Government announces more measures to slow the spread of COVID-19

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Print Twitter Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions WhatsApp Taoiseach Leo VaradkarIN A Government press conference today, Tuesday, March 24, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced further measures would be taken to slow down the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).The measures introduced will take place from midnight tonight will see the closure of “non-essential” retail services which include but not be limited to bookmakers, casinos, and theatres. Cafés and food services can remain open, but operate on a ‘take away’ basis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The list of services which fall under the non-essential services will be made available by Government.There will be an increased presence of Gardaí in public parks to observe and enforce physical-distancing guidelines by the HSE. Gathering in groups of larger than 4 will be prohibited unless from the same household.Social WelfareThe pandemic unemployment payment will be increased from €203 to €350, as will the COVID related illness benefit. Self-employed people impacted will also be included in the unemployment payment scheme.In a bid to support businesses and maintain employment within companies, it was announced that Government will subsidise 70 per cent of salaries up to a cap of €410 per week tax-free payment.SchoolsSchools, universities and childcare facilities are set to remain closed until April 19, having originally supposed to reopen on March 29.HealthIt was announced that all private hospitals will operate on a not-for-profit basis to increase bed-availability, and staffing in the public health service. Minister for Health, Simon Harris noted all COVID-19 treatment would be free of charge and all people will be given the same level of care. NewsHealthPoliticsGovernment announces more measures to slow the spread of COVID-19By Cian Reinhardt – March 24, 2020 318 Linkedin TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19IrelandLimerick City and County center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Email Previous articleLimerick City and County Council supports new e-learning tool to help you identify Irish BumblebeesNext article19 Gardaí assigned to Limerick to offer support in wake of covid-19 virus Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] last_img read more

Eric Greitens wins Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

first_imgThe Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has named humanitarian Eric Greitens, founder and former CEO of The Mission Continues, as this year’s recipient of the Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award, which he will receive during a ceremony in Cambridge on Wednesday. The biennial award, which includes a $125,000 prize, is given to a change agent who has used unique and powerful insights about solving society’s toughest problems to shape strong, successful programs that are truly transformative.A Rhodes and Truman Scholar, Greitens served as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer and was deployed four times during the global war on terrorism. His military awards include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After his deployment to Iraq in 2007, Greitens donated his combat pay to found The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that partners veterans with nonprofits to use their skills to serve communities across America. Through The Mission Continues, veterans begin to transform their own lives while building stronger communities at home.“I’m honored to receive the Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award. It’s humbling to be recognized among so many strong leaders who have taken on tough issues and created real results,” said Greitens.Greitens has been resolute in his commitment to create a solution to a deeply rooted social problem: finding a way to help veterans continue their strong tradition of service upon returning home, while helping them recover their sense of purpose and employing their expertise toward community development. Opportunities to get involved with the organization are made available to veterans of all eras, and include Fellowships allowing selected veterans to volunteer part-time for six months at the community organization of their choice; community service opportunities aimed at solving specific challenges in their communities; and community-wide “day of service” activities open to both veterans and non-veterans.“I am delighted that the Gleitsman judges, acting independently, have selected Eric Greitens for this prestigious award. Eric has a dazzling record of achievement: a philosophy major at Duke, a Ph.D. in economic development earned on a Rhodes Scholarship, amateur boxing champion, international humanitarian, Navy SEAL, founder of a great veterans nonprofit, and best-selling author [‘The Heart and the Fist’],” said CPL co-director David Gergen. “The consistent thread through Eric’s life is a moral and practical commitment to the advancement of humankind. Eric epitomizes the type of leader that Alan Gleitsman originally sought to honor with this award, because his initiative continues to inspire others to act. I am sure that Alan would have loved this choice!”Greitens has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in places such as Rwanda, Cambodia, and Bolivia, and was recognized as one of the most innovative leaders in America. In 2013, Time magazine named Greitens to its list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and most recently, Fortune magazine recognized him as one of 50 greatest leaders in the world.last_img read more

Announced flights to Croatia from the markets of Germany, Benelux and France

first_imgAmong the announced lines for Split are Austrian Airlines flights from Austria, Luxairtours, Transavia and easyJet from Benelux, Transavia and easyJet from France, Condor and Eurowings from Germany, easyJet and Wizz Air from Great Britain, etc., and Croatia Airlines flight is confirmed which will connect Split with Rome from mid-June. For Dubrovnik Austrian Airlines flights from the markets of Austria, Luxairtours, TUI, easyJet and Brussels Airlines from the Benelux, Transavia and easyJet markets from the French market have been announced, as well as flights from the markets of Germany, Hungary, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.  According to the announcements, Ryanair, Luxairtours and easyJet will connect Zadar with the Benelux market, while Ryanair will also connect this Croatian destination with German destinations, including Stuttgart, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe and Cologne. Pula According to the announcements, it will, among other things, be connected with Ryanair, Luxairtours and easyJet flights with the Benelux market, and flights from Paris, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and London have also been announced. For airports Rijeka i Zagreb flights from the markets of Germany, Great Britain and Benelux have been announced. Although air traffic is slowly opening and recovering, positive news is still coming in the context of the announcement of airlines that will connect Croatian destinations with key emitting markets during the main summer months. “Most tourist traffic in Croatia is realized through road traffic, ie through arrivals by car, which, with a share of about 75 percent, is the most common way to come to our country. However, in recent years, Croatia has positioned itself as an air destination, and this is especially important in the current circumstances in which our offer, safety, but also transport accessibility must fight for its share in the tourist market. Awakening of air traffic again will help Croatian destinations, especially Dubrovnik and Split, to be more accessible to many travel enthusiasts”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. According to information gathered by the Croatian National Tourist Board through its representative offices, most flights have been announced for the second half of June and the beginning of July for airports Split i Dubrovnik, as well as for Zadar, Pula, Zagreb i Rijeka. Most flights to Croatian destinations have been announced from the market Germany, Benelux i France.center_img Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, which still has a strong impact on international tourism trends, Croatia has additionally positioned itself as a safe and desirable tourist destination due to its excellent epidemiological situation on the international market. Croatia Airlines, in addition to the existing international routes from Zagreb to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Zurich, will also offer flights connecting the Croatian capital with Brussels, Munich, Sarajevo, London and Rome from June 15, while flights will be offered from June 16. from Zagreb to Dublin, and from 18 June to Vienna.  Although it is only about flight announcements, or how changes are possible, we are certainly looking forward to positive interest from the market.last_img read more

Youth and experience lead Newman to their 8th state baseball title

first_imgDES MOINES — Senior Josh Fitzgerald socked a two-run homer while 8th-grader Doug Taylor picked up the win on the mound as Newman beat Alburnett 11-1 in six innings in the Class 1A championship game at the state baseball tournament in Des Moines, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and, giving the Knights their third-straight championship.Newman scored two in the second with Kyle Armour’s RBI single and George Schmit knocking in Jack McGuire with a sacrifice fly.After Alburnett plated their only run in the top of the third, Newman responded in the bottom half of the inning with another RBI single by Armour scoring SchuttFitzgerald socked a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to give the Knights a 5-1 lead after four.Newman pushed across four more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Schmitt had an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch. After the Knights loaded up the bases, both Fitzgerald and Jack Maznio scored on another wild pitch to make it 9-1 after the fifth.The Knights finished off the game in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Max Burt scoring Armour, followed by a walk-off hit batsman as Merritt McCardle was hit with the bases loaded.Taylor picked up the win, facing 21 batters in 5 1/3 innings, striking out one, allowing four hits, two walks and one run. Fitzgerald came in to finish the game, pitching 2/3 of an inning, striking out one.Armour finished the game with three hits and two RBI.For the Knights, it’s their third straight championship and 8th overall, winning titles in 1998, 2002, 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017-2019.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Busco

first_imgFacebook49Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Busco! He is a solid 73-pound, 4-Year-old, people-loving, handsome PitBull Terrier, who is a tail-wagging appreciator of belly rubs. Because he is a very strong dog, children in his forever family should be older (14 and up) and dog-savvy. However, Busco would do best in an all adult home, and be the only pet. Busco requires a securely fenced yard and a commitment from his future forever people to always insure that he is under leash only supervision – no off-leash situations. Busco is doing well living with his foster family’s dogs after having had proper introduction, consistency, and with continued supervision.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Busco in person, please contact Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Busco’s foster family will conduct all interviews. Emails are the preferred method of communication at [email protected] has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Commuters React to NYC Grand Jury Chokehold Decision

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – If the New York City grand jury deciding the Eric Garner chokehold death case were made up of a group of commuters at the Red Bank train station the outcome would have clearly been different.A random sampling of a diverse group of those arriving and departing on NJ Transit trains Wednesday evening, following the grand jury decision to not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July 17 death of Garner had many of them expressing disappointment, in some cases anger and resignation and even some offering support for the decision.“Racism is alive and well in America,” offered one Asbury Park woman, who declined to give her name, as she waited for the train home.“It was unfair,” that decision to not indict, said Felicia Johnson, Brick. “The video itself showed it was unnecessary. There was no reason to do that,” she continued, referring to the officer’s action to place Garner under arrest resulting in a struggle.“It’s wrong they keep getting away with that,” Johnson continued, meaning police and referencing the shooting of unarmed Ferguson, Missouri, youth Michael Brown by a local police officer and that grand jury’s decision to not indict.Daniel Farley, who works in New York and lives in Metuchen, said he initially wasn’t aware of the grand jury’s decision until he checked his smart phone on the train. “Ferguson was a different ball of wax,” believing there was some question there. “There should have been an indictment here,” he said.Walking to catch the train Farley said there didn’t appear to be any disruption in Manhattan—at least none he was aware of. “I didn’t see anything. I just kept my head down and kept going,” he said. “Like always.”And he didn’t think there would be, at least not to the level that occurred in Ferguson, he added.“I’m sure there won’t be violence,” thought Ethan Ledley.But as Ledley spoke, CNN was reporting that demonstrations were beginning to get underway around New York with participants holding signs with “I Can’t Breathe” written on them.Ledley lives in Brooklyn, New York, and was in Tinton Falls Wednesday on business. “I’d think it’s unfortunate,” but not an entirely unexpected decision, he said. Given this incident and outcome, “There definitely needs to be some changes made with the NYPD” in education and training, Ledley said.In light of the jury’s decision, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Wednesday called for calm.“You can call for it, it don’t mean you’re going to get it,” responded Danny Corrick, who was waiting to get home to Newark.“There’s no difference between this and Ferguson,” Corrick said. “In both cases somebody died—unnecessarily.”Carlo Rivera, a Red Bank resident returning from Jersey City, saw it differently. “The police have to protect themselves,” he said, adding the grand jury “should give him a break,” referring to Pantaleo. Rivera, however, said “They”—meaning police—“need to learn how to deal with the disabled.”Garner was accused of selling illegal loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street this summer when he was approached by police who attempted to place him under arrest and a scuffle erupted. Police used a chokehold with Garner, who was unarmed and suffered from asthma and diabetes, complaining, “I can’t breath,” and resulting in his death. The incident was captured on video by an onlooker and has been widely broadcast.last_img read more

UPDATE: West Kootenay rivals square off in consolation round

first_imgTwo seed from the West Kootenay, L.V. Rogers Bombers, dropped both games in pool play Wednesday.The Bombers lost the opener to host Collingwood 2-0 before Crofton House put a 5-0 beating on LVR in the afternoon contest.LVR concludes the round robin with a game Thursday morning against Windsor.Meanwhile, West Kootenay Champion J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks were also kept of the score sheet in two losses.The Hawks lost 1-0 to Vancouver’s Sentinel before losing the second game of the day 1-0 to St. Michael’s University of Victoria.Crowe meets North Delta Thursday morning.Playoff action goes Thursday afternoon with the seeding games set for Friday morning.The gold medal championship game goes Friday at 3 p.m. West Kootenay rivals J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail and Nelson’s L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the pitch Friday in consolation round action at the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Field Hockey Championships in West Vancouver.The two teams finshed the round robin down in pool play standings.LVR tied North Delta 3-3 while Crowe was shutout by South Okanagan of Oliver 2-0.West Kootenay squads shutout on opening day of Field Hockey tourneyWest Kootenay teams took it on the chin during opening day of the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Field Hockey Championships in West Vancouver.last_img read more


first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–In an effort to better accommodate both the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational from Gulfstream and a 10-race Sunshine Millions/California Cup card locally, Santa Anita Park has moved first post time on Saturday up to 11:45 a.m. Approximate post time for the Pegasus World Cup is at 2:44 p.m. PST.The Pegasus, which features an epic rematch between all-time North American money-won leader California Chrome and Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion, Arrogate, has generated tremendous interest nationwide and Santa Anita is thus expecting a large crowd for it and its Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup program, which will include five stakes for horses bred or sired in California.Separated by just a half-length in their only meeting, Arrogate prevailed in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, but it was “Chrome” who took home his second Eclipse Award Horse of the Year title this past Saturday, in addition to being voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male.A California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome has been trained throughout his amazing career by 79 year old Art Sherman, who sent him out to win the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies. Owned by California Chrome, LLC, he has now won 16 of his 26 starts and has amassed earnings of $14,502,650.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate followed up on a record setting 13 ½ length win in the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 27, with his Classic win over “Chrome” in what was only his sixth career start. He was thus voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male for 2016.For scratches, changes and complete Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup entries and morning line information, please visit read more

Queensland seeks SA partners

first_img27 March 2007A business delegation from the Australian state of Queensland, led by Premier Peter Beattie, was in South Africa last week, looking to forge partnerships with local companies for skills training and infrastructure development.Business Day reports that the focus of the partnerships would be around clean coal technology, skills training and infrastructure development.Queensland’s economy is built around its big coal reserves, being mined by groups such as Anglo Coal, BHP Billiton and Xstrata, all companies with a substantial presence in South Africa. The state has also encouraged non-mining industries such as tourism, aviation and biotechnology.Beattie told Business Day last week that although Queensland was the biggest exporter of coal in the world, with South Africa coming second, the two were not competitors. Rather, he said, they had similar interests in developing clean coal technology to ensure the long-term future of their coal sectors.Queensland is also interested in entering into partnerships with South Africa in training and skills development against a global background of skills shortages, especially in mining and engineering.Beattie added that his state had no intention of poaching skilled South African workers, but in the case of companies like Anglo Coal, which operates both in Queensland and South Africa, staff with specific skills could be moved around to address particular needs.As such, 200 South African freight train drivers would be heading for Queensland for further skills and training. According to Engineering News, both South Africa and Queensland make use of the narrow-gauge rail system.“We are happy to help where we can,” Beattie told Engineering News, adding that Queensland could offer expertise in various areas, such as maintenance, signalling and freight-forwarding systems, among others.Another area where partnerships could be useful was for South African companies hoping to do business in China, to use Queensland’s proximity to China as a base, just as SA was an ideal location for Australian companies planning to do business in Africa.In return, Queensland is looking for investors in its Northern Economic Triangle, where it plans to develop infrastructure to support private sector investment in industrial development and minerals processing, as well as the Surat Basin, which contains about 4-billion tons of steam coal.The Queensland government is currently investing Aus $1-billion in a clean coal technology called Zerogen, an electricity generator now in the pilot stage. They are hoping to implement the technology in a power station within the next year.Beattie told Business Day that the real issue was not whether the technology worked, but getting it at the right price. Still, he said though it would more expensive than traditional coal-fired plants, it would remain cheaper than nuclear reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Golf: India leap into medal contention

first_imgTop amateur Rashid Khan’s brilliant four-under 68 saw India leap into medal contention in both the men’s individual and team events on Thursday.The 19-year-old Khan, a multiple Faldo Series Asia winner who delayed turning professional to play in the Asian Games, was in top form. After his first-round 71, he was five-under 139.The field was led by 16-year-old Filipino Miguel Luis Tabuena, who shot a second successive four-under to be eight-under 136 and one clear of Kim Men Whee of South Korea.The Indian team, which was way down after the first round, gained ground as Abhijit Chadha made up for his first-day blunder – he submitted a wrong card – with a 71. India moved up to third place, just one shot behind the Philippines.Korea is way ahead 14-under (418), while Phillippines is at three-over (435) and India is four-over (436). The best three scores out of four are counted each day.Abhinav Lohan shot a twounder 70 and was 12th at one-over 145, while Chadha carded a oneunder 71 which will only be counted in the team score.Rahul Bajaj continued to have a poor tournament with 81 and 79 on the two days.Khan started on the back nine and birdied the 10th, 14th and 15th holes to go three-under, before he dropped a shot on the 17th. A birdie on the 18th saw him turn at four-under. He made a bogey on the second but birdies on the fourth and fifth pulled him up again.A bogey on the eighth was quickly compensated with a birdie on nine.advertisementlast_img read more