163 patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitals

first_imgLimerickNews163 patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitalsBy Staff Reporter – September 7, 2020 106 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postuniversity hospital limerick Print Previous articleWATCH: Munster fall in Pro 14 final four to Leinster once againNext articleCall for tolls to be removed at Limerick Tunnel Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie University Hospital Limerick Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Advertisement 163 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch.144 patients are waiting in the emergency department, while 19 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital. Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Linkedin Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Day Three of Cheltenham

first_imgThe day’s action at Prestbury Park gets underway at 1.30, with the Grade One JLT Novices’ Chase. Here at home, there’s a stacked nine-race card this evening at Dundalk where the first is off at 5.25. He trains one of the favourites for the big race on day three – Empire of Dirt goes in the Ryanair Chase. After his wins in the Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother, jockey Noel Fehily will hope for a third big win when he rides Unowhatimeanharry (You Know What I Mean Harry) in the Stayers Hurdle. Fehily is feeling quietly confident about his chances today. last_img

Man Utd 2 – 1 Chelsea (agg 3 – 1)

first_imgManchester United sealed a place in the Champions League semi-finals with victory over Chelsea as Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to axe Didier Drogba in favour of Fernando Torres backfired at Old Trafford.Ancelotti took the gamble of favouring the British record £50m capture from Liverpool ahead of Drogba in an attempt to overhaul the one-goal advantage United were protecting from the first leg at Stamford Bridge.The striker’s struggles continued, however, and he was hauled off at half-time after Javier Hernandez doubled United’s lead in the tie moments before the break.Drogba underlined the error of his coach’s ways with an outstanding second-half show that even brought Chelsea hope when he scored with 13 minutes left as Ancelotti’s side struggled under the handicap of being reduced to 10 men when Ramires was sent off for a second yellow card after fouling Nani.If Chelsea harboured any ambition of turning the game on its head, it was short-lived as Park Ji-sung restored United’s lead seconds later to clinch a meeting with either holders Inter Milan or Schalke 04 in the last four.As Old Trafford celebrated at the final whistle, Ancelotti cut a predictably disconsolate figure with only the very faint prospect of challenging United for the title left in his attempts to follow up the Premier League and FA Cup Double he claimed in his first season. And while his decision to go with Torres ahead of Drogba showed commendable courage, as did his decision to take the Spaniard off after only 45 minutes, he now faces the prospect of the selection potentially starting the credits rolling on his Chelsea career following the exit from the tournament owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to claim.If Torres is looking an expensive misfit at £50m, United’s swoop for Hernandez can already be regarded as one of the great bargains with another prime example of the goal-poaching instincts that came with only a £6m price tag attached.United can now turn their attentions to Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against neighbours Manchester City at Wembley as their charge for a repeat of their 1999 Treble remains firmly on course.Ancelotti made the big call in selecting Torres ahead of Drogba and the early signs looked good for Chelsea as they took the game to United with ambition and purpose in pursuit of the goal they required.Chelsea created early opportunities but crucially, given the balance of the tie, they were wasted. Nicolas Anelka was twice narrowly off target and Frank Lampard should have done better than shoot straight at Edwin van der Sar following good work by Florent Malouda. Wayne Rooney and Hernandez have developed a potent partnership and they almost created the breakthrough for United when the Mexican headed in an inviting cross, only to be ruled offside by the slenderest of margins.United keeper Van der Sar made light of his 40 years with a sprightly dash from goal to make a perfectly timed tackle and clearance on Anelka as the Chelsea striker escaped the attentions of his markers.As Chelsea neared the end of a first half they would have regarded with a measure of satisfaction, United struck a devastating blow that underlined the importance of those missed chances.John O’Shea fashioned the original opening with a perfect pass inside Anelka and Giggs was equally incisive with a cross that was bundled into the roof of the net in trademark fashion by the predatory Hernandez.Ancelotti needed to act and his response was dramatic by any standards, hauling off Torres and replacing him with Drogba in an attempt to rescue a quarter-final that was slipping away. And Drogba wasted no time in making more of an impression that the struggling Spaniard, firing in an effort that left Van der Sar scrambling and a free-kick that the keeper was forced to punch to safety.Chelsea’s efforts to somehow snatch at a lifeline suffered a setback with 20 minutes left when Ramires flew into a reckless tackle on Nani and left referee Oligario Benquerenca with no option other that to brandish a second yellow card.Drogba then gave Chelsea hope, if only for a matter of seconds, when he took Michael Essien’s pass on his chest and drilled a low finish beyond Van der Sar.If Chelsea had thoughts of completing an unlikely fightback, they were snuffed out almost immediately as another Giggs cross found Park unmarked on the angle of the penalty area, the South Korean making the most of the time and space afforded to him to beat Petr Cech.United ran down the clock with comfort – now time may also be running out for Ancelotti. Source: BBClast_img read more

CHAN 2018: Morocco favourites in Group A

first_imgHerve Renard hopes to win his first major trophy with Morocco. Courtesy photo.Group AMoroccoGuineaSudanMauritaniaMOROCCO:This years host Morocco only came to CAF’s rescue after Kenya was deemed unfavourable to host the fifth edition of CHAN.Morocco had already qualified for the finals after defeating African giants Egypt 4-2 on the qualifiers with a 3-1 win in the second leg cupping off a fine performance after drawing 1-1 in Alexandria in the first leg.This is Morocco’s third appearance in the tournament having initial taken part in the 2014 edition in South Africa where they were eliminated on penalties by Nigeria at the quarter finals stage and a poor show in Rwanda 2016.In the last CHAN tournament in Rwanda, The Atlas Lions finished third in group A and hence failed to make it to the knock out stages with a Won 1 Drawn 1 and Lost 1 record.Morocco will hope experienced coach Herve Renard can inspire them to at least a semi finals finish this time round.After Waydad Casablanca won the CAF Champions league this season, Morocco will hope the same fortunes can befall the national team at CHAN and judging by the list of players that they have at their disposal, its hard to see them not making it out of the group stages.Star Players.Walid El Karti – Waydad CasablancaAchraf Bencharki – Waydad CasablancaPICK. Group A Runners ups.GUINEA:Guinea are the sole reason why West African power house Senegal did not make it to this years edition after eliminating them 6-3 on aggregate with a breath taking 5-0 win in Conakry in the second leg.In the first round of qualifiers, the West Africans thumped Guinea-Bissau 10-1 over two legs in the heaviest win of the qualifiers.This is Guinea’s second appearance in the finals event after an odd defying fourth place finish in the last edition in Rwanda.The National Elephants are slowly but steadily rising in terms of football on the African continent and if they can replicate the form they show cased in Rwanda, the sky may be the limit for them this time round.Star Players.Seydouba Bissiri CamaraMohamed N’DiayePICK. Group A Winners.SUDAN:This is the first time Sudan have qualified for the CHAN tournament after kicking a ball with their previous qualification coming by virtual of being host(2011).In 2011, Sudan won their group convincingly on route to finishing third in the tournament after defeating Algeria 1-0 in the third placing game.The Falcons of Jedaine put up a strong performance in their only previous tournament although it was on home soil and it remains to be seen if they can replicate such a showing on un chanted grounds.Star players.Saifeldeen Malik – Al-Khartoum SCMuhannad Tahir Osman – Al Hilal SCPICK. Group A Third position.MAURITANIA:Mauritania upset the odds in qualification as they defeated both Mali and Liberia over two legs each.This will be the second time Al-Murabitun will be competing at a CHAN tournament proper after qualifying for the 2014 edition in South Africa.In 2014, Mauritania acted as whipping boys in group D where they lost all their games and conceded eight goals in the three games.What happened to them in 2018 can only be avoided with a spirited perfomance by Mauritania this time round and chances of that happening is low.With the other teams on a different level, 2014 may come back to hunt them.Star Players.Abdoulaye Sileye Gaye – ASAC ConcordeMoussa SambaPICK. Group A Last positionGroup A Matches:Morocco vs Mauritania – 13/01/17Guinea vs Sudan – 14/01/17Morocco vs Guinea – 17/01/17Mauritania vs Sudan -17/01/17Sudan vs Morocco – 21/01/17Mauritania vs Guinea – 21/01/17Commentslast_img read more

Tying the Window-Purchase Tax Credit to Energy Star – One More Time

first_imgOne of the good things about recently proposed legislation that would tie federal tax credits on the purchase price of windows to Energy Star criteria is that the legislation makes ecological and economic sense.The new bill, proposed by Senators Jay Rockefeller and Chuck Grassley, would modify a provision that, since it took effect on June 1, has offered consumers a tax credit of 30%, up to $1,500, on the purchase price of windows that have a solar-heat-gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30 or less and a U-factor of 0.30 or less. It’s called the “30-30” standard and it’s relatively simple to apply. The problem is it doesn’t offer consumers who live in cold climates the flexibility they need to achieve maximum energy efficiency – through wintertime solar heat gain – from their purchase.Rockefeller and Grassley, to their credit, want to peg the tax credit to Energy Star requirements that are scheduled to take effect January 4, 2010. The positive, logical thing about these new Energy Star criteria is that they are climate-specific, with, for example, a SHGC “equivalent energy performance” requirement for the northern climate zone of at least 0.35 and corresponding U-factor equivalent of 0.31; for a SHGC performance equivalent of at least 0.40, however, the corresponding U-factor equivalent is 0.32 for that climate zone.For southern climates, meanwhile, the U-factor maximum is 0.60 and the SHGC is 0.27. Separate criteria also are established for window performance in “north-central” and “south-central” climate zones.Trade-group backingLast week, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association weighed in on the issue with a press release that commended the senators while it criticized the 30-30 standard.“The one-size-fits-all approach of the current tax credit fails to recognize that different regions of the country require different standards to achieve improved energy efficiency depending on climate. A window, door or skylight designed to protect from the cold winters of the north is not ideal to face the heat of a southern summer,” said WDMA Executive Vice President Michael O’Brien. “Established Energy Star standards, widely recognized by consumers, builders and retailers, recognize these differences and have different requirements for four different regions.”One small irony here is that the tax credit was tied to Energy Star’s regionally based criteria before the 30-30 standard took effect on June 1. The Rockefeller-Grassley bill simply brings Energy Star back into the equation, albeit in the updated form set to roll out on January 4.The availability catchAnother irony is that obtaining high-solar-gain windows can be a challenge in the U.S., even in northern markets. As GBA’s Martin Holladay pointed out in a GBA post on July 31, many window manufacturers in the U.S. have emphasized low-solar-gain glazing in both their product lineups and marketing, an approach that simplifies things for distributors and salespeople but can confound customers who want to make the most of window installations in cold climates.Martin cited the tribulations of Scott Pigg, a senior project manager at the Energy Center of Wisconsin who had done an analysis using RESFEN, a software program developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to measure the performance of prospective window installations in specific settings. Pigg intended to use the analysis for guidance in selecting windows for his own home, but was flummoxed in his attempt to buy windows, from Marvin Windows and Doors, with a hard-coat low-e glazing option that would increase their SHGC.“I asked my contractor, and my contractor had no idea what I wanted,” Pigg told GBA. “Then he came back to me and said it would take three extra weeks. Then he said it couldn’t be done. I didn’t believe it, so I called Marvin directly. They said it was possible. Then my contractor said it would cost an extra $200 per window. I asked Marvin about that, and they wouldn’t give me any pricing information.”Pigg finally gave up and bought low-solar-gain glazing. Perhaps, if the Rockefeller-Grassley bill passes, the return to Energy Star standards will encourage manufacturers in the U.S. to make high-solar-gain glazing more readily available, and make experiences like Pigg’s a thing of the past.last_img read more

How IoT and Big Data Applications Will Revolutionize Our Smart Cities

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#Internet of Things#Smart Cities#smart devices#smart technology Debraj Chatterjee There’s no doubt about the fact that cities have evolved a lot over the past few years. They’ve transformed from small enclosures within walls to slouching metropolises which are home to millions of people.Not only have their sizes and nature changed but Smart Cities have also been able to provide the best environment for all kinds of people to inhabit.Almost all aspects of residing in a city have changed, particularly in those areas where technological obstacles hampered the way in which things were done.If you’re aware of the bigger picture, you will know the fact that the Internet of Things (IoT) is probably the new frontier of development in shaping the way in which cities are built and operated.There is no doubt that you familiar with the concept of the internet of things (IoT). The idea includes several devices like cars, smartphones and everyday appliances like refrigerators being connected and being able to share information. The devices can be used autonomously, and they can perform actions when they obtain trigger information that was pre-set.More on the umbrella term — “Smart City.”The term “smart city” is an umbrella term which means cities which use technologies and data to enhance the lives of businesses, companies, and individuals who inhabit it. The Internet of Things is the ultimate technology which is gradually making cities “smart.” Whether it is improving levels of pollution or conditions of traffic, the key technology is none other than IoT.The IoT is a network of devices which are connected physically, like home appliances or vehicles and with the help of this technology; things can connect with each other and exchange data. This connectivity offers an opportunity to mingle digital and physical data through data analytics to boost efficiency, improve livelihoods and drive economic advantages.The key is connectivity — It’s all about strong connection.The most significant factor which could pose as a threat to the dream of building a smart city is the issues of connectivity. If millions of devices throughout the city aren’t connected via a strong and secure connection, the IoT devices will be rendered nothing but obsolete.Henceforth, without a robust connection, the smart technology wouldn’t work. Robust 4G and 5G networks through London will have a heavier reliance on “small cells” to enhance connectivity to those tough-to-reach spots.Local authorities will require working closely with all the network operators who will help them in installing such units on buildings, lampposts in order to boost connectivity and support it in reaching out to wherever it might be required.The federal government also takes steps to help operators by letting them deploy hardware like phone masts on facilities and buildings which are owned by the government. Supposedly the government support is needed to help in improving coverage; sans interference.Tangible use cases of utilizing IoT in building a smart city.Now that you know how popular the Internet of Things (IoT) has gotten in building a smart city, you must be eager to know how they bring about a change to the cities. Here is a list of use cases of IoT.SMART LIGHTINGLighting comprises of a significant percentage of the energy consumption in a city. While lighting and electricity is a vital element, it is also being utilized to improve identity and beauty of all developing cities. In a conventional lighting system, the inspection of failure occurs manually. There are even fixed lighting levels through operational hours. If a lighting system is based in IoT, the failures are reported automatically to the system. IoT supported lights can dim automatically depending on the time of the day.SMART WASTE MANAGEMENTWaste management in a city can also be made smarter by recommending smart garbage cans which have a sensor for determining the level of waste that lies within the can. The technology behind these garbage containers are built in such a manner that they can transmit this information to the waste management system of the city which can guide the waste collection trucks automatically to the garbage container which has become full. It will convert the static garbage collection system with a system that is based on real-time data that’s related to garbage containers being more efficient and predictable.SMART PARKINGIt can become daunting to find out a parking space in today’s cities. It is somewhat frustrating for the commuter, and it also boosts pollution as the commuter tries to find an appropriate place to park his vehicle. When a parking spot is IoT enabled, it is equipped with sensors to sense whether or not they’re occupied already. Even this can connect the navigation system of the city which can allow the drivers to find the nearest parking spot. A driver armed with the knowledge of where to park will lead to saved fuel, saved time, reduced CO2 emission and reduced road utilization hours.SMART TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEMIoT can also assist in smart traffic management as well by installing solar or battery-powered traffic sensors which can detect the volume of traffic in real-time, average speed at which vehicles are traveling and road occupancy rate. Such sensors can be easily connected to the central traffic management system of the city, thereby offering a total picture of the traffic situation. Depending on the pattern of traffic, the decision-making algorithms can adjust the traffic lights and their duration, lodge complaints against people who violate traffic rules.SMART ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDINGSInternet of Things technology is making it simpler for buildings with different sorts of infrastructure to improve sustainability and save energy. For example, smart building systems of energy management utilize IoT devices to connect disparate cooling, heating, lighting, and fire safety systems to an application which is centrally managed. Research reveals that commercial buildings waste up to 30% of the energy which they use and hence saving with an energy management system can be noteworthy and useful as well.For the federal governments to improve efficiency and enhance their services, they require a platform which can power the IoT applications for smart cities. Having the right platform will process, aggregate and interpret data which is generated by the smart devices. This information will ensure that the infrastructure is performing at its best to take cities to a new era of connectivity. Related Posts Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Debraj is a Founder of LMN SEO Services and oversees strategic, operational and invest Peng aspects of the company’s wide ranging digital content & digital revenue activities. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

a month agoBerbatov says Man Utd need shot of passion for Arsenal clash

first_imgBerbatov says Man Utd need shot of passion for Arsenal clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov says they need a shot of passion for Monday’s clash with Arsenal.United will welcome the north Londoners to the Theatre of Dreams on the back of two disappointing results, a 2-0 defeat to West Ham and an unconvincing penalty shootout victory over League One side Rochdale.”United’s game against Arsenal will be their biggest test in the league so far,” Berbatov told Betfair.“United will have some advantage of playing at Old Trafford, but when there results haven’t been going for you, you know the fans will be a little impatient, you can think too much about it, make mistakes and it becomes a difficult situation.“Sometimes when I have watched them I have noticed that United are have been too soft against the opposition, they need to be tough in their challenges, show them who’s in charge and let them know that this is f*****g Old Trafford.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days agoEx-Man City coach Simon Davies under pressure at Anderlecht

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City coach Simon Davies under pressure at Anderlechtby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSimon Davies is under pressure at Anderlecht.The former Manchester City youth coach is Vincent Kompany’s No2 at the Belgian giants.But after a dismal start to the season, HLN says Anderlecht chiefs are seeking to add greater expertise to the bench.The move has the support of Kompany – with Davies the most likely to make way.Craig Bellamy is also under the spotlight, with the Welshman currently reserves coach. last_img