Dobson appointed professor at UL

first_imgAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineering WhatsApp Advertisement University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success RTÉ’s news anchor and broadcast journalist, Bryan Dobson, has joined the University of Limerick as Adjunct Professor of Journalism on a three year honorary term but will still broadcast for the State public service. THE University of Limerick announced that the RTÉ News anchor would take up his role from September 1 next. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Dobson, who is main anchor of the flagship Six One News programme on RTÉ One television, is one of the most respected broadcasters in Ireland. The 53-year-old will take up his appointment on September 1 for a three-year period. Commenting on the appointment, University of Limerick President Prof Don Barry said: “The University of Limerick is at the cutting edge of journalism education, and has the highest graduate employment rate in the country. The appointment of Bryan Dobson to this prestigious position reflects the University’s ongoing commitment to public service journalism, which is of fundamental importance to Irish democracy.”Head, School of Culture and Communication Prof Margaret Harper said the appointment was a tremendous boost to journalism education at UL. “University of Limerick journalism students will now be working alongside one of the most recognised names, and a trusted face, in Irish broadcasting. Anyone considering a career in journalism will now have the opportunity to be trained by some of the best journalists in the country – including Bryan Dobson – at the University of Limerick.”Professor Dobson will join former The Irish Times editor Geraldine Kennedy and Sunday Times columnist Justine McCarthy, who are also Adjunct Professors of Journalism at the University of Limerick.He also joins the recently appointed Frank McCourt Chair of Creative Writing, award-winning novelist Joe O’Connor, who will lead the highly innovative MA Creative Writing programme at the University of Limerick from September next.As Adjunct Professor of Public Service Broadcast Journalism, Bryan Dobson will conduct expert lectures in public service broadcast policy, and master classes in broadcast journalism with students. He will offer expert guidance to students and faculty on important contemporary issues in public service broadcasting, and will work alongside faculty in mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate journalism trainees.Biographical noteBryan Dobson was born in Dublin and attended the College of Commerce in Rathmines before beginning a career in commercial radio. He joined the BBC in 1983 as a reporter and later a presenter of various news and current affairs shows including Good Morning Ulster. He reported on a range of important international stories including the Anglo Irish Agreement, the ongoing Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the famine in Ethiopia.He joined RTÉ in 1987 as a reporter with the This Week programme. Later that year he was appointed RTÉ’s Business Correspondent, reporting on a range of financial stories for the State broadcaster, as well as presenting the television business programme Marketplace. In 1991 he became presenter of the One O’Clock News, later moving to present the Nine News programme before being appointed anchor of the Six One News in 1996. He also currently presents Leaders Questions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.During his career he has reported from around the world for RTÉ including the first free elections in South Africa in 1994; US presidential inaugurations since the mid-1990s; the 9/11 attacks in New York; the London Tube bombings; the Good Friday Agreement and ongoing Anglo Irish relations; as well as the most important Irish stories of the last 20 years.He has also worked on a number of RTÉ documentary programmes including The Madness from Within, an account of the Irish Civil War; and more recently Witnesses to War, which featured interviews with Irish veterans of the Second World War. Email Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May Previous articleShannon cancellations as a result of French controllers strikeNext articleSeisiún and showtime by the river Staff Reporter Twitter Printcenter_img Linkedin Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick NewsDobson appointed professor at ULBy Staff Reporter – June 25, 2014 852 TAGSbryan dobsonJournalismrteUniversity of Limerick last_img read more

Bush asks $7.1 billion to prepare for flu pandemic

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is an expanded version of a story published earlier today (Nov 1, 2005).Nov 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – President George W. Bush today proposed $7.1 billion in spending to prepare for an influenza pandemic, including $5 billion for vaccines and drugs, as his administration released an outline of its preparedness strategy.”At this moment, there is no pandemic influenza in the United States or the world,” Bush said in a speech in Bethesda, Md., today. “But if history is our guide, there is reason to be concerned.”He explained the threat posed by the H5N1 avian flu virus, saying it is “still primarily an animal disease” but could spread around the world if it gained the ability to pass efficiently from person to person. “Our country has been given fair warning of this danger to our homeland—and time to prepare,” he said.Bush said his strategy has three main elements: detecting outbreaks anywhere in the world; stockpiling vaccines and antiviral drugs while improving the ability to make new vaccines for a pandemic virus; and improving general readiness at the federal, state, and local levels.The president called for the following spending measures:$1.2 billion to buy enough doses of the H5N1 vaccine now being tested to protect 20 million people. The government is already spending $162.5 million for this vaccine under existing contracts with Sanofi Pasteur and Chiron. Bush said the vaccine probably would not be a “perfect match” for a pandemic virus but would probably offer some protection.$2.8 billion to develop cell-culture technology for producing vaccines, with the aim of being able to make enough vaccine for all Americans within 6 months of the start of a pandemic.$1 billion for antiviral drugs, “so that we have enough on hand to help treat first responders and those on the front lines, as well as populations most at risk in the first stages of a pandemic.”$583 million for developing “effective pandemic emergency plans,” including $100 million for state plans.$251 million to help Asian countries control and monitor avian flu by training medical personnel, increasing surveillance and testing capabilities, and writing preparedness plans.Bush asked Congress to enact liability protection for vaccine makers, blaming concern over litigation for the fact that only one company now makes flu vaccine in the United States.The president also announced the launch of a new Web site,, to help the country keep up on pandemic preparations and what individuals can do to protect themselves.The government is also storing critical medical supplies in the Strategic National Stockpile, since a pandemic is likely to trigger shortages of hospital beds, respirators, masks, and protective equipment, the president said.”To meet all our goals, I’m requesting $7.1 billion in emergency funding from the United States Congress,” the president said.The White House also released a 17-page version of its preparedness plan, with a promise that the full plan will be released tomorrow morning. The summary gives few specifics, but it does call for:Subsidizing state-based stockpiles of antiviral drugsPossible use of quarantines and restrictions on travel and the shipment of goodsPossible use of the military to maintain the nation’s infrastructure.The document says the government will “prioritize” the allocation of vaccines and antiviral drugs before and during a pandemic, but it doesn’t say which groups would have priority. Another section says the government aims to ensure that the country can produce enough vaccine to “vaccinate front-line personnel and at risk populations, including military personnel.”As another step to boost vaccine production capacity, the plan calls for expanding “the public health recommendations for domestic seasonal influenza vaccination.”To contain outbreaks, the document says the federal government, where appropriate, will use its authority to “limit non-essential movement of people, goods, and services into and out of areas where an outbreak occurs.” It adds that Washington will provide guidance to other levels of government on the use of quarantines, restrictions on gatherings, and other containment measures.The plan promises that the government will “determine the spectrum” of activities that the military and other arms of government could support during a pandemic. These could include activities in medicine, public health, and maintaining infrastructure.The document also says that individuals and families will play a critical role in coping with a pandemic. People will need to be prepared to heed restrictions on public gatherings, avoid nonessential travel, and keep enough supplies at home “to support essential needs of the household for several days if necessary.”The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) praised the administration’s plan while promising to scrutinize the details when they are released.”By strengthening global surveillance activities and reinvigorating the development of vaccines and antivirals, the president’s strategy will go a long way toward pandemic influenza preparedness,” said IDSA President Martin J. Blaser, MD. “This preparedness will yield important health benefits, even if the next pandemic does not appear for years. IDSA specifically supports the proposed investments for new cell-based vaccine technologies and incentives to lure new manufacturers into the vaccine and antimicrobial market, such as liability protections.”Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading advocate of pandemic preparedness, expressed a mixed reaction to the plan as revealed so far. “I think it’s aggressive and provides a good start for addressing the vaccine and drug issues,” he said. “But I’m concerned that too many people are putting all their eggs in the drug basket in determining preparedness around that issue.” Osterholm is director of CIDRAP, publisher of this Web site.He said using antiviral drugs to fight a pandemic will involve difficult logistical problems, since the drugs must be taken within the first 2 days of illness or they won’t help.See also:Transcript of Bush speech 1 IDSA press releaselast_img read more

Levy tells Mourinho £20m Tottenham star must go to fund Willian move

first_img Loading… Willian’s contract at Stamford Bridge runs out in the coming months and the Brazilian admitted in April that it would be “unlikely” for him to extend his terms. Blues boss Frank Lampard, meanwhile, said earlier in May that he was looking “very carefully” at ways to keep both Willian and Olivier Giroud at the club. Days later, Chelsea announced that Giroud had agreed a one-year extension to his deal and while Willian has said he is open to staying until the end of the season, his long-term future looks to be away from West London. Tottenham have been heavily linked with Willian in recent weeks and, according to the Star on Sunday, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho remains keen on reuniting with the player he brought to Chelsea in 2013. However, the newspaper says that, amid the current financial uncertainties, Levy is unprepared to take on Willian’s £120,000 per week wages and Erik Lamela looks most likely to leave to fund a move for the Brazilian.Advertisement Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, is not prepared to sanction a free transfer for Chelsea winger Willian without first seeing at least one player leave, according to reports.center_img Lamela is one of Spurs’ longest-serving players having joined from Roma in 2013, but Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura – among others – can also play in similar positions to the playmaker. The Argentine moved to Spurs for a then-club record fee of £30million and was a regular in his first three seasons at the club, but since then he has struggled with injury problems and consequently fallen down the pecking order. This season, the Argentina international has played 27 times in all competitions, including making 17 Premier League outings. The Star on Sunday adds that Spurs are willing to listen to offers of around £20million in a bid to offload the 28-year-old. In other news, Tottenham attacker Steven Bergwijn has insisted that Spurs must push for the Champions League spots when the Premier League returns. read also:Angry Levy ‘ready to sell Kane in £200m transfer’ after recent comments Spurs were winless in six matches – including five defeats – before football’s shutdown. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more