Enhance the joy of cooking, dining and entertaining outdoors this summer with The Sunday Times Al Fresco Guide

  • Celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio will offer menus and recipes focussing on the freshest Irish ingredients with her signature Irish-Italian slant
  • Martin Moran, wine-writer with The Sunday Times, gives advice on the perfect tipples for outdoor dining and partying
  • 12-page guide will enhance the enjoyment of outdoor dining and summer entertaining while taking social distancing guidelines into account

With the restrictions on socialising at home about to be relaxed by the government as part of its roadmap for exiting lockdown, home entertaining is about to become the country’s most important social activity. To enhance the experience and enjoyment of entertaining at home this summer while taking social distancing guidelines into account, The Sunday Times Al Fresco Guide will be published this Sunday, June 7th.

The 12-page guide will offer menus and recipes from celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio focussing on the freshest Irish ingredients with her signature Irish-Italian slant while Martin Moran, wine-writer with The Sunday Times, gives advice on the perfect tipples for outdoor dining and partying. It will also feature delicious recipes from the highly acclaimed new Weber Barbecue Bible, the definitive new volume on cooking over flames. Some other offerings include:

  • Non-alcoholic punch and cocktail recipes
  • Recipes for meat dishes, sauces and sides; salad dishes; a veggie or vegan dish  
  • Cocktail recipes

Niall Toner, lifestyle editor at The Sunday Times, says: Social distancing is making summer a little different this year, but the best part about good weather is the opportunity it creates for al-fresco entertaining. The aim for this guide is to share ideas with readers on how they might plan and host the perfect outdoor summer gathering, which will be centered around food, beverages, outdoor decoration and above all, safe socialising. As for the weather to go with it all, we can only hope for the best.”

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Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland releases latest Complaints Bulletin

  • 9 advertisements found to be in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising, Recognisability and Alcohol

28 May 2020 – The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland’s (ASAI) independent Complaints Committee has released its latest Complaints Bulletin, which contains 11 case reports on complaints recently investigated by the organisation.

9 of the 11 advertisements were found to have been in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds related to Misleading Advertising, Recognisability and Alcohol. The advertisements complained of related to Social Media, Online, Email, Radio and Television. One of those upheld related to intra industry / interested party complaints. The ASAI Complaints Committee chose not to uphold one consumer complaint. The ASAI has also issued a statement on one case and has advised advertisers to take note of their concerns in any future advertising campaign.

The Complaints Committee is a completely independent arm of the ASAI and is responsible for considering and adjudicating on complaints submitted by the public, by an organisation, by a Government Department or any other person or body. The Committee is made up of a range of experts from the advertising, media, education, consumer and marketing sectors. See further details here – http://www.asai.ie/about-us/complaints-committee

Commenting on the latest ASAI rulings, Orla Twomey, Chief Executive of the ASAI, stated:

“The latest complaints bulletin from the ASAI illustrates our ability to handle complaints across a large number of mediums. The main role of advertising self-regulatory organisations (SROs) is to ensure that ads and other marketing communications are legal, truthful, decent and honest and the ASAI is committed to protecting society in relation to advertising across all mediums. The continuing efficacy of the Code facilitates the prevalence of high standards in advertising.”

“The ASAI provide a free and confidential copy advice service to the advertising industry to help them create responsible ads. If an advertiser, agency or medium has any concerns about a marketing communications’ compliance with the ASAI’s Code, they can contact us and avail of the free and confidential copy advice service.”

Professor Bairbre Redmond, Independent Head of the Complaints Committee of the ASAI, says:

“Over the past few years, the Complaints Committee, comprised of independent and industry members, has dealt with a broad range of complaints. The Complaints Committee has also spent considerable time highlighting awareness in relation to advertising best practice within the advertising industry, ensuring all relevant parties are equipped with the knowledge and resources to correctly identify commercial marketing content across their platforms.”

Below is a list of complaints that have been found to be in breach of the ASAI Code:

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
  Inglot/Chloe Ormond     Recognisability   The complainant raised two issues in relation to the advertising:   Issue 1: The complainant said that she initially considered the story to be a make-up tutorial. She said that some of the posts were then identified as being sponsored posts with #SP while some of the posts were not identified as such. She said that it was difficult to decipher what posts were advertising material and what were not.   Issue 2: The complainant said that where the posts were identified as being sponsored that it was difficult to read the #SP at times as the writing appeared to be the same colour as what the influencer was wearing.   In breach of sections 3.31 and 3.3.2 of the Code. Complaint Upheld in Part.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/makeup/    
    Dyson Ireland Limited      Misleading / Substantiation / Price     The complainant considered the advertising to be misleading regarding the reduction being applied to the price of the product.   In breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10 and 4.26 of the Code.   Complaint Upheld. Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/household-17/    
  Mums and Babies Ireland   Principles   Two complaints were received in relation to the posts. Both complaints referred to the fact that advertisers were not allowed to promote Stage 1 Infant Formula.   In breach of section 8.31 of the Code.   Complaints Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/food-non-alcoholic-beverages-stage-1-infant-formula/  
  Nutricia Ireland Ltd -Cow & Gate   Infant & Follow-on Formula   The complainant raised two issues in relation to the advertisement.   Issue 1: The complainant considered that the advertising was in breach of the Code as it had not contained a statement that Follow-On Formula should not replace breastfeeding.   Issue 2: The complainant considered that the section entitled ‘Important Notice’ was misleading as it had stated that weaning was recommended at around six months which was contributing to the belief that breastfeeding was no longer beneficial after six months of age.   In breach of section 8.33 (a) of the Code.   Complaint Upheld in Part. Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/food-non-alcoholic-beverages-infant-formula/  
  Musgrave Group   Alcohol   The complainant expressed concern that the advertising had not included the ‘drink responsibly’ message.   In breach of section 9.4 of the Code.   Complaint Upheld. Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/alcohol-24/  
  Old Mill Brewing Company      Alcoholic Drinks     The ASAI challenged whether the post complied with the Code as it had not included a responsibility message.   In breach of section 3.10 and 9.4 of the Code.   Complaint Upheld. Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/alcohol-25/  
  Three Ireland    Misleading / Substantiation / Price      The complainant considered that the advertising was misleading as they understood that the price of the phone for existing prepay customers was €269.99. When purchasing the phone, the complainant noted that they were charged €319.99 and on querying why, they were advised that the price of the phone for existing prepay customers was €319.99. As this was not stated in the advertising, the complainant considered the advertising to be in breach of the Code.   In breach of sections 4.1, 4.4 and 4.22 of the Code.   Complaint Upheld. Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-77/  
  Triton Showers     Misleading/ Substantiation     The complainant considered the usage of the word ‘silent’ to be misleading. He said that while the advertised showers were quieter than the older showers, they were not silent as they still made noise.   In breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the Code.   Complaint Upheld. Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/household-16/
  Virgin Media   Misleading / Substantiation / Price The complainant considered that the advertising was misleading as it had stated that the price for the bundle including Sky Sports or Sky Cinema was €89 after 12 months when the price of the bundle with Sky Sports was actually €129 or with Sky Cinema was €109.   In breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, and 4.22 of the Code.   Complaint Upheld. Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-78/  

The ASAI chose not to uphold one complaint made by Intra Industry / Interested Parties in the following cases:

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
  Specsavers   Misleading / Exploitation of Goodwill / Imitation   Hidden Hearing considered the advertisements to be misleading due to the use of the term ‘hidden hearing aids’ which they believed could cause confusion amongst their customers, a potentially vulnerable audience. They said that a recent study identified that there was a 68 percent brand awareness of the name ‘Hidden Hearing’ amongst those interested in the provision of hearing aids, i.e the group that were targeted by relevant advertisements. The complainant believed the advertisements inferred that Specsavers offered ‘Hidden Hearing’ hearing aids.   They considered that by using the words ‘hidden hearing’ in this context the advertisers had implied some association with Hidden Hearing which did not exist, an action which they believed created an unfair commercial advantage for the advertisers.   Complaint not Upheld. Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/hearing-aids-3/  

The following complaint was investigated and following investigation, the ASAI Complaints Committee did not uphold the complaint.

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
  Mondalez Ireland   Children   The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) said that the post had appeared on the Instagram feed of a 14-year old teenager. They considered that the post was inappropriate as it suggested that families should not unite with Cadbury’s Heroes. They said it was irresponsible to use emotionally engaging communication linking celebrities, chocolates and young families.   They considered the advertisement to be in breach of the ASAI Code as it had featured a celebrity alongside young children, promoting a high fat sugar and salt (HFSS) product to children.   Complaint Not Upheld. Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/confectionery/  

The following complaint made by a consumer was investigated and following investigation, the ASAI Complaints Committee considered that it was more appropriate to deal with the matter by way of a statement.

  Applus – National Car Testing Service (NCT)   Misleading / Substantiation   The complainant considered the claim in the advertisement that all vehicles registered in 2010 or before, required an annual NCT to be misleading. They said that vehicles that were registered before 1980 did not require an NCT and vehicles that were over 30 years old only required an NCT every two years and not every year as claimed.   Statement Issued by ASAI Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/motoring-34/    

The ASAI conducts ongoing monitoring of advertising across all media and since 2007, has examined over 27,000 advertisements, with an overall compliance rate of 98 per cent. The ASAI Monitoring Service monitors compliance with the Complaints Committee’s adjudications.

Media members are reminded that advertisements found to be in breach of the Code cannot be accepted for publication.

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Football legend Damien Duff helps Heart Children Ireland unveil new fundraising art appeal called ‘Our Heart Needs Yours’

  • amien Duff creates his own heart with a very special – but powerful – message inside for those affected by Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Children Ireland celebrating 30 years of supporting families dealing with Congenital Heart Disease

Heart Children Ireland, the voluntary support group for those affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), has teamed up with football legend Damien Duff to unveiled a new fundraising appeal for the charity.

As a voluntary organisation with no state funding, Heart Children Ireland depends on donations from the public. Due to COVID19, none of the usual fund-raising events can take place, so as a result, Heart Children Ireland have developed an innovative initiative called ‘Our Hearts Need Yours’. Members of the public are being asked to draw a heart containing a supportive message to remind CHD patients that even though it is a challenging time for all, they are never forgotten or alone.

Damien Duff, former Irish football player and Heart Children Ireland Ambassador, has drawn his own heart with a simple but powerful message inside – ‘you will never walk alone’. Each heart and message submitted will be included in a very special book which go on sale, allowing the general public and patients to keep this creative treasure forever.

Damien Duff, Heart Children Ireland Ambassador, says; ‘I am delighted to be supporting this wonderful campaign ‘Our Hearts Need Yours’ to raise much needed funds and awareness for Heart Children Ireland. I have drawn my own heart with the special message to all CHD patients out there to assure them that they will never walk alone.  Please donate what you can to the organisation and don’t forget to draw your hearts – I am looking forward to seeing them all once they are bound together!’

The fundraising target is €40,000 – enough for Heart Children Ireland to continue operating for the next few months providing vital support to its members, in particular their Family Psychology Support Service. CHD is the most common of all birth defects, affecting one in every 100 children born.

Margaret Rogers, CEO of Heart Children Ireland, says: “Right now, Heart Children Ireland is doing everything possible to maintain our services, however, it is not possible without the help of the generous public. So, to keep the children busy and to raise much needed funds, we’re asking children (and adults!) to grab their colouring pencils and draw a heart and write a message inside. Once completed, email your heart and don’t forget to donate what you can.”

You can email your heart to heartchildren@eircom.net.

Those with CHD are particularly vulnerable during COVID-19 and need to ensure they take extra measures to safeguard their health during this time. Particular conditions include:

  • Single ventricle circulation
  • Those with chronic cyanosis (oxygen saturations less than 85% persistently)
  • Patients with severe cardiomyopathies requiring medication
  • Patients with pulmonary hypertension requiring medication
  • Patients who have undergone heart transplantation

Heart Children Ireland is the support group in Ireland for parents and families of children, adolescents and adults with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). This is the most common of all birth defects affecting one in every 100 children born. This year, Heart Children Ireland celebrates 30 years supporting families on the CHD journey with their child and also, supporting the Children’s Heart Centre at CHI at Crumlin and the Adult Congenital Unit at the Mater Hospital.

To make a donation to Heart Children Ireland, please log on to www.heartchildren.ie

Significant increase in DIY and gardening mishaps involving tools, knives, slips and falls as a result of Covid-19 Lockdown – Affidea ExpressCare

  • Finger and hand injuries involving hammers, nails, saws and chisels among most seen ailments in current circumstances

There has been a significant increase in the number of DIY related accidents as a result of the Covid-19 guidelines asking people to stay-at-home, according to Affidea, the healthcare business that operates ExpressCare Clinics nationwide.

More patients are presenting with injuries from a range of DIY accidents such as lacerations from knives and tools, as well as DIY related slips and falls.

Dermot McMahon, Clinic Manager at Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght says: “While most cuts and lacerations are rarely life threatening, if left untreated, the wound can become infected and can take a long time to heal. That’s why it’s essential to treat any cuts or lacerations as soon as possible in order to prevent future complications. Similarly, accidents resulting from slips and falls can develop into a much greater issue if left untreated.

With people now having more time at home, it’s essential that any jobs are carried out safely to minimise risk or serious injury. We urge anyone who has had an accident, to visit one of our ExpressCare Clinics for fast and effective care.”

Affidea operates a number of ExpressCare clinics nationwide which are ‘walk in’ facilities that treat minor injuries and illnesses that don’t require a hospital visit. Three of their clinics – Tallaght, Northwood (Dublin) and Cork – are fully operational during the Covid-19 crisis. Fast turnaround times without an appointment, ExpressCare Clinics treat minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes. Children over the age of one are also treated, eliminating the need for a stressful visit to a hospital A&E department with an injured child.

Here are some common injuries caused by DIY or gardening mishaps and how you can prevent them:

  • Finger and Hand Injuries

Hammers, nails, saws and chisels are all tools that can inflict a lot of accidental damage on unsuspecting hands. Anyone who has been unfortunate to suffer a hand injury will be aware just how debilitating it can be and how all activities of daily living can be compromised. The function of our hands is paramount and even trivial appearing accidents can cause long-term loss of dexterity.

Whilst prevention has a role to play and work-place education is important, the early diagnosis and appropriate management of hand injuries will reduce loss of function and therefore speed effective return to work.

  • Electrocution

Electrocution can cause a spectrum of injuries ranging from mild local burns to cardiac arrest and death. The extent of the damage depends on whether the supply was domestic or industrial and the duration of exposure. Again, education in the workplace and home is key to the prevention of these events.

  • Head Injuries

Falls from heights and injuries from falling objects can all contribute to head injuries. Whilst helmets can be life-saving head injuries still cause a significant amount of illness and death every year.

Loss of consciousness, a serious mechanism, vomiting, amnesia and decreased level of consciousness are all factors that can increase the risk in those who have suffered a head injury.

  • Lower Back Pain

Lifting heavy objects or working in cramped awkward conditions can put undue or unusual strain on the lumbar spine. This can result in localise back pain or sciatica. Over 80% of back pains will resolve in 6-8 weeks and the pain can be modified with medication in the short-term. People who have occupational exposure to manual labour should take extra care and become “back aware”.

Prevention is far easier than treatment with back pain so time spent strengthening your body’s core and maintaining a healthy weight will reduce the frequency of flare-ups and consequently time-off work.

  • Specific occupational hazards

Hazards such as eye damage from steel chips or bright light can be prevented by good eyewear. Similarly elbow and kneepads can help reduce the possibility of bursitis, a painful swelling over these joints that often afflicts plumbers and joiners’ injuries who put undue pressure on these areas when working.

The theme of prevention runs through all DIY injuries as there is a certain predictability to the nature and repetition of these accidents. Loss of function and time-off work make quick diagnosis and expert treatment is the basis of minor injury management.

As well as operating the ExpressCare Clinics, Affidea also has ten state-of-the-art diagnostic centres and two managed hospital services across the country that provide MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-Ray and DEXA scan facilities*. This offers patients unrivalled access to advanced diagnostic imaging which has previously been an issue in Irish healthcare.

Affidea operates the youngest and most modern fleet of MRI facilities within the Dublin region with an average age of less than three years, enabling it to provide high end diagnostic imaging in modern, comfortable settings.

Affidea Ireland, which was established here in 2007, is part of the European Group, Affidea, which has 280 advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care centres across 16 countries. Focused on providing high quality affordable care, the company sees over 7 million patients per year, performs over 14 million examinations annually and works with over 9,400 professionals, of which 3000 are medical doctors.

For more details, check out www.affidea.ie or

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Irish companies using Invoice Finance registered sales turnover to €28.6bn in 2019 according to the Irish Asset and Invoice Finance Association

  • €28.6bn is one of the highest annual sales turnover figures registered by the IAIFA and demonstrates how vital Invoice Finance is in supporting Irish firms with working capital
  • Debtor days now stand at 56.3 days – down from 62.5 days two years ago

Sales turnover generated by just over 1,600 Irish companies using Invoice Finance reached €28.6bn in 2019, according to new figures released by the Irish Asset and Invoice Finance Association (IAIFA), the body representing the Invoice Finance industry in Ireland.

This is one of the highest annual sales turnover figures registered for Irish companies using Invoice Finance since statistics for Ireland were first collated by the organisation in 2002. The IAIFA research shows that in just five years, this figure has grown by 10% (€25.9bn in 2015 to €28.6bn in 2019), demonstrating just how much Invoice Finance is continuing to support Irish firms with vital working capital to fund their business.

An average of €1.46bn in Invoice Finance was in use by Irish companies at any one time during 2019. With the funds available to Irish companies standing at €2.7bn, this shows that there is significant capacity available from IAIFA members to provide more finance to more Irish businesses in the coming months.

The average number of debtor days outstanding during the final quarter of 2019 stood at 56.3 days. While this is higher than the same figure for Q4 2018 (53.8 days), the IAIFA statistics show that it is down substantially since the same time period two years ago (62.5 days in 2017)

A wide variety of sectors in Ireland utilise Invoice Finance, including Manufacturing, Distribution, Services, Transport, Retail and Construction, indicating the diversity in the types of businesses being supported by Invoice Finance.

David Avery, Chairperson of the IAIFA and Head of AIB Commercial Finance Limited says Invoice Finance is now an established alternative to traditional lending products for businesses looking to fund their growth, and today’s figures show that the appetite for Invoice Finance remains very strong.

“The 2019 figures highlight an increased level of sales from Irish SME’s, across multiple sectors, that benefited from innovative invoice and asset-based lending solutions, and helped to underpin the strong performance of the Irish economy in 2019. Of course, much has changed in the last two months due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and the resultant restrictions that have made an immediate impact on the global economy and on our personal lives.”

“The members of IAIFA are committed to supporting their customers through this challenging period and have adapted quickly to ensure operationally they continue to provide finance and support, whilst adhering to the social distancing measures introduced. IAFIA fully recognises the importance of supporting Irish SME’s and the employment they provide, and our members remain closely engaged to their customers tailoring financial support to individual customers. Whilst the average debtor days was down in 2019, we are already witnessing this increasingly and therefore I fully expect that IAIFA will provide vital access to working capital as sectors, currently most impacted by Covid-19, begin to re-open.”

Formerly known as Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA), the industry body was recently re-named as the Irish Asset and Invoice Finance Association (IAIFA) and members include high street banks and a number of independent specialist finance providers.

The organisation provides a collective voice for the industry, promoting the wider benefits of invoice and asset based lending solutions and ensuring that appropriate standards are upheld across all members. The organisation is also a source of information for those wanting to know more about the industry’s products and services.

The current members of the IAIFA are:

  • AIB Commercial Finance Ltd.
  • Bank of Ireland Commercial Finance
  • Bibby Financial Services (Ireland)
  • Capitalflow
  • Close Brothers Commercial Finance
  • Grenke Finance Plc
  • Ulster Bank Invoice Finance

www.IAIFA.ie

Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) launches new podcast series to mark 50th anniversary

COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Coping with Lockdown
  • Anxiety in Children
  • Social Media and Children
  • Managing Suicidal Behaviour in Young People
  • Emotional Intelligence and Stress
  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Problems with the Weight Loss Industry

The experts and contributors featured include:

  • Mark Smyth, President of the Psychological Society of Ireland and a Chartered Senior Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with young people with mental health difficulties
  • Dr Damien Lowry, PSI Chartered Counselling Psychologist working in both the hospital and private practice settings
  • Dr Anne Kehoe, PSI member and a Senior Clinical Psychologist working for Children’s Health Ireland at Connolly Hospital
  • Dr Eva Doherty, PSI Associate Fellow and Chartered Clinical Psychologist based at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • Dr Vincent Mc Darby, PSI Chartered Clinical and Health Psychologist working in both the hospital and private practice settings

The PSI is delighted to have experts from outside the discipline of psychology contribute to some of the podcasts in the series:

  • Professor Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, and Visiting Full Professor at University College Dublin, joins Dr Damien Lowry in discussing Mindfulness
  • Ian Power, CEO of SpunOut.ie, Ireland’s youth information website by young people, for young people, contributes to Dr Anne Kehoe’s podcast on managing suicidal behaviour
  • Róisín Gowan, a Registered Clinical Specialist Dietitian in Ireland’s biggest national maternity hospital, joins Dr Vincent Mc Darby in discussing the weight loss industry

Shane Kelly, CEO of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), says the podcast will help to spread the message about psychology in an innovative and accessible way: “This series will have a particular resonance for listeners as we all deal with the many challenges being presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The insights provided by the contributors to the podcasts, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and other experts, will make for interesting and sometimes challenging listening. There is something in this podcast series for everyone.”

“We are very proud to be launching this podcast series as we celebrate our Society’s 50th anniversary. The PSI was established during a time when psychology as a subject and a profession was in its infancy in Ireland. Our members have helped shape and develop psychology as a science in Ireland and their work and commitment has given Irish psychology a voice, which has benefitted our society as a whole.”

Founded in 1970, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) has grown from an initial 17 members to almost 3,000 members. Since its creation, the members of the PSI, which is an independently governed, registered charity, have helped shape and develop psychology as a science in Ireland and their work and commitment has given Irish psychology a voice and standing on the European and global stage. 

The PSI is committed to maintaining the high standards of practice in psychology that have been set by its members since the founding of the Society and also to exploring new and innovative ways of furthering psychology as an applied science.

The first episode of the PSI podcast – Coping with Lockdown – is now available and the remaining episodes will be released every Thursday.

You will find the podcast here – https://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/footer/Podcasts – and on all of the main audio platforms

You can also find out more about The Psychological Society of Ireland here:

www.psychologicalsociety.ie

Twitter – @PsychSocIreland

Facebook – @PsychSocIreland

LinkedIn – The Psychological Society of Ireland

YouTube – PsychSocIreland

Perrie Edwards and Kodaline among the names set to help FM104 host ‘Mind Your Noggin Day’ this Friday

The Coronas, The Script, Joe Wicks, Aimee, JC Stewart and Ruth Anne are also lined up to help raise awareness and funds for Jigsaw, Ireland’s leading youth mental health charity

Dublin radio station FM104 will host ‘Mind Your Noggin Day’ this Friday – May 22nd – in aid of Jigsaw, Ireland’s leading youth mental health charity, with the help of a host of well-known stars such as Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, Kodaline, The Coronas, The Script, Joe Wicks, Aimee, JC Stewart, Ruth Anne and many, many more…

The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people, particularly at this time when many are struggling to deal with the fallout from Covid-19 and uncertainty around exam timetables. As well as hearing about the services provided by Jigsaw, FM104 listeners will also be encouraged to donate whatever they can to help the youth charity keep its services and supports available during this crucial time.

This Friday, May 22nd, FM104 presenters – including Jim Jim and Nobby from the Strawberry Alarm Clock, Emma Nolan, Ben Murray and all your FM104 favourites – will be on hand all day to update listeners on how the fundraising is going, while a range of very special guests will also help spread the Jigsaw message. There will also be a Freaks on Friday special gig with DJ Mark Knight that evening.

Donations can be made through www.FM104.ie/donate 

Jigsaw’s mission is to create a society that values and supports young people’s mental health. The charity does this by delivering its free confidential one-to-one support services. Jigsaw helps communities be more supportive to young people and attempts to influence change in how our society responds to young people.

FM104’s CEO Margaret Nelson said“On Friday May 22nd, FM104 will be encouraging our listeners to donate to this very worthy charity. As we all know, this particular time is very difficult for everyone so it is vitally important we do our bit to rally around our young people who are suffering acutely.”

“Isolation is leaving millions of us without the core things we value for our mental wellbeing. A hug, a conversation over coffee, a walk in the park with friends, a Sunday drive,” said Keith Judge, a Jigsaw Youth Advocate – a team of youth volunteers that support Jigsaw. “Jigsaw makes a big difference every day by helping young people in dark times. And, now, more than ever, they’re doing this by adapting to make sure they are still there for people during the pandemicBut they need help to do this, which is why they’re asking people to donate to help fund their vital supports.”

Lynk invests €150,000 in protective screens to separate taxi drivers and passengers in the fight against Covid-19

Lynk becomes first taxi service to install protective screens and ensure fully contactless journeys across Dublin

Lynk, Dublin’s taxi booking app, has invested €150,000 to equip its vehicles with protective screens. The screens divide the front and back of Lynk taxis, and will offer significant comfort to both drivers and passengers as they begin to move around the city again.

Lynk’s solution isolates the driver in the front of the taxi with a polycarbonate screen, sealing off the front of the taxi from the back so that there is no contact, no common breathing air and no transfer of air-borne water particles between the driver and passenger.

A team of five fitters installed the screens at Lynk’s own garage in Newmarket, Dublin 8. By using the Lynk app and paying by card or by opening an account, passengers can ensure there is no physical contact between themselves and their driver as there is no cash transaction.

Currently the majority of Lynk’s active fleet of vehicles have had the screens installed, with the remainder to be completed over the coming weeks. Lynk’s drivers are also equipped with protective masks and have been following guidelines on how to clean their vehicles.

Noel Ebbs, CEO of Lynk, said: “As some of the lockdown measures begin to be eased, we need to ensure the safety of drivers and the general public as people start to move more freely around the city. Installing these protective screens and equipping our drivers with protective equipment means we can help keep everyone safe, limit their exposure to others and prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

These protective measures follow the launch of a new ‘Lynk Delivery’ service to support local businesses and customers affected by Covid-19. The service sees Lynk Delivery drivers collect shopping from a wide range of businesses across the capital and deliver it direct from store to door.  The move will help people in the local community who are staying at home to arrange a shopping delivery from their local stores, newsagents, chemists and other essential services.

The shopkeepers can simply order a Lynk Delivery when the shopping is ready to go.

Lynk was launched in February 2015 by founder and CEO Noel Ebbs, a taxi tech entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in taxi technology. Developed specifically for the Irish market, Lynk provides a quality, safe and efficient service. Lynk is based in Newmarket, Dublin and provides 75 Irish jobs.

For more information see www.lynk.ie or download the app on the App Store or Google Play

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Extreme concern over elderly who are putting off seeking medical treatment for fractures and injuries for up to three weeks – Affidea ExpressCare Clinics

  • Significant increase in number of patients presenting with injuries that are weeks old and at risk of becoming infected
  • Over 50’s most likely to cancel medical appointments in a bid to avoid medical settings due to Covid-19
  • Cancellation of communion and confirmation parties – meaning no bouncy castle activity – has resulted in fewer fractures and sprains in children

Many patients, particularly the elderly, are putting off seeking medical treatment for fractures and injuries incurred in the home, according to Affidea, the healthcare business that operates ExpressCare Clinics nationwide. In some cases, patients are waiting up to three or four weeks to get medical care.

Most of the injuries are fractures and ligament damage primarily caused by falls in the shower and garden related incidents. With patients waiting so long before seeking medical attention, many are now presenting with injuries which are at risk of becoming infected. The main reason cited as to why they haven’t sought medical care sooner is because they don’t want to attend a medical setting.

Affidea ExpressCare Clinics are ‘walk in’ facilities that treat minor injuries and illnesses that don’t require a hospital visit. Three of their clinics – Tallaght, Northwood (Dublin) and Cork – are fully operational during the Covid-19 crisis, and all three are reporting a significant increase in the number of people, particularly the elderly, who are waiting weeks before seeking medical attention for their injuries.

In April 2020, Affidea also saw an increase in the number of appointment cancellations, particularly among those aged over 50 who say they are reluctant to attend a medical setting due to Covid-19. In more recent weeks however, patients have been calling in advance and Affidea is using this as an opportunity to reassure them of the significant safety measures that are in place at each ExpressCare Clinic. Affidea still have a restriction on seeing respiratory cases due to its Covid-19 prevention measures.

Affidea is also reporting fewer paediatric cases compared to the same time last year, which would have primarily been caused by falls on bouncy castles at communion and confirmation parties.

Offering fast turnaround times without an appointment, ExpressCare Clinics treat minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes. Children over the age of one are also treated, eliminating the need for a stressful visit to a hospital A&E department with an injured child.

Dr. Darren Collins, Lead Doctor at the Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Santry, says“As we continue to adapt to the changing crisis, our doctors are still here, both virtually and in-person, to address all medical needs. Covid-19 restrictions have made patients reluctant to attend mainstream hospitals for treatment but it is critical that we don’t lose sight of the fact that other illnesses and health needs are still present and need timely care and attention.”  

This time last year we were treating a large number of paediatric cases from trampoline and bouncy castles as a result of communion parties. It has started to get a little bit busier with the return of the good weather and we are starting to see more paediatric fractures. We are also seeing patients coming into us in the mornings who had been in the ED the previous evening and left due to waiting times.”  

We continue to operate to the highest standards of care and hygiene in all of our clinics, ensuring we can provide safe, reliable and expedient treatments at our locations. Patients can be assured that they will be treated in a safe and comfortable environment with minimum stress and disruption. It also frees up capacity for those in need of specialised care in our hospitals – which is so important at the moment.”

As well as operating the ExpressCare Clinics, Affidea also has ten state-of-the-art diagnostic centres and two managed hospital services across the country that provide MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-Ray and DEXA scan facilities*. This offers patients unrivalled access to advanced diagnostic imaging which has previously been an issue in Irish healthcare.

Affidea operates the youngest and most modern fleet of MRI facilities within the Dublin region with an average age of less than three years, enabling it to provide high end diagnostic imaging in modern, comfortable settings.

Affidea Ireland, which was established here in 2007, is part of the European Group, Affidea, which has 280 advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care centres across 16 countries. Focused on providing high quality affordable care, the company sees over 7 million patients per year, performs over 14 million examinations annually and works with over 9,400 professionals, of which 3,000 are medical doctors.

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Enet becomes Ireland’s first network provider to deploy VIAVI virtual network testing

Partnership with Butler Technologies and VIAVI Solutions will enhance connectivity across Ireland and reduce troubleshooting times

Limerick, Ireland: Enet, Ireland’s largest wholesale, open-access network provider, has become the first provider in the country to introduce virtual testing across its networks. Partnering with Butler Technologies to utilise VIAVI Solutions’ network test and monitoring systems, Enet will reduce troubleshooting times and significantly cut the number of technicians dispatched in response to network issues.

VIAVI Fusion is a virtual test system that combines physical test equipment with software-based test agents deployed across Enet’s network. The system’s test controller is centrally located in Dublin, initiating service activation testing and continuous real-time performance monitoring across the whole network. 

Commenting on the announcement, John Gilvarry, Enet CTO, said: “This is a strategically important investment for Enet as it highlights our continued commitment to delivering a genuinely world-class service for our customers. With this solution in place, we’ve increased the visibility of all monitored links so that we can see how the network is operating from the end-users’ perspective, pinpoint troubleshooting, reduce time to repair, and manage a much larger infrastructure estate.” 

Gilvarry went on to state that the installation of the Fusion system “marks a key milestone in our transition from a traditional wired network to one based more on software defined principles and we are currently looking to further extend the solution in our network.”  

Enet is leading the way when it comes to focussing on customer service excellence and is the first network provider to deploy the VIAVI virtual test solution in Ireland,” said Aaron Joyce, Director – Communications & Instrumentation Division at Butler Technologies. “Fusion is rooted in the VIAVI history of leadership in physical test instruments. It’s only logical that they extended that experience into the emerging virtual test market.” Joyce added, “Our expertise in multiple customer segments perfectly complements the VIAVI brand. Together we can help migrate customers in Ireland into the SDN/NFV era.” Fusion provides Enet the flexibility to use expert tools or simple end-user devices as test points in the system. In addition, Fusion’s capabilities extend to application testing to enable rapid problem resolution, sometimes before the end-user detects a dip in throughput