Water charges will sink workers

first_imgEmail THE regional president for St Vincent de Paul in the Mid West is urging the government to reconsider the proposed water charges of €4.88 per 1000 litres due to fears that it will push already struggling families over the edge.The St Vincent de Paul (SVP) organisation says the charge – one of the highest in Europe – will have serious implications for low income families.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Michael Murphy, of SVP Mid West told the Limerick Post: “What we’re beginning to see is people in lower paid employment who are really struggling and who don’t get any benefits, and yet their income might only be marginally different to people who are on social welfare.“We’ve had extra charges such as the property tax and now we’re following this with the water rates, and these people will have to pay all these charges. They are in employment so there’s no way of avoiding it.”Mr Murphy remarked that the added burden on low income households “doesn’t do anything to encourage people to be in the workforce and to pay their way”.“There are people who are just about keeping their heads above water and they are being hit with more charges. This needs to be looked at again, because it’s being brought in in a hasty manner at the moment,” he added.The SVP is now calling on the government to revise the charges, with particular regard to people on minimum wage and in low-paid employment.Mr Murphy concluded: “Examples are being given that it’s being brought in to improve the situation where we’re losing up to 50 per cent of our water through a porous water system that has been underfunded by the State and it’s just not good enough that the people are being punished and made to pay for it.“So far, all we’ve seen is the enormous cost of setting up this operation. The money is not being spent on the infrastructure.” Previous articleWaiting for Millennium midnight hourNext articleSt Michael’s Rowing Club take to Limerick’s streets John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook NewsWater charges will sink workersBy John Keogh – August 7, 2014 528 Irish Water defers introduction of new business charges during the Covid 19 emergency TAGSIrish WaterSociety of St Vincent de Paul Pictures reveal damage caused by wipes being flushed down Limerick’s loos RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printcenter_img Advertisement Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks Irish Water to replace old water mains on St Nessan’s Road WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area Abbeyfeale water supply gets the all clearlast_img read more

TeleHealth: A Mission Critical 5G Use Case

first_imgDell Technologies, VMware and Telenor have collaborated closely to fully leverage and realize the potential and promise of 5G, Edge and machine learning innovation applied to a TeleHealth use case as part of a broader commitment to doing research and development going forward.Health Service Administrators are looking at how advanced technology can play an enabling role in transforming healthcare delivery. Enabled by 5G and integrated Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), the design of better-connected and coordinated IT services will dramatically advance urgent healthcare delivery. The development of these new models will create improved experiences and life enhancing outcomes for patients in their care.The vision of our Proof-of-Concept (PoC), which we’ll be showing at our booth at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, was to examine the scenario of possible stroke victims at a remote locations. We show how the continuous collection and streaming of patient data is enabled from initial contact through to arrival at the destination hospital emergency department.We demonstrate that the seamless composition of services will provide a secure, reliable, low-latency mobile HD video link from a remote ambulance to a hospital and an Edge assisted remote stroke assessment application that shortens the time to assess and provide urgent care to potential stroke victims (and save lives). The availability of remote, real-time HD video streaming from paramedics to the hospital emergency room or medical specialists enables more intelligent and timely decision making and improves the probability of better patient outcomes.Additionally, new health assessment innovations, such as the telestroke application, are being developed to enable faster remote diagnosis; combining machine learning and real-time edge computing. This mission critical use case scenario (figure below) was approached from and end-to-end perspective, focusing on several key new 5G network capabilities that include:E2E Networking Slicing – leveraging Open Source Management & Orchestration (OSM) capability to provide virtual multi-layer slice from core, SDN/NFV, to radio access to enforce QoE requirements on common infrastructureMulti-Access Edge Computing (MEC)– common infrastructure platform, based on Dell Technologies hardware and VMware Integrated Openstack (VIO) and software-defined networking (NSX), supporting the hosting of virtual applications for low latency, as well as hardware acceleration and GPU for ML/Analytics capabilitiesHardware Acceleration – GPU offload of x86 CPU for video, image processing, ML/Analytics and real-time processingIntelligent workload placement – as the ambulance moves between different edge sites toward the hospital, OSM instantiates, monitors and scales out critical VNFs to the appropriate MEC siteAutomation and Programmability – OSM provides cross-plane/domain orchestration, FCAPS management in concert with vRealize Operations Manager and QoE slice management 5G, IoT, Network Slicing and Multi-Access Edge Computing are transformative to the Telecom architecture, ecosystem and partnerships, as well as operating model. Dell Technologies is at the forefront of 5G innovation and actively participating in EU 5G research projects, relevant standards & open source consortia and with 5G/Edge use case development with the leading Telecom Service Providers. We are leveraging this innovation work to solve real problems as well as increase our understanding of vertical solution requirements and business drivers to build our 5G partner ecosystem. Dell Technologies provides common validated 4G and 5G NFVi and edge computing solutions that are open and integrated with both commercial and open source partners.To learn more about the TeleHealth collaboration effort or all our NFV, Edge, 5G and IoT solutions come visit the Dell Technologies booth at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Hall 3 – Stand 3M11, from Feb 25-28, or watch the video series.We would like to thank our partners on the EU Horizon 2020 program, SliceNet and Telenor, for their help developing this PoC. The SliceNet project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 761913.last_img read more

Pinnick Restates Faith in Rohr to Make Eagles Soar

first_imgRUSSIA 2018Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaPresident of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has restated his faith Super Eagles Franco-German gaffer, Gernot Rohr, to deliver at the World Cup in Russia next.Rohr was rewarded with a fresh two-year contract a fortnight ago after leading Nigeria to qualify for Russia 2018 with Group B last game against Algeria to spare. Speaking on the World Sport programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) from the station’s London studio yesterday,Pinnick is also banking on the youthful team assembled by Rohr to do Nigeria proud next year.“We have a coach who has the mentality of a winner, and he has imbibed the players with the same attitude.“We can do very well at the World Cup in Russia. I am very delighted that we have a team for tomorrow; a team for the next (2022) World Cup finals,” stressed Pinnick who also doubles as a CAF executive committee member.“First and foremost, I must commend all the 32 qualified teams because they came from very intense qualifying campaigns. What will then matter at the finals in Russia are factors such as the quality of preparation by each team, the mental state of the players and prayers from back home.He admitted that the Super Eagles were in a decent group.“We are in a ‘decent group.’ Argentina have such a high pedigree and Croatia and Iceland are very good. Iceland reached the quarter –finals of the European Championship last year and topped their qualifying group, so there are no minnows in there.He commended the African football body CAF for its decision to support the continent’s five flagbearers’ preparations for Russia 2018 with much –needed cash..“We are banking on good preparation and the belief that our young players have in themselves. I am also happy that CAF is weighing in with some good money ($500,000 each) to support the preparation of the African flag –bearers. I can also tell you that CAF is looking to see an African team in the semi –finals or even to go all the way to win the trophy.”Pinnick said nobody gave the Super Eagles any chance of defeating Argentina in a friendly in Krasnodar 20 days ago.“African players light up the English Premiership every weekend. Liverpool FC appear not to be able to do without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and Chelsea FC sometimes struggle without Victor Moses. We have bright prospects in Russia.”Nigeria will trade tackles with two –time world champions and reigning world vice champions Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in Group D at Russia 2018.Argentina narrowly won all four previous FIFA World Cup clashes with Nigeria (all at group phase: 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014) but the Eagles have lashed the La Albiceleste in two prestige friendlies (2011 and 2014), while honours in two clashes in the final of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament (1996 and 2008) have been shared.Eagles have never played Croatia – the small East European nation that shocked the world by winning bronze medals at her maiden FIFA World Cup appearance in 1998.Nigeria and Iceland have met only once before in history – a friendly match in Reykjavik on 22nd August 1981 that the Strakarnir Okkar (Our Boys) won 3-0. It was part of the Eagles’ preparation for the final round of qualifiers for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, which they lost to Algeria home and away.Incidentally, the two teams’ clash in Russia will also be on the twenty –second day of the month – 22nd June 2018 in Volgograd.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more