Limerick researcher makes quick work of three-sis

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSeducationhealthlimerickNewsResearch Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleLA band to make a tour documentary in LimerickNext articleGovernment report claims Limerick parents pay €159 a week for childcare Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick PhD student James Blackwell from Ballyneety.Photo: Sean Lydon.IT took a Limerick student just three minutes to explain the intricacies of finding brain tumours by ultrasound.James Blackwell from Ballineety was rewarded for his inventiveness when he was declared overall winner of this year’s NUI Galway’s Three-sis competition.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The fast-paced event featured three-minute talks by 12 researchers who shared the story of their research using just three presentation slides, in front of three judges and a voting audience.James took the overall award for his bite-sized talk ‘Finding brain tumours using ultrasound’.The Limerick man is a PhD candidate split between the School of Physics and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway. His research involves using ultrasound to create stiffness maps of the brain. These can help surgeons to identify brain tumours and other diseases. His work is supported by the Irish Research Council.The Threesis competition was initiated at NUI Galway in 2012. It is open to all research students and postdoctoral researchers at NUI Galway. Finalists included undergraduate students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from across all Colleges on campus.Videos of the three winning presentations are available at www.nuigalway.ie/threesis NewsEducationHealthLimerick researcher makes quick work of three-sisBy Alan Jacques – December 27, 2018 1680 Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebooklast_img read more

Climate change in the western Antarctic Peninsula since 1945: observations and possible causes

first_imgTemperature records from stations on the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula show a very high level of interannual variability and, over the last 50 years, larger warming trends than are seen elsewhere in Antarctica. In this paper we investigate the role of atmospheric circulation variability and sea-ice extent variations in drivingthese changes. Owing to a lack of independent data, the reliability of Antarctic atmospheric analyses produced in the 1950s and 1960s cannot be readily established, but examination of the available data suggests that there has been an increase in the northerly component of the circulation over the Peninsula since the late 1950s. Few observations of sea-ice extent are available prior to 1973, but the limited data available indicate that the iceedge to the west of the Peninsula lay to the north of recently observed extremes during the very cold conditions prevailing in the late 1950s. The ultimate cause of the atmospheric circulation changes remains to be determined and may lie outside the Antarctic region.last_img read more

India’s migrant workers face long walk home amid coronavirus lockdown

first_imgAcross India, more than a dozen labourers Reuters spoke to returning home said they had been left with little choice other than to attempt to walk back to their home villages after work – and public transport – vanished.Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the eastern state of West Bengal, wrote on Thursday to the heads of other Indian states, saying that manual workers were facing “an hour of crisis”.Vinod Hathila, 39, a manual worker in Surat, a city in the western state of Gujarat, left for his home town on Wednesday, walking for hours along railway tracks with his 15-year-old son until he found a bus.With no work, he said he doesn’t know how he will support his family during the lockdown.”I’ll probably borrow some money on interest from someone,” he said.Ashok Punjabi, who heads a construction workers’ union in Gujarat, said 60,000-70,000 people working as domestic helps and in other unorganized sectors in the Gujarati city of Ahmedabad, had headed to homes in neighboring Rajasthan after the 21-day lockdown was announced, many on foot and carrying their possessions.”To see young children and women being forced to walk hundreds of kilometers like this is just sad,” said Punjabi, who is also a senior opposition party member in the state.Kuldeep Arya, a senior official in the Gujarati state capital of Gandhinagar, said 4,000 people had been provided with food and water while trying to return home.There were similar scenes in India’s capital New Delhi, where hundreds of migrants walked down deserted highways to neighboring Uttar Pradesh this week.”For two days the ration guys were not giving us any food, we were hungry for two days. So we decided, ‘let us go to our parents’,” said Raju, a 24-year old migrant worker walking from Noida, a satellite town of Delhi, to Agra, nearly 200 km away.”Since there’s no transport available, we decided to walk all the way.” Topics : After India imposed a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Tuesday to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the plywood factory near Uttar Pradesh’s state capital Lucknow where Surendra Pandey works was forced to shut down.On Thursday morning, with no way of earning a living, the 28-year-old labor set off on a 110-kilometer walk back to his home village.”I tried catching a bus or truck yesterday, but there is no transport available on the road, so I decided to walk,” he told Reuters, some 30 km into his journey. “There is no food available on the roads but thankfully a few citizens offer us food, biscuits and water. It’s better to be home than to be here in the city without food and water.”Officials say the shutdown of all but essential services is necessary to beat coronavirus in the densely populated country of 1.3 billion people, with health infrastructure that can ill-afford a widespread outbreak. India has so far reported more than 600 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths.India’s government announced on Thursday a $22.6 billion economic stimulus plan that provides direct cash transfers and food security.But for India’s estimated 120 million migrant labourers, the shutdown is a crisis, as wages dry up and many cannot afford the rent or even food in the cities.last_img read more