Historic meeting of Clare County Council in University of Limerick

first_imgFacebook Twitter Email WhatsApp 11THE University of Limerick hosted a historic gathering of Clare County Council members last week.For the first time ever, 28 elected councillors from the Banner County conducted their business for on the UL campus, the Clare side, in the Irish World Academy, for a meeting which also marked independent councillor James Breen’s last official meeting as Cathaoirleach.“The University of Limerick is hugely important for County Clare and the wider region,” said Cllr Breen.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are very proud to have such a quality educational institution on our doorstep. UL has helped to develop a highly skilled graduates’ base which has been a major contributory factor to the region’s growing status as an attractive investment location.”Addressing elected members and Council officials ahead of the meeting, President of UL Professor Don Barry said, “It is a coming of age for our Clare campus and it is an affirmation by you, as representatives of the people of Clare, of what we have done here since 2003.”Prof Barry continued, “In a very significant way your presence marks the realisation of the vision held dear by this University — since its foundation just over 40 years ago — that one day this institution would claim its place at the centre of this proud region, very much of Clare and of Limerick, embracing all the traditions and cultures of both counties.”by Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Previous articleO’Dea warns of pensions bombshellNext articleLimerick digs its heels in on the Wild Atlantic Way Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Printcenter_img TAGSClare County CouncillimerickUniversity of Limerick Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsHistoric meeting of Clare County Council in University of LimerickBy Alan Jacques – June 26, 2016 598 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img

How credit unions can grow deposits with AI

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Competition for deposits from giant institutions on the one hand and aggressive fintechs on the other has put traditional community-based financial institutions on the defensive. Both the large banks and the startup players have been able to capitalize on highly targeted campaigns guided by artificial intelligence tools.These AI-powered efforts can drive positive results without necessarily requiring paying high rates. Anyone can pay up for deposits, but they rarely stick absent some other reason or relationship. And the cost is usually not sustainable for institutions with high-cost branch networks.Community banks and credit unions can now take a page from fintechs’ playbook and improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their deposit acquisition and retention efforts. Most fintechs don’t build AI models themselves, observes Keith Henkel, founder and CEO of FI Works. They typically buy applications that have an AI modeling process built into them. Community financial institutions can do the same.last_img

Identity Disorders on the rise – Gender, and now Eating

first_imgKiwi teens dying to get noticed as eating disorder cases rise by 50 per centStuff.co.nz 9 October 2016AN UNSEEN EPIDEMIC?Lauren was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa, the third most common chronic illness for young women, behind obesity and asthma.It is linked to the highest death rates of any psychiatric disorder.A Sunday Star Times investigation reveals the number of young people being seen by eating disorder services nationwide has increased by 50 per cent since 2011.And parents who have children with eating disorders say it is an unseen epidemic, with sufferers outside of the main centres struggling to get diagnoses and support.Last year alone, Ministry of Health figures show there were 1088 diagnoses of people under the age of 30 by specialist teams. This includes eight in children aged nine and under.The Ministry say this is likely in part due to improvements in eating disorder services, with a $26 million cash injection provided by the Government in 2009.But critics say a lack of specialists trained in Family Based Therapy – the internationally-recognised best practice for adolescents – mean sufferers in some areas of the country are still waiting months for an assessment or are not receiving specialist treatment, and that more GP training is needed to help identify anorexia in patients.Eating disorders are thought to partly be caused by genetics, which the landmark Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) study – with a New Zealand arm at Otago University – is aiming to clarify. But most begin with some form of weight loss or diet, whether caused by teasing, a traumatic life event, or peer pressure.ANGI researcher and psychologist Dr Jenny Jordan says a perfectionist personality, added to childhood trauma, body-image based bullying, and being bombarded by pop culture messages equating thinness with beauty, created a “perfect storm” for teen girls to develop eating disorders.Research had already shown most people had feelings of irritability when they dieted, but those with eating disorders felt calmer when hungry and “in control.” ANGI will explore if there genetic disposition for such traits.HOW COMMON ARE EATING DISORDERS?The disorder predominantly affects teenage girls in New Zealand.The majority are aged 10-19, Ministry of Health figures show, with age 20-29 the next most vulnerable age group. A total of 1354 cases among all age groups were reported to the Ministry in 2015, increasing year on year from 897 in 2011.Last year, there were 1088 diagnoses nationwide for people under the age of 30. That’s up from the 738 in that age bracket in 2011.But the true number of young people – both boys and girls – affected by eating disorders is likely much higher, investigations by the Sunday Star Times reveal.The Ministry of Health statistics provide the number of patients seen within a DHB area by specialist mental health teams. But people are seen in a range of public and private settings by specialist and general teams, in-patient or day-based. These are not all captured, and record-keeping varies.One leading doctor said the true number may not even be known within individual hospitals, as patients are treated on different wards and can accidentally be coded under the wrong criteria.For example, in Wellington Hospital patients under the age of 16 will likely be treated on the pediatrics ward, where there are no dedicated beds for children with eating disorders. If they are entered into the system incorrectly, only a manual count would catch the error.New Zealand research has shown half of all cases of anorexia start before the age of 19, and the average age of onset for anorexia and bulimia is 17. But clinicians report this is getting younger – last year alone, eight children under the age of 9 were seen by specialist eating disorder services.Hall said she was seeing more, and younger, patients every year.Around half the patients she was referred were so unwell they required hospitalisation immediately.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/85019901/kiwi-teens-dying-to-get-noticed-as-social-media-fuels-50-rise-in-eating-disorder-caseslast_img