Limerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaks

first_imgGovernment announces phased easing of public health restrictions hand sanitiserAs the government announced tighter restrictions on communities after a spike in Coronavirus cases, Limerick was dealing with further outbreaks of the deadly virus.The Limerick Post can reveal that University Hospital Limerick (UHL), Hanratty’s Direct Provision Centre and St Patrick’s GAA Club are the latest to be hit by Covid-19.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As UHL announced measures to tackle an outbreak of the virus on one of its medical wards, the HSE confirmed it was in the process of managing another Covid-19 cluster at a direct provision centre in the city.The HSE told the Limerick Post that a letter sent to residents at Hanratty’s Hostel was “a standard letter that we use when there is a number of cases in a congregated setting”.Management at the centre, located on Glentworth Street, which had 212 residents on the books, declined to comment.St Patrick’s GAA Club, meanwhile, joined a growing list of local sports clubs who had announced they were testing or had players test positive for Covid-19, including Claughaun, Ahane and Cratloe GAA clubs as well as Shannon, Old Crescent and Munster Rugby.On Wednesday morning, St Patrick’s confirmed that “a player from an adult group, who trained with others in an outdoor setting” had contracted the virus.The player is considered low/casual risk and the club is working with the HSE and the Limerick County Board to deal with the issue.An outbreak control team was established at UHL after two Covid-19 cases, involving a patient and a staff member, were confirmed on Tuesday.Staff who have been identified as contacts were asked to self-isolate while further testing and contact tracing continued.Meanwhile, in what was a first for fee-paying Glenstal Abbey School, international pupils were welcomed into a period of self-isolation in Murroe, ahead of the start of the new school term.“The first of our students from outside Ireland have been arriving over the weekend, to spend their 14-day period of restricted movement here in Glenstal. It is great to see students back in our school at last! #iloveboarding #growatglenstal,” Glenstal tweeted. Advertisement Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Linkedin Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Previous articleProtobaby’s Twisted Words – new single and album on the wayNext articleLimerick Post Show | Singer songwriter Dáwna David Raleigh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email NewsLimerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaksBy David Raleigh – August 20, 2020 2091 center_img WhatsApp Twitter Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Facebook Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Print TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19healthIrelandLimerick City and CountyNationalNews last_img read more

Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City looked every inch champions elect as the leaders moved within touching distance of the title.Tottenham delivered a hammer blow to Chelsea’s top four hopes and ended their Stamford Bridge curse in the process.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:City set for ultimate title partyManchester City’s march to the Premier League title is set to reach an epic conclusion when bitter rivals Manchester United visit Eastlands on Saturday. City’s imperious 3-1 win at Everton means Pep Guardiola’s side will be crowned champions with a victory in the Manchester derby. Who better for City to start their title party against than United, who are a distant second as they lag 16 points behind the runaway leaders. United manager Jose Mourinho has never been fond of City boss Guardiola, but even he admits “there is a club which is making it practically impossible to follow”. On the evidence of City’s swaggering show at Everton, there is every chance Mourinho will be looking for somewhere to hide as Guardiola and company celebrate on Saturday.Spurs make a statementTottenham ended a 28-year wait to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the league and in doing so all but ended their London rivals hopes of Champions League football next season. Mauricio Pochettino may still not have won a trophy as Spurs boss, but he progress made under the Argentine is undeniable as Tottenham have established themselves as regulars in Europe’s premier club competition. Even more impressively, Spurs did most of the damage without Harry Kane, who made his return from injury as a second-half substitute. Without their talisman, Dele Alli stepped forward to quieten criticism of a sub-standard season by his standards by doubling his tally for 2018 with two goals in four minutes just after the hour mark to seal a 3-1 win. Little case for Liverpool defenceLiverpool were able to lean on Mohamed Salah once more to grind out a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday to remain well on course for a top-four finish. However, there were more warning signs than sources of hope for Jurgen Klopp ahead of facing the might of Manchester City twice in the space of six days for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Just as against Manchester United three weeks ago, young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was exposed against the pace and power of Wilfried Zaha. Centre-back pairing Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk — the world’s most expensive defender — were also got napping when Christian Benteke passed up two huge chances to restore Palace’s lead in the second-half. Given similar service it is highly unlikely Liverpool will escape unscathed against the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane in midweek.Smells like team-spirit at ArsenalWhen Alexandre Lacazette was fouled to win a penalty in the final moments of Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke, it seemed certain that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would take the spot-kick to complete his hat-trick. The Gabon striker’s late double had put Arsenal in control after they laboured to break down Stoke for long periods at the Emirates Stadium and his first treble in England seemed a fitting reward. But instead Aubameyang deferred to France forward Lacazette, who was returning from an injury lay-off that served as the latest blow in a difficult first season with Arsenal. Lacazette gratefully accepted the gift, slotting home the penalty to leave Gunners boss Arsene Wenger musing happily about the friendly gesture. “I know they have a good understanding. I like that because it makes the team stronger,” Wenger said.Mourinho focused on self-defenceJose Mourinho’s carrot and stick approach to his Manchester United players must be wearisome to them as it is certainly to the fans. He gave them unstinting praise for their first-half display but it appears he is more focused on staving off any questions over his job security. He spent most of the day defending his record — whether it was in the programme notes or in the post match press conference — showing his 12 minute rant last month about his tenure clearly is his theme of the moment. The 2-0 win over Swansea may have kept their noses in front in the race to be runners-up to City but should the latter seal the title in the Manchester derby, expect Mourinho to ramp up the self justification.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

The importance of beef exports

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John F. Grimes, Ohio State University Extension Beef CoordinatorThe subject of trade seems to be a daily topic in the national and agricultural media in recent weeks. The President appears to be determined to create an environment for “fairer” trade between the U.S. and many of our trading partners. Thus far, negotiations between the U.S. and other countries have yielded few results, tough talk, and the threat of tariffs.Much of the uncertainty surrounding the issue of trade has created a level of anxiety within several U.S. industries. Agriculture is certainly one of those industries. Many agricultural commodities play an important role in our overall trade balance. The beef industry is greatly impacted by exports across the globe.Annual U.S. beef exports have risen significantly over the past decade according to statistical data from the U.S. Meat Export Federation. In 2008, the U.S. exported 984,712 metric tons of beef at a total value $3.619 billion dollars. In 2017, U.S. beef exports were at 1,263,456 metric tons for a total value of $7.269 billion dollars. The top six destinations for U.S. beef exports in 2017 were 1. Japan, $1,890 billion; 2. South Korea, $1,220 billion; 3. Mexico, $980 million; 4. Hong Kong, $884 million; 5. Canada, $796 million; and 6. Taiwan, 410 million.Exports of beef have continued their strong run thus far in 2018. Beef export volume was 111,213 metric tons in April, up 11% year-over-year. Export value was $676.7 million, up 23% and the fourth-highest on record. Through the first four months of 2018, exports were up 10% in volume to 429,286 metric tons. Export value was $2.59 billion, 20% above last year’s record pace.Exports accounted for 14.1% of total beef production in April, up from 13.6% a year ago. Beef export value averaged $328.46 per head of fed slaughter in April, up 16% from a year ago. Through April, per-head export value averaged $318.91, up 17%. To put these figures in perspective, $318.91 on a 1,400-pound market steer equals an added 22.8 cents per pound.The figures listed above should indicate the importance of exports to the beef industry. It certainly would be beneficial to the beef industry and many other agricultural commodities for our U.S. trade negotiators to make some agreements with our key trading partners sooner rather than later. To say a lot is at stake would be an understatement!last_img read more

FEU topples shorthanded UST for 2nd win

first_imgFEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University recovered from its previous loss, bouncing back at the expense of University of Santo Tomas, 19-25, 25-20, 25-19, 27-25, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Lady Tamaraws clamped down in the fourth set stopping a spirited comeback attempt from the Golden Tigresses as both teams now own identical 2-2 records.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A scary moment happened to UST late in the second set when Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini injured her left knee after a bad landing.Cherry Rondina then suffered cramps in the fourth set allowing FEU to push the Golden Tigresses to the limit.Celine Domingo finished with 17 points for the Lady Tamaraws while Heather Guino-o and rookie Lycha Ebon had 14 and 11 points, respectively.Laure had a game-high 20 points for the Golden Tigresses while Rondina finished the match with 16.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed UST’s Milena Alessandrini suffers knee injury vs FEU P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem FEU saw its 24-21 lead crumble when UST took a 25-24 lead after Eya Laure’s effortsDimdim Pacres, however, sent her service straight to the net to seal the Lady Tamaraws win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFEU head coach George Pascua said he had to remind his players on what they’ve been doing right and let out that killer instinct that was absent in the Lady Tamaraws’ five-set loss to Ateneo wherein they squandered a two-set lead.“We’ve had experiences wherein we were leading by two sets and come the fourth and fifth set we will give in,” said Pascua in Filipino. “I told them that they should always be sharp in the crucial sets because those are the scenarios where they will mature.” Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

FA heaps praise on Gareth Southgate but frets over England’s future defence

first_img Read more news England’s Phil Jones says he is wise enough to cope with adversity Share on Pinterest Henderson, Maguire and Young in pole position for England’s World Cup opener Read more Topics World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Ashworth’s job is to look even further ahead, with the ultimate aim being that England’s success at younger levels be replicated by the senior team. That, he said, should not be with a foreign manager in place.“Do I want an English coach to manage the English team? Yes. That is my personal view, and not necessarily the view of the FA, but St George’s Park is to help develop [English] players and coaches. We have some good young English coaches [within the FA] such as Steve Cooper, Paul Simpson, Keith Downing, Aidy Boothroyd, who have won things at different levels and the ones working in the game – Lee Johnson, Gary Rowett, Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche – are all talented English coaches.”Ashworth added: “I can’t tell you who would succeed Gareth Southgate but when it does happen let’s hope it is because he has done such a good job that he has been whisked off to Real Madrid.” The FA England Ashworth went on to say he would like another Englishman to succeed Southgate in future years, identifying the Under-21s manager Aidy Boothroyd as one contender, and was confident enough to declare that the current team had a realistic chance of winning the World Cup.However, there was also an admission from Ashworth that the research of English football’s governing body had highlighted a problem with the number of top-level defenders in the system.“At St George’s Park we map out where the talent is and we might say we’ve got quite a few number 10s or quite a few number sevens,” he said. “I have to say our biggest discussion point with the majority of the teams is defenders. Across all the age groups it’s defenders.“When we [the FA] had the Charter for Quality in 1997 we were talking about the fact we didn’t have enough creativity. We had no players who were able to keep the ball, who could beat players. And yet I think we’ve shifted it slightly. We’ve now got lots of exciting players right the way through to Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.“Where we perhaps haven’t got the depth – maybe not the depth, but the types – is the defenders. Our full‑backs 20 years ago were Stuart Pearce and Gary Neville, and we’ve got a different type of full-back now – more converted wingers.“I worked with a manager some years ago who talked about the duvet being too short. You can cover your toes but you can’t cover your shoulders. I think that’s where we were 20 years ago, in that we had lots of defenders but not enough players who were good enough with the ball.“Maybe we’ve pulled up the duvet and now have lots of players who are good with the ball, but our toes are sticking out.” Share on Messengercenter_img Gareth Southgate Reuse this content World Cup 2018 Share on LinkedIn Ashworth went on to praise Southgate for taking on the job at a desperate time in the history of the national team and putting together a younger side, in a new system, that has helped get the English public back on side.“All managers lead in a slightly different way but you’ll have seen him work as the Under-21s coach and now the senior coach,” Ashworth said. “He’s empathetic, he’s articulate, he has high emotional intelligence and a really good understanding of connecting with the players and getting the best out of the players – and the staff.“Gareth has brought together a way of working for the players and the staff that makes it one big group. And that’s him. That’s how he worked with the Under-21s as well, so he has to take credit. Gareth is the leader. The environment is down to Gareth and he is an exceptional leader.”Until recently, the FA’s executives would have been reluctant to say England can win the World Cup. Now, however, there appears to be a new wave of optimism. “That’s what we’re here for,” Ashworth said. “We’ve turned up to attack the tournament and try to win it. We want to inspire the nation and we want the nation to be proud of our football team.” Share via Email World Cup Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Gareth Southgate will lead England into their first match of the World Cup with his employers at the Football Association praising him as an “exceptional leader” but warning there is a shortage of high-quality defenders coming through the system.As Southgate and his players prepared to fly to Volgograd for the game against Tunisia on Monday, the England manager was acclaimed by Dan Ashworth, the FA’s technical director, for helping to return some positivity to the national team in the wake of Euro 2016, Roy Hodgson’s departure and Sam Allardyce’s brief stint as manager.last_img read more