Ireland moves to Phase 2 of ‘accelerated’ Roadmap for Reopening Society…

first_imgCovid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Previous articleLimerick Black Lives Matter protest moves onlineNext articleUL researchers develop technology for selection of best quality sperm for use in human reproduction techniques Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Linkedin Twitter Advertisement NewsHealthPoliticsIreland moves to Phase 2 of ‘accelerated’ Roadmap for Reopening Society and BusinessBy Cian Reinhardt – June 6, 2020 272 Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Email Facebook Printcenter_img ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions WhatsApp TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19IrelandLimerick City and CountyNational Coronavirus | freepik.comTHIS Monday, the nation is set to enter ‘Phase 2 plus’ of the easing of lockdown restrictions following an announcement by An Taoiseach that the lifting of restrictions are to be accelerated.Speaking on Friday, June 5, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed the country would move to Phase 2 of the plan to reopen the country following restrictions in place due to the spread of COVID-19.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Some of the changes to restrictions include an increased distance of travel, with people now permitted to travel 20km from their home, or anywhere in their county, whichever is the greater distance. People can also meet in groups of up to six both indoors or outdoors, one social distancing can still be observed.Phase two will also see retail stores reopen but with opening times staggered “to relieve pressure on public transport”.Mr Varadkar said, “This has been made possible by the considerable sacrifices you have made to restrict the spread of the virus and protect each other.“Thanks to your perseverance in pushing back COVID-19 I am announcing an acceleration of the Roadmap. Over the last few months, fear has exerted a kind of gravity pulling us down, but now we find there is hope lifting us up again.”An Taoiseach acknowledged “we have suffered as a country” during the COVID-19 emergency, “lost loved ones, and changed the way we work and live”.“We are making progress,” he said, continuing, “We are heading in the right direction.   And we have earned the right to be hopeful about the future.”In what was originally five phases which were originally announced, the accelerated roadmap will now see just a four-phase approach, with Phase 4 now aimed for July 20.“Further work will be carried out in the coming days and weeks to determine which actions will take place in each phase,” said An Taoiseach, “Some measures such as bans on mass gatherings may need to remain in place well into August as will public health advice around hygiene and physical distancing.”Under Phase 2, from Monday June 8, the following changes will come into effect:You can travel within your own county, or up to 20 km from your home, whichever is greater. These travel limits will be lifted from the end of June.Groups of up to 6 people will be able to interact with each other indoors or outdoors, once they keep at least 2m apart.  Groups of up to 15 will be able to meet for outdoor sporting activities.For those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable, it will be possible to welcome a small number of visitors into your home, with physical distancing observed.Shops will also provide dedicated hours for those who are over 70 or in an at risk group.All retail stores can reopen, but opening times will be staggered to relieve pressure on public transport.  You are encouraged to shop locally, shop safely and support businesses in your community.Up to 25 people will be allowed to attend funerals of loved ones.Public libraries will commence re-opening.Playgrounds can reopen from Monday, and outdoor camps for children can also be run, once there are no more than 15 people involved.Certain types of elite sports training will also be possible.More people will be able to return to work, including all those who work on their own or whose work can be done safely while staying 2m apart from others. Working from home should remain the norm for those who can do so.Marts can re-open and greyhound racing can resume without spectators. Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region last_img read more

This week’s news in brief

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in briefOn 10 Oct 2006 in Personnel Today Discriminating employersEmployers are still discriminating against women with cancer, despite changes in the law aimed at protecting employees from unfair treatment. Figures from the Disability Rights Commission’s (DRC) helpline show that, thisyear, the DRC has taken an average of two calls a week from women with breast cancer complaining of being treated unfairly in the workplace. HR in publishingHR is becoming increasingly high-profile in the publishing industry, according to Rachel Stock, HR director at Random House Group. The function has historically been seen as administrative in publishing, and fairly unstructured and ad hoc as a result, Stock said. But companies are starting to take issues such as diversity, pay and talent management more seriously, and HR is becoming more strategic as a graduate assessmentThe NHS has launched a graduate assessment process which aims to save hours of senior managers’ time. The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme attracts more than 6,000 applications every year. The programme is open to postgraduate and mature students as well as those who are already working in the NHS. The new assessment process uses online situational judgement and motivational trait tests to select candidates. read more

Students, faculty present on minorities, liberation struggles

first_imgThe Civil Rights Heritage Center hosted community members who gathered to hear monologues from Saint Mary’s students and faculty about the struggles marginalized groups have faced in the pursuit of liberation Wednesday night. Professors Stacy Davis, Phyllis Kaminski and Jamie Wagman read their monologues, as well as sophomores Zoe Ricker and Micaela Enright, juniors Jalyn King and Savannah Jackson, and senior Jordan Lolmaugh. Wagman, a history and gender and women’s studies professor, read her monologue on violence and addressed the ever-present question hanging in the air: “What can we do at this moment?” Wagman recalled those who ask her what decade she would have otherwise liked to live in. Wagman laughed and said, “[They ask] as though there was one decade of safety and consent for all people.” Kaminski, a religious studies professor, said she was a “young, naive and privileged Sister” in 1968 during the climax of the civil rights movement. “I was learning intersectionality before I ever knew the term,” she said. The majority of those presenting focused on the civil rights movements that were present in the 1960s and 1970s while relating the issues faced then to issues faced now. During her monologue, King said reproductive justice is a multifaceted issue that extends past the scope of birth control. “When thinking of reproductive rights, most people often think of abortion or birth control, however it is more than that,” she said. “Reproductive justice is the ability for a woman to have a choice in what happens to her body and for women to become aware of all the choices that they have before they decide what they would like to do.” King said her grandmother grew up in a time without adequate sex education and reproductive justice. “My grandmother was born in 1961, a time when women did not receive adequate information about their bodies, especially not black girls,” she said. As a result, King said her grandmother never knew she had endometriosis until diagnosed at age 44. Reproductive justice is more prevalent in the public sphere now than ever before, King said, and that is due, in part, to great African American activists like Fannie Lou Hamer, a victim of sterilization who traveled to the 1964 Democratic National Convention to make sure African American voices were represented.Reproductive injustice and coerced sterilization of minority women was tragically commonplace in the 20th century, Enright said. “The Puerto Rican government ran a sterilization program by using U.S. federal funds,” she said. “By the year 1968, the program had sterilized approximately one third of all Puerto Rican women.” From this, Enright said federally-funded, coerced sterilizations are now prohibited. But, the 60s and 70s were a time rife with dubious sterilizations in the name of eugenics, Jackson, who spoke on Native American women and sterilization, said. “Many Native American women were denied their reproductive rights,” she said. “The Indian Health Service, functioning under the control of the Board of Health, Education and Welfare, and the U.S. Public Health Service, began providing family planning services to Native American families in 1965 to control the population of Native Americans. From 1968 to the late 70s, around 25 percent of Native American women, between 15 and 44 years old, were sterilized.”Jackson said many these women were sterilized without their consent. “Some women were even threatened by social services to lose custody of their children,” she said. But from this, many women have persisted; Ricker said that some women, like artist Barbara Chase-Riboud, chose to become activists through their art. “Art is one of those intense and deep ways we express ourselves,” she said. “Art makes us think, cry, laugh and remember.” Ricker said Chase-Riboud has created several works of art inspired by Malcolm X, some of which were recently featured in an exhibit at the MoMA. As well as art, Davis, professor of religious studies, said music has been a vehicle for activists to express themselves, particularly for black women during the civil rights era. “Women articulated the realities of suffering in the hope that one day, life would be better for everyone,” she said. Davis spoke about Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and The Staple Singers, whose music, rooted in Gospel, was inspired by that current moment and the civil rights movement. Davis said the women sang of the frustrations in wanting civil rights to “speed up.” Marginalized women in the LGBT community have also found ways to express themselves through activism and the creation of safe spaces, Lolmaugh said. “Nightclubs and bars have been historically significant to the LGBT community,” she said. “There were very few safe spaces for those in the community, but bars and clubs helped to fill this gap, especially from the 60s and onward.” One of the first gay bars in South Bend, The Seahorse Cabaret, was opened in 1971 by Gloria Frankel, Lolmaugh said. “I first learned about Frankel and the cabaret about a year ago,” she said. “I was visiting the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center’s archives and found a folder that contained napkins, flyers and photographs from The Seahorse. I grew up in South Bend and had never heard of The Seahorse or Gloria Frankel.”While the plight of marginalized groups is still pervasive, and there is still much more work to be done in terms of equality, Lolmaugh said we must not forget those activists who fought for the rights we have today. “The resilience, survival and liberation are what is most important to remember,” she said.Tags: Civil Rights, Gender and Women’s Studies, LGBT, marginalized communities, minoritieslast_img read more


first_imgGlenties girl Barbara Boyle celebrated Donegal’s super victory over old rivals Armagh  yesterday by posting this fantastic snap on her Facebook timeline from one of the most famous landmarks in the entire world.Donegal overcame Armagh in a thrilling All-Ireland quarter-final to book a mouth-watering last four clash with Dublin.Barbara who works for Emirates Airlines, and who is based in Dubai, visited the Great Wall of China during a recent stopover in China. She’ll be hoping she gets to work on an Emirates flight to Dublin on August 31st, to hopefully witness Donegal defeat Dublin at Croke Park.Now that would be a GREAT stopover.   DONEGAL SUPPORTER CELEBRATES ‘GREAT’ DONEGAL WIN FROM THE GREAT WALL was last modified: August 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barbara BoyleChinadonegalEMIRATES AIRLINESFeaturesGlentiesGreat Wallnewslast_img read more