first_imgHousing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Pictured at the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s National Project Awards is ( l to r ) Chapter President Pat Lucey, Andrew Murphy Managing Director at Shannon Airport, Graham Doyle, Secretary General of the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport, PwC Portfolio and Programme Management Leader, Féilim Harvey Siobhan O’Donnell, Head of External Communications at daa with the Ireland’s Jubilee Project Award. PIC: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IEThe impact of aviation, with Shannon Airport’s role pivotal, in the development of Ireland has been recognised in a major award, ahead of projects such as the state motorway programme and even the introduction of the Smoking Ban.The development of Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports has been recognised as the most influential project undertaken in Ireland over the past 50 years by the Irish Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The ‘Expansion of Ireland’s International Airports’ project was announced as the winner of special PMI anniversary accolade at the Ireland Chapters’ annual National Project Awards on Thursday, November 14, at the Dublin offices of award sponsors PwC in Spencer Dock.The ‘Expansion of Ireland’s International Airports’ was chosen by public vote from a stellar shortlist of eight from nearly 100 initially suggested projects. The shortlist included the Guinness Storehouse; Introduction of the Smoking Ban; Luas Light-rail System; Redevelopment of Croke Park; Regeneration of Dublin Docklands; State Motorway Programme; and The Wild Atlantic Way.Welcoming the award, Shannon Group Chief Executive Mary Considine said: “We are very proud of the influence Shannon Airport has had and continues to have on Ireland’s economic success. Shannon is now and always was an innovator; it’s in our DNA, from the establishment of the world’s first Duty-Free shop in 1947, now grown into a multi-billion dollar global industry, to being the first airport in the world, outside of the Americas, to provide full US Preclearance facilities, making arrival in the US easier and faster. More recently we were also the first airport in Europe to establish an airport sensory room for our customers.“This year we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the landing of the first passenger aircraft, and as a central core of Shannon Group, the airport continues to be a driving force for economic growth in the West of Ireland. It does this through the delivery of global air connectivity to enhance the region attractiveness as a location for FDI and indigenous companies and boosts the tourism industry by providing overseas visitors with gateway access to the Wild Atlantic Way.“Shannon was the birth place of aircraft leasing and today we are continuing to support Shannon’s aviation cluster through our International Aviation Services Centre (IASC). We are very proud and grateful for the honour bestowed on us by Irish public, and of the role that Shannon Airport, through our dedicated employees past and present, has played in growing the Irish economy over the past 50 years.” WhatsApp TAGSairportbusinessClareindustryLimerick City and CountyNewsShannonTransporttravel Facebook Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic center_img Previous articlePike Overcome Ballynanty with Controlled DisplayNext articleAlby Mathewson set to leave Munster on Saturday Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie BusinessNewsShannon Airport’s influence has been central in Irish aviation – Shannon Group CEO Mary ConsidineBy Staff Reporter – November 18, 2019 432 Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Twitter Linkedin Print Limerick on Covid watch list TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

first_imgAlthough the Blais-Shewit administration has achieved many smaller goals so far, it has not yet accomplished much of what it promised to have done at this point in its term and has had to re-evaluate and adjust the timeline of several of its major platform points. The group has set a solid foundation for the rest of its term through outreach and relationship-building, but it remains to be seen whether or not it can follow through with the projects it has started.Grade: BTags: 2017 Student Government Insider, blais-shewit, Callisto, sexual assault, Student government, sustainability, University Health Services As the first half of their term draws to a close, student body president Becca Blais and vice president Sibonay Shewit said they have been working hard to integrate student feedback into their initiatives.“We’re still in the process with the [student government] website and a few other things, but just [focusing on] changing the image of student government and going to Moreau classes,” Blais said. “We’ve been working with a lot of business classes now lately and just getting the name brand out there, redoing the social media.”In order to increase their visibility and collect student input, the administration has conducted a “Town Hall On-The-Go” initiative and visited every hall council, Shewit said.“Like we said when we were campaigning, people don’t think student government does anything, and part of us addressing that was focusing more on working on what students are saying that they want,” Shewit said. “ … I think we’ve found if we don’t put so much absolute effort on our communications and getting out to students, we can’t expect them to know what’s going on in our office.”Throughout this semester, student government has also worked to foster connections with the South Bend community, junior and chief of staff Prathm Juneja said.“The area I think we’ve had our strongest focus in is the community engagement and outreach portions,” he said. “Student governments often neglect the South Bend relationship and I think our director, [senior] Adam Moeller, has done just the most incredible job there.”While the administration has not yet reached a partnership with the Awake campaign — a campaign that would donate five cents to a local community partner every time a student brings a reusable cup to a coffee vendor on campus, which was one of the administration’s main platform points — Juneja said student government has accomplished some of its other sustainability initiatives. These achievements, he said, include a Styrofoam ban, and working with campus dining to implement anaerobic digestion, an alternative to composting.“We’re still working on the Awake campaign, but in the meantime, our director of sustainability was able to change the way the Huddle treats plastic bags,” Juneja said. “They were able to get people to stop offering bags. You used to always get a bag with your stuff at the Huddle — we were sending out thousands of bags a week and that’s not happening anymore.”The cabinet has also implemented several of its diversity and inclusion initiatives, such as auditing resident assistant training and hiring a third diversity and inclusion officer, Blais said. In addition, the University’s statement of diversity and inclusion will also be incorporated into prospective students’ acceptance packages.“They do the initial acceptance letter and then they follow immediately with your package and [the statement] is going to be in the package,” Blais said. “We’re still pushing for it to be in the initial acceptance letter, but we have the second one confirmed.”Though the University Counseling Center (UCC) had already begun to discuss internal reviews, Blais said student government also played a key role in ensuring that the UCC underwent evaluation by the Jed Foundation, which is currently wrapping up its review.While they have implemented certain items from their platform, however, many of the administration’s initiatives regarding sexual assault remain in the works.According to their platform, one of Blais and Shewit’s top priorities was to implement Callisto — an online tool which allows students to submit time-stamped reports of sexual assault — by fall of 2017. However, Callisto is still being evaluated by the committee for sexual assault prevention (CSAP) and Blais said they hope to implement it in 2018 at the earliest.“We had to go over the technology logistics and go over data security, over is it is right for Notre Dame?” Blais said. “Are there competing apps or services or anything, which we found there aren’t — things like that. So it is actually moving forward with a decision soon, which is extremely promising and exciting, especially for such a large new service to the University.”Blais and Shewit also planned to create a way for students to call Notre Dame Security Police by typing a key code into buildings. However, they are now instead looking into implementing a safety app which will allow students to contact Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on the go, Blais said.“If they don’t pilot a new app — because there are challenges with looking at a new app — then they would either embed it directly into ND Mobile or they want to have a direct call button in ND Mobile for NDSP,” Blais said. “So we’re looking to bring the emergency call system to your pocket.”After further conversations with University Health Services, Blais said, the cabinet also reevaluated its goal of implementing a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) rape kit administration program on campus, a platform point passed down from the Robinson-Blais administration.“In terms of safety, it’s actually better to have [rape kits] at the hospital because those nurses are trained to use them,” Blais said. “And we could train our nurses but they administer them more often, so they have experience with them. You can’t mess up a rape kit, and they’re very easy to mess up. But we have transportation from campus to those rape kits that’s free of charge.”Although the cabinet may not accomplish every item on its platform, Juneja said, it will work to advance each initiative as much as possible.“I don’t think we will achieve every single bullet point on that platform, but I do think that we will leave on April 2 and feel like at least we started pushing on everything,” he said. “So I don’t think we’ll have any regrets.”last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES — A group of Colorado Rockies players visited Treyarch Studios, the Santa Monica headquarters of the global video game developer, on Tuesday. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t be released until October, but the players hunkered down in a dark, glossy room encircled with screens and dove into the new game.There was a baseball game that night too, and first pitch at Dodger Stadium was still several hours away. Playing video games wasn’t a part of everyone’s game-day routine, but iPads were waiting in the dugouts, a standard tool for major league teams in 2018. Televisions hung in the players’ cafeterias. Smartphones were ubiquitous. Just by going about his day, the average baseball player took in more screens than your company’s HR department.A new book claims this is a serious problem.The author is Tommy John, a chiropractor based in San Diego. He is less famous than the elbow ligament replacement surgery that also bears his father’s name. In “Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance,” John attempts to reverse a recent explosion in surgeries through a set of guidelines for youth athletes designed to, well, minimize their injuries and maximize their performance. The guidelines are not catchy. They aren’t specific to any one sport. The book probably won’t make Tommy John the author more famous than Tommy John the pitcher or Tommy John the surgery.“Nobody can sell the stuff that it takes,” the author said in a recent telephone interview. “It’s a bunch of mundane acts over and over. It’s constantly doing the small things over and over. But you can’t sell that. It’s not easy. It’s not one thing.”The “Tommy John solution,” as he calls it, offers a lot of nuggets culled from hard research and John’s own anecdotal evidence working with youth, college and pro athletes. John himself had a brief pro career as a pitcher before transitioning to chiropractics. He said his father never gave him a pitching lesson until he asked for one as a 12-year-old.“It was just ‘here, throw the ball here.’ Back up, ‘throw the ball here.’ It was so basic,” John said. “I wanted more.”The idea of not specializing in one sport year-round, and not focusing on any one sport-specific activity before puberty, is not new. Youth injuries are rising nonetheless. John cited a 2013 interview with Dr. James Andrews in which America’s most famous orthopedic surgeon estimated 40 percent of his patients were youth, up from 15 percent in the span of a decade. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Andrews is on MLB’s “Pitch Smart” committee, formed by the league to combat the youth injury epidemic. If the program is successful, MLB hopes, the bodies of future major leaguers will not be on the verge of collapse by the time they reach their 20s. Many of its guidelines overlap with the Tommy John Solution.So far, prolonged screen exposure is not an area of overlap.“We have looked at this issue with interest and further research is needed before definitive recommendations,” the league said in a statement.In “Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance,” John does not tread so lightly. He treats screen exposure like a Trojan horse, a subversive attack on the human brain.“Each time people answer a text, surf social media, use the latest app, or battle online against others, their brain is being bombarded by stimuli,” he writes. “Every bright color, high-definition pixel, pop-up ad, or unexpected sound is a trigger their brain has to react to, yet they can only process so much.”John says these stimuli throw our sympathetic nervous system – the body’s so-called “fight or flight” response – into overdrive, and being in a constant state of overdrive ultimately weakens the body’s immune system.The average healthy adult might not notice the consequences the same as someone who participates in a punishing physical activity – for example, throwing a baseball. John focuses on youth athletes, but he believes the consequences are the same for major leaguers.“I’ve worked with the highest level of professionals. The same rules apply,” John said. “You are at a detriment when you expose yourself to something like a screen. Your sympathetics are going to ramp up. We can’t use age groups. The 20-year-old today is not the 20-year-old of 20 years ago.”Keith Dugger, the Rockies’ head athletic trainer, said he’s tried educating players about the consequences of screen exposure. His staff might have control over players’ physical movements for several hours a day, for eight months a year. He can monitor things like stretching routines and weightlifting programs. But playing video games or using a smartphone?“We want them to limit the amount of time they’re in front of their gaming devices when they get home after a game,” he said. “We want a cutoff period. We’re not putting a curfew on them but we’re saying, ‘be responsible. Don’t stay up all night.’”Does he think they’re listening?“I think they listen a little bit, especially if there’s science that’s out there, documentation showing there’s an ill effect toward them or their gameplay. In reality, they’ll do anything if it’s not affecting their gameplay.”Rockies pitcher Bryan Shaw was among the group that visited Treyarch Studios on Tuesday. He already has the release date for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 circled on his calendar.“October 20,” he said. “I’m ready. I’m excited. I think all of us that went are.”Shaw described the role of video games in his life in anything but dire terms. When the Rockies are on the road, he said, it’s a regular part of his pre- and postgame routine.“Usually we get back to the hotel, relax, play some games until you fall asleep,” he said. “I played some today. You wake up at 10 o’clock, whatever it is, go eat breakfast and sit in your room until you come to the field at 2, so yeah I jumped on today.”Shaw doesn’t think gaming impedes his sleep schedule, though traveling from coast to coast over the course of 162 games might. An eight-year veteran, Shaw is 30 years old and says he’s been playing video games all his life. He’s averaged 63 games and 59 innings a season and has never been placed on the disabled list.If convincing major leaguers to limit their screen exposure is any indication, John will face an uphill battle with teenagers.“That’s a fallacy,” Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler said. “I don’t like it. I don’t believe it.”“I think I would almost argue the opposite, that we already do it so much that it can’t really (harm) us, or maybe it almost warms us up,” Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling said. “But there’s a chance. I’ve got to think it depends on what you’re doing – playing a violent video game or watching a thriller probably burns you more than if you’re sitting there reading a Kindle.”Screen exposure might not be on the front lines of MLB’s injury-prevention battle yet. But if it ever gets there, medical staffs could be in for a battle.last_img read more

first_imgCOUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A volunteer with Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s campaign has died in a western Iowa crash.The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Zachary Crombie Presberg was killed Monday night when the car he was driving on U.S. Highway 6 collided with two trucks as he tried to pass one of them.A statement from Warren’s campaign says Presberg joined the campaign this summer after graduating from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, to organize voter meetings and build relationships in Cass County. He continued his service to Warren’s campaign as a volunteer after his fellowship ended.He was a native of Piedmont, California.Warren said in the statement that she and her husband “are heartbroken over Zac’s passing” and added that “Zac represented the very best of us.”last_img read more