Limerick mother and baby die in Cork hospital tragedy

first_imgAdvertisement Previous articleThe troubadour Duhan returnsNext articleTamara Hall: New EP Staff Reporter NewsHealthLimerick mother and baby die in Cork hospital tragedyBy Staff Reporter – March 27, 2019 5609 Facebook WhatsApp Linkedincenter_img Email Print Business photo created by lifeforstock – www.freepik.comA TERRIBLE accident is how the death of a County Limerick mother and her infant baby was described this week as family and friends struggled to terms with the double tragedy.Ms Downey, (36) a patient at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH), was found lying unresponsive on the floor with her infant baby trapped underneath on Monday morning.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It is understood that Ms Downey, who is from Castletown near O’Rourke’s Cross, had been breastfeeding her newborn baby boy when she fell from the bed after taking ill.The mother-of-three was in a single room at CUMH after giving birth last weekend. It is understood that she had been checked by staff earlier that morning.She was found on the floor with her baby seriously injured and partially trapped underneath at around 7am on Monday morning.Ms Downey died despite efforts to resuscitate her at the scene.Over the following two days, staff at the CUMH worked to save the life of the newborn baby but he died shortly after 7pm on Tuesday.As senior medical personnel at the hospital look to determine the causes of deaths following post mortem examinations, a file will be prepared for the Cork Coroner and inquests will be held into the double tragedy.A HSE statement said: “As with all unexplained deaths, a full medical investigation was immediately initiated. This investigation is currently underway at CUMH.“CUMH wishes to express its deepest sympathy with the family of the mother and her baby.Ms Downey, an only child who worked at the Novartis bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing and development facility at Ringaskiddy in Cork, is survived by her husband Kevin and two young children.Her parents are widely known, particularly in GAA circles, in the Castletown-Ballyagran area. Twitterlast_img read more

Director of Campus Dining discusses North Dining Hall’s music, new initiatives

first_imgThe daily music selection at Notre Dame’s North Dining Hall is one of its unique features.Varying from early-2000s hits to ’80s throwbacks, the diverse song selection contributes to the dining hall’s overall ambiance and has led to speculation as to whether the choices are deliberate.Every day, students eat, socialize and study at North Dining Hall. Chris Abayasinghe, director of Campus Dining, said that over 2.2 million meals are served each year between the two halls and the majority of those meals are served at North Dining Hall.During the holiday season, students can listen to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” while in line for Southwest Salad, and during football season, members of the community sing along to University classics such as the Notre Dame Fight Song at tailgate dinners, leading students to wonder about the identity of the creator of these mysterious playlists.The playlist is also not actually a playlist, but a rotation of carefully-selected stations on the satellite radio service, Sirius XM. The curator or creator of these stations is not a single person, but rather a combination of input from the Dining Hall staff and suggestions from students. William Krusniak, a manager at North Dining Hall, helps select the SiriusXM stations played each day. Krusniak revealed the stations on this normal rotation.“’90s on 9, ‘80s on 8, Pop2K, The Blend, The Pulse,” he said. “There’s usually about five to six channels.“Krusniak explained that the selection is also influenced by what time of day it is.“In the morning, the managers like to have more of an older, set-back style like Classic Rewind,” he said.Krusniak also said the changing seasons factor into the selection decisions.“It’s the feel,“ Krusniak said. ”On game day, I’m going to crank it up. Make sure there’s more hype, faster music. We consider who’s the visiting team, what area of the country. On Thanksgiving, it’s more of a jazzy Sinatra style. On Fat Tuesday, we’re going to have more of a New Orleans blues [style].”Student employees sometimes offer suggestions for stations played, Krusniak said, but there is no official job position for a dining hall DJ. While students have made Spotify playlists for North Dining Hall, including ”Kind of a Big Dill” and ”Don’t Go Bacon My Heart,“ they are not actually played within the dining halls. However, Abayasinghe and Luigi Alberganti, director of Notre Dame Student Dining, said they were not opposed to the idea. ”We’ve never considered it before,“ Abayasinghe said. ”I would be open to that conversation … We would have to write up a job description for that [position].“Music is not the only way the dining hall adjusts its ambiance with changing seasons. Food is also intentionally tailored to visiting groups. For example, signature Chinese dishes were featured on Lunar New Year. In addition, over 36% of all campus dining food venues are vegetarian or vegan to accommodate many dietary restrictions, Abayasinghe said.The culinary staff at Notre Dame are chosen through a ”super selective“ process, Abayasinghe said. “We train them right,“ he said. ”We make the investment to bring in celebrity chefs to help.”Abayasinghe said celebrity chefs that have aided in training the Notre Dame culinary staff include Rohan Marley, son of reggae music artist Bob Marley; Jet Tila, who has appeared on the Food Network programs like Chopped and Iron Chef America; Jehangir Mehta, an expert on plant based proteins; and Suvir Saran, an author of various Indian cookbooks.The University has also worked to reduce the amount of dining hall food waste, Abayasinghe said. In 2019, Campus Dining initiated a Grind 2 Energy process in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability. This effort was also inspired by the statistic that “over 40% of food that is grown harvested is not consumed and thrown away,” Abayasinghe said.The large cylindrical units outside both dining halls grind food waste into a slurry — part of a composting procedure. This slurry is sent off to farms and goes through anaerobic digestion, resulting in electricity, heat, renewable natural gas and transportation fuels. In 2019, according to a sustainability report from Abayasinghe, the slurry waste from North Dining Hall was used to power 15 homes for one month.New traditions and improvements continue to shape both dining halls and make them increasingly more distinct from each other. For instance, a defining feature of South in the early 1920s was the sale of cigarettes and a song called “The Buns of Notre Dame.” Today, traditions include clapping when a cup is dropped on the floor of South.Additionally, renovations that cannot take place at South have been recently implemented in North, including the new stir fry system.Abayasinghe encourages anyone with suggestions on how to improve Campus Dining to submit them using the QR codes found on dining hall napkin holders or on their website.Tags: Chris Abayasinghe, North Dining Hall, notre dame campus dining, siriusXMlast_img read more

SU overpowers Crimson in 1st round of WNIT

first_img Published on March 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img With the clock winding down below 14 minutes in the second half and Syracuse already well on its way to a win, Kayla Alexander added an early exclamation point to a dominant performance.Harvard guard Victoria Lippert got the ball in the paint and tried a turnaround jumper over the Orange freshman. Alexander rejected the fadeaway but the ball bounced back to the Crimson.It eventually found its way back into Lippert’s hands on the left wing, where she tried to drive down the middle. Alexander popped out from underneath the basket and took a vicious swing at the shot, again sending it away.That block, however, ricocheted to SU guard Tyler Ash, who started a fast break. She found a slashing Carmen Tyson-Thomas for an easy layup and the Orange continued to roll.Syracuse (23-10, 7-9 Big East) easily dealt with an overmatched Harvard (20-9, 11-3 Ivy League) squad Thursday, beating the Crimson 87-68 in front of 173 people at Manley Field House. SU’s freshmen duo of Alexander and Tyson-Thomas and the Orange’s overall size proved too much for Harvard to handle in the first-round NIT matchup. The win gave Syracuse 23 this year, marking the highest single-season total in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU moves on to play Richmond at 7 p.m. Monday in Manley Field House in the second round of the NIT.‘I thought, overall, we really played well in the paint,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘We really wanted to push tempo and really get up and down the floor and be aggressive. And that’s what we did.’While the Orange made it a physical game with drives and low post play when it had the ball, Harvard when with a different approach. The Crimson heaved up 19 3-pointers in the first half, only to see five of them swish through.And on the other end, SU soon discovered that no one could matchup with the freshman Alexander, who finished the day with 22 points. Harvard tried to play from behind the 6-foot-4 forward, allowing her to catch entry passes easily and turn for quick shots.  When the Crimson finally did send another defender to double Alexander late in the first half, she took one dribble to split the defense and put up a soft shot that rattled in.‘They were playing behind (me) so it was easier to seal and easier to pass inside,’ she said. ‘I like it when people play behind. I get more touches.’And when it wasn’t Alexander terrorizing the undersized Crimson down low, it was her fellow freshman, Tyson-Thomas, dropping in points from all over the court. She scored a career-high 17 points and pulled in 13 rebounds.On Syracuse’s last two possessions of the first half, Tyson-Thomas hit a baseline jumper and a buzzer-beating 3 to send the Orange into halftime. After the long-range trey, the freshman smiled and ran over to the SU bench, where she was greeted with chest bumps and high fives from her teammates.She said that her rebounding early (seven boards in the first half) helped get her into the flow of the game, which, in turn, helped her scoring.‘I was pretty much taking good shots, efficient shots,’ she said. ‘I wasn’t taking too many 3’s. That wasn’t our game plan. I was trying to get in the paint.’The freshman pair combined for 27 points in the first half, powering the Orange to a 55-30 lead at the break.And with the big lead, Syracuse coasted through the second half. Harvard never got closer than 19 points and SU led by as much as 33 before the game was over.‘I’m just really happy with our effort,’ Hillsman said. ‘We just really wanted to pound the paint, rebound the basketball, take quality shots. …We only took four 3’s and that was our goal, not to shoot a lot of 3s and attack the basket. I was very happy with our performance. I was very happy with our freshman. Our freshman played big. Overall, I’m just really happy we can play another game.’[email protected]last_img read more