Many pubs and restaurants in Limerick close due to COVID-19 concerns

first_img TAGSCommunityCoronavirusCovid 19healthLimerick City and CountyNews People photo created by freepik – www.freepik.comMANY of Limerick’s pubs and restaurants have closed to help tackle the spread of COVID-19, however, some were remaining open while they “closely monitored” any new developments.The Locke Bar and Restaurant, a multi-award winning establishment, owned by retired Irish rugby star Richard Costello, was one of the first to shut its doors on “moral grounds”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A post on from the pub’s Facebook page read: “Due to the unprecedented events of the last few days and after much consideration, we have made the decision on moral grounds to close the Locke for the safety of our staff and customers  until further notice.”A spokeswoman for the pub which has won accolades including Ireland’s Best Tourist Bar, Irish Music Pub of the Year, and Dining Pub of the Year, said they had closed the pub until at least “the 29th of March”.Pharmacia on Sarsfield Street also shut its doors leading to the “cancellation of upcoming events”.A spokesperson for the pub said they would “revisit the situation at the end of the month and operate under the guidelines set out by the HSE”.Former Limerick hurling legend Dave Clarke, shut his pub in Bruff, Co Limerick, “until further notice”.The proprietor urged “everyone in our community to take care and staff safe in this time of uncertainty”.Long-term fast food haunt, Chicken Hut, which enjoys a cult following in the Treaty City, was offering a take-away service only.Others who took the decision to close included tourist pub Katie Daly’s Pub and Kitchen; The Riverside Restaurant, Croom.Restaurants that announced closures to combat COVID-19 included Marco Polo and Jasmine Palace, both located on O’Connell Street.Popular eatery Texas Steakout, stated on its Facebook page that it was open for business while “closely monitoring new developments regarding COVID-19”.“The health and safety of our customers and employees is of the utmost importance. We are committed to doing everything we can to make the Texas Steakout a respite when you visit our eatery.”The restaurant said it was “raising our usual standards of cleanliness and health & safety even higher”.“We have implemented several new policies and procedures with Hand Sanitisers located throughout public areas and back of the house.”Cleaning of surfaces is taking place “multiple times throughout the day” and “all tables, condiments & chairs are throughout cleaned after every use”.The restaurant stated it “will endeavour to space our customers as far apart as possible and our restaurant layout is broken into 11 segregated areas with stone walls between. The restaurant is fully air-conditioned and ventilated to a very high standard.”They added: “All our staff fare fully versed on all procedures and are fully supportive of all measures that are being taken for the health and protection of our customers and families.” Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Email Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport NewsCommunityHealthMany pubs and restaurants in Limerick close due to COVID-19 concernsBy David Raleigh – March 15, 2020 1978 Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleSinn Féin President asks for measures to be taken as Social distancing advice not being heededNext articlePieta’s Darkness Into Light postponed David Raleigh Print Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions last_img read more

New College network open to hackers

first_imgStudents at New College have labelled their computing system “buggy and insecure” after it was revealed last week that students were routinely hacking into the College meal system.A Facebook group appeared last Wednesday publicising the insecure nature of the web page, and offering a step-by-step guide on how to hack into the College system. The group’s fan base increased to nearly a hundred students before College authorities noticed the page and took the meal booking system offline.Accurate Solutions, who provide New College’s accounting and management software, responded to the reported flaws by releasing a fixed web page the following Friday. However, further problems ensued as it was discovered that the system could only be accessed by people inside College and that those living out were therefore unable to book in for a Guest Night.The College IT staff responded by allowing access to the page through the Oxford VPN, while restricting public access for security reasons.But only later that day the security restrictions placed on the system were removed and the page was made available on the public internet.New College did not offer comment as to why the vulnerable system had appeared online and therefore been exposed to more malicious users.Many students are frustrated by their College which they felt had been ineffective and slow in taking action.One undergraduate complained: “College staff have known about this for months, and it was reported to them multiple times during Michaelmas. “The responses varied from indifference to an insistence that the issue did not in fact exist.”Problems with the system also affected battel payments and prevented students from putting cash on their Bod cards. On Monday morning students found that they had been charged money but that this had not been transferred to their accounts.Michael Burden, Dean of New College, confirmed that the issue has now been resolved stating that “All the delayed transactions have been repayed, and students’ accounts have already been credited.”However, there is still concern amongst students regarding the insecure nature of the Accurate Solutions system.New College have stressed that: “There are no private or personal details on the publicly visible system”, adding that “once communications with Secure Hosting can be verified in detail, we will again be securing the site behind the University firewall and VPN system, with a specific exception being made for the Secure Hosting communications that allow on-line payments to proceed.”The computer system used by New College is provided by Accurate Solutions. Seventeen of Oxford’s other colleges are clients of the company.Michael Burden admitted that the system’s flaws had been missed by Accurate Solutions’ testing.When asked whether the company’s contract with New College would be renewed he stated that: “Contracts are commercial decisions, and are always periodically reviewed”.Seventeen of Oxford’s College are clients of Accurate Solutions.last_img read more

Free Day and Night Skiing on Saturday on Bjelasnica Mountain

first_imgOn Saturday, Dec. 1st, residents of BiH and tourists will have the opportunity to enjoy the free skiing at the Olympic Beauty Bjelasnica, ZOI ’84 organization announced.KJP ZOI ’84 has been making efforts for two days to make the slopes at BX lift at Bjelasnica ready for the first skiers. For the preparation of the slope, a system for artificial snow was used and the conditions for safe skiing were created.“Hereby, we inform all ski lovers that Ski Center Bjelasnica – Igman will provide free skiing for all users of our services on Saturday 01.12.2018 in the period of 8-16 0’clock,” was stated, adding that ski lovers will also be able to enjoy free night skiing from 18:30 until 21:00 o’clock.last_img read more

NL Central teams at the start of spring training

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, left, hugs catcher Russell Martin, right, as he arrives for the team’s first day of baseball spring training for pitchers and catchers, in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:___St. Louis CardinalsManager: Mike Matheny (third season).2013: 97-65, first place, lost World Series to Boston.Training Town: Jupiter, Fla.Park: Roger Dean Stadium.First Workout: Feb. 13/18.He’s Here: SS Jhonny Peralta, CF Peter Bourjos, INF Mark Ellis, OF Randall Grichuk, OF Oscar Taveras, RHP Jorge Rondon, assistant batting coach David Bell.He’s Outta Here: OF Carlos Beltran, 3B David Freese, RHP Edward Mujica, RHP Chris Carpenter, RHP Jake Westbrook, OF Adron Chambers, OF Brock Peterson, RHP Fernando Salas, RHP John Axford, INF Ryan Jackson.Going campin’: Coming off their second World Series appearance in three years, the Cardinals didn’t require a significant makeover. Peralta fills the biggest void, replacing the light-hitting combination of Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso. The Cardinals love Bourjos’ speed on the bases and in the field, and he enters camp as the starting CF ahead of incumbent Jon Jay. The Bourjos trade with the Angels for Freese also created an opening for rookie 2B Kolten Wong, among the team’s top prospects, with Matt Carpenter moving to 3B coming off a breakout year. After missing 2013 due to reconstructive elbow surgery, Jason Motte returns to the bullpen as a setup man for closer Trevor Rosenthal. There’s a surplus of starting rotation candidates led by 19-game winner Adam Wainwright, second in Cy Young Award balloting. Michael Wacha is coming off an electric finish to his debut season, fellow rookie Shelby Miller won 15 games before getting shut down during the postseason and lefty Jaime Garcia is back from shoulder surgery.___Pittsburgh PiratesManager: Clint Hurdle (fourth season).2013: 94-68, second place, wild card, lost to Cardinals in division series.Training Town: Bradenton, Fla.Park: McKechnie Field.First Workout: Feb. 13/18.He’s Here: RHP Edinson Volquez, C Chris Stewart, OF Jaff Decker, LHP Daniel Schlereth, 1B Travis Ishikawa, OF Chris Dickerson.He’s Outta Here: RHP A.J. Burnett, RF Marlon Byrd, 1B Justin Morneau, 1B-OF Garrett Jones, C Michael McKenry, OF Felix Pie, RHP Kyle Farnsworth.Going campin’: The franchise’s first playoff berth in 21 years did little to change Pittsburgh’s typically economical approach to free agency. The only major addition came in the form of Volquez, and the Pirates will try to turn him into the 2014 version of Francisco Liriano. Pittsburgh grabbed Liriano on the cheap last winter and he ended up winning 16 games and earning a handful of Cy Young votes. The rest of the signees were depth-related. The loss of Burnett will hurt, though the top of the rotation should be solid behind Liriano and Gerrit Cole, who was remarkable during his rookie season. Volquez is in the mix for the fifth spot, while the bullpen should look much the same as it did last season when Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli provided one of the best setup-closer combinations in baseball. The only real question marks as camp begins remain the ones Pittsburgh faced when last season ended: first base and right field. Gaby Sanchez and Andrew Lambo will likely platoon at first, while Jose Tabata and Travis Snider get one last shot to earn a big league spot in right as highly touted Gregory Polanco gets some needed seasoning with Triple-A Indianapolis. Polanco and former first-round pick Jameson Taillon – who could join the rotation sometime in 2014 – will start camp with the big league club and provide a glimpse of why Pittsburgh decided to double down on its thriving minor league system rather than open up the checkbook for free agents.___Cincinnati RedsManager: Bryan Price (first season).2013: 90-72, third place, lost wild-card game to Pirates.Training Town: Goodyear, Ariz.Park: Goodyear Ballpark.First Workout: Feb. 14/19.He’s Here: 2B-OF Skip Schumaker, C Brayan Pena.He’s Outta Here: Manager Dusty Baker, CF Shin-Soo Choo, RHP Bronson Arroyo, C Ryan Hanigan.Going campin’: The Reds made very few additions to their roster, which had a few notable losses. Arroyo left as a free agent, costing the rotation a dependable, 200-inning starter. Choo was one of the majors’ top leadoff hitters last season, but wanted a big, multiyear deal. And Hanigan was part of a three-team trade that brought the Reds a prospect and opened the way for Devin Mesoraco to become the everyday catcher. LHP Tony Cingrani will move into Arroyo’s spot. Touted speedster Billy Hamilton takes over Choo’s spot at the top of the order despite his lack of experience at the major league level and newness to playing the outfield. The Reds are counting on LF Ryan Ludwick – their cleanup hitter – to be fully recovered from a shoulder injury that wiped out more than half of his season last year. The Reds have made the playoffs in three of the last four years, but failed to get past the opening round each time. They elevated Price, their pitching coach, in hopes that a change at the top trickles down in the postseason.___Milwaukee BrewersManager: Ron Roenicke (fourth season).2013: 74-88, fourth place.Training Town: Maryvale, Ariz.Park: Maryvale Baseball Park.First Workout: Feb. 17/22.He’s Here: RHP Matt Garza, 1B Lyle Overbay, 3B-1B Mark Reynolds, LHP Zach Duke, LHP Will Smith.He’s Outta Here: 1B-OF Corey Hart, OF Norichika Aoki, RHP Chris Narveson, INF Yuniesky Betancourt, RHP Burke Badenhop, 1B Mat Gamel.Going campin’: The Brewers spiced up an otherwise quiet offseason with the surprise signing of Garza to a $50 million, four-year contract with an option for a fifth year. He joins Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse to form a solid top of the rotation, while lessening pressure on Wily Peralta and increasing the competition for the fifth spot. Young pitchers like Smith and Jimmy Nelson may be among the candidates. Milwaukee will have a familiar face in a new position when slugger Ryan Braun returns from his 65-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and gets acquainted to right field after years in left. Braun has tried to make amends all through the offseason. He says he’s also over the thumb injury that set him back last season, and vows to come back as good as ever. Milwaukee also hopes to get clarity in camp with its muddled situation at 1B, where veterans Overbay and Reynolds were signed to minor league deals to help fill a huge offensive hole.___Chicago CubsManager: Rick Renteria (first season).2013: 66-96, fifth place.Training Town: Mesa, Ariz.Park: Cubs Park.First Workout: Feb. 14/19.He’s Here: RHP Jose Veras, LHP Wesley Wright, C George Kottaras, OF Justin Ruggiano.He’s Outta Here: Manager Dale Sveum, OF Brian Bogusevic, RHP Marcos Mateo.Going campin’: The offseason was defined more by what the Cubs didn’t do than what they did. They fired Sveum and struck out trying to land manager Joe Girardi. He decided to stick with the Yankees, and when it came to the pursuit of prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, Chicago again was the second city with New York prevailing. Signing Tanaka might have at least signaled the Cubs were accelerating a painful rebuilding effort. Either way, they’re hoping Renteria can get the most out of young players such as SS Starlin Castro and 1B Anthony Rizzo after they struggled last season. In the meantime, Chicago is waiting for top prospects such as Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Albert Almora to develop in the minors. For now, the Cubs are selling hope. What choice do they have? They haven’t had a winning season since 2009, when they won 83 games under Lou Piniella. Since then, they’re 273-375 with at least 91 losses each of the past three years.last_img read more