2,000 fewer on live register

first_imgEmail Linkedin TAGSCentral Statistics Office (CSO)KilmallocklimerickLive RegisterNewcastle Westunemployment Advertisement Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace”  MORE than 2,000 people in Limerick city and county came off the Live Register over the past year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, which show that there are now 15,662 Limerick people claiming unemployment benefits.There are 11,537 people signing on in Limerick city, 2,247 in Newcastle West and 1,878 in Kilmallock.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Some 2,200 of those signing on are aged 25 or under, and 1,233 of those were men.The number signing on in the city fell by about 1,400 compared to July 2014;  this dropped by nearly 400 each in Kilmallock and Newcastle West.The number of women aged under 25 signing on in Limerick increased by nearly 100 since the start of the year.Altogether 30,340 people were signing on in the Mid West in July of this year, among a total of 343,100 people nationwide. News2,000 fewer on live registerBy John Keogh – August 20, 2015 711 Printcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleJason’s final wish is grantedNext articleFree college place for Limerick asylum seeker student Anna John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Soft robotic arm acts as extension of human hand

first_imgThe human arm can perform a wide range of extremely delicate and coordinated movements, from turning a key in a lock to gently stroking a puppy’s fur. The robotic “arms” on underwater research submarines, however, are hard, jerky, and lack the finesse to be able to reach and interact with creatures such as jellyfish or octopuses without damaging them.Previously, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and collaborators developed a range of soft robotic grippers to more safely handle delicate sea life, but the devices still relied on hard, robotic submarine arms that were difficult to maneuver into various positions.Now, a new system built by scientists at the Wyss Institute, Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Baruch College, and the University of Rhode Island (URI) uses a glove equipped with wireless soft sensors to control a modular, soft robotic “arm” that can flex and move with unprecedented dexterity to grasp and sample fragile creatures. The research is published in Scientific Report.“This new soft robotic arm replaces the hard, rigid arms that come standard on most submersibles, enabling our soft robotic grippers to reach and interact with sea life with much greater ease across a variety of environments and allowing us to explore parts of the ocean that are currently understudied,” said first author Brennan Phillips, an assistant professor at URI who was a postdoctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute and SEAS when the research was completed.The apparatus Phillips and his colleagues developed features bending, rotary, and gripping modules that can be added or removed easily to allow the arm to perform different types of movements — a significant benefit, given the diversity of terrain and life in the ocean. Other improvements over existing soft manipulators include a compact, yet robust, hydraulic control system for deployment in remote and harsh environments. The whole system requires less than half the power of the smallest commercially available deep-sea electronic manipulator arm, making it ideal for use on manned undersea vehicles, which have limited battery capacity.,The arm is controlled wirelessly via a glove equipped with soft sensors that is worn by a scientist, who controls the arm by moving his or her wrist and the grippers by curling his or her index finger. Those movements are translated into the opening and closing of various valves in the system’s seawater-powered hydraulic engine. Different types of soft grippers can be attached to the end of the arm to allow it to interact with creatures of varying shape, size, and delicacy, from hard, brittle corals to soft, diaphanous jellyfish. Related The first autonomous, entirely soft robot ‘Aliens’ of the deep captured Soft robot helps the heart beat “The currently available subsea robotic arms work well for oil and gas exploration, but not for handling delicate marine life — using them is like trying to pick up a napkin with a metal crab claw,” said co-author David Gruber, a professor of biology at Baruch College, CUNY,  a National Geographic Explorer, and former Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2017-18). “The glove control system allows us to have much more intuitive control over the soft robotic arm, like how we would move our own arms while scuba diving.”The robotic arm and gripper system was field-tested from a three-person submarine in the unexplored deep-sea ecosystems of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago in Brazil. It was able to interact with or collect mid-water and deep-sea organisms such as a glass sponge, a sea cucumber, a branching coral, and free-floating bioluminescent tunicates. Different modules were quickly and easily swapped into the arm to better maneuver the grippers, or, in the case of any one module being damaged, without needing to dismantle the entire arm.,“This low-power, glove-controlled soft robot was designed with the future marine biologist in mind, who will be able to conduct science well beyond the limits of scuba and with a comparable or better means than via a human diver,” said Robert Wood, a senior author of the paper who is a founding core faculty member of the Wyss Institute as well as the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS.The researchers are continuing to refine their designs and are incorporating noninvasive DNA and RNA sampling capabilities into the actuating units of the arm system, with the goal of being able to capture fragile sea creatures, experiment on them in an “underwater laboratory,” and release them unharmed.Insights from this work could potentially have value for medical device applications as well.Additional authors of the paper include Kaitlyn Becker, Griffin Whittredge, Daniel Vogt, Clark Teeple, and Michelle Rosen from the Wyss Institute and SEAS; Shunichi Kurumaya from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan; and Vincent Pieribone, director of the John B. Pierce Laboratory, professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, and vice chairman of OceanX.This research was supported by an NSF Instrument Development for Biological Research Award, the National Geographic Innovation Challenge, and OceanX/The Dalio Foundation. Sleeve attaches directly around the heart Folding polyhedron sampler enables easy catch and release of delicate underwater organisms Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed ‘octobot’ has no electronics last_img read more

4-H Lifetime Achievement 2017

first_imgEach summer, thousands of children experience summer camp through Georgia 4-H’s camping programs. Those programs are possible because of the dedication of leaders like Ted Jenkins and his wife, Gerrye Jenkins, who are the recipients of the 2017 Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award.The couple spent nearly two decades ensuring that 4-H’ers and counselors had fun, safe camp experiences that they would cherish throughout their lives. Ted Jenkins, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist, led the Georgia 4-H summer camp programs from 1980-1997. Gerrye Jenkins served alongside him.The couple will be honored at the Georgia 4-H Gala on Aug. 12 in Atlanta.“Summer camp has been one of the core areas of the University of Georgia’s 4-H program since the 1920s,” said Arch Smith, Georgia’s state 4-H leader. “Ted and Gerrye led this program for 17 years and kept our 4-H camping program among the best in the nation. Their positive impact on the tens of thousands of children who camped at the Georgia 4-H centers was only exceeded by the influence they had on the 500-plus summer camp counselors they mentored during their years as leaders of the program.”The Jenkinses, who are well-known throughout the 4-H camping program for their dedicated service, continue to advocate for the organization by attending meetings and banquets, serving in advisory roles and donating funds for project competitions. “We were very surprised and honored that the committee felt we are deserving of the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Ted Jenkins. “As the first pair to receive this recognition, the ‘pairing’ seems only fitting.”“When we consider our life, both in marriage and the workplace, we’ve always been devoted to teamwork,” said Gerrye Jenkins. “Our motto has always been, ‘All for one and one for all.’”Nominees for the lifetime achievement award must have made significant contributions to Georgia 4-H, including service as a leader, faculty or staff member, donor or adviser. The Jenkinses have served in all of these roles at one time or another and continue to give back to the organization as volunteers.Natives of Arkansas, the couple moved to Georgia in the early 1970s after both received degrees from the University of Arkansas. Ted Jenkins initially served as a UGA Extension agent in Wayne County from 1974-76 and then returned in 1980 as the Georgia 4-H camping coordinator.As part of an organizational restructuring, Ted Jenkins was the first program coordinator for all of the camping programs at Georgia 4-H centers, which included the Rock Eagle, Fulton, Tybee Island and Wahsega 4-H centers. He maintained oversight of fiscal and facility management at the Fulton, Tybee Island and Wahsega 4-H centers.After assisting in the establishment of the Jekyll Island 4-H Center in 1983, that center was also added to Ted Jenkins’ purview.During his time as camping coordinator, the high ropes challenge course, a Fourth of July community fireworks show and a water slide at Rock Eagle 4-H Center were the leading improvements to the summer camping program. Additionally, Ted Jenkins took steps to increase participation numbers by marketing the camps through promotional brochures and videos.Gerrye Jenkins, a noted public school teacher, served for 35 years in many roles, including gifted and special education and counseling. Twenty of those 35 years were spent in the Putnam County, Georgia, school system, where she spent her summers helping camp counselors lead program activities for nearly 1,000 campers each week.The couple fondly remembers their days serving the Georgia 4-H camping program. They still give back by hosting leadership counselors for dinner at their home, just a few minutes down the road from the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. They attend the Winter Counselor Reunion Banquet to present an annual scholarship to an outstanding counselor as well as the State 4-H Congress banquet in Atlanta as representatives of the Master 4-H Club.“Every counselor who worked under Mr. Ted and Miss Gerrye was truly blessed to have them be a part of that counselor’s life,” said Ken Jones, co-chair of the 2017 Georgia 4-H Gala and one of a group who nominated the couple for the award. “They were not merely our bosses, but our friends, and to a certain extent, they were our second set of parents. Their direction, advice and mostly love and infectious support were directly channeled through us to the thousands of campers who went through the program each summer. This award is justly warranted. It puts them at the top of Georgia 4-H’s great leaders and supporters.”The Jenkinses were part of the inaugural committee for the Georgia 4-H Gala in the early 2000s and have been active participants since that time.For more information about the 2017 Georgia 4-H Gala, including sponsorships and ticket sales, visit www.georgia4hfoundation.org. Proceeds from the event help support UGA Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program, the state’s largest youth leadership organization that reaches over 170,000 young people annually.last_img read more

Two Michigan swans have avian flu; experts quell concerns

first_imgAug 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) –The federal government announced today that two swans in Michigan tested positive for both the H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes, but initial genetic sequencing suggests that it is a low-pathogenic type rather than the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain spreading through birds in Asia, Europe, and Africa and causing deaths in humans.Ron DeHaven, chief veterinary officer for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), said at a media briefing today that the birds appeared healthy and normal and were part of a group of 20 nonmigratory, resident mute swans that were sacrificed and tested on Aug 8 as part of a population reduction plan at a game area on Lake Erie in southeast Michigan.Bill Raub, science advisor to the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said the findings should not cause alarm. “There is no threat to human health, and there is no cause for any special actions,” he said. “This is a matter of wildlife biology.”On Aug 9 the samples were tested at Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, part of the USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network, where tests confirmed the presence of an H5 avian influenza virus. The samples were then sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, which is the only national reference laboratory that can confirm the H5N1 virus.Confirmatory tests at the NVSL lab showed the presence of an H5 virus along with an N1 subtype; however, experts aren’t sure if the birds were infected with two separate avian influenza strains or if the findings represent low-pathogenic H5N1. Testing began at the NVSL on Aug 12 to further characterize the virus, and results are expected in about 2 weeks.An analysis of genetic sequences at the NVSL has already suggested that the avian influenza virus in the swans is similar to the low-pathogenic avian flu virus identified previously in North America. Routine sampling in wild ducks in the United States showed evidence of low-pathogenic H5N1 in 1975 and 1986. The virus has also been detected in Canada as recently as 2005.”These results are not unexpected in a given surveillance activity,” DeHaven said at the media briefing.Sue Hazeltine, associate director of biology for the US Geological Survey at the Department of the Interior (DOI), said the agency has taken 8,000 wild bird samples since early June. About 4,000 were from dead birds taken by subsistence hunters in Alaska, and the rest were from live birds. “Less than 2% have shown avian influenza of any type, which is standard and what we would expect to find across the country at any point,” she said. None have tested positive for low-pathogenic H5N1.DeHaven said there is no reason to believe the swans had any connections to any commercial poultry operations, and the findings do not provide a basis for any country to impose any trade restrictions on the United States.On Aug 9 the USDA and the DOI announced they are expanding wild bird monitoring for H5N1 avian influenza beyond Alaska in partnerships with the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands. Surveillance in Western states in the Pacific flyway during late summer and fall will coincide with the southward migration of birds that have been exposed to Asian species this summer in the Arctic. Surveillance in Alaska has been under way since summer 2005.See also:Transcript of Aug 14 USDA/DOI briefing on Michigan swansAug 14 USDA fact sheet on low pathogenic vs high pathogenic H5N1 avian influenzaDec 20, 2005, CIDRAP News article: ” H5N1 avian flu viruses: What’s in a name?”Aug 10 CIDRAP News article: “US’s wild bird H5N1 monitoring expands beyond Alaska”last_img read more