Network Ireland brings a different kind of resilience to Thomond Park

first_imgLimerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Limerick on Covid watch list Print Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin Facebook Twitter Mary Killeen Fitzgerald, Limerick LEO; former rugby international Fiona Steed and Network Ireland President Helen Wycherley at the launch of the International Women’s Day event in Thomond Park.Photo: Brian ArthurAS THE home of Munster Rugby, Thomond Park has seen its fair share of endurance and determination on the sporting front.On Friday, March 8  it will be the venue for a major event to mark International Women’s Day when the focus will be on building a different kind of resilience.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Hosted by Network Ireland, the Women in Business conference will be attended by hundreds of budding entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals and leaders in indigenous and multinational organisations to non-profits, charities, arts and the public sector.Network Ireland’s International Women’s Day event normally takes place in Dublin but its president Helen Wycherley, who has strong ties with Limerick and Munster Rugby, decided to move the location to Thomond Park.Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Limerick said that the event would strengthen the partnership between LEO Limerick and Network Ireland.Speakers include former Ireland rugby international, Fiona Steed and performance coach, Gerry Hussey. The event MC is journalist Deirdre O’Shaughnessy. The theme for this year’s conference is #BuildingResilience.President of Network Ireland, Helen Wycherley said: “We want to focus on #BuildingResilience – for ourselves and our businesses. It is important to develop a positive and resilient mind-set to conquer the challenges we as businesswomen encounter. Our celebration of International Women’s Day will be a fantastic, inspiring, fun event for all with endless opportunity for learning and connecting with other women in business from across the country.”“Through my presidency of Network Ireland, I want to help women to fulfil their potential by empowering them to step up and do more. That is why I’ve chosen #StepUp as the theme for 2019.“I want to help and support our members, to do more and be more. So this year will be all about empowering women to step up to the challenge, to be ready to seize opportunities as they arise, to be confident and go for that promotion, apply for that grant application, go on State boards or take more risks and to say “I can” not “I might” or “maybe”.Tickets for the event are available at https://networkirelandiwd2019.eventbrite.ieby Rebecca [email protected] Email Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic BusinessNewsNetwork Ireland brings a different kind of resilience to Thomond ParkBy Staff Reporter – February 19, 2019 2849 TAGSbusinessEventLimerick City and CountyNews Previous articleCall for directly elected Mayors to be given executive powersNext articleAaron Gillane, Power Plays and Peaking Early: Talking Points from Nowlan Park conquest Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up last_img read more

Study links air pollutants with childhood obesity rates

first_imgLong-term exposure to near-roadway pollution and secondhand tobacco smoke correlates to childhood obesity, according to a study released last week by researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC.Five of the study’s authors are in the Keck Department of Preventive Medicine.Discovery · Professor Robert McConnell, M.D., Ph.D. is the lead researcher on a study that links air pollution with childhood obesity rates. – Photo courtesy of Kristin DessieDr. Rob McConnell, lead author on the study, found evidence that reveals a direct connection between higher childhood obesity among children who are exposed to more air pollutants than in those who are not, and that exposures to tobacco smoke and to near-roadway pollution combine for a greater effect. The results were released on Wednesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.According to McConnell, the adverse effects of mixed air pollutants have been well-known for an extended period of time.“The effect of smog that blankets a whole community and large parts of the community has been known for a long time,” McConnell said. “Near-roadway pollution probably has a different mixture of pollutants in it, and it probably has effects that are independent from regional pollution.”McConnell also listed other conditions such as respiratory illness, asthma and diabetes as by-products of exposure to a mixture of air pollutants. The evidence for the study derives from longitudinal research conducted via a series of experiments and data collected since 1992.The results from the USC study include data from children living throughout Southern California. By measuring height and weight, McConnell and his colleagues analyzed residence proximity to roadways, prevailing wind direction in the area and lifetime tobacco smoke exposure in order to determine their effects on children’s weight.“The amount that is accounted for by the combined exposure to secondhand smoke and near-roadway exposure is about 13 pounds,” he said. “Somewhere around the order of 5 or 6 percent of excess body weight … It’s a big effect that we are seeing.”McConnell said that by studying the impact lifetime exposure to pollution has on the children once they become adults, the team can get a more thorough understanding of the potential correlation to obesity.“We have a population now that’s just turning 18, and in those young adults we will be looking at lifetime exposure to pollution and how that relates to body fat and also characteristics of body fat,” he said.McConnell says the research team plans to study body fat distribution within this population and also potential blood markers that could indicate pre-diabetes.The study also revealed that pollution could potentially impact the brain in terms of how people make decisions about the food they eat.“There is evidence that air pollution has effects on the brain and as a result of that, people eat more, or it can be changing metabolism in some way,” McConnell said. “It could be acting on fat and changing the way fat metabolizes calories or the way that we metabolize fat[s] that are in storage.”McConnell noted the importance of isolating biological explanations for this phenomenon rather than evidence associated more with socioeconomic factors.“The important thing is that these effects that we are seeing have some biologically plausible mechanisms. I think that makes it more likely that these are real effects of these combustion product exposures and not just explained by socioeconomic status or other social factors that might be associated with where you live and your weight,” McConnell said. “We do our best to adjust for social factors that might explain these relationships and they don’t … We haven’t been able to find other explanations for it besides the air pollution and secondhand smoke.”When asked how the evidence might affect USC students, McConnell offered several suggestions based on his research.First, McConnell urged USC students to engage in physical exercise in a non-polluted area that is separate from busy, highly populated streets with vehicles. Students who jog down Figueroa Street, for example, are at an increased risk of breathing in pollutants as opposed to students who exercise in other areas such as the Lyon Center.Secondly, McConnell suggested that students live in an area far from busy intersections. Finally, he proposed that a call to action must be made by lawmakers and scientists to create policy change.“The latest findings by Dr. McConnell reveal new and shocking potential harms caused by cigarette smoking and air pollution,” said Jason Boren, a registered nurse at the USC University Hospital. “It’s a privilege to be a part of a team such as USC Keck Medical Center, that places such a high priority on preventative medicine.”last_img read more

Youth Football fundraiser at Knights of Columbus raised money for equipment, uniforms and goal posts

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington Youth Football organization held a barbecue/bake sale fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus Saturday afternoon.The event was to raise money for equipment, uniforms and goal posts. The event ran until 3 p.m. Saturday. Pictures at top were youth football players: Maddox Miller, Diego Gutierrez and Michael Nelson with coaches Jeremy Davis, Andy Olsen and Dustin Martin in the background. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more