600 no-shows for Covid tests in a single week

first_imgNewsHealth600 no-shows for Covid tests in a single weekBy Bernie English – November 5, 2020 484 Previous articleTalent Boost for Pharma and Medtech Sectors in Mid-West – New Course in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Operations announcedNext articleTop hotel award comes after 300 staff laid off at Adare Manor 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. Facebook Twitter 600 people who were either symptomatic or a close contact of a confirmed Covid-19 case, failed to turn up for a test in the Mid West in the last week alone.Of the missed appointments, 376 were recorded at the St Joseph’s Test Centre in Musgrave Street and this figure will likely be higher when the first returns from the new drive through testing centre at East Point are confirmed.The HSE has confirmed to the Limerick Post that appointments made by family doctors for suspected cases have been missed 600 times in the month up to October 25.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This equates to almost one in ten people referred for a test not showing up for their appointment.The new testing centre at East Point on the Ballysimon Road has speeded up testing and handled 160 tests in its first three days of operation.Anyone who has had a test from a doctor’s referral is being told they have to self-isolate for fourteen days or until they get a clear resultBut despite the pandemic still claiming lives in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, people are failing to turn up in droves to be tested.Many may be concerned at not being able to work for two weeks, but the HSE has stressed the importance of taking the test, even if it proves negative.However some members of the public say they are being given more than one appointment for testing.Sinn Féin TD Violet-Anne Wynne, has expressed deep concern abut the trend of people staying away.“I am deeply concerned about the continued trend of no shows to Covid tests across Clare, Limerick and Tipperary in recent days,” she told the Limerick Post.“The HSE have said that up to late last week there have been around 600 missed appointments for Covid testing.“It would appear that this trend has continued into this week.This equates to around ten per cent of tests not being carried out. It is deeply concerning.“I have also been informed of a number of people from West Clare bring referred for testing in Limerick City and even North Tipperary.“I have again written to the Minister asking for this trend to be stopped and calling for a pop-up centre in West Clare to ensure rapid access to testing, similar to the centre that was opened in County Limerick at the start of September.“I would again encourage all people offered tests to attend their appointment. The only way we can fight this is by keeping a track on the virus in our communities.“We must ensure we do this to make sure we can re-emerge from Level Five at the start of December as planned,” she said. WhatsAppcenter_img Email Linkedin Print Advertisementlast_img read more

Russell Group unis still excluding poorer students

first_imgIn addition to access concerns, the report showed how Russell Group students were relatively more likely than those at post-1992 institutions to have wanted a university place “for the experience”, as opposed to “to gain qualifications” or “improve [their] chances of getting a job.” While only 23% of post-1992 university students reported being in it “for the experience,” 35% from Russell Group members said that this was a factor behind their university attendence.And in spite of the academic prowess of the Russell Group universities, only 62% of students compared to 73% in post-1992 institutions said that they had applied “to gain qualifications.” Russell Group students were also less concerned about “improving [their] earning potential.”A third-year DPhil student said they recognised that the statistics reflected their own priorities at Oxford. “I was aware that doing a thesis would leave me with a lot of flexibility. I want to get the most out of the extra-curricular activities on offer, and my degree definitely comes second,” he said.Responding to the findings, Piat told Cherwell, “we are delighted that Russell Group students have indicated the highest levels of satisfaction with the quality of teaching and learning at their institutions and that the vast majority cited academic reputation as a key factor in their choice of university.” She added, “The report found that 89% of students at Russell Group universities rated the quality of teaching and learning as good or excellent, compared to a sector-wide average of 85%.”The NUS report also highlighted that while Russell Group physics students received more contact hours time that post-1992 universities, they lost out in communications and documentation degrees.“Students studying physical sciences and related subjects received 20 contact hours a week in pre-1992 universities and 15 hours a week in post-1992 universities,” the study stated, yet “students studying mass communications and documentation subjects received 7 contact hours a week in Russell Group universities compared with 14 hours a week in Post 1992 universities.” The Russell Group of universities is not doing enough to address the financial and accommodation-based concerns of prospective applicants from less privileged backgrounds, a report released this week by the National Union of Students (NUS) has revealed.The group of 20 leading UK universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, was shown to attract far fewer students who were concerned about their university being close to home (19% in contrast to 41% for former polytechnics which because universities in 1992), despite this concern being at the top of the agenda for applicants from the lowest socio-economic groups, D and E (parents who are unskilled manual and casual workers).53% of students from groups D and E reported choosing an institution based on its geographical proximity, against only a fifth of group A applicants (from a professional or managerial background).The Director of the Russell Group, Wendy Piat, declined to comment on these statistics, stating that the group “welcomes this study which will serve as a useful tool to help our institutions continue to improve the quality of education and support they provide.” In a press release last year, however, Piat wrote that she was “particularly determined to help to tackle the root cause of the problem of the under-representation of students from poorer backgrounds at Russell Group institutions.”Despite this, the report described a continuing trend that “students that attend Pre 1992 [former Polytechnics], and particularly Russell Group institutions, are significantly more likely to be from higher socio-economic groups.” The statistics come as Oxford processes the applications from thousands of prospective applicants for the 2009 intake, who have been targeted by a number of the University’s access schemes.These include the Oxford Access Scheme Ambassador Programme, which takes students from “schools with no history of sending applicants to Oxford University… through four years of residential and one day events leading up to university application.”Responding to the figures, one Magdalen classicist told Cherwell, “it seems ridiculous that our universities can’t get their act together over access. It’s a really important issue to me, and if all these resources we’re putting towards targeting less-well off schools aren’t paying off, we ought to have a serious rethink.”last_img read more

State Police say incident on Route 8 in Deposit is ‘resolved’

first_img4:00 A.M. UPDATE: DEPOSIT (WBNG) — According to 511 NY The roadway has since reopened. The section of Route 8 in Deposit between State Highway 20 and Michigan Hollow Road is still closed to traffic as of late Wednesday evening. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. —– DEPOSIT (WBNG) — New York State Police say the incident along Route 8 in Deposit has been resolved, yet portion of road remains closed. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for updates. —– DEPOSIT (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department says Route 8 between State Highway 20 and Michigan Hollow Road is closed to traffic for an “active police investigation.” State Police say to “avoid the area.” Police could not confirm more details with 12 News. 10:40 P.M. UPDATE: New York State Police closed off a section of Route 8 for hours Wednesday evening, but would not explain what was happening. Shortly after 10 p.m., authorities stated there is no threat to the public.last_img read more

Breaking: Two teens hospitalised after being struck by bus

first_imgTwo teenagers have been rushed to hospital after being struck by a bus on the outskirts of Mountcharles village.The incident happened just before 5pm on the Mountcharles to Inver road.Gardai have confirmed they are carrying out a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. Both boys have been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.The road is currently closed for a technical examination and diversions are in place. Breaking: Two teens hospitalised after being struck by bus was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:buscrashGardaiMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

Amazing Fossils: What Do They Mean?

first_img What is a fossil?  The definition gets a little fuzzy at the edges.  Is fuzz from a hypothetical living creature evidence of its existence?  Live Science entertained claims from some Russians that “indisputable proof” that the abominable snowman has been found.  What is the evidence?  “a few strands of hair and some tracks in the snow.”  Readers can evaluate for themselves whether this supports the believers’ boast that they are “95 percent sure that the yeti exists.”  Previous claims of indisputable proof have been withdrawn.  It’s hard to prove a universal negative that creatures like Yeti and Bigfoot don’t exist, but like reporter Benjamin Radford said, “If populations of yetis — like Bigfoot — really exist, they have somehow managed to avoid leaving any physical traces of their presence: no bodies, bones, teeth, hair, scat, or anything else.”  The irony of this statement was apparently lost on Radford (deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer) who did not make a similar claim for SETI, which, despite the rhyme with Yeti, gets a pass among scientists in spite of similar lack of evidence. Fossils are fascinating for everyone – creationists and evolutionists alike.  Creationists have to do some extra work to scour off the hard evolutionary crust on the story that sticks, like hardened barbecue drippings, on the underlying empirical evidence.  Is said fossil 135 million years old?  No.  It is a few days old, or weeks, or months, or years.  It’s as old as when it was pulled up out of the ground.  Whatever else is being claimed about it is inference.  Inference requires an interpretive context.  For most secular scientists, that context is Darwinian evolution and the geologic column with its millions and billions of years.  That’s how they can look at a fossil beetle that is identical to those alive today, and say that it hasn’t evolved at all for 20 million years – three times the amount of time their theory alleges that a cow turned into a whale. That’s how they can pass the buck, believing that a species of insect should only last 2-3 million years, but finding stasis extending 20 million (in their scheme), they can call it “another question for scientists to address.”  It’s how they can find original melanocyte material in rock and say it survived 115 million years.  It’s how they can see bigger, better creatures no longer with us, and call it evolution. With such extraordinary flexibility in their interpretive context, anything goes: rodents crossed the ocean with hoatzins, today’s hummingbirds evolved from gigantic reptiles, and beetles survived massive swings in climate without any evolutionary change at all.  Drastic evolutionary changes exist side by side with extreme stasis (e.g., living fossils) among creatures that inhabited the same Earth, even the same habitat, through all its swings of climate and geology.  They can see evidence of mass burials in flood waters (ichthyosaurs aligned by current, eye-blink rapid preservation of a dinosaur in sediment as it chokes), and say it just represents local happenstance.  In terms of credulity, this makes the Yeti believers look like logicians by comparison.  Remember that fossils exist in the present.  Yes, fossils can shed light on past conditions, but only in terms of one’s chosen interpretive context.  When reading scientific reports about fossils, always, always, look for the interpretive context; then gauge the credibility of the evidence against that context.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Sea monsters:  According to New Scientist, nine giant ichthyosaurs have been found in Nevada – now a desert.  And that’s not all.  Something even scarier killed them: giant squids the size of blue whales, the largest current animals on Earth.  If Mark McMenamin of Holyoke College is right, the giant kraken of myth was real.  Other paleontologists don’t buy his explanation, but the ichthyosaur part is undeniable; although the nine giants died in different ways, “Ancient currents seem to have aligned the skeletons,” the article said. Nice T. rex:  The feared giant of Jurassic Park, Tyrannosaurus Rex, was bigger and faster than thought, reported PhysOrg.  A team from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the Royal Veterinary College “applied cutting edge technology and computer modeling to ‘weigh’ five Tyrannosaurus rex specimens.”  Old Sue could claim “I was a teenage monster.”  One researcher claimed, “We estimate they grew as fast as 3,950 pounds per year (1790 kg) during the teenage period of growth, which is more than twice the previous estimate,” making it one of the largest bipeds that ever lived.  Someone get word to the animators for Terra Nova. Pterosaur tooth tales:  Based on a piece of snout and a bit of a tooth from a pterosaur, according to Live Science, a researcher from the University of Leicester has decided that “a group of the extinct, flying reptiles could reach sizes larger than previously thought.”  So ugly it could be called cute (see artist’s conception in the article), Coloborhynchus capito, a rare ornithocheirid found in England, used its teeth and beak to capture fish while gliding over the water, somewhat like a pelican.  Extrapolating from the exceptional tooth size, the researchers estimated a wingspan of 27 feet for the creature.  By comparison, today’s largest bird, the California condor, spreads its wings up to 10 feet. Dinosaur Arkansas raceway:  A “Huge New Dinosaur Trackway” as long as two football fields, located in Arkansas, was reported by National Geographic News.  The article dates the two prints at 120 million years and identifies two species, “the eight-ton Acrocanthosaurus atokensis—one of the largest predators ever to walk Earth—and sauropods, or long-necked plant-eaters.”  The prints show that the former did not have webbed feet and walked pigeon-toed with toes turned a bit inward.  For 120 million years, these prints never saw the light of day, but then, the article said, “A private citizen recently found the tracks, which were possibly exposed after a rainstorm scoured away a thin layer of shale.” Perfect dinosaur:  One of the most complete dinosaur fossils ever found was reported by New Scientist, along with a picture of the creature said to by 135 million years old.  The fossil, captured in Bavarian shale, preserves 98 percent of the animal’s skeleton.  “Although Chinese bird and dinosaur fossils are famed for delicate details such as their feathers, they don’t match this 72-centimetre-long theropod in terms of clarity and completeness of preservation,” the article said.  No feathers are evident in this fossil of an unclassified “predatory theropod” which may be the most complete dinosaur fossil ever found.  As with many dinosaur fossils, this one shows the upturned head in death throes as if suffocating when it died. Rafting rodents:  Tiny teeth said to be from rodents at least 41 million years old have been found in Peru.  According to the researchers from Case Western Reserve University, reported in PhysOrg, this means that rodents rafted like Reepicheep across the Atlantic.  Why?  They evolved in Africa, the team believes.  But then that creates a 9-million-year gap to the next oldest new-world rodent, said to be 32 million years old.  “Taken all together, the pattern contradicts the theory of a northward expansion deduced from the fossil record 20 years ago,” and pushes back the evolution of rodents in South America.  The fossil ash layer was dated by the argon-argon radiometric method.  “This study shows that where we’re looking for fossils has a major effect on what we think we know about mammal evolution,” one team member (Darin Croft) said, affirming that “There are still a lot of great fossils to be discovered.”  He offered a prediction: “Odds are pretty low that we would push back the date for these rodents by more than a million years or two.”  According to Science Daily’s coverage, the tiny tooth held in the palm of a researcher’s hand proves that the “Find Is 10 Million Years Older and Confirms Animals from Africa.” Rafting birds:  One of the most unusual birds today is the hoatzin – a denizen of South America whose young have claws on their wings.  Where did it come from?  According to a new theory by a German team reported on PhysOrg, this bird’s alleged ancestors arose in Africa.  Unable to fly across the ocean, they must have rafted from Africa on rafts of flotsam and jetsam.  This interpretation was made necessary by evolutionary estimates of the older date of the Namibian fossil. More early bird feather color:  Additional evidence for melanosomes in fossil bird feathers has been reported in PLoS ONE by Barden, Wogelius et al. (6[10]: e25494. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0025494).  It’s original material they estimated at 115 to 105 million years old.  “In combination, these techniques strongly suggest that not only do the feathers contain endogenous organic material, but that both geochemical and morphological evidence supports the preservation of original eumelanic pigment residue.” Fossil moths in color:  Coloration of a different kind has been found: the coloration of moths said to be 47 million years old, reported PhysOrg.  Pigments were not preserved in the fine-grained German rock, but microscopic structural patterns allowed Maria McNamara (Yale) to reconstruct the moth’s colorful flitting in its day.  It was a vivid yellow-green color, tinged in blue, similar to that of modern forester moths.  The fossil was notable for having structural color over its entire body.  Dr. McNamara explained more about her color-sleuthing work in a related article on the BBC News about the color on fossil beetles. Living fossil beetle:  An aquatic beetle “still alive today and widely distributed in Eurasia” had a fossil counterpart in sediments said to be 20 million years old, reported Science Daily.  What does it mean for evolutionary theory?  “The Siberian fossil provides new data for the long-lasting debate among scientists about the average duration of an insect species,” the article said.  Contrary to long thought estimates of species duration at 2-3 million years, this fossil shows exceptional stasis for ten times longer in the evolutionary timeline.  “The long-living species had to survive the massive changes of the Earth’s climate during the last millions of years — how they managed to do so is another question for scientists to address.” Almost every week, on continents around the world, remains of once-living creatures come to light.  Here are just a few of the fascinating fossils that have been reported this month.  What do they suggest about life in their day?last_img read more