first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin Rachel McMahon, founder of TAD Project. Picture: Michelle Hogan/ilovelimerickLOCAL writer Rachel McMahon has launched her Talk About Dementia Project (TAD Project) in Limerick.Rachel, who helped care for her father Tony when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2005, founded the TAD Project to spread awareness of dementia in all of its forms.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The TAD Project will work via social media by asking the public to answer the question: “If you could share one experience or fact about dementia what would it be?”The public are asked to respond with a photograph or video of themselves with their fact either voiced on video or written on paper with a photograph using the hashtags #TalkAboutDementia and #TADProject.The photo or video should then be posted on social media sites Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram.Dementia is a term that describes a number of conditions that cause damage to brain cells. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.According to the Alzheimer’s Association of Ireland there are 47,744 with the disease in Ireland.Other forms of dementia include: vascular dementia, early onset dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, and alcohol-related dementia, such as Korsakoff’s Syndrome and Creutzfeld-Jacob dementia.There will be an estimated 240 percent hike in numbers of people living with dementia in Ireland by 2041, reaching an approximate 140,000 compared to 41,447 in 2006.It is believed that, by next year, 4,000 people will develop dementia in Ireland, with more than 9.9 million new cases worldwide.Rachel said: “As I helped to care for my father for seven years my objective is to make this campaign go viral, to raise awareness for anyone affected by dementia.“It’s also for family and friends that have been involved to some degree in caring for someone with dementia. Many people who are in the midst of caregiving are often too tired or emotionally unable to express themselves.“This is an opportunity to do so, even with simple things such as: how to give the best level of care possible, how to dress and wash a loved one with the illness, while trying to maintain a semblance of sanity.“If we can only teach a handful a people about dementia, we are offering a voice to those with dementia whose voices has been taken away.”Richard Lynch of, who helped Rachel put the campaign together, said: “My own father passed away this past April and suffered from vascular dementia for three years before he passed. I think it’s important that people are educated about the different forms of dementia as knowledge is power.”For further information, contact [email protected] TAGSI Love LimericklimerickRachel McMahonRichard LynchTalk About Dementia Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twittercenter_img Previous articleGovernment accused of fuelling war machine at ShannonNext articleSanta takes flight from Shannon John Keogh Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsTalk About Dementia project launched in LimerickBy John Keogh – November 19, 2015 1065 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgGelifluction, thixotropy and yield stress were measured from < 5 g soil samples taken from Signy, Alectoria, Greenwich, Wiencke and Livingston islands in the maritime Antarctic using a temperature-controlled rotational rheometer. The small sample size that this method permitted is compatible with sampling from sensitive sample locations. An oscillating 10 Pa shear stress was applied to samples at -0.5 kPa water potential. Two freeze-thaw cycles had temperature ramps from 5°C to -10°C over 2 h, followed by -10°C to 5°C over 2 h and finally at 5°C for 1 h. At freezing onset, the shear modulus, G, dropped to 4–50 per cent of thawed G, with no differences between locations. At thawing onset, G dropped to 8–32 per cent of thawed G, with significant differences between locations (P < 0.001). Thixotropy was then measured by applying a 2 kPa oscillating shear stress for 10 min, followed by relaxation at 10 Pa for 2 h. The increased shear stress caused G to drop to less than 8 per cent of the pre-stressed value, with no difference between locations. After 0.1 and 2 h, G was 18–65 per cent and 31–82 per cent of the pre-stressed value, respectively. A shear ramp determined yield stresses ranging from 494–2217 Pa. These findings demonstrate the potential risk of more frequent freeze-thaw cycles or the occurrence of thawed soil to the stability of polar soils. Gelifluction through more frequent freeze-thaw cycles could result in increased slope movement, whereas thixotropy caused by trampling of thawed soils could exacerbate mechanical damage of surface soils.last_img read more

first_img200 Lichfield LaneMansfieldNottinghamshireNG18 4RG Email [email protected] Three projects to tackle the water pollution caused by historical metal mining in the North Pennines are due to be substantially completed before Christmas.Contractors will be leaving the sites in the next few days before returning in January to finish the earthworks.They will be back again in spring, when the weather allows, to complete the final work, such as planting to encourage vegetation to grow.The works – at Garrigill culvert, Carrshield tailings dam and Nenthead car park – are part of the Water and Abandoned Metal Mines (WAMM) programme.They include stabilising river banks, reconnecting culverts and reshaping spoil heaps, to prevent several tonnes of lead, zinc and cadmium from entering the River Tyne each year.Metal mines played a major part in Britain’s history, but abandoned mines now pollute our rivers and harm aquatic wildlife, such as fish and river flies.In the Northumbria River Basin District they affect around 340km of watercourse, including the River Tyne, River Tees and River Wear, and their tributaries.WAMM is a partnership between the Coal Authority and the Environment Agency, funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.The government’s 25 Year Environment Plan makes it clear that cleaning up chemical pollution from abandoned metal mines is a priority. Coal Authority communications and engagement team Telephone Call 0345 762 6848 and ask for the communications and engagement teamlast_img read more

first_imgOn Saturday night, Queens Of The Stone Age performed KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert in Los Angeles. During the performance, founding member Josh Homme kicked Shutterstock photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face, with Lauren telling Variety, “It was obviously very intentional.” Homme’s assault occurred during Queens Of The Stone Age’s fourth song “The Evil Has Landed”, during which Homme appeared to try to kick the camera out of her hand, instead kicking it directly into her face.However, as told by Jeff Kravitz, the photographer was not the only victim of Homme’s during the show. As he noted in a Facebook post, “Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age sent two people in the photo pit to the medic last nite. One was photographer Chelsea Lauren who posted a video of getting kicked in the head that is just shocking in it’s casual approach to violence. The other victim was a security guard who got a light kicked into the back of his head.”A few minutes after the incident with the photographer, Homme took out a knife and cut open his own forehead so that his wound was dripping blood for the rest of the performance. He also allegedly called the audience “retards” and yelled “Fuck Muse” during the set. Today, Queens of the Stone Age posted a statement via Twitter in which Josh Homme apologized to Chelsea Lauren.— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 10, 2017center_img [H/T Consequence Of Sound; Photo: Chelsea Lauren / Shutterstock]last_img read more

first_imgLast year I had the opportunity to speak at a large healthcare technology conference. The audience was primarily comprised of healthcare professors, clinical researchers, and medical students. One of the biggest challenges for these healthcare professionals and those in healthcare research is understanding the impact Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning (DL) will have in their day to day activities. Clearly AI is booming in every industry, transforming Enterprise IT, and healthcare is no different — whether it’s a medical research lab searching for faster insights or a hospital embracing AI and DL to augment practices and resources.Healthcare offers some of the biggest opportunities for AI and DL to make positive impacts in human lives. Whether the impacts come from aiding in quicker diagnosis or assisting in high risk surgical procedures, future healthcare professionals will rely progressively more on these burgeoning technologies for positive patient outcomes.Why Deep Learning for Healthcare?Deep Learning is a sub branch of Machine Learning where neural networks are used to build models from large data sets. Hospitals are extremely data rich environments and DL loves to process large amounts of data. In previous decades, processing such large amounts of data using DL would have taken months or years and consumed multiple years of IT budgets. Now with the help of accelerated compute and dense storage platforms, those same processes can be done in weeks, days, or even hours for a fraction of the cost. So many more organizations can now take advantage of the advances in IT technology to deploy DL algorithms and neural networks. Let’s take a quick look at different types of neural networks and where they apply to the healthcare industry.Neural Networks Impacting HealthcareThe first type of neural network impacting the healthcare industry is a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). In the world of neural networks, CNNs are widely used for image classification. Recently the FDA approved AI for use in chest x-ray detection for Pneumothorax, a condition that occurs when gas accumulates in the space between the chest walls and lungs. If undetected, it can lead to lung collapse or become fatal. Pneumothorax can be often overlooked, as it is hard to detect at first glance. Now, with the use of AI, the image can be flagged for a deeper look by doctors, which leads to easier detection and better outcomes for the patients. Notice here that the image is simply flagged and then still must be reviewed by medical staff. This is an AI augmentation use case and not a replacement for hands-on medical care.Another workload seeing the benefits of AI on image analysis is Digital Pathology. This practice allows pathologists to digitize whole slide images allowing for AI algorithms to be run against these images. This can accelerate time to diagnosis leading to better and faster patient care. The second type of neural network is a Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) where the sequence of the data matters, such as in verbal communication. Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a common technique used in RNNs to build voice recognizing applications. If you’ve ever talked into a virtual assistant like Siri or Alexa, you have used an RNN. The Healthcare industry is being completely transformed using NLP and voice recognition applications.For instance, a couple weeks ago I was in the doctor’s office and he was using a voice recorder to record our session for his notes. He explained that he tried using tablets to jot down consultation notes, but found himself staring at the tablet instead of patients. In the end it was easier to record the meetings then have the notes transcribed.  Short-term automation through AI will help with dictation and transcription via the use of virtual assistants. Doctor’s notes will be captured and transcribed in near real-time. The impact will be better care and more face time for doctors to be in front of their patients instead of behind a keyboard or desk.The last neural network being implemented in the healthcare industry is the Generative Neural Network (GAN). A GAN is actually two neural networks: one is a generator that creates fake data and the second is a discriminator which attempts to tell if the data is real or fake. The process pitting the generator and discriminator against each other help build better outcomes for the models. Deep fakes are a common example of GANs. While deep fakes may pose threats, there are some good use cases for GANs in Healthcare.Drug discovery in healthcare is a long and costly process. Most drugs never make it out of the research phase let alone get FDA approval. GANs are being used now to speed along the discovery phase of approval process. Researchers can generate a list of known elements for use in a GAN to build out millions of different possibilities for element combination that will be the next to treat breast cancer, prostate cancer, or other diseases. The use of GANs in drug discovery offers a ton of upside and is something that the Dell Technologies Healthcare IT teams will monitor closely. These three neural networks showcase the immense potential of AI and Deep Learning in Healthcare; and this is just the beginning.Start Your AI Healthcare Journey The science behind these Healthcare advances can be difficult to understand however architecting the right IT Infrastructure for your AI initiatives doesn’t need to be as challenging. At Dell Technologies we have been helping customers to unlock the value in their data capital with the right technology to suit their needs and use cases. To learn more about how we can assist on your AI Journey in Healthcare, Life Sciences or any other enterprise click the link below:Dell Technologies AI Solutionslast_img read more

first_imgElo, the third largest of Finland’s four pension insurance companies, said its solvency levels staged a big recovery in the second quarter following its one-day breach of the regulatory floor in March, but still reported weaker end-June solidity figures than its peers.Satu Huber, chief executive officer of the mutual earnings-related pension provider, said: “The record-steep decline in the listed securities market in March had been followed by a fast rise, driven by exceptionally intensive stimulus measures.“After the temporary drop caused by the coronavirus shock, Elo’s solvency strengthened significantly due to the general market rise,” she said.In the second quarter, Elo submitted a recovery plan to the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA), drawn up after its solvency position fell one point (0.01) below the supervisory threshold of 1.0 for one day, the firm said in its interim results announcement. FIN-FSA approved Elo’s recovery plan on 16 June, the company said.At the end of June, the solvency position was 1.4, down from 1.6 at the end of 2019.Finland’s other pension insurers Varma, Ilmarinen and Veritas have recently reported solvency levels of 1.7, 1.6 and 1.8, respectively, for the end of June.Back in May, Finland’s government prepared emergency legislation designed to temporarily strengthen pension providers’ solvency, amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic and its dramatic effect on financial markets could otherwise force the institutions to sell assets in unfavourable conditions.However, that legislation has not been submitted to parliament, as solvency levels have since bounced back.Elo reported a negative return on investments for the first half of 2020 of 4.1%, compared with a positive result of 13% for the whole of last year. Its average real return over a 10-year period stood at 3.9% and at 3.3% over a five-year period, the firm reported.Total assets dipped to €24.6bn from €25.9bn at the end of last year, according to the report.Hanna Hiidenpalo, Elo’s CIO, predicted uncertainty on financial markets would continue for the rest of this year.“A new concern is the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which would, at worst, stifle demand both in Finland and in the key export markets,” she added.Hiidenpalo said economic development and the development of the investment market had taken divergent paths for a long time.“What is crucial for the long-term development of the investment market is how long this divergence continues,” she continued.The lack of profitable investment alternatives seemed to be supporting development of the equity market in conditions where low interest rates prevailed, she said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

first_img First Published: 27th October, 2019 16:19 IST “We’re a work in progress,” Gentry said. “I loved the effort that we played with and thought we did a really good job. We put ourselves in a position to win against a really good team.” FOLLOW US “I know nowadays getting a triple-double seems normal, but I take a lot of pride and a lot of energy and sacrifice and a lot of things I do off the floor to get ready to compete and play at a high level,” Westbrook said. “For me, that’s a great accomplishment, especially growing up and never thinking I would be able to play in the NBA. Now, I’m able to be in the history books. It’s a blessing, and I don’t take it for granted.” Westbrook hit two clutch free throws to give Houston the three-point lead with 6.1 seconds remaining. Josh Hart missed a 3 at the buzzer and Houston held on. Houston worked through occasional chemistry issues, frequently turning the ball over on errant passes. Westbrook and Harden combined for 12 turnovers, with Harden leading the game with eight. Harden was 2 of 18 from the 3-point line after going 1 for 8 in the season opener. He was 8-for-29 from the field, but was 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Harden shrugged off the shooting woes. “I’m going to take as many shots as they give me,” Harden said. “Tonight, they didn’t fall. But the most important thing is, we’ve got to win. I think we locked in defensively when we needed to get stops. It’s slowly coming together.” On Westbrook, D’Antoni complimented his poise and how nothing fazes him, calling the guard “relentless.” Similarly, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry called Westbrook the Energizer Bunny for his unwavering energy. “The people that say, ‘How are they going to fit or how are they going to do?’ When you’re great players, you find a way to make it work, and they’re great players,” Gentry said. The Rockets bounced back after a 117-111 season-opening loss to Milwaukee on Thursday night.Brandon Ingram gave Houston’s defense fits, scoring 35 points while adding a game-high 15 rebounds. Lonzo Ball had 18 points on 4 of 9 shooting from 3. New Orleans is off to its first 0-3 start since the 2016-2017 season. Russell Westbrook said he’ll take some time to reflect on the significance of his latest performance. After posting his second straight triple-double since joining the Houston Rockets and the 139th of his career, Westbrook passed Magic Johnson for second on the all-time list, behind only Oscar Robertson’s 181. Westbrook had 28 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds and James Harden had 29 points to lead the Rockets to a 126-123 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans were without point guard Jrue Holiday, who is day-to-day with a left knee sprain. Hart started in Holiday’s place, scoring 23 points in 34 minutes. The Pelicans are already without top draft pick Zion Williamson, who is expected to miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee. For the last play of the third quarter, Westbrook found Austin Rivers for a corner 3 to cut New Orleans’ lead to 100-97 entering the fourth quarter.The Rockets opened up the final quarter on an 8-0 run, capped off by a thunderous two-handed dunk by Westbrook in transition to put Houston up 105-100. The Rockets led 29-24 at the end of the first quarter, but the Pelicans had a better second quarter and entered halftime tied at 61. In the final play of the first half, Harden was unable to cleanly get a 3 off at the buzzer in a heavily defended shot attempt. After the horn sounded, Harden slammed the ball off the court in frustration, only for it to come back hit him in the mouth. COMMENT Last Updated: 27th October, 2019 16:19 IST Harden Has 29, Westbrook Has 28 In 126-123 Win Over Pelicans Russell Westbrook said he’ll take some time to reflect on the significance of his latest performance.center_img “I don’t care who he’s playing against, what kind of scheme — either he gets 50 or he doesn’t, and that’s depending on him,” D’Antoni said. “I’m expecting next game he’ll do it, and if not, the game after.” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni also said he wasn’t alarmed by Harden’s rough shooting start to the season. Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US “It got my beard so it just protected me,” Harden said with a laugh. TIP-INSPelicans: Hart received a technical foul shortly after hitting a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter, possibly for taunting but it was unclear. … Jahlil Okafor fouled out of the game early in the fourth quarter after playing less than 12 minutes in the game.Rockets: All Houston starters scored in double-figures, and Eric Gordon added 13 points off the bench. … Houston went 13 of 45 from 3 (28.9.NBA/CHINA RELATIONSHIPThere was a pre-game demonstration outside of the main entrance of the Toyota Center by several dozen people holding signs and wearing shirts in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.Houston general manager Daryl Morey angered China with a since-deleted tweet in support of the protesters earlier this month. Several protesters attended Thursday night’s season opener, but fewer were seen in attendance on Saturday night.ASTROS SCORE UPDATESSome of the loudest cheers from the relatively lightly attended Toyota Center crowd came when the Rockets posted score updates and video highlights on the videoboard from the Houston Astros’ World Series Game 4, happening simultaneously in Washington. The Rockets PA announcer even accidentally called JJ Redick “Josh Reddick” on one 3-pointer to the crowd before correcting himself. Reddick is an Astros outfielder.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Golden State on Monday night.Rockets: Host Oklahoma City on Monday night. Written Bylast_img read more

first_imgSUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————–LOCATION…21.7N 64.9WABOUT 240 MI…385 KM NNE OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICOMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1003 MB…29.62 INCHES After passing over Puerto Rico, Tropical Storm Karen has sustained winds of 45 mph and is moving to the north at 15 mph, but the National Hurricane Center does forecast the storm to make a turn to the west by early next week.Longer term, Karen’s direction and longevity are uncertain.After leaving Puerto Rico, Karen is forecast to remain a tropical storm in the Atlantic for the next few days, not directly impacting land. Longer term, its direction and longevity is uncertain.— CNN Weather Center (@CNNweather) September 25, 2019last_img read more

first_imgRED BANK – The Red Bank Volunteer Fire Depart­ment held its annual chiefs election at the Red Bank Borough Courthouse. Members selected Thomas “TD”’ Doremus as chief for 2013, Thomas J. Welsh as first deputy chief and Joseph Lauterwasser as second deputy chief.Doremus is the fifth generation from his family to be a member of the Red Bank Fire Department, following his dad Thomas and his grandfather, Albert, as chief of the department.Red Bank Fire Chief Joshua Sanders (second from the left) congratulates incoming Chief Thomas “TD” Doremus and hands over the chief’s helmet to him as First Deputy Chief Thomas J. Welsh (left) and Second Deputy Chief Joseph Lauterwasser look on.Welsh is on his second, three-year term as a chief serving the Red Bank community. He is also a Red Bank fire marshal. Lauterwasser is a second-generation firefighter. His father George is a former departmental chief.A reception and celebration was held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Independent Engine Company on Mechanic Street following the election. Mayor Pasquale Menna and Red Bank Fire Commis­sioner Arthur Murphy said a few words and commended the department on the excellent job it did during and after Super Storm Sandy. The borough officials then presented the new chiefs with their badges. Fire department members stop­ped by throughout the evening to congratulate the new chiefs.last_img read more

first_imgMark Hughes, part of the Manchester United team famously thrashed 4-1 by QPR 20 years ago, has told his players that they too can cause a massive upset at Old Trafford.Dennis Bailey’s hat-trick gave Rangers an unforgettable victory in front of a live television audience and stunned a United side that were chasing the title.R’s boss Hughes remembers that day all too well and insists the current team must believe that history can repeat itself.Top scorer Heidar Helguson is back in the QPR squad for Sunday’s game.“You can’t legislate for it and you never know when those type of results will happen,” Hughes declared ahead of Sunday’s encounter.“I was in the United team that day. It was New Year’s Day and everyone thought we’d been out all night. In fairness we probably would have played better if we had been.“We didn’t see that result coming, but it can happen and this year as with any other year results will pop up that people don’t expect.“I’ve taken Blackburn there and got positive results. It can be done, but we need to catch them on an off-day and play exceptionally well.“Teams can go there and cause an upset and we certainly have enough talent to do that.”And Hughes has pledged that Rangers will look to attack United rather than try to get men behind the ball.“Old Trafford isn’t a place you can go to and be timid,” he said.“You have to front up and say ‘Listen, this is what we’re about and we’re going to come here, give a good account of ourselves and see where it takes us’.”Click here for our Man Utd v QPR quizSee also: Mixed news for QPR ahead of Man Utd clashFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more