebook Previous articleFamily hoping inquiry will reopen Bunratty death investigationNext articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 35 | Big news hidden in plain sight Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Advertisement Johnson and Johnson lead the way with vaccine candidate for COVID-19 WhatsApp Measles outbreak team in city TAGSvaccine Printcenter_img Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Measles cases increase More measles cases in Limerick NewsHealthSlow uptake of children’s flu vaccineBy Bernie English – December 4, 2020 342 Under-40s need measles vaccine as cases climb Twitterlast_img read more

Hudson County Republican Committee Candidate Information Session Announced

first_imgNJ GOP State Committeeman Joshua Sotomayor Einstein, Hoboken Municipal Republican Chairman Chris Carbine, and President of the Hispanic Republicans of North Jersey Herminio Mendoza announced an information session for prospective and current Hudson County Republican Committee members.The session will take place online on Zoom, Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. To participate email NJ GOP State Committeeman Joshua Sotomayor Einstein at [email protected] × All Hudson County registered Republicans who want an effective official county Republican Party are invited to participate.“County Committee is the most important grassroots leadership position of the GOP,” Sotomayor Einstein stated. “Members are elected by, and represent, the Republicans in their voting districts to the county Republican Party.”He continued, “Whether a current member or thinking about running for the first time, every Republican, from libertarians to Trump lovers (such as myself), conservatives to small government people, Objectivists to responsible government advocates – all those in the big tent coalition of the GOP – who want an active, out loud, and proud Hudson County Republican Party are invited to participate in the zoom meeting.”last_img read more

7 competencies of a strategic CFO

first_img continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Chief financial officers (CFOs) can’t merely be number-crunchers, they must be problem-solvers.That’s the challenge Sally Myers, CEO/principal at c. myers, offered Monday to CUNA CFO Council Conference attendees.“You’re in a perfect position to detect and distill statistical irregularities and make observations and decisions that increase efficiency and revenue,” Myers says. “You’ve got to be curious. Ask ‘why’ to the power of five. Find the real problem at the heart of the issue.”Becoming a more strategic CFO takes a change in mindset, but can’t happen overnight, Myers cautions. “It takes practice, diligence, focus, making mistakes, and figuring out how to bring the rest of your team along,” she says.Myers and Rob Johnson, executive vice president and principal at c.myers, shared seven competencies of a strategic CFO:1. Master both the numbers and the dataUse information to drive the credit union forward, so much so that departments want to be cohesively linked versus siloed.Use your analytical skills to break down nonfinancial numbers, such as Net Promoter Score and your demographic spread to determine why and where you’re falling short.last_img read more

Siren and Slade in Sprint battle

first_img Sea Siren struck three times at the highest level when trained by John O’Shea in Australia and made a pleasing debut for Aidan O’Brien’s stable when landing the Listed Belgrave Stakes at Fairyhouse a month ago. The Eddie Lynam-trained Slade Power is a significant threat in this six-furlong Group Three, however, having progressed with each start this season, most recently running a blinder behind Lethal Force at Newmarket. Multiple Group One-winning mare Sea Siren and July Cup third Slade Power face off in an intriguing battle for the Paypal Supporting Irish Autism Action Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh. Lynam said: “We have to give Sea Siren six pounds and she is a very good mare, but my fellow is in good form and I’m very happy with him.” Ken Condon is anticipating a bold show from In Salutem, runner-up in a conditions race at Naas last week. Condon said: “He should have a better record than he has. He has only one win to his name but he probably should have three. He flatters to deceive at times. He has always done nice homework but hasn’t really translated it on to the racecourse. I know he is going to be an outsider on Sunday but I think putting in him a better race might see him in a better light.” David Marnane declared Dandy Boy and Red Dubawi, but relies on the former as Red Dubawi ran at Tipperary on Friday evening. Dandy Boy makes his first start since finishing down the field in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Marnane said: “He’s had a break since Ascot and he will appreciate the ground and the trip. It is a hot race but I’m hoping for a good solid run from him.” Andrew Oliver’s Sendmylovetorose looks to build on a promising comeback run at Galway, while Michael Dods sends Mass Rally on the trip from Britain. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgFANCY winning a fabulous Christmas night out for you and your friends?Well Donegal Daily and the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny have come together so that one lucky winner can take NINE friends on a wonderful night out on Friday, December 12.Abba Reunion returns due to popular demand to the Mount Errigal Hotel that night. And we have a table for ten to give away. Celebrating Abba’s 40th year of Flares, Fame & Fabulousness! This is THE best Abba tribute in Europe, this group have toured the world and stars the original Frida from the West End!The Christmas Party Package includes:* A Warm Welcome By Your Dedicated Party Host* Bellini Cocktail By The Lobby Fire * 4 Course Meal to include the Mount Errigal Hotel’s Famous, 10oz Josper Sirloin Steak* Abba Reunion, superbly accurate harmony vocals, stunning replica costumes & excellent visuals.* Followed by Disco by Donegal’s best DJ – John Bosco.So how do you win this fabulous prize?It’s simple. Log on to to see their fabulous Christmas Party Line-up. Answer this question:How many nights will Abba Reunion play at the Mount Errigal Hotel this Christmas?Then send an email to [email protected] giving your answer, name, contact number and where you’re from! Simple.Closing date for entries is next Wednesday, November 26th at noon. Usual competition rules apply. The prize is for Friday, December 12th. No alternative dates are on offer and there is no cash alternative. Good luck!WIN AN ENTIRE CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS! was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Abba ReunionMount Errigal Hotelwin a christmas partylast_img read more

Benitez: Hazard and Swansea ball boy are both to blame

first_imgRafael Benitez insisted both Eden Hazard and the ball boy he kicked were to blame for the incident which led to the Chelsea playmaker’s sending off.Hazard was red-carded 10 minutes from the end of the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Swansea, whose 2-0 aggregate win means they will face Bradford in the final.The ball boy appeared to refuse to give the ball back after it went out of play, leading Hazard to show his frustration.And Benitez told Sky Sports: “They both recognise there was a mistake.“The boy was apologising for time wasting. Hazard was frustrated and tried to get the ball. He was kicking the ball and getting the ball.“We can analyse if for half an hour but we know that both are wrong.”The interim Chelsea manager added: “You have two legs in this competition and we didn’t take our chances in either. Credit to Swansea because they did well.”More reaction to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Evolutionary Explanations Come Up Empty

first_imgWhen evolutionists claim that they have explained the evolution of this or that, or that their research sheds light on its evolution, a closer examination sometimes shows verbiage covering up hollow reasoning, or even employing intelligent design concepts as weapons against design.Snap goes the dragon:  PhysOrg highlighted a research project by some UK biologists and computer scientists who claimed they explained, in Kipling fashion, “How the dragon got its snap” – the snapdragon, that is, a popular garden flower.  Snapdragons (genus Antirrhinum) have asymmetrical dorsal and ventral parts that form a hinge.  When the bee lands on the welcome mat, the flower snaps open, allowing entry into the inner sanctum of pollen and nectar.  According to PhysOrg, the work not only sheds light on the evolution of shape, it throws it: The study also throws light on how different shapes may evolve.  In the computational model, small changes to the genes that influence the growth rules produce a variety of different forms.  The shape of the snapdragon flower, with the closely matched upper and lower petal shapes, could have arisen through similar ‘genetic tinkering’ during evolution.  Evolutionary tinkering could also underlie the co-ordinated changes required for the development of many other biological structures, such as the matched upper and lower jaws of vertebrates.Left begging by this explanation is how a blind, purposeless, aimless process produced growth rules, closely matched parts, and coordinated changes.  The tinkering metaphor also connotes some kind of personality aiming at a result, however haphazard the method might be.  Even “trial and error” still connotes having a goal in mind.  In evolutionary theory, survival is not a goal; it is an artifact.    The paper in PLoS Biology on which this story was based did not explain things any better.1  “The results suggest that genetic control of tissue polarity organisers has played a key role in the development and evolution of shape,” the authors said, leaving it unclear who controls the development, or who wrote the screenplay, who gathered the cast of characters, and who directed their roles.  It also merely assumes that shapes evolved rather than were designed.  If this throws any light, it throws it onto assumptions, not onto evidence.    Regarding evidence for shape formation, they admitted they were clueless at the outset: “Genes are known to control the shape of biological structures, like flowers, hearts, and limbs, yet how they do this is poorly understood.”  They proceeded to study how (but not why) genes influence the shape of snapdragons, and found that a model that simply accounts for local tissue growth is inadequate.  “These could be most readily explained if genes also affect an internal field of orientations along which growth is directed, established by organisers of tissue polarity,” using words that connote intelligent design.  “Our analysis therefore revealed a previously unsuspected role of shape genes in the control of tissue polarity, highlighting the importance of this process for the development and evolution of tissue forms.”  The word evolution was tagged onto that sentence full of design words like a bumper sticker on a car announcing “Chance rules.”.  Such a message has nothing to do with the design of the car.    Nothing improved by the end of the paper.  “We propose that effects on tissue polarity have played a key role in the evolution of shapes, such as the closed Snapdragon flower, and thus provide a general mechanism for the generation of complex forms.”  A close reading of that sentence reveals design concepts being employed to argue for a chance process: propose (stating a proposition, appealing to logic and evidence for its support); effects… played a role (a dubious proposition, unless the effects are coordinated and controlled); mechanism (a word normally used of plans and goals); and generation of complex forms (a phrase that could be used for a chance process, but not for one with functional benefits, like snapdragon pollination).  The authors proceeded to include a paragraph on the “Evolution of Shape” as a general principle.  The same problems plagued this attempt: use of subjunctive mood hiding the active causes, assumption of evolution, hedging words (might have, may have), and the use of design words to argue for chance:Dorsoventral flower asymmetry is a common feature of the Lamiales (the Order to which Antirrhinum belongs).  However, the formation of flowers that have a closed mouth with a hinged palate (known as the personate form) is restricted to a small but diverse clade within the Lamiales.  The Antirrhinum corolla model indicates that a key step in the evolution of personate flowers may have been bringing tissue polarity organisers under the control of genes like DIV and DICH.  In particular, the formation of a hinged lower palate matching the upper corolla depends on promotion of CENORG by DIV.  It is possible that equivalent morphogenetic changes could have been brought about through changes in patterns of specified growth rates rather than tissue polarity.  However, modulating tissue polarity may provide a simpler developmental mechanism for some coordinated changes in form and may therefore have been favoured during evolution.  Other evolutionary innovations, such as formation of flower spurs, may also involve genes influencing organisers of tissue polarity.  Thus, changes in polarity as well as specified growth rates may play a key part in the evolution of complex morphologies.It should be clear to the skeptical reader that random changes to a coordinated mechanism are not likely to produce functional “innovations” in any blind system.  The authors therefore shrewdly co-opted the language of design and implied that it supported the explanation of complex shapes (not only those of snapdragons, but “complex morphologies” throughout life) by a random, unguided, purposeless, aimless process of evolution – provided one overlooks the bet-hedging phrases suffusing the explanation (may have, it is possible, could have been, may provide, may therefore have been favoured during evolution, may also involve).    PhysOrg and Science Daily both dutifully reproduced the press release from the John Innes Centre without any critical analysis, even with its overtly evidence-challenged, design-free statement that extrapolated their puny work on snapdragon genes into an over-arching principle: “the researchers show how these principles allow very complex biological shapes to generate themselves.”  One of the authors was even more explicit: “How do hearts, wings or flowers get their shape?” Prof. Enrico Coen asked.  “Unlike man-made things like mobile phones or cars, there is no external hand or machine guiding the formation of these biological structures; they grow into particular shapes of their own accord.”Eh? goes the tetrapod:  “Were our tetrapod ancestors deaf?” asked PhysOrg, assuming out of the starting gate that humans had tetrapod ancestors.  The article gave credence to researchers at the University of Southern Denmark who “have shown that the closest living relatives of the tetrapods, the lungfish, are insensitive to sound pressure, but sensitive to vibrations.”  That may be true of living lungfish, which are fish, but tetrapods are four-footed non-fish.  “Many changes in the sensory systems of tetrapods are associated with the water-to-land transition,” the article stated, again announcing a truism only logical if evolution is assumed.  That statement was followed by an uncontroversial fact of living tetrapods: “In hearing, one of the crucial elements in detecting airborne sound is the tympanic ear”    But next was a statement of profound faith in a string of chance miracles: “Surprisingly, the tympanic ear originated independently in the major tetrapod lineages and relatively late after the terrestrial tetrapods emerged – in the Triassic, more than 100 million years after the origin of tetrapods.”  By couching the proposition in passive voice verbs (originated, emerged), the authors misdirected the readers from a hollow scientific explanation onto a dogmatic assumption.    Surprising is an understatement.  Look at the chain of chance occurrences to even get close one time: “Sensitivity to airborne sound entailed three major changes of the ear between the age of Carbon and the Triassic: a changed sensitivity in the inner ear, a change in the articulation of the middle ear bone and finally coupling of the middle ear bone to skin covering the spiracle, creating a tympanic ear.”  But those are the least of their worries for evolution to get right.  The structures would be useless without a brain to hear the sounds and the senses to react to them.  The authors, naturally, neglected to explain how those details “emerged.”Yum! goes the caveman:  A psychologist at McGill University says that the sight of red meat makes humans less aggressive, why?  Because, he believes, “humans may therefore have evolved an innate predisposition to respond aggressively towards meat,” Frank Kachanoff said.  This counterintuitive belief is explained by the hunt being over and the cave clan gathering around the soothing campfire.  After the fact, the psych reasoned, “it would make sense that our ancestors would be calm, as they would be surrounded by friends and family at meal time.”  But does testing 82 living males reveal anything about unseen evolutionary ancestors?To show these are not isolated examples of assuming evolution while pretending to explain it, the news media provide a steady stream of illustrations.  Here are just a few of the most recent:Oxygen produces complex life, says Live Science.Life?  Primordial soup not needed; primordial haze will do ( evolution was shaped by plate tectonics (New Scientist).Fly eye similarities to human eye show that sight is an “evolutionary bestseller” (PhysOrg).The fossil record doesn’t really undermine Darwin (Science Daily; see 10/31/2010 for details).And for an indication that evolution is indeed an all-encompassing, cosmic world view to secular scientists, suggested that a collision between galaxies – an unplanned crash full of entropy – “may reveal insights on universe’s evolution.”1.  Green, Kennaway, Hanna, Bangham, and Coen, “Genetic Control of Organ Shape and Tissue Polarity,” Public Library of Science Biology 8(11): e1000537, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000537.Is this the folly of deception or of ignorance?  Are these evolutionists intentionally trying to foist a false view of the world on the public, or are they just so blind, they confuse their own imagination with reality?  Readers can draw their own conclusions.  One thing is indisputable: this is not science.  Even strong evidence of design, and the language of intelligent design, becomes twisted into weird faith that Darwin has been vindicated.  Holding to beliefs so empty, so committed to a view in spite of evidence, so beholden to a godlike hero named Charles Darwin, can only be described by a new term specially coined to describe it: funDOmentalism, where the DO stands for “Darwin Only.”  To a funDOmentalist, no evidence can alter their faith; it is the one great truth they most surely know, even if all of reality must be contorted to fit it.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Five scenarios where Pocket Queries are the ultimate TOTT (tool of the trade)

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching in all seasons: Tips for the all-weather cacherDecember 19, 2017In “Community”How to choose the best caches for kidsJuly 9, 2019In “Learn”The 10 coolest winter geocaching tipsJanuary 27, 2015In “Community” Super-cacher, HQ Lackey, and Pocket Query expert Jeff (gearguru) answers the what’s and why’s of Pocket Queries and shares five scenarios where Pocket Queries are the ultimate TOTT (tool of the trade).  So, let’s get into what Pocket Queries are and why would you want to use them. Pocket Queries*, also known as PQ’s, are custom geocache searches that you can schedule to be emailed on a daily or weekly basis. They are a quick and easy way to group up to 1000 geocaches. Best of all, they show up as a List on the Geocaching® app. (If you prefer to use a handheld dedicated GPS for your geocache outings then PQ’s are a great way to load caches to your unit in large quantities.)Use PQ’s to create a List of caches based on cache type, cache size, D/T ratings, location, and placed on dates. You can even get more specific by adding fields such as, “I haven’t found,” “Is enabled,” “Have Travel Bugs,” “Found in the last 7 days,” “Does/doesn’t have a certain attribute”, and many more options. You can also set up Pocket Queries to run on a certain day of the week so the information is fresh before heading out to geocache. I like to use “Found in the last 7 days” when traveling since I will be more confident that the cache is at the location and in good health. I’m a huge fan of PQ’s and have about 400 of them, with 10-12 that run weekly so I am ready for any situation. Here are five of these scenarios, that are perfect for using Pocket Queries: VacationPlanning a trip to a new area and want to find all of the Virtual and Webcam caches? Let a PQ do that for you by entering the zip code! It provides a list of caches in that area. Road tripIf you’re going on a road trip and want to find all the caches along a route within ½ a mile of the road, run a PQ to do just that! Handy when driving long distances. Jasmer ChallengeRun a PQ to show all the caches placed on any set of dates—such as between May 3, 2000 and December 31, 2001—based on a state or country to help complete your Jasmer Challenge. Challenge CachesIf you’re working on a different challenge to find a certain number of large caches, you can run a PQ that shows large caches that haven’t been found by you but have been found by others within the last seven days. Mega- and Giga-EventsTraveling to a Mega- or Giga-Event? Create a PQ based on the event GC code to view all the events happening around the Mega or Giga. Note: Pocket Queries and Lists are a Premium Member feature.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

T20 called off as rain plays spoilsport in Yuvraj Singh’s comeback

first_imgThe much-hyped comeback of Yuvraj Singh after surviving from rare germ cell cancer turned into an anti-climax in the end as the first T20 International between India and New Zealand in Visakhapatnam on Saturday was abandoned due to heavy downpour without a ball being bowled.The heavens opened up at around 6 PM (IST) and after two hours of incessant rain, the official announcement came at around 8:15 PM (IST) with the giant scoreboard showing,””Due to heavy rain the match has been called off, much to the disappointment of the capacity crowd.It was a match where 21 players from either side were completely overshadowed by one man — Yuvraj. From the time, he had stepped into this coastal city of Visakhapatnam, all eyes have been on stylish left-hander.If there was a sell-out weekend crowd at the stadium, it was primarily due to the pre-match build-up terming it as Yuvraj’s return to international cricket.Supporters came with placards reading, “‘Goodbye Cancer, Welcome Back Sixer’, ‘Yuvi, we want again 6×6 six sixers’, ‘The King of Sixer is Back’, ‘Yuvi Is Back’, “God please stop the rain, we want to see Yuvi back again’.Once the match was called off, the Andhra Cricket Association felicitated Yuvraj with a nice memento and he did a lap of honour for the spectators who gave him a standing ovation.A small faction among the spectators vented their ire by throwing ‘paper missiles’ and it took some effort from the security personnel to pacify the crowd who were seemingly frustrated at a single delivery not being sent down.It was really disappointing for Yuvraj as he was waiting to get into his favourite No 12 jersey and had written on his twitter page: “Few hours to go till I wear my favourite jersey.”advertisementlast_img read more