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Sports Arena playing major role in Covid battle

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Cleaners prepare the Intermediate Care Facility at University of Limerick. Photo: Cian ReinhardtA SECOND wave of Covid-19 along with traditional winter flu cases will put severe strain on University Hospital Limerick (UHL) before the end of the year.However a €1 million, 68-bed step down hospital, built inside the University of Limerick Sports Arena, is easing the strain on bed capacity throughout the UL Hospitals Group over the past month.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Interim Care Facility (ICF), which has capacity to scale up to 84 beds, is expected to be in place until September, with an option to extend until November.It is laid out in partitioned wards where non-Covid patients are nursed back to full health before being discharged home, or to a nursing home/community health setting.“Numbers of patients at the ICF have increased steadily, and staffing has grown in line with this increase. As of this week, a total of 50 patients have benefited from rehabilitation at the ICF to date, and there are currently 31 patients being cared for in the facility,” a UL Hospitals Group spokesman  told the Limerick Post.He did not have information on the number of patients admitted to the ICF who had previously tested positive for Covid-19.One of those who fought an 81-day battle against the deadly virus and who was benefiting from her post-covid care at the ICF was Rose Mannion, (66), from Lorrha in North Tipperary.The 66-year old freelance photographer appeared on a Twitter video high-fiving staff who had saved her life as she was wheeled out of Portiuncula Hospital on her way to the ICF for rehab.“There is no better #FridayFeeling than this. We’re so grateful to the health care staff for the fantastic care mam received. They truly are #HealthcareHeroes #legends,” Ms Mannion’s son, Ruadhan tweeted.Dromcollogher native Tom Noonan, (75), was one of the first patients to be transferred to the ICF.Arriving there on June 12, just four days after the facility opened, he was initially puzzled at the novel healthcare setting.“When I arrived, I noticed the basketballs and sports equipment, and then I saw all the nurses and staff, and I thought to myself, ‘Where am I at now?’ I didn’t know what to expect when I was coming here, but I’ll tell you this, I couldn’t have come to a better place,” he said.The County Limerick man, who suffers from a number of conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), had initially been admitted to UHL with a gangrenous toe.Visitors are prohibited, in line with a ban imposed at UL Hospitals last March, but patients can make video calls to family and friends.“They’re so good for helping me with that. It’s typical of the care you get in the place. Honest to God now, I’ve never in my life had care the like of what I’ve received here,” he went on.Senior Speech and Language Therapist Joanne Mannion, explained the approach at ICF is both “holistic and patient centred”, and aimed at improving “the patient’s sense of wellbeing”.Josephine O’Shea, Oola, marked her 91st birthday in the ICF after suffering a fall at home on her kitchen floor, sustaining painful bruising on her side and back.“With all the rest and exercise I’ve had, I feel so much stronger now.”“All the staff are wonderful, kind, and very reassuring, and they’ve given me the confidence I need to go home,” she said.After celebrating with cake and candles presented to her by staff, she added: “I’m not giving up now, I’m going to go for the hundred!” LimerickNewsSports Arena playing major role in Covid battleBy David Raleigh – July 9, 2020 442 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WhatsApp Email TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post center_img Previous articleSunshine expected this weekend with temperatures of 20 degreesNext articlePOSTPONED: Ryder Cup on hold until 2021 pushing back Adare Manor event David Raleigh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebooklast_img read more

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Lawmakers rush to pass more limits on residential evictions

first_imgEmail Address* Message* TagsAndrew CuomoevictionMultifamily MarketPoliticsRental Market New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Getty) State lawmakers are racing to pass legislation before the end of the year to significantly expand upon the existing limits on residential evictions.A legislative memo, reviewed by The Real Deal, outlines what could be included in a new bill, which sources say has yet to be printed.As written in the memo, the measure would freeze all eviction and mortgage foreclosure proceedings for two months. The expanded limits on evictions would apply to both non-payment and holdover residential evictions until July 1, 2021. Other measures, including a bill that would have halted any evictions for a year after statewide Covid-related restrictions lifted, have not moved forward.While the draft memo does not suggest that the legislature has embraced the worst-case scenarios for the real estate industry, it would be a departure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approach, which has been to extend and modify the existing Tenant Safe Harbor Act rather than renew a blanket ban. The state’s initial moratorium on eviction filings, which was put into place in March, lifted in June.Cuomo subsequently extended those limits to eviction filings from before March 2020. That expansion will expire Dec. 31, although the governor said in a press conference on Wednesday that he planned to extend it. Lawmakers signaled earlier this month that they intended to take further action on an eviction ban.Sources told The Real Deal that the governor is not participating in legislative negotiations on the eviction bill.“The standard for the current moratorium was set by the original Safe Harbor legislation passed by the legislature and we respected the legislative intent, but we continue to discuss next steps with the houses,” Rich Azzopardi, senior advisor to the governor, said in a statement.Queens Democrat Michael Gianaris, the deputy Senate majority leader, said that both the Senate and Assembly are committed to strengthening protections for renters, and that the legislature planned to advance a measure that was “certainly more” expansive than the limits Cuomo has put in place.“The whole point of taking legislative action is that the executive order does not provide enough protections for tenants,” Gianaris said. He declined to provide more specifics, but said that the legislature was working to pass a bill before the end of the year.Read moreThe nitty gritty on federal rent reliefLandlord groups slam lawmakers’ eviction moratorium pushLast-minute reprieve stops city’s tax lien sale Message* Contact Kathryn Brenzel Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Full Name* According to an analysis by the Furman Center, 28,490 eviction filings were entered into the system between June 20, when filings were able to move forward, and Nov. 29 — a significant decrease from past years.The draft measure would require tenants to fill out a hardship declaration, provided by and returned to their landlord, in order to qualify, rather than filing an affidavit in court. On Monday, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters that he favored eviction limits that would not require tenants to prove eligibility in court. A representative from his office did not immediately respond to a request to comment.For tenants who have received default judgments for failing to appear in court, landlords would have to petition for a new hearing. Tenants could also petition to have the default judgment removed before or after the hearing. In November, after 15,000 renters failed to answer petitions, the New York Court system sent notices to 40,000 renters who were at risk of receiving default judgments, according to Law360.Landlords would have some recourse to evict tenants who are a nuisance. If a court finds a tenant is acting “persistently and unreasonably” in a way that affects the others’ use and enjoyment of an apartment, or is a safety risk, they could still be evicted.The legislative memo also outlines additional protections for property owners against foreclosures and tax lien sales. Those who own five or fewer housing units (one of which would need to be the owner’s primary residence) could avoid mortgage foreclosure or a tax lien sale until July 1, 2021, if they submit a hardship disclosure.Legislators are also considering staying all ongoing foreclosures for 60 days to give homeowners time to file disclosure forms and courts time to comply.At the moment, the future of the city’s tax lien sale — originally slated for May, but delayed seemingly indefinitely — is up in the air. The law governing it expires at the end of this year, and despite pushes from the de Blasio administration to renew it through 2024, the City Council declined to take up the issue. Cuomo, meanwhile, suspended all lien sales in the state through Jan. 1.Housing advocates and elected officials have pushed for an overhaul of the sale. Earlier this month, State Attorney General Letitia James called on Johnson and de Blasio to transfer foreclosed properties to community land trusts. A measure backed by de Blasio, and introduced by Council member Adrienne Adams, would have renewed the sale through 2024, while exempting certain homeowners affected by the pandemic through 2021. But the bill, which Adams described as a starting point, didn’t move forward.Council speaker Corey Johnson indicated last week that the legislative body needed to address concerns that the sale disproportionately affects minority property owners, but said he was hopeful that members will “come up with something in the new year.”Contact Georgia Kromreilast_img read more

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Listening is still a key business skill

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall is a consultant in the credit union industry, and can be reached for partnership and speaking opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner. Her background in community development includes … Web: Details Business can be summarized as serving. At the core of all business endeavors, there is a connection between something someone needs or wants and a company or person that provides the product or service. From the more niche products like Game of Thrones fountain pens to obscure services like toothbrush delivery subscriptions to commodities like phone service or grocery stores, the common element is that the company has enough people who want to pay for it at the price the business is able to offer it. Although some products are necessities, for most things consumers have enough choices of brands, designs or features to give people options that will satisfy. If a brand does not meet the customer’s expectations, they will choose a competitor. Financial institutions are at high risk of being commodities. Checking and savings, CDs, money market accounts, and loans are all pretty vanilla products at the end of the day. Credit unions have the advantage of being fairly well liked, when people know what they are. For more on this, Filene Research Institute recently published a fascinating article titled “Who Do Credit Unions Belong To?” which delves into the bipartisan appeal of credit unions. We can do even better by cultivating the skill of listening as a business practice. In a world that is increasingly automated and data driven, where communication happens at a fast pace and important news fades too quickly, helping people feel heard is a way credit unions can stand out. Here are three ways credit unions can listen. Listen to your members:  This one is probably the most obvious, and all of us pride ourselves on serving the member. It’s what we do and what we are about as credit unions. Every once in a while, though, we may make excuses for bad business behavior and blame the customer. Sometimes we do this because a complaint is not legitimate, and it is important to differentiate when something is valid and when something is not. Sometimes we do this because we feel a problem is unsolvable. But rather than invalidating the complaint, consider what can be done differently. Your Yelp, Google, and Facebook reviews are a good place to start. Yes, it is true that people who tend to write online reviews are generally either very happy or very dissatisfied and often without communicating properly with the institution. But there is something to learn there. Also, it is important to highlight the compliments you get as well, and work to do more of what people are saying they like. Compliments and complaints are the best feedback your credit union can get, and your balance sheet is actually built by your customer service. Listen to your employees:  There are times where it can be difficult for management to really listen to employees. Business decisions can be complex, and not every level of the organization has access to the reasons why things are done. Even when employees don’t understand the full scope of the decision, what they are saying (sometimes in private conversations with each other!) is critical. Employees can be closest to the impact of a business decision. If a new process or procedure isn’t working well, they are the ones feeling it.  Make sure employee feedback is incorporated into decisions. They are also the ones closest to your members, and if they aren’t satisfied your members will feel it even if internal issues are never verbalized externally. Listen to your community: Your place of business is not irrelevant, even in an increasingly online world. People are still connected physically to their local communities, and things are happening there for your organization can respond. As credit unions, we should be great at being part of our communities because our charter based system. Know the local, social, political and cultural issues going on. Be responsive. Listen to what local officials, non-profits and leaders need. You might be surprised where your institution can play a bigger role when you have conversations to listen, not just to sell.last_img read more

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FMGC Trials Ballast System for Subsea Cables at SEM-REV Site

first_imgFMGC has recently installed the cast iron shells (IBOCS) – developed to ballast subsea electrical cables – at a depth of 30 meters on the Centrale Nantes SEM-REV offshore test site.These tests are part of the FORESEA project, which aims to help bring marine renewable energy (MRE) technologies to market by providing access to the North-European network of offshore test sites, which includes SEM-REV.The FMGC shells protect, stabilize and restrict the bend of subsea electrical cables. The objective of the tests is to demonstrate the stability of the cables ballasted with these cast iron shells, including under heavy swell conditions.The shells will remain on site for several months and will be subjected to extreme winter conditions. These tests will also provide comparative data, since three sections of test cables – two equipped with shells of different linear density and the third completely bare – were installed alongside each other.The FMGC and SEM-REV teams will observe how the shells bear up (resistance, corrosion, etc.) in order to gain feedback in an environment representative of offshore wind farm conditions.Innosea, a Centrale Nantes spin-off, worked with FMGC on shell design methods to calculate the optimal mass required to ensure cable stability on the sea floor. FMGC also equipped the Floatgen foundation – the first offshore wind turbine in France – with clump weights, which are attached to the anchor lines, providing stability to the floating structure.The FMGC is the third company to make use of the Centrale Nantes offshore test site, following on from NEREIS Environnement’s acoustic sensor and the Floatgen floating wind turbine – a European research project involving Idéol, Bouygues TP and Centrale Nantes.last_img read more

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World Cup Teams To Train In Sydney

first_imgKingsway Playing Fields in St Marys will host the teams on Saturday, 21 May, while Doyle Ground in Parramatta will be the location of day two of the training camp on Sunday, 22 May. The camp is one of two camps to be held in Sydney in the coming weeks before the teams depart for Edinburgh, Scotland to take part in the 2011 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup, which will be contested between Wednesday, 22 June and Sunday, 26 June 2011. Stay tuned to the website for all of the latest news and information from the camp.last_img read more

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a month agoJuventus rival Man Utd, Spurs interest for Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus rival Man Utd, Spurs interest for Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqiby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi is intensifying.Manchester United and Tottenham having been scouting the Kosovo international this season.And Juventus have asked for tickets for the derby against Galatasaray, with the express purpose of checking on Muriqi.For Fenerbahce management, there’s no plans to sell Muriqi until the end of the season. The player’s contract does not include a release clause. If he is sold, Çaykur Rizespor will be due a 15 percent share of the profit from the sale. last_img read more

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a day agoMan Utd paid fortune to Alexis in bonuses

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd paid fortune to Alexis in bonusesby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez reportedly pocketed nearly £5m in bonuses from his dismal campaign last season with Manchester United.Sanchez was shipped out on loan to Inter Milan this summer after a dismal campaign for United which saw him score just two goals in 27 appearances.The Chilean forward joined United to huge fanfare in January 2018, signing as the club’s top earner on £400,000.The Sun says despite flopping last season, he picked up a whopping £4,920,011 in performance-related bonuses and image rights.That is the equivalent of a staggering £100,000 a week.Inter are currently paying half of Sanchez’s wages after United managed to offload the 30-year-old during the summer. last_img read more

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College GameDay Made Lee Corso Cry With Incredible Footage Of His Time At Navy

first_imgLee Corso cries on College GameDay.lee corso cries on college gamedayESPN’s College GameDay only had one game to cover Saturday morning, but the program certainly made the most of its air time. In honor of Lee Corso’s time spent at Navy, where he was the defensive backs coach from 1966 to 1968, GameDay put together a feature that included footage of his days in Annapolis. The segment, which you can view below, actually made Corso cry live on television. Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit were also taken aback.Here’s the entire feature, via ESPN. If it doesn’t work on your mobile device, you can view it here.Very cool. Props to ESPN for honoring one of the most beloved people in the sport.last_img read more

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Korea Denies Japans Claims on WTO Breach

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Wikimedia/Wei-Te Wong under CC BY-SA 2.0 license The South Korean government refuted claims from its Japanese counterpart that state financial backing of the Korean ailing shipbuilders was in breach of the international trade rules.Namely, the Japanese government said that the subsidies provided by the state-run Korea Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of Korea to DSME, Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and STX Offshore & Shipbuilding violated the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement.Japan suggested that the subsidies distort the market and hinder the resolution of oversupply problems in the industry.In addition, Japan claims that financial backing of Hyundai Merchant Marine’s latest shipbuilding contracts was also in breach of WTO Agreement.South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy voiced its willingness to discuss the matter with Japanese counterparts, adding that the government reexamined the legal conformity of the issues in consultation with the relevant ministries.The ministry said that the consultation concluded that decision to help its shipbuilding and shipping companies was based on commercial judgment and that it complies with international rules.The two countries are expected to engage in a consultation process within the next 30 days. If a solution is not reached within two months, the issue will be submitted to the WTO for a dispute settlement.The South Korean government has been very busy with the plans to strengthen its shipping industry, which witnessed a downward trend in the recent period, especially following the Hanjin bankruptcy.One of the most notable moves was the establishment of Korea Ocean Business Corp (KOBC), a maritime powerhouse, to provide financial and industrial policy support to the country’s shipping and shipbuilding industries.However, South Korea’s investments have infuriated European shipowners and maritime technology industry, which recently called upon the European Commission and the EU Member States to take concrete and decisive actions against the country’s “unfair trade practices and in favour of global playing field.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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More customs facilities in more places Canada US plan expanded preclearance

first_imgWASHINGTON – Imagine clearing Canadian customs in Florida, Arizona, or Chicago, or having a U.S. customs facility attached to a car plant in Ontario, with the goal of helping people and cargo travel faster between the countries.The Canadian and American governments are discussing it.They have begun talking about expanding preclearance — with plans to discuss potential sites for the first-ever Canadian customs facilities inside the U.S., and the longer-term goal of applying it to commercial goods.“You’ve got an administration on the American side and certainly on our side, that really want to move these files,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday, after his first face-to-face meeting with his new U.S. counterpart — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.Preclearance has a long history.It began decades ago with U.S. border facilities in major Canadian airports — allowing people to clear customs at home, avoid logjams in U.S. hubs and fly directly into U.S. airports that don’t have customs facilities.A few years ago the Harper and Obama governments agreed to new rules allowing the practice in every mode of transport — rail, cars, buses and ships. The Trudeau Liberals approved pilot projects at rail stations in Montreal and B.C.Now, with the Trump administration, the countries are working on two future phases. Goodale said he already began discussing a first phase with Nielsen’s predecessor — installing Canadian facilities inside the U.S.“John Kelly and I had a conversation about, ‘Where would we start?’ He thought Boston — his hometown. Some Canadians suggested either Fort Lauderdale, (Florida), or Scottsdale (Arizona) — the (places with) snowbird traffic in the winter,” Goodale said in an interview.“Midwesterners would say Chicago. … Or somewhere in the American northeast,” he said noting that Canadian ski resorts would appreciate quicker access for American travellers. “There are lots of ideas.”But the bigger long-term goal involves cargo.The countries have agreed to meet this spring to develop a plan on what regulatory changes might be required to introduce preclearance for cargo beyond a pair of previous pilot projects.Goodale said he envisions a future where cars can have their components screened and sealed for shipment right inside the plant. Given that a car under construction might cross the border a half-dozen times, he said that would avoid snags and boost productivity.“The real prize of preclearance is when we could expand it from passenger to cargo,” Goodale said.He said he left the first meeting with Nielsen feeling positive.“Really good meeting,” he said.“You wonder in the first encounter: Will there be a list of complaints or grievances? No. There’s a list of important issues we’re working on together… It’s a really good, constructive, international to-do agenda.”last_img read more