Bridge protected but lives risked

first_imgSurgeries and clinic cancellations extended NewsBridge protected but lives riskedBy Bernie English – February 20, 2017 858 Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet Print Twitter Linkedin Previous articleCompetition winnerNext articleChildbirth deaths don’t make court Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img Shannondoc operating but only by appointment First Irish death from Coronavirus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL TAGSCllr Sean Lynch (FF)featuredShannon. Limericksuicide Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April The former Fitzgibbon Memorial on Sarsfield bridge The former Fitzgibbon Memorial on Sarsfield [email protected] POTENTIALLY life-saving piece of equipment for Sarsfield Bridge cannot be installed because the bridge is a protected structure, stunned members of Limerick’s local authority heard this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Sean Lynch (FF) told a meeting of the metropolitan committee of the council that he had been contacted by traumatised visitors to the city who saw a man go into the river off the bridge just before Christmas, but could do nothing because there was no lifebuoy near enough.He asked for a lifebouy to be placed in the centre of the bridge, but was told by officials that this wouldn’t be allowed as the bridge is a protected structure.last_img read more

Higher education and the military

first_imgStressing the importance of ensuring that the brightest and the bravest don’t live in separate worlds, Britain’s Sir William Francis Butler, a 19th century lieutenant general, once said, “The nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.”Thanks to Harvard’s deep tradition of and respect for military service, “We will never become such a nation,” U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, J.D. ’75, said at a public address Wednesday evening at the Harvard Kennedy School.Mabus’ talk, “Universities, the Navy and the Marines: Presence, Partnership, and the Way Ahead,” marked the five-year anniversary of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program’s return to Harvard. The University formally resumed its relationship with NROTC following the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the federal policy that required gay and lesbian service members to keep their sexual preferences quiet or face expulsion. The Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps was reinstated on campus a year later.Mabus said that because of University President Drew Faust’s early leadership on the issue, other universities, including Yale, Columbia and Princeton, followed suit. He presented Faust with a Marine Corps saber as symbolic thanks for her push to reinstate NROTC at Harvard after an absence that dated back to the Vietnam War era.Faust said she was pleased that the number of NROTC and ROTC scholarship students is on the rise in the Class of 2020, and she hoped that is an indicator that more Harvard students will take on “the responsibility and privilege of defending our nation.” Only 1 percent of Americans serve in the military today.Mabus touted numerous changes the Navy and Marine Corps have instituted in recent years to modernize, using renewable energy sources, and better serving the needs and expectations of today’s all-volunteer force. The improvements include more merit-based promotions, increased paid maternity leave, more flexible time-off benefits, and the opening of all service areas, including the elite Navy SEALs and the Marine infantry, to female recruits.,From the Army encampment of General George Washington, L.L.D. 1776, in Harvard Yard to the “Bloody 20th” Regiment of mostly Harvard-educated troops that endured substantial casualties in the Civil War, the University’s ties to the military are extensive. The University was one of the six original schools to participate in NROTC beginning in 1926, and still contributes significant research to aid the military. In addition, as Mabus noted, Harvard has produced the most Medal of Honor recipients of any educational institution in the country except the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.“As citizens, we have an obligation to understand our military and to ensure that it and its members do not stand apart from our national life,” Faust said. “And as Harvard seeks to shape that society and educate its citizens and leaders, we must necessarily be connected to its military. We must ensure that Harvard students understand military service as a choice to consider and to honor even if, and especially if, they end up pursing other paths.”last_img read more

Red Bluff High soccer opens league play Wednesday

first_imgRedding >> The second phase of the soccer season has begun as both the Red Bluff High girls and boys teams open Eastern Athletic-Sac River League action Wednesday in Redding against Shasta. The girls travel to Shasta High’s Thompson to battle the undefeated Wolves at 6 p.m., while the boys play host to Shasta at Redding Soccer Park. All Red Bluff’s home soccer games this year will be played at Redding Soccer Park due to the shutdown of Spartan Stadium this season. The Red Bluff boys have been …last_img

Raiders belong to Derek Carr in 2019, and they always did

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.ALAMEDA — The clock starts now.All the ticking that was supposedly going on around draft time regarding the future of Derek Carr with the Raiders was nonsense, speculation devoid of logic and common sense.Carr had adapted and learned coach Jon Gruden’s system of football well enough that there was no thought given to drafting an immediate replacement. Certainly not after a single season, and under a coach who has no track …last_img

Superlative New Hubble Deep Field Shouts Awe

first_imgHow many galaxies can you fit in a piece of sky the diameter of the full moon? Keep reading.The Hubble Telescope team has been busy. For years, they have been collecting photons of light from a small area of sky, the apparent diameter of the full moon.  On May 2, they released their latest mind-boggler. The Hubble team tells the history that led up to their biggest deep field yet:The Hubble Legacy Field combines observations taken by several Hubble deep-field surveys. In 1995, the Hubble Deep Field captured several thousand previously unseen galaxies. The subsequent Hubble Ultra Deep Field from 2004 revealed nearly 10,000 galaxies in a single image. The 2012 Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, was assembled by combining ten years of NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observations taken of a patch of sky within the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field.The new set of Hubble images, created from nearly 7,500 individual exposures, is the first in a series of Hubble Legacy Field images. The image comprises the collective work of 31 Hubble programs by different teams of astronomers. Hubble has spent more time on this small area than on any other region of the sky, totaling more than 250 days. The team is working on a second set of images, totaling more than 5,200 Hubble exposures.And so here as the answer to “How many galaxies can you fit in a piece of sky the diameter of the full moon?” Incredibly, the team believes they can see 265,000 galaxies, according to Space.com. The new Hubble Legacy Field will probably hold a record for years to come. But one never knows; there are still many, many more galaxies to see out there.Bored? Need some awe in your life? Meditate on these images for awhile and think about Psalm 8 and Psalm 19. Then think about the Creator of all this stooping to become a man and living with and teaching his creatures. Then ponder what they did to Him. Then think about His triumph over death and sin. Then think of His free gift of eternal life to all who believe. Then think about heaven.Nobody should ever be bored again. (Visited 474 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?

first_imgThe digitalisation of the economy offers a huge leapfrogging opportunity to Africa, as the continent bypasses older technology to immediately embrace the new. This was the starting point of a World Economic Forum on Africa discussion on the economic potential of digital technology, held on 11 May 2016.From left, Siyabonga Cwele, Tobias Becker, Elizabeth Migwalla, Pascal Lamy and Charles Muritu discuss technology and economic growth in Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, on 11 May 2016. (Image: WEF Flickr)How, the panellists were asked, can this economic potential be unleashed?The session was moderated by Pascal Lamy, political consultant, businessman and former director-general of the World Trade Organisation.The other speakers were South African Minister of Telecommunications Siyabonga Cwele; Charles Muritu, the head of African telecoms and strategic partnerships at Google; Elizabeth Migwalla, senior director of government affairs at Qualcomm; Tobias Becker, senior vice president and director for Africa at ABB Ltd; and Cote d’Ivoire government spokesperson Bruno Nabagne Kone.In discussing how technology can transform Africa’s digital marketplace, the panel examined the fostering of online entrepreneurs, enabling cross-border data exchange, and overcoming traditional barriers to trade.Watch the full session:last_img read more

Microsoft’s Windows Chief on Windows 8: You’re Doing It Wrong!

first_imgIt can take days to weeks for users to adjust to Windows 8, the new head of Windows product development admits in a recent interview. What’s wrong with this picture?In an interview with the MIT Technology Review, Julie Larson-Green explained that most users “don’t have trouble upfront” with Microsoft’s new operating system. But for those that do, it can take some time to get used to. “Two days to two weeks is what we used to say in Office, and it’s similar in Windows 8,” Larson-Green said. “We do a ‘living with Windows’ program where we watched people over a series of months in their household. A lot of people don’t have trouble upfront.”Larson-Green should know; she was the mastermind behind the “ribbon” interface that appears in the most recent versions of Microsoft Office. She told the Tech Review that it took about the same amount of time for users to become accustomed to the ribbon interface as it did for Windows 8. Let’s think about that for a minute. At least on the surface, there are two immediate responses to that point:A business productivity perspective.The out-of-the-box, consumer response.Neither favor Microsoft.Is Windows 8 More Efficient?Productivity is an interesting metric; Basically, it equates to useful work done in a given amount of time. Generally, increased efficiency equals increased productivity, but that’s not necessarily true: an inefficient process that adds an extra step or two can be just as productive if performed quickly. Put another way: the Macintosh OS may in fact be simpler and more efficient than Windows 7. But I never completely switched because years of habit made me more productive on Windows.The same thing may hold true for Windows 8, at least according to Larson-Green.“Some people who review it for a shorter period of time may not feel how rich it really is. We’re going for the over-time impression rather than the first 20 minutes out of the box. We’ve found that the more invested you were in the old way, the more difficult the transition is, which is unfortunate because we first hear about everything in the tech press. Those are the ones that we knew up front are going to have the most challenge.”Way to alienate your influencer base, Julie. Are you saying that Windows 8 wasn’t designed for the liberal tech press “experts, but for the real ‘Mericans who have never used a computer before?”In all seriousness, what we haven’t seen from Microsoft is any justification to buy Windows 8 based on productivity. To be fair, the switch from Windows Vista to Windows 7 didn’t provoke many productivity studies, either; aside from an English town council that loved Windows 7, as well as an English gambling community, Betfair, which felt similarly, most merely assumed that Windows 7 was far more efficient than Vista. What we do know, however, is that usability experts, such as Jakob Nielsen and Raluca Budiu, have panned Windows 8 for aspects like too much “cognitive overhead,” a fancy term for forcing users to remember how to do things in a new way. In fact, Larson-Green herself put it well in 2009: “It was really about how we make the PC more productive, and get out of the way more so that people can spend less time interacting with the PC and more time doing the tasks they use the PC to do,” she told InformationWeek, describing Windows 7.From a productivity standpoint, the bottom line is this: Yes, new applications and technologies require training. According to Microsoft, at least some percentage of users take up to two weeks to get up to speed. If you’re a decision maker at a large enterprise, are you wlling to sacrifice two days to two weeks of your entire employee base to learn an operating system that replaces a perfectly functional Windows 7? Two weeks of lost productivity costs a heck of a lot of money.I’d be asking this question: If Windows 8 can make up that lost time in some other way, shouldn’t Microsoft be telling us about it? So far, it hasn’t.Found The Windows 8 Charms Yet? Good Job!From there, Larson-Green gets a little patronizing. “Over 90% of customers, from our data, use the charms and find the start screen all in the first session,” Larson-Green added. “Even if you’re a desktop user, over time there’s a cutover point around six weeks where you start using the new things more than the things you’re familiar with.”Patting your customers on the head for using the basic functions of the operating system isn’t something she should tout. It’s something that she should assume. But although I’m not entirely sure where Larson-Green is going when she refers to desktop users (versus mobile? the desktop UI?) one thing is clear: six weeks is an awfully long time to start using the “new things”.Comparisons to Apple are unavoidable. How long does it take a new user to learn how to use an iPad? Some time, certainly. But days? Weeks? And I would argue that discovering new features should be a delight, not a chore.In many ways, this is Microsoft’s equivalent of Apple’s pathetic “you’re holding it wrong” moment on the iPhone 4.Most customers are invested in the “old way,” Ms. Larson-Green – and that’s not a problem, it’s actually an advantage for Microsoft since that old way usually involves your products. Instead of blaming the customers, many think you should have met them halfway. At least. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#Windows 8 markhachmanlast_img read more