Chief Medical Officers on both sides of border issue joint statement

first_img Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications By News Highland – January 15, 2021 Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Chief Medical Officers on both sides of border issue joint statement Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Google+center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleDonegal bus escort raises safety issues over return to schoolNext articleNorth records a further 16 Covid related deaths and 1,052 new cases News Highland The Chief Medical Officers in the Republic and Northern Ireland have urged people to stay at home due to the high levels of Covid-19 on the island.In a joint statement Dr Tony Holohan and Dr Michael McBride says we are going to continue to see high mortality rates in the two jurisdictions over the coming weeks.They say they will continue to work together to protect the public health across the island.Statement in full:Chief Medical Officers in Northern Ireland and Ireland have voiced their concerns about the high levels of Covid-19 and are urging everyone to stay home.Chief Medical Officers Dr Michael McBride and Dr Tony Holohan said: “As CMOs, we are gravely concerned about the unsustainably high level of COVID-19 infection we are experiencing on the island of Ireland. This is having a significant impact on the health of our population and the safe functioning of our healthcare systems.“Unfortunately, due to the surge of infections we have experienced over the past few weeks, we have seen an increase in mortality figures and our health systems have been placed under immense pressure. We are likely to see ongoing increases in hospitalisations, ICU admissions and mortality in the weeks ahead.”Both CMOs are strongly urging everyone to stay at home except for essential reasons, and to avoid all unnecessary journeys, including cross-border travel.They said: “Many of the patients admitted to hospital in January have been under the age of 65 years. COVID-19 can affect us all, regardless of age or underlying condition. It highlights the need for us all to protect one another by staying at home. Not only will you keep yourself and your loved ones safe, but also help to save lives and avoid more preventable COVID-19 admissions to our currently struggling healthcare systems.“We will continue to work together to protect public health across the island, as we have done throughout this pandemic, but we need everyone to play their part by staying at home and protecting themselves and their communities.” News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Twitter Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Monmouth County Historical Association Kicks Off Oral History Project

first_imgAs it turned out, Bernsteinand Paster contacted Howell after she had reached out to Garden State Equality,a statewide LGBTQ advocacy and education organization. The recent Decemberinterview with the couple was conducted at the MCHA-owned CovenhovenHouse in Freehold. Although the 1738 Dutch colonial-style home was chosen forits privacy, the setting made for a nice contrast with the 21stcentury Monmouth County zeitgeist Bernstein and Paster represent. Futureinterviews will be conducted at MCHA headquarters or other locations convenientto participants. This article originally appeared in the Jan. 9, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. The project got underway Dec. 23 when its originators, MCHAcolleagues Dana Howell and Joe Zemla, sat down to speak with Harriet Bernsteinand Luisa Paster to record the married couple’s story of their successful 2008lawsuit against the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. Bernstein and Pasterhad been denied permission to get married in a civil union ceremony at the Methodistcommunity’s boardwalk gazebo. A New Jersey judge ruled against the Methodistorganization. The long-range plan for the MCHAoral history project is to include a wide variety of groups, interviewed inphases, such as the long-established African American community, the morerecently arrived Hispanic community, senior citizens and the Jewish community,especially for stories their grandparents have passed down from World War II.Others on the wish list are military veterans and survivors and families ofvictims of the 9/11 terrorist attack of the Twin Towers who will be visitingNew York for the 20th anniversary next year. The idea for the oral history project began six months ago whenHowell, a research librarian atthe MCHA, was intrigued by the concept during one of her archivistcertification classes. “We realized there was a deficit in our holdings thatneeded to be addressed, namely the lack of more culturally diverse stories,”she said. “The MCHA has a treasure trove of historic gems spanning severalcenturies of history. We just thought it was time to broaden the cultural scopeto make our offerings more relevant to a wider audience.”  The two MCHA staffers are hopingto do one recorded interview per month. Now that the project has started, Zemlabelieves “it will become self-sustaining after a while” as people come forwardwith interesting accounts of events in their lives. These will be cataloguedand added to the organization’s 70 Court St. library in Freehold, andeventually posted on the MCHA’s website. By Rick Geffken Howell said they are open toideas. “We’ll continue to record stories from all the previous groups as wemove through each phase. After that, we’ll continue the program to includepretty much anyone who has an interesting story to tell.” “We knew we were going to have to be very proactive to accomplishour goal of diversification,” Howell explained. “Often we’ll get calls aboutdonations that start with, ‘I don’t know if this is old enough for you guys,but…’ ” The four-channel video recordertechnology used for the interviews is unassuming, which encourages candor fromthe interviewees. The interviewers themselves have an informal conversationalstyle which puts participants at ease right away. She began brainstorming the idea with Zemla, an associate curatorat the Freehold-based organization. He did a quick survey of the MCHA holdings.“We’re obviously strong in 18th and 19th centurycollections but lacking in others,” he said. The timing of the oral historyproject fit nicely with the MCHA’s new strategic plans for renewing its missionto preserve and celebrate the history of Monmouth County for everyone.President Linda Bricker enthusiastically endorses the idea. “This project fitsthat objective so well,” she said. Monmouth County history is more than a collection of dusty old books, tattered letters and fading black and white photographs sitting in boxes or stacked on shelves. A new oral history project by the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) aims to show that the lives of people and events happening to all of us today are worth preserving for future historians. An oral history project has begun in Monmouth County. From left: Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster were interviewed by Joe Zemla and Dana Howell of the Monmouth County Historical Association. Photo by Rick Geffken By Rick Geffken The MCHA will accept oral histories collected by other people to add to its collection as well. Anyone interested in contributing to the oral history project can use the special email address: [email protected] Howell and Zemla can also be reached via the MCHA website or at 732-462-1466.last_img read more

Eleven sex offenders on register which covers Donegal

first_imgThere are up to eleven sex offenders on a register which covers sex offenders in the North West region.Donegal Daily has learned that at least TWO of those are based in the Letterkenny area.The annual report from the Sex Offenders Risk Assessment and Management Scheme contained the details this week. Those on the list are regarded as being of a “high” or “very high” risk of reoffending.A total of 146 sex offenders are on the list across the entire country.The crimes committed include defilement, sexual assault, rape as well as possession, production or distribution of child abuse imagery.The North West region covers the counties of Donegal, Cavan, Sligo, Monaghan, Louth and Leitrim. The scheme which oversees the report is comprised of professionals from TUSLA, the Prison Service, An Garda Siochana and the Probation Services.   Eleven sex offenders on register which covers Donegal was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Your Next Geocaching Vacation – Peru

first_imgAlane Brown created the In the Andes of Perú GeoTour. It’s the first GeoTour in South America and it very well may be the highest GeoTour on Earth, climbing more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level. The GeoTour is one of more than two dozen GeoTours around the globe.Here are Alane’s answers to questions from curious geocachers:Why did you create this GeoTour? I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer assigned to one of the small towns in the Yanamarca Valley. (My town is Marco, population 1,700 and dropping.) I’m in the Environment program. We’re here to find ways to work collaboratively with local people to improve awareness of the value of the natural environment and also to improve environmental conditions. The local environmental action group and I decided that a GeoTour would be a creative way to do both of those things. Local people are learning more about their own natural resources as they come together to work on the GeoTour. We’re also including environmental action projects in the tour. We placed geocaches in areas where problems exist and also at local success stories, such as reforestation projects. And, of course, if this eco-tourism project improves the economy in this low-income area, that should lead organically to more interest in caring for the valley. Share with your Friends:More We hope that people from around the world will visit us. Many people here take their home for granted. Seeing it through the eyes of visitors will help build local pride. This valley is in the lowest 25% of communities in Peru, economically. If you visit us and spend a little money in the valley, that truly matters for us. Young people are migrating out of this rural area. A little bit of tourism income might entice a few of them to stay. We’d like to see a small but steady stream of visitors. We don’t want to become Machu Picchu—a GeoTour is a perfect way to generate some light tourism without destroying the traditional way of life of the valley. We’d like to have some friends from around the world stop by to share the gentle beauties of our home. What will geocachers discover on the Andes of Peru GeoTour that they might not expect?  When people think of Peru, they think of Machu Picchu and the Inca Empire. Over the span of the history of the Andes, that was just the blink of an eye, less than 100 years. Before that, there were hundreds of cultures spread like a patchwork quilt across the Andes. In our valley and the surrounding hills, it was the Xauxa culture. I’m from the American Southwest, and the Xauxa culture is very similar to the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture. Lots of little stone buildings remain to tell the tale of a vanished civilization. In this tour you’ll build up a picture of these people as you visit the remains of their towns, roads, aqueducts and graves. You can even hire a local shaman to do a traditional ceremony with you to thank the ancient spirits for letting you explore these sites. What do you hope is the response to the GeoTour?  Geocachers like a challenge! The Yanamarca Valley floor is at 11,300 feet above sea level, and the surrounding hills go up to 13,000 feet. You’ll explore all of that. We recommend spending the first day walking or biking around the valley floor if you need to acclimatize to the altitude. It’s a lovely area to explore. Over 90% of the buildings are traditional adobe with red tile roofs. Farming is the center of the economy. You’ll see grandmothers in their colorful mantas watching their sheep, pass fields of quinoa, and complete a challenge that will take you to 10 brightly-painted neighborhood chapels. This area is bursting with genuine Peruvian folkways, and as a geocacher, you’ll see it all up close. Above the valley floor, you’ll hike into the hills to find archeological sites, interesting rock formations, and lovely views of the distant Huaytapallana glacier. This is a great location for geocaching because here are so many little delights to be discovered, that you would definitely not come across without geocaching. What else do geocachers need to know?  My Peace Corps service runs through the end of 2014. Over the course of this year, the local committee and I would love to get input from our pioneer visitors. Please join our Facebook group and let us know when you’ll be here. Maybe we can meet so we can give you some pointers…and you can give us some suggestions![youtube:] It seems like geocaching in the Andes embodies the spirit of exploration. Why might this be the ideal place for geocaching?  SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community”Want a Reward for Finding Geocaches? Keep Reading…March 2, 2015In “Community”Travel like a local, not a touristApril 23, 2019In “News”last_img read more

Developers Set to Use Bear Market as an Opportunity to Accelerate Ethereum Upgrades

first_imgHow Blockchain Changes Nowadays Business Security David Church Related Posts Why is Bitcoin Soaring? Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob…center_img Dave Church is a freelance writer and researcher who spent 20 years working for an international FTSE-100 company in a risk management role. In 2016, he decided to take a step back to focus on his first love of writing. November 2018 will not go down in history as a glorious month in the evolution of cryptocurrency, with all the major digital currencies taking a dive in value, largely as a result of the furore surrounding the Bitcoin Cash hard fork. It prompted even more media drama than usual, partly because it came on the back of several months in which the markets had been largely stable, but from a big picture perspective, it is nothing that those on the cryptocurrency exchanges have not seen a dozen times already.Changpeng Zhao, the Binance CEO, took to Twitter in an attempt to calm fevered brows, and his philosophy of “keep your head down and build” is one that is being seen elsewhere in the industry – particularly given the updates from the Fourth Ethereum Developer Conference that recently took place in Prague. Rumors of a major Ethereum updateThe second most famous cryptocurrency in existence has had challenges of its own this year, particularly from the direction of Ripple, which overtook it in terms of market cap back in September. This was followed by a dramatic fall in the Ethereum price in recent weeks, but the developers seem to be following Zhao’s advice and are looking to the future with greater determination than ever. The overriding feeling that permeated the various meetings at the Prague conference was that this is not a time for inactivity, and Ethereum essentially needs to accelerate out of this tailspin. According to many developers, the best way to do that is to build on its early success in the field of smart contracts by rolling out the next platform upgrades ahead of time. One such meeting was attended by big names in Ethereum that included co-founder Joseph Lubin and prominent developers Joseph Chow and Greg Colvin. In it, they discussed an upgrade called Ethereum 1x, which could be rolled out as soon as June 2019.Precise details of the upgrade are still being kept under wraps, but it is widely rumored that 1x could address the scaling concerns that have been dogging both Ethereum and Bitcoin for so long. Some minutes from the meeting were uploaded to Github shortly after the conference by Greg Colvin. What else was discussed in Prague?Ethereum 1x was the biggest story to come out of the developer conference, but there are other Ethereum projects that are also going full steam ahead. These include a system-wide update that is not connected with 1x and will take place around the middle of next year and the introduction of rent or storage fees on smart contracts. In summary, it seems that within Ethereum, at least, Changpeng Zhao’s words are being taken to heart. While the popular press continues to scream sensationalist headlines, the developers are quietly keeping their heads down and treating this as the ideal time to work harder than ever to push the Ethereum platform back towards the top of the cryptocurrency tree. ToyBox and PlayTable Partner Together For Block…last_img read more

Leading the team at Lord’s is a special honour: Dhoni

first_imgDhoni will lead India against England at Lord’s in the first of the four-match Test series.It’s a privilege for anyone to step on the hallowed turf at the ‘Home of Cricket’ and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no exception as he prepares to lead his bunch of world beaters in the first Test at the Lord’s on Thursday.Dhoni, says that the experience of leading his team out at Lord’s on Thursday will be an honour to rank with anything he has achieved in his glorious career.”It’s obviously big, leading 15 people who have the expectation of 1.2 billion,” Dhoni told the Daily Telegraph.”It’s an honour, it’s very special. But at the same time it’s an added responsibility. You want the Indian team to win each and every game, which is not possible. Still, that’s what you are expected to do.”The ‘Captain Cool’ during the interview has spoken about how at times he feels like moving far away from the madding crowd on one of his 25 motorbikes.”If get the chance,” he says, “Somewhere in Delhi or Mumbai, I will take my bike out, take the helmet with me and go around for a ride.”The family man in him comes out once he starts talking about his family.”Since 2005, I have not spent much time with my family,” he said, thinking back to the year of his Test debut against Sri Lanka.”In fact, I have spent more time at the Taj Landsend in Mumbai. It was my 100th visit recently, which means I have spent more than 400 days in that hotel, and that is a lot more than I have spent with my family.”advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Male Disney Cruise worker claims harassment by female boss

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — A middle-aged male former labour analyst at Disney Cruise Line says his younger female manager created a hostile work environment by bullying him about his age, bragging about sleeping with married men in the office and passing him over for promotions.Anthony McHugh says in a lawsuit filed last month in federal court in Orlando that the female manager discriminated against him because of his sex and age. He says she called him a “stuffy old fart” in front of staff and wouldn’t provide him with an iPhone or tablet like she did for staff younger than 40.Experts in workplace law say it’s uncommon for a female manager to be accused of sex discrimination against a male underling and creating a hostile workplace.Disney says the lawsuit is without merit.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Provincial government ends state of emergency caused by wildfires

first_imgThe provincial state of emergency was an extraordinary measure taken to ensure public safety and the coordinated response to this summer’s wildfire season, which has seen more than 1.3 million hectares burned to dateThe Province added that while the powers of the state of emergency are no longer required, the wildfire situation is not over.As of this morning, 485 wildfires are burning in B.C., with 19 evacuation orders affecting approximately 1,994 individuals. An additional 4,848 residents are currently on evacuation alert in 39 areas. VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government says that thanks to cooler weather and progress in containing the record number of wildfires the province has experienced this summer, it has decided to cancel the provincial state of emergency that was in effect for the entire province.The state of emergency was declared on August 15th and extended last week. Since then, the government said that there was a significant reduction in the number of properties under an evacuation order, and many residents are now returning home.As such, the Province has decided that the powers granted under a provincial state of emergency are no longer required.last_img read more

Bairstow and Warner show demolish RCB by 118 runs

first_imgHyderabad: Jonny Bairstow and David Warner smashed sensational centuries to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a comprehensive 118-run win over struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League match here Sunday. Englishman Bairstow struck 114 from just 56 balls while Warner carried his bat for a 55-ball 100 in a record 185-run first-wicket partnership to post a mammoth 231 for two after being put into bat. Bairstow punished RCB with 12 fours and seven sixes while Warner hit five fours and as many sixes in his 55-ball knock. With a gigantic target to eclipse, RCB needed a rollicking start but the visitors’ chase never got going as they kept on losing wickets to be bundled out for 113 in 19.5 overs. It was RCB’s third consecutive loss in the tournament, while Sunrisers registered their second win out of three games this season. Playing his first IPL match this season, Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi did the early damage as he picked up three quick wickets — two in his second over — as RCB’s slumped to 22 for three by the end of the fourth over. Nabi first accounted for Parthiv Patel and then came back to remove Shimron Hetmyer and dangerous A B de Villiers in the fourth over. To make matters worse for RCB, Sandeep Sharma then dismissed skipper Virat Kohli in the first delivery of the seventh over. As if that was not enough, Shivam Dubey was run out in the very next ball as RCB’ chase fell by the wayside. At that stage the visitors slumped to 35 for six in 7.3 overs. From there on, it was almost an impossible task for RCB to get back into the game and Colin de Grandhomme (37) and 16-year-old Prayas Ray Barman (19), the youngest player to make his IPL debut, just did their bit to delay the inevitable. Nabi starred with the ball for Sunrisers with figures of four for 11, while Sandeep (3/19) too was not far behind, scalping three wickets. Earlier, RCB captain Kohli’s decision to put Sunrisers in backfired as all his bowlers were taken to cleaners by Bairstow and Warner who became the first pair in IPL history to post three consecutive hundred-run stands. Bairstow and Warner bludgeoned the bowlers, bettering the earlier highest of 184 between KKR’s Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn in the 2017 edition against Gujarat Lions. Sunday’s innings was also only the second time in IPL history in which two batsmen scored a hundred each. Bairstow was finally out in the 17th over off Yuzvendra Chahal as he went for yet another big shot but only got the leading edge for Umesh Yadav to take a running catch. He reached to his hundred in 52 balls.last_img read more

Morocco Ranks Second in Cyber Security in MENA Region report

first_imgCasablanca – Right behind Oman, Morocco is second in the North African and Middle Eastern region in terms of Cyber security, based on a project that has identified 17 performance indicators in 5 categories.Morocco has been ranked second behind Oman in the Cyber Security Global Index (GCI), on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union congress (ITU), held in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme “A conversation that matters.”With a total score of 0.559 points, Morocco came second after Oman (0.765 points). The kingdom, which has the highest rate of connectivity, comes ahead of its North African neighbors, namely Egypt and Tunisia, whereas Sudan ranks fifth. The ranking takes into account 17 performance indicators in five categories that are legal, technical, organizational, as well as capacity building and cooperation. According to the GCI, the goal is to publish five other regional indexes to eventually constitute an overall index.“The GCI project is a joint effort between ITU and ABI Research, a market intelligence company specializing in global technology markets,” stated representatives of the organizations.As stated in the joint agreement, the Telecommunication Development Bureau (TDB), responsible for supporting developing countries in ITU, ABI Research and Ibra College of Technology (ICT), are developing mechanisms of classification, performing primary research and national reference capacities.The purpose of the GCI is to promote government strategies at the national level and ensure their implementation in all industries and sectors.It is also aimed at integrating security into the base of technological progress and promoting a global culture of cyber security. In this sense, some countries like Morocco have in recent years developed strategies to enhance computer security.According to Daily LaVieEco, only 11 African countries currently have what is called a CERT, Computer Emergency Response Team, an organization that “handles computer security incidents.”Morocco, along with Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt, are the only Arab countries to have a CERT team.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more