Something brown and smelly is coming from the kitchen tap

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Previous articleLimerick woman rescued from bridge over River ShannonNext articlePregnant Limerick mother died after hospital release Alan Jacques Print WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivillefeaturedIrish WaterlimerickWater Charges center_img Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Michael Mulcahy with a sample of the water from his tap in Kennedy Park.Picture: Keith WisemanMichael Mulcahy with a sample of the water from his tap in Kennedy Park.Picture: Keith Wiseman“THE smell off it was putrid, it was like faeces.”This was the description of the gunky water coming from the kitchen tap of Kennedy Park resident Michael Mulcahy this Tuesday afternoon.According to the 56-year-old, who lives on an invalidity pension at his home on the Galvone Road, this is the second time in less than a week that his tap water has turned this murky colour. He turned on his tap around midday and was overwhelmed by the “rancid” stink and pigmentation of the water.“This is not a joke. It happened last Thursday as well and about two months before that too. It is happening far too often. Something needs to be done about it.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “You should see the water in my tank in the attic. It is like brown shite. I also took a picture of a glass of water as it was coming out of the tap and it was filled with sediment. The stink off it was unbearable. It is just sickening. I certainly wouldn’t drink the water coming out of the taps.“I let the tap run for about ten minutes and the yellow colour eventually ran out of the water. I had clothes in the washing machine at the time and they were destroyed. The smell was disgusting. I had to put more washing powder in the machine and wash them all over again.Mr Mulcahy, who is opposed to water charges, said he didn’t call Irish Water to register his complaint as he feared this would be misconstrued as him signing up for the utility’s services.“I definitely have no intention of paying water charges. I am totally against them. The water up here is undrinkable and people are sick of the shite that is coming through the taps. It has to be a serious health hazard,”  he suggests.Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville is now urging anyone having difficulties with Irish Water, but who do not want to contact them directly, to get in touch with him.“I have contacted Irish Water and it seems that repairs were being carried out on the network in Kennedy Park that resulted in the water being contaminated. However, if water works leave the water undrinkable, the residents should at least be warned about this. It is not good enough for people to turn on their taps and find undrinkable, contaminated water,” he said.A statement from Irish Water said that they try to resolve all customer issues in a timely and efficient manner.“However, if we are not made aware of issues it makes investigating them difficult. Customers with any issues in relation to their water supply should contact our contact centre on 1890 278 278.“We are undertaking a national investment programme to address the acknowledged deficiencies in the country’s water infrastructure. €340 million was invested in improving water and wastewater services in 2014 and over €363 million during 2015,” the statement concluded. NewsLocal NewsSomething brown and smelly is coming from the kitchen tapBy Alan Jacques – March 3, 2016 1029 Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Pollinator Decline

first_imgAvoid treating plants in bloom and use biorational insecticide options, such as horticultural oils; Bacillus thuringiensis (BT), a natural insecticide produced by the BT bacterium; and insecticidal soaps. A plan has been put into place in Georgia to protect honeybees in row crop agriculture. A 2014 University of Georgia economic impact study determined the annual value of pollination to Georgia at over $360 million. While many insects, such as flies, beetles, moths, butterflies and wasps, can be important pollinators, bees outperform them all because of their dietary need for pollen and nectar. Their hairy bodies carry pollen grains easily as they rapidly fly from flower to flower. Bumblebees and honeybees can be managed on a large scale suitable for the high-acreage pollination demands of modern agriculture. Wild bees are at least equally valuable as pollinators.The Georgia Pollinator Protection Plan, (found online at, includes guidelines for farmers to protect pollinators. President Barack Obama has launched a research action plan to address issues related to pollinators. His administration is encouraging federal agencies to take a leadership role through research granting, Environmental Protection Agency regulations, habitat preservation and development, insect research and more. Help protect pollinators by using the following integrated pest management (IPM) practices in your home landscape:1. Monitor insect pest populations to determine whether or not infestations require pesticide treatment.2. Reduce the use of pesticides by installing native plants that are beneficial to pollinating insects and are relatively pest-free.3. Use selective pesticides that have a minimal impact on nontarget species. This practice protects pollinators and conserves natural enemies. With reports of declining monarch butterfly populations and honeybee deaths, the plight of pollinators and other beneficial insects has been headlining the news for months now. The EPA now requires a “Protection of Pollinators” advisory box on certain agricultural pesticide labels. The bee hazard icon alerts users to read and learn the restrictions that protect bees and other insect pollinators. Establish more flowering plants, shrubs and trees that are native to Georgia and the Southeast. If possible, avoid applying systemic insecticides to the soil during or just prior to the plant’s blooming time. Many factors contribute to pollinator decline. Loss of habitat, loss of food source plants and the overuse of pesticides are all likely disrupting populations. Loss of habitat: Manicured lawns, clipped hedges and tidy, suburban landscapes are attractive, but they deprive beneficial insects of the habitats they need for reproduction and overwintering.Loss of sufficient flowering plants for forage: Exotic, non-native and cultivated hybrid flowers may not produce the pollen that insects need for protein or the nectar that bees, birds, butterflies and bats need for energy.Pesticide misuse: Pesticides may kill pollinators and beneficial insects, and some chemicals may be retained in the pollen that bees store to feed their young.last_img read more

H5N1-infected ducks may pose growing threat

first_imgJul 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A new study indicates that H5N1 avian influenza viruses are becoming less deadly to ducks, permitting them to carry the viruses for days or weeks and spread them to more susceptible birds and potentially to humans.The findings “suggest that the duck has become the ‘Trojan horse’ of Asian H5N1 influenza viruses,” says the report by an international team led by researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. “The ducks that are unaffected by infection with these viruses continue to circulate these viruses, presenting a pandemic threat.”The researchers experimentally infected ducks with various H5N1 viruses, most of them dating to 2003 and 2004. About half of the infected ducks survived while shedding the virus for as long as 17 days, according to the report, published online today by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Wild waterfowl are the natural hosts for influenza A viruses (including H5N1) and commonly carry them without getting seriously ill. But the report says the biology of H5N1 viruses changed dramatically in late 2002, when they acquired the ability to kill many waterfowl species. Since late 2003, the viruses have spread widely in East and Southeast Asia, killing or forcing the slaughter of tens of millions of chickens and ducks and also infecting more than 100 humans.The investigators, led by senior author Robert G. Webster of St. Jude’s, obtained samples of 14 H5N1 viruses isolated from chickens, ducks, and humans in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Indonesia, and Singapore. The majority of the samples dated from 2003 or 2004, but a few were from 1997 and 2001.After growing the viruses in chicken eggs, the researchers inoculated each type into two mallard ducks. Two uninfected ducks were added to the cage with the infected ducks 4 hours after inoculation. The ducks were observed for 21 days, and tracheal and cloacal swabs were taken every other day and tested for the virus. Viruses isolated on day 17 were used to inoculate more ducks, and the procedure was repeated.Six of the original set of 14 viruses were found to be highly pathogenic, meaning they killed at least one of the two ducks. All of the viruses were transmitted readily to the uninfected ducks.In previous studies, ducks usually shed highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses in feces for only 2 to 5 days, but in this study the ducks shed the 2003 and 2004 strains for 11 to 17 days. In contrast, 1997 and 2001 versions of the virus were shed for no more than 7 days. A further observation was that the 2003 and 2004 viral strains were shed primarily from the upper respiratory tract rather than in feces.To test whether viruses’ pathogenicity changed during the course of infection, the investigators inoculated uninfected ducks with four viral strains shed by the first set of ducks after 13 and 17 days of infection. Though the original viruses were highly pathogenic, the day-13 and day-17 isolates caused no signs of illness in previously unexposed ducks. However, when chickens were exposed to day-17 isolates of two viruses dating to 2003 and 2004, all of them died.”Our findings suggest a trend toward decreased pathogenicity of H5N1 viruses in ducks, although the small number of viruses and ducks tested (because of space constraints of the biosafety level 3+ facilities) precludes a firm conclusion,” the report says. In view of other evidence that H5N1 viruses isolated from healthy ducks can sicken chickens and mammals, “the duck may be resuming its role as a reservoir of H5N1 viruses, transmitting them to other bird species and potentially to mammals.”The authors add that low-pathogenic H5N1 infection in ducks may be much more common in Asia than is currently suspected. They recommend surveillance of healthy poultry throughout Asia to determine if the virus is endemic in domestic birds and to clarify the role of domestic ducks in its spread.”There is a real possibility that if these H5N1 viruses continue to circulate, further human infection will occur, increasing the potential for human-to-human transmission,” the authors warn.Hulse-Post DJ, Sturm-Ramirez KM, Humberd J, et al. Role of domestic ducks in the propagation and biological evolution of highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza viruses in Asia. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2005 Jul 26;102(30) [Abstract]last_img read more

1970s Brisbane castle sells under the hammer

first_img3/32 Kirkland Ave, Coorparoo sold under the hammer for $1.305 million.ONE of Brisbane’s more unusual properties has sold under the hammer for $1.305 million.The 1970s ‘Castello Romano’ home at Coorparoo is three levels of Art Deco meets European influence with a generous touch of mid-20th century design.Competing with the interior for attention is the rooftop pool with possibly the best views across Brisbane. The rooftop pool at 3/32 Kirkland Ave, Coorparoo.Five bidders registered at today’s auction of 3/32 Kirkland Ave, which opened with a vendor bid of $1 million. A good indication of the slow pace was a second vendor bid at $1.1 million before the process paused for negotiations. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago3/32 Kirkland Ave, CoorparooHarcourts Queensland chief auctioneer Mitch Peereboom worked some magic behind the scenes to lift the final sale price under the hammer to $1.305 million.“It ducked and weaved but Mitch, my auctioneer, was fantastic,” Harcourts Solutions Inner City’s Gabrielle Baker said. 3/32 Kirkland Ave, CoorparooMs Baker said the buyers are a couple who were very keen on the property from early in the marketing campaign.“They came in the first week we had the opens, I think, and had been back a couple of times since,” she said.“We knew they were committed and we got the result on the day which was amazing.”The sellers were an older couple who, after 17 years, planned to relocate to a new build within Coorparoo.center_img 3/32 Kirkland Ave, CoorparooMs Baker said she got an extra kick out of selling this style of home.“I’ve been doing this for 15 years and seen a few but that one is quite exceptional from an architect’s point of view,” she said.“I wish I had ten of them because I just love it, it’s lovely selling property like that.“It’d be nice to be known as the agent who appreciates architecturally interesting properties.”last_img read more