Coronavirus Update: Health Minister denies Level 5 NPHET leak - LMFM
The number of Covid-19 cases reported globally has hit a daily record.
The number of Covid-19 cases reported globally has hit a daily record. The Health Minister says he did not leak the information about NPHET asking for level five restrictions to be introduced. Stephen Donnelly was questioned in the Dáil last night, after it emerged he knew NPHET were considering upping restrictions long before some of his government colleagues. The Minister informed the Taoiseach of a potential move to level four before NPHET met on Sunday. But Stephen Donnelly insists no one had mentioned the possibility of level five: The National Public Health Emergency Team says the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital is growing 'exponentially'. The chairman of its modelling group says an average of 13 patients are being admitted every day. Professor Philip Nolan says ICU admissions are also rising rapidly. The total number of cases reached 40,000 last night, after 506 new infections were confirmed - including 42 cases in Meath. The number of Covid-19 cases reported globally has hit a daily record. The World Health Organisation says there have been a further 338,779 infections. Visit our Covid-19 Info Hub for the latest news and information on the pandemic
LIDL Ireland issue urgent recall on vacuum product due to fire risk - LMFM
LIDL Ireland has issued an urgent recall of its handheld vacuum cleaners due to a fire risk.
LIDL Ireland has issued an urgent recall of its handheld vacuum cleaners due to a fire risk. The product, which went on sale in Irish Lidl stores from September 21 2020 carries a risk of fire during charging or use of the SilverCrest Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, it has been announced. Product Image via SilverCrest Lidl is urging customers to stop using the product immediately and to return it to their nearest Lidl store for a full refund. According to The Sun, Affected products have the model number 339791_1910 and the serial number is 008602, which can be found on the product’s marking plate label. Label Image via SilverCrest A recall notice posted on the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission says: "Lidl Ireland GmbH is carrying out a voluntary recall on their SilverCrest Handheld Vacuum Cleaner products. The affected SilverCrest Handheld Vacuum Cleaner products were sold in Lidl Ireland stores from 21 September 2020." "A safety issue has been identified whereby it is possible that there is a risk of fire during charging or use of the product. The full name of the affected product is SilverCrest Handheld vacuum cleaner SHAZ 22.2 D." "The model number is 339791_1910 and the serial number is 008602. The model and serial numbers can be identified from the product’s marking plate label. The recall affects approximately 2,204 products in the Republic of Ireland. Lidl Ireland GmbH will be displaying Point of Sale posters in their stores to inform consumers of this recall." "If you believe that you have purchased this product then you should stop using it immediately and return the product and the associated battery to a Lidl store where you will be offered a full refund. Should you require further information then you can contact Lidl’s Customer Service number on 1800 20 10 80."
Coronavirus UPDATE: HSE warns further restrictions can be avoided; Rapid testing at ports could be introduced this month - LMFM
It comes as the Vintners Federation says 'wet pubs' can reopen safely this month.
It comes as the Vintners Federation says 'wet pubs' can reopen safely this month. The HSE's Chief Clinical Officer says the potential for an 'apartheid society' can be avoided if people re-double their efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. A recent increase in cases has seen 231 confirmed yesterday - the highest daily number in four months. There has also been a steady rise in hospital admissions, 46 are being treated in hospitals today - six in ICU's. Dr Colm Henry, says it's important people act now to avoid further restrictions: Meanwhile, A health expert's urging people not to read too much into the latest Covid-19 figures for Dublin. 133 of the 231 new cases reported yesterday were in the capital, prompting calls from the Acting Chief Medical Officer for people there to keep their social contacts to a minimum. But Professor Gerry Killeen from UCC says spikes in Dublin were always likely: Image via Getty. Rapid Covid-19 testing could be introduced at Irish ports and airports by the end of the month. It'll form part of the governments new 'Living With Covid' plan that'll be announced on September 14th, according to the Sunday Times. HIQA's currently reviewing rapid testing kits on the market to check if they're accurate enough. Professor Sam McConkey from the Royal College of Surgeons says it could mean an end to the 14-day quarantine rule: Image via Getty. The Vintners Federation says pubs that don't serve food can reopen absolutely safely. It's caling on the Government to allow them do that, with reports they could re-open again by the middle of this month. Consultations are underway and guidelines are being discussed by representative bodies with a view to welcoming customers back. Vintners Federation of Ireland Chief Executive Padraig Cribben says pubs want clear advice: Visit our Covid-19 Info Hub for the latest news and information on the pandemic
Coronavirus UPDATE: Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 25 million mark - LMFM
Dublin based Trinity Biotech is developing a Covid-19 antibody test that will show results in just 12 minutes
Dublin based Trinity Biotech is developing a Covid-19 antibody test that will show results in just 12 minutes The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 globally has now passed 25 million. Figures from Johns Hopkins University also show there has been more than 800,000 deaths. Spokesperson for the World Health Organisation, Margaret Harris, says many countries continue to experience very large outbreaks: An infectious disease expert's warning a second lockdown is possible here unless people start taking more responsibility to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Dr Jack Lambert's comments come amid a steady increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the past two months. Yesterday saw a further 142 cases confirmed, with no new deaths. Dr Lambert, says people need to be doing more to keep the virus suppressed: A Dublin based medical company is developing a Covid-19 antibody test that will show results in just 12 minutes. The Business Post reports that the Trinity Biotech device will be able to detect antibodies from a finger prick. It also plans to apply to the Food and Drug Administration in the USA to speed up it's approval process due to the emergency. The company also makes testing products for HIV, diabetes and auto-immune diseases. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties says making it a "civil offence" to invite more than six people over for a party is far too confusing. On Friday Government Ministers rejected Health Minister Stephen Donnelly's proposal to make holding or attending a party with more than six people a crime. Instead plans to make it a "civil offence" targeting householders are being drawn up. Liam Herrick from the ICCL says the government needs to be far more straightforward about the public health rules. Anyone else confused?We need way more clarity from all quarters of government about what’s law and why. https://t.co/Dx7ZqxOR5k — ICCLtweet (@ICCLtweet) August 29, 2020 Visit our Covid-19 Info Hub for the latest news and information on the pandemic
Coronavirus UPDATE: 66 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths have been reported - LMFM
Taoiseach 'deeply concerned' about the large number of new COVID-19 cases reported yesterday
Taoiseach 'deeply concerned' about the large number of new COVID-19 cases reported yesterday Sixty six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today but no new deaths linked to the virus have been recorded. There has now been a total of 1,774 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland and the total of confirmed cases here is 27,257. Of the cases notified today;
- 34 are men / 29 are women
- 67% are under 45 years of age
- 12 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
- 3 cases have been identified as community transmission
- The remainder of these cases are still under investigation
- 21 in Kildare, 16 in Dublin, 6 in Limerick, and the rest of the 23 cases are in Clare, Donegal, Laois, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Wicklow.
Global award for three local teens who designed 'Memory Haven' app for people living with dementia - LMFM
Their team won the Senior Girls Division at the 2020 virtual Technovation World Summit
Their team won the Senior Girls Division at the 2020 virtual Technovation World Summit A team of three local teenagers have won a global award for an app they designed for people living with dementia. Rachael and Margaret Akano and Joy Njekwe were announced yesterday evening as the winners of the Senior Girls Division at the 2020 virtual Technovation World Summit According to The Irish Times their app Memory Haven is designed to help people in Ireland whose families have been impacted by dementia. Based on research which found that music can comfort people with dementia, they incorporated a playlist into the app, along with alerts, face and voice recognition, and health checks. Bryan Collins principal of Scoil Naomh Feichín which the girls attended, has told parents that they've asked him to pass on their sincere thanks to everyone who supported them and who voted for them. The Grand Prize in the Technovation Girls Senior Division goes to... Memory Haven, from Ireland! Dementia touches each of our lives in one way or another, so this team's app that supports those living with dementia is incredibly important, across generations. Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/VRwZ2snjZa — Technovation (@technovation) August 14, 2020 Visit our Covid-19 Info Hub for the latest news and information on the pandemic
New phone charger promises to fully charge your smartphone in 15 minutes - LMFM
A new phone charger that promises to fully charge your smartphone in just 15 minutes has been announced.
A new phone charger that promises to fully charge your smartphone in just 15 minutes has been announced. It happens us all the time. We're about to head out the door and realise our smartphone is on 1%, and we don't have much time to wait for it to charge. Well, these problems may be a thing of the past, as technology company Qualcomm Technologies Inc. have created what they say will is the fastest commercial charging technology for your smartphone. Yes, that says 0-50% in 5 minutes. Learn more about Quick Charge 5, the most recognized charging solution in the world: https://t.co/rv5rzhTpNJpic.twitter.com/Z5l1GdjhDk — Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) July 27, 2020 The Quick Charge 5 promises to deliver charging speeds of up to 0-50% in five minutes and full charge in fifteen minutes, "while enabling new battery technology, accessories, and safety features". Qualcomm Technologies say it is their fastest and most versatile charging solution yet, with 100W+ charging power. When it comes to efficiency, the charger promises to charge smartphones and devices up to 10 degrees celsius cooler, up to four times faster, and up to 70% more efficiently than previous solutions. More information on the Quick Charge 5 can be found here. Click here to visit our Covid-19 info hub for the latest news and information on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Woman sparks debate with complaints about engagement ring - LMFM
A woman has sparked a debate on Reddit after expressing her disappointment at the amount of money her fiancé spent on her engagement ring.
A woman has sparked a debate on Reddit after expressing her disappointment at the amount of money her fiancé spent on her engagement ring. When it comes to weddings, every couple is different. From ceremonies to the reception, what may work for one could be the complete opposite of what someone else may want. This also goes for the financial side of things. One Reddit user has sparked a debate on this very topic but, more specifically, the cost of engagement rings. She took to the famous Am I the a**hole? forum, where users share their situations and other people give their opinion on whether they're in the wrong or in the right. In this particular post, a bride-to-be expressed her disappointment that her fiancé spent $150 on her ring. She insisted that she would never expect anything over the top, but that they are not struggling financially and, since she's going to be wearing it for the rest of her life, she feels perhaps it requires more of an investment. She writes "My fiance is quite well off, and while I don't make as much as him I certainly would not be struggling on my own. He rotates between a few very expensive watches that he wears to work and while we have a good grasp on financial literacy we aren't shy about spending for the important parts of life. We openly share finances so I know he isn't secretly in debt or any such nonsense." She says "The ring is nice and understated, but more of a nice stacker than an engagement ring to show off. The stone (which im doubtful of being a diamond) is quite small. It is not heirloom. When friends or family get engaged there is always the excitement in sharing the news and inevitably someone will ask to see the ring and then everyone coos over it and its a good time. When I showed mine the mood got awkward and they feigned excitement just long enough until it was okay to change the topic (this is not a knock on them, they are just terrible liars)." The bride-to-be added "I would like to make clear that I am not expecting a "3 months salary" ring or an over the top wedding. However this is a piece I will be wearing daily for decades, and is largely considered a "symbol of his love" (I know not all feel this way, but we do. or at least i thought we did). But I really don't think I'm out of line for thinking of it as a long term investment piece given the amount of wear it will see and the sentimentality behind it. Surely it is worth more than a gaming console?!" The Reddit user expressed her disappointment at her engagement ring. (via Getty) One person comments "I think you need to communicate asap and find out the reasoning behind this ring. It's not always about the actual money but about the message it sends. To you hes saying that he might not think you're worth spending more money on. Or it could be completely different in his mind. But you won't know until you talk to him. Engagement rings are a significant statement in our society as much as people want to think otherwise." Another says "Let's be real, you're going to wear this (hopefully) every day of your life, you need quality and quality when it comes to rings is expensive. A cheap ring is going to tarnish and warp even, cheap diamonds are going to scratch and lose clarity real fast." Unfortunately, she has since updated those in the forum, to let them know that she and her fiancé are no longer together. She writes "To be brief, he bought a s**tty ring from a jeweller who got bad reviews so that when I got upset over it he could dump me under the guise that I was a golddigger. He has apparently been having an affair (turns out COVID had shortened his work hours, not extended)." She says "I won't be sticking around to dig any deeper, but I know my now ex-fiance would not have done and said the things he did without being pushed from bad influences behind the scenes... I left in the middle of his tirade around the 15 min mark and am staying with at my mother's. I haven't cried yet and I think I'm still waiting for it all to suddenly make sense, but I know logically it might not ever." In this case, the Reddit user was voted as Not the A**hole (NTA) by others in the forum. Do you agree? Click here to visit our Covid-19 info hub for the latest news and information on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Netflix are introducing a new game-changing feature for indecisive people - LMFM
Netflix have introduced a new feature that will be perfect for any indecisive viewers.
Netflix have introduced a new feature that will be perfect for any indecisive viewers. We've all been in the situation - you sit in front of the TV for a night in in front of Netflix but you spend most of the time flicking through the streaming service trying to find something to watch. For those of us who spend more time searching than watching, Netflix have come through for us with a brand new feature that might make choosing a programme to binge that bit easier. The streaming site are introducing a Shuffle button that will pick a series or movie at random for you so you don't have to waste time scrolling through the options. The Shuffle button has been planned for a while, and was tested at around the same that as the 'Remove from Row' feature, which has just been introduced to all users. Although the Shuffle button isn't available for everyone yet, the feature is being tested on certain users' accounts, and they have taken to social media to share their experience. "NETFLIX HAS ADDED A SHUFFLE BUTTON! WE DONT HAVE TO SCROLL FOR 45 MINS THINKING FOR OURSELVES ANYMORE," a Twitter user shared. Another gave us a glimpse of what the option looks like, sharing an image of their screen with the caption "Lol Netflix now has a 'shuffle' button. This is something I needed that I didn't even know I need." Lol Netflix now has a shuffle button. This is something I needed that I didnt even know I need. pic.twitter.com/JEEsF65Bc0 — Chaby Digital (@Chabz_Classic) July 14, 2020 NETFLIX HAS ADDED A SHUFFLE BUTTON! WE DONT HAVE TO SCROLL FOR 45 MINS THINKING FOR OURSELVES ANYMORE — Chief (@BarstoolChief) July 11, 2020 The shuffle option on Netflix is perfect for my indecisive ass — (@noahdoesntknow) July 14, 2020 Given the positive repose the feature has received so far, hopefully it won't be too long until it is available on all accounts so help us discover more random series and movies, This news comes the same week that Netflix announced their Remove from Row feature which will now allow users to delete shows and movies from their 'continue watching' section, meaning it will no longer appear there if you've no intention on getting back to it. Taking to Twitter, Netflix shared the new update which was positively received by users. PSA: You can now remove a film or series from the Continue Watching row. On your mobile device, simply click the three dots below the title and select Remove From Row. pic.twitter.com/VycWTS2xks — Netflix (@netflix) July 14, 2020 With the Remove from Row now available and the Shuffle button in the works, it seems like using Netflix may become an easier and easier experience and all we'll have to do is sit back and relax.. We like the sound of that! Head here to visit our Covid-19 info hub for the latest news and information on the covid-19 pandemic in Ireland.
Asthma Society's Pollen Tacker predicts high pollen levels this weekend - LMFM
Asthma Society warns the 7,570 people who have both asthma and hayfever in Louth to take precautions with their hayfever this weekend as high pollen levels predicted
Asthma Society warns the 7,570 people who have both asthma and hayfever in Louth to take precautions with their hayfever this weekend as high pollen levels predicted The Asthma Society of Ireland is today warning the 7,570 people who have both asthma and hayfever in Louth and the 11,343 people in Meath to take precautions as pollen levels expected to rise this weekend. The Asthma Society has teamed up with Dyson Ireland to launch its Pollen Tracker on asthma.ie. The tracker provides an update of pollen levels across the four provinces each day, and a predictor of the pollen levels for the following day. Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said: “For the 304,000 people who have asthma and hayfever in Ireland, hayfever can be particularly dangerous. Hayfever symptoms are capable of escalating an asthma attack, which in some cases can be fatal. In addition, people with hayfever experience symptoms which really compromise their quality of life and ability to enjoy the summer months. With the pollen count predicted to increase over the next few days, we are advising all people who have asthma and hayfever to make sure they take precautions and to follow our “top tips for surviving hayfever season” to ensure they do not suffer a fatal asthma attack. Our free Asthma and COPD Adviceline is also available on 1800 44 54 64 and allows you to speak to a respiratory specialist nurse who is trained in asthma and allergies, who will be able to advise you on managing your condition(s). People can also message our new Beating Breathlessness WhatsApp Patient Support Service on (086) 059 0132; which allows patients with asthma or COPD to message a respiratory specialist nurse to get support, advice and information about their condition(s).” Tips to survive Hayfever Season:
- Keep an eye daily on the Asthma Society’s pollen tracker on asthma.ie
- Speak to a nurse on the Asthma Society’s free Asthma and COPD Adviceline (1800 44 54 64) about putting a hayfever management plan in place
- Use the Asthma Society’s new Beating Breathlessness WhatsApp Patient Support service for any questions on asthma, COPD, coronavirus or hayfever
- Talk to doctor or pharmacist NOW about taking medication to prevent / reduce symptoms. Don't wait until you feel unwell
- Keep windows shut in your bedroom at night
- Keep windows and doors closed when the pollen count is high
- Stay indoors as much as possible on high pollen days
- Stay away from grassy areas, especially when grass is freshly cut
- Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
- Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
- Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes if you have been outside for an extended period of time
- Avoid drying clothes outdoors, or shake them outdoors before bringing them in
- Minimise your contact with pets that have been outdoors and are likely to be carrying pollen
- Runny nose and nasal congestion
- Watery, itchy, red eyes
- Frequent sneezing
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Swollen blue coloured skin under the eyes
- Postnasal drip