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University of Limerick to hold public consultations to seek views on…

first_imgUniversity of Limerick Campus. Picture: Alan PlaceFor the first time in its history the people of Limerick will be in a position to directly elect their own mayor in 2021.Ahead of this groundbreaking election University of Limerick is working with an independent advisory group to examine what the new role might entail and to seek the views of Limerick people through the ‘Your Mayor – Your Voice’ campaign, with the support of the Limerick Public Participation Network (PPN).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Eight live online consultations, facilitated by University of Limerick, will take place from Monday to Thursday, July 27-30 at 12 noon and 8pm each day for any member of the public interested in having a say about the new role.Patrick Fitzgerald, Facilitator of the Limerick PPN Secretariat, stated: “Limerick PPN has been represented on the Implementation Advisory Group on the Directly Elected Mayor since its first meeting in December 2019. At that first meeting, our representative said that meaningful public consultation is needed to be included in the process of coming up with recommendations for Government.”Mr Fitzgerald added: “We are more than delighted to see this happen and to help make it happen. The eight one-hour, online small group conversations we are organising will be facilitated by UL staff.”Cillian Flynn, the elected PPN representative on the Implementation Advisory Group for the Directly Elected Mayor, said: “It is an honour for me to represent the PPN on the advisory group. This is a fantastic opportunity for the PPN membership and their communities to directly get involved. It’s an hour of your time and it could make a difference.  So do sign up to one of the sessions; there are five broad questions covering the mayor’s role and a strong voice from the people of Limerick could mean getting the kind of mayor we need.”Professor Maura Adshead, one of the project organisers from University of Limerick, explained the importance of the campaign: “Like a lot of people, I was originally quite unsure about the new mayor. What really made a difference to me, however, was talking to people in Limerick who were so keen to help bring about positive change. Of course, change is never guaranteed but Your Mayor – Your Voice gives everyone in Limerick the chance to have their say on what the change might look like. No one looking for the new mayor’s job next year can ignore the report of Limerick people’s ideas and opinions and it should be the first thing on the desk of the person who gets the job”.Professor Adshed continued: “What Limerick PPN is doing is a great help and we are thrilled to work with them, but there are other ways to get involved too. People can also participate in Your Mayor – Your Voice with their own community group, with family and friends, or as individuals. We are using an exciting new digital way of asking the public what they want. It is visual, interactive and provides real-time feedback (meaning you can see straight away on the screen what you said).“We have all the resources, training and facilitation support. We understand that some people may not feel comfortable with technology or have access to the online platforms. My team and I will do all we can to help and we would encourage people to help others they know to get involved – for example, a young person with a smart phone could hold a conversation with an older relative. But for any groups that are able to safely meet together with appropriate social distancing, we’re happy to support a good old-fashioned face to face meeting as well,” she added.This is an important opportunity for Limerick people to make history by shaping the future. To ensure that your voice is heard visit https://www.OurMayor.Limerick.ie.To register to attend the public consultation, see here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/your-mayor-your-voice-tickets-114277232278 Linkedin Print NewsLocal NewsPoliticsUniversity of Limerick to hold public consultations to seek views on role of directly elected mayorBy Staff Reporter – July 24, 2020 195 WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Email Advertisement Twitter Previous articleJuly Jobs Stimulus package sees extension to wage subsidy scheme and pandemic unemployment paymentNext articleLimerick Post Show | Friday 24th, July Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Vince Cable is a no show

first_imgVince Cable has cancelled his talk in Oxford merely a day before his due arrival. His choice to cancel was a response to a police notification that a large student protest was planned.A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats was unable to comment, however University officials have confirmed his change of plans.Students are still planning to go ahead with the protest, and maintain that it was always intended to be peaceful. The protest against the Browne Review proposals announced this month is expected to be one of the largest Oxford student protests in recent years.last_img read more

TG4 to show Donegal SFC final live

first_imgIT HAS been confirmed that Sunday-week’s Donegal SFC final will be shown live on TG4.Gaoth Dobhair will face Naomh Conaill in the October 20 decider, a repeat of the 2018 final.The game will be broadcast live on TG4 and also carried by GAAGo. This will be the fourth game of this year’s Donegal SFC to be televised by either RTE or TG4.The St Eunan’s-Milford and Kilcar-Killybegs quarter-finals were shown by RTÉ and  the Kilcar-Gaoth Dobhair semi-final last weekend was shown deferred on TG4.The cameras will now return to Sean MacCumhaill Park for the final next weekend.“This is a very welcome development and CLG Dhún na nGall are grateful to both RTE and TG4 for their coverage,” the Donegal County Board said.  “As well as bringing our showcase games to a direct audience of close to 200,000 viewers it is also available to the diaspora of GAA fans from Donegal, and elsewhere, on social media, keeping them in touch with our games and their culture.”TG4 to show Donegal SFC final live was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Donegal SFCBallybofeyGaoth DobhairNaomh ConaillSean MacCumhaill ParkTG4last_img read more

Good pitching dominates Big 5

first_imgStellar pitching has been one of the big talking points recently on the local baseball and softball fields.In the past 10 days alone, we’ve witnessed a perfect game for Eureka softball, a no-hitter for McKinleyville baseball and a St. Bernard’s standout shutting down the most potent offense around.And we’re just halfway through the league schedule.For the Loggers, senior Alyssa Jimenez has been on fire recently, tossing a perfect game against Fortuna on April 14. In baseball, …last_img read more

It Takes More than Eyes to See

first_imgWe think of eyes as objects that see, but vision requires a whole system of parts.  One of the most important is the brain.  Without your thalamus, vision would be a hopeless jumble of jerky signals, reported scientists from the National Eye Institute.    Writing in PNAS,1 Ostendorf, Liebermann and Ploner found that the human thalamus contributes to perceptual stability across a moving visual field.  “We continuously move our eyes when we inspect a visual scene,” they began.  “Although this leads to a rapid succession of discontinuous and fragmented retinal snapshots, we perceive the world as stable and coherent.  Neural mechanisms underlying visual stability may depend on internal monitoring of planned or ongoing eye movements.”  By distinguishing ongoing from planned eye movements, they were speaking of the continual oscillations the eye muscles perform unconsciously, called saccades, that aid in preventing saturation of the retina.  Receiving a combination of self-induced motions and automatic motions would seem to produce a hopeless jumble.  The thalamus helps sort it all out.    The researchers studied a patient who had a stroke that affected the right lobe of his thalamus.  He had trouble monitoring his eye movements and locating visual stimuli.  Combined with research on macaques, this information indicated to the researchers that “the human brain draws on transthalamic monitoring signals to bridge the perceptual discontinuities generated by our eye movements.”    The patient’s visual abilities were impaired, but not enough to cause a breakdown of visual stability in his everyday life.  Why?  The visual system is provided with backup systems for this important function:Although proprioceptive information about eye position seems to play a negligible role for the maintenance of visual stability, a number of alternative corollary discharge pathways may help to partially compensate for the affected transthalamic pathway.  Visual stability plays a fundamental role for any kind of visually guided behavior and should therefore be maintained by robust and redundant mechanisms.  This is in keeping with the observation that only large and bilateral brain pathology may occasionally lead to the subjective experience of compromised visual stability…. Temporal contiguity of visual stimuli across saccades and constancy of relative positional information in a visual scene may thus mainly account for visual stability in most everyday situations.  Even a distorted and coarse internal monitoring signal might, under these circumstances, convey sufficient temporal and spatial information to complement the evaluation of visual reafferent information.   ….impaired corollary discharge transmission comes at a perceptual cost: Whenever the brain starts to question the prior assumption of a stationary world, visual space perception across eye movements is compromised and affected by oculomotor noise.  Transthalamic monitoring signals may thus significantly contribute to the correct attribution of self-induced vs. externally imposed changes in the continuous flow of our sensory experiences.Getting the visual scene right can actually affect our sense of self.  They noted in conclusion, “Central aspects of our self-conception may build upon the integration of such corollary discharge-transmitting loops and their disturbed functioning might contribute to the symptomatology in devastating diseases such as schizophrenia.”  The scientists did not attempt to explain how these integrated, coordinated, robust, overlapping systems might have evolved.1. Ostendorf, Liebermann and Ploner, “Human thalamus contributes to perceptual stability across eye movements,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, December 28, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0910742107.If you counted up the stories we have reported about integrated biological systems in which every component contributes to exquisite function, and the researchers who studied them avoided the topic of evolution, it would be a substantial list.  Even the subset of stories about the human eye would be substantial (three examples: 08/07/2008, 05/12/2005, 08/28/2003).    The force of these stories is in the details.  We’re going to keep piling them on as long as we can till the weight of evidence shames the Darwinists into whimpering irrelevance.  We’d like to do more and do it better.  Have you considered supporting this resource?(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa grants 36 new mining licences

first_img11 May 2015The Department of Mineral Resources approved 36 new mining licences in the past year, Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi told Parliament at the tabling of his department’s budget on Thursday.Depsite the recent challenges, including a tough economic climate, the department had approved more than 36 new mining rights projects in the past 12 months, with a potential to create about 6 000 jobs, he said.Ramathlodi said the country’s economy was recovering after last year’s protracted mining strike. In the first quarter of 2014, growth slowed to 0.6%.Tabling his budget vote on Thursday, Ramatlhodi called on the mining sector to respect and implement the framework agreement for a sustainable mining industry.“Last year, we had to deal with the aftermath of the protracted platinum strike arising from wage disputes,” he said. “I am aware that wage negotiations are currently underway within the gold sector and urge stakeholders to draw lessons from experience and avoid a repeat scenario.”Mineworkers’ monumentsRamathlodi said the government would continue to honour the memory of workers who lost their lives in mine-related incidents. Mineworkers would always be acknowledged for the role they have played in shaping the economy of the country, he said.He said the National Union of Mineworkers had recently drawn the department’s attention to a gravesite near Evander in Mpumalanga province, where about 1 000 workers were buried during the apartheid era and whose names and origins remain unknown. The minister said his department would ensure “decent monuments” would be erected for them.Fatalities dropRamatlhodi said the intensified monitoring and enforcement measures at mines was helping the department inch closer to its goal of esuring zero harm on mineworkers.Improved health and safety of workers at the mines had led to a reduction of about 86% in fatalities reported by the mines. From the 615 fatalities in 1993, the rate now stands at 84 in 2014, Ramathlodi said.“In fact, 2014 was the safest year ever for the mining sector with the lowest fatalities of 84 recorded. This year up to 31 March, figures show that there has been a 41% reduction in fatalities when compared to the similar period during 2014,” he said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

California Now First State To Make Ride-Sharing Legit

first_imgHow to Get Started in China and Have Success California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously today to regulate the ride-sharing industry. It will now be covered under a new business category called “Transportation Network Companies.” What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Under this decision, previously unregulated independent operators such as Lyft, InstantCab, Uber, Sidecar and others will now have a new set of rules to conform to, including:  China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …center_img Tags:#cars#startups#transportation Submitting to criminal background checksUndergoing trainingCarrying insurance of at least a million dollarsObtaining a license from the CPUCAdhere to a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policyThe CPUC will also levy fees consisting of one-third of a percent in total revenues.Indie startups may often bristle at government intervention or regulation, but in this case, the ride- and car-sharing industry views regulation as a positive move that finally legitimizes their businesses. This comes on the heels of a tense period when the ride-sharing companies came under fire, fielding cease and desist letters and attacks from the taxi lobby. For its part, the taxi industry is not expected to react as favorably to the CPUC’s vote, even though it has previously stated that it would not fight the commission’s decision. As the first state in the U.S. to officially acknowledge ride-sharing service businesses, California could set a precedent that may bring more regulation to the industry in other states. Lyft feature image courtesy of Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski. adriana lee Related Posts last_img read more

NRL-TFA Alliance on show in Central Queensland this weekend

first_imgThe Rockhampton Touch Association will this weekend be the game day sponsor for the Central Queensland Capras versus Easts Tigers round 15 Intrust Super Cup TV game at Browne Park, Rockhampton. The game will be the Capras first televised home game of the season, with the game shown live throughout Queensland with over 100,000 viewers regularly tuning in. Rockhampton Touch Association players will be involved in an exhibition Mixed game in the lead up to the main game, including players from the 2014 Elite Eight winning Queensland Country Outlaws Men’s team, as well as several Australian 18’s and 20’s squad members and National Youth Championships’ Queensland Fire representatives. There are quite a number of familiar faces playing in the Intrust Super Cup this weekend, including Marlon Doak (CQ Capras), Zach Strasser (Redcliffe Dolphins), Ryley Jacks (Burleigh Bears) and Brentt Warr (Mackay Cutters), who all had a strong involvement with Touch Football growing up. For Queensland viewers, you can watch the Channel Nine Match of the Round this Sunday from 2.00pm. Related LinksRockhampton on showlast_img read more

Canadian musical Come From Away wins Tony Award for best direction

center_img The cast of Come From Away performs the number Welcome to the Rock onstage during the awards show. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) “The people who gave their lives and the people who extended their hearts and their homes and were generous and kind at the very worst moments.”The feel-good hit, which has become the toast of the theatre scene since it officially opened on Broadway in March, was written by Canadian husband-and-wife team David Hein and Irene Sankoff.Irene Sankoff and David Hein attend the Tony Honours Cocktail Party celebrating the 2017 special award recipients at Sofitel Hotel June 5 in New York City. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) Facebook The Canadian musical Come From Away won a Tony Award on Sunday for best direction, which went to American stage director Christopher Ashley.The production is based on real-life stories of people in and around Gander, N.L., who provided food, shelter and comfort to thousands of stranded passengers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.“I’d like to accept this [award] on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and all of the first responders and their families in New York,” Ashley said during his acceptance speech.Christopher Ashley accepts the award for best direction of a musical for Come From Away. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Bengals ReSign Marvin Lewis Through 2014

Marvin Lewis has as many lives as, well, a Bengal. A Cincinnati Bengal, that is.The coach that has endured a stingy ownership, myriad player arrests, questionable player development and losing. . . . not only remains standing, but has received a two-year contract extension through 2014.This is testament to the value of not giving up on a coach too soon. Lewis looked to be a goner more than once as players showed up on police blotters (not that it was his fault) fairly consistently and the team struggled to find a rhythm in winning. Instead of running him, the Bengals were patient, and Cincinnati emerged as a strong playoff team last year.The last time Lewis’ contract was running,  both sides seemed content to separate. They did not, and the rewards have been grand for the Bengals.Lewis is the franchise’s most successful coach since Sam Wyche, and has led the team to two AFC North titles in the past three years.As CBSSports.com reported that Lewis said negotiating the extension is “a complicated thing” and that he and owner Mike Brown are “comfortable together.”“Coming off a playoff finish last year, with a solid coaching staff and good young players, continuity at the top gives us our best chance to do well,” Bengals owner Mike Brown said in a statement. “We are excited about the team’s prospects and happy to have completed this process with Marvin before the 2012 preseason schedule begins.”Lewis is in his 10th season in Cincinnati, the third-longest current tenure with one team behind Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Bill Belichick in New England.According to CBSSports.com, in 2010, Lewis was up front that he was possibly going to explore other options, and it took something of a sales job to keep him. With the growth and development of the team since then, all the young pieces and the playoff appearance last year, the backdrop was much different now. The team has also beefed up its scouting staff and infrastructure since 2010, which were keys for the head coach. read more