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Second scanner at UHL by end of the year

first_imgWhatsApp University Hospital LimerickA SECOND MRI scanner has been approved for University Hospital Limerick and will be installed and running before the end of the year.Currently, there is only one MRI scanner for all public patients in the region’s main hospital, serving the whole of the Mid-West and a population of 473,000 people.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne has welcomed the news.At this week’s meeting of the House of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health, Senator Byrne raised her concerns with Health Minister Simon Harris over the availability of MRI scans at UHL.HSE director of acute operations Liam Woods told the committee members that as part of the HSE’s Winter Programme, University Hospital Limerick is to acquire an MRI scanner within the next two months at a cost of between €1 million to €1.4 million.“The announcement from the HSE that a second MRI scanner is set to be delivered to University Hospital Limerick before Christmas is very much-welcomed as currently there is only one MRI scanner throughout the whole of the UL Hospital Group, a service that is only provided between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday,” said Senator Byrne.“Recent figures showed that up to 44 patients were waiting for an MRI scan which is why the requirement of a second MRI serving the people of the Mid-West is long overdue and badly needed to help alleviate overcrowding concerns at the Dooradoyle-based facility“I am aware of patients being taxied from UHL to Barrington’s Hospital for emergency MRI scans,” Senator Byrne added. Twitter Linkedin Email Advertisementcenter_img NewsHealthSecond scanner at UHL by end of the yearBy Bernie English – October 3, 2019 305 Facebook Print Previous articleClosure of parks and playgrounds as Storm Lorenzo hits LimerickNext articleLimerick leads ‘Sheds for Life’ initiative Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.last_img read more


SCA to launch new comedy concentration

first_imgThe USC School of Cinematic Arts is launching the “[email protected]” initiative that will attempt to establish USC as a pioneer in the field of comedy.Groundbreaking · The School of Cinematic Arts said it wants USC to be the foremost school in the nation for comedic studies. – Nathaniel Gonzales | Daily Trojan Through new courses and concentrations, students will be able to specialize in writing, directing, editing, shooting and producing comedy.The School of Cinematic Arts said it will be the first university in the country to offer a comedy program of this calibre.“There is not, that we know of, in an academic intuition, in the world, that teaches comedy at the level that we are talking about,” said Barnet Kellman, a professor of Film and Television Production and Co-Director of [email protected] Institute.A comedy festival will jumpstart the initiative. Co-hosted by [email protected] and Visions and Voices, the festival will bring some of the best-known comedians, such as Steve Carell, to USC to lecture, discuss and preview some of their best work.“I can easily say there has never been anything like this [comedy festival], maybe in Los Angeles history,” said Jack Epps Jr., associate professor and first endowed chair in comedy.Kellman said schools have historically shied away from teaching comedy.“[Comedy] has been considered the mystery subject,” Kellman said. “In other words there is prejudice, in almost a positive way toward comedy, which says you either can do it or you can’t. It is one of the few subjects where people throw up their hands and say you can’t really teach it.”He said the School of Cinematic Arts strives to become a center for students aspiring to learn comedy.“We are going to try to do it better,” Kellman said. “We are going to say that USC and the School of Cinematic Arts is the perfect place to test that proposition, and to become a center for young people who want to come and focus their talents toward the learning and the sharpening of their comedic skills.”Students and faculty alike said this program can be an opportunity to put USC graduates ahead of everyone else.“[Comedy] is really essential for all of us to know,” said Alex Convery, a sophomore majoring in screenwriting. “If you can learn to do each genre really well, then you’re set. To look into the specifics of comedy is a really smart thing to do as a school.”Ultimately the initiative seeks to help students jobs secure in the comedy industry.  Kellman said he would want producers and networks to look at USC for employees first.“We want when those people, those producers and those networks who are thinking where is the new comedy talent, where do I look first, where are the ones that know how to direct … they think let’s look at those USC films,” Kellman said. “We want to become known for that.”Other students agree that focusing on comedy is essential and is something they have not seen a lot of at USC thus far.“Comedy is one of the things that I do,” said Matt Podobinski, a senior majoring in film and television production.  “Sometimes in my classes when I try to do comedy it is not seen on the same level or seen as high art. I feel as if it is almost frowned upon.”Podobinski said he is impressed that the School of Cinematic Arts is focusing more on comedy.“Comedy isn’t easy to teach at all,” Podobinski said. “Of all the genres of film and television, comedy is the hardest because you are trying to get that result and trying to get that laugh. It is very result oriented. The fact that they are specializing in it is awesome because, as such a difficult genre to make films in, this is something that we can develop.”The School of Cinematic Arts will introduce a new course in spring 2013 called Late Night Comedy that will be based on the format used by Saturday Night Live. Students will get to write, act and direct skits and get a feel for the many different aspects of comedy.The plan is to add to the existing curriculum one course at a time, eventually creating a separate track for students who want to emphasize in comedy.“We have a lot of comedy faculty here, but it was never really organized together,” Epps said. “We never really put it into a curriculum where people could start and study and come here to hone their comic voice and comic instincts.”In its most basic form, the heart of the initiative is to provide instruction in areas where it was not previously available.“’SC is the place where this can be done,” Kellman said. “Nobody else could do this, so we have to do it.”last_img read more


More than 9,500 in Iowa file unemployment claims

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 9,500 people filed unemployment claims last week in Iowa, and the number of continuing claims still tops 150,000. Iowa Workforce Development reported Thursday that there were 9,516 claims for unemployment insurance in the week ending June 13. That’s a little higher than last week but the number of continuing claims was down by about 3,500. The highest number of new claims came from workers employed in manufacturing. The number of unemployment claims in Iowa and across the country have soared since March, when officials ordered businesses to close or limit their operations in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Most of those restrictions have been eased in recent weeks.last_img