first_imgLinkedin Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Team Up For TheoNext articleWired FM winning on the double at National Community Radio Awards Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie BusinessNews#ShopLimerick – Small business group launches shop local campaignBy Staff Reporter – November 30, 2020 102 ISME chief executive Neil McDonnellLIMERICK retailers are being asked to join the ‘Shop Local – Not Just for Christmas’ campaign launched by small business group ISME which highlights the importance of supporting Irish businesses throughout the year.ISME hopes that their members in Limerick offering business to business services, consumer products and services across the retail, hospitality and personal grooming sectors will join this initiative and avail of the opportunity to promote their business free of charge.Every €10 spent on Irish products generates more than €40 of benefit for related businesses, which highlights the importance of shopping local to maintain employment in local communities.As businesses face into the Christmas shopping period, ISME is encouraging consumers to not only shop locally this festive season, but to make a conscious effort to continue to support local businesses throughout the coming year.Small businesses are facing significant pressure with closures and other restrictions associated with Covid-19 and this is further amplified by rising insurance costs and Brexit.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ISME chief executive Neil McDonnell said the purpose of the campaign was to encourage consumers to continue to support Irish SMEs beyond the Christmas period and throughout 2021.“The difficulties faced by Irish businesses since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic are very serious, and SMEs have had to make significant investments in enabling online offerings, purchasing equipment, and implementing procedures to adhere to Government guidelines, including screens, PPE and outdoor dining facilities,” he explained.“ISME is encouraging Irish consumers to think of the bigger picture when supporting Irish businesses. As well as employing local people, SMEs also carry a high percentage of locally produced goods and revenue and employment is generated in other local services and suppliers and other small firms.“Since March, Irish consumers have largely moved away from international online shopping, as 53 per cent estimate that they have done most of their online shopping with Irish SMEs. Buying Irish-made goods and services helps to ensure their quality, traceability, and value-for-money. Over the coming months, we are calling on Irish consumers to continue this trend and make that effort to shop locally, both online and in person,” Mr McDonnell concluded.Read the Limerick Post Newspaper’s guide to local retailers HERE Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Print Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_img  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily A slowdown in 2019 will create a healthier housing market going forward, says Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree. In an article titled “What We Expect in Housing and the Economy in 2019,” he pointed out that while housing will slow down next year, it is not a cause for significant concern. Kapfidze is optimistic about the medium- and long-term prospects for housing “as the demographics are going to continue to support demand. With a slower price appreciation, incomes have a chance to catch up. With slower sales, inventory has an opportunity to normalize,” he said. LendingTree does not anticipate a recession this year on account of a strong labor market that will form the basis for growth. However, political tensions will add to uncertainty and volatility which may result in a loss of confidence and suppressed business and consumer spending. LendingTree’s forecast expects an increase in mortgage rates to as high as 5.5 percent in 2019. Home sales will contract marginally by 2 percent to 5 percent on an annual basis. Growth in home prices will moderate to about 3 percent year over year, with some localized decline. However, this will not lead to a national decline, the forecast indicated. It also pointed out that higher rates will affect homebuyer confidence. Growth concerns, driven by political risk and slower global growth could hold mortgage rates below 5 percent—breathing new life into the housing market, according to Kapfidze. Speaking of home appreciation, prices are projected to drop regardless of what happens to interest rates and sales. Home price growth will moderate to about 3 percent year over year. Wage growth is likely to reach 3.5 percent year over year. Abnormally low unemployment can cause a spike in inflation if wage growth approaches 4 percent, the article stated. Speaking of FED rate hikes, it indicated the likelihood of FOMC raising funds rate twice in 2019.The consumer debt of 2018 stands at $14 trillion and will continue to rise this year. “However delinquency rates are low. Although lenders may somewhat tighten underwriting standards, a strong labor market and wage growth will keep delinquencies low and encourage lending and borrowing,” Kapfidze said. The unemployment rate is expected to fall to 3.4 percent by year-end from 3.7 percent recorded at the end of 2018. GDP will drop to 2.5 percent in 2019 from 3 percent in 2018. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Servicing Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Is the Housing Market Recession Ready? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Donna Joseph Tagged with: Economy Fed Rate Hike Home Prices Housing Market LendingTree Mortgage Rates tendayi kapfidze Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] center_img Economy Fed Rate Hike Home Prices Housing Market LendingTree Mortgage Rates tendayi kapfidze 2019-01-11 Donna Joseph Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago January 11, 2019 2,067 Views Subscribe Previous: The “Meaningful Attorney Involvement” Standard Next: D.C.’s Address Confidentiality Act Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Is the Housing Market Recession Ready?last_img read more

first_imgDriven by that passion for research, she expanded her work with Golden and began a collaboration with Milind Tambe, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, for a senior thesis project at the intersection of math, medicine, and social science.Annapragada applied mathematical modeling and machine learning techniques to a large, cross-sectional study of social, community, ecological, and economic factors to better understand how nonclinical variables can predict malaria and anemia in patients in Madagascar.It is estimated that more than 30 percent of women in Madagascar are anemic, and nearly 10 percent of the population suffers from malaria, though these figures are substantially higher in some regions. If malaria is untreated, the parasite lyses red blood cells, while anemia leads to a decrease in red blood cells. Patients who suffer from both conditions face fatality rates above 50 percent.“And this is often an emergent situation happening in a place that is very far from a health care system. So having the ability to predict the coincidence of the two, so we know where the malaria and anemia hot spots are, is really important from the perspective of saving lives,” she said. “By using these nonclinical variables, which don’t require a hospital or a blood draw to gather, we are able to start thinking about what might be driving malaria and anemia in Madagascar.”The work has shown that access to water, sanitation, and certain nutrients are major contributors to high malaria and anemia rates.“We took the most sophisticated mathematical models in the world, neural networks and regression analysis, and in some ways, found out what we knew all along — poverty, and the unfortunate conditions that come with it, have a big role to play in disease,” she said. “We are going to have to address those factors in addition to coming up with better medicines.”As she prepares to graduate, Annapragada is looking forward to using her Harvard training to continue making an impact on global human health. She plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. at the intersection of bioengineering and computer science, with the goal of creating better tools to help patients, both on an individual level through her medical practice and with a broader, public health mindset.The events of the spring term that transformed the home stretch of her senior year have impressed even more upon Annapragada the critical role that math can play in solving global health crises.“My favorite place on campus, and probably one of my favorite places on Earth, is Pforzheimer House. It has been really tough to not be there finishing senior year the way I thought I would be,” she said. “But the idea that social distancing is a public health tool that will stop a pandemic comes directly out of mathematical modeling. To see the things that I care about reflected in everyday practice really inspires me.” This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Deep in the rainforests of Madagascar, Akshaya Annapragada was counting chickens.Then, as a first-year, Annapragada traveled to the African island nation to conduct field work with a team of researchers led by Christopher Golden, assistant professor of nutrition and planetary health at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.They studied the impact of vaccinations on poultry flocks kept by Malagasy community members. The team set out to determine how vaccinating chickens against the deadly (for poultry) Newcastle disease could create a healthy, sustainable food source for communities that have relied on increasingly scarce wild meats for centuries.Armed with firsthand chicken population data, Annapragada built and analyzed predictive mathematical models to identify vaccination level targets that would produce herd immunity.“For me, that experience brought home this idea that the really intense mathematical tools I was learning, when you took a broad, systems view, you could really use them to help answer big, important questions, like how can we make nutrition work in very poor communities that are adversely affected by climate change?” she said.“My favorite place on campus, and probably one of my favorite places on Earth, is Pforzheimer House,” said Akshaya Annapragada, who is pictured in its dining hall. “It has been really tough to not be there finishing senior year the way I thought I would be.”Even as a high school student in Houston, it was the big-picture questions that appealed to Annapragada. For instance, while shadowing physicians at the Texas Medical Center, she saw how the tools at their disposal played an outsized role in whether patients lived or died.So Annapragada, who is simultaneously pursuing an A.B. in applied mathematics and an S.M. in engineering sciences-bioengineering, with a secondary in global health and health policy at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, arrived at Harvard eager to develop better medical tools.Working in the lab of Jennifer Lewis, Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering, she helped 3D print muscle tissues using real cells. That research sought to create artificial muscles with such realistic properties that they could be used in surgeries and transplants.“3D printing is supposed to be very precise, so we had an idea of what printed muscle is supposed to look like. But when you are working with actual cells, it isn’t so simple. Cells are vital for all these incredible human life functions, but they don’t print in straight lines,” she said. “Trying to figure out how to reconcile this really precise notion of what 3D printers should do with the reality of what biology looks like was really challenging, but also a really rewarding way to bring two disciplines together.”From making muscles, Annapragada found more vexing medical research problems in the lab of Samir Mitragotri, Hiller Professor of Bioengineering and Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering.She and her collaborators worked to produce nanoparticles with similar properties to blood platelets. Their goal was to use the drug-carrying nanoparticles to mimic the properties of platelets as they circulate through the blood stream, which could enable the precise delivery of drugs to specific areas of the body.“I really love the idea of trying to come up with knowledge that nobody else has,” she said. “All of these big problems in health care, I think most people would agree we should try to do something about them. But as a researcher, you can read the literature, think a lot about it, have a unique understanding of the problem, and apply technical skills to fix that problem and do something that no one else has done before.” “I really love the idea of trying to come up with knowledge that nobody else has.” — Akshaya Annapragadalast_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis Team defeated Lawrenceburg 5-0 on Thursday.#1 Singles- Beau Brown defeated Andrew Budd 6-0, 6-1#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeated Max Martin 6-0, 6-0#3 Singles- Ben Schwettman won by forefit#1 Doubles- Matthew Taylor and Spencer Rose defeated Eathn Grimes and Chris Barnashed 6-0, 6-0#2 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Ross Bezold and Cotton Vinup 6-0, 6-0.Batesville is now 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in the EIAC. The Bulldogs will play South Dearborn at home on Monday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinneylast_img