100 additional hospital beds to cope with winter surge

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Advertisement Print Previous articleReport sets out ambitious vision for Limerick’s Directly Elected MayorNext articleDebenhams workers continue protest as premises goes on sale David Raleigh More than 100 beds are being fast-tracked at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) to deal with an expected surge in Covid-19 and flu cases this winter.Figures released to the Limerick Post by the UL Hospitals Group reveal that 111 beds are coming on stream, with at least 100 of them scheduled to be opened by the end of December.The additional bed capacity has been steadily opening at UHL since August and this includes 20 single room beds in a new 24-bed unit; seven single rooms in a new 14-bed block, with the remaining seven to open this week.A 60 single room bed block is to be opened before the end of the year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick Post has learned that a further 13 beds will re-open in the coming weeks as part of an ongoing refurbishment of older beds in the hospital.Last Friday, the Group closed a 68-bed Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) at the University of Limerick Sports Arena, which was opened last June to care for non-Covid patients, thus freeing up bed spaces at UHL.The Group said it reached an agreement with UL for use of the Sports Arena until November 27, but that it always planned to hand back the facility when the additional bed capacity at UHL became available”.“We decided that rather than starting new patients on a rehabilitative journey that would be interrupted in two weeks, the remaining patients would transfer to our hospitals and staff would initially deploy to new beds at UHL in line with the overall plan”.As of September 16, there were approximately 84 whole time equivalent staff deficits, or 4.8 per cent of UHL’s nursing workforce, not including temporary vacancies.The UL Hospitals Group said closing the ICF “so slightly ahead of schedule, was the correct decision and was unrelated to current staffing deficits”.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD, Willie O’Dea told the Limerick Post he believed closing the ICF was a risk, citing concerns about seasonal pressure on hospital bed capacity during winter months.“It is a risk, there’s no doubt. I hope their prediction works out for everybody’s sake, particularly for the patients sake,” he said.center_img Linkedin Email Facebook NewsBreaking news100 additional hospital beds to cope with winter surgeBy David Raleigh – October 29, 2020 386 last_img read more

Roadway safety encouraged during harvest season

first_img Facebook Previous articleMichigan taxpayers targeted in recent scamNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Sept. 22-25 Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Facebook Roadway safety encouraged during harvest season WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img By Brooklyne Beatty – September 18, 2020 0 250 Pinterest (Source: https://goo.gl/oITH4k License: https://goo.gl/OOAQfn) Harvest season is almost here, and the Indiana Department of Agriculture is asking Hoosier drivers to be on the lookout for farm equipment.According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 farm equipment vehicles were involved in 98 crashes across the U.S., two of which were fatal.Farm equipment must have the national designated slow-moving vehicle sign, a red triangle-shaped reflector, to warn approaching drivers to slow down. These vehicles often travel at speeds no higher than 25 mph.Farm equipment during harvest season could include tractors, combines, grain carts, grain wagons and large trucks.When attempting to pass farm equipment, drivers are encouraged to look for oncoming traffic, don’t tailgate and pass only in passing zones. TAGScrashequipmentfarmharvesthoosierIndianaroadwaysseason Twitter Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Seniors discern futures, pursue religious life

first_imgAfter founding the Congregation of the Holy Cross, Blessed Basil Moreau, along with other priests and brothers, landed in southern Indiana in 1841. The group trekked to South Bend in 1842, where they cleared the trees, dredged the lake to create two and began creating “brother bricks” in the river, Fr. Neil Wack, director of vocations for the Congregation of the Holy Cross, said.“This University was built on the blood, sweat and tears of the Holy Cross brothers, and also the priests,” Wack said. “[Moreau] had the idea of being the family of the Holy Cross under one founder, Blessed Fr. Moreau, with his charism, ‘educate the mind and the heart, but never educate the mind at the expense of the heart.’”Though many students pass Corby Hall and Moreau Seminary — two buildings used by the successors of the brothers who laid the bricks of several buildings on campus — without even knowing what they are used for, the buildings hold deep significance to seniors such as Ryan Kerr and Brian Vetter. Kerr and Vetter plan to enter religious life after graduation with the Congregation of Holy Cross.For a year following Commencement, Kerr, Vetter and others will enter a year of formation with the Congregation of the Holy Cross. The year of formation is a time in which those who are called to religious life take classes, pray and further discern their vocations, Wack said.In order to be accepted, Kerr and Vetter, as well as other applicants, underwent a vigorous orientation process. The process includes a lengthy application, interviews, psychological evaluations and a spiritual autobiography in the vein of St. Augustine’s confessions, Wack said.“We ask that they come and see for a weekend to see what life is like in the community, go to class, go to mass, go to prayer and just to hang out and see if this feels like home, a community where you can live and die with,” he said.Wack said Notre Dame prepares men and women entering religious life and way of thought through the theology and philosophy requirements, and — perhaps more importantly — the environment.“Our charism is ‘educators of the faith, educators of the hearts,’” he said. “A big part of how we do that is by living where we work … we live with the students, which is kind of unusual. … We get the opportunity to serve in a different way, they get the opportunity to experience the religious life and the priesthood in a different way and see us as being something more than far away, unapproachable and — heaven forbid — uninteresting.”Kerr, who majored in theology and English with minors in constitutional studies and business economics, lived in his dorm, Keough Hall, for all four years as an undergraduate. Kerr said he has been in touch with the Holy Cross vocations director sine his sophomore year of high school.“I went back and forth between religious life and married life and different kinds of religious life,” he said. “For a long time I thought I would be in a more contemplative order — a Benedictine community.”However, his experiences in his dorm, namely with his rector, Fr. Pat Reidy, and Wack — who has lived in Keough for the last two years — gave him a greater understanding of Holy Cross and helped him realize his calling more fully, Kerr said.Kerr and Reidy both moved into Keough in the same year, when Reidy had not yet been ordained a deacon. Kerr was able to see Reidy take his final vows with Holy Cross, Kerr said, as well as witness him perform his ministries as rector.“One hundred and fifty of us were at his ordination, and I think that that sparked something really significant for me that I couldn’t replace,” Kerr said.Noting that the Catholic culture and dorm community on campus had the biggest impact on the realization of his vocation, Kerr said the education he received in his undergraduate years at Notre Dame has been equally beneficial in preparation.“Being in the theology department, some things really changed my spiritual life that I learned in class,” he said. “And within the English major, I was able to learn to engage in things that I wasn’t used to, in a way that I wasn’t used to and articulate myself in a new way.”Members of the Congregation of the Holy Cross live in community wherever they work, Wack said, be it a soup kitchen or a university such as Notre Dame. Kerr said this aspect of it drew him to the congregation.“Holy Cross is known for its fraternity and community — for Holy Cross, it’s kind of like their hallmark,” Kerr said. “I ended up being drawn in by that and realized that God had been working through my life pretty actively, through my stubbornness to get me here. Even just wanting to go to Notre Dame was part of God calling me to [the] Holy Cross community. When I was 10, I decided I was going to Notre Dame, and I kind of lived my life to that end.”The fraternity that attracted Kerr to the community also appealed to Vetter, who majored in science pre-professional studies and theology, and has lived in Alumni Hall for the past four years, which he said greatly influenced his decision to join the congregation.“I wouldn’t be joining Holy Cross without the awesome community of Alumni Hall,” Vetter said. “Throughout my discernment, I realized that my most authentically joyful moments have taken place when I have been in community with my Alumni Hall brothers. For four years I have lived with a large group of guys who — because of our strong emphasis on community and identity — manage to accept and love one another in the midst of our flaws and wide-ranging personalities and lifestyles.”Vetter said this community taught him more about himself and how to live his own life.“This has taught me how to love, and has drawn out my best self,” he said. “I’ve learned that this is a charism that flows directly from the religious life of Holy Cross. If I want to be my best self and cultivate a close relationship with God, I need a strong community to support me.”Echoing Kerr, Vetter spoke of his discerning process and time at Notre Dame as an overall positive experience, and advised all students to keep an open mind about their vocations.“Discerning a vocation to the priesthood has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, but it has been an experience of profound joy,” he said. “The more I have opened my heart to it, the more peace and joy I have experienced. So be open and never forget to pray for an open heart, because without prayer it won’t be possible.”Tags: Alumni Hall, Community, Congregation of the Holy Cross, Keough Hall, priesthood, religious life, vocationslast_img read more

Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 odds, pick, prediction, betting trends & prop bets

first_imgThe encore to arguably the biggest fight of 2019 take place this weekend when Andy Ruiz Jr. defends his IBF, WBA (super) and WBO heavyweight titles against former unified champion Anthony Joshua in their highly anticipated rematch on Saturday, Dec. 7 at ​the Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Here’s a complete betting guide for Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua with updated odds, trends and our prediction to win. Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearAndy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 oddsFighterOddsAndy Ruiz Jr.+175Anthony Joshua-205Sportsbooks have installed Joshua as a shocking sizable favorite, according to Bet Online. The logical theory is that oddsmakers are looking at the first fight back in June, in which Ruiz scored four knockdowns, including two in the seventh and final round to pull off the upset, as a fluke. Joshua is trending at a -205 favorite, which means you’d need to wager $205 to win $100. The champion is +175, meaning you’d win $175 if you bet $100. After a bit of fluctuation when Joshua initially opened as a -300 favorite, odds for the Englishman went as high as -325 before tumbling to as low as -200. With the fight getting closer, more people started placing money on Joshua and the number rose to -220.The odds of Ruiz retaining his belts, like Joshua, were like a roller coaster; they were initially at plus +250 and went as high as +265. But unlike Joshua, those odds kept dropping, with more people feeling that Ruiz can do what he did six months ago.Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 prop betsHeading into this monstrous clash between two of the best heavyweights in the world, there are three intriguing prop bets you should keep on as the fight inches closer.First, the over/under of total rounds is currently set at 7.5 rounds. Remember, the first fight ended slightly above this number at 1:33 of the seventh round. That’s only three seconds, and this is a heavyweight title fight. The chances of it ending quickly are better than all of the divisions because of the size of the men, and they hit much harder. Another one — and it is quite puzzling — is Ruiz repeating his performance and finishing off Joshua inside the distance, which is coming in at +290. Out of his 33 wins, Ruiz has won 22 of them by knockout. To me, it shows the public is feeling Ruiz is more James “Buster” Douglas than a legitimate, top-tier heavyweight, and with more time to prepare, Joshua will figure it out and get the job done. Lastly, Joshua winning a decision is at +280. Joseph Parker is a common opponent between Joshua and Ruiz. Ruiz suffered the lone loss on his resume to the Kiwi in December 2016, and Joshua gave Parker the first loss of his career, winning by unanimous decision in March 2018 to add the WBO title. The best path to victory for Joshua is what he did in the Parker contest, and that’s fight on the outside, pop the jab, and when you see an opening, then come in with power shots. It isn’t like the 30-year-old suffered a flash KO. From the third round to the time of the stoppage, Ruiz battered Joshua around with his quick hands and better boxing acumen. If he’s gunshy about getting into another slugfest because of what happened in the first bout and wants to make it a boxing match, so be it.Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearThree trends to know1. The last fights for Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) and Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) were against each other, with the 30-year-old from California becoming the first boxer of Mexican descent to become heavyweight champion. 2. The rematch is taking place in Saudi Arabia, at the newly constructed Diriyah Arena. The site was a surprise to many. Joshua had it stipulated in the contract for the sequel that he would determine when and where the rematch would take place.The prevailing thought had been it would take place in Joshua’s home country of England at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, and have the comfort of being at home or because the first battle took place at Madison Square Garden in New York and Joshua would want to right the wrong and exorcise his demons there. However, the script was flipped and the Middle Eastern country was chosen to host the first significant fight the region has ever seen.3. The bout is closer than anyone thinks. People tend to forget how skilled both guys are, only looking at what happened back in June. They only had five weeks to prepare due to Jarrell Miller being pulled after failing a litany of drug tests. Three things to watch1. The biggest thing heading into the fight that fans are wondering about is Ruiz’s physique and if it will help him. Pictures and videos of him appear to show he lost weight. That’s something Ruiz emphasized coming in, as he wanted to shed around 14 pounds to help with his cardio after he weighed 268 pounds for the first tilt. Watching him at his open workout on Tuesday, Ruiz succeeded at his goal. But will it equate to a better performance in the ring?2. Another significant factor to watch out for is how Joshua approaches the rematch. After the loss, Joshua was in hiding for almost a week, thinking about what happened and what went wrong. During fight week and the duration of the battle in the ring, Joshua appeared to be too relaxed and acted like he was taking a stroll at the park without a worry in the world. Now, his career is on the line. Supreme focus is of the utmost importance. The smiling and nonchalant attitude needs to be out the window and can come back when the bout concludes. If not, it will be a more tranquil night for Ruiz, and the end of Joshua as a legitimate heavyweight is out the window.3. While the location of the fight in Saudi Arabia has been a topic of conversation among the public, how it affects Ruiz and Joshua is unknown. Both arrived in ample time to get themselves acclimated to the time zone and the conditions. The temperature is expected to be in the high 50s by the time they make their walk to the ring at 3:45 p.m. ET. You truly won’t know how it plays a factor until after first round ends. You will get to see how they are moving and their body language. Athletes handle fighting in new places differently. Look at how Joshua fought in the U.S. for the first time. What was the end result? For Joshua’s sake, he better have learned to go about everything differently.This is Ruiz’s first time fighting outside the U.S. How does he handle the pressure of now being the heavyweight champion and making his first title defense in a foreign country? Will he be comfortable in a new environment.Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearRuiz vs. Joshua predictionContrary to the odds, this is a hard fight to pick a winner. Logic would lean toward Joshua because he did take the initial bout on five weeks’ notice while Ruiz was coming right off a fight and didn’t take any time off in between to put on a fantastic performance and pull off the monumental upset.Did Joshua work on his game enough to fix the flaws? If he did, it will be an easy night at the office. You don’t win an Olympic gold medal if you lack intelligence and the willingness to adapt to get better at your craft. I feel Joshua is going to play it safe by flicking the jab on the outside and making it a boxing match for 12 rounds. Why get into another firefight when it didn’t work out so well the first time?Ruiz has a great chance of winning. With the weight loss, that will give him better cardio and better movement in the ring that should help him if the fight heads into the later rounds. Combine those factors with his quick hands and we could easily see the same result.Playing it safe isn’t always the sexiest route to go, but showing the world you are more than a slugger will enhance Joshua’s arsenal in the future, gain his confidence, and most importantly, recapture three heavyweight title belts.  The fight will have its moments of excitement, but it’s going to go the distance and Joshua will get his titles back. Trilogy fight anyone?SN pick: Anthony JoshuaBest wager: Fight goes the distance (Bet Online, +250)last_img read more