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

Westminster puts Dolphin Square flats up for sale

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Gael Clichy explains why he left Arsenal to join Manchester City

first_imgClichy became a villain to Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty)‘I didn’t feel that at the time. I’m not the only one, if you look around at the other players who left at the time that I left they would probably tell you the same and I think overall the decision was good for everybody. ‘It wasn’t linked to my injury, it wasn’t linked to anything but I could feel that the club was pushing towards something else.‘If you speak with my close friends, my family, there was a moment where I was dying to finish my career at Arsenal because I was loving every single moment of it. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But at the same time seeing how it was going, seeing that for those last few years where we hadn’t won anything, it was down to me as the player and I thought that maybe it was time to break the circle.‘They were trying to promote new players so I said to myself, “You know what? Let’s go and see something else”.’MORE: Emile Smith Rowe tells Mikel Arteta he wants No.10 role at ArsenalMORE: Contract rebel Ryan Fraser offered to Arsenal for free transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Gael Clichy explains why he left Arsenal to join Manchester City Clichy jumped ship in 2011 (Picture: Getty)Gael Clichy has explained he felt he was on the verge of being forced out at Arsenal when he decided to join Manchester City.Arsenal fans were furious when the left-back joined their Premier League rivals in 2011, but Clichy enjoyed an excellent spell at City winning the title and the league cup twice.Clichy would spend six years at City and the Frenchman explained he didn’t feel wanted at Arsenal.‘I remember clearly at that time the club was trying to promote more British players,’ Clichy told Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast.ADVERTISEMENT‘There was a group of four or five players, they were putting them out there, they wanted to build the team around them and I was getting to a point where, not the injuries, but where you feel that the club is saying they [don’t] want to keep you.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t think they wanted me to leave but I didn’t feel at the time that they wanted me to stay. ‘I believe nowadays in football when you want a player to stay, you tell them you want them to stay and you make sure he stays. Advertisement Comment Coral BarryThursday 11 Jun 2020 1:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link195Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

McIlroy and Lowry off the pace in Shanghai

first_imgThe Waterford man is 12 under par.Grayson Murray leads the way on 12 under par. They’re both 9 under par.Leader Hideki Matsuyama is 17 under par.Meanwhile, Seamus Power is only two shots off the pace at the Sanderson Farms Championship in the United States.last_img

Kaleb Cowart’s grand slam leads Angels to comeback victory over A’s

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Cowart has not had much go his way in the big leagues over the past year.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.After getting about a month-long audition as the everyday second baseman last August, Cowart was moved back to the bench when the Angels traded for Brandon Phillips. In the winter they traded for Ian Kinsler, and after they traded Kinsler in July, David Fletcher became the everyday second baseman.With someone always in front of him on the depth chart, Cowart got sporadic playing time and he was hitting .123 coming into Tuesday’s game.However, Fletcher is likely out for the remaining two weeks with a strained hamstring, which gives Cowart a brief opportunity to try to change the narrative of his season.“Hopefully I’ll get into a rhythm here with some playing time,” Cowart said. “I felt good tonight. … It’s unfortunate what happened to Fletcher, but I’m going to embrace the opportunity and go from there.” After his average dropped to .120 with outs in his first two trips, he came to the plate in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and the Angels trailing 4-3.He lofted a ball just over the fence in right field for the Angels first grand slam of the season. It was the first grand slam by an Angels second baseman since Maicer Izturis in 2007.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Cowart added an RBI triple to pad the lead in the eighth.“This guy works as hard as anybody in this game,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s good to see him get rewarded tonight with two huge hits for us.”Cowart took Cam Bedrosian off the hook after he had allowed four runs in the fourth inning in relief of Skaggs.Bedrosian immediately loaded the bases with no outs, on a hit and two walks. After striking out and getting ahead of Mark Canha, 0-and-2, he was nearly out of the jam. Canha hit an inside fastball off the left-field fence for a three-run double.The Angels pushed the lead to 9-4 after Cowart’s triple in the eighth, but they had to hold off a late rally. Ty Buttrey recorded the last five outs, entering with the bases-loaded in the eighth, to pick up the save. He is perfect in his first four big-league save attempts. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield PreviousAngels relief pitcher Ty Buttrey and catcher Francisco Arcia high-five each other after their team’s 9-7 victory over the A’s on Tuesday night in Oakland. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The Angels’ Kaleb Cowart, right, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani (17), Taylor Ward (3) and Andrelton Simmons after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano steals second base beneath Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks works against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani flips his bat after being walked by Oakland Athletics’ Liam Hendriks during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics slides past Jose Briceno #10 of the Los Angeles Angels to score on a double hit by Mark Canha #20 in the fourth inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani after being walked by Oakland Athletics’ Liam Hendriks in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani after being walked by Oakland Athletics’ Liam Hendriks in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani after being walked by Oakland Athletics’ Liam Hendriks in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts as he crosses in front of Jonathan Lucroy #21 of the Oakland Athletics after he hit a home run in the fourth inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) is congratulated after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Daniel Mengden during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels slides back to first base in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha watches a three-run double off Los Angeles Angels’ Cam Bedrosian during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha (20) scores as Los Angeles Angels’ Jose Briceno waits for the ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha, right, celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Ramon Laureano #22 after he scored on a hit by Jonathan Lucroy #21 in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Cam Bedrosian #32 of the Los Angeles Angels is taken out of the game by manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart watches his grand slam off Oakland Athletics’ Lou Trivino during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a grand slam home run in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The Angels’ Kaleb Cowart tosses his bat as he watches the flight of his go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Shohei Ohtani #17, Taylor Ward #3, and Andrelton Simmons #2 congratulate Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels after he hit a grand slam home run in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Shohei Ohtani #17, Taylor Ward #3, and Andrelton Simmons #2 congratulate Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels after he hit a grand slam home run in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons follows through on a two-run single off Oakland Athletics’ Lou Trivino during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Jose Fernandez. left, and Justin Upton (8) celebrate after scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif.(AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after he hit a triple that scored a run in the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics collides with Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels as Ward safely slides back to second base at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Ty Buttrey and catcher Francisco Arcia high-five each other after their team’s 9-7 victory over the A’s on Tuesday night in Oakland. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The Angels’ Kaleb Cowart, right, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani (17), Taylor Ward (3) and Andrelton Simmons after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 29The Angels’ Kaleb Cowart, right, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani (17), Taylor Ward (3) and Andrelton Simmons after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandOAKLAND — Kaleb Cowart has two weeks to try to end a disappointing season on a high note. He got off to a good start on Tuesday night.Cowart hit his first career grand slam and an RBI triple, leading the Angels to a 9-7 come-from-behind victory over the Oakland A’s.Tyler Skaggs returned to the mound after missing five weeks with a groin injury, and he pitched three hitless innings. Skaggs was having the best season of his career before injuries derailed him in the second half, and now he’s trying to finish strong.“I felt pretty strong today,” Skaggs said. “Mechanics felt great. Fastball command was really good. Changeup not so much. But I felt pretty strong out there.”last_img read more