West Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claims

first_imgLinkedin Print Email Facebook Shannon Foynes Port annual report State agencies join forces to tackle Foynes flooding threat WhatsApp TAGSAskeatonCappagh Farmers Support GroupCroaghfoynesHSE Mid WestlimerickNational Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI)Shanagolden Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img HSE Mid West Community Healthcare and UL Hospitals Group urges public to avoid household visits and social gatherings for St Patrick’s Day NewsLocal NewsWest Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claimsBy Alan Jacques – January 7, 2016 1219 Taoiseach Leo Varadkarby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Health Minister Leo VaradkarHEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar has once again been called upon by families in West Limerick to engage with them over claims of high rates of cancer within their community.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group maintain that Minister Varadkar has ignored findings in the 2001 Askeaton health report indicating that it had a significantly higher rate of deaths in children under the age of 14 than in other areas of the Mid-West.According to the group, this trend has continued and no one has investigated it. They have previously raised concerns over high rates of miscarriages and early pregnancy loss with women in the area, coupled with high respiratory problems over the years from suspected Industrial pollution in the region.“To date, the Minister has refused to meet with us and has failed to inform us fully as to how a review will be conducted and what area it will entail, its time frame to be completed by and what doctors are been spoken to,” said spokesman for the group, Pat Geoghegan.“Overwhelming evidence has been produced to Minister Varadkar to stop a recurrence happening again and families deserve more that a whitewash again this time around. This review must be fully transparent in every aspect of it,” he added.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group also want to see a broadening of any review carried out to cover the areas of Shanagolden, Foynes, Askeaton and Croagh, in relation to cancer problems.In response, a spokesperson for HSE Mid-West said that following concerns arising originally from animal health in Askeaton and its environs during the 1990s several reports by different groups including HSE and University researchers used National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) data to examine human cancer rates in the area.“The NCRI records and reports on all new cases of malignant cancer registered in Ireland and is the only source of incidence rates across geographical areas in Ireland.   “All previous reviews covering the period since cancer registration began in Ireland in 1994 until 2006, showed no significant excess of cancer incidence in the Askeaton area, although significantly elevated rates were noted in parts of Limerick City.”“As a result of new concerns expressed by a community group in the Askeaton/Cappagh area in July 2015 to the Department of Health, the HSE requested an updated analysis from the National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) for the same geographic area as outlined in their previous reports.“The new NCRI report confirms the continuation of this pattern for the period 2003-2012 with cancer incidence ratios in the Askeaton area still below the levels expected when compared to Mid-West incidence and significantly below the level in the Irish population during that period although higher rates persisted in Limerick City.”The HSE also says that it consulted with local GPs on any unusual clusters of cancer since 2013, especially for patients that may have resided close to Cappagh/Askeaton. Only one out of the group of GPs noted a higher rate of tumour of a particular type during this period.The HSE submitted an additional request to the NCRI to undertake a further analysis from their 1994-2012 cancer registration data specifically on this type of tumour.“The rates were analysed by NCRI for the same geographical area and no rates indicating either higher or lower risk of statistical significance were found in either the Askeaton or Limerick City areas.“In summary, rates of invasive cancer reported by NCRI remained below those expected between 2003 and 2012 in the Askeaton study areas. However, because there is a lag period of up to two years between diagnosis and inclusion in published reports, local GPs have been asked to continue to monitor for any unusual patterns in order to maintain a strong system of surveillance through the GP network.” Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Previous articleFather and son sent for trial in biker murderNext article#WATCH Adams slams ‘bad planning decisions’ leading to region’s flooding Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Twitter Limerick Lotto winners pledge to use winnings to secure children’s futurelast_img read more

Rory McIlroy: 2019 British Open in Northern Ireland ‘is bigger than me’

first_img“It’s amazing to think 40 years on it’s such a great place, no one cares who they are, where they’re from, what background they’re from, but you can have a great life and it doesn’t matter what side of the street you come from. “I think that’s what I was talking about with the legacy of this tournament, to be able to have this tournament here again, I think it speaks volumes of where the country and where the people that live here are now. We’re so far past that and that’s a wonderful thing.”No matter what happens this week, if I win or whoever else wins, having The Open back in this country is a massive thing for golf and I think as well it will be a massive thing for the country.” Earlier this week, 2011 winner Darren Clarke, also from Northern Ireland, spoke of how such an event returning to Portrush represents a marquee moment following the country’s internal conflict, a period in the Northern Ireland’s history also known as “The Troubles.”It was a theme McIlroy, 30, continued when addressing the media Wednesday, and he hopes the tournament can leave a lasting legacy. Related News PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Rory McIlroy says he is reminding himself this week’s British Open at Royal Portrush is “bigger than me” and the significance of the tournament returning to Northern Ireland is not lost on him.The four-time major winner will have fervent home support this weekend when The Open is played at Portrush for the first time in 68 years. British Open 2019 tee times: Tiger Woods paired with Patrick Reed among marquee groups British Open betting tips: Odds favor Rory McIlroy, but Royal Portrush field is wide-open “I’ve always felt I’ve played my best golf when I’ve been totally relaxed and loose and maybe that environment is what I need,” the 2014 British Open champion said.”I’m not saying that that’s the way I’m going to approach it. I’m still going to try to go out and shoot good scores and concentrate and do all the right things.”But at the same time, I can’t just put the blinkers on and pretend that’s not all going on. One of my sort of mantras this week is, ‘Look around and smell the roses.'”This is a wonderful thing for this country and golf in general and to be quite a big part of it is an honor and a privilege. I want to keep reminding myself of that, that this is bigger than me.”I think if you can look at the bigger picture and you can see that then it sort of takes a little bit of the pressure off. “I still want to play well and concentrate and do all the right things, but at the same time just having that perspective might just make me relax a little bit more.”Last 4 starts at The Open for @McIlroyRory:1stT5T4T2 pic.twitter.com/SbWa2MCBAQ— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 16, 2019McIlroy added The Open being played in Northern Ireland is a sign the country has moved on from the past.”It’s a different time. It’s a very prosperous place. I’m very fortunate that I grew up just outside Belfast and I never saw anything, I was oblivious to it,” he added.”I remember I watched a movie a couple of years ago, it was just basically called ’71.’ It’s about a British soldier that gets stationed at the Palace Barracks in Holywood, which is literally 500 yards from where I grew up and it basically follows him on the night of ‘The Troubles’ and all that. And I remember asking my mum and dad, is this actually what happened? British Open 2019: Tiger Woods lauds Brooks Koepka despite apparent Portrush snublast_img read more

Theo Epstein explains Cubs’ trade deadline strategy

first_img“There’s a lot of conversation, but prices are normally high at this point in the month,” Epstein said. “They get a little bit more realistic later. That’s kind of the mode everyone’s in right now.”The Cubs made a minor move earlier this week when they acquired backup catcher Martin Maldonado from the Royals in exchange for Mike Montgomery. They then placed Willson Contreras on the IL, although his injury is not considered serious. The Cubs are looking for ways to improve their roster before the July 31 trade deadline. But, they might not be willing to move their top prospects to make a major upgrade, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said this week.“We’re not at July 31 yet,” Epstein told The Athletic. “But I think we have multiple priorities this year. We want to win now, but we also want to rebuild the system, so it would take a special deal to sacrifice the very top of the farm system. Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher placed on IL as ‘precautionary’ move “The more good players you have playing well, the better you’re playing as a team, the more you can kind of focus on certain specific needs,” Epstein said. “That’s certainly what we’re doing. We’re always trying to look for any area to upgrade that’s realistic while keeping the bigger picture in mind, too.”The Cubs entered play Thursday in first place of the National League Central with a 51-44 record. They lead the Brewers and Cardinals by 2 1/2 games. “We feel really good about those guys. But I also think we have burgeoning depth in a lot of areas and some interesting upper-level guys and really high-ceiling lower-level guys, so I feel like it’s overall been a pretty good year for the system if you sort of look in the right places.”Chicago wants to add a leadoff hitter and a reliever, according to an earlier report from 670 The Score. Ben Zobrist, who typically occupied the top spot in the Cubs’ lineup in previous seasons, has been on the restricted list since early May. Related News MLB trade rumors: Cubs looking to add leadoff hitter, reliever before deadline MLB trade rumors: Royals focused on moving Billy Hamilton, Ian Kennedy, other veteranslast_img read more

See Ohio Crop Progress reports each week at ocj.com

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Crop Progress updates are getting ready to be released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Each Monday afternoon, we will post these updates on www.ocj.com. Information covered includes weather recaps for the past week, current growing conditions, and general progress during planting, growing, and harvest seasons. This information is gathered from producers around Ohio and compiled by USDA NASS, led in Ohio by Cheryl Turner.last_img

Yu ends medal drought for PH swimmers with bronze

first_imgRead Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Roxanne Yu gave the Philippine swimming team its first medal after winning the bronze in the women’s 200 meter backtroke in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at National Aquatic Centre inside KL Sports City in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Yu clocked 2:19.98, about seven seconds behind Vietnam’s Thi Anh Vien Nguyen, who bagged the gold with a time of 2:13.64.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Yessy Venesia Yosaputra of Indonesia took home the silver, logging 2:18.19.Yu’s podium finish averted a medal drought for PH swimming that drew subpar results from Jessie King Lacuna and Fil-American Nicole Oliva.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLacuna finished sixth in both the 400-meter men’s freestyle finals on Monday and in the 200m butterfly.Oliva also faltered as she wound up in sixth in the 400m women’s freestyle, which was also ruled by Vietnam’s swimming supertar Nguyen. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

Eustaquio shrugs off close loss, hopes to be included in Manila card

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Seeking to rebound fast, Eustaquio hopes to return to the cage as soon as the Manila card at ONE: Legends of the World slated on November 10.“I am willing to be booked on any card, but of course I prefer to be slated for the Manila card in November. Let’s hope that I can be scheduled for that event. The journey is not over. It’s only the beginning,” he said. Ravena back right away for PH team in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Eustaquio was in control of the match in the first round, and even rocked the former ONE Flyweight Champion with a stiff kick to the nose, but the action was inexplicably halted momentarily by referee Yuji Shimada.And Akhmetov quickly made adjustments, controlling the pace in the next two rounds to come out victorious.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe loss was a step back to Eustaquio’s bid to contend for the flyweight title.“It’s hard to lose my momentum. A victory tonight might have catapulted me to a title shot, but I have to accept the outcome of the bout. It’s another lesson. The good thing about this sport is that losses are avenues for competitors to grow. Surely, I will learn from this and be a better martial artist,” said the Team Lakay stalwart. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA — Geje Eustaquio took his split decision loss to Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Total Victory on Saturday as a minor setback.“We never lose. It’s either we win or we learn. It’s a learning process for me and my team and I would like to extend my gratitude to all the people who are always on my back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Black admits ‘not very happy’ with how Game 7 was governed

first_imgREAD: Gins can’t relax–ConeWith Black opting to not go into details, the press went to his deputy Luigi Trillo for some explanation.“Obviously, there were calls that were tough down the stretch. They called certain backings, we thought there was a backing, but Ginebra played well in the start,” he said.Although he shared the same sentiment with Black, Trillo did give the Gin Kings some credit for what was a hard-fought game.“It’s hard to play a knockout game chasing from behind. They had a lot of energy to start the game. LA and Justin hit shots that were mano-mano. They made some shots, and it is what it is. Hats off to them,” he said. Read Next The Bolts crawled their way back from 20 points down, 32-52 in the second quarter and finally strung a huge run in the endgame, cutting the lead down to single digits.READ: Black blasts Cone after post-game spat Black, though, was left fuming on the bench after the officials made two head-scratching calls.The first was a foul on Anjo Caram, when LA Tenorio tripped in his own foot without the diminutive guard making any contact with the veteran playmaker, at the 2:45 mark of the fourth quarter. That call rewarded Tenorio two freebies which brought Ginebra’s lead back up to 11, 96-85.The second was the more heartbreaking, as the officials failed to call a backcourt violation on Justin Brownlee in the final minute just mere seconds after Jared Dillinger sliced the lead down to four, 100-96.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia03:23Albayalde concedes: ‘Very inappropriate’ to ask not to enforce an order01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The usually outspoken Black kept his mouth shut regarding the outcome of the game even as he failed to hide his frustration on the heels of another bridesmaid finish.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Other than that, I don’t really have any comments. I wasn’t very happy with the way the game was governed tonight and I don’t wanna give the Commissioner any money so I’d just leave it at that, okay? Thank you,” he said as he made his exit.Though Black did not expound on what he meant, he was certainly referring to how the game was officiated in the endgame. Norman Black. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Meralco coach Norman Black kept it short and sweet after his side once again finished runner-up to Ginebra, losing Game 7, 101-96, in front of a record-breaking Philippine Arena crowd.“First of all, congratulations to Ginebra and coach Tim (Cone),” he said as he made his way out of the dugout.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Ateneo boots out UE from Final Four race, gains twice-to-beatlast_img read more

It was a great team effort: Tendulkar

first_imgAfter playing the role of a sheet-anchor in India’s 2-0 whitewash of Australia, Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday said the fabulous Test series win was the result of a great team effort.India beat Australia in the Mohali Test by one wicket and registered a comprehensive seven-wicket win today to complete their first ever series whitewash of Australia.Tendulkar was adjudged both Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series for scoring 403 runs, highest in the series.”It was a fantastic series. I would like to congratulate the whole team. (VVS) Laxman helped us win the first Test at Mohali with Ishant Sharma. And in this match, Murali Vijay, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan and S Sreesanth put up great efforts.It was a great team effort,” Tendulkar said after India’s win.last_img

9 months ago​Bournemouth boss Howe admits loan possible for Bradford target Surridge

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Bournemouth boss Howe admits loan possible for Bradford target Surridgeby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes another loan could be on the cards for Sam Surridge.The 20-year-old is back from his spell at Oldham, where he netted 12 goals in 20 matches in League Two.But clubs such as Oxford United and Bradford want to take him for the rest of the season. And Cherries boss Howe admits it is a possibility.Quizzed on Surridge, Howe told the Daily Echo: “That’s a very difficult question to answer [on him going back out on loan]. We will wait and see.”I’ve been pleased with him and the loan spell has had a positive effect, which is not always the case.”My recent experiences have been that we have had more negative reactions from loan spells than positive.”It depends on the individual. Sam played and scored goals. He’s feeling good about himself and that has shown in his training here.”There are a lot of admirers out there which is only good for him and us.”He has built his profile to a level where people are aware of him and talking about him, which is the beauty of the loan spell.” last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer on away form: Do I look concerned?

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer on away form: Do I look concerned?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he isn’t worried by their poor away form ahead of the trip to West Ham. They have not won away from Old Trafford in eight games since the sensational 3-1 victory at Paris Saint-Germain in early March, losing five of them.”Why should we coaches be concerned?” he said. “We’re looking forward to things, looking for solutions. I’ve never been concerned about anything really. I don’t walk around and worry about things. I’m looking what we can do to improve. I’ve never been a worrier.”I think we should have won at Southampton, I think we should have won the Wolverhampton one. Both should be wins.”It’s still the same size pitch, green with white lines, some fans. You’ve got to block out the mental part and play as you would in the park.”Last year we were lucky to beat them (West Ham). It will be a good test again for us. We’ve had two clean sheets now, and that will give the defenders confidence. If we can keep a clean sheet, it will be easier for the strikers. You don’t have to score twos, threes and fours every time.” last_img read more