Community first responders need funds to save lives

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook TAGSCommunityhealthLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Previous articleGardaí using council CCTV test footage to investigate crimeNext articleBrexit boost as Shannon Estuary gets EU designation Staff Reporter A GROUP of Limerick volunteers who are helping the national ambulance service to save lives urgently need funds to buy essential equipment to give patients the best chance of survival.The Community First Responders (CFR) are a group of volunteers who are dispatched by the 999/112 National Ambulance Service to emergencies within their communities.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They are all trained in CPR and other life-saving measures and they generally arrive at the scene of the emergency before the ambulance service because most of the volunteers “on call” live in the locality.The Ennis Road CFR are the only group in Limerick and they have been operating since last April. They cover an area from the Strand hotel to the Greenhills hotel and the surrounding residential estates.One of their volunteers, Noel Kerley, said that the main reason the group was set up was because they could see a need for it in the locality with an ageing population.“Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in Ireland, accounting for 33 per cent of all deaths and early response is essential in helping to save some of those lives,” Mr Kerley added.Community First Responders are dispatched to cardiac arrests, adult chest pain (suspected heart attack), stroke and choking emergencies in their communities. Most responder groups have organised themselves to be “on call 24/7” to respond to these emergencies.“Because all of our ‘on call’ volunteers live locally, we generally arrive at the emergency call location before the paramedics and we carry out CPR and other life-saving measures until such time as the paramedics arrive,” Mr Kerley said.The normal time for an ambulance to arrive at the emergency address is 20 minutes, but it may take longer – depending on other emergency situations they are dealing with. This time delay may be life-threatening for some emergencies.While the Ennis Road CFR group is supported by the HSE and the National Ambulance Service, they do not get any funding to buy their own equipment, including AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) or to provide accredited training and purchase training equipment.This is why they are running a major fundraising day on this Thursday, December 20 in Dunnes Stores at the Jetland Shopping Centre on the Ennis Road.“We are appealing to the people living in the area to support our fundraising next Thursday because we need this money to help us to buy this essential equipment and also to provide ongoing accredited training for our volunteers,” Mr Kerley Mary [email protected] Print Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Advertisement Linkedin Email Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students NewsLocal NewsCommunity first responders need funds to save livesBy Staff Reporter – December 23, 2018 1274 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

Press release: Self Assessment returns: unbelievable excuses and dubious expenses

first_imgThe deadline for sending 2017 to 2018 Self Assessment tax returns to HMRC, and paying any tax owed, is 31 January 2019.Further informationHMRC will treat those with genuine excuses leniently, as we focus our penalties on those who persistently fail to complete their tax returns and deliberate tax evaders. The excuse must be genuine and we might ask for evidence. Those listed above were all declined on the basis that they were either untrue or not good enough reasons.Customers who provide HMRC with a reasonable excuse before the 31 January deadline can avoid a penalty after this date.The penalties for late tax returns are: We want to make it as simple as possible for our customers to do their tax returns and the majority make the effort to do theirs right and on time. But each year we still come across some poor excuses and expenses which range from problems with maids to televisions. Help will always be provided for those who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time but it’s unfair to the majority of honest taxpayers when others make bogus claims. If you think you might miss the 31 January deadline, get in touch with us now – the earlier we’re contacted, the more we can help. Angela MacDonald, HMRC Director General of Customer Services, said: You can watch a YouTube video about the most bizarre excuses.As well as unbelievable excuses, every year we also receive some dubious expenses claims for unconvincing items like woolly underwear and pet insurance for a dog. Some of the most questionable include: my mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me I’m too short to reach the post box I was just too busy – my first maid left, my second maid stole from me, and my third maid was very slow to learn our junior member of staff registered our client in Self Assessment by mistake because they were not wearing their glasses my boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type There are also additional penalties for paying late of 5% of the tax unpaid at 30 days, 6 months and 12 months.Tax is automatically deducted from the majority of UK taxpayers’ wages, pensions or savings. For people or businesses where tax is not automatically deducted, or when they may have earned additional untaxed income, they are required to complete a Self Assessment tax return each year. an initial £100 fixed penalty, which applies even if there is no tax to pay, or if the tax due is paid on time after 3 months, additional daily penalties of £10 per day, up to a maximum of £900 after 6 months, a further penalty of 5% of the tax due or £300, whichever is greater after 12 months, another 5% or £300 charge, whichever is greater Help is available on GOV.UK, from the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310, and on social media. a carpenter claiming £900 for a 55-inch TV and sound bar to help him price his jobs £40 on extra woolly underwear, for 5 years £756 for my pet dog insurance a music subscription, so I can listen to music while I work a family holiday to Nigeria All these excuses and expenses were unsuccessful.You can watch a YouTube video about dubious expense claims. Most of our customers complete their tax returns honestly and on time but every year HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) receives some outlandish excuses and expense claims.Some of the most bizarre excuses HMRC received from customers who missed the Self Assessment deadline include being too short to reach the post box and having fingers too cold to type. Here are some of the strangest from the past year:last_img read more

D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards

first_imgFormer Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin has spent her career working to build more robust and sustainable food systems in food insecure countries around the world.That experience has given her insight into the challenges that tomorrow’s leaders will have to tackle to feed a growing world population while protecting the environment. She’ll share those insights in the 2019 D.W. Brooks Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Mahler Auditorium at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel.Her talk, “Achieving Food Security and Planetary Health: A Solvable Enigma,” is being sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“We are excited to bring Ambassador Cousin to campus as this year’s D.W. Brooks lecturer,” said CAES Dean and Director Sam Pardue. “Her long history of working tirelessly to solve the world’s food insecurity issues is an inspiration to our students, faculty and staff. We look forward to engaging with her on this global challenge.”Cousin currently serves as a distinguished fellow of agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Food Security and the Environment.During her tenure as the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme from 2012 until 2017, she guided the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 14,000 staff meeting urgent food needs for 80 million beneficiaries in 75 countries.Cousin is a respected leader, visionary thinker and practical problem solver, with more than 30 years of national and international nonprofit, government and corporate leadership experience. A champion and global advocate for longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger, Cousin has published numerous articles regarding agriculture development, food security and nutrition.In addition to Cousin’s talk, which is free and open the public, CAES will present its D.W. Brooks Awards of Excellence at a ceremony after the lecture. This year’s awards honor some of the college’s most dedicated and creative researchers, teachers and Extension leaders.The 2019 D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research will be presented to Marc van Iersel, Vincent J. Dooley Professor of Horticulture, who has broken new ground in the area of energy efficiency and water-efficient irrigation management of greenhouses and nurseries.The 2019 D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented to Patricia J. Moore, professor and senior teaching fellow in the Department of Entomology, who was instrumental in “flipping” the introductory biology class she teaches to change how we teach science to include and encourage all students — especially women and historically underrepresented groups —to pursue scientific careers.The 2019 D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension will be presented to Alfredo Martinez-Espinoza, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, who has worked for the past 17 years to develop a dynamic Extension and applied research program that focuses on the management of new and recurring diseases of turfgrass, small grains and non-legume forages and delivers relevant information to stakeholders and fellow Extension professionals.The 2019 D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension will be presented to Lori Purcell Bledsoe, Northwest District 4-H program development coordinator, who has become a national leader in youth development practices and has expanded the number of young people served by Georgia 4-H across northeast Georgia.For more information about this year’s event, visit read more

Redknapp admits defeat in drop race

first_imgHarry Redknapp conceded defeat in his bid to keep QPR in the top flight, admitting it is now an “almost impossible” task for his side. Rangers needed to beat fellow strugglers Stoke to stand any realistic chance of the greatest of escapes but instead fell to a 2-0 defeat at Loftus Road. Peter Crouch did the damage against his former club, opening the scoring in the first half before winning the penalty from which Jon Walters made sure of the three points. The defeat leaves QPR 10 points adrift of safety with only four matches remaining – a position Hoops boss Redknapp does not expect his side to recover from, and he said: “It looks like that’s it. It is almost impossible now.” He added: “It is a big disappointment but even today I felt in the first half we were bang in the game. “I was disappointed to come in at half-time 1-0 down as I thought we did okay in the first half. But we lack a forward ball and without Bobby Zamora it is very difficult. We’ve got no real target up there. “Loic Remy needs to play off somebody as he is not a target man and it was just a problem for us. “In the first half I thought Adel Taarabt in the hole was a threat to them and then we lose him to a shoulder injury after Andros Townsend does his hamstring. I felt the threat really disappeared then. “I thought we would still be in with a chance at this stage when I came in, but you don’t know until you get here and work with the team. “You’re not sure what you’ve got, who is who and how they are. But I felt we’ve been in every game apart from Liverpool, who battered us here and were different class. “Other than that, we’ve been in every game. It is just that little dividing line that makes the difference.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse looks to limit turnovers heading into ACC tournament

first_imgBefore every game, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman writes a list of goals for his team on the chalkboard in the locker room.Forty percent from the field. Twenty offensive rebounds. No one-and-ones.The last is most important.Fewer than 12 turnovers for the whole game.“It’s huge, because if you don’t get shots, if you don’t get possessions, then you can’t score,” Hillsman said. “Our goal at the beginning of the year, our motto was, ‘Get a shot every time.’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlthough Syracuse has committed 14.3 turnovers per game this season, it’s averaged just 8.5 over the last four games. While protecting the ball has been a problem for the Orange for long stretches this season, that has subsided at the right time.Syracuse (21-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) will need to continue the trend when it begins the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C., this weekend. SU plays its first game Thursday at 11 a.m. against Clemson (13-18, 4-12), and needs to win four games in four days to win the conference championship.“We don’t really think, ‘Oh we can’t turn the ball over.’ It’s more of a habit of, ‘We can’t give the ball to this team,’” sophomore guard Brittney Sykes said. “We realize that those turnovers are unnecessary and they can lose us games, and right now you don’t want to lose games.”Before the Orange went on this clean stretch of play, giving up extra possessions was a huge problem.It averaged 19.2 turnovers in a five-game stretch, culminating in a 24-turnover performance against No. 2 Notre Dame on Feb. 9 in which SU lost by 37.Sykes said Syracuse was turning the ball over without too much pressure from the defense, which made it change up its approach.“We were turning the ball over on top of them turning us over,” Sykes said. “You can control your team, the other team can’t. You can control where the ball goes, where to pass it to.”One root of the turnover struggles was that Syracuse likes to play a fast-paced game and get out in transition. It’s been a theme for the Orange all season. But while fast-paced play often leads to sloppy play, the Orange showed flashes of brilliance.Against Clemson on Jan. 23, an 18-0 run powered a second-half comeback. Three days later, it was another 18-0 run that turned a seven-point deficit into an 11-point lead against Virginia.Those runs are what Sykes calls “fast and clean” basketball, and it’s something Syracuse has done a lot of in the past two weeks — scoring, pressing and not giving the ball up.“Some people may look at you and think, ‘What do you mean fast and clean?” Sykes said. “ You can play fast, but you still have to think and know, ‘OK, if the ball’s going here, who’s open?’ You’ve got to think fast and you have to think clean basketball.“If we keep doing that, it’s easy money for us.”Senior point guard Rachel Coffey said the key for Syracuse, whether it’s playing fast or not, is to remain patient, something that she believes her team has done a good job of recently.“We just know we have to play our game,” Coffey said. “We can’t force things. When we force things, that’s when we get out of our game.”Hillsman said there’s no reason for his team to force things, and no reason that his team can’t run and play clean basketball.He’s seen it all season. And with the stretch run of one of the best seasons in Hillsman’s tenure coming up, he still only emphasizes one goal when his team takes the court.“Get down the court,” Hillsman said. “And get a shot every possession. It’s not a big coaching strategy. It’s just about emphasizing what you want.” Comments Published on March 6, 2014 at 12:00 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No new positive tests in last week at NBA bubble

first_imgLast Monday, the league said two players returned positive results out of the 322 samples taken in the first round of tests since players arrived at the bubble the week before. The NBA has announced that there were no confirmed positive tests for coronavirus over the last week inside the bubble in Florida.”Of the 346 players tested for COVID-19 on the NBA campus since test results were last announced on July 13, zero have returned confirmed positive tests,” the league said in a statement on Monday. MORE: LeBron is enjoying at least one aspect of bubble lifeThe thought process behind creating the bubble at Walt Disney World near Orlando was having players remain inside and not leave to cut down on possible interactions with those on the outside who may have the virus. Teams begin scrimmaging on Wednesday, and the season resumes July 30 after being halted on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more