Further deferral on sale of Cecil Street site

first_imgPrint The property on Cecil Street which was at the centre of a debate at Monday’s council meeting.Photo: Cian ReinhardtFORMER Mayor James Collins has compared a move by Limerick City and County Council to further delay a decision to sell three council-owned properties to that of a “dictatorship”.The disposal of 36 Cecil Street to Tait House Community Enterprise, along with a proposal for a second site at Galvone Industrial Estate to the community development co-operative were this week deferred for a fourth time since July.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The site at 36 Cecil Street is currently home to The Gaff — an artist-led, community-focused facility in the heart of the city.The disposal of another site at Galvone Industrial Estate to Limerick City Build was also further postponed at this Monday’s council.Mayor Michael Sheahan told council members that the items were to be deferred so the Council could look at all “possibilities”.“This will give the executive more time to discuss it and report back to the Metropolitan District,” the Fine Gael politician explained.Fianna Fáil councillor James Collins insisted on being allowed to discuss the items at Monday’s meeting and pointed out that the item had been proposed and seconded.“You are trying to silence us. You won’t even allow us speak on the matter,” Cllr Collins fumed.“It has been moved back to the Metropolitan District with a commitment from the executive to look at all possibilities,” Mayor Sheahan replied.“There are members here from The Gaff in the public gallery who want to know what’s happening,” Cllr Collins concluded. Email Facebook Advertisement NewsBusinessCommunityPoliticsFurther deferral on sale of Cecil Street siteBy Alan Jacques – November 28, 2019 490 center_img WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin Previous articleChild waiting list a ‘thundering disgrace’Next articleLimerick Post Show | Not Around Us Campaign Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Johnson & Johnson pauses vaccine trial

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than one million people worldwide.Over 37.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 214,771 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 855,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 818,000 cases and over 736,000 cases, respectively.More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news developed on Monday. All times Eastern:Oct 12, 9:19 pmJohnson & Johnson pauses vaccine trialJohnson & Johnson announced Monday night that it is pausing its coronavirus vaccine trial after one of its study participants came down with an “unexplained illness.” It’s not clear if the patient received the vaccine itself or a placebo shot.The pharmaceutical company is currently in the Phase 3 stage of its trials, in a study the company calls ENSEMBLE.“Following our guidelines, the participant’s illness is being reviewed and evaluated by the ENSEMBLE independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) as well as our internal clinical and safety physicians,” the company said in a statement.The company added that “adverse events — illnesses, accidents, etc. — even those that are serious, are an expected part of any clinical study.”Johnson & Johnson said it is working to gather more facts about the situation before it shares more information with the public.According to the World Health Organization, there are 10 vaccines currently in late-stage Phase 3 trials.Oct 12, 8:59 pmNFL owners to tackle scheduling woesNFL owners will meet virtually Tuesday to weigh their options on how to schedule the rest of the season, as several games have been postponed due to COVID-19 positive tests.The NFL Network reported owners are mulling shuffling bye weeks and games to make the league’s standard 17-week slate work.Although owners prefer not to go to an 18-week schedule, it may be under consideration, according to reports.“In a Week 18 scenario, the league would likely only play games if they had a significant impact on the playoffs,” the NFL Network reported. “And if such a postponement scenario plays out for the same teams multiple times, there’s even a chance for a Week 19.”Oct 12, 6:49 pmThose who recover still need to take precautions, says studyThe scientific journal The Lancet published new information Monday about the Nevada man who contracted COVID-19 twice, and warned that even those who have recovered from the virus need to take precautions.The 25-year-old patient had no known immune disorders or underlying conditions when he tested positive for the virus in April and again in June, according to the study. The patient was hospitalized during his second infection with severe symptoms, including dizziness, cough, nausea, and diarrhea.He was released from the hospital and has since recovered, according to the journal.Mark Pandori of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, the lead author of the study, said in a statement that while more research is needed, the data indicates that patients who recovered from an infection should still heed health warnings, such as avoiding crowds, wearing a mask and washing their hands.“There are still many unknowns about SARS-CoV-2 infections and the immune system’s response, but our findings signal that a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection may not necessarily protect against future infection,” he said in a statement.Experts say that people who recover from COVID-19 will likely have some form of immunity, but it’s not clear if everyone develops immunity, or how long that immunity might last.Reinfections are rare. The Nevada man is the only reported case in the U.S. so far of a patient contracting the virus twice. Four other cases of reinfection have been reported in Belgium, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Ecuador, according to the journal.“So far, we’ve only seen a handful of reinfection cases, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more, especially as many cases of COVID-19 are asymptomatic,” Pandori said.Oct 12, 6:37 pmFauci calls on Trump campaign to pull ad, warns against future onesDr. Anthony Fauci again called on the Trump campaign to take down a recent political ad that used previous statements that he says were taken out of context, warning that the future use of his interviews and statements could “backfire” on the campaign.Fauci appeared on CNN Monday and reiterated to Jake Tapper that he didn’t give permission for his comments in a March Fox News interview, in which he complimented the overall efforts of federal public health officials, to be used in an ad in which it sounded like he was praising Trump personally.“It’s so clear that I’m not a political person. I have never either directly or indirectly endorsed a candidate,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Despite Fauci’s objections, Trump and the campaign officials said Sunday they would continue to run the ad.When asked how he would react if the campaign ran more ads featuring his statements, Fauci said it would be “terrible” and “outrageous.”“That might actually come back to backfire on them; I hope they don’t do that because that’s, that would be kind of playing a game that we don’t want to play,” he said. “So I hope they reconsider that, if in fact they are indeed considering doing that.”Later Monday evening, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted a tongue-in-cheek video that cut together clips of Trump’s speeches and interviews to make it look like Trump apologized to Fauci.“Donald Trump is running TV ads taking Dr. Fauci out of context and without his permission. So, here’s a message from the President in his own words,” Biden tweeted.Biden later slammed Trump for going against Fauci’s wishes during a campaign stop in Cincinnati, Ohio, saying, “Look, they use the ad knowing it’s a lie. Can you remember any other major mainstream presidential candidate ever doing something like these things?”Oct 12, 4:23 pmKentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, who is in quarantine after possible COVID-19 exposure, said he’s doing well during a Monday news conference. “I feel great. My family feels great. We’re trying to be really positive about this situation,” he said.The governor reminded the public to adhere to fundamental public health measures like mask wearing and social distancing. “Folks, wear it,” he said of face coverings. “It’s a requirement in Kentucky. The more you wear them, the less the virus will spread.”Beshear and his family are in quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19, which the governor’s office announced Sunday. A member of Beshear’s security detail had tested positive on Saturday, according to the governor’s office.Oct 12, 2:31 pmUp to half of COVID-19 deaths in the United States could have been prevented, according to a research letter published in JAMA Monday.The research relies on modeling, meaning it is an estimation by scientists that’s subject to change as we discover more about the virus and not an official count of preventable deaths.The researchers sited weak public health infrastructure and the United States’ “decentralized, inconsistent” response to the pandemic as key factors driving preventable deaths and noted that the U.S. population is on the younger side but includes a disproportionate number of citizens with comorbidities.Oct 12, 1:42 pmWorld Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that achieving herd immunity is not a viable strategy for stemming the spread of coronavirus.Less than 10% of the world’s population has been infected with the virus, according to WHO, meaning that most individuals are still susceptible to the disease. Among those who have been exposed, there are many unknowns, including how high the immune response is after infection, how long it protects, and what the long-term impacts of infection are.Worldwide COVID-19 cases continue to increase, with the highest rise occurring in the last four days, according to WHO. As of Monday, there had been 37.6 million infections worldwide according to Johns Hopkins University.Oct 12, 1:14 pmWhistleblower Rick Bright, the federal vaccine expert who was ousted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after he lodged a complaint against the Trump Administration earlier this year, said that the public should not trust the White House when it comes to information about the coronavirus, during an interview with ABC’s The View on Monday.“We need to hear directly from the scientists at the CDC, at the FDA and at the NIH,” Bright said. “Public health guidelines have been disparaged and ignored,” he added, referring to the White House.“This is why we have 215,000 dead Americans today. This is why we have up to 50,000 new infections today. This is why we’re going to have terrible winter if we don’t do something now to turn around the rhetoric, tell people the truth.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Two Utah Beach Volleyball Stars Make Pac-12 2nd Team

first_imgMay 4, 2018 /Sports News – Local Two Utah Beach Volleyball Stars Make Pac-12 2nd Team Brad James Tags: Adora Anae/August Raskie/Dani Barton/Lindsey Vander Weide/Nele Barber/Sasha Karelov/Utah Beach Volleyball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Earlier this week, a pair of Utah beach volleyball standouts made the All-Pac 12 second team as released by the Pac-12 conference.Senior Adora Anae and sophomore Dani Barton were each named to the squad while this marks Barton’s second-consecutive second-team honor after being named all Pac-12 last season. This is Anae’s first time making an all Pac-12 beach volleyball squad.Anae and Barton served as the Utes’ top pairing all season, posting a 10-7 overall record, including a 1-2 record in last week’s Pac-12 championship tournament.Anae and Barton first won against Loyola Marymount’s #1 pairing, as ranked by the Web site collegebeachvb.com.Anae and Barton then concluded the regular season with seven straight dual victories and won an eighth straight by besting Oregon’s Lindsey Vander Weide and August Raskie in the Pac-12 championships.Their best win of the season came in a two-set win over Long Beach State’s Nele Barber and Sasha Karelov, the #13 ranked team in the nation at the time.The Utes went 5-12 overall on the season, their best mark in school history, after winning two matches the previous season, which was their inaugural campaign. Written bylast_img read more