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_imgFor veterans and others entering inpatient psychiatric care, an admissions screening can be key to identifying the most appropriate treatment. But a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that hospitals run by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) are failing to ask patients important questions about their trauma history, substance use, violence risk, and strengths (such as optimism and stable employment) 39 percent of the time, on average. By comparison, the study found that for-profit and nonprofit hospitals conduct such screenings nearly all of the time.The researchers also found that the VA is falling short on other quality measures. For example, they found the VA failed to provide appropriate justification for discharging patients on multiple antipsychotics 61 percent of the time, and created a continuing care plan for patients upon discharge just about half of the time.The study was published online Oct. 17, 2016 in Psychiatric Services.“These results are very troubling,” said lead author Morgan Shields, S.M. ’16. “They further substantiate the need for VA hospitals to receive greater regulation and financial resources.” Shields, now a doctoral student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, conducted the research while a student at Harvard Chan School.She and co-author Meredith Rosenthal, professor of health economics and policy, looked at how well VA, for-profit, and nonprofit hospitals perform on seven quality measures for inpatient psychiatric care. According to Shields, researchers and policymakers need more data to improve the mental health care system Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_img “Being a small community and with a great liberal arts coordination, I was able to take a lot of social sciences that my colleagues weren’t able to take,” he said. “Your inner ear is in tune with gravity. You are made for this planet, and when you leave it, it is confusing for your head and your eyes,” Ford said. Ford said experiencing a new view of earth was one of the most memorable experiences of his 2009 trip to the International Space Station, which lasted almost fourteen days. “The coolest parts are that you have a view of the planet out of the window, and the zero gravity,” he said. “Almost everything you do, gravity is somehow involved. Just doing little things involved a little forethought.” “I knew I wanted to fly when I was 13 or 14. I wanted to be an Air Force pilot and maybe be an airline pilot down the road,” he said. “I took flight lessons when I was 16, and worked at a grocery store to pay for it, so that should tell you how much I wanted it.” Prior to his time at NASA, Ford was a member of the Air Force for 18 years — something he said was a near lifelong dream. Ford, who is scheduled to return to the International Space Station in October of 2012, said he believes the drive to succeed is what enabled him to achieve his dreams, and is the key to success for Notre Dame students. Ford said it takes years to train to be certified as a flight-ready astronaut. Once he was assigned to his flight, he had a little over a year to train with his team. Ford says it took him a while to be accepted into the astronaut-training program, which he began in August of 2000. He said though zero gravity was an entertaining aspect of his time aboard the space staion, it did present its challenges to the human body, especially in terms of acclimating to the new conditions.center_img Though they were just about to be launched into space, the flight crew sitting in the cockpit of the space shuttle Discovery was not too nervous just prior to their Aug. 28, 2009 launch, according to astronaut Kevin Ford. “I applied three times before I was accepted. I still have the rejection letters at home,” he said. While at Notre Dame, Ford was a member of the Air Force ROTC and lived in Morrissey Manor. He said that Notre Dame prepared him in ways for his career and training that no other school could. “Quite frankly, I don’t think anyone in our cockpit was nervous. If you are nervous about anything, it’s about throwing the correct switch at the right time,” he said. “After being on the launch pad for three hours in a space suit, it is nice to be launched into space.” Ford, a 1982 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in aerospace engineering, participated in the flag presentation ceremony prior to this weekend’s football game between Notre Dame and Stanford. “A big part of training is astronaut candidate training, which lasts about a year and a half to two years. You get some hands on and leadership training,” he said. “They also teach you some technical training that you will need to fly a space shuttle. After completing this you are assignable to a space flight.” He also said Notre Dame’s course requirements helped make him a stronger student by forcing him to take classes he normally would not take, which has paid off in his career as an astronaut. “It’s a special place to get a good feel for other people’s point of view. The fact that Notre Dame has this real diverse attitude provides well,” he said. “Patience is required in training, and you are essentially a student for something that has risk associated with it.” “Consider your life and educational experiences. If you have a dream or goal, persistence is a virtue. Don’t be afraid to get out there,” he said.last_img read more


first_img Skip 1 min. story Coming Next Top articles David Luiz had a night to forget as Arsenal were well beaten at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright and Lee Dixon agreed that David Luiz had used up all his chances and should be pushed towards the exit door at Arsenal following his horror show performance in the side’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.Luiz started on the substitutes bench for Arsenal’s first game back at an empty Etihad on Wednesday night but was introduced by Mikel Arteta in the 24th minute after Pablo Mari pulled up with a suspected hamstring injury.Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock right on half-time after Luiz failed to clear a pass from Kevin De Bruyne and the defender’s night soon got even worse as he clumsily brought down Riyad Mahrez inside the penalty area. Comment Ian Wright and Lee Dixon agree over David Luiz’s future after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City PLAY 1/1 SPONSORED Full Screen by Metro Read More Video Settings Read More Guardiola reacts to Man City’s 3-0 victory over ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:09FullscreenGuardiola reacts to Man City’s 3-0 victory over Arsenalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/guardiola-reacts-man-citys-3-0-victory-arsenal-2194084/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Wright reluctantly agreed with Dixon regarding Luiz’s future but felt it was a shame as the defender has been an important member of the dressing room since arriving from Chelsea.‘Playing in front of Dicko [Lee Dixon] and the guys for so many years, they didn’t make mistakes like that. Never. Never saw anything,’ the former Arsenal striker said.‘I’d love to say Martin Keown did just so I could wind him up but not even he made many mistakes. ‘At this stage of David Luiz’s career and where Arsenal are going – and it was unfortunate for Pablo Mari tonight – but I’d probably have to agree with Dicko there. AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Maybe it might be time unfortunately for David Luiz, because apparently he’s very good in the dressing room, he’s got a lot of experience. ‘But I think what we saw with quite a young team, an experienced player like that making those mistakes, it literally drained them and you can see after a while City are going to get in control and you’ve really have got an uphill task after that so I’d probably go with what Dicko says.’Has David Luiz played his last match for Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jamie Carragher worried by Mikel Arteta’s response to David Luiz horror show for Arsenal against Man CityMORE: Bacary Sagna mocks Arsenal over David Luiz red card in Manchester City defeat Arteta speaks out after Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Man CityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:04FullscreenArteta speaks out after Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Man Cityhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-speaks-arsenals-3-0-loss-man-city-2194078/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Asked what he would do with Luiz if he was in Arteta’s position, Dixon replied: ‘You sell him or give him away. ‘It’s gone on for too long and I’ve got nothing personal against David Luiz but we’ve all watched the mistakes he makes. ‘Even when he’s playing really well and he seems in control of the game – especially at home he’s got that lovely languid style about him and he finds his passing – I always think, any moment now [he will make a mistake]. ‘He must be an absolute dream to play against. Wrighty [Ian Wright] would be playing him all day, standing in certain areas and making him uncomfortable. And even if Wrighty didn’t get a kick, he’d know he would get one chance and probably score that chance. ‘So as a striker playing against him, it doesn’t matter how bad you’re playing or how well he’s playing, you’re always in the game because you fancy your chances that he’s going to give you something.’ Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE / Read More Read More During his candid post-match interview with Sky Sports, Luiz accepted the blame for the loss and admitted he should have made an earlier decision over his contract situation, with his current deal due to expire later this month.Reacting to the defeat, ex-Arsenal right-back Dixon told Premier League Productions: ‘It was men against boys. If you’re going to stand a chance against Manchester City you’ve got to play really well, you’ve got to hope they don’t play so well and you’ve got to keep all your men on the pitch. ‘And, unfortunately, with David Luiz there’s always a chance of him either making mistake or getting himself sent off and he did double tonight so it was a poor night in the end for Arsenal for City were brilliant.’ The Brazil international took the blame for Arsenal’s defeat after the final whistle (Picture: Getty)Luiz was given his marching orders by referee Michael Oliver and De Bruyne slotted past Bernd Leno with the resulting penalty before Phil Foden but the icing on the cake for City with a close-range strike at the death. 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