Research project to track wellbeing of key workers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Linkedin TAGSCoronaviruscovid19Dr Elaine KinsellaKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostUniversity of Limerick Email LimerickNewsResearch project to track wellbeing of key workersBy Alan Jacques – April 17, 2020 174 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Designed by FreepikTHE first research project to track the wellbeing of frontline key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched by researchers from the University of Limerick and the University of Gloucestershire.The researchers are looking for people across the UK and Ireland, who are deployed in frontline key worker positions, to take part in the longitudinal survey. They want to hear from those working on the frontline, from hospitals to supermarkets, to understand how the impact of being a key worker affects their wellbeing over time.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The research team is headed by University of Limerick Psychology lecturer Dr Elaine Kinsella, who is an expert in the psychology of heroism, and Dr Rachel Sumner from the University of Gloucestershire,who is an expert in stress and wellbeing. Their team will be concentrating on factors that may predict wellbeing as the pandemic continues. Their questionnaire asks about how frontline heroes feel about the pandemic, and how their wellbeing might be impacted by the increasing strain on their reserves. It asks about how they cope, what their approaches are to helping others, and how they feel about government strategies to deal with the various issues posed by the pandemic.An important part of the study will be to see if there are any differences between the two countries in terms of how frontline workers are coping with increased demands on their personal resources. With markedly different strategies to deal with the pandemic, data from the two countries will provide an interesting case study into how national policy may impact frontline worker wellbeing during times of crisis. “The heroic efforts of our key workers, whatever their role, rely on them being able to cope with the extraordinary pressure that they are all facing in this rapidly changing situation. We hope the study will help us understand more about how they cope, and how they can be helped,” Dr Kinsella explained.The researchers want to hear from as many people as possible over the age of 18 that works in a frontline key worker role during the pandemic in the UK or Republic of Ireland, including those who have recently answered the call to re-join organisations like the NHS and the HSE. The first survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, and respondents are invited to register for follow-up surveys taking no longer than five minutes every two weeks as things progress. There is also an option to opt-in to follow-up interviews so the researchers can explore the nature of the heroism of these workers, what they feel they’ve been up against, and what support they’ve had or felt they needed.Visit the CV19 Heroes page on Facebook for more. Previous articleWATCH: 1990 Gerald Griffins Snatch West Junior Final Draw Against KnockfiernaNext articleKeep the Limerick Lockdown Party going this weekend Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Printlast_img read more

Liberian Farmers Practice Protected Cultivation for More Income

first_imgVegetable farmers in Liberia face many challenges when it comes to growing vegetables. Due to torrential rain fall in almost all parts of the country, vegetables usually don’t grow well.  In fact, few farmers grow vegetables for commercial purpose during rainy season.The majority of the farmers who grow vegetables during the rains are subsistence farmers who do so alongside their rice crops, for home consumption and surplus for the local markets.A group of vegetable farmers comprising of 20 persons on  the outskirt of Monrovia, known as the Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association, has gotten the opportunity to produce vegetables all year round through the practice of protected cultivation (rain shelter) for improved yields and increased profits.Together, the vegetable farmers and the Food and Enterprise Development Program (FED) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) put an area of the farm under protected cultivation in order to grow quality crops,  particularly during the rainy season. The greenhouse-like structure helps farmers protect valuable produce from pests and heavy rain damage. At the same time, it is equipped with drip irrigation which provides sufficient moisture to the crops during the dry season.In Liberia very few farmers are engaged in such practice of producing vegetables. FED /USAID is currently assisting 20 farming groups to benefit from this improved technology.The Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association was established in 1997 to supply vegetables on the local market. After receiving assistance from Chinese agriculture experts, the group got involved in producing high-value exotic vegetables, like tomatoes. But this effort did not last for a long period of time as the Chinese experts left the country.In 2013, the vegetable farmers began partnering with USAID FED to boost production and marketing of their vegetables. The program introduced high quality seeds and fertilizers, and provided training in good agricultural practices as well as market linkages for their produce.“It is interesting to grow vegetables under the green house. Currently, we have sowed tomato and cabbage seeds that will give us more money when taken to the supermarkets,” says Alexander Moah, lead farmer of the Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association.Moah said funds generated from the sale of vegetables produced from the green house will go towards empowering members of the organization to expand their individual farms.Though the growing of vegetables under the Green House is interesting to the local vegetable farmers, marketing was another challenge faced by the farmers until the intervention of USAID FED.Prices are not standardized, and farmers feel cheated by traders in Liberia, especially during the rainy season when there is a surplus of vegetables on the market. But the Mawah farmers have learned something about cultivating vegetables for the local market. At first, the group planted mainly indigenous vegetables, realizing small profits. After planting exotic vegetables, the group saw demand as well as their profits rise.“Planting pepper and bitter ball will not give us all of the profit we need, except during the dry season when vegetables supply is low and prices are more attractive,” says Martha Flomo, a member of the Mawah group.“Through the assistance of FED /USAID in linking us with the various supermarkets in Monrovia, our earnings from the sale of vegetables have increased by 85 percent,” Moah disclosed Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gareth Bale to miss Wales’ friendly with Holland

first_img1 Gareth Bale Gareth Bale will miss Wales’ friendly against Holland on November 13.The Real Madrid star has not played since October 17 after suffering a recurrence of a calf injury following the October internationals.The 26-year-old featured in the first half of Real’s 3-0 victory over Levante four days after Wales’ Euro 2016 qualification party in Cardiff.Bale was criticised by some Madrid journalists and fans for playing in Wales’ 2-0 victory over Andorra after previously being sidelined for nearly three weeks with a calf strain.Wales boss Chris Coleman was also criticised by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for playing Aaron Ramsey against Andorra with Wales having already qualified for next summer’s European Championship.Ramsey subsequently picked up a hamstring injury on Arsenal duty and also misses Wales’ first Euro 2016 warm-up game at the Cardiff City Stadium.Reading forward Hal Robson-Kanu and Fulham defender Jazz Richards are other absentees through injury.Newcastle defender Paul Dummett and Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw have been called into the squad.Wales squad: Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Fon Williams (Inverness), Ward (Liverpool); A Williams (Swansea, capt), Chester (West Brom), Gunter (Reading), Taylor (Swansea), Davies (Tottenham), Collins (West Ham), Henley (Blackburn), Dummett (Newcastle), Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Huws (Wigan), Allen (Liverpool), Ledley (Crystal Palace), King (Leicester), Edwards (Wolves), J Williams (Crystal Palace), Cotterill (Birmingham), Lawrence (Leicester), Church (MK Dons), Vokes (Burnley), Bradshaw (Walsall).last_img read more

Chelsea FC transfer news: 17-goal winger to sign, but star midfielder to leave?

first_img Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – Morata is a known target for Chelsea, but they have so far been knocked back in their attempts to sign him. The Blues have already failed with one bid for the Spanish striker, and Real Madrid are unwilling to sell unless their £62 million valuation is matched. This has not put Chelsea off however, and the Telegraph claim they are waiting to see if Morata will force a move away from the Bernabeu before submitting another bid. Andre Ayew (Swansea City) – Ayew impressed in his debut season in England, scoring 12 goals in a Swansea team who struggled for much of the campaign. This eye for goal has interested Conte, who is keen to add another attacking threat to his team to complement Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi. The Sun claim Conte does not want to spend big on a new forward, and a £12 million move is said to be in the works. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – Click the right arrow above to find out all the latest Arsenal transfer news… – Mahrez was a key figure in the Foxes’ incredible Premier League success last season, scoring 17 goals and registering 10 assists on the way to winning the title. However, following Kante’s departure, the 25-year-old winger reportedly wants to leave the KP Stadium as well. The Express claim he has turned down a new contract, with the Blues lining up a transfer in the coming days. 6 Nemanja Matic – One player who could leave Stamford Bridge this summer is Serbian midfielder Matic, a player key to Premier League success in 2014/15. He struggled last term, and with the arrival of Kante it is likely he has been pushed down the pecking order. ESPN claim Serie A champions Juventus are tracking Matic, with Conte deeming the 27-year-old surplus to requirements this season. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) – Chelsea have already made an offer for Senegalese centre-back Koulibaly, but have yet to agree a fee with Napoli. Everton are rivalling the Blues for his signature, although the Telegraph claim the 25-year-old favours a move to Stamford Bridge, and is hoping a deal can be agreed between Chelsea and his current club. Rated as one of the best defenders in Serie A, he would bring increased security to a team who leaked goals last season. 6 6 6 6 Juan Cuadrado – Cuadrado’s career at Chelsea has been less than stellar since signing for the Blues in January 2015, starting only four games under Jose Mourinho before being loaned to Juventus last summer. He excelled back in Italy, registering five goals and eight assists, and Conte has confirmed he will be back at Stamford Bridge next season. The Italian is known to be a big fan of the winger, and speaking after the friendly loss to Rapid Vienna, he announced Cuadrado will be part of his squad for the coming campaign. 6 Chelsea’s summer transfer activity burst into life on Saturday afternoon, with the arrival of N’Golo Kante from Leicester City confirmed.Michy Batshuayi was signed earlier in July, but bringing in Kante is proof that the Blues are going all out to win the Premier League this season under head coach Antonio Conte.But the business is not finished in West London, with many more players linked to join before the start of the 2016/17 season.A new defender is high on Conte’s wishlist, although it is clear another wide forward is likely to be heading to Stamford Bridge as well.So, what is the latest news? Click the right arrow above to find out…last_img read more

Parents tell of their fear as Letterkenny pool evacuated

first_imgA mother has told of how children ‘were screaming’ in fear as a ‘major incident’ forced the evacuation of a the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.Three children were hospitalised with up to 60 others treated on site after the incident at around noon today.A large fleet of emergency services personnel rushed to the scene when several people, most of them children, fell ill after taking a reaction to the water. “My three children were in the pool and my son said he was diving when he saw a dark fluid coming out in the pool under the water,” one mother, an eye-witness, told Donegal Daily.“Kids were screaming and running around.“Some dark brown fluid came out in the pool and the staff took them out. Kids were sick, coughing and vomiting. The kids were all shaking and scared.”Letterkenny University Hospital has put its emergency plan in place, although a large number of people who were affected were treated on-site. Around 100 people, situated all over the complex, were evacuated after emergency services arrived. The mother said: “We were just told to go home and get milk for the kids. The ambulance people were doing triage at the scene, but some children were taken to hospital.”Another parent, who was in the viewing gallery at the time, described witnessing ‘a green liquid spraying into the pool’.There are not believed to be any life-threatening injuries.There is currently no admission to the Aura Leisure Centre.Parents tell of their fear as Letterkenny pool evacuated was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aura Leisure Centreemergency servicesGardailetterkennyLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

Leeds boss Warnock tells Hughes to ‘get own house in order’

first_imgLeeds United boss Neil Warnock has taken another swipe at his former club, insisting Mark Hughes is wrong to suggest some of QPR’s problems are down to the previous management.Warnock, who was replaced by the Welshman at Loftus Road in January, last week declared that Rangers had ‘lost part of their soul’ because of the number of foreign players signed by Hughes.And in another dig at his successor, Warnock told talkSPORT: “There are quotes coming out sometimes from the current manager and I don’t accept it.“’We’re trying to get away from last year’ – but I bet they wish they were [in the same position as] last year this time.“I think people should just look after their own house, put their own house in order.“I thought we had a great dressing room spirit and you probably have to look at that and think ‘Have they got one now?’”See also:Leeds boss Warnock has dig at 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Down 2-1, Arcata survives to end Fortuna’s upset bid

first_imgArcata >> If ever there was a trap game for the Arcata High School volleyball team, Thursday night against Fortuna would be it.The Tigers, having come off their most impressive win of the season, a five-set thriller against Del Norte on Tuesday that pulled them even with the Warriors in the league standings, had to come back just two days later and face a Huskies team that currently sits in third place in the Big 5. But as good teams are apt to do, Arcata sprang the trap and rallied to win the …last_img read more

New logo to unite Brand South Africa

first_img23 November 2009 South Africa’s Cabinet has approved a new international marketing logo for the country. Inspired by the South African flag but evolved into a “trade-markable” form, the new logo is distinctive, dynamic and energetic, and stands out within its competitive environment. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “This is a culmination of a comprehensive process of consultation among provinces, cities and national departments to align around one brand positioning and a single identity on the international stage,” the International Marketing Council, custodian of Brand South Africa, said in a statement last week. Initiated and driven by the International Marketing Council (IMC), the logo’s development costs “will be quickly offset by the combined impact of previously separate branding initiatives. “The purpose of brand alignment is to avoid brand dilution when various South African entities market themselves internationally using different logos,” the IMC said. “The intention is rather to combine the country’s various marketing efforts in order to enhance South Africa’s global competitiveness with regard to tourism, sports, arts and culture, trade and investment.” The new logo does not replace the government coat of arms or other institutional logos, but is purely for the purpose of country marketing initiatives. Its roll-out will be facilitated by an easy-to-use, do-it-yourself manual that will be freely available to anyone mandated to market South Africa internationally. At the same time, stocks of existing marketing “have been carefully managed in order to ensure a smooth and cost-effective transition,” the IMC said. The new logo “builds on a renewed era in collaborative nation branding, and is timed to take maximum advantage of the global focus on South Africa in the light of our hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. “The marketing of the nation brand of South Africa will be taken to new heights as we work together as Team South Africa, under one logo, to welcome the world to join us in celebrating the first World Cup on African soil.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

It was a Dark and Stormy Night… for Reading about Geocaching

first_imgSpecial thanks to Julie Henning (CalORie) for the perfect lead in image for this post.We here at Geocaching HQ love to hang out with each other during work, while throwing a few back at a local happy hour, and of course while geocaching together on the weekends. So when one of our lackeys suggested starting a book club, we got pretty excited and wondered about geocaching-themed books that may be out in the world. Turns out that there’s a LOT. There’s even a thread in our forums about it. Here are some of our top picks for geocaching books out in the world:“Can a compass lead you to love?”Ahh, romance and Tupperware in the woods. In Tracy Krimmer’s Caching In: A Geocaching Love Story, we meet broken-hearted Ally Couper who’s, “…had enough with her ridiculous life. Her job at the bank is going nowhere, and her love life might as well be non-existent. Determined to try something new, Ally becomes absorbed in the world of geocaching. The high-tech driven scavenger hunt introduces her to Seth, and she realizes the game isn’t the only thrilling part. Ally’s bad luck may finally be changing, until the past threatens to halt her future with Seth. Can they find happiness together, or is love the one cache Ally can’t find?” I hope this doesn’t have any DNFs!Romance & caching seem to go hand in hand, but apparently not as much as mysteries & ammo cans. Check out these “whodunits”:“Cache a Predator is a geocaching thriller about a father’s love, justice, and the unhinged game of hide-the-cache.”Cache a Predator: A Geocaching Mystery by Michelle Weidenbenner is a Gold Medal Winner in the 2014 Readers’ International Awards and gets high review marks from online book seller sites. “M. Weidenbenner plants the emotion of one vigilante’s mission into the cache boxes of a gripping tale that will leave readers locking their doors…” Plus, someone is planting body parts in geocaching sites. I wouldn’t want to be FTF that geocache!“While looking for a cache in the mountains he comes across a human skeleton…”The synopsis of Cached Out: A Cliff Knowles Mystery by Russell Atkinson already has me on the edge of my seat. “Newly retired from the FBI and alone after the tragic death of his wife, Cliff Knowles takes up geocaching. While looking for a cache in the mountains he comes across a human skeleton and reports it to the sheriff’s office. Then a second body is found – a fresh corpse this time – right after Cliff found another geocache nearby. When it turns out the first remains are those of a fugitive he was supposed to arrest years earlier, he becomes a suspect in a multiple homicide investigation. He has no choice but to use his sleuthing skills to identify the mysterious cache owner, known only as Enigmal, and free himself from suspicion.”But what about the kids? Oh the little ones certainly have a lot to choose from, too:“Congratulations!” the note says. “You’ve found it!”As a kid I loved the Boxcar Children series and the adventures of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden. In The Box That Watch Found (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #113) by Gertrude Chandler Warner, their dog Watch discovers a mysterious box that turns out to be, you guessed it, a geocache! But just as the Alden kids start to embrace their new found hobby, they find that several geocaches in the area are disappearing. This book is a great way to introduce kids 7-10 to the world of geocaching or enhance their already established hobby.“…Using his GPS, he uncovers the geocache-a small metal box-hidden deep in the woods…”Young teenagers might actually consider taking a break from texting and putting their smartphones GPS to use after reading Hide & Seek by Katy Grant. This 240 page chapter book follows 14-year-old Chase who, “…finally gets a chance to go on his first solo geocaching adventure. Using his GPS, he uncovers the geocache-a small metal box-hidden deep in the woods in some undergrowth. Inside, with a few plastic army men and a log book, is a troubling message for help in a child’s handwriting.” This one gets high points from both readers and educators in online reviews. Our Co-Founder Bryan and his family are on the cover of this good read.Is this a good place to plug The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching: Third Edition by The Editors and Staff of Geocaching.com? No? Alrighty then, moving on… 😉A geocaching novel in a geocache! Geogirl by Kelly Rysten can be found on KindleFinally, you clever cachers really have thought of everything, haven’t you? Including a book club themed geocache! If you ever find yourself in Ridgecrest, California and need a new read, hop on over to Paperback Book Cache GC1ADKF. The Ridgecrest California Geocachers Club says that this 2d/2t geocache is and easy to find, and bring a book if you want to take a book. One log said, “I took two books, one by Gordon R. Dickson that I haven’t even heard of, and one in the Honor Harrington series by Weber. Left two of Rysten’s books, signed by the author. Enjoy!”So how about you? Read any good (Geocaching) books lately? Tell us in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 20): Love Big Trackable promotionFebruary 13, 2019In “Community”Back to School with GeocachingSeptember 16, 2019In “Community”Geocaching Shop Elves holiday gift guide!November 30, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

CES 2011: The Best New Android Devices

first_imgWith Honeycomb, Google has introduced a number of features designed just for slates, including new 3D homescreen customizations, new richer and interactive widgets, video chat via Google Talk, access to Google eBooks, tabbed Web browsing, bookmark syncing and private browsing capabilities and improved multi-tasking.Although the Xoom has not officially launched, it was name “Best in Show” by CNET and picked as the best, or among the best, tablets by Gizmodo, LaptopMag, PopSci, PCMag, BGR, Popular Mechanics, Techradar, Engadget and others. It’s pretty safe to say that this tablet won CES. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … At last week’s annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011) in Las Vegas, if there was any obvious industry trend, it was this: Android is everywhere. From smartphones to tablets and even TVs, the mobile operating system was present in a number of the devices being showcased at this gadget-filled event. But which phones and tablets are really deserving of praise? Which ones stood out as moving the bar forward?We’ll take a look at some of our favorites from the show below.1. Best New Tablet: Motorola XoomThe Motorola Xoom, an Android tablet that will run Google’s new tablet-only version of Android called “Honeycomb” already bests the current iPad in terms of technical specifications. It has not one, but two cameras – one rear and one front-facing (5-megapixel and 2-megapixel respectively), and a large 10-inch screen with a higher resolution than iPad (1280×800 compared with iPad’s 1024×768). It also has a dual-core 1 GHz processor, HD support with an HDMI-out port, Wi-Fi and 3G support from Verizon Wireless, is upgradable to 4G LTE support in the future and supports Adobe Flash.As for that last one, you may or may not see it as a plus, depending on whether you think Flash is an outdated, buggy technology that deserves no place in our untethered, mobile Web future or a still-necessary tool for viewing a large amount of Web video. However, it’s hard to not give extra points to the Motorola Atrix 4G, just for thinking out of the box. Also a Tegra 2-powered phone, this AT&T/Bell Mobility/Orange UK device offers a 4-inch display with a 960×540 resolution, 1 GB of RAM, with support for up to 48 GB of storage, and a powerful 1930 mAh battery, like the Bionic. It also has dual cameras (one VGA, one 5-megapixel), 720p video capture, HD playback and a fingerprint reader. 2. Best New Android SmartphonesThis one was a lot tougher, because picking smartphones is a much more personal choice. Do you prefer a slide-out keyboard or an onscreen one, for example? Do you like the big screens found on many Android devices or do you want something smaller, that fits in your pocket?For practical purposes, Verizon’s new Motorola Droid Bionic is a solid choice. It’s one of Verizon’s new 4G (LTE) phones, announced alongside the HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution and Samsung 4G. Like the others, the Droid Bionic will run Android 2.2 (Froyo), has dual cameras (one front-facing VGA, 8-megapixel on rear), and a large capacitive touchscreen. But the Bionic’s 4.3-inch screen is a bit better: offering a 540×960 resolution, its CPU is a speedy 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, it has 512 MB of RAM, it lets you do Skype video chatting and has something called “mirror mode” which allows you to simultaneously stream video to the TV and on the device itself. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img What makes this device so unique, though, is its ability to run in “Webtop” mode where it connects via an HDMI cable to a 2.4-pound laptop computer that offers an 11.6-inch screen, trackpad, and real hardware keyboard. It’s a phone that’s also a notebook PC! Once attached, you can use your phone from your “computer” (really, it’s just a shell) to run apps (in a window), play games, make calls, send instant messages, surf the Web in a full-sized version of the Firefox browser and as a bonus, your phone will charge while plugged in. Alternately, you can plug your phone into the HD Multimedia Dock, which offers 3 USB ports and an HDMI port, which lets you use the Atrix connect to an HDTV, for example, or connect to a keyboard, mouse, speakers and HDMI-compatible monitor at your desk.3. Android TVForget Google TV, try Android TV! OK, maybe not. It’s far too early to call this the “best of CES” (oops, headline edit?), but it’s definitely interesting. While not ready for primetime, the 32-inch RCA RLC3291 TV runs a skinned version of Android (2.2), including a few apps like a weather widget and Picasa for now, though app icons for Facebook and YouTube were present as well. The TV supports Flash and offers remote-friendly navigation, too.Although still in development, RCA was telling press the TV would launch in April 2011. We’ll reserve judgement until then. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Tags:#Android#mobile#news Image credit: Engadgetlast_img read more