Doras urges Limerick election candidates to demonstrate commitment to anti-racism

first_imgAdvertisement TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsCommunityPoliticsDoras urges Limerick election candidates to demonstrate commitment to anti-racismBy Staff Reporter – April 29, 2019 855 Limerick on Covid watch list Email TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Facebook Print Doras Luimní chief executive Sean McSweeney. Photo: Cian ReinhardtDoras invites local and European election candidates in Limerick to reaffirm their commitment to anti-racism by signing the Anti-Racism Election Protocol 2019 at the Doras office in Limerick on May 1, 2019. The protocol was recently re-launched by the European Network Against Racism Ireland (ENAR Ireland), of which Doras is a member.Since 2001, the Anti-Racism Election Protocol has played an integral part in ensuring that elections have been conducted in an unbiased manner, and that candidates do not incite hatred or discrimination on any basis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Seán McSweeney, Doras CEO said, “Doras would like to give each local candidate in Limerick the opportunity to sign the protocol to show their constituents that they are dedicated to upholding anti-racism and non-discrimination principles during and following their election campaigns. No candidate should be using hate-speech or racist discourse, and we hope to encourage the voting public to hold their candidates to these standards.”The event will be held on Wednesday 1st  May 2019, at the Doras office, 51a O’Connell St, Limerick at 3pm. Candidates will be asked to sign a hard copy of the protocol in the presence of local media, and will have the opportunity to speak with media representatives regarding their support of the protocol.Candidates interested in attending can RSVP at [email protected] Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick council asked to build cost of emissions into developmentsNext articleA feast of fun in Castleconnell Staff Reporter WhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Twitterlast_img read more

You are where you live

first_imgWe know that smoking causes cancer, yet we still light up. We know that overeating causes obesity and diabetes, yet we still overeat. We know that exercise makes us healthier, yet we can’t resist the couch’s siren song.We all want to be healthier, and we know how to become so. Yet we just don’t do it.S.V. Subramanian, associate professor of society, human development, and health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a researcher at the Center for Population and Development Studies, has heard all of the theories explaining why living a healthy lifestyle is so difficult. We’re predisposed to pack on pounds to survive the famine that, in olden days, was certainly coming. We’re addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes and the fat in burgers, which get their hooks into us. Convenience is key: Who can drag themselves to the gym every day and cook healthy meals of nuts, fruits, and vegetables when the golden arches beckon?Subramanian understands that those theories may help explain our resistance to things that are health promoting. Indeed, explanations based on the idea that we are programmed to be who we are and do what we do appear to be returning with some force in recent years with an explosion of genetics research.But he feels that this has often come at the exclusion of other factors. In particular, the idea that our environments — the places where we live and work and play — may also be important.“If it’s environment, then there are levers we can pull,” Subramanian said.Subramanian has embarked on a study that will examine the link between health and location. The study will utilize several longitudinal nationwide data sets to get to the roots of the linkages between neighborhoods and health.In doing so, he’ll compare health statistics such as those gathered by the Framingham Heart Study, which recorded health outcomes of three generations and followed people as they moved around the country. He’ll probe the age when healthy behavior is formed in the National Longitudinal Study for Adolescent Health, which examines 9- to 16-year-olds. The third data set is a national health and retirement survey of those 50 and older who were recruited in 1992 and revisited several times since then.Subramanian also plans to use data from national geographic information systems (GIS) and plot the locations of businesses that might be detrimental to health, such as liquor stores and fast-food restaurants, as well as those that might be helpful to maintaining a more beneficial lifestyle, such as health clubs and parks. He can overlay that information with data from the studies and census data on income, race, and ethnicity, creating a rich picture of health and location.“There’s a thought that poor neighborhoods are underserviced, but we don’t know if that’s true,” Subramanian said.Subramanian, who received an investigator award in health policy research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to pursue this work, said the effort is like finding hot spots, places that are both socially and resource disadvantaged. In addition, he said, instances when these two aspects do not appear together may also offer interesting insights.Though medical science often looks to intervene at the personal level — helping a patient to make healthy choices — the research may show that there are also effective interventions that can be made at the neighborhood level, such as tax cuts for health-related industries to move into a neighborhood, or incentives for nonprofits to conduct activities that encourage better health.“What are the things that we can change about a place without having to move the people?” Subramanian said. “It’s an interesting public policy question: Should interventions be at the person level or a higher level, a school or neighborhood?”One unusual wrinkle that Subramanian is planning to investigate is the extent that free will plays in people living in unhealthy neighborhoods. People generally choose the places where they live, and while some seek parks and good schools, others may select for other factors. Though there is a myth of social mobility in this country, Subramanian said it is actually quite difficult to change social class, and most people end up in neighborhoods like the one they left out of constraints or choice.“We can learn about health-seeking behavior,” Subramanian said. “I want to quantify how much health and health-related conditions drive the choice of neighborhoods.”Subramanian said examination of that last factor is important because it has been raised in critiques of other studies, and Subramanian wants to bring data to bear on it.It’s important, Subramanian said, to understand that exposure to neighborhood landscapes doesn’t equate to taking a fast-acting pill or poison. Instead, effects of neighborhood conditions may lag exposure or accumulate over time. In addition, the life stage at which one is exposed may also matter. When the three-and-a-half-year study is completed, Subramanian plans to write a book on health and disadvantage in American neighborhoods.“If you have an environmental exposure in a neighborhood, it’s not going to show up for a long time,” Subramanian said. “If you’re exposed in utero, it may not show up for 25 years.”last_img read more


first_imgOne might think that all is quiet in the south-west in the middle of winter, with few tourists around and few planning questions to be answered.This is far from the truth. Many planning issues have been raised recently in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. For example, Restormel Council is facing a fight over planning permission, which was issued for a retail park and then converted into permission for a factory outlet centre. There has been a long-running battle with the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. It appears that the DETR may have won the day and there will possibly be an inquiry.In Somerset, a proposal for an animal carcass incinerator has been thrown out by a planning inspector. The incinerator was considered an intrusion on the Countryside, despite the fact that there was an existing permission for a pet food factory on the site. The county is also on the shortlist to win a prize. The Piggeries housing scheme in Frome has been nominated for the Royal Town Planning Institute’s annual award for schemes of great merit.Village housing development proposals are always a controversial issue in the south-west. Recently, an inspector allowed a new housing development in Restormel. Since it was within the village envelope, provided affordable housing and was well designed, it was approved –even though the decision resulted in the housing allocation being exceeded.In Devon, an appeal by Lidl for a new discount food store in Tavistock was recently dismissed. The proposed scheme was for the redevelopment of a motor showroom and service garage to provide a 929 sq m (10,000 sq ft) store. The key issue was the adverse impact on Tavistock Town Centre, particularly the Co-op store, which had already been affected by a new Safeway store.As convenience shopping plays an important role in the town centre, it was considered that if the Co-op closed, it would have a strong impact. It was accepted that there were no other sites in or on the edge of the town centre. The inspector decided that the lack of accessibility, particularly for the rural catchment area – together with the potentially adverse effect on the town centre – was sufficient to dismiss the appeal.Tourism is important to the economy of the south-west and this industry has a number of recurring planning issues. For example, the use of farm buildings and cottages for holiday lets. Occasionally, a planning authority is reluctant to allow a change of use from agriculture to residential, and sometimes the loss of permanent residential to holiday lets and hotels is resisted.Access to many parts of the south-west is one of the main deterrents to new development. As a result, some of the food superstore chains have been reluctant to move further west until their distribution network is viable.last_img read more

Syracuse drops 10 spots to No. 21 in coaches poll

first_img Published on September 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (5-3-2, 0-2-1 Atlantic Coast) dropped 10 spots to No. 21 in the United Soccer Coaches poll on Tuesday. The Orange fell outside of the Top 10 to No. 11 the week before. The 10-spot drop comes the morning after SU snapped its three-game losing streak. Syracuse beat Colgate, 2-0, on Monday night for its first victory in 13 days. The win followed three consecutive home losses to Louisville, Cornell and Duke. The three-game losing streak at home was SU’s first since 2009.Seven other Atlantic Coast Conference teams ranked in this week’s Top 25: No. 2 Wake Forest, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 6 Clemson, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 8 Louisville, No. 10 Virginia and No. 19 Duke. SU’s next match against a ranked opponent is Oct. 18 against No. 16 Ohio State.Syracuse travels to unranked Pittsburgh (3-5, 0-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. with each team searching for its first conference victory. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more