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_imgIt was what we should give every bright gifted scholar. I traveled to New Guinea to study ants, and after I returned I went from junior fellow to assistant professor. I spent a couple of years using the material I learned in New Guinea. Then I collaborated with Robert MacArthur on “The Theory of Island Biogeography.” We produced the book in 1967. Having satisfied some of my appetite, I turned my attention to a book on how we would organize everything we know about social insects. How can we talk about them, and how can we think about them?I decided what I would do was create a new discipline. I had a new grad student, Stuart Altman, whose specialty was rhesus monkeys. We went into the field to study monkey behavior. During that time, we had long talks about how we could join what he knew about rhesus monkeys, and I was loaded with information about insects. There must be common principles. So I did say, I think we ought to have new a new discipline, sociobiology. I then set to work. One of the things I was doing over the next 11 years was creating sociobiology.By 1969‒1970, I put together a book about all of the insects I was studying, “The Insect Societies,” published by Harvard University Press in 1971. In it, I outlined in the opening chapters what sociobiology could be and how it was linked with biology and, to some extent, the humanities. It really was quite a success.Then I turned to doing a book that included all vertebrates, including humans. “Sociobiology: The New Synthesis” was published in 1975. Then “On Human Nature” (1978): That was the book where I very carefully connected sociobiology with neurobiology and evolutionary biology, that was the connection between biology, the natural sciences, and the humanities.GAZETTE: One observation in your new book is jarring: Discovery is completely a human story, its telling is a human achievement, and scientific knowledge is a product of the human brain. Does science exist outside of human consciousness?,WILSON: Yes, if you are willing to delete the word “human.” Science exists. It exists where intelligent life has evolved.Is science constant, no matter the lens? In principle, if we define science, you would expect science develops everywhere. We just don’t make known the fact that this could be one way of stating a group of principles and descriptions, except as follows. The humanities live in a tiny sensory bubble: audiovisual. Most orders on Earth live primarily with pheromones — that is chemical. It is nearly universal. And it is beyond human perception.The humanities have remained stubborn in their thinking: audiovisual. And … we are pretty skilled in audiovisual. We stay within a tiny sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum. We can’t see infrared and ultraviolet, but they are there. Writers stop around the origin of literacy. The most creative trip for writers and artists would be to explore how could you translate that, how could you break out.GAZETTE:  At its core, “The Origins of Creativity” is a philosophical treatise. Are we in an age of enlightenment?WILSON: No, not yet. Crisis will force the next enlightenment. We not only will do more but should do a lot more to synthesize the humanities with science to study biodiversity. We will. We have to do it. The biodiversity crisis, it is the loss of the genetic library. We have the right conditions. If we had the right initiatives from creative artists, if those initiatives were directed toward a message, if they could engage but also inspire, we could. Like Raymond Carver’s blind man in “Cathedral,” the entomologist Edward O. Wilson inspires readers to regard the world through an entirely uncommon lens, never more so than in his latest book, “The Origins of Creativity.”What Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and University Research Professor Emeritus, has accomplished in the natural sciences fills volumes — he recently completed his 34th book.In “Origins,” however, Wilson shifts toward a more philosophical endeavor, urging the next generation of great minds to evolve and explore the symmetry between the natural sciences and the humanities. He urges a return to philosophy in an era when societies are “drowning in information, starved for wisdom.”He recently talked with the Gazette about his new book, its themes, and more.GAZETTE: What advice do you have for young scientists?WILSON: Don’t stick with what you did your thesis on. Use it as a springboard, as a new frontier to the sciences. Go find a collaborator who is symmetrical to you in ambition and learning. You can teach your new co-worker as the colleague teaches you. Together you can formulate something really new. Often I’ve had my co-author give me a new way of thinking I wouldn’t have had. I would suggest to young people to look for that blank space of the frontier. The successful scientist follows the opposite of the military dictum — that is, to march to the sounds of the drum. The ambitious scientist seeks solitude to go where he doesn’t hear the sounds of the drum.GAZETTE: At what point in your career did you recognize the contribution of creative thinking, inspired by the humanities, in your own work?WILSON: When I became a junior fellow (in Harvard’s Society of Fellows). Fellows were selected very carefully, from all subjects, humanities and sciences. There were only eight of us chosen with evidence of promising creativity. The junior fellows met twice a week, Wednesdays and on the weekend for a very elaborate dinner based on British formal customs. At the close of the first dinner, the oath was read to the junior fellows. The oath was essentially: You may go anywhere you wish, you may do anything you want, but during this time, we have only one requirement — you must do something extraordinary. “The successful scientist follows the opposite of the military dictum — that is, to march to the sounds of the drum. The ambitious scientist seeks solitude to go where he doesn’t hear the sounds of the drum.” — E.O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emerituslast_img read more

first_imgSOLD: 97 Greta St, Manly West sold for $780,000.THE sale of 97 Greta St, Manly West, not only achieved the highest sale price this week, it set a new record for the street.Place Manly lead agent Danny Day said the home sold for $780,000 for private treaty, which had not been achieved prior in this street.“That was the highest price in the street, prior to another one, after mine, further down selling for the same price,” he said.Mr Day said while the property took more than 80 days to sell, it wasn’t an accurate representation of how long similar properties like this are taking to sell.“We had Christmas in the middle (of marketing), so it was probably on the market for 80-odd days,” he said.“Also our contract period for that one was quite an extended contract.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“Realistically it wouldn’t have been the 80 days, it would have been a lot shorter.” The elevated position of this Manly home helped attract a record price for the street.He said the buyers, who have moved down from Cairns for work, were attracted to the low maintenance lifestyle and the guest space on the lower level.“They’re going to have older people stay with them from time-to-time as well, so the downstairs having a separate bathroom as well and bedrooms downstairs appeal to them.”He said there was ample demand for properties similar to this.“People are always looking for things where they can have guests stay and where they’ve got their own private area,” he said.“I think that top end of Manly, especially in Greta St right now, is in high demand because there’s a lot of properties that can be add value you too. “But also, it’s a position, it’s a really nice high elevated position, so you get bay views from the property as well.”last_img read more

first_img Share 153 Views   no discussions MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — Officials launched a meningitis vaccination campaign at a Canadian university Friday after detecting two cases of the infection, health authorities said.A student at Acadia University in the province of Nova Scotia was killed by the infection at the beginning of the month.Head of public health for the province, Robert Strang, announced the detection of a second strain B meningitis case at the university.“Two cases of the same strain of meningococcal meningitis in one location, such as a university campus, constitutes an institutional outbreak,” Strang said in a letter Friday.A vaccination campaign is being organised for the university’s several thousand students, he said.Meningitis is an infection that causes swelling around the brain and spinal cord that can quickly become fatal. It can be transferred by secretions from the nose and mouth.But the disease is not highly contagious, Strang said.“This disease does not spread through the air or through casual exposure,” he said in a letter to the university.The Government of Nova Scotia has placed an order for 10,000 vaccines for the vaccination campaign. A second injection will be given to students before the end of the semester.This is the fourth case of meningitis detected in Nova Scotia this year. Earlier, a grade schooler died from a different strain of meningitis in the province. Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Meningitis outbreak declared at Canada university by: Associated Free Press – February 14, 2015center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

first_img Sunderland took a half-time lead at Chelsea in Paolo Di Canio’s first game as manager on Sunday but conceded two goals early in the second half to fall to a 2-1 loss. Next for the Black Cats is Newcastle on Sunday at St James’ Park, seeking to avoid their winless run extending to 10 games. “Everybody was disappointed because, as a minimum, we wanted to get a draw from the game,” N’Diaye said in the Sunderland Echo. “We thought we could get that. In the first half, we looked dangerous and had chances. I thought we played very well and were unlucky because Chelsea only had two or three chances to get a goal. “Just before they equalised, we had a corner and 30 seconds later, they scored. That’s not good. “It’s not good mentally for us to concede so early in the second half. We went into half-time 1-0 up, we had a corner and 30 seconds after, they’d scored a goal. “It’s very bad that things like that can happen. “Every time we think we play well and fight, it doesn’t matter. We need points. “We’ve not won a game in two months and that’s not good. It’s not normal. “Now we don’t have a choice. We need to win games, against Newcastle and Everton.” Sunderland midfielder Alfred N’Diaye believes victory in next weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby with Newcastle is now imperative in the battle for Barclays Premier League survival.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Published on November 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm Contact Kevin: [email protected] Within 15 seconds, the tone was set.After St. Joseph’s won the opening tip, Syracuse center Kayla Alexander swatted away a jumper by SJU forward Chatil van Grinsven.It was the first of eight blocks for Alexander, who spearheaded a defensive effort that held the Hawks scoreless for the first 5:41 of the game.The Orange never trailed against St. Joseph’s (2-2) and cruised to an 80-39 win over the Hawks in Philadelphia, Pa., on Tuesday night. The victory moves Syracuse to 4-0 on the season, and the team has defeated all of its opponents by at least 24 points.“We controlled the glass, and we shot well,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Kayla was dominant inside, and we did a great job on ‘D.’ We had great balance, and we executed our game plan.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse was led by Alexander, who finished with 20 points, eight blocks and seven rebounds in 27 minutes of play, coming close to recording a triple-double as she did last Sunday against Fairleigh Dickinson.SU dominated the entire game, maintaining a rebounding edge of 61-31, holding a decisive 36-8 advantage on points in the paint and shooting 45.2 percent from the field while holding the Hawks to 14-for-66 (21.2 percent) from the field.Syracuse’s efficient shooting early forced SJU defenders to play more outside, opening the interior for Alexander, Hillsman said.“We were making jump shots, and they had to come and guard,” Hillsman said. “It made it tough for them to double down, and we did a good job of attacking our misses.”Senior guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas provided a spark off the bench, nailing a 3-pointer with 8:59 left in the first half to give SU a 28-7 lead. She finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.“She’s very vocal off the bench,” Hillsman said. “Playing solid minutes, that’s what she’s focused on. Her role is in no way diminished. I tell her, ‘When you play well, you’re going to play well. It doesn’t matter if you’re coming off the bench.’”The Orange continued its trend of gathering a mix of contributions from starters and reserves, with 41 of the team’s 80 points coming from the bench. Reserve Rachel Coffey added seven points and six assists in 25 minutes, and guard La’Shay Taft came off the bench for three points and three steals in 13 minutes.Syracuse remained sharp throughout the game thanks to its depth, Hillsman said.“It’s critical to have that bench productivity,” Hillsman said. “We need balance and depth, and we need to play our numbers.”St. Joseph’s rode a wave of momentum into the contest, after taking down then-No. 5 Maryland on Saturday night, the program’s first win over a top-5 squad since 1977.Despite SJU’s success against the Terrapins, the Orange knew it could compete if it stuck to its game plan and stayed on task, Hillsman said.Syracuse did much more than that en route to a 41-point victory.“We wanted to start off fast, and we did that,” Hillsman said. “They’re a very good team, and we knew going in that we had to compete at a high level.“We just played well.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe panel included School of Journalism Director Geneva Overholser, Alhambra Source Editor Daniela Gerson and representatives from Annenberg’s local online news projects Alhambra Source, Intersections South L.A and Metamorphosis Project. The three projects aim to improve community engagement through journalism.Overholser said the new Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative works to merge scholarship from Annenberg with the skills introduced in the journalism major together to investigate how to create local news that promotes civic engagement in diverse communities.“Journalism is right now figuring out how best to help people engage in the life of the community, and that’s what this initiative focuses on,” Overholser said. “It’s particularly exciting — and unique, really — that we can bring the talents of scholarly researchers and journalism professional together.”Gerson said Annenberg’s scholarly research into increasing community involvement through journalism is unique.“There’s a proliferation of hyper local news sites across the country, most of which would like to increase civic engagement,” Gerson said. “But few, if any, are engaged in research about how to make that happen.”Launched in 2010, Alhambra Source is a multilingual local news source that is part of a joint research project at USC Annenberg’s Communication School’s Metamorphosis Project and the School of Journalism. The online publication is entirely composed of writing from more than 30 community contributors who submit first-person stories and serve as “natural translators” to their predominately Asian and Latino suburban community.The Alhambra Source is published in English, Chinese and Spanish, making the site accessible to the vast majority of the community.Esmee Xavier, an Alhambra Source contributor, said providing information to the community is an invaluable service.“If it weren’t for the Source, there would be no easily accessible source of news in Alhambra,” Xavier said. “Most people didn’t even know there were City Council member elections.”Prior to launching Alhambra Source, the Western San Gabriel Valley, which includes Alhambra, ranked as having the lowest sense of belonging out of six neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area, according to the Metamorphosis project, which studies urban communities. Civic participation was at an all-time low with the 2010 municipal elections being canceled when no candidate challenged any of the five incumbents up for re-election.Joanna Wu, a 2007 Annenberg graduate and a member of the Alhambra community, said the news outlet helped reverse the lack of civic engagement.“Just knowing that Alhambra Source is there makes you more interested in the city, it makes you more proud of it,” Wu said. “With other news sources like Patch, sometimes they just grab news from wherever. But with Alhambra Source, there’s an editor who is researching the news, editing it, checking for accuracy — it is journalism at work.”Xavier also said the Alhambra Source is important for local communities since it provides unbiased analysis rather than advocacy.“The local paper is by the Chamber of Commerce, and they don’t really cover the stories that open people’s eyes to issue that are actually happening,” Xavier said. A  roundtable of reporters and experts discussed Tuesday the ways in which local journalism can increase civic engagement, the subject of a new initiative from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.Roundtable · Panelists discussed the multilingual Alhambra Source news site, part of an Annenberg initiative to increase community engagement through hyper-local journalism at an event Tuesday. – Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojanlast_img read more