Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSCommunityLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Facebook Twitter Email Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Print Mary Cronin, from Croom, Chair of the Limerick and National Network of Older Peoples’ Councils, taking a selfie with Cllr James Collins, Mayor of Limerick City and County.Photo by Diarmuid GreeneWHEN Age Friendly Limerick says “we have a tablet for that” they don’t mean a little bottle of pills.More than 30 older people from across County Limerick have been presented with special electronic tablets as part of a programme to reduce incidents of social isolation and open up a new world of communication.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Age Friendly Limerick, which is co-ordinated by Limerick City and County Council, in partnership with Cliffrun Media are delivering the project aimed at reducing levels of social isolation among older people, through the use of the Acorn Tablet.The Acorn is a specialised tablet, tailored to address the needs of seniors in a closed secure network. It opens up a world of relevant online content for seniors, encouraging users to engage and interact at both social and commercial level. Its design is built around five content and application pillars: independence, health, finance, communications and security.Pictured during a workshop hosted by Limerick City and County Council are Claire O’Gorman, Carmel Wilmott and Joan Curtin, all from Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.Photo by Diarmuid GreeneAnd its ease of use will be welcomed by anyone who is not particularly familiar with on-line technology.The interface is simple to navigate, provides easy access to a help button as well as providing remote technical assistance when required.A user can start with only one or two apps loaded and, over time, additional elements can be added according to the users individual preferences.The idea is that by becoming connected to what’s going on in their area, older people will be better able to attend local events or ask for a lift. It will also make it easier to do their online banking, or pay a bill.And they can connect with their children, friends or family members living abroad through SkypeA major element of this project will be engagement between the older people and Transition Year students from Desmond College in Newcastle West.Five intergenerational workshops will connect old and young and provide an opportunity for the younger people to support the older people in the use of technology.Deputy Mayor Michael Collins said: “In a world which is becoming more technology driven, it is important that we support and encourage our older citizens in embracing the digital world. It is fantastic that we are using technology to help make people fell less isolated.”Age-Friendly Limerick Programme Manager Anne Rizzo, said that the Acorn is a very user friendly tablet, designed to open up a world of digital services for older people and is aimed at encouraging social inclusion, putting people in contact with others in their community and helping them to avail of services and information not otherwise easily accessible to them.Funding has been provided by the Department of Community and Rural Affairs covering the cost of the tablets, including sim card and technical backup for the duration of the programme trial period. WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleLimerick v Tipperary to be televised as eirSport unveil Allianz League coverageNext articleColourful makeover for city rehab unit Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsCommunityLocal NewsTablets all round from Age Friendly LimerickBy Bernie English – January 16, 2019 1515
Unprotected and poorly paid, an all-women army of health workers confront suspicion, anger and the threat of infection as they go door to door searching for coronavirus sufferers in India’s poor communities.About a million accredited social health activists, or ASHAs, are deployed in cities and villages to administer basic medical care such as vaccinations and delivering babies.But as the number of confirmed infections in India soars past 500,000, the women find themselves on the front line of the battle against the contagion, identifying potential cases and educating locals in the hope of slowing its spread. Topics : If someone looks like a potential case, the ASHAs report them to authorities. Some ASHAS have been physically attacked by villagers who fear they are carrying the virus or are government spies. During a recent doorknock in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Alka and her two colleagues were spotted by eight men in a store who came out and surrounded them.The men shouted at the women about the shortage of basic food and protection against the virus.Standing her ground, Alka said she told the men: “Even we don’t get gear and grains. Where will we get it for you?”Such harassment is bearable, she told AFP. “Recently some locals tore the clothes on one woman while she was working.”Given the lack of contact tracing in India, the ASHAs were “critical elements” in India’s fight against COVID-19, said Anant Bhan, a leading public health expert.The women know their communities well, Bhan said. But their work is difficult and poorly paid despite a 1,000 rupee ($13) coronavirus bonus. ‘We are the heroes’ Alka supports her husband — who does not approve of her work and often calls her names — and three children with a monthly salary of 6,000 rupees.But she has to pay for her own transport to and from the communities she is helping.Sometimes she has to walk home because she has run out of money or there are virus restrictions affecting public transport.Alka and her team say they have formed a “sisterhood” that keeps them going.”Our supervisors give us orders over the phone from the comfort of their offices or homes. We sacrifice our family lives and take daily risks to educate and help people,” said Alka.”We are the heroes.” During a recent visit to the village of Bahadarpur, Alka used a homemade flour-based glue to stick up a poster outside a home explaining the need to wash hands and take other precautions against the virus.”The glue on the poster is not strong enough,” she said. “But if I have to use even a rupee from my salary for glue, it’s a huge dent in my budget.”The women’s pleas for people to wear face masks and self-isolate if they have symptoms are often not welcomed, especially in impoverished communities where many are day laborers. “I’ll stay home if you guarantee me that my kids won’t die of hunger,” a man told the ASHAs during a visit accompanied by AFP.Alka said it was not easy to get people to heed their advice. “People are struggling to feed their families,” she said. “What can we do?” ASHA workers told AFP they had nothing except their headscarves to protect them from the virus and were often abused by people angry about the government’s handling of the outbreak, which is one of the worst in the world.”I have been an ASHA for 14 years now and never have I been as scared to knock on a door with my bare hands. We don’t have gloves, not even masks,” said Alka, who asked AFP not to use her surname.Alka and her colleagues visit households and ask the occupants to fill out a questionnaire on any virus symptoms they might have and their recent travel histories.Many of the residents are among the millions of migrant workers left jobless and destitute by the months-long virus lockdown imposed by the government in March.
Martin Wachter, Golden RaceThere’s not long to go until Betting on Football 2017 (3-5 May), the fourth incarnation of the largest international football and betting trade conference.We caught up with Martin Wachter, the CEO and Founder for Platinum Sponsor Golden Race, to discuss new technology in virtual betting, and how virtual sports based companies can work better and more effectively with football stakeholders.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?MW: Football is just so popular already – the last statistics I saw estimated that there are around 3.5 BILLION football fans around the world. That’s approximately HALF of the world population!In terms of betting, there are so many options, so many variables, and it is accessible for both simple bets where very little knowledge is needed, to quite involved betting where statistical analysis and intense scrutiny of data guide players in their betting.Ultimately, the results cannot be predicted with any certainty; there is still luck, chance, and people enjoy the excitement of the competition, admire the athleticism, and correctly predicting the outcome of 22 elite level athletes – everybody loves to be right, especially when they have skin in the game.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?MW: In the UK, the football pools have been going since 1923 – there is a long-standing heritage of betting on football. Initially, the appeal was entering for a very small amount of money, with the possibility to win a relatively large sum. Now, nearly a century later, and betting on football is incredibly popular. The betting options and markets have increased dramatically – accumulator betting, combinations, in-play, time-sensitive bets – as well as the simple win, lose, or draw betting which still see a fair amount of action.The growth of internet use and mobile devices becoming more ubiquitous, as well as increased coverage for matches around the world, has made betting far more accessible.Golden Race has recently launched the new ONLINE and MOBILE solutions, designed from the ground up to be the same as a real sportsbook – the excitement is real, the odds are real, the winnings are real – only the events are virtual – meaning they are entirely manageable to fit the customer’s schedule, with the odds and limits set however you decide is best for your bottom line and your players.SBC: How can virtual sports betting and football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?MW: I think that communication is essential – virtual sports companies should attend specialised football events to meet with football stakeholders, learn about their needs, and in turn learn about what the fans and the punters want, what they expect in real life.They are the heart of any industry; by collaborating, virtual and real stakeholders can ensure that the experience on both sides is exceeding expectations for the fans and punters. The Betting on Football event is a great opportunity to continue the dialogue for exactly that.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on virtual sports betting?MW: Some people would probably say Virtual Reality, but personally I think that technology is going to take a while longer to be much more than a gimmick. We like to concentrate on creating the real betting experience, not make people wear weird headsets!While it’s not a new technology, the Android platform is very interesting for us and has had a huge impact, due to the inexpensive nature and widespread use of Android devices. Golden Race remains the only company capable of live-rendering full 3D digital league games directly on a device which costs less than €100 – that is massive for a huge number of operators right now.As I mentioned – half the population of the world are football fans, so the odds are high that those who enjoy responsible gambling also will love football, and in virtual sports betting, we see virtual football as “The King” of virtual sports – so, the ability to provide a device which can recreate all the excitement of the beautiful game, as well as being pre-loaded with a whole suite of race games, numbers games, and the award-winning Real Fighting – that is massive!Start-up operators can meet the local demand where they are, and large players can roll out across hundreds of locations for a small investment cost, and both will see ROI very quickly.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at #bofcon2017?MW: There are a few market profile sessions which catch my eye this year – the ones regarding the potential of Spain & LatAm, the exploding African market and football betting, and the Asian market place in the industry – Golden Race have strong growth in all those areas, so are particularly interesting to me. 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