Taoiseach and Micheál Martin to meet again next week

first_img 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe The Taoiseach and the Fianna Fáil leader have agreed to meet again next week amid speculation an early general election is likely.Talks between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin last night were described as ‘constructive’ by both sides.The two leaders discussed proposed legislation that could be passed in the next Dáil session.Minister for Communications, Richard Bruton, says he’s happy to let people judge Fine Gael on their track record:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/bruton7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Previous articleBorder Economic Stimulus Package workshop being held in DonegalNext article1 person killed in workplace related incident in Donegal last year News Highland Facebook By News Highland – January 10, 2020 center_img Google+ Facebook Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Taoiseach and Micheál Martin to meet again next week AudioHomepage BannerNews Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

Re-launched labels fail to convince students

first_imgThe ESU would prefer a more formal external assessment, with visits to investigate procedures and recommend improvements. “The ECTS should be evaluated on a regular basis,” Deca said. “It is not a simple thing and it is not easy to implement, especially the first time.” Ian Mundell is a freelance journalist based in Brussels. Madill acknowledged that a 70% failure rate would be high – if only universities that think they are in with a chance of success are applying. But, he said, “it may be the case that some institutions are using it as a way of having an external test for their processes, and therefore will be quite happy to go through the process of failing one application, getting the feedback and then having a successful second application”. Student representatives are less positive. “The criteria are quite loose, and the fact that with these criteria only a third of the institutions passed is not a very good sign,” said Ligia Deca, chairwoman of the European Students’ Union (ESU). Student criticisms include the amount of discretion given to individual evaluators. Under the re-launched scheme, applications are assessed by national agencies rather than by the Commission itself. Assessment There is also a feeling that the assessment is too shallow. For instance, to win an ECTS label a university only has to submit six correctly completed dossiers, three from incoming and three from outgoing students. “Granting a label and putting it on an institution for five years because you have analysed six student dossiers is not the best way forward,” said Deca. “If I were a student I don’t know how much notice I would take of them,” she said. When Ján Figel’, the European commissioner for education, announced in June that 65 European universities had won ‘mobility labels’, he sounded a celebratory note.  “Today’s label holders are outstanding examples of institutions that are serious about European academic mobility in a rapidly changing higher education sector,” he said. But the scheme has a troubled history: it was set up in 2003 but was closed down in 2006 because universities seemed unable to meet the criteria. All the labels awarded during that phase have now expired. center_img Although the two labels – one for the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and the other for the diploma supplement – are not obligatory for universities, they represent a high-profile endorsement that systems are running as intended. They should also be attractive for students. The ECTS helps students gain recognition for their studies abroad, as it awards credits in a standardised way. The diploma supplement does less, but its standardised description of studies is intended to improve the international ‘readability’ of degrees and encourage study abroad. It is supposed to be issued automatically and free of charge to all students. Slow progress Both mechanisms are fundamental to the Bologna higher education reforms and should have been fully implemented years ago. The continuing slow pace of progress is one reason why the labels are back. The Commission says that its consultations with “stakeholders” on the feasibility of a re-launch of the labels showed that “there was a clear need for the labels” as a means of encouraging implementation of the Bologna reforms. The Commission is pleased with the re-launch so far. So too are universities. “I think the results are encouraging,” said Gerard Madill of the European University Association’s higher education policy unit. Of the 63 universities that have sought an ECTS label, 23 have been successful. Of the 161 that wanted confirmation that their diploma supplements met the Commission’s requirements, 52 have won approval. To others, a success rate of around 30% may seem low, but it is much higher than when the scheme ran before. last_img read more

Can the psychedelic drug ayahuasca help fight suicide?

first_img“Current interventions for suicidality have important limitations, which means there is a need for developing and identifying novel interventions for suicidality. Given this need, as well as research indicating that ayahuasca shows promise as an intervention for various mental health concerns (e.g., depression), we were interested in exploring whether the positive therapeutic effects of ayahuasca extended to suicidality.”The researchers conducted a secondary analysis on data from a randomized placebo-controlled trial, which was published in Psychological Medicine in 2019. The study provided preliminary evidence that the psychedelic brew had rapid antidepressant effects.“When administered within the appropriate context, and with proper preparation, the psychoactive brew ayahuasca may show promise as an intervention for suicidality,” Zeifman told PsyPost.In the study, 29 participants with treatment-resistant depression and no history of psychotic disorders were randomly assigned to undergo a single treatment session, in which they were given either ayahuasca or a placebo substance to drink. None of the participants had prior experience using psychedelics.A trained psychiatrist assessed suicidality before the treatment session, as well as 1 day, 2 days, and 7 days afterward.Zeifman and his colleagues found ayahuasca had a medium to large effect on suicidality, but this effect was not statistically significant. In other words, it is possible that ayahuasca may not lead to decreases in suicidality.However, it is also possible that ayahuasca does reduce suicidality, but the study lacked the power to reach statistical significance because there were not enough participants. The effect sizes suggest the topic warrants further consideration, the researchers said.“Our study is characterized by a number of important limitations, including a small sample size, exclusion of individuals that were acutely suicidal, and short-term follow-up (i.e., 7 days after administration). Ultimately, it will be import for future research to use larger samples, as well as examine the safety and effectiveness of ayahuasca as an intervention for individuals with acute levels of suicidality,” Zeifman said.“These findings help to extend past research on the potential therapeutic benefits associated with ayahuasca. Nonetheless, our findings are preliminary and suggest that there is an important need for additional research exploring the potential therapeutic benefits associated with ayahuasca.”The study, “The Impact of Ayahuasca on Suicidality: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial“, was authored by Richard Zeifman, Fernanda Palhano-Fontes, Jaime Hallak, Emerson A. Nunes, João Paulo Maia-de-Oliveira, and Draulio B. de Araujo. Share on Facebook Share Scientists are beginning to examine whether the psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca can help reduce suicide risk. But the first study to examine the topic has found inconclusive results. The research has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Pharmacology.Ayahuasca, a psychedelic concoction used for centuries by indigenous Amazon tribes, contains the powerful psychedelic drug dimethyltryptamine (DMT).“Suicide is one of the leading causes of death, accounting for nearly 1 million deaths each year,” said study author Richard Zeifman, a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University. LinkedIncenter_img Email Pinterest Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Intermet Chairman and CEO Gary Ruff Resigns

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. TROY, MI — Gary Ruff, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Intermet Corp., has resigned. Ruff joined the company in 1999 and became chairman and CEO in 2004. A reason for his departure was not provided. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The company’s board of directors has elected Gil West as interim CEO and Jeff Mihalic as interim president, effective immediately. West and Mihalic are from Q Investments, a Fort Worth, TX, investment Firm, which is an investor in Intermet. Prior to joining Q Investments, West held senior leadership positions at TIMCO Aviation Services, Northwest Airlines and United Airlines. Prior to joining Q Investments, Mihalic held senior leadership positions at Bombardier Aerospace and United Airlines. For more information about Intermet, go to: http://www.intermet.com . _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Messer constructs medical headquarters in Austria

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Contractors Removing Asbestos, Replacing Roofs on Two Kenai Buildings

first_imgWedemeyer says the costs of this project were included in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget passed last year after the test for asbestos was completed. He added that the roofs are being replaced in part because of the asbestos but also because they were old and leaking. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An asbestos removal company has finished removing the hazardous material from the Kenai City Hall this week, before crews began replacing the aging roof. The same process will take place on Kenai’s Automated Flight Service Station. Asbestos is a group of compound minerals that poses a risk to people only if it is disturbed. If the material is disrupted, Asbestos releases tiny particles into the air which can be dangerous but when handled by professionals it can be disposed of safely. Public Works Director Sean Wedemeyer says there is no danger to the public during this project. After that first half of the project is completed, the same work by Alaska Abatement Corporation and Rainproof Roofing will take place at the Automated Flight Service Station. The roof replacement on Kenai City Hall is expected to take around three weeks depending on weather. Wedemeyer: “Had you seen them a couple days ago you would’ve seen [crews] in full Tyvec suits, respirators, and lots of plastic bags. It’s a special company that comes in, that’s their specialty, and they abate the asbestos problem. Now they’re done and gone and it’s just the roofing contractor.”last_img read more

Indonesia Masters 2019: Saina Nehwal scripts a brilliant comeback to reach finals of the…

first_imgAdvertisement 5s2uNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsulWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecif8u( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ovt1Would you ever consider trying this?😱82nCan your students do this? 🌚42exbRoller skating! Powered by Firework Saina Nehwal scripted a brilliant comeback to win her semi-final encounter against China’s He Bingjao in the 2019 Indonesia Masters. The 28-year-old outclassed the World No.6 18-21, 21-12, 21-18.Advertisement Saina Nehwal will cross swords with her familiar foe Carolina Marin in the finalsIn the first set, the World No.8 took an unassailable 11-7 lead in the break which she extended to 16-11. However, the Chinese narrowed it down to 15-16 before overtaking her at 18-all and winning three consecutive points to win the set.Saina started the second set strongly and grabbed a 6-3 lead early on. Bingjao’s unforced errors made the matters simpler for the Olympic Bronze medalist who went into the break with a 11-3 advantage. She showed no mercy and won the set 21-12.Advertisement In the decider, Saina again took an indomitable early lead at 9-5. However, Bingjao leveled the playing field at 10-all. From then on, the battle became that of nerves. Saina screamed and roared her way to the victory after picking three consecutive points from 18-all.India’s other shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth bowed out in the quarterfinals whereas Subhankar Dey and Parupalli Kashyap got themselves knocked out in the first round itself.Advertisement Saina Nehwal will now face Olympic Gold medalist Carolina Marin in the finals to claim the coveted trophy and $26250 USD. Advertisementlast_img read more

Maddock takes maternity leave

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