HSE issues further vaccinations plea as mumps outbreak continues in Donegal

first_imgThe HSE in Donegal has pleaded with parents to have their children vaccinated.The plea comes as part of European Immunisation Week which they say is an opportunity to celebrate vaccines in the fight against vaccine-preventable disease.It is estimated that more than 3 million lives are saved each year because of vaccination. The plea comes following an outbreak of both mumps and measles in Donegal and the north-west.A spokesperson said we had not seen diseases like measles in Donegal, Sligo or Leitrim for a number of years, because 95% of children were vaccinated against them.“Last year, the uptake of childhood vaccinations dropped slightly in Donegal and this resulted in an outbreak of measles in January this year.“There is also an ongoing mumps outbreak across Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim. The HSE has been notified of 116 cases so far. As soon as vaccination rates fall, diseases like measles and mumps return. “Fortunately, the majority of people in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim are protecting their children with vaccination. The most recent figures for 2018 show that 90% of children in Donegal received the MMR and 93% of children in Sligo and Leitrim received it.“However, over 95% of children need to be vaccinated with the MMR in order to prevent the spread of measles in our community. This is the goal for 2019, as it is really important for ‘herd immunity’.“In this way, we can protect newborns and vulnerable children, including those with cancer or immune problems who can’t get vaccinated, from coming in contact with measles and other diseases like meningitis.”This year European Immunisation Week runs from 24th-30th April.The goal is to raise awareness of the benefits of vaccination and to celebrate the ‘vaccine heroes’ who contribute to protecting lives through vaccination. Vaccine heroes include health workers who administer vaccines, parents who choose vaccination for their children, and everyone who promotes vaccination. Sadly, we lost one of our own vaccine heroes this year when Laura Brennan, a 26-year-old cervical cancer sufferer, died of her disease in March.Before her death, she campaigned tirelessly to provide young women and their families with the right information on the HPV vaccine, so that they could be protected from cervical cancer in the future.“Every parent wants to protect their child and do what’s right for them. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do, now that there is so much false and misleading information on the internet and social media when it comes to vaccination,’ says Dr Laura Heavey, Specialist Registrar in Public Health Medicine in HSE North West,She added “I would really encourage parents to look for information in the right places. Two good sources of reliable, evidence-based information are www.immunisation.ie and the Vaccine Knowledge Project at http://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/. Essentially all of the vaccines on the infant, child and adolescent schedule in Ireland are backed up with years of data on their safety.” Another goal for 2019 is to continue to increase the uptake of the HPV vaccine in teenagers.In 2018, 70% of teenage girls in Ireland got the vaccine. In Scotland, where HPV vaccination started over 10 years ago and 90% of teenage girls get the HPV vaccine, researchers have found that the vaccine has nearly wiped out cases of cervical pre-cancer in young women.“We want to see as many Irish teenagers as possible getting vaccinated in 2019, so that we can see those same results here. This year, the vaccine will also be offered to teenage boys. If all our young people receive the vaccine, cervical cancer could be eliminated in Ireland in the future,” said the HSE spokesperson.HSE issues further vaccinations plea as mumps outbreak continues in Donegal was last modified: April 17th, 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:donegalHSEMeaslesMumpsVACCINATIONlast_img read more

Farm bill listening session coming to Wilmington

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As Congressional committees begin prepping for the 2018 Farm Bill, the Ohio Farmers Union will hold a listening session and briefing in Wilmington on Sept. 18.The event will be held at the Moyer Community Room, Wilmington Municipal Building, 69 N South St, Wilmington, OH 45177. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to last two hours. The event is open to the public but will he geared to farmers. Light refreshments will be provided by the Clinton County Farmers Union.“It’s essential that despite the current dysfunction in Washington, Congress crafts a reasonable, responsible Farm Bill that provides a strong safety net,” said Joe Logan, OFU President.Logan said that the National Farmers Union is working with state organizations around the country to hold regional listening sessions where family farmers may come and share thoughts on what’s working and not working with current Farm Bill programs like Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).Comments from farmers around the country are being compiled and will become part of NFU’s Farm Bill lobbying efforts.The first part of the event will be devoted to taking unfiltered comments from farmers.Farmers will then get a briefing from NFU on the current state of the Farm Bill process. Dr. Harwood Schaffer, director of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center at the University of Tennessee, will speak about potential alternatives to ARC and PLC.“Farmers cannot control the weather and we don’t control markets,” Logan said. “The Farm Bill and a reasonable safety net for producers is a vital part of our ability to continue to feed Ohio and the world — and it’s not too early for Ohio farmers to be heard on the next one.”last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 29, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry again today. But, the pattern gets wetter tomorrow forward. We should see sunshine for most of the day today, although we wont rule out a few clouds in northern parts of the state.Moisture totals from Wed-Thur-early Friday event.Rain arrives tomorrow, and continues through Thursday. There will be two waves of action, with about 12-16 hours of pause in-between. Rain can end as wet snowflakes on Friday morning. However liquid equivalent precipitation remains in a .5″-1.5″ range for the entire event.Significantly colder behind this system, with clouds breaking for some late day sun on Friday. Then we stay partly to mostly sunny through the weekend and Monday. Temps will stay cold through the weekend, but we should start to see some temperature moderation MondayStill dry for Tuesday, but we see clouds increase through the day. Scattered showers can develop overnight next Tuesday night through Wednesday, but will be limited to a few hundredths to a couple of tenths.  The rest of the 10 day window is dry.The extended period shows a few showers around for Saturday the 9th, with rain totals from .05″-.4″ over 70% of Ohio, otherwise we are dry with a mix of clouds and sun. We can see cold air initially for the 10th and 11th, but then temps moderate and go even to above normal levels toward the end of the 11-16 day period.last_img read more

Making the Case for Exterior Foam Insulation

first_imgThat said, if Farm House decides that it’s a good idea to increase the R-value of the wall assembly or reduce thermal bridging between the studs, he could take the advice of Steve Knapp and use Zip System insulated R-sheathing, which combines structural sheathing with foam insulation.R-sheathing can take the place of conventional OSB or plywood sheathing. It comes in various thicknesses, with R-values ranging from 3 to 12.“But I see no reason to try to convince you.” RELATED ARTICLES Consider fossil fuel useBrendan Albano asks Farm House to consider the benefits of reducing the use of fossil fuels: a better insulated building will need less heat, and less heat means a lower carbon impact.“Reducing your use of fossil fuels (and other non-renewable resources) is an ethical choice from an intergenerational equity (a.k.a., ‘think of the children’) point of view,” Albana writes. “If exterior insulation is an effective way for you to do this, then it would be ethically responsible for you to add exterior insulation.“Whether or not that line of reasoning is important enough to you to justify the expense is a question only you can answer.”But the introduction of fossil fuels into the discussion raises additional questions, replies Dorsett.“The ‘future generations/fossil fuel’ discussion can go a number of different ways,” he says. “Higher wall performance can be had with lower initial and long-term carbon emissions by staying away from foam altogether (which has a very real carbon footprint) and using cellulose as the cavity fill (which is net-carbon-negative and sequesters carbon), or rock wool (low carbon footprint relative to any foam) and/or using only electric HVAC equipment combined with renewables-only electricity (site sourced or purchased).” Another approach with Zip-R sheathingDorsett has one more idea for reducing thermal bridging without the use of a continuous layer of foam. Farm House could start with conventional framing using 2x4s. Then, rip sheets of 2-inch Zip R to widths of 1 1/2 inch and 3 inches, and glue them to the inside of the framing to create a total stud wall depth of 5 1/2 inches. (The 3-inch strips are for doubled-top plates and other areas where studs are doubled.) Use conventional insulation designed for a 2×6 wall.“That brings the framing fraction up from about R-4.2 to about R-14, cutting the heat transfer through the 2×4 framing by more than 2/3, and the whole-wall performance improves by about 15% compared to a 2×6/R-20 wall at the same wall thickness,” Dorsett says.The idea is derived from an article by Stephen Bonfiglioli in Fine Homebuilding magazine.Following up on Dorsett’s suggestion, Gordon Franke writes that he ran some calculations on heat flow comparing the Bonfiglioli wall to several other options (see image #2, below).“If my calculations are correct, the Bonfiglioli [wall] insulates better than a 2×4 wall with 1 1/4 inch of exterior insulation,” he says. “One might say, ‘Well, 1 1/4 inch is too thin.’ However, a 2-inch layer only buys you a 3% improvement compared [to] the Bonfiglioli wall.“In my own renovation, I can implement the Bonfiglioli wall myself over a couple of weekends for the cost of some EPS strips, 1x3s, and the upgrade from 2×4 to 2×6 batts. That seems like nothing compared to the additional complication and expense of including an inches deep layer of insulation on all exterior walls.” Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing From Fine Homebuilding: Breaking the Thermal Bridge Can Exterior Foam Insulation Cause Mold and Moisture Problems? Installing Mineral Wool Insulation Over Exterior Wall SheathingThe Exterior Rigid Foam is Too Thin!Combining Exterior Rigid Foam With Fluffy InsulationHow to Install Rigid Foam SheathingChoosing Rigid FoamWalls With Interior Rigid Foam A question of diminishing returnsFarm House has given some thought to the environmental impact of his new home and the need to reduce fossil fuel emissions.“That’s a given for me,” he says, “but I don’t have an unlimited budget and I am certain that at some point during an envelope design, one starts spending money for very incremental improvements in performance.”So, while recognizing that exterior foam insulation increases the whole-house R-value, the question is whether it makes “good sense.” Farm House wants to know whether a radiant barrier he’s apparently planning on including will offer the advantages he’s hoping for.Further, he asks, “Is increasing the stud-to-siding R-value from 6.5 to 13 going to have a significant impact? For example: What percentage of heat loss or gain is expected through the 25% of the exterior walls that’s made up of 2×6 studs? (If it impacts the answer, my goal is to achieve between 1 and 2 ach50.)“We all know that an internal combustion engine is an glorified air pump,” Farm House continues. “The faster you can get the air to go from intake to exhaust, the better the performance. At some point, though, you’re spending silly money to increase performance that can only be justified if you race NASCAR every weekend. Catch my drift?” Questions about plans for a heat pumpFarm House says that he’s planning on “spending some serious $$$” for a Trane XV20i variable-speed heat pump. Good idea? Maybe not, says Dorsett.The smallest model of that air-source heat pump has a capacity of 2 tons, he says, and although it’s able to modulate its output, it has a turndown ratio of about 2.5 to 1, Dorsett says, “which could be sub-optimally oversized” for a higher performance house of about 2,500 square feet in Climate Zone 3.“In a new house design, it’s not super hard to hit the 2,500-square-feet-per-ton of cooling range, and even a code-minimum house can hit the ton per 2,000 [square foot] range, even with full sun exposure,” Dorsett says. “The minimum modulated output of the 2-ton Trane XV20i is about 10,000 BTU/h at 95°F outside and even higher at lower outdoor temps. That means it can’t really modulate at high efficiency if your load at your 1% design condition is only 12,000-15,000 BTU/h.”He adds that the “framing fraction” of 25% in exterior walls would account for roughly half the total heat transfer in walls.“But the walls are only a fraction of the total heat gain and heat loss, and with 2×6/R-20 construction staying at code-minimum, … the total window area can account for as much heat transfer as the total wall area (or more),” Dorsett says. “These sorts of issues are why modeling the house with BEopt can be useful, since you can then determine the bang-for-your-buck of different component upgrades.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost thinks:There’s lots of good analysis and advice built into this Spotlight. I agree with Dana Dorsett that BEopt modeling can provide good guidance and useful sensitivity analysis around the key elements that Farm House is considering.For my money — and based in no small part on the work that Building Science Corporation has done for high-performance design in Climate Zone 3 — here are the three most important design considerations for homes aiming for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and thermal comfort:Airtightness. Even without much information on the actual design, in my experience the continuity of the building enclosure air control layer is easiest to do on the exterior. You certainly can get this in many ways, but the Zip wall system is a good option. Another advantage of this approach is that a continuous exterior air barrier protects from wind-washing at corners.Better windows and solar shading. BEopt would certainly show this, but windows tuned by location and aspect and properly shaded give a big performance boost in Climate Zone 3. In a recent analysis I did using Climate Consultant 6, exterior shading of windows and doors alone pulled around 25% of annual hours into the ASHRAE 55 thermal comfort parameters.HVAC. All ducts and equipment should be inside the conditioned space, and the systems should be designed using ACCA Manuals J, S, and D. This was not mentioned in the Q&A exchanges, and it’s critical to high performance (energy efficiency, IAQ, and thermal comfort). Achieving a high-performance HVAC system is easy if it is identified as a driver of design and if you have an HVAC contractor who can deliver the design. Not our job to sell anything“First of all,” says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, “it’s your house. You can build it any way you want, as long as your local code enforcement official is happy. I don’t see any reason to convince you of anything.” Skip the exterior foam and invest in PVDana Dorsett won’t try to convince Farm House, either. He suggests using BEopt, free energy-modeling software available from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Then, given the good solar exposure that’s apparently available on the house site, Farm House could compare the return on investment for spending the same amount of money he’d need for insulated sheathing for a rooftop solar array, calculated at $3 a watt before any subsidies.“In U.S. Climate Zone 3, it’s possible (with a decent design) to hit net-zero energy with 2×6 (R-20) walls, no exterior insulating sheathing, and with a PV array that fits comfortably on a sun-drenched house, using better-class heat pump technology properly sized for the modest loads,” Dorsett says.He refers Farm House to a Building America research paper for more information. That study suggests that an R-20 wall in Climate Zone 3 — but times have changed.“That document was created in 2009/2010, when PV cost $7-8/watt and was 15% efficient, whereas now it’s $3/watt and ~20% efficient, requiring less rooftop real-estate to deliver the same amount of energy,” Dorsett says. “And, better-class heat pumps at that time were running HSPF 10-12 with SEER in the teens, whereas current better-class ductless minisplits are in the HSPF 12.5-14 range, with SEER well north of 20.”With those two advances in technology, Farm House could aim for the R-value recommendations that Building America suggests for a milder climate zone (Zone 2) and still hit net-zero performance. A 2×6 R-20 wall framed at 16 inches on center with a rainscreen gap between the sheathing and the siding would work; so would a 2×6 R-23 wall insulated with rockwool batts (but with no rainscreen).“So, skip the exterior insulation and concentrate the investment where it pays more,” Dorsett says.Farm House might still consider the more rigorous Climate Zone 3 recommendations for other building assemblies, while aiming for a building envelope testing at less than 1 air change per hour at 50 pascals in a blower-door test, plus a heat-recovery ventilator. A simple house shape minimizing corners would also help. Writing from Climate Zone 3, Farm House seems to have worked out many of the details for the dream house he plans to start building in a few months.“Plan to live in it for 30+ years,” he writes in a post at the Q&A forum at Green Building Advisor. “The house will have Zip System sheathing and will be well insulated on the inside. I will just leave it at that. Not interested in installing rigid foam on the outside of the roof sheathing. (I have my reasons, so please don’t try to convince me otherwise.)“So, house fully exposed to sunlight. One inch rigid foam with foil facing. Strapped with fiber-cement siding.”That’s the plan: no rigid foam on the roof, but 1 inch of rigid foam on the exterior walls, plus a vented rainscreen and siding.The Farm House challenge? “Sell me on all the reasons this [rigid foam on the walls] is worth the time and cost.”last_img read more

Tumblr’s Growth May Have Hit The Wall

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#David Karp#now#Tumblr#Yahoo readwrite Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr may have saddled the still-troubled Internet giant with a wasting asset, Buzzfeed reports. Traffic figures supposedly “directly measured” by Quantcast show that monthly unique visitors to Tumblr peaked last November; a more abbreviated chart of weekly unique visitors shows that number falling since May 20.Tumblr responded that Quantcast doesn’t measure traffic from the Tumblr mobile app, but declined to say whether including mobile-app users would show overall growth. So Buzzfeed looked at data from its own network of sites and found what John Herrman called a “fairly serious decline in Tumblr referrals” (see chart below). Which is interesting, if still not quite conclusive. Image via Buzzfeedlast_img read more

Kat Graham Exposes Death And Suffering On Egg Farms In New Video

first_imgActor Kat Graham has teamed up with PETA to reveal the neglect and filthy conditions that hens face on egg farms in a breaking new video exposé.The footage, which was captured by eyewitnesses on three egg farms near Vancouver, shows hens stuck in mounds of feces teeming with maggots and left for dead; others suffering from extensive feather loss, injuries, and illness; and birds forced to live inside cramped cages next to the rotting corpses of their deceased cagemates.“When PETA showed me this video of these poor abused hens, I was so heartbroken,” says The Vampire Diaries star and singer Graham. “And then, I got mad. This cruelty and neglect are commonplace on egg farms all over the world. Please, please help these gentle birds and millions like them — it’s easy. Don’t eat eggs. They’re a product of intense suffering. You can help stop the abuse by going vegan like me.”PETA notes that more than 320 million hens are held on egg farms in the U.S., with an additional 20 million being held in Canada. This video footage was captured in April at Abbotsford facilities that on-site documents identified as Cloverhill Farms, Jaedel Enterprises, and Sonmark Enterprises.last_img read more

George Brown launches sustainable fashion program to capitalize on reshored manufacturing

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “There’s no question that we feel responsible,” says George Brown fashion studies chair Marilyn McNeil-Morin. “We can’t just stand by and not do something. We want to be part of making a change.”As of fall 2017, George Brown is kicking off a sustainable fashion production grad program to train a skilled workforce attuned to sustainability.Whether they’re doing production here in Canada or overseas, brands are feeling mounting pressure to clean up their supply chain. Says McNeil-Morin, “There’s a science behind it. You’ve got to understand the whole textile production cycle: What chemicals are used? How is the dyeing done? Are companies you’re working with using ethical and sustainable practices or are they leaching pollutants into the earth?” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement As bad press continues to plague mainstream fashion and more brands come home to avoid overseas headaches, George Brown College’s new sustainable fashion production program may be just what the Canadian apparel industry needs.What do you do when you learn that your dream job is contributing to one of the most destructive industries on the planet? The fashion world has been rocked by deadly factory collapses, damning documentaries and report after report detailing the industry’s devastating impacts on workers, waterways, you name it.But was it ancient philosopher Sun Tzu or an HSBC ad that once said, “From chaos comes opportunity”? Either way, one Toronto fashion school says all that bad press is opening a door for industry pros who know how make clothes ethically. Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Clark Scurto Graduate From ColbySawyer College

first_imgNEW LONDON, NH — Colby-Sawyer College celebrated its 181st Commencement on Saturday, May 11,  2019, awarding approximately 185 undergraduate degrees and recognizing students and other individuals for academic excellence, outstanding contributions to society, and service to the college and community.Bridget Clark, of Wilmington, earned a B.S. in athletic training. Clark graduated magna cum laude as a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Iota Tau Alpha Honor Society in athletic training, the Athletic Training Club and president of the Exercise and Sport Sciences Club. She also earned the Exercise and Sport Sciences Baccalaureate and Capstone Awards.Joseph Scurto, of Wilmington, earned a B.S. in sport management. Scurto played for the baseball team.About Colby-Sawyer CollegeColby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. The college’s faculty, staff and students strive for excellence in an engaged teaching and learning community that fosters students’ academic, intellectual, and personal growth. With a strong emphasis on learning outcomes, including breadth and depth of knowledge, self-growth, creative and critical thinking, and effective communication, Colby-Sawyer prepares students to thrive post-graduation and make a positive impact upon a dynamic, diverse and interdependent world.Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Learn more about the college’s vibrant teaching and learning community at http://www.colby-sawyer.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Colby-Sawyer College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bischoff & Clark Named To Dean’s List At Colby-Sawyer CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Perform Internships Through Colby-Sawyer CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Joseph Scurto Completes Internship At Colby-Sawyer CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Russia Could Get Junk Status in 2015 Says Former Minister China Willing

first_imgThe Russian government’s slow stance on the growing economic instability could earn it “junk” status in 2015, said former finance minister Alexei Kudrin on Monday.At a news conference, Kudrin said that the western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis was deterring the economy from growing and the government’s slow decisions were not making it any better for the country.”Today, I can say that we have entered or are entering a real, full-fledged economic crisis. Next year we will feel it clearly. The government has not been quick enough to address the situation … I am yet to hear … its clear assessment of the current situation,” Kudrin was quoted by Reuters as saying.”Russia will get a downgrade. It will enter the ‘junk’ territory,” said Kudrin.Kudrin also said that if oil prices remained at current levels, the Russian economy could shrink by 4 percent.”This is a serious challenge to the economy,” said Kudrin.Kudrin’s warning comes just after the government bailed out the National Bank Trust for $531 million (30 billion rubles) to prevent it from going bankrupt. This marks the Russian central bank’s first bailout since the currency slump and the biggest ever financial rescue, reflecting the seriousness of the matter.Experts say more banks could soon follow suit because of the lack of liquidity in the market.”It’s 100 percent sure that more banks will be rescued because there is an acute shortage of liquidity. The interbank market has practically come to a halt because of a lack of trust and the central bank is afraid of giving more rubles to banks so they don’t buy more dollars with them,” Maxim Osadchy, head of analysis at BKF Bank in Moscow was quoted by Bloomberg.Considering Russia’s financial struggle, China said it was willing to offer help to the country. “We are convinced that Russia has the ability and the wisdom to overcome the current kind of challenging situation. We consistently support and help each other. If the Russian side requires it, then we will offer required assistance within the scope of our abilities,” Wang Yi, Chinese foreign minister was quoted by The Wall Street Journal as saying.Though China and Russia haven’t had very strong ties in the history, Moscow is reportedly seeking to bridge gaps with Beijing as both countries want to reduce dependence on US dollars in international transactions.China and Russia have signed a three-year currency-swap deal worth $24.1 billion.Russian analysts say any kind of help is welcome but the western sanctions are the real problem.”…it can’t substitute the losses of the Russian banking system and economy from western sanctions,” Vladimir Miklashevsky, a strategist at Danske Bank A/S, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg.last_img read more