A spaceman comes travelling to Limerick

first_imgTwitter Cllr Kevin Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County welcomes space travel icon to Limerick, former NASA astronaut Alfred ‘Al’ Worden.Picture: Keith WisemanONE of only 24 astronauts to fly to the Moon visited the offices of Limerick City and County Council this week during his two-day trip to the Mid West.Former astronaut Alfred ‘Al’ Worden was welcomed to Merchants Quay by Cathaoirleach Cllr Kevin Sheahan. Mr Worden’s visit to Limerick also saw him host a lecture at LIT and attend a dinner in The Pavilion Restaurant at the University of Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Worden is one of five men and the only one still living who flew further from Earth than any others when their Apollo 15 command module travelled to the far side of the Moon in 1971. The Michigan native, now 82, was the Command Module pilot for the lunar mission, which also saw him perform the first deep-space EVA during Apollo 15’s homeward journey.In 2011, Worden’s memoir ‘Falling To Earth’ made the LA Times Bestseller list.Welcoming Mr Worden to Limerick, Cllr Sheahan said: “Al’s story is unique and his memories of his pioneering Apollo 15 mission remain as clear today as they did some 43 years ago. His visit to LIT and UL will no doubt inspire science students and those looking to fulfil their career goals, no matter how lofty they may be.”Cllr Sheahan also acknowledged Paul Ryan, a Ballybricken native and space enthusiast who invited Mr. Worden to visit Limerick. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsA spaceman comes travelling to LimerickBy Alan Jacques – September 19, 2014 817 WhatsApp Email Linkedin Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories center_img Previous articleRobin Williams’ tribute film Mrs Doubtfire supporting ADAPT servicesNext articleCompany undertakes to remove waste within 3 weeks. Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print TAGSAl WordenCllr Kevin SheahanlimerickLimerick City and County Council Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in recalled snack

first_imgJul 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The strain of Salmonella associated with 57 recent illnesses in 18 states has been found in a recalled snack called Veggie Booty, confirming interview-based evidence linking the product to the outbreak. Jun 29 CIDRAP News story “Snack implicated in 17-state Salmonella outbreak” The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced this week it had found Salmonella Wandsworth, a strain it said has not been implicated in a US foodborne outbreak before, in a sealed package of the snack. The outbreak prompted the snack’s manufacturer, Robert’s American Gourmet, based in Sea Cliff, N.Y., to issue a nationwide recall last week. Interviews with sick and well persons had previously pointed to consumption of Veggie Booty as the common factor among patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Jul 3 CDC press releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/wandsworth.htm The company said in a Jul 3 press release that preliminary independent tests suggested the vegetable seasoning is the likely source of the Salmonella, and that most of the components come from China, a country that has recently been implicated in several other product-contamination incidents. The company said the two recalled snacks are the only products that contain the seasoning. When the outbreak was announced last week, authorities said it involved 52 cases in 17 states. The Jul 3 CDC update reported 57 cases in 18 states.center_img Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, often with fever and abdominal cramps, within 12 to 72 hours after infection, the CDC said. Most people recover in 4 to 7 days without treatment, but elderly people, infants, and those with an impaired immune system may suffer severe illness. The FDA and CDC said the cases began in March. Almost all the illnesses were in children under age 10, with most of them in toddlers. Most of the patients had bloody diarrhea, and 10% were hospitalized, officials said. No deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates, known for 49 patients, ranged from Mar 4 to Jun 15. Veggie Booty is made of puffed rice and corn with a vegetable coating and is sold in flexible plastic foil bags in 4-ounce, 1-ounce, and half-ounce sizes. Last week the company recalled another snack, Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks, because the same vegetable seasoning is used in both products. The CDC said it was not aware of any illness cases related to Crunchy Corn Sticks. See also: In a Jul 3 statement, the CDC said the Minnesota lab had also found Salmonella in cultures from four other sealed Veggie Booty bags, but was still examining the isolates to see if they matched the outbreak strain.last_img read more

Tailoring investment strategies ‘can benefit members’, says Dutch regulator

first_imgDNB’s head office in AmsterdamAt the time, Wouter Koolmees, the minister for social affairs, said that a tailored investment approach would offer older members increased certainty, whereas younger members would carry the risk required for achieving returns for their future pension.Investments ‘made to measure’ would also help to reduce tensions between the generations, DNB said.The current Dutch pensions system does not take into account differences in the risk profiles of different age cohorts, as pension funds deploy a single and uniform investment policy for all age groups.New models for the Dutch systemThe DNB researchers examined both the current pension contract comprising collective accrual of pension rights, the envisaged new contract, and a contract with individual pensions accrual.In the wake of the agreement between the government and the social partners, a steering group is currently developing two new models for the Dutch pension system.One of these pension arrangements is to focus on a collective defined contribution accrual method without financial buffers or nominal guarantees. The DNB researchers said that an age-dependent investment approach to this variant would generate an additional pension value of up to 3%.The other alternative being considered by the steering group is based on individual pensions accrual combined with a collective benefits phase – the option favoured by the Dutch government.Combined with individual pensions accrual, a tailor-made approach would increase pension outcomes by up to 6%, according to the study.DNB attributed the benefits to a more efficient allocation of both equity and interest rate risk, which would reduce the exposure of the pensions of older participants to interest rate changes. DNB said that the study’s outcome confirmed the importance of bespoke investment strategies, as was referenced in the pensions agreement reached between the Dutch government and the social partners in June. Pension fund participants would benefit from investment strategies tailored to their age and risk capacity, a study by Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has concluded.An age-based, bespoke approach would deliver a higher and/or more stable pension for all participants under all available pension arrangements, DNB’s study found.Pension outcomes could be boosted by up to 6%, according to the regulator.The study – available here, in Dutch – was carried out by Damiaan Chen, Maurice Doll and Annick van Ool, and looked at age cohorts within pension fund populations.last_img read more