UL researcher to spearhead cancer research

first_imgPrint Email A RESEARCHER at the University of Limerick is to bring together medical experts to generate a world-class environment for cancer research. Dr Patrick Kiely has been selected to spearhead the project by the Irish Association for Cancer Research (IACR), to which he was recently elected.A native of Tarbert, Co Kerry, Dr Kiely was recently appointed Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences at UL, Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up where is he also principal investigator of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology.His research is predominantly focused on understanding how cancer cells migrate from primary tumours.Dr Kiely believes that understanding this further may reveal fresh approaches to targeting cancer and other neurodegenerative diseases. Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img NewsLocal NewsUL researcher to spearhead cancer researchBy admin – July 26, 2011 560 Advertisement Previous articleVillagers for the Milk MarketNext articlePea and lettuce soup admin Linkedinlast_img read more

Plitvice Lakes National Park is working on a “zero waste” strategy. What does this mean in practice?

first_imgPlitvice Lakes National Park, the very word and symbol is at first associated with green and sustainable development. Although the opposite was true until a few years ago, things have started to change. Some of the significant problems have been solved, such as congestion of visitors to the case of a septic tank, and today the situation is much better than several years ago. “The management plan sets basic goals in achieving the vision of the National Park, according to which a good way of managing the protected area and cooperation with the local community are the foundation of sustainable development. In achieving these goals, special attention should be paid to preserving the unique universal value of the Park, preserving the tradition and cultural identity of the area, sustainable development of the local community and building a partnership in which the local community recognizes the Park as part of its identity.”States Tomislav Kovačević, director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. “As a national park under UNESCO protection, the importance of the impact on nature conservation and raising awareness of waste reduction is an important determinant of action for us. As we manage a number of catering and accommodation facilities, we are faced with the great challenge of reducing our environmental impact. Through the numerous activities and projects we have started, we strive for a “zero waste” strategy”States from the Plitvice Lakes National Park. USE OF LOWER ENERGY CONSUMABLING LIGHT AND FAVORABLE FOR THE FAUNA . In this way, the Plitvice Lakes National Park procures electricity from certified hydropower plants, with special attention paid to evidence of the harmlessness of the power plant’s impact on the environment and the disposal of hazardous waste, according to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. In 2018, Plitvice Lakes National Park introduced new lighting that uses LED technology that consumes up to 50% less electricity and is more favorable for wildlife because the light is not scattered in all directions but is directed only to the narrower area around the trail. The lighting is also programmed to work at 40% intensity for most of the night when there is no need for intense light. Today, more than ever, the focus is on sustainable development and ecology, and destinations that go that route will certainly benefit. Tourism, if well managed, can support nature conservation while contributing to sustainable development and providing opportunities for income and a better quality of life for local people, the WWF said, adding that caring for natural heritage through protected areas is key to sustainable development and foundation. is socio-economic well-being. A more efficient and ecologically oriented form of tourism or ecotourism. SUSTAINABLE DISPOSAL OF FOOD RESIDUES IN HOTEL JEZERO But let’s go in order… the story for this article attracted me to the news that the Plitvice Lakes National Park uses electricity from renewable sources. It is for this reason that together with the Jezero Hotel of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, it has joined forces in a food waste reduction project. Crowds of tourists coming to the Adriatic beaches, islands, towns and cities are the cause of enormous pressure on both infrastructure and natural resources. In response, WWF points out our protected areas are looking for new, commercially viable alternatives in the form of ecotourism. However, they have been using it for the last two years, and this week, for the second year in a row, they received a certificate from the holder of the ZelEn certificate, which confirms that 6.351 MWh of electricity from renewable sources was delivered. You can download the management plan of the Plitvice Lakes National Park until 2028 here The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been the leading voice for nature for more than half a century, and they also operate in Croatia. WWF: Mass tourism is not sustainable for nature Unfortunately, Croatia does not lag behind global data. We throw away about 400.000 tonnes of food a year, contributing to European figures of around a staggering 90 million tonnes, which is about 20 per cent of total food production. i.e. 173 kilograms per capita. The value of the food thrown away is 143 billion euros. Also, natural resources are consumed for food production, distribution and storage and further increased ecological footprint. That is why the World Conservation Organization (WWF) has recognized food waste as one of the most important programs of its work. “It is extremely important to us that the flora and fauna feel the presence of man and his technologies as little as possible, so this project was of great importance.” states from Plitvice Lakes. By the way, this is green energy obtained exclusively from renewable sources, which is delivered by HEP through the ZelEn certificate. Also, the buyer of ZelEn acquires the right to use the protected stamp ZelEn – Friend of nature for promotional and marketing purposes, which is already an imperative today, then a big trend. Otherwise, green electricity, at least according to HEP, is more expensive, ie an additional 20 euro cents or about 1,5 kuna / MWh. Of course, there are, and will be more and more, various green sustainable certificates or certificates on the market that a company cares about the environment by using energy from renewable sources or encourages sustainable development. Green is the new “black” in today’s modern business, and the world of consumers about sustainable development is getting bigger and bigger. And that is exactly the key to transforming our business from “black” to “green” as much as possible. Photo: Pixabay.com With the introduction of biodegradable packaging in 2015, the process of removing plastic from the business began, and all generated waste in the hotel is separated, while bio waste is used for the production of bio fuel and animal feed. Food waste is a big challenge today. Due to its huge amount, but also the use of soil, water and energy for the purpose of producing excessive amounts of food, our footprint on the planet is extremely large, and analyzes indicate that as much as 70% of biodiversity is lost by deforestation to agricultural land. Photo: NP PJ Promotional materials are printed on eco paper, food is procured through green procurement and cooperation with WWF. “With proper internal communication, communication with guests in our hotels through informative and educational messages and excellent cooperation with WWF on this commendable project, we believe in excellent results and we are proud that our largest hotel Jezero was among the first hotels in Croatia with this project. ”conclude from the NP of Plitvice Lakes. Sustainable tourism is defined by the UNWTO as tourism that fully takes into account current and future economic, social and environmental effects, takes care of the needs of visitors, sectors, environment and destination Therefore sustainable tourism should make optimal use of environmental resources which are a key element of tourism development, retaining essential ecological processes and helping to protect natural heritage and biodiversity. Respect socio-cultural authenticity destinations, to preserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and to contribute to intercultural understanding and tolerance, and to ensure that economic activities sustainable and long-term. Sustainable tourism as an imperative In response to these key issues in Croatia, WWF focused on four components in its work on tourism: the project should have a positive impact on the environment and contribute to nature protection and conservation, commercial sustainability, local community development and respect for culture. Local circumstances, traditions and values, as well as human rights and gender, must be respected. Read more about the work of WWF HERE Plitvice Lakes National Park finally has a clear Management Plan, visitor counters, online ticket purchase, electric vehicles as well as electric boats are used, products from local family farms are encouraged and used, and they received the green light from UNESCO, which has just monitored all protection processes and even threatened to remove Plitvice Lakes from the UNESCO list. What is a fact, the situation today is much different than 5 or more years ago. Mass tourism is not inclined to care about nature – and the consequences are disastrous. Tourism is one of the main causes of ecological collapse in the region. Some once untouched places can no longer be rebuilt today. Unsustainable tourism activities also have a negative impact on protected areas. We also know the negative effect of Instagram destinations, where they suddenly become so popular that they ruin an entire destination that simply cannot accommodate so many tourists. last_img read more

‘Extreme users’: One in six Kiwi teens online for 6+ hours a day

first_imgNZ Herald 19 April 2017Family First Comment: “Overall the survey has found that Kiwi 15-year-olds average 163 minutes online outside school each weekday, up from 98 minutes in 2012. The times are almost identical for girls (165 minutes) and boys (161 minutes).”But nobody is asking some key questions! What effect is it having on children’s physical health (e.g. eyes) and what are they NOT doing while they’re looking at screens (e.g. Physical activities, outdoors, socialising, empathising etc)One in six Kiwi 15-year-olds is now online for more than six hours a day, an international survey has found.The Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) tested 540,000 15-year-olds across 73 countries, including 4453 in New Zealand, mainly on their educational performance.Its latest report, covering the students’ personal wellbeing in 2015, shows that Kiwi 15-year-olds classed as “extreme” internet users because they are online outside school hours on weekdays for at least six hours a day have almost trebled from 6.1 per cent in the last survey in 2012 to 17.3 per cent.Their schoolwork is suffering: 31 per cent of the “extreme” group had skipped a day’s school in the previous fortnight, compared with 15 per cent of “moderate” users (1-2 hours a day).But Netsafe director Martin Cocker said time spent online was actually less important than what the teens were doing online.“Where what they are doing online is harming their relationships, their education, affecting their sleep, absolutely that’s when you need to intervene,” he said.“But if your child is doing well at school and has good, solid relationships, then I would say don’t worry about how much time they are spending on the internet.”Overall the survey has found that Kiwi 15-year-olds average 163 minutes online outside school each weekday, up from 98 minutes in 2012. The times are almost identical for girls (165 minutes) and boys (161 minutes).We have leapt from below the 102-minute average of the 35-nation Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2012 to well above the 146-minute average now – probably because of the dramatic spread of smartphones.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11841147last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Padres have offered Manny Machado 8-year deal worth at least $240M, report says

first_imgPadres remain hopeful to land one of the two big fish (Manny seems more likely, with Harper/Phillies heating up). Chisox plus mystery teams the main competition assuming Phils get their top target.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2019The Padres have offered Machado an 8-year deal worth at least $240 million, according to USA Today. The #Padres’ offer to Manny Machado is an 8-year deal worth at least $240 million,with money deferred, rival GMs have been informed this weekend. Still unknown whether he wants to go to SD.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 18, 2019The White Sox and a “mystery team” are the Padres top competitors for Machado, according to Fancred Sports. He is expected to accept the best contract offered to him. Related News There was a belief Machado preferred to be east and especially not be on the West Coast. However recent word in Miami circles has been that he’s going to take whatever the best deal is. #padres— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2019Machado, who was sent from the Orioles to the Dodgers before the trade deadline, registered a .297/.367/.538 slash line in 162 total games in 2018. He also hit 37 home runs and tallied 107 RBIs. MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper talks ‘intensified’ as Phillies continue front-runner status Machado has made four All-Star teams and won two Gold Glove awards in his seven-year MLB career.The Padres finished 2018 with a 66-96 record and missed the playoffs for a 12th straight season. The Padres still believe they can add a star free agent.San Diego remains “hopeful” about signing Manny Machado, according to a report from Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman. The team is also interested in Bryce Harper, but the Phillies are the front-runners to land him, the report says.last_img read more