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 Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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 explained.by 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

Residents, Staff Resilient Following Displacement From Gardens Plaza

first_imgThe darkened Gardens Plaza building stands in contrast to the boardwalk lights and Atlantic City in the distance. By Tim KellyIt is one of Ocean City’s most exclusive addresses. The Gardens Plaza condominium at Park Place and the Boardwalk is the only building of its kind on the island.The luxury highrise of more than 180 one, two and three bedroom units boasts a heated pool and oversized deck, fully equipped gym, party room and library/TV room. But on Tuesday in the early morning hours, the “GP” took on an entirely different atmosphere.  A burst standpipe on the penthouse level of the north stairwell flooded a large portion of the building and caused the evacuation and displacement of about 30 fulltime year-round residents.Instead of the usual chatter in the lobby about upcoming events such as the monthly “Ladies Lunch,” the talk was about evacuation, the needs of the elderly and the infirm, and how to best find shelter for the night and possibly for days to come.But through it all, there was a positive aspect: a spirit of cooperation among the residents, the hard work of the small but dedicated staff, the heroic and selfless efforts of the first responders on the scene. This seemed to bring everyone closer together, residents said.The piece of standpipe that was blown out, bigger than a grapefruit.“We are a community of people and the (year-round residents) are especially close,” said William Whiteside, a resident of the 9th floor.  “That really came through last night.”The initial call to police and fire went out at approximately 1:45 pm when the security guard on duty was surprised by a torrent of water crashing through a tile on the lobby’s drop ceiling. The standpipe in the building’s north stairwell was found to have a large section blown out, apparently by the relatively sudden thawing of the pipe after days of single digit temperatures.Thousand of gallons of water then spilled onto the penhouse level landing and down the stairwell,Police, fire and EMS personnel arrived “right away” according to residents, and they immediately went to work.First responders went floor by floor “strongly suggesting” the residents to gather a few clothing items and toiletries and to prepare to evacuate, a resident said.Some of the bullding’s elderly residents were carried down from their apartments on star chairs, ncluding some who live on upper floors.“The men were great,” said Irene Dickey, 91, who was carried down to the lobby from her ninth floor unit. “lt was scary at first but by the time we reached the lobby we were best friends.”The vast majority of residents complied immediately and eventually all did.  The residents were asked to gather in the building’s bayside lobby where a head count was taken.  Then, some evacuated to family or friends’ homes, some went to the Atlantic City casinos and others to the Port O Call Hotel.Most of the residents drove themselves, but several were given lifts by police, fire and emergency personnel.“There was a lot of professionalism on the part of the first responders and on the part of (Gardens Plaza General Manager) Dave Bennett. Everyone treated us with respect,” Whiteside said.On Tuesday, while the displaced relaxed at their alternative lodging spots, City building officials toured the building and the GP staff began some of the initial steps of what could be a massive clean-up effort.Residents were permitted to go into their units to retrieve any needed articles on Tuesday and Wednesday. Power and water were shut off on Tuesday as crews made repairs to the standpipe. On Wednesday, power was back on the first floor, which houses the lobby, building offices, a break room, a maintenance room, a trash room and the boiler system.Bennett said on Wednesday his staff would be assessing damage in the individual units and that he hoped for power to be restored on a floor-by floor basis, possibly as early as tomorrow on some floors.“Nobody likes to be inconvenienced, but things happen sometimes,” Whiteside said. “This too shall pass.”last_img read more

The time(s) Duane Kuiper trolled Frank Robinson and lived to tell the story

first_imgYou may have noticed a theme running through the various Frank Robinson appreciations populating the great wide ether: You had to give as well as you got when interacting with him.Even if I had been aware of this axiom, I doubt I would have acted on it. I first starting covering baseball in 1981, Robinson’s first season as manager of the Giants. I wasn’t quite 25 years old. Robinson scared the life out me.Duane Kuiper? Different story.Kuiper was in his second season with the Cleveland …last_img read more

Govt calls for unity to move South Africa forward

first_imgThe government has thanked South Africans for making the country’s fifth democratic elections a success, and called for unity in moving the country forward.“The sight of millions of South Africans queuing to vote demonstrated a vibrant and maturing democracy,” acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Phumla Williams said on Sunday, a day after the African National Congress (ANC) was officially announced the winner of last Wednesday’s elections.“The elections have served to renew and strengthen our democracy,” Williams said in a statement. “We are pleased by the great turnout, in particular first-time voters. Statistics from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) show that more people than ever before have chosen to exercise their right to vote.”The strong turnout of young voters also boded well for the South African democracy, Williams added.“We are inspired by the overwhelming number of young people who came out to vote across the country. This is a clear indication that the future of South Africa is in good hands.”Williams applauded all the political parties for the spirit of national unity that prevailed during the elections, adding: “The future is now in our hands and we must all do our best to build a winning nation.“As we move forward, we need to inculcate the culture of activism and tolerance displayed during the election period into the daily life of our country.“The elections were hard fought and contested with remarkable political maturity and tolerance, and now that the divisive political battles have come to an end, government calls on all South Africans to unite behind a common goal of moving the country forward in line with the Vision 2030, as mapped out in the National Development Plan.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

“Fear This!” Says the Pirate Bay, Hinting at a New Music Site

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As we noted last week when the music industry released an annual report detailing its continued decline in revenue, “piracy” seems to be the go-to scapegoat, the reason that the music industry is struggling. And one of the sites that the industry often points to (and in its recent report, lauded governments for trying to quash) as a major culprit of piracy is The Pirate Bay.So rumors that The Pirate Bay is launching a music project may strike fear – or at least disconcertment – in the hearts of industry execs. It’s apt, perhaps, that a new project – fear.themusicbay.org – is supposedly in the works.According to a report this weekend at Torrent Freak, folks at the Pirate Bay have registered the Music Bay domain and “the major record labels have good reason to be afraid, very afraid.” The site no longer displays the “comming soon” [sic] announcement, but Torrent Bay says that something is in the works in the next few months.Torrent Freak wasn’t able to secure more details about the project, other than it’s set to coincide with an April anniversary of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).Even if it’s just an MP3 file that jumps out of a large birthday cake at the IFPI’s celebration – or, a bit more likely, just a nice domain name, news that The Pirate Bay is plotting something may be enough to make the industry worry, particularly having just released details that the industry’s overall worth has declined a downward spiral. Tags:#p2p#web audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Transport Minister Makes Proposals to Adjust Rules

first_img At IGL Blue’s Health, Safety and Environment Road Safety Incentive Awards Ceremony, held on the grounds of the gas manufacturing company’s Spanish Town Road location on Wednesday (June 13), Mr. Montague said since he was appointed the Minister in March, he has been working on these new proposals. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, has made proposals to adjust the rules for public passenger vehicle operators, with the objective of reducing road crashes, safeguarding the lives of Jamaicans and accommodating drivers who want to design their own routes. “Another area of concern since I’ve become Minister is our public transportation industry, and I have made some proposals to treat with those who participate in that industry. The proposals we have made are not cast in stone, but we have made some proposals because the public transportation system… cannot continue to operate the way it is,” Mr. Montague said. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, has made proposals to adjust the rules for public passenger vehicle operators, with the objective of reducing road crashes, safeguarding the lives of Jamaicans and accommodating drivers who want to design their own routes.At IGL Blue’s Health, Safety and Environment Road Safety Incentive Awards Ceremony, held on the grounds of the gas manufacturing company’s Spanish Town Road location on Wednesday (June 13), Mr. Montague said since he was appointed the Minister in March, he has been working on these new proposals.“Another area of concern since I’ve become Minister is our public transportation industry, and I have made some proposals to treat with those who participate in that industry. The proposals we have made are not cast in stone, but we have made some proposals because the public transportation system… cannot continue to operate the way it is,” Mr. Montague said.“One of my proposals is having a GPS tracker on a public passenger vehicle that is on at all times. That is to ensure that the Transport Authority knows where a taxi is at all times, so that when a taxi driver is accused of committing a crime, we at least know where the car was, [as] the taxi driver is not always at fault,” he said.Mr. Montague said he also proposes for operators of public passenger vehicles to create their own routes, as this will allow rural-area taxi operators to be able to register with the Traffic Authority of Jamaica, given that many of their routes are not on record.The Minister said feedback and suggestions from Jamaicans are welcome on the proposals he has made.“If we agree that the system cannot continue the way it is, and you don’t like my proposals, fine, but you also have a duty as a Jamaican, to put some alternatives on the table. Let us come up with the best set of proposals to treat with the industry,” he said.In addition to the proposals, Mr. Montague said the Ministry is looking at placing machines at the Island Traffic Authority locations that will issue fitness certificates.“We have moved to include more technology in the Island Traffic [Authority], because a lot of persons will note that they are now getting a printed fitness certificate. It’s no longer being handwritten, and the next stage we are moving to, is to have a spot at the depots, geolocated and geofenced, that if your vehicle is not parked in that spot, and the reader doesn’t read your vehicle and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the vehicle, the machine will not produce a fitness certificate,” he said.He noted that for far too long, vehicles are being certified with fitness certificate, but they are not brought to the depot for tests, and this can result in road crashes and the loss of lives. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Bahamian Banks cushioned not lending as much

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#IMFreport, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 11, 2017 – Nassau – Banks in The Bahamas are well cushioned despite the blows being dished out to The Bahamian economy of late, in fact commercial banks received a very favorable citation in the International Monetary Fund’s Article IV Consultation with The Bahamas.    A media released from the IMF on October 6 revealed that while credit lines to the private sector have remained flat, “Commercial banks remain liquid and well capitalized.”The #IMFreport explained that the average capital adequacy ratio stood at 27.8 percent for banks in The Bahamas, which is well above the regulatory requirement of 17 percent.    The report also exposed that non performing loans were down for The Bahamas from 14.2 percent to 11.1 percent.   The report shared that the strong buffer from external financial shocks at banks and the reduction in bad loans is because commercial banks are not lending as freely; their stance is described as cautious given the low growth environment in The Bahamas.While there is a positive from some perspectives for this healthy banking sector, the lack of lending sends an audible message that there is a serious problem when it comes to new business development in the country.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more