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Public consultation for Kilkee

first_imgNewsCommunityPublic consultation for KilkeeBy Guest Writer – June 17, 2013 703 Man dies in Limerick hospital after being taken from sea near Kilkee Advertisement Email Limerick Post Show | Kilkee prepares for Summer Beyond the neon runes WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A PUBLIC consultation will be held this Thursday (June 20) in relation to a draft 10-year improvement and economic development strategy for Kilkee in County Clare. Prepared by Clare County Council in association with Kilkee Town Council and various community groups concerned with the promotion and development of the town, the Draft Town Improvement & Economic Development Strategy 2013-2023 will remain on public display until August 1 while a public consultation will be held in the Kilkee Bay Hotel this Thursday from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. The draft blueprint, which is being themed as ‘Towards a Better Kilkee’, seeks to generate new employment opportunities in a town that has a 36% unemployment rate, promote the local tourism product and enhance the physical appearance of Kilkee.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick campaign for defibrillators in Kilkee center_img Previous articleForgotten treasures could hold key to fortuneNext articleThe week that was Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Nevsail fights to say afloat in Kilkee Limerick Post Show | Kilkee is open for business Linkedin Print Facebook TAGSKilkeePublic consultation Twitterlast_img read more

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Flu vaccine mostly went to priority groups, CDC says

first_imgMar 31, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccination coverage among people in high-risk groups this season was similar to levels in past years, signaling that the government’s effort to make the most of the limited vaccine supply paid off, federal health officials reported today.Two-thirds of the vaccine doses administered from the beginning of the flu season through January went to people in priority groups, whereas about half of all doses went to those groups in the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. The information appears in the Apr 1 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.In addition, the altruism of healthy adults who skipped their flu shots, “saving vaccine for people who need it more,” according to a phone survey, led to about 17.5 million doses being freed for people in priority groups, the CDC reports.”Despite an unexpected and substantial vaccine shortfall, coverage levels among adults in the original influenza vaccine priority groups were similar to historical demand . . . thereby suggesting the effectiveness of prioritization,” the article says.The nation lost about half of its anticipated flu vaccine supply last October because of contamination at a Chiron Corp. plant in the United Kingdom. The CDC responded by recommending that available doses go to people at increased risk for flu complications, including the elderly, healthcare workers with patient contact, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, children aged 6 to 23 months, people caring for babies younger than 6 months, and children on chronic aspirin therapy. (In late December, healthy people aged 50 to 64 and household contacts of people at high risk were added to the priority list, because of declining demand among other groups.)The findings come from the CDC’s nationwide Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) telephone survey. Because it was the first year certain questions about vaccination were used, the results had to be measured against findings in two other surveys, the 2003 National Immunization Survey (NIS) and the 2003 National Health Interview Survey (NIHIS). The CDC cautioned that only limited comparisons can be made among those surveys.Here’s how the 2004-05 BRFSS and 2003 NHIS findings on vaccination rates compared:Those aged 65 and older: 62.7% and 65.5%Healthcare workers with patient contact: 35.7% and 40.1%Pregnant women and people with chronic conditions: 25.5% and 34.2%Healthy people aged 18 to 64: 8.8% and 17.8%About 48.4% of children aged 6 to 23 months received flu shots this season, the first time the CDC formally recommended flu shots for that age-group. In addition, 34.8% of children aged 2 through 17 with high-risk conditions were vaccinated, which was much higher than the 12% coverage among children in that age-group who were not in a priority group.The Chiron vaccine woes didn’t affect vaccines for children younger than 2 years. But the outcome remains significant because it “suggests how quickly physicians and parents can adopt a new disease-prevention guideline,” the CDC says.”Despite the shortfall of inactivated influenza vaccine, the level of coverage achieved among those groups prioritized in 2004-2005 appears to be similar to historical coverage,” the report states. “Additional guidelines for prioritization of influenza vaccination in the event of a future influenza vaccine shortfall are in development and should assist with efforts to maximize the use of available vaccine.”Limitations of the BRFSS data include potential self-reporting error, exclusion of people without land-line telephones, exclusion of certain vaccine priority groups (i.e., institutionalized adults and adult caretakers of babies younger than 6 months outside the home), and exclusion of vaccinations that took place after the Feb 1-27 survey.CDC: Estimated influenza vaccination coverage among adults and children—United States, September 1, 2004–January 31, 2005. MMWR 2005 Apr 1;54(12):304-7 [Full text]last_img read more

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Sligo plays host to Irish action

first_imgPhoto: © pixabay.com The six-race card is dominated by chases as Sligo get two-day August meeting underway this evening.Seven horses have been declared for the feature BoyleSports Handicap Chase at 6.25 where Round Tower will carry top-weight.The action gets underway at 5.25.last_img

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Former Jets coach Walt Michaels, architect of Super Bowl 3 upset, dies at 89

first_img Redskins’ Josh Norman runs with bulls in Pamplona, Spain: It was ‘crazy’ “Walt never wavered in his belief that Don Shula was responsible for the uncovered field,” longtime Jets beat writer Rich Cimini tweeted in the wake of Michaels’ death.That turned out to be Michaels’ final game with the Jets; he resigned under pressure a short time after the loss.He  would go on to coach the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1984 and ’85, going 25-11 in two seasons. Walt Michaels, a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and former Jets head coach who was a key figure in one of pro football’s biggest upsets, died Wednesday, his daughter confirmed (via the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader). He was 89.Michaels, who played 11 seasons in the NFL, became a coach after his retirement as a player and was the Jets’ defensive coordinator in their stunning victory over the Colts in Super Bowl 3, the first time the AFL defeated the NFL in the young championship. Hue Jackson hopes to be an NFL head coach againcenter_img A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal country, Michaels never forgot his roots, as a player or coach.”His work ethic did come from this area,” said his daughter, Mary Ann. “My father understood what hard work was. He never missed work — no sick days and no personal days. He never forgot his roots.”Teammates and players alike respected that in Michaels.He spent most of his playing career with the Browns and was part of two NFL championship teams with Cleveland, which made it to the NFL title game five times during his stint with the team.Michaels left the Jets to become the Eagles’ defensive coordinator before returning in 1976 to New York, where he was promoted to head coach the next year.In six seasons as the Jets coach, he went 39-47-1 and presided over a “Gang Green” team whose defensive line grew to fame as “the New York Sack Exchange.” During his tenure, the Jets advanced to the AFC championship one time, after the strike-shortened 1982 regular season. New York suffered a controversial loss to the Dolphins, 14-0, in a game dubbed “The Mud Bowl.”The controversy sprung from the fact that the Dolphins never covered the Orange Bowl field during a 72-hour rainstorm that hit Miami ahead of the game. Field conditions limited Jets star running back Freeman McNeil and put the offensive onus on inconsistent quarterback Richard Todd as New York was held scoreless.Nearly four decades later, the Jets remain winless in AFC championships (0-4) and haven’t reached a Super Bowl since their historic win in January 1969. Ironically, Don Shula was the Colts coach in that game, and later as the Dolphins coach he’s the man Michaels blamed for the sloppy conditions in Miami in the ill-fated AFC title game. His defense held the 13-1 Colts to a lone touchdown in what became a 16-7 victory for Joe Namath and the Jets, who entered the game as 18-point underdogs.Michaels’ defenses — as a coordinator and later the Jets’ head coach — were a reflection of the man himself. Related Newslast_img read more