Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Linkedin TAGShealthLimerick City and CountyNewsuniversity hospital limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook 64 patients waiting for beds in UHL WhatsApp University Hospital LimerickNONE of the patients who contracted the superbug CPE in University Hospital Limerick died as a direct result of the infection, a new report has concluded.However the review into the deaths of patients infected with CPE has determined that it could have been a factor in eight of the deaths.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The report follows an independent investigation by UK consultant microbiologist, Dr Robert Spencer into the deaths of 74 patients in whom CPE had been detected. It overruled the findings of a previous internal hospital investigation which found that CPE could have been the cause of three deaths at the hospital.At a press conference in UHL this week, Professor Paul Burke said that all of the patients in whom CPE had been detected ”had many other clinical conditions.” such as cancer or coronary disease making CPE just one of the contributing factors in their deaths.“In our internal review, the question we asked was whether death could be said to have been attributable to CPE and the answer in three cases was yes. We commissioned an independent report to get a more objective perspective. It was Dr Spencer’s finding that CPE was not the main cause of death and we believe this is reasonable conclusion”.In June 2016, a UHL whistleblower wrote to Health Minister Simon Harris calling for an investigation of the management of antibiotic-resistant drugs at the hospital. In July 2017, the Limerick City Coroner wrote to management to say that a whistleblower had asked him to investigate 36 deaths at the hospital between 2009 and 2017.Seven of the eight cases in which the subsequent investigation determined that CPE was a factor in the patient’s deaths were on the list sent to the coroner by the whistleblower.UL Hospitals Group chief executive Professor Colette Cowan said that all but one of the families of the eight people had been contacted and given copies of the report. One family had not responded to calls or registered letters, she said.“We have to remember that behind each of these figures is a grieving family and we must be sensitive to that”.A person can be colonised with CPE without any harmful results unless it becomes a blood-borne infection.Prof Cowan said that the hospital saw an outbreak of CPE in 2011 and since then, they have invested heavily in control measures, staff training, equipment and infrastructure.€4.5 million was spent in 2015 alone on measures to control the spread of the superbug and there has been no bloodstream infection with CPE detected at the hospital since June 2105.Prof Cowan said the hospital now performs up to 1,000 screening checks a month.The report states that over the period of the review (February 2009 to May 2017) there were 196 new CPE detections out of 41,000 screenings.Professor Martin Cormican, the National Lead for Healthcare Associated Infections, said it was important for people who tested positive for the superbug to understand that they were not a danger to anyone outside a hospital setting. Previous articleAdare Manor collaborate with Midleton Very Rare for exclusive whiskeyNext articleBeyond the neon runes Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsHealthSuperbug implicated in eight hospital deathsBy Bernie English – October 11, 2018 4050 Twitter Print Management at most overcrowded and most COVID-hit hospital apologise to patients ‘waiting over 100 hours’ for a bed 53 patients waiting for beds at UHL Email Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days Updated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals Group Advertisement
Share StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 The happenstance of bet365 and Sky Betting & Gaming (SBG) releasing results on consecutive days earlier this week rammed home an important message about the dominance of the market leaders in the UK online scene.The numbers were mightily impressive. Total net revenues from the gambling business at bet365 comfortably sailed past the £2bn barrier, up a huge 39 percent on the previous year, and with operating profits totalling £503.9m. Amounts wagered was up 27 percent and active customers rose 35 percent.SBG released scarcely less impressive numbers with group revenue up 38 percent to £516m and total customers rising 31 percent to 2.6 million. EBITDA was up 38 percent to £146m.The figures put to the sword the notion that the UK online gambling market has been exhibiting signs of a marked slowdown in the growth rate. Between them, bet365 and SBG are the UK market leaders – the first is estimated to earn circa 25 percent of its total revenues from the UK while SBG’s results, for now, consist wholly of UK earnings. By comparison, William Hill said its first-half online net revenue rose 5 percent for the period while Ladbrokes Coral said pro-forma revenues rose 14 percent in constant currency terms, though this includes the revenues from Australia and Italy. In UK sportsbook terms alone, the company said UK stakes were up 10 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, at Paddy Power Betfair the recent third-quarter trading statement said that online revenues in Europe (largely UK) were down 3 percent due to tough comparatives with last year (when the Euros were still taking place) and a deteriorating margin.What would appear to be the gulf in performance (and increasingly scale) between the market leaders and the rest of the notional top five or ten operators in the UK throws up some interesting questions about the structure of the market and of the individual constituents.“There are four things these two have in common,” says Paul Leyland, lead partner at gambling consultancy Regulus Partners. “They are held privately, they are UK-based, they have clearly identified a customer segment that they aim at and none of them have been involved in (large-scale) M&A. The key is that none of their competition have all four of these factors in their favour. Some have none.”Football focusMoreover, these factors are likely to remain in place for some time to come. Bet365 is owned by the Coates family while SBG is under the stewardship of private equity house CVC, meaning the managements of both are more focused on the long-term, without the pressure of pleasing shareholders and the short-termism that comes with it.The UK base is important, meanwhile, not for the specifics of geography but because what having a single base brings in terms of cohesion. Both Stoke (bet365) and Leeds (SBG) have become centres of gaming excellence and each have welded together well-rewarded and highly motivated employees.Then there is the clear target audience. It is notable, for instance, that each is highly connected to and visible alongside the English football and while they may be aiming at slightly differing segments within the huge audience for football, they are equally focused and defined.“They know who their customers are,” says Leyland. “You can target them properly. The bigger operators who go for every segment tend to tick every box and miss every target.”The last point, meanwhile, could yet have even greater relevancy in the months ahead. Much of the focus in the sector at present has been about the potential for further M&A in the sector – and this despite the paucity of evidence that the last spate of buyouts and unions have been successful.The jury is still very much out on Paddy Power Betfair, for instance, where new chief executive Peter Jackson aims to complete the job left behind by departing boss and merger architect Breon Corcoran. The evidence of the success of Sportsbet in Australia, relatively free from any merger backwash, in comparison with the still integrating and transitional mothership points to how much M&A can handicap a business.The only cloud on the horizon for either SBG or bet365 comes with the threat of Chancellor Philip Hammond potentially raising gross profits tax in the upcoming budget, potentially to help mitigate the loss of taxes should the ongoing triennial review consultation process end with a £2 maximum stake (and the loss in tax revenues that would come with it).But if the net result of the end of the review process is – as many have suggested – another bout of corporate activity, then bet365 and SBG might yet see a silver lining as the consummation of further deals once again distracts the competition from the real task at hand of trying to close the gap at the top.Football as a key driver for betting firms will be discussed at next year’s Betting on Football conference (20-23 March) at Stamford Bridge. 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Imagine having a hobby you love so much and yet, the vast majority of your peers consider you insufficient, at best. This happens every single day for women in esports.You might consider that an exaggeration and while a horde of various outlets and surveys claim that the number of female gamers is rising, the number of women participating competitively is stagnant. The best option to succeed as a woman in esports is to find a female-only team to compete with. Why is that?As a girl in a boys world, I just wanted to seriously play video games. Maybe not as hardcore as others, but I wanted to be competitive. The easiest thing to do was find a girls only group. They feel my struggle right? In came Sweet Synergy, an amazing organisation aimed at simply getting women to come together and play in a safe space. I was on a team for some time and as I departed I realised, isn’t segregating ourselves as a female-only organisation a little hypocritical? We want to be included, and yet we’re completely excluding ourselves from the general populous of esports. From then on I was totally against female only tournaments and leagues. I never watched them, rolled my eyes at any event or mention, never had a care in the world. As time went by, and after some research, an epiphany took place. As I was watching the female-only Intel Challenge tournament I realised I’m equally as hypocritical if I don’t support women in esports in any capacity. Support is all we ask for in any realm. These women are busting their asses just as much as the boys to take advantage of every single opportunity given to them. Why scoff at them when they’ve gotten farther than most women can say?Organisations like Team Dignitas, CLG, and Team Secret are already vetting CS:GO female rosters. StarCraft II player, Scarlett, has won the most prize money as a female player for Team Expert. There are lists and lists of women currently competing that have found their own success. But most of that comes from female-only tournaments. Take CLG’s female only roster, for example. According to esportsearnings.com they’ve won roughly $30,000 (£23,990) in prize money since their creation in 2015, while their male counterparts have won roughly $300,000 (£239,904).Team Secret’s female roster taking the top prize at the Intel Challenge Katowice 2017If we want to support women to play just as well and as much as men, why segregate them? The overarching point of this is the fact that you can support women in esports without being a complete and total hypocrite, even if you think female only teams are contradictory. Women in esports need support, in any form and fashion. The list of women that have gained so much success where they are is slowly, but surely, growing. Most of them have no choice but to play in female only tournaments, but that’s what is best available to them right now. So why fault them for succeeding? You should build women up, not tear them down for their efforts. Is CS:GO your game of choice? Why not check out the next female-only tournament? Know a woman that’s considering the competitive scene? Encourage them to participate. Big fan of a particular host, commentator, player, or even journalist? (*wink* *wink*). Tell them. Tweet them. It’s the little things that keep them going. Knowing that there are encouraging people in this silly community we’re so in love with helps more than you can imagine.You don’t have to pick a side. Show the world that not everyone is like what you see in Twitch chat.
Japan didn’t just give us the quartz wristwatch, the DSLR, and the Playstation. It also gave us the Subway Sleeper, the Hay Fever Hat and the Kaba Kick Russian Roulette Toy for Kids! The country has long been a hub for wacky inventions you never knew you wanted, so in tribute to the keepers of the bizarre, here are some of our favorite devices to make you say それはクールだ!#1. Taily – “The Tail That Wags When You Get Excited”We’re all fans of Necomimi, the “Brainwave Cat Ears,” right? Right. I mean, without cat ears to wiggle, how will we ever know if you liked your donut? Well, Shota Ishiwatari, creator of the Necomimi prototype, isn’t resting on his fuzzy laurels. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Taily: cormac foster Related Posts Yes, that’s right. Theres no need to buy a battery-busting Galaxy Note II to watch movies when you can slap a magnifying glass over your iPhone. Plus, you get a super-cool hat to hide your identity from thieves who’ll want to break into your house and steal the hat! Or the horrifying possibility that someone you know might see you wearing this thing.Honorable mention: the GoJo. Tags:#CES 2013#Gadgets When a suitor is feeling amorous, the Marriage-Hunting Bra helps him check his intentions. The bra sports a digital countdown timer headed for the precise moment when its wearer wants to tie the knot. It also has a ring-carrying compartment and a pen holder, so you’ll never be a a loss if you decide to jet off to Vegas for a quickie ceremony.Lest you think we’re just beating up on Japan, we give you two humble entries from other countries with too much time to burn. First up, China’s entry:#4. The Home Core Toilet-SinkThe iPotty was child’s play. The champion of the pro toilet circuit is industrial designer Dang Jingwei. His second toilet design (following the ingeniously low-tech Portable Paper Toilet) is the Home Core Integrated Toilet, which combines a sink, a vanity, and, of course, a toilet. It’s a bit crowded for our tastes. Gray water recycling is a fantastic idea, and we’re all for saving the environment, but a shower might be an easier place to start. Source: yankodesign.comAnd in case you think innovation is dead in the USA, we bring you the awesomeness that is:5. The TV Hat 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… You wouldn’t wear a jacket without pants. Now there’s no need to wear those adorable kitty ears without a matching tail. You’ll be the talk of the furry convention circuit, and your friends will never have to ask how you’re feeling again!#2. The H-Boya USB Creepy Kid The letter “H” is bad. Very bad. So bad, in fact, that you need a bobbleheaded child to blink at you in creepy terror every time you type it. Yup. That’s all the H-Boya does. It blinks when you type “H,” because, as the story goes, “H is for Hentai,” and that’s bad. But terrifying robochildren who watch your every move? That’s totally right.Source: audiocubes.com#3. The Marriage-Hunting Bra 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…