Mary shows spark of Solidarity in council debut

first_img TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Print WhatsApp Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook Linkedin Newly co-opted Solidarity councillor Mary Cahillane with party colleague Paul Keller.NEWLY co-opted councillor Mary Cahillane, who replaces Solidarity’s Cian Prendiville in the City North district, used her first day on the job to propose a motion on the Cervical Check scandal.Speaking at this Monday’s meeting of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Cahillane announced herself with a bang as she hit out at Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for the privatising and outsourcing in the health service.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “A greedy, ideological decision ten years ago by Mary Harney, Health Minister in a Fianna Fáil-led coalition, has now killed 21 women in Ireland,” she declared.“The current Fine Gael Health Minister Simon Harris and the HSE continue to sell our smear tests to private laboratories abroad. Private companies’ priorities are to make profit, not to protect women’s health. The real costs of privatisation in our health service cannot be measured in euro and cents, it costs lives.“It is our duty to demand on behalf of people a free, publicly funded, properly resourced, democratically accountable health service that meets the needs of everyone and not just those who can afford it.”Following the meeting, Solidarity councillor for City East, Paul Keller welcomed Ms Cahillane’s confirmation as a councillor and warned other parties that there was “more to come”.“Mary is a trade union activist of long standing and a formidable fighter for working class people. I have been hugely impressed by her politics, energy and capability since she returned to Limerick from living and working in Belfast for many years.“She has helped organise important protests in Limerick around the Cervical Cancer scandal and, as you can see today, she’s prepared to take that fight into the council chamber,” Cllr Keller commented.Councillors took the opportunity to welcome Cllr Cahillane to County Hall this week.“Your predecessor is a tough act to follow. I wish you well,” said Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan.Also wishing her well for the remainder of the term on the Council, Fianna Fail councillor Kevin Sheahan said: “I didn’t always get on particularly well with Cllr Prendiville, but that’s politics.”Independent councillor Brigid Teefy felt it was “nice to see another female” in the council chamber. NewsPoliticsMary shows spark of Solidarity in council debutBy Alan Jacques – December 3, 2018 1245 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! center_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Previous articleLimerick goes wild for tourism campaignNext articleTen thousand names expected to go up on remembrance tree this year Alan Jacques Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Invite Community to Championship Rally

first_img“Without community support, this hockey program would not exist,” says Selkirk College Athletics & Recreation Coordinator Kim Verigin.“We are inviting all the amazing hockey fans and community supporters to come to The Pit on the Castlegar Campus to share this special accomplishment with our players, coaches, students and Selkirk College staff.”The Saints captured an unprecedented fourth straight BCIHL crown with a 2-1 victory over Trinity Western University on Saturday night before a packed house of more than 800 fans at the Castlegar & District Community Complex.The rally takes place in The Pit between noon and 1 p.m.Everyone is invited. Support from hockey fans helped fuel the Selkirk College Saints to a fourth straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title this past weekend and now the student athletes are hosting a gathering to celebrate with the community.The Saints Celebration Rally is set for Wednesday starting at noon on the Castlegar Campus. There will be free pizza, autographs, photo opportunities with the championship trophy and another chance to bask in the glory of a provincial championship.last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Steelhead up next for coastal rivers

first_imgWith very little rain over the past two months, the end is near for the late, fall-run salmon season on our coastal rivers. The season, much like last year, has been somewhat of a disappointment to anglers. Only a couple smaller storms hit the coast and dropped enough rain to bring the Eel, Smith and Chetco up to levels where fish could pass somewhat safely. While the fishing window was very small or non-existent, that doesn’t necessarily mean the number of returning salmon was small. Even …last_img

Newly found ape-man lived alongside Lucy, 3 million years ago

first_imgThey call it Australopithecus deyiremeda, a name derived from “close relative” in a language from the Afar region of Ethiopia. This brand new and previously unsuspected ape-man species, discovered in Ethiopia, lived in the same time and place as one of our potential ancestors: Lucy, or Australopithecus afarensis. A still from a video comparing Australopith skeletons with those of chimpanzees and modern humans. See below. (Image: California Academy of Sciences) • World heritage in South Africa • Cradle of Humankind is our human heritage • Women cavers on underground fossil hunt • Cape bones add new chapter to human history • Gallery: South Africa’s new ape-man speciesJohn McNabb, University of SouthamptonThere are few things more exciting to a palaeontologist than the discovery of a new species. Work will now begin to try to figure out exactly how this hominin relates to our own species.The discovery was made from a number of fossils, dating back 3.3- to 3.5-million years ago. They comprise part of an upper jaw bone with some of the teeth as well as most of a lower jaw bone with a few of its teeth. There are also a couple of other fragments of jaws and teeth.A cast of the upper teeth and lower jawbone of Australopithecus deyiremeda, the newly found species of Australopith. (Photo: Laura Dempsey)Out of the trees yet?The fossils raise many questions that are hard to answer. For instance we can’t know whether the hominin actually walked upright, as there are no bones apart from the skull bones available. The researchers, who report their findings in the journal Nature, have previously found fragments of a foot bone in the same area which dated to 3.4-million years ago. The owner of this foot may not yet have completely left the trees.As there are specimens of Lucy’s species A afarensis not far away, it is likely that the two were contemporary. We know that Lucy and her kind were bipeds as we have their foot bones. There is also an amazingly preserved footprint trail in Laetoli, Tanzania.A representation of the Lucy specimen of Australopithecus afarensis in the Natural History Museum in Washington DC. Lucy was 1.1 metres (3′ 7″) tall and weighed 29 kilograms (64 pounds). The worldwide average height of modern adult humans is 1.6 metres (5′ 3″) for women and 1.73 metres (5′ 8″) for men. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)The foot of A deyiremeda – if that earlier discovery of a partial foot does turn out to belong to this species – is quite different from Lucy’s.There are other Australopiths around at the same time too. In Chad there is the enigmatic A bahrelghazali, only a little older. In South Africa, there’s the Little Foot skeleton from Sterkfontein, recently re-dated to 3.7-million years ago. Some paleoanthropologists want to interpret Little Foot as a new species of Australopith, A prometheus, but others are reluctant to identify it as a new species yet.But the case the discoverers of A deyiremeda have put forward supports their fossils being a new species. There are numerous differences in the jaws and teeth between these remains and those of other species of Australopith. Further south in Kenya there is another hominin around at the same time, not only a different species, but one belonging to a wholly different genus – Kenyanthropus platyops. But A deyiremeda is not like this either.An astonishingly successful genusExactly where A deyiremeda fits in among our ancestors is, however, hard to know. We are Homo sapiens sapiens. Our genus, Homo, is the family we belong to along with our extinct cousins like Homo neanderthalensis and possible ancestors like Homo erectus. Our species is sapiens, meaning wise, and we add another sapiens on to our name to distinguish ourselves from the earliest members of our species. But here is the thing: we are the only species in our genus. From an evolutionary perspective, that is not a healthy sign.Up until today, genus Australopithecus had six, maybe seven species in it depending on who you believe. That is an astonishingly successful genus as far as evolution goes. The oldest yet found is A anamensis, which is more than 4-million years old. The youngest is A sediba which is about 1.9-million years old. That’s a life span of nearly 2-million years between these species. The reason so many species can emerge is because natural selection experiments with different adaptations and different ecological niches.The upper jaw of Australopithecus deyiremeda, the newly found species of Australopith. (Photo: Yohannes Haile-Selassie)The newly discovered A deyiremeda comes from the earlier phase in Australopith evolution. Exactly how it relates to our own species is hard to know. However, many of the features of its jaws and teeth are seen in later hominins, particularly a group of flat-faced ape-men called Paranthropus. These are not on our evolutionary line. The researchers also describe some similarities between A deyiremeda and early Homo, but in the paper they also point out some important differences between the new discoveries and the earliest known member of our own genus, currently dated to 2.8-million years old. So for the moment this is an open question.But there is a last twist to the tale here. For a long time we believed that members of our own genus were the only toolmakers in the hominin record. Now we know that’s not true. Recent reports have established the oldest yet discovered stone tools date to 3.3-million years ago – that’s half a million years older than the earliest member of genus Homo.Tool-making may even go back a bit further. There are contested cut marks from stone tools on bones dated at 3.4-million years ago at Dikika in Ethiopia. Guess which species are around at that time in East Africa? You guessed it: A afarensis, K. platyops and A deyiremeda. Up until today it was K. platyops that was the favoured candidate for this early toolmaker, but today’s announcement of A deyiremeda puts a new player in the game.John McNabb is Senior Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology at University of Southampton.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

Hammer toe repair

first_imgDefinition A hammer toe is a toe that stays in a curled or flexed position. It can be caused by a muscle imbalance, arthritis, or shoes that do not fit well.Hammer toe can occur in more than one toe.Alternative Names Flexion contracture of the toeDescriptionSeveral kinds of surgery can repair hammer toe. Your bone or foot doctor will recommend the kind that will work best for you. Some of the surgeries include:Remove parts of the toe bones.Cut or transplant the tendons of the toes (tendons connect bone to muscle).Fuse the joint together to make the toe straight and no longer able to bend.After surgery, you may have surgical pins or a wire (Kirschner, or K-wire) to hold the toe bones in place while your toe heals.Why the Procedure Is PerformedWhen hammer toe is starting to develop, you may still be able to straighten your toe. Over time, your toe may get stuck in a bent position and you can no longer straighten it. When this happens, painful, hard corns (thick, callused skin) can build up on the top and bottom of your toe and rub against your shoe.Hammer toe surgery is not done just to make your toe look better. Consider surgery if your hammer toe is stuck in a flexed position and is causing:PainIrritationSoresProblems finding shoes that fitSkin infectionsSurgery may not be advised if:Treatment with paddings and strapping worksYou can still straighten your toeChanging to different shoe types can alleviate symptomsRisksadvertisement Risks of hammer toe surgery are:Poor alignment of the toeAllergic reactions to medicines you receive before or during surgeryBleedingInfection in the bones of the toeInjury to nerves that could cause numbness in your toeScar from surgery that hurts when it is touchedStiffness in the toe or a toe that is too straightBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what medicines you are taking, even medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other drugs.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor or nurse for help. Smoking can slow healing.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, or other illness you may have before your surgery.You may be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 – 12 hours before surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to seethe doctor who treats you for these conditions.After the ProcedureMost people go home the same day they have hammer toe surgery. Your doctor or nurse will tell you how to take care of yourself at home after surgery.ReferencesMurphy A. Lesser toe abnormalities. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 83.Review Date:5/15/2014Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Spain coach Del Bosque impressed by De Gea’s composure

first_imgSpain coach Vicente del Bosque has praised goalkeeper David de Gea for the way he has handled an off-field controversy at Euro 2016.The Manchester United player, who has vehemently denied allegations in the Spanish media linking him to a prostitution case, was selected to play against the Czech Republic in Group D in Toulouse on Monday.”At the beginning, I was surprised (by the story) but the attitude shown by the player has given all of us serenity,” Del Bosque told Cadena Ser radio.”The player acted immediately and came to speak to me and (my assistant) Toni (Grande). He showed a lot of composure for his age and an extraordinary maturity. He left no doubt in our minds and that was a huge relief. It really helped us.”COMPETITION WITH CASILLASThe 25-year-old De Gea, who made his senior debut in June 2014, only started in three Euro 2016 qualifiers for the European champions but had a strong season in the English Premier League.His rival for the goalkeeper’s jersey, Iker Casillas, goes into the tournament after a first season at Porto following his move from Real Madrid, where he had struggled for a couple of years.”There is a great competition between them,” Del Bosque said. “Because of what has happened to Iker in recent times and the five years that David has been at Manchester, it has fostered this debate.”It’s not a bad thing and I have no reason to complain about it.”last_img read more

Yelena Isinbayeva to head Russian doping agency’s supervisory board

first_imgTwo-time Olympic gold medallist pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has been elected the chairman of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) supervisory board, the organisation said in a statement on Wednesday.Elections to RUSADA’s new supervisory board were held here on Wednesday, reports Sputnik.Isinbayeva is a candidate for president of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF), which is to hold its report and election conference on December 9.last_img

a month agoChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spot

first_imgChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spotby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says he won’t stop pushing Tammy Abraham.The 21-year-old scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Wolves.It was Abraham now has seven goals from five Premier League appearances, but Lampard has warned he must keep scoring to keep his place.He said:”I felt that knowing his abilities and watching him in the Championship have two great seasons and in the Premier League, I felt it was more than time for him to have his opportunity,” Chelsea boss Lampard said of Abraham.”He needed to show it in pre-season and at the start of the season, hence he started at Manchester United.”I have competition up there. I definitely don’t want to down-talk Giroud and Batshuayi because we need them as well and Batshuayi looked sharp when he came on and Oli always gives something of a high level, so it was up to Tammy to show it.”I’ve got confidence in him and I’m prepared to give him chances, but even more now I’ll be tougher on him because he’s shown what he can do. So the moment he wants to come off that and think that goals will just drop at his feet will be a moment when maybe he will be rested, so it’s important he makes sure he stays on his game.”I’m happy because I see him every day with a feeling like he wants to play every day, to score goals every day and that’s something a bit special. You don’t see that in all young players and it’s a great gift in him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Move Up Here community recruitment program wins award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) awarded the City of Fort St. John with the Economic Development Marketing Innovation Award for the ‘Move Up Here’ recruitment program.The ‘Move up Here’ program was created in partnership with local businesses and organizations as a way to help recruit skilled professionals to FSJ. The program shares resource-based information in a visually appealing way to draw newcomers to the north.Businesses have access to share this free program giving potential new workers more information on opportunities in the area and the benifits of living in the north. “To be recognized by the BCEDA for our Move Up Here recruitment program is a tremendous honour and speaks to the quality and effectiveness of the materials created,” stated Acting Mayor Lilia Hansen.Businesses wishing to use the ‘Move Up Here’ program materials are can contact the Strategic Services department at 250.787.8150 or [email protected] view more on ‘Move Up Here’; CLICK HERElast_img read more