Rathkeale history is up for discussion

first_imgNewsLocal NewsRathkeale history is up for discussionBy Alan Jacques – January 27, 2017 1223 TAGSlimerickRathkeale and District Historical Society Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RATHKEALE and District Historical Society kick-starts its spring series with three talks of local interest this Friday, January 27.The first talk by Lorna Shier is titled ‘The Irish Palatines – Their Lifestyle, Survival and Contribution from 1709’.Lorna is a member of the Irish Palatine Association and holds an MA degree in the ‘History of the Family’ from the University of Limerick. Her final dissertation was on the theme of the Palatines and the audience can be assured of a scholarly and authoritative presentation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The second talk, to be presented by Jim O’Riordan, is titled ‘A Stroll Round the Old Village of Cappagh’. A founding member of the society, Jim is a passionate historian with an encyclopedic knowledge and love for his local area. He is sure to hold his listeners spellbound with his gentle storytelling as he talks of Cappagh Castle, Cappagh House and the hangings at Cappagh Hill in the early 1800s. He will also speak of Lord Essex’s encampment in Cappagh Hill and the passage of Captain Going through Cappagh.The final speaker of the evening will be genealogist Gerard Greaney of Ardagh. His talk is titled: ‘Children for Sale: Ireland 1950-1955’. For most of the twentieth century children born to unwed mothers were treated appallingly in Ireland. Gerard’s talk will chart the lives of some of these children and how they became part of Ireland’s ‘banished babies’.Proceedings begin at 8.30pm in the Arts Centre located within the Rathkeale area offices of Limerick City and County Council.by Alan [email protected] Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Printcenter_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articlePreston Reed: tunings and musings from the innovator/composerNext articleNew acute bed unit at UHL approved Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

A Way Amidst the Wildfires

first_imgSubscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 25, 2018 1,627 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: California CoreLogic Homes HOUSING Insurance Property real estate wildfires California CoreLogic Homes HOUSING Insurance Property real estate wildfires 2018-10-25 Radhika Ojha Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago A Way Amidst the Wildfires Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Risky Business Next: Citadel Launches New Product Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save A webinar hosted by CoreLogic, available to the public here, discusses the housing situation in California in light of recent wildfires. The webinar, entitled “California Wildfires: A Way Forward,” explores at length the Carr and Mendocino Complex Fires from 2017, the damage the fires caused to more than 10,000 structures. The webinar looks back as well as forward, considering next steps in reconstruction after what has occurred and increasing resilience to future fires.Maiclaire Bolton-Smith, a Sr. Leader for Research and Content at CoreLogic, hosted the webinar. She touched on the catastrophe in Mendocino County before detailing the worst of the 2017 wildfires, especially the extent of damage in Tubbs County. Howard Kunst, a Principal and Chief Actuary of Science and Analytics at CoreLogic, gave a statistical perspective on the fires, showing how even though the amount of acreage destroyed in fires has increased in relation to the number of overall fires started. Whereas the five-year average between 2012 and 2016 was 8,363 fires with 691,299 acres destroyed, in 2017 a total of 9,560 fires caused more than 1.2 million acres worth of damage. Kunst suggests that models have obtained a high enough degree of accuracy regulations based on their predictions will be more commonly enacted. One of these is the requirement going into effect July 2019 that mandates insurance companies discuss the likelihood of fires to customers with residential properties, as well as various strategies and costs of reconstruction. Guy Kopperud, a Principal of Industry Solutions with CoreLogic, focused his discussion on reconstruction and valuation. Kopperud dilated on how the heated market in California continues to interfere with reconstruction efforts, and how the surge in California housing demand affects contractors and builders in the state. Rodney Griffin, Sr. Leader of Product Management and Services, spoke about resilience to future fires and strategies for minimizing damage in future disasters. These include fire-resistance ratings for construction being promoted as well as construction with fire-resistant materials.  Griffin indicates that the costs of building with resilient materials can be justified by the bottom line and reduction in loss potential. Lastly, Tom Larson, a Principal in Industry Solutions closes with a focus on managing wildfire risk in the future, in the process highlighting how fires in 2017 challenged current zonation, and how different models for zoning could help manage risk. Larson shows how if one also accounts for infrequent high winds and the latest fuel and topography models, risks can be minimized. Considering that more than 1.7 million homes, or 13 percent of the total 13.6 million California homes, remain at risk today. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Staff Writer Related Articles  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / A Way Amidst the Wildfireslast_img read more

COVID vaccine can adapt to combat new mutations, says Oxford professor

first_imgThe spike protein is what vaccines are designed around, and the extensive alteration caused by a mutation in the South African variant may make it less susceptible to the immune response triggered by the vaccine. The mutations found in B117 do not appear to alter the spike protein of the virus, meaning that the current vaccines are highly likely to remain effective.  Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, told CNBC that he was confident that the vaccine can be updated to protect against future mutations, and it is likely both the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines already provide protection against the new variant circulating in the UK – B117.  Bell also noted that it is likely development processes to update vaccines not would require the same large-scale clinical trials held in 2020, with only immunogenicity studies required, to ensure that any updates would provoke an immune response. Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College London said that this news should comfort those who were worried that these newly emerging, more transmissible variants would be resistant to vaccines.  Brendan Wren, professor of vaccinology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine, said modifying the vaccines would be relatively easy. It would involve making small changes to the genetic material they contain and would only take a matter of days to incorporate.  While Bell told CNBC that the South African variant may be “slightly more worrying” he expressed confidence that vaccines could be easily adapted to handle any virus mutations, saying: “if we have to make new vaccines, we can make them now we’ve done the initial work.”center_img Covid-19 vaccines will be able to be adapted to offer effective protection against future coronavirus mutations, an Oxford University professor has claimed.  Image: Ri-Ya via Wikimedia Commons. Whilst preliminary research by scientists in the US has found that current vaccines appear to work against B117, more uncertainty surrounds the new South African variant. Dr Simon Clarke, an expert in cell microbiology at the University of Reading, has warned that: “the South African variant has a number of additional mutations, including changes to some of the virus’ spike protein.”last_img read more

Award win spurs growth for Anne’s

first_imgAnne’s Patisserie in Flint has announced plans to expand the business in 2010, following two gold wins at last year’s Great Taste Awards.Its Sticky Chocolate Pudding with Rich Belgian Chocolate Sauce achieved three-star gold, while its Sticky Date and Ginger Pudding was awarded one-star gold.The small family-run business, owned by Anne and James Elwood, has revealed it is keen to establish links with quality farm shops, delicatessens and independent retailers across North and Mid Wales, Cheshire and the Wirral. Anne Elwood told British Baker that she “hopes to have another 20 new clients by the end of the year”.The business began supplying homemade cakes and desserts to hotels, pubs, and restaurants in 2003, but Elwood said that its awards win prompted the firm to diversify and market its products to the retail sector.It has already secured 10 new customers as a result of marketing advice from the food and drink mentoring programme offered by the Food, Fish and Market Development Division of the Welsh Assembly Government, and Elwood said the advice has also given her extra confidence when approaching potential retail customers.She explained that the business has been working on the packaging and labelling of its products to be sold at retail outlets, and customers can now order on its website.last_img read more

Bald Hills canal house is a boatie’s dream

first_imgThe floorplan of 261 Wyampa Rd, Bald Hills. One of the living spaces and the bar.Those who love to spend time on the water would also enjoy the property, with an 85m frontage on the Pine River, and Moreton Bay only 5km from the home.“The primary focus is for boaties as it’s got deep water anchorage and you can go straight out to Moreton Bay,” Mr Potts said. A massive void creates space and looks out to the water.Mr Potts, who is a builder, said he had always renovated Queenslanders and while this home was modern, it wasn’t much different.“It’s like an open modern Queenslander, with all the patios off the bedroom,” Mr Potts said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019With no shortage of living areas, the couple believed the house would be suited to a family.“It’s got multiple living areas so a large or multigenerational family would suit it,” Mrs Potts said.“It’s got the land too so there’s plenty of space for animals.” The pool will be welcome as the weather starts to heat up.“Our master bedroom was at the back of the house, so we moved it to the front to take in the beautiful river views,” Mrs Potts said.“We took it from a three bedroom to a five bedroom plus a granny flat.” There is even a billiards room.The home has Tasmanian oak floors, a billiard room, media room, and an inground pool.The couple are not sure where they are headed next, but they plan to downsize.“It’s a beautiful home, hopefully we’ll have something as good quality but smaller,” Mr Potts said. 261 Wyampa Rd, Bald Hills.TAKING advantage of the expansive water views was a top priority when Kevin and Jenny Potts built their Bald Hills home four years ago.They had lived on the 261 Wyampa Rd block for 20 years, but decided to build upward and outward from the existing home. The cinema has tiered seating.Moving inside, the formal lounge is Mr and Mrs Potts’ favourite.“We like the formal lounge with the fireplace and is where we spend most of our nights,” Mr Potts said.“And the bar,” Mrs Potts added.last_img read more

NBA playoff standings 2020: Updated odds for Grizzlies, Trail Blazers & other teams to clinch No. 8 seed in West

first_imgThe NBA playoff field in the Eastern Conference is set with the Wizards officially eliminated from postseason contention.Over in the Western Conference, however, an intense race for the final playoff spot continues to rage on. If the No. 9 seed in each conference is more than four games behind the No. 8 seed at the conclusion of the regular season, the No. 8 seed will earn the final playoff spot. If the No. 9 seed is four games or fewer behind the No. 8 seed, then those teams will enter a play-in tournament (double-elimination for the eighth seed, single-elimination for the ninth seed). NBA Playoffs Qualification 🏆 pic.twitter.com/D0vcQsxM6h— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2020Play-In Tournament Format pic.twitter.com/SOL5DgXBec— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2020″Seeding games” will be played through Aug. 14, and a play-in tournament will be held Aug. 15-16 if necessary with the first round of the playoffs starting Aug. 17.The playoffs will follow the typical format with full best-of-seven series all the way through the NBA Finals. When the Grizzlies entered the NBA’s campus in Orlando, Fla., they held a 3 1/2 game advantage over the Trail Blazers. That cushion disappeared after four consecutive losses inside the “bubble,” and now Memphis will be without a key player in Jaren Jackson Jr. after the 20-year-old forward suffered a torn meniscus.The battle for the No. 8 seed in the West is down to a four-team dash toward the finish line (Grizzlies, Spurs, Suns, Trail Blazers), and given the lack of separation in the standings, it appears we are heading toward a play-in tournament ahead of the first round of the playoffs.Let’s take a look at the overall landscape and the latest playoff odds for those four teams.NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff bracket | Bubble, explainedNBA standings 2020Here are the current NBA standings as of Aug. 11.Eastern ConferenceSeedTeamRecordGames back1.Bucks**56-16—2.Raptors*51-1943.Celtics*48-237.54.Heat*44-2711.55.Pacers*43-2812.56.76ers*42-2913.57.Nets*35-3620.58.Magic*32-4024*clinched playoff berth**clinched conferenceEliminated: WizardsWestern ConferenceSeedTeamRecordGames back1.Lakers**52-18—2.Clippers*47-2353.Nuggets*46-256.54.Rockets*44-2685.Thunder*43-2796.Jazz*43-289.57.Mavericks*43-31118.Trail Blazers34-3919.5—Grizzlies33-3920—Suns33-3920—Spurs32-3820*clinched playoff berth**clinched conferenceEliminated: Kings, PelicansNBA playoff pictureSeedTeamRecordGames back8.Trail Blazers34-3919.5—Grizzlies33-3920—Suns33-3920—Spurs32-3820(Playoff probability via FiveThirtyEight)8. Trail BlazersRemaining games: vs. NetsPlayoff probability: 81 percent— GrizzliesRemaining games: vs. BucksPlayoff probability: 4 percent— SunsRemaining games: vs. MavericksPlayoff probability: 12 percent— SpursRemaining games: vs. JazzPlayoff probability: 3 percentHow do the NBA playoffs work?Each of the 22 remaining teams is scheduled to play eight “seeding games” in order to determine playoff positioning in both conferences.last_img read more