Limerick vaccine boss believes that AstraZeneca is safer for older people

first_imgTHE man responsible for the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations in the Mid West region has said that people are far more likely to die of Covid than of clotting caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine.Professor Paul Burke, who is an expert in coronary care and chief academic officer with the UL Hospitals Group, was speaking as the vaccination programme gathered pace at the Limerick vaccination centre in the Raddison Blu hotel on the outskirts of the city.Roughly 500 appointments were cancelled as controversy was raised about the vaccine.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In an interview with RTÉ last week, Prof Burke said that “ironically, the vaccine is safer for the older age groups, when measured against the risk of death from Covid.“Covid is 40 times more likely to be fatal in the over 55s when compared to people who are 25 years old. That becomes 80 times more likely to kill people in the older age groups,” he explained.The Limerick centre is vaccinating almost 500 people a day and while people can refuse the AstraZeneca vaccine, they have been warned that it will be July before they will be called back for an alternative vaccination.AstraZeneca is one of four vaccines approved for use in Ireland. It accounted for 340,800, or 29 per cent, of the 1.19 million doses delivered up to the end of March.  It is estimated that 813,000 doses of AstraZeneca will account for 21 per cent of the 3.9 million vaccinations expected to be completed by the end of June.Of the 34 million people who have received the vaccine in the UK and the EU, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has received reports of 169 cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and 53 cases of splanchnic vein thrombosis – both rare kinds of blood clots.Most cases were in women aged under 60, but the current evidence does not suggest age or gender is a risk factor for the side effects, the EMA said.All these cases arose some 14 days after receiving the first dose and no cases of blood clotting with low platelet levels similar to those in other countries have been reported in Ireland. Email WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Advertisement Linkedin NewsHealthLimerick vaccine boss believes that AstraZeneca is safer for older peopleBy Bernie English – April 23, 2021 583 TAGSAstra Zeneca Previous articleNenagh student awaiting vaccine after suffering heart infection praises school for “closing until further notice” due to COVID outbreakNext articleGardai appeal for information after “shots fired” at Limerick house 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. Printlast_img read more

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Blizzard Watch Issued for Long Island, Foot of Snow Possible

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island will be under a blizzard watch starting Saturday morning as the first major winter storm of the season barrels toward the region.The National Weather Service’s advisory warns that the impending Nor’easter could dump up to a foot of snow on the Island. Strong winds and the heavy snow are expected to limit visibility to ¼ mile or less. The blizzard watch will be in effect until Sunday afternoon.“Extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions likely,” the weather service said in a statement. “Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.”A blizzard watch means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibility, making travel dangerous, the agency explained.Forecasters are expecting 35 mph winds and 50 mph gusts Saturday. The current forecast has snow arriving Saturday afternoon, followed by periods of rain, snow and sleet. The snow could be heavy at times, forecasters said.Up to a foot of snow is possible across Long Island over the weekend. (Photo credit: Accuweather)Dubbed “Jonas” by The Weather Channel, the powerful storm could impact up to 15 states with blizzard conditions as south as Washington D.C. and Maryland.Officials on Long Island are warning residents to use caution while traveling.“The message from the Suffolk County Police Department today is please be careful with the storm coming this weekend…Be prepared,” Deputy Commissioner Tim Sini told reporters during a press conference Wednesday.The department already has equipment and people in place throughout the county to ensure road safety, Sini said.“If you can stay off the roads, stay off it,” he said. “And if you have to travel, please use caution. Speed is your enemy.”At a press conference Thursday morning, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano echoed Sini’s warnings, urging residents to stay off the roads if travel isn’t necessary. The county has more than 200 employees at the ready and more than 28,000 tons of salt available to treat roadways, Mangano noted.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is preparing to allocate resources to localities caught in the storm’s path.“This storm could have a significant impact in communities throughout the downstate area–so I am directing all relevant state agencies to be on alert and ready to respond as the weather develops,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We will be closely monitoring storm conditions throughout the weekend, and deploying resources and equipment as necessary.”PSEG Long Island is conducting logistics and system checks ahead of the Nor’easter to “ensure the availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies.”“While snow and wind normally don’t pose a serious problem to the electric system, icing on lines and trees can increase the possibility of downed wires and power outages,” PSEG LI’s John O’Connell said in a statement.Forecasters expect highs of 32 and 36 degrees Saturday and Sunday, respectively.Friday is expected to be dry and chilly. The forecast calls for a high of 22 with wind chill values as low as 15.last_img read more

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PREMIUMProperty prices expected to fall amid bleak market outlook

first_imgProperty prices in various sectors are projected to decrease in the remaining months of 2020 as developers try to weather the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has crippled most economic activity in the country.The prices would decline as apartment owners and real estate developers would offer more lucrative deals to tenants and buyers amid sluggish demand, while the office and retail property market had started to see decreasing rents, according to a report by property developer Colliers International Indonesia.“In the current situation, what property [developers] aim for is occupancy. The most important thing is they have to be able to sell their products, even though they have to sacrifice its prices,” Colliers’ advisory services director Monica Koesnovagril told The Jakarta Post during an online seminar on Wednesday.Regarding t… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Facebook Topics : Linkedin Indonesia property market outlook-2020 Colliers-International COVID-19 rental-rates offices retail-spaces-occupancy-rate Googlelast_img read more

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Friedman imparts lasting legacy off the ice

first_imgKirby Wright/The Badger HeraldBehind a logjam of world-class goaltender talent, Wisconsin senior Ilana Friedman never got to see any game action as a member of the women’s hockey team. But despite never recording a save, Friedman has left her mark on UW athletics.After transferring to Wisconsin in her sophomore season after a year and a half at Vermont, Friedman came out as gay to her teammates a relatively short time after joining the team. Now almost three years later, Friedman is helping set the precedent that any athlete at UW can follow the same path she has in coming out as an LGBTQ athlete.“[My sexuality] wasn’t something that I hid. It wasn’t something that I was sketchy about,” Friedman said. “It wasn’t ever a hot topic of conversation because it’s not something that really matters.“I’d rather be not important than have this resounding issue.”With 15 months of diligent work from Friedman alongside the Athletic Department, the “You Can Play” initiative debuted this week to send the message of acceptance to athletes of all sexualities and backgrounds.In a video about the project, which has spread to hundreds of other college athletic programs, professional sports teams and high schools, among other sports organizations, athletes underlined the idea that regardless of sexuality, “If you can play, you can play.”Friedman initially came out back in high school to her teammates on the Madison Capitals AAA traveling team. But as she explained, being an out member of the LGBTQ community is an everyday process, not something that happens just one time and is completed. That process was slightly compounded by the fact that she’s been at two different universities. At Vermont, she came down with mononucleosis during her freshman season and came down with it again the next year. With that and a lack of playing time, she decided to switch schools to Wisconsin.But after having mono twice in such a short time span, Friedman wasn’t even sure that she’d be able to play hockey again, which could have altered the recent events of which she’s played an integral part. Eventually, Friedman recovered and became part of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, which allowed her the platform to spread her message of acceptance.Although the process of coming out continued for her at a new university and as part of a new team, not once in the time span or since has she received any negativity regarding her sexuality, something that is far from typical in the sports world and throughout the United States.“So often it happens that that isn’t the case,” Friedman said of her positive experience from everyone around her. “Obviously LBGT bullying is a huge issue which is one thing that I think can always be worked upon. I’ve been really fortunate in that I seriously have not experienced one negative thing.”Friedman helped get the ball rolling, but she hasn’t been alone in her quest to raise awareness throughout the Athletic Department with the “You Can Play” project.Not only did she receive the support of those closer to her within the Athletic Department, but since she originally brought the idea to Brittany Woodruff, UW’s director of student-athlete development, last February, the movement grew to encompassing the entire Athletic Department. The vast support from all corners of the department has made the movement the wide success it has been in only the first few days since it was publicly announced Monday.“I guess [I] am in somewhat of a position of the face of this but it’s really helpful when we have so many people that are very, very supportive of it and that are willing to be supportive of it and are starting to recognize how important this issue is,” Friedman said.One of the people that have been especially supportive of the project and Friedman since it first started is Chase Tarrier of the UW men’s rowing team, who didn’t even know Friedman before the initiative began. Although Tarrier is straight, as the son of two mothers, he was raised in a household not considered to be the norm by many Americans. That experience along with his status as an athlete motivated him to spread awareness too, which led him to the LGBT Campus Center. At the center he asked what he could do, which is when he was put in touch with Friedman.But Tarrier has experienced very little in the line of negative reactions — like Friedman — whether it was back at home or since the senior rower has been in college and has discussed his parents’ status with those around him.But although neither he nor Friedman has experienced negative reactions themselves, with Friedman saying sexuality is not nearly as much of a stigma in female athletics, Tarrier realizes there is still progress to be made with acceptance in athletics.“Unfortunately I will say that I think male athletics is one of the fields in our culture that really needs the most work as being accepting of gay rights. I’m sure that the entire team would be completely comfortable and supportive if one of our teammates were to come out as gay. But I think there’s such a culture of macho team man activity and anti-gay sentiments that are inherent sometimes in male athletics,” Tarrier said.As Friedman discussed, the prevalence of the anti-gay sentiments in athletics results from the idea that being gay is incompatible with being masculine, which is a presumed requirement for participating in athletics. This social construct has been challenged recently with the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins and linebacker Michael Sam of Missouri.However, as Tarrier pointed out, the difficulties faced by LGBTQ athletes can affect those around them when they need support systems.“One of the main reasons that most straight men don’t want to call themselves an ally is because they’re afraid of being mistaken for a gay person,” he said.Tarrier added, though, with the UW Athletic Department’s inclusion in the “You Can Play” movement, that uneasiness can be wiped away.“It really just gives people a strong affirmation that yes, supporting gay rights and being an ally is not only a good thing to do and nothing you should be ashamed of but important to do,” he said.There is still a long way to go in the fight for equality both in the world of sports and in the world as a whole, but Friedman’s idea and the support from the Athletic Department is a big step for Wisconsin sports and the athletes who make those sports.She may have never stoned a defender cold, but her hard work off the ice in stopping discrimination will leave more of a legacy than any save ever could have.“It’s very important to go somewhere and see that it doesn’t matter if you like girls. It doesn’t matter if you like guys. It doesn’t who you like. All that matters is athletic ability.”last_img read more

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