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Another first for UL with altitude training centre

first_imgAdvertisement IRELAND’S first residential altitude training centre has opened at the University of Limerick. The state-of-the-art facility provides elite sportspeople the opportunity to undertake altitude training while also availing of the world-class sports facilities on campus at UL. The project has been undertaken and funded by Plassey Campus Centre. Athletes from all endurance sports; athletics, swimming, rowing, cycling, triathlon, boxing and team sports such as rugby, football, hockey can benefit from altitude training.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up With no natural high altitude site available in Ireland, many Irish athletes have been forced to travel abroad to training at considerable financial cost. Professor Phil Jakeman, director of the centre, explains altitude training: “The success of this mode of performance enhancement is underwritten by the fact that altitude training has been used by virtually every medallist competing in endurance-based sports over the past 10 years.“Currently, the most effective training programme involves ‘living’ at an altitude of 2000m to 3000m for a period of 14-28 days. “This is normally achieved by athletes travelling abroad to high altitude camps away from their normal training environment and support structures.“Athletes residing at this altitude find it impossible to maintain their sea-level training programme and therefore, must undertake a daily trek to an altitude below 1500m to train, returning to altitude again overnight. “Furthermore, this type of residential altitude setting provides only one altitude, a one-size-fits-all approach that defies best practice in terms of specificity of training”.The National Altitude Centre at UL comprises of seven bedrooms, a shared living space which can cater for up to seven athletes at any given time. The facility has installed an hypoxic air conditioning system that allows independent control of the ‘simulated altitude’ in each room, thereby optimising the altitude response for each athlete. The system is capable of simulating an altitude range from sea level to 5000m”. Previous articleThree suicide letters a week because of debtNext articleMajor drug dealer found guilty in heroin seizure trial admin Linkedin Email WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Print Facebook NewsLocal NewsAnother first for UL with altitude training centreBy admin – May 22, 2012 633 last_img read more

Plácido Domingo event at Harvard postponed

first_imgDue to an unexpected change in circumstances, “Giving Voice: A Conversation with Plácido Domingo,” scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, has been postponed. A date and ticketing information for the rescheduled event will be announced by the presenters, which include the Division of Arts and Humanities, Office for the Arts at Harvard, and Instituto Cervantes Observatory of the Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures.Patrons who obtained tickets for October 22 through the Harvard Box Office online or by phone will have their handling fees refunded; for more information, call 617.496.2222.Plácido Domingo has sung 147 opera roles and has given more than 3,600 career performances. His repertoire spans the gamut from Mozart to Verdi and Berlioz to Puccini. He performs in every important opera house in the world and has made more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets, and crossover discs. He has won 13 Grammy Awards and has made more than 50 music videos.Domingo is the former general director of Washington National Opera; currently he is the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director of Los Angeles Opera, which, under his guidance, has become one of America’s most significant opera ensembles.For more information, visit the Office for the Arts website or call 617.495.8676.last_img read more

A step closer to clinical predictors of inhalational anthrax

first_imgFindings from researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine may offer physicians further help in quickly and accurately distinguishing early inhalational anthrax from other respiratory conditions—a vitally important skill if a widespread anthrax emergency were to occur.The scientists, whose report is published in the Jul 31 issue of The Lancet, found that the definitive predictor of inhalational anthrax was the chest radiograph. The presence of mediastinal widening or pleural effusion was 100% sensitive (95% confidence interval [CI], 84.6-100.0) for inhalational anthrax, 71.8% specific (CI, 64.8-78.1) for inhalational anthrax when compared with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), and 95.6% specific (CI, 90.0-98.5) for inhalational anthrax compared with influenza-like illness (ILI).The matched case-control study involved 47 historical cases of confirmed inhalational anthrax, 36 of them naturally occurring from 1880 through 1976 and 11 of them from the 2001 anthrax attack, and 376 cases of CAP or ILI seen in the emergency department of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, between January 2000 and February 2003.Before comparing the anthrax patients with the controls, the authors compared laboratory, chest radiograph, and autopsy findings between the naturally occurring and the bioterorrism-related anthrax cases and found no significant differences. “The chest radiograph findings of the two case groups were remarkably similar,” according to the authors. An accompanying commentary points out that the similarity of the two anthrax groups suggests that “the weaponisation process might not influence disease progression.” The anthrax spores used in the 2001 attack were electrostatically charged to make them more easily dispersible, and they were covered with polymerized glass and silica to prevent clumping.In addition to the chest film findings, additional clinical characteristics found in the study to be more common in inhalational anthrax patients than in those with CAP or ILI included nausea, vomiting, pallor or cyanosis, diaphoresis, altered mental status, and elevated hematocrit levels. Similar results have been reported in other studies, but the authors of the present study point out that they included substantially more anthrax cases and used matched controls for comparison.The authors acknowledge several limitations of their study, including the fact that because they used historical reports for the anthrax cases, their measurements of predictor variables are “inherently incomplete.” That they found such clear similarity between the naturally occurring and the more recent, more completely documented bioterrorism-related cases may dispel this concern somewhat, however. They also point out the possibility of misclassification of some of the CAP and ILI controls in their study. Finally, they note that clinical characteristics of inhalational anthrax may be subtle or even absent early in the disease, which could have affected the results. Because of these limitations, “Studies using prospectively colleced information from controls should be done to corroborate, modify, or refute our findings,” they conclude.Kyriacou DN, Stein AD, Yarnold P, et al. Clinical predictors of bioterrorism-related inhalational anthrax. Lancet 2004 Jul 31;364(9432):449-52 [Abstract]See also:CDC document on distinguishing ILI from inhalational anthrax (Nov 9, 2001)http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5044a5.htmCDC interim guidelines for clinical evaluation of suspected anthrax cases (Nov 2, 2001)http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5043a1.htmArticle in Feb 1, 2003, Clinical Infectious Diseases: “Clinical features that discriminate inhalational anthrax from other acute respiratory illnesses”http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/346035last_img read more

‘Dirty, smelly, awful’ is turning into gold for our newest millionaires

first_imgProperty investor and renovator Vivienne Halliday at her latest project in Bardon. Pic Peter WallisA new breed of millionaires has emerged in Queensland, who buy, renovate and flip properties, making as much as $100,000 off just eight weeks’ work.This as experts find women, especially in their mid-40s to 50s, increasingly using property flipping as a strategy to supercharge retirement funds and even head into early retirement.Dale Beaumont, author of Secrets of Property Millionaires Exposedsaid there were three ways to make money off property — buying really well, holding for a long period of time or adding value through renovation, addition or subdivision.“In a rising market you can add tens to hundreds of thousands to a property,” he told The Sunday-Mail. “Now is a really great time (to buy for flipping). It’s definitely a buyers market. There is less competition right now.” A survey by the School of Renovating found two in every five women renovating to flip properties was 45 to 54 years old, while a third were older 55 to 64. Most use subcontractors to do the work but two-thirds take on some of the DIY themselves.Property investor Vivienne Halliday, 56, has flipped 10 properties and plans to do two more a year for the next three years before “semi-retirement”. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE: Is first homebuyer 5pc deposit for real? Fixer uppers in prized locations hot for buyers Brisbane house price hits new high Sun finally shines on Townsville market “I’m looking for dirty, smelly, really awful from the outside. That sort of thing reduces buyers so I don’t have much competition and it helps get the price down. It has to be well below market value,” she said of the properties chosen for flips.“I’ve always loved property, old houses especially but my husband works Fly In, Fly Out, so it’s my way to getting some money to get him home (earlier).”She started on “little bits” around her home then threw herself into learning about property investment and began buying and flipping. “I saw what other people were doing, buying one that had land to subdivide and a house to renovate, then sell both.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoHuge Aerial Panorama of the Brisbane Skyline, Queensland, Australia. Converted from RAW.The most she’s ever spent on a renovation, she said was $120,000, because the home was so run down by white ants it needed a new roof.“Most are below that, I try and keep the costs low because that’s your profit.”Profit, she said, was about “$100,000 per property” but “that depends on where it is”.“I’m certainly not going to say no to a good $20-30,000 profit if it’s quick and easy but I aim for $100,000.”Mr Beaumont said “typically you want the worst house in the street or one that will require a lot of TLC” to do a fix and flip well.For the greater Brisbane area, he recommended areas 15km outside the city, where there was “good public transport and a good family area”.His top tip was to find two or three suburbs that met that criteria, look at 100 properties that have sold there, make offers on five and “hopefully one or two will be accepted”.“Once you’ve seen 100 properties, you know what represents good value and what doesn’t,” he said. And, he said, whatever happened, “do not become emotionally connected” to properties.“It’s a great time to buy slightly under market value, and when the market does bounce back you will already have equity. What you could do is buy properties now that have potential for renovation in future, hold on for two years and then renovate a little bit later on.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

CL:Michael Essien wary of Atletico Madrid fans

first_imgAC Milan midfielder Michael Essien has admitted that the Vicente Calderon will be intimidating for his side when they face Atletico Madrid in their Champions League round 16 return leg clash on Tuesday night.The former Real Madrid player acknowledges that Atletico Madrid fans will play a huge role as Milan seek to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.Essien has claimed that the supporters inside the Vicente Calderon will be a factor.“We know the kind of atmosphere that the Atletico fans can produce here,” he told a Press conference.“We know we’ll be able to feel that, but we’re here to play football.”Essien then commented on this being a special occasion for himself, having played for Real Madrid, and his arrival at San Siro. “Yes, this is something of a small derby for me!“I had the offer of coming to Milan, and then Seedorf arrived. [Chelsea boss Jose] Mourinho told me it was a good option.”last_img read more