Irish Water claims that Limerick pipe treatment chemical is safe

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “WHAT we are proposing to do is safe”.That was the message from Irish Water to local councillors this week when the company explained its plans to run a pilot orthophosphate treatment programme in Limerick.Irish Water officials briefed public representatives this Monday on their plans to reduce lead levels in the city’s drinking water supply. A proposed pilot programme in partnership with the Council, will see an orthophosphate treatment plant added at Limerick City Water Treatment Plant.The programme has the approval of the Health Service Authority (HSE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).According to Irish Water, orthophosphate is a food grade product, normally used in the food and beverage industry, and is safe for human consumption. They claim there is 500 times more phosphorus in a glass of milk than there is in a glass of water that has had the chemical added to it.Irish Water also makes out that the average person takes in between 1,000 and 2,000 milligrammes of phosphorus daily, and the amount which would relate to water treated with orthophosphate would be three milligrammes.Head of asset management at Irish Water, Jerry Grant, maintains that orthophosphate treatment addresses the public health objective in reducing the level of lead dissolved into water passing through lead pipework.“By doing so, it’s possible to reduce lead consumptions levels in a safe way and I would like to reassure people in Limerick that what we are proposing to do is safe. This is not a new method of reducing lead levels. It is, in fact, already being done in many countries for many years,” Mr Grant explained.“One other key element of this pilot programme is to study the environmental effect of its introduction in Ireland. Our expectation, based on the experience in other countries, is that orthophosphate treatment will continue as a mitigation measure for as long as lead pipes remain in properties.“Limerick was chosen as the pilot project because of the high level of properties with lead service pipes and also because the waste water is not discharged into an inland fresh water river or waterway”, he said. Previous articleInformation evening on proposed N21 Adare Western Approach Improvement SchemeNext articleMayor welcomes international students to LIT Alan Jacques WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement NewsLocal NewsIrish Water claims that Limerick pipe treatment chemical is safeBy Alan Jacques – September 11, 2015 822 Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img TAGSEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)Health Service Authority (HSE)Irish Waterlimerick Email Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Brazil Wants to Be Third in the Global Information Technology Market

first_img Brazil hopes to capitalize on the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games to advance its goal of becoming the world’s third largest information technologies and communications market, said an industry senior executive in an interview. “Today we are the fifth largest market in the world of information technology and communication (ITC), valued at $ 210 billion dollars,” said Antonio Gil, President of the Brazilian Association of Companies (Brasscom). Brasscom, which includes local and foreign companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Ericsson and Lenovo, is developing a study with global management consulting firm McKinsey on how Brazil can reach third place worldwide, after China and the United States by 2022. Gil, a former IBM executive, said Brazil’s ITC strengths include its sophisticated financial services, electronic voting and tax systems; as well as, the widespread use of these technologies in energy, agriculture and industry. In 2010, Brasscom, which works closely with the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology and other government agencies, coordinated the development of a roadmap that identified opportunities for information technology in the two major sporting events. “Data from this study revealed that these major sporting events will generate investments of about $57 billion, of which 10% will be allocated to information technology, either directly to data and image transmission systems, or indirectly to areas of security, health, transportation and infrastructure,” the association pointed out. “For the Olympics, it is estimated that 36 billion images will be sent from Rio [de Janeiro] to the rest of the world”, illustrated Gil. “Today, Brazil has 250 million cellular phones, more than the population (of 191 million). But they are expensive due to high taxes, equivalent to 45% of the total price. Imagine if such taxes could be lowered by half,” he added. This month, the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology announced a $250 million dollar program to promote initiatives in the software and information technology industry, in an attempt to reduce the gap with developed countries. The goal is to train 50,000 new professionals by 2014, and 900,000 by 2022, all of whom will be added to the current 1.2 million professionals in the sector. The government also recently launched a $2 billion dollar program called “Science without Borders,” which will award 75,000 scholarships to Brazilian students over the next four years so they can attend prestigious foreign universities. Information technology currently represents around 4.5% of Brazil’s gross domestic product, a figure that should increase by 6.6% in 2022, according to Brasscom. The country has 74 technology parks, located mainly in the richest regions of the south and southeast, according to the Brazilian Association of Developing Entities of Innovative Entrepreneurship (Anprotec). By Dialogo September 04, 2012last_img read more

A “burnt out bomb’’ of a home has been restored to its former glory

first_img38 Palmer St, Windsor“They moved the house from Lutwyche Rd to its current hillside position because in those days, if you wanted to get to the township of Windsor, you’d have to come by horse-drawn cart over the Bowen Bridge,” she said.“During the clean-up before renovations began, we found lots of old horse shoes. It’s so nice to be able to tell its history, and see it live on.”Set on a 1215sq m parcel of land with city views, the downstairs of the house has a large rumpus room, workshop and covered patio. 38 Palmer St, Windsor“It was so badly burned, but I knew the style of the house from the roofline,” Ms Tyson said.“I could see it was a colonial style home, built before Federation. It was in such shabby condition. The grass was waist high and there was an rusty old chicken coop in the backyard, but I knew with a bit of love it had the potential to be a beautiful family home.’’Mrs Tyson said the home originally belonged to the owners of the horse-drawn cart company, The Hansom Cabs. 38 Palmer St, WindsorShe then noticed the large parcel of land attached to it and thought it would be great for a tennis court, so she bought the house then and there.“When my husband came home from cricket I said, ‘I’ve bought a house!’“Charles looked at me and asked why I hadn’t considered discussing it with him first, to which I replied, ‘If you’d have seen it, we wouldn’t have bought it’. 38 Palmer St, WindsorWhen Charles Tyson went out to play a game of cricket on a sunny day in February in 1980, he didn’t expect to hear from his wife, Deborah, on his return, that she had just bought the burnt down house at 38 Palmer St, Windsor.“Charles had gone out for the day, and with nothing planned I figured I’d harass the local agent,” Mrs Tyson said.“I pulled up outside the front of this ‘handyman’s delight’ – a burnt-out old bomb. It was so shabby and rundown, but I’d never been inside a burned house before so I decided to have a look.”center_img 38 Palmer St, WindsorMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago“A few days later we were at a friend’s dinner party about four streets away from the property. After a couple of wines some of us thought we’d go down to the house and pace out a tennis court on the land, just to be sure it would fit.“Luckily – it did.”The couple renovated the home over the course of a year. 38 Palmer St WindsorThe property also has an in-ground swimming pool and grass tennis court.There is an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area that opens out to a deck.The home has wooden floors, VJ walls, high ceilings and multiple entertaining areas on both levels.last_img read more

Improving South Africa’s health system

first_img12 February 2010 The government is to work harder to improve South Africa’s healthcare system while finalising preparations for the establishment of the National Health Insurance system (NHI), says President Jacob Zuma. Delivering his State of the Nation address in Parliament, Cape Town on Thursday, Zuma the improvments would include the building and upgrading of hospitals and clinics, as well as improving the working conditions of the country’s doctors and nurses. Zuma said the government had partnered with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to improve the functionality of South Africa’s public hospitals and their district offices. The government was also collaborating with the DBSA and the Industrial Development Corporation in a public-private partnership programme to provide finance for these projects.National Health Insurance “We will also continue preparations for the establishment of a National Health Insurance system,” Zuma said. The broad objective of the National Health Insurance system (NHI) is to enable the creation of an efficient, equitable and sustainable health system in South Africa, based on the principles of the right to health, social solidarity and universal coverage. Zuma noted that South Africans’ average life expectancy had dropped from 60 in 1994 to just below 50 years in 2010. “We are therefore making interventions to lower maternal mortality rates, to reduce new HIV infections, and to effectively treat HIV and tuberculosis,” Zuma said. Efforts would also be made to reduce infant mortality through a massive immunization programme, while health programmes would be reinstated in the country’s schools.HIV/Aids “We will implement all the undertakings made on World Aids Day relating to new HIV prevention and treatment measures,” Zuma said. On 1 December 2010, Zuma urged South Africans to take steps to ensure that they did not become infected with HIV, that they did not infect others, and that they knew their status. He said patients infected with TB and HIV/Aids would henceforth receive anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment when their CD4 count was at 350 or less. Previously, treatment was only available when one’s CD4 count was less than 200. Zuma also announced that TB and HIV/Aids would be treated “under one roof”, with all pregnant women and children under the age of one receiving treatment. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The global reputation and competitiveness of South African cities

first_imgSouth Africa is urbanising at a rapid pace and its major cities are taking the most strain. They may be affordable and possess a healthy job market, but numerous challenges keep them from competing with the world’s megacities. Brand South Africa presents its findings on South Africa’s cities based on the 2015 City Brands Index and the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index.By Dr Petrus de Kock & Ms Leigh-Gail PetersenThis research note update focuses on findings from recent studies that provide insight into the profile of South African cities from both a global reputation/awareness, and competitiveness point of view. The studies analysed include the 2015 City Brand Index and the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index. Read the full research note.The first section briefly outlines the critical role cities and metro’s play in not only national, but also the global economy.According to data from Statistics South Africa, as well as the World Bank, it is safe to say that South Africa’s population is urbanised at a rate of anywhere between 60 and 64%. From a demographic and economic point of view, cities therefore play a crucial role in the country’s human, economic and social development. From a reputation point of view the table below presents the rankings of South African cities in the 2015 City Brand Index.From a city profile point of view, the following associations with South African cities emerge from the City Brand Index (CBI). All three South African cities are most associated with:Natural beauty, followed byCultural diversity.It is also positive that the People of South Africa’s cities are described most prominently as:Hard working,Respectful of traditions, andTo a lesser extent “happy” and “easy-going.”People from Cape Town are seen as “energetic”.In terms of city competitiveness, the 2015 African City Growth Index shows that the South African cities measured in the index have strong infrastructural and governance features that make them attractive. However, some challenges faced by South African cities are noted below.Key African Cities Growth Index findings on SA cities Some reasons offered for the above scenario by ACGI include:Decreasing economic growth;Low household consumption;Labor inefficiency and low productivity;Decreasing competitiveness; andChallenges with education.The top five African cities according to the ACGI are:Lessons learnt from City Branding:Lesson 1 Due to the increasingly critical role cities are playing in the global economy, more emphasis has to be put on how these cities contribute to the national economy;Lesson 2South Africa has become a ‘young urban nation’;Lesson 3Perceptions of South African cities reflect on the Nation Brand and its reputation as well. Meaning that what cities offer residents and the world play a major role in shaping the reputation and competitiveness of the country as a whole;Lesson 4Need to interrogate reasons for lowering inclusive growth potential of South African cities as seen in the ACGI;Lesson 5Work on profiling the business, trade and investment offerings of South African cities more and to increase familiarity with the cities in key international audiences.last_img read more

Dogra Sadar Sabha chief detained in Jammu

first_imgDogra Sadar Sabha president and former minister Gulchain Singh Charak was on Tuesday detained ahead of his scheduled press conference here. Mr. Charak had reached his party headquarters at Dogra Hall in the city to address a press conference and was picked up by police without citing any reason, his son Gambhir Dev Singh Charak said.Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, who is also incharge youth wing of the party, said the press conference was convened by the Dogra Sadar Sabha to put forth some suggestions for safeguarding the interests of the people of Jammu region with regard to the re-organization of the State.“There is no justification for the action as our organisation has wholeheartedly welcomed the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5…the action tentamounts to murder of democracy,” he said. On August 16, police had briefly detained state Congress chief spokesperson and former MLC Ravinder Sharma from party headquarters here to prevent him addressing the media. Several top leaders including state Congress president G A Mir, Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan founder Choudhary Lal Singh and National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana are under house arrest in Jammu since the Centre announced abrogation of special status under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.last_img read more

NCP, Congress on the defensive in ‘sugar heartland’ as BJP seeks to maximise gains

first_imgAs the 70-odd Assembly constituencies in the sugar heartland of western Maharashtra go to polls on October 21 under the shadow of heavy rains, the beleaguered Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) coalition faces a daunting challenge of defending their traditional bastions under siege from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance.The siege has intensified after the Lok Sabha polls in May this year, with the BJP-Sena’s massive mandate triggering exodus of several NCP, Congress stalwarts to the saffron alliance. Yet, despite talks of a supposedly ‘one-sided fight’, it remains to be seen whether the BJP’s extravagant and high-decibel campaign spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, which harped on the scrapping of Article 370, can win the day for the ruling party in the sugar belt.While Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah targeted Mr. Pawar and questioned the Opposition’s patriotism, the 78-year-old NCP chief riposted that the BJP allegedly shied away from speaking on critical issues like the economic slowdown and soaring unemployment figures. To counter the NCP’s image of a floundering party, the indefatigable Mr. Pawar carried out a spirited poll campaign which culminated in him defiantly addressing an election event in Satara in heavy downpour.While his never-say-die attitude may have secured admiration, it remains to be seen how this translates into votes for the NCP.To supplant the NCP and the Congress in Maharashtra’s sugar belt and increase the BJP’s clout, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s strategy prior to the Lok Sabha elections had been to bail out former NCP–Congress leaders whose sugar factories are in economic doldrums.This stratagem, coupled with exploiting internecine quarrels within the Congress and NCP camps, has yielded handsome dividends for the BJP. In Ahmednagar, the saffron party had a windfall before the Lok Sabha polls after first Sujay Vikhe-Patil, and later his father, senior Congressman Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, joined the BJP.The senior Vikhe-Patil, who is contesting from the Shirdi Assembly seat has thrown in his weight to ensure that all 12 seats in the district are won by the BJP.But the fight to watch out for in Ahmednagar — and indeed the State — is the one between youthful Rohit Pawar, the grand-nephew of the NCP chief, who takes on BJP Minister and sitting MLA Ram Shinde in the high-stakes Karjat-Jamkhed Assembly segment.In the doddering Congress bastion of Solapur, Praniti Shinde, daughter of former Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, faces formidable opposition from candidates of the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in the Solapur City Central seat.Once their stronghold, the Shindes’s hold has been seriously undercut with Dalit and Muslim voters gravitating towards the VBA and the AIMIM in recent times.Another prestige battle is the Satara Lok Sabha by-election, which takes place simultaneously.Here, former NCP MP from Satara, Udayanraje Bhosale, is contesting the bypoll as the BJP’s candidate after his defection to the saffron party. He takes on ex-Sikkim Governor Shriniwas Patil, the NCP’s candidate and a close aide of Mr. Pawar.Known for his antics than serious work, Mr. Bhosale’s acquisition is nevertheless of great symbolic value to the BJP owing to him being a direct descendant of Maratha warrior King Shivaji. The BJP’s acquisition of yet another royal, sitting MLA Shivendraraje Bhosale – Udayanraje’s fractious cousin and former rival – has turned the tables on the NCP for the Satara Assembly seat, while threatening Mr. Pawar’s hold over Satara.The most crucial Assembly battle in Satara is unquestionably that of Karad South, where former chief minister and senior Congressman Prithviraj Chavan takes on the BJP’s Atul Bhosale along with his old Congress nemesis, Vilas ‘Kaka’ Undalkar, who has propped up his son as an Independent.In 2014, Mr. Chavan had managed to win a hard-fought battle against the very same opponents.In the Kolhapur South Assembly segment, a closely-fought battle is on the cards between the youthful Ruturaj Patil, the nephew of Congress leader, Satej ‘Bunty’ Patil, who is challenging the sitting BJP legislator Amal Mahadik.The Kolhapur electoral battle is yet another chapter in the long-running feud between Satej Patil and his nemeis — ex-NCP MP Dhananjay Mahadik — another recent BJP entrant who is Amal Mahadik’s cousin.The young Ruturaj Patil is being openly supported by Sanjay Mandalik, the newly-lected Shiv Sena MP of Kolhapur, also an avowed adversary of the powerful Mahadik clan and especially Dhananjay Mahadik.In Pune, the BJP, which at present holds 12 of the district’s 21 Assembly seats, has acquired a major ally in the form of ex-Congressman Harshavardhan Patil, who went over after a bitter fallout with the NCP over a ticket on the Indapur seat.Mr. Patil, determined to regain his lost citadel of Indapur (part of the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency), is up against sitting NCP MLA Dattatreya Bharne. Mr. Patil’s win would expand the BJP’s footprint in Baramati and increase the worries of the Pawar clan.The two most eagerly fought contest in Pune are arguably Kothrud, where BJP State chief Chandrakant Patil is stepping into the Assembly arena for the first time, and Baramati, where senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar is seeking re-election for the seventh straight time.Mr. Patil, who initially faced the hostility of local Brahmin outfits, dissension within party ranks and the ire of citizens for being an ‘outsider’ from Kolhapur, faces the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s Kishore Shinde, who is being covertly backed by the NCP.In Baramati, Mr. Pawar is up against influential Dhangar leader Gopichand Padalkar, whom the BJP ‘imported’ from Sangli with an eye on the formidable Dhangar votes in Baramati. While the Congress’s virtually leaderless and incoherent campaign has hit its candidates hard, it hopes to offset the ‘leadership crisis’ by having fielded experienced campaigners like Arvind Shinde (from the Kasba Peth Assembly segment) and Ramesh Bagwe (from the Pune Cantonment seat) who have a sound understanding of Pune’s civic woes.However, in the urban pockets of Pune, a strong current of discord is evident with citizens fed-up of ruling party MLAs as well as opposition party leaders for having failed to resolve problems of potable water and poor infrastructure despite tall claims over several years.In several places in the Chinchwad Assembly segment, citizens have decided not to cast their votes until their drinking water problems have been sorted out.A similar situation prevails in Hadapsar, where scores of residents from housing societies have barred the sitting BJP MLA Yogesh Tilekar for entering their areas to seek votes.“In some societies in Kondhwa (part of the Hadapsar segment), residents have been forced to seek recourse to tankers for the past 15 years despite dams overflowing with water. Today, the ‘NOTA mentality’ reigns supreme among them as they are bitterly opposed to both the BJP’s Yogesh Tilekar and the NCP’s candidate, Chetan Tupe,” says Advocate Tosif Shaikh, who is himself contesting the Hadapsar seat as an Independent.last_img read more