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New lab and swabbing pod will boost UHL COVID-19 testing capacity

first_imgCOVID-19 testing capacity at University Hospital Limerick will be boosted by 70%, with two new emergency construction projects that form a significant regional component of the Government’s national pandemic strategy.The works include a purpose-built COVID-19 laboratory (due for completion in early 2021), as well as a swabbing pod for hospital staff and pre-operative patients that opened this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Costing approximately €4m, the new COVID-19 lab will provide purpose-built physically separated areas for the four stages of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique for DNA analysis. When fully operational, the new lab will increase by 150 tests per day UHL’s existing daily test capacity of approximately 200-220 tests.With build-completion targeted for the end of January, and expected to become operational in Q1 of 2021, construction of the rapid-build modular laboratory commenced in mid-September, on a site to the rear of the hospital previously occupied by haemovigilance and quality portacabin offices.That portacabin accommodation has been repurposed and relocated for the COVID-19 swabbing pod that began operating this week. The pod is located immediately after the staff traffic barriers, to the side of the Nurses Home building at UHL.COVID-19 testing is the cornerstone of the Government’s public health approach to the pandemic, and the UHL projects are in line with national guidance specifically requiring an ongoing expansion of hospital laboratory testing.A centrepiece of the new COVID-19 laboratory will be the Abbott ‘Alinity M’ diagnostic instrument, a fully automated sample-to-result system, weighing in excess of a ton. The Alinity M, which has been purchased by the HSE, will facilitate an increase of 150 additional tests per day at UHL.Most of UHL’s COVID-19 testing equipment is temporarily located in the laboratory of the Clinical Education and Research Centre (CERC). When operational, the new lab will centrally house all this COVID-19 equipment, including another recently received test platform, the Luminex Aries, which will provide random access rapid test capacity.A complement to PCR batch tests that have a fixed number of test runs per day, Luminex Aries testing can be conducted on a needs basis, performing up to 14 tests per run with results available within two hours. The instrument is currently undergoing validation tests on site in UHL.Rapid testing provides a significant degree of flexibility for COVID testing at UHL, where the highest priority is patients admitted through the Emergency Department with suspected COVID. Earlier availability of test results facilitates swifter decisions on isolation, and earlier activation of treatment options for confirmed COVID-19 patients.Luminex is an alternative supply chain to the existing UHL rapid test system, GeneXpert, whose manufacturer had reoriented some European supplies of test kits to regions of the globe where the pandemic was relatively uncontrolled.The Luminex test kit and instrument supply chain was established through the National Clinical Program for Pathology, and its COVID-19 lead, Beaumont Hospital-based Immunologist, Dr Mary Keoghan.Dr Patrick Stapleton, Consultant Microbiologist at UHL, said: “The UHL laboratory operates one of the busiest hospital COVID testing services in the country. Staff in the UHL serology and microbiology laboratories, supported by all laboratory disciplines, have built from scratch a COVID testing service that has consistently delivered fast, accurate test results for people attending UL Hospitals and for people in the local community.“The recent welcome developments in buildings and equipment will allow our staff to continue to meet the intense demand by automating some labour-intensive steps in COVID diagnostics, and will permit further expansion in test capacity. The move to a purpose-built laboratory will greatly enhance molecular laboratory diagnostic capacity in the Mid-West during the pandemic and beyond.”Tina Fitzgerald, Head of Unscheduled Care at UHL, welcomed the completion of the swabbing pod, which, she said, would give the hospital greater control in ensuring the safety of patients and staff during the challenging Winter ahead.“We already have a COVID-19 Screening Team in place, managing the ordering of swabs for pre-operative patients and staff close contacts, as well as the contact tracing and triage process. The Swabbing Pod complements this team, and allows us to manage the entire process in-house.“Although COVID will present challenges to the hospital this Winter, having the capacity to manage swabbing for our pre-operative patients and staff will assist in ensuring the safety of patients and staff in the hospital,” she said. Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsNew lab and swabbing pod will boost UHL COVID-19 testing capacityBy Staff Reporter – October 21, 2020 195 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Advertisement Twitter Previous articleRichard Harris International Film Festival PostponedNext articleCian Lynch looking to ‘bring joy to people’s lives’ ahead of Munster opener Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

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U.S. Open 2019: Brooks Koepka discusses second-place finish

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods explains how he turned his ’round around’ Koepka fired a three-under 68 in the final round to get to 10 under, but Woodland held his nerve to claim a first major title.Despite being unable to match Willie Anderson, who won three straight U.S. Opens in the early 1900s, Koepka was satisfied he did all he could. Related News U.S. Open 2019: Amateur Viktor Hovland breaks Jack Nicklaus’ record “It doesn’t sting. I played great. Nothing I could do. I gave it my all,” he said.”I give it my all every time and sometimes, like this week, it happened at Augusta, it’s not meant to be.”I played great. I hit every shot that I wanted to. And sometimes no matter how good your good is it isn’t there.”SO CLOSE!Brooks Koepka JUST misses the birdie on 18. He finishes with a 68 and is 2 shots back at 10-under for the championship. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/iEGwWnXftd— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 17, 2019Koepka birdied four of his opening five holes in the final round, but bogeys at eight and 12 — either side of another birdie at 11 — saw him miss out.Still, the four-time major champion was pleased to come so close to an amazing feat.”It was awesome to come this close to going three in a row. It’s incredible. Anytime you can compete in a major is special and to have a chance to go back-to-back-to-back, that was pretty cool,” Koepka said. Brooks Koepka had no complaints after falling short at the U.S. Open, saying there was nothing more he could do at Pebble Beach.The American was bidding to become the second man to win three straight U.S. Open titles, but ended up three strokes behind Gary Woodland. U.S. Open 2019: Gary Woodland calls first major championship win ‘special’ “I didn’t really think about it until I was done on 18 and realized how close I actually was to kind of, I guess, not making history, but kind of tying it, I guess you could say.”But it’s a cool feeling to know. Just wasn’t meant to be this week.”last_img read more

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How Steve Kerr handled the Durant-Green incident

first_imgThe Warriors did not hear a fiery speech. They did not hear a sob story, either.When Warriors coach Steve Kerr addressed the team about the incident between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, Kerr put forth a simple message.“‘One incident in November can’t taint the next six months and what we’re trying to accomplish,’” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said when asked to recall Kerr’s words to the team. “He spoke about that clearly.“He’s very authentic in terms of not sugar-coating anything. …last_img read more

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Zuma to launch R600m truck factory at Coega

first_img9 July 2014President Jacob Zuma will officially launch Chinese automaker First Automotive Works’ new R600-million truck manufacturing plant at the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth on Thursday.Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Tuesday that the investment was a clear sign of the maturing relations between South Africa and China, adding that it would boost economic activities in and around Nelson Mandela Bay.“The first batch of heavy commercial vehicles which will be assembled will form part of phase 1,” Davies said in a statement. “This phase of the project is expected to yield 5 000 units at full capacity and to create approximately 450 jobs, with more expected in the supplier base.“The second phase of the project will be geared towards the assembly of light motor vehicles, with a production unit target of 35 000 cars.”Davies said First Automotive Works’ investment complemented the work currently being done by the government in the automotive sector.According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), incentives worth R6.2-billion have been approved for 195 projects by vehicle and auto parts manufacturers under the government’s Automotive Investment Scheme since July 2009, helping to create 9 850 new jobs and sustain 46 373 existing jobs.In addition, since December 2012, incentives worth R26.1-million have been approved for minibus taxi manufacturers under the DTI’s Automotive Investment Scheme for Peoples Carriers, creating 191 new jobs in this sector.The DTI is working on extending the incentive scheme to truck and bus manufacturers, and recently published guidelines on the Automotive Investment Scheme for Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles for public comment.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Don’t Just Create an Event, Create an Ecosystem

first_img Start small. Do It Again — But Elsewhere. Everybody has to start somewhere. There’s no need to feel pressure to put on a massive, world-class event with over 500 attendees. That’d be pretty ridiculous to assume. Instead, start small. Begin to host regular happy hours, more intimate networking mixers or exclusive dinners. These smaller events help to establish and begin to foster your community. You’ll be able to see exactly who makes up your community, their interests and what gets them engaged. Now that you’ve got the ball rolling, it’s time to expand your brand community to new, strategic locations and begin the community building process all over again. This building process is the perfect time to attend and piggyback of more significant, well-known industry events to give your brand a boost!That’s precisely what Hawke Media did during NRF. We’re in the process of opening a new location in New York and expanding our business to the East Coast. To prepare for our arrival, we hosted a networking mixer that included an intimate discussion with the founder and CEO of a successful ecommerce brand. Our get-together ended up being one of the most well-attended events during the conference, with over 100 guests taking part!Do something similar when your brand is ready to begin building its community in a new location. By piggybacking off industry events, you’ll be sure to attract like-minded individuals.If You Built It —Whether you own an ecommerce company, run an agency or have a software company, creating a community around your brand should be at the top of your list. Take a page from NRF’s handbook on how a single event can blossom into an entire ecosystem with a life of its own, and incorporate some of its elements into your own event marketing strategy.If you’re an ecommerce company in New York looking to build your community, we’d love for you to grow with Hawke Media. We’re expanding to the East Coast and would love for you to join the family! Get growing. Tags:#build it yourself#community#diversity#events#networks#retail Once you’ve established a good idea of who your community consists of and who you want to be involved, expand your efforts a bit. The ball is rolling, and your community is there, so it’s time to grow. Create larger, all-day or multi-day events that focus on building and expanding your community and network.Encourage collaboration between members of your blossoming community. Doing so not only helps to continue to build out your brand community but also establishes your brand as a thought leader in the industry. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… Building a community is an essential step in establishing any company or brand as a leader in its respective industry. A brand community gives your consumers a place to engage, express themselves, connect with other like-minded individuals and more. It’s those engaged, expressive consumers who then become your brand evangelists and help increase brand awareness without you even asking.Why companies should take a lesson from NRF and create entire communities around their events, and how this helps build brands.A fantastic example of the power of community is the ecommerce ecosystem that springs up from the National Retail Federation’s Big Show (also known as NRF). New York is becoming a hub for new ecommerce and isn’t just a playground for big fashion labels anymore. NRF harnesses the power of this burgeoning retail-ecommerce communities and creates its own little world. This year, several other companies created events surround NRF 2019.Young Presidents’ Organization held an event. There was a food and beverage event at the Marriott hotel down the street, my company Hawke Media held a networking mixer and Salesforce did something similar.Creating CommunityNRF is a hugely successful event in it of itself, but the community created around the conference is equally as important and should serve as an example to companies looking to build their own tribes. The ecosystem created around NRF is a great way to get outside of the conference and into core communities. These smaller, intimate events allow attendees to actually interact with each other on a personal level, forging connections and real relationships that are hard to achieve when just walking the floor.Additionally, these smaller events allow for a variety of experiences that are hard to create with just a single conference. A variety of businesses putting on a variety of activations, be they happy hours, fireside chats, intimate dinners or otherwise, add diversity to an event’s programming.Diversity ensures that there is something for everyone, increasing attendee engagement. With the increased attendee engagement also comes increased opportunities for executives to connect, make partnerships and collaborate.How to Do It YourselfNRF is a huge, annual event put on by the world’s most significant retail trade association. So while you may not get the entire city of New York involved, you can still create a great brand community through events,  just on a slightly smaller scale. Here’s where to start. Erik Huberman is the founder and CEO of Hawke Media, the fastest-growing marketing consultancy in the United States. Launched in 2014, Hawke Media has been valued at $75 million and has grown from seven to more than 130 employees. 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La Salle foils Pasaol, UE

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Mbala pumped in 39 points in 23 minutes, marking the third time this season that he reset a personal scoring high, while front court partner Tratter fired 24 points as the Archers pulled away early before surviving a late onslaught by the Warriors anchored by Pasaol, who scored 18 points in the final frame.While La Salle picked up its fifth win in six games ahead of its finals rematch with Ateneo on Sunday, it was Pasaol’s brilliance for the still winless Warriors that made what was an otherwise routine victory for the Archers even more memorable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He was just in the zone,” Mbala said of Pasaol, who shot 20-of-30 from the field.“He was shooting very well and we didn’t do a good job. Knowing that La Salle is a defensive minded team, we have to do better than that. We should have gotten him out of his comfort zone.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren hopes the fighting performance against the Archers will serve as a “springboard” for the Warriors as they face fellow cellar-dweller University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.“This is the first time that even though we lost, I was really proud of the way we played,” said Pumaren.“The team that has been missing the past five games showed up. Alvin (Pasaol) was awesome tonight. He could have scored 60, but he really gave us a really good show.”“I wouldn’t have done it without my teammates’ help,” said Pasaol, who also had eight rebounds and four steals.Earlier, Sean Manganti scored on a putback with a second remaining as Adamson nipped University of the Philippines, 73-71, to gain a share of third spot with Far Eastern U.ADVERTISEMENT Manganti’s tip-in off a Papi Sarr miss broke the deadlock and boosted the Falcons to their fourth victory in six games, while sending the Fighting Maroons to a second straight defeat for a 3-3 slate.“I guess we were lucky to win that game,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “I guess this is a good test on our part that in crucial moments of the game, we can survive.”Manganti also broke up the Maroons’ final play intended for Paul Desiderio as they collected their third straight victory. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot even the highest individual scoring performance in recent memory was enough to stop La Salle from sustaining its winning run ahead of its showdown with fierce rival Ateneo in UAAP Season 80.University of the East forward Alvin Pasaol exploded for 49 points, but the Green Archers also drew career-best outputs from Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter in a 106-100 victory Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NU, Adamson close in on PVL finalslast_img read more

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Hameed is mentally 15, unreliable: Afridi

first_imgPakistan Test opener Yasir Hameed might have backtracked on allegations of match-fixing against his Pakistan teammates but the side’s captain Shahid Afridi is still livid with the opener and has ridiculed him as being mentally a teenager.Afridi, who has apologised for the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal involving Pakistani players that has shaken the core of international cricket, said Hameed cannot be trusted.”Yasir Hameed is about 30 or 31 – but mentally he is 15 or 16,” Afridi said.”People know the type of character he is. We have known him for a long time and we know what to expect from him. He has done this sort of thing many times. Is he unreliable? Well, he is sitting with someone he does not know and gives these messages out, so, yes.”I don’t know who he was sitting with or in what situation he gave this message,” he added.In the video of a sting operation carried out by the ‘News of the World’, Hameed had claimed that almost every match Pakistan played was fixed. But he later went back on the statement, saying that he was tricked and later blackmailed to stand by the remarks.Afridi, who led Pakistan in yesterday’s Twenty20 match against England which the visitors lost, said he has told his players not to read newspapers.”It was a relief to be playing again. Even though it was not a perfect performance. All the allegations are history now and until the ICC completes their investigations and it is all before us, we don’t want to talk about it,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoAFA president Tapia: Messi will play again for Argentina

first_imgAFA president Tapia: Messi will play again for Argentinaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentine FA president Claudio Tapia believes Barcelona star Leo Messi will return to the national team.Messi has stepped aside from playing for Argentina after a disappointing World Cup.But Tapia says: “Leo Messi never left the national team. I believe for the love he has wearing the Argentinian jersey that when he is summoned, he will answer immediately, I have no doubt. “It depends on the coach, not on him. I hope he will appear in the next games so to be able to take advantage of his talent.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoEden Hazard: Biggest difference between Real Madrid and Chelsea

first_imgEden Hazard: Biggest difference between Real Madrid and Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard admits expectations at Real Madrid are far greater than he experienced with Chelsea.The Belgian star sealed a £130million move to the Bernabeu this summer and has opened up on one of the most striking cultural differences he has spotted already. “At Chelsea when we lost, we were disappointed, like the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster, it’s different in Spain,” Hazard told the Champions Journal, ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.”I think that here the fans are really fans, football is everything to them and they need players to give everything, in England there aren’t so many fans.”Of course, people there like football and everyone be that young people, adults or teenagers are really interested in football, but they aren’t so fanatical about their teams.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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