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Sick day increase for HSE staff following ‘no-show’ lecture from the Taoiseach

first_imgThe rate of sick days taken by HSE staff rose in December in the wake of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s controversial lecture on hospital workers’ absenteeism and annual leave over the festive period.Absenteeism rates across the health service increased that month to 4.8pc – up from 4.5pc in November.Mr Varadkar drew the wrath of health workers after he told the Dáil in early November that it was time the hospitals operated “at full whack” over the Christmas holiday period to try to control the trolley crisis.He also warned that consultants and nurses must not take their annual leave in the first fortnight in January. “No bed should be closed because people are on leave. The emergency department and medical consultants should be there,” he said.The Taoiseach’s comments came amid fears of another post-Christmas surge in trolley gridlock.Nurses’ and doctors’ unions accused him at the time of trying to divert from the real problems – the lack of beds and staff.The HSE’s figures for December show within hospitals the proportion of nurses on sick leave increased to 5.1pc, compared with 4.8pc in November. Sick day increase for HSE staff following ‘no-show’ lecture from the Taoiseach was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:An Taoiseach Leo VaradkarHSElast_img read more

Language Evolved from Whistling

first_imgMeet Bonnie, the whistling orangutan.  According to National Geographic News, she is giving evolutionary anthropologists something to talk about: the evolution of human language.  NG reported on a new theory: Lead author Serge Wich of the Great Ape Trust of Iowa, said orangutans in Indonesia have been seen pretending to wash clothes.  “We know they are capable of imitating these motor skills, but we never had any good indication of sounds for vocalization,” said Wich, who presented his research on December 18 during a symposium at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.    The next step is to study how flexible sound-learning is in apes and whether they can adjust their sounds—pitch and intonation, for instance—depending on the context, Wich said.    “Those things are very important because they give us clues to understanding the evolution of human speech,” he said.Charles Snowden of the University of Wisconsin, however, noted that Bonnie’s whistles are not as complex as those of some birds and dolphins.  “Until now there has been little evidence of direct imitation of vocalizations by a primate,” Snowden said.  “The really interesting question is why it is so difficult to find [more] good evidence of vocal imitation.”Everybody knows that birds evolved language from humans.  That’s why they parrot us.  Orangutans evolved whistling and clothes-washing from humans, too.  That’s why they ape us.    You’ll notice that the honorable, reliable, rational, scientific, enlightened National Geographic Society had no qualms about printing the latest Darwinian silliness.  Maybe they should stick to taking photos; that’s about all they brag about these days.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Planetary Youth Continues After Cassini

first_img(Visited 384 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The data gathering phase is over, but the data mining phase will continue for years. This entry also shares some news about other solar system objects showing youthfulness.Cassini lived long past its expiration date, gathering unprecedented data at Saturn for 13 years, and some Jupiter science en route. Spacecraft die, but data can live indefinitely. We can expect more surprises from the Saturn system as researchers mine the 635 gb of science data. Already, some 4,000 papers have been published. Here are some recent tidbits:Iapetus from Cassini (JPL PIA06166, 12/31/04)Formation of the bulge of Iapetus through long-wavelength folding of the lithosphere (Icarus). The closeups of an equatorial mountain range 12 miles high circling Iapetus continue to baffle physicists. Was it a collapsed ring? Did the moon rotate real fast long ago? Kay and Dombard have a new theory in this paper: a tectonic process rather than a rotational process. “A lithosphere with latitudinally variable thickness folds during an epoch of global contraction,” they propose. Their model requires a 30-degree temperature difference between the poles and the equator driven by decay of short-lived radioisotopes. Any unique structure, though, prompts philosophical questions about why it happened here and nowhere else.Close-up of equatorial ridge from Cassini (JPL, PIA08372, 9/10/07)Testing models for the formation of the equatorial ridge on Iapetus via crater counting (Icarus). In this paper, Dombard and two other colleagues try to establish a date for the formation of the equatorial ridge on Iapetus. After measuring 7,748 craters, they decided the ridge is young! This will ‘impact’ theories of formation of the mountain range. Guess which theory seems favored now? Spike Psarris would chuckle: another lucky impact brought in to rescue billions of years.Comparison of the crater size-frequency distributions show that the crater distribution on the ridge appears to be depleted in craters larger than 16 km with an abruptly enhanced crater population less than 16 km in diameter up to saturation. One possible interpretation is that the ridge is a relatively younger surface with an enhanced small impactor population. Finally, the compiled results are used to examine each ridge formation hypothesis. Based on these results, a model of ridge formation via a tidally disrupted sub-satellite appears most consistent with our interpretation of a younger ridge with an enhanced small impactor population.Electrical and chemical coupling between Saturn and its rings (Swedish Institute of Space Physics). Electric rings? That’s cool. Using data from the Langmuir probe (part of the Radio and Plasma Wave Spectrometer instrument), Swedish scientists called the first results “surprising.” They have found that “there is a strong coupling, both chemically and electrically, between the atmosphere of Saturn and its rings.” Jan-Erik Wahlund said, “It is as though the small ice particles in the D-ring suck up electrons from the ionosphere.” Could that interaction continue for billions of years?Enceladus’s crust as a non-uniform thin shell: I. tidal deformations (Icarus). Mikael Beyeuthe is starting a series of papers trying to explain the geyser activity on Enceladus. “The geologic activity at Enceladus’s south pole remains unexplained, though tidal deformations are probably the ultimate cause,” he begins. What other force is there? He constructs a model of thin crustal shells to try to keep the geysers going. “The combination of crustal thinning and convection below the poles can amplify south polar stresses by a factor of 10, but it cannot explain the apparent time lag between the maximum plume brightness and the opening of tiger stripes.” Next he plans to explore the effect of non-uniform crust on tidal dissipation. He will probably find some way to keep the heat on, because as every planetary scientists knows in advance, this moon has to be 4.5 billion years old.Other Planetary NewsBright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity (JPL News). For those who expected this old asteroid to be cold and dead, “Ceres is surprisingly active.” In fact, Carol Raymond, deputy principal investigator of the Dawn mission, thinks it could still be active. “Geological processes created these bright areas and may still be changing the face of Ceres today,” she says. When cryovolcanoes can’t suffice, impacts can come in to rescue theories.Global radar map of Venus (JPL)Lava-filled blocks on Venus may indicate geological activity (Phys.org). The presence of grooves and grabens on Venus is causing a re-think about geological activity on Venus:For planetary scientists, Venus’s geologic heartbeat flat-lined around 700 million years ago.Now, a global view of some well-known deformation features on Venus’s surface may indicate it’s capable of crustal motion, and that motion might even be happening today, scientists reported Monday at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans.Formation, stratification, and mixing of the cores of Earth and Venus (Icarus). This is the paper that makes habitable planets far more rare, as we reported 12/13/17. Venus differs profoundly from Earth, not having a magnetic field, because it was not hit by a large impact that supposedly hit Earth to form the moon. The five scientists “hypothesize that the accretion of Venus is characterized by the absence of such energetic giant impacts and the preservation of its primordial stratifications.” How does that idea fit the other anomaly at Venus of global volcanism that has apparently erased 90% of its earlier history?Explosive volcanism on Mercury: Analysis of vent and deposit morphology and modes of eruption (Icarus). Another volcanic anomaly is Mercury. This planet should long ago have solidified, but it has large volcanic provinces. This trio of scientists, including veteran planetologist James Head, finds another case of surprising youth. “We find evidence for formation into relatively recent mercurian history,” they say.Evidence for youth among the planets and moons in our solar system is everywhere. For planetary scientists who cannot give up their belief in old things, we’ll help them with a new word. For something that looks young but must be old to keep secular materialism alive, call it yold.last_img read more

Hog farmers host chef competition at Annual Taste of Elegance

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chef Aaron Braun, Meadowlark Restaurant, took top honors at the Ohio Pork Council’s Taste of Elegance Chef Competition and Legislative Reception, earning the coveted Chef Par Excellence award. Braun was also awarded the People’s Choice award for the second consecutive year.Chef Broc Baltes, Mercy Health, was named Superior Chef, while Chef Tom Tiner, AVI Foodsystems, was selected as Premier Chef.This year, each of the three chefs prepared an appetizer and entrée featuring pork. Judging the event were Connie Surber, past OPC Board Member and longtime supporter of Ohio’s pork industry; Chef Todd McDunn, Resident Director of Food Services, Scotts Miracle-Gro Campus and five-time Taste of Elegance winner; and Greg Lestini, Attorney, Bricker and Eckler.A signature tradition of Taste of Elegance, guests received white gloves and a bone-in pork chop to begin the evening. After sampling assorted flavors of bacon, cheeses and appetizers, they were invited to taste samples from each of the chefs’ menus. Additionally, a selection of Ohio wines was offered by the Ohio Grape Industries while the Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cover Crop Beer was also served.The evening provides a unique opportunity for Ohio farmers to mingle with chefs who have prepared the fruit of their efforts — pork — in unique and exciting ways. Although many farmers have spent their lives raising pigs, few have had the opportunity to dine on what may be considered culinary delicacies.Pork chops, as well as the pork used by each of the chefs, were donated by J.H. Routh Packing Company in Sandusky, Ohio. Event sponsors included the Ohio Pork Council, Farm Credit Mid-America, J.H. Routh Packing Company, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Grape Industries, Ohio Soybean Council, PIC and United Producers, Inc.last_img read more

Twitter to Developers: Display Tweets Our Way Or Else

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts jon mitchell Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Instead of making apps that repurpose Twitter for anything other than what Twitter deems fit, Twitter wants developers to build new ways to use Twitter Cards, the multimedia boxes that can be displayed inside tweets. A less minimal, media-rich experience is what we should expect from Twitter going forward.center_img After months of anticipation, Twitter finally ripped off the Band-Aid Thursday and laid out the changes to how it shares data with developers. The message is as clear as ever: Twitter doesn’t want any client apps that aren’t made by Twitter itself. For those clients that are already out there, the changes will not destroy their business, but unfortunately, what the new guidelines will destroy is the possibility of Twitter streams being integrated into the rest of the Web.According to Twitter, in any client, “Tweets that are grouped together into a timeline should not be rendered with non-Twitter content. e.g. comments, updates from other networks.” Twitter’s Display Guidelines are now called Requirements. Apps that don’t meet the requirements can be cut off from the service.So everyone’s dream of using one app to pull in all the messages from the various social media silos we use is over. My dream of pulling App.net posts into the same place as Twitter, so I can participate in both networks, dashed. Twitter is just for Twitter, and every post in it has to look like this: Flipboard’s Twitter functionality is toast. That explains at least part of why CEO Mike McCue left Twitter’s board this month.The Future for Existing Twitter ClientsFor people who love an existing Twitter app, though, things will stay more or less the same.Currently third-party apps can have up to 100,000 users. Beyond that, they need special permission from Twitter (and traditional clients won’t get it). Clients that already have more than 100,000 users are allowed to grow up to 200% of their existing user base, and then they hit a hard limit – that’s the total number of unique users the app will ever be able to have.We can expect prices for existing Twitter apps to rise. And who can blame developers? Twitter has just put a limit on how many apps they can sell. They won’t be cut off, though, so Tweetbot users can take a little solace in that.For now, as long as tweets meet the Display Requirements, are the right shape and have all the right buttons in the right places, Twitter clients will be allowed to continue displaying them. But it’s not hard to imagine the next change down the line, which is for Twitter to hand clients its own, fully rendered tweets that can’t be customized.There are also some changes to the ways apps can call the service. They might put the squeeze on power users, but they’ll still work mostly fine.The Axis of TwitterIn the blog post announcing the changes, Twitter’s director of consumer product, Michael Sippey, illustrated the kinds of client applications Twitter wants and doesn’t want using a two-axis chart. There is one quadrant, the upper-right, where Twitter doesn’t want developers to build, as they’ve said for over a year. Those are the consumer apps for engagement with Twitter, including traditional Twitter clients and apps that syndicate content. Tags:#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Racela rues Tams’ poor defense vs hot-shooting Eagles

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ TNT posts 3rd straight win, beats Star For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ “With our record now, you’d want everyone to play better,” said Racela. “I want to see improvements. Good thing is the season is far from over so we still have time and there are still lots to work on.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU head coach Olsen Racela wasn’t pleased with his team’s defense in a loss to Ateneo on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University head coach Olsen Racela said his team’s lackadaisical defense is what cost them the game against Ateneo on Sunday.The Tamaraws lost, 94-82, and saw their record dip to 1-2 while the Blue Eagles remained at the top of the league with a 3-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES READ: Ateneo downs FEU for 3-0 start“We have to really improve defensively,” Racela told reporters. “We gave up too many points against Ateneo and when they shoot like that it’s really hard to stop, even in the PBA when teams shoot that much from the three-point area they’re pretty hard to stop.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAteneo started out on a blistering pace scoring seven triples in the first quarter alone and finishing the game hitting 12 out of 34 attempts. The Blue Eagles shot 50 percent from the field.Although it’s still early in the season, Racela said their win-loss record is a sign that they are still not in peak form. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more

Glossary

first_imgpower womenThis week was all about women. A gracious Sushma Swaraj in Parliament, Priyanka Chopra trying hard to be a diva in 7 Khoon Maaf, and Kangna Ranaut being effortlessly one in Tanu Weds Manu. It was the last big week of movies before cricket takes centrestage. All eyes are on the Oscars for now. Will Darcy finally get recognition at 50 if Colin Firth wins for The King’s Speech? Will the beautifully pregnant Natalie Portman be the white swan on stage? And yes, will A.R. Rahman win yet again?film reviewtanu weds manuGirl in a WhirlDirector Aanand L. RaiStarring Kangna Ranaut, R. MadhavanThe small town is spot on. The girls pick up dance moves from Nach Baliye, Learn English in 180 Days scream the hoardings in every marketplace, wedding guests drink whisky in steel glasses, everyone wears Kurt Cobain T-shirts without knowing about Nirvana, and important decisions are taken in the presence of the entire family, including the querulous grandmother on the khatiya. The boy from London is a straight arrow who has ticked all the must-do boxes of a successful professional. The girl from Kanpur is a romantic in love with the idea of rebellion. He falls for her. She is in love with someone else. So far so clich. But then the heroine’s friend is a spitfire, the hero’s friends are more than cardboard cutouts, and the parents are sweetly long suffering rather than overbearing. R. Madhavan gets a role worthy of his dreamboat status in the South though he does tend to look like the Incredible Bulk. Deepak Dobriyal’s foxy face conveys a wealth of sly and subtle emotion. Even the normally blah Jimmy Shergill does brooding well. But the star is undoubtedly Kangna Ranaut, who cusses, drinks Old Monk neat, smokes grass, and gets her boyfriend’s name tattooed on her chest. Her expressive face is always way ahead of her alarming diction but few films have done as much justice to girl power as Tanu Weds Manu. “Why make pacemakers,?? she says at one point to the hapless Madhavan, “when I serve that purpose??? Indeed as she dances to Kajra mohabbat wala, rides a motorbike, utters Amitabh Bachchan-worthy dialogues (“darti to main apne baap se bhi nahin hoon??), she shows why she is Jhansi ki Rani and Sarojini Naidu rolled into one. KBadvertisementjasmineNo longer a perfume but a revolution threatening China.Aww Preity Zinta ends the dry spell by signing a hard-hitting drama by Mahesh Manjrekar. It’s called White and it’s also a comeback of sorts for both.Wow Indians can’t get enough of weddings. With the new reality show, Shaadi 3 Crore Ki starting on February 28, it’s going to get bigger. The show will be hosted by Mona Singh and Ali Asgar.Mixed DoublesFirst it was a race to the divorce lawyer, then it became a race to the altar. Shvetha Jaishankar and Mahesh Bhupathi got remarried within days but not to each other. While Bhupathi finally married Lara Dutta after flaunting her for a while, Jaishankar chose a quieter wedding on February 20. The new man in her life? Raghu Kailas, an entrepreneur who runs a family business in Chennai. Now that the score is even, are they ready for a tie-breaker?Hear it for HairHair is quite a rage with these two, either growing it, or simply letting it grow. Harsha Bhogle, 50, has a brand new crop adorning his head. It’s a subject of much envy in the pre-World Cup show. But the growth on his pate is nothing compared to Shah Rukh Khan, 46, who looked dangerous in ponytail and peroxide in stills from the forthcoming Don 2.”Romance at 60? Buddy get to 60, you’ll find out. Romance is not always with the opposite sex.?? Amitabh Bachchan replying to twitterati who were surprised that he found a train level crossing romantic.What an ActShe debuted last year in the intense Madholal-Keep Walking, but it is in Tanu Weds Manu that Swara Bhaskar, 26, shines. As the Bihari girl who smokes weed, uses foul language, threatens to shoot her husband-to-be but finally conforms, the trained Bharatnatyam dancer is a twinkler. Flirting with her Sikh husband (played by tv star Eijaz Khan) and berating her kooky friend (Kangna Ranaut) with equal ease, she calls herself a “non-vegetarian actor??. “Give me meaty roles and I will be happy,?? says Bhaskar, whosefather is a strategic analyst and mother a cinema studies professor at jnu. Her inspiration? “Musical shows such as Super Hit Muqabala and Chitrahaar??. “I want to wear short skirts and dance around in Switzerland,?? says the Miranda House graduate in English literature. Ah.advertisementneil nitin mukeshactor”Bad has never been so good??Oh, how Bollywood suffers for its art. If Priyanka Chopra aged from 20 to 65 in 7 Khoon Maaf, Neil Nitin Mukesh, playing her first husband put on 7 kg and sported a prosthetic half leg. As Major Rodriguez, Mukesh abandoned his pretty boy looks. But then Vishal Bhardwaj has a habit of making his actors do his bidding. He had John Abraham injecting substances into his rippling forearms, Irrfan Khan slapping his beautous co-star around, Annu Kapoor climaxing onscreen and Naseeruddin Shah playing hooky with wild mushrooms. It doesn’t always work but the life of Susanna, the “meow si ladki??, is anything but uninteresting. Mukesh, 29, talks of how it was to go from suave to sneering in 7 Khoon Maaf.Q. Why did you agree to be one among so many husbands in a woman centric film?A. The character was extremely delicious for me to eat and I really liked it. Also it was a Vishal Bhardwaj film.Q. If you had a pick, which role would you have chosen?A.I was offered Major Rodriguez and the poet. I liked this one because he has so many layers.Q. The best thing someone has said about you?A. After Johnny Gaddar someone told me ‘bad has never been so good’.Q. Any further singing plans?A. I plan to record some of granddad’s songs with my father.with Priyanka Sood and Nishat Barilast_img read more