first_imgNewsEducationHealthUniversity of Limerick leads €10.5 million EU ‘Go Green Routes’ projectBy Cian Reinhardt – July 20, 2020 500 Print Facebook Email Advertisement University you Limerick campus aerialsPhoto: True MediaUNIVERSITY of Limerick (UL) is to lead a €10.5 million ‘Go Green Routes’ project that aims to transform both environmental and human health by positioning European cities as world ambassadors of urban sustainability.Details of the project, which has almost 40 different stakeholders, were announced at a virtual launch hosted by UL today, Monday, July 20.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The four-year project, which applies visionary and integrated solutions to improve health in cities, will commence in September, coordinated by the Health Research Institute at UL.The project, which is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme, will take COVID-19 into consideration, evaluating the impact of reduced air pollution during and after lockdown, as well as the impact on mental health of urban citizens and their views on re-greening their cities.Dr Tadhg MacIntyre, a lecturer in psychology at UL and coordinator of the Go Green Routes project said emerging evidence shows people “flocked to green spaces during lockdown for mental health, physical activity and connectivity with their communities”.He said, “The impact on social cohesion, connection to nature and their perceptions of their cities may be long-lasting. One solution to reduced transmission of the disease and the negative psychological consequences of confinement is spending more time outdoors in greenspace, which will be addressed by the project.”Dr McIntyre said there how nature is integrated into urban spaces and used needs to optimised, he said there is a need to “create a rapid means of knowledge creation and knowledge transfer to enable upscaling and future proliferation of nature-based interventions”.“We aim to create a unique knowledge ecosystem to transform citizens, planners, researchers and entrepreneurs into innovators, leaders and visionaries in nature-based solutions. Nature is our future,” Dr MacIntyre added.UL will receive €1.6m to fund a team of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and a project manager. Other Irish partners will benefit to the tune of €3.68m across SMEs – Nutritics, ICEP, Connect the Dots, and Horizon Nua – and Irish universities TCD and TU Dublin, while Limerick City and County Council is to receive €530,000.The consortium will cultivate technological and nature-based solutions for health across six cities – Burgas, Bulgaria; Lahti, Finland; Umea, Sweden; Versailles, France and Limerick – and lay a foundation for future implementation in Munich, Germany, the Murcia region of Spain and in the Gzira municipality of Malta.The project also has partners in China, Mexico and Georgia, enabling a global knowledge exchange and a focus on mental health and well-being.Speaking at the launch of the project this Monday, UL Chancellor Mary Harney, said, “As a former Minister for Health, I am acutely aware of the links between human and environmental health. Indeed, I know first-hand that the banning of smoky coal in Dublin in 1990 had a huge impact on air pollution and a positive impact on health.”The UL Chancellor said now there is a need to be “ambitious” in how health is promoted in cities, “through active travel, renaturing streets and ensuring nature and people are at the nexus of urban life”.She said, “Limerick City, I am glad to say, has been advancing its capacities through research and innovation. Recently, it was awarded the European Green Leaf Award for innovation in greenspace. The collaboration with UL has led to the +CityxChange, which is a smart city project paying dividends in sustainability.“The University has firm plans to increase its footprint in the city. The future of our institution and the city are very much linked. We are both future focused and have ambitious growth targets and together we will ensure the city and the region become of strategic importance in research, learning and innovation. Limerick 2030, our own strategic plan and research like the Go Green Routes project will help to ensure that this vision becomes a reality.”The project has three themes – Building Back Better; Re-naturing Cities for Health; and Future-proofing for Digital Natives. An interdisciplinary team at UL is involved including Dr Stephen Kinsella, economics; Dr Norma Bargary, statistical modelling; Professor Alan Donnelly, physical activity; Dr Tadhg MacIntyre, mental health; Dr Giles Warrington, sport and exercise; Dr Conor Little, governance; Dr Elaine Gallagher, citizen science and Dr Eibhlís O’Connor, nutrition and sustainability.Dr Una May, Director of Participation and Ethics at Sport Ireland, said, “We have learnt from the Covid-19 lockdown how much people cherish their connection to nature and the role of active recreation in greenspace has never been so apparent. Limerick City, with the support of our planned supports including the Active Cities programme and the Go Green Routes innovations, will be able to clearly demonstrate how urban nature can promote healthy lives and act as a flagship for other cities to follow.”Martin Rogan, CEO Mental Health Ireland, said, “We are well aware of the benefits of nature for mental health but the challenge has been how to best translate knowledge into impact. Uniquely, Go Green Routes will co-create a mental health scorecard for cities which will highlight their contribution to prevention, commitment to rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities and empowerment of users of services-this combination of organic and structured supports will make a long-lasting contribution to the well-being of Irish citizens.”center_img Linkedin WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleShannon airport immigration centreNext articleGardaí order Limerick publican to cease trading under Health Act after wet-house opens up despite COVID rules 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]last_img read more

first_imgThe Great Sausage Roll Off competition has confirmed its chef line-up for this year’s event.Taking place at 7pm at the Red Lion pub in Barnes, London today (24 January), the competition is running for its sixth year and includes 17 chefs from around the country, competing to create the ultimate sausage roll.Last year’s winner Charlie Hodson, who created the ‘From Norfolk with Love’ sausage roll, will return this year to attempt to retain his title.The judging panel will include: Philip Howard from Elystan Street; Oliver Peyton from Peyton and Byrne; Eric Lanlard, master patissier and owner of Cake Boy; and Kate Ovens, presenter and man vs food challenge specialist.The event, which will be hosted by beer and food writer Melissa Cole, raises funds for the Shooting Star Chase charity – a hospice charity that cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions.The full list of competitors is:Anton Manganaro – BAFTA, Piccadilly, LondonBen Williams – The White Swan, FarringdonBrendan Fyldes – Green & Fortune, LondonCharlie Hodson with Jessica-Jane Applegate & Archers ButchersChris Brumby – MYPIE Truck, LondonAdrian Oliver & Stephen Marsh – Cornish Duck TruckJames Strawbridge – Crantock Foods, NewquayJohn Grabecki – BNY Mellon, LondonLeigh Evans – Methuen Arms, CorshamMark Thornhill, – King’s Head, HursleyMatt Follas – Bramble Café & Deli, PoundburyOllie Chadwick – The Market Café, KnutsfordPhil Harrison – Bears Ice Cream, LondonRob Allsworth – Broadstairs College, East KentRobert Taylor ­– The Compasses Inn, CrundaleSi Toft – The Dining room, AbersochMartin Shires – White Horse, Richmondlast_img read more

first_imgDELTA, Utah – Millard County Raceway adds two more IMCA divisions to Friday and Saturday race programs in 2018.Both the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are new this season and join sanctioned Modifieds and SportMods on May 4-5, June 15-16, Aug. 3-4 and 24-25, and Sept. 21-22 cards.“When I was named the new promoter here in January, I said I wanted to go IMCA across the board,” explained Russell Wolfe. “It’s one way we can get drivers from other states racing here for IMCA national and regional points.”“IMCA’s rules are right there in black and white,” he continued. “If there’s a question about them, you’ve always got somebody you can call at any time to get an answer. IMCA’s rules make it so much easier for us.”Modifieds and SportMods have run at Delta since 2012. The Modifieds are part of IMCA’s Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region.Stock Cars will be new to the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region, Hobby Stocks to the Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region.Wolfe had family members who raced IMCA Modifieds in Oklahoma. The long-time announcer at Thunder Mountain Speedway did double-duty as pit steward and track announcer at Montezuma County Fairgrounds last year.He’ll drive 350 miles one-way from his home in Delta, Colo., to promote the Delta, Utah race track.“This track is only seven years old. It wasn’t that long ago that the racing surface was reshaped and the BMX track in the infield was moved to a different area of the fairgrounds,” Wolfe said. “I think it’s the nicest facility within 300 miles.”last_img read more