Deputy Tom dips his toe in comedy world

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print TAGSFine GaellimerickTom Neville LIMERICK Fine Gael TD Tom Neville says he’s “dipped his toe into the comedy world” as he stars in a new short-movie that will premier at the Richard Harris International Film Festival.The 44-year-old former DJ, teacher and county councillor has appeared in ten movies to date, having trained as an actor in his 20s.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He plays ‘Dr Tom’, a working class GP, in ‘Everything Looks Better in the Sunshine’, which will hit the screens on October 27.The Rathkeale politician appears alongside actor and comedian Patrick McDonnell, who played oddball priest Fr Eoin McLove in the Channel 4 hit sitcoms Father Ted.In the movie, McDonnell’s character ‘Patsy’ attends Dr Tom’s practice after he’s run over by a woman on a bicycle with a basket of flowers, which causes him to develop an incredible sense of smell.The 12-minute film also stars Orlan Hannon and Amy Hughes, in a strong working class Limerick city accent, “with plenty of colloquialisms and dialect to boot”.“It’s a nice, upbeat movie. My character is a ‘very local’ Limerick city native. He went on to study at University and became a doctor, but still holds his local ways,” Neville explained.“It offers a nice contrast between how he is and how he articulates himself vis-à-vis the education and qualifications he has.”The move was shot entirely in Limerick last Summer and “shows off Limerick in a great light”.“It’s a comedy and the narration is comedic so it would be nice to get some reaction out of that, seen as though this is my first time dipping my toe into the comedy world.”He laughs off any suggestion he has already entered the world of comedy when he took his seat in the Dáil.“Well, the Dáil has a mixture of many characters, and I concentrate on my own job and what I have to do. Like like a hurler taking to the field, you concentrate on playing your own game and you leave others do what they have to do.”He says Dr Tom isn’t based on anyone he knows and working alongside Patrick McDonnell was “fantastic”.“He’s a very funny guy, and a great professional. It was great to work with someone who has had experience and exposure, to learn from them.”“It’s the same with all the actors and directors and producers I have worked with. Every time you work with these people you learn something new, and I’m extremely grateful for getting this opportunity.”‘Everything Looks Better in the Sunshine’ is written and directed by Mark Smith and Jonathan Farrell and produced by fellow Limerick man Ronan Cassidy. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Advertisement NewsDeputy Tom dips his toe in comedy worldBy David Raleigh – October 18, 2019 300 Previous articleNoah is Limerick’s new little graduateNext articleAdare Manor has been voted IAGTO European Golf Resort of the Year 2020 David Raleigh last_img read more

Plans to boost take-up of CSR set for go-ahead

first_img Comments are closed. Proposals to improve managers’ awareness of and training in corporate socialresponsibility (CSR) have been unveiled. A ministerial working group has drawn up a series of recommendations that,if accepted by CSR minister Stephen Timms, would ensure HR plays a strong rolein improving how organisations drive CSR. The Corporate Responsibility Group, headed up by financial ombudsman SueSlipman, has spent the past three months developing a strategy for the futureof CSR in the UK. It proposes that all managers should be trained to ensure that CSR is partof their general business responsibility and ongoing development. The group also called for a CSR academy to look into training needs and pushbest practice, and for MBAs to include a substantial element on CSR. Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD, who was part of a focusgroup for the report, said it could prove an invaluable opportunity for theprofession. “Because it’s about stakeholder relationships CSR has to grow rightthroughout the business,” he said. “HR will have a huge role indeveloping managers’ skills.” The report also sets out a competency framework identifying the keystrengths needed by organisations for effective CSR, which Emmott claims aretraits all good HR directors should already possess. These includeunderstanding society, building partnerships, stakeholder relationships,strategic vision and respecting diversity. Debbie McCallion, HR director at software firm Intentia, said because of itsskillset, HR was ideally placed to take it up but that more needed to be doneto communicate the definition of CSR. key proposals– A CSR competency framework to identifycore skills – More integrated CSR training for managers– More training for CSR professionals – A CSR academy to spread best practice – More information for students and employers Plans to boost take-up of CSR set for go-aheadOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Obesity risk stands out in study of California’s sickest H1N1 patients

first_imgNov 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A study of California’s most severely ill patients during the first 16 weeks of the novel H1N1 pandemic is in line with other recent studies that have shown two unique features of the virus—that it hits young people hard and that obesity appears to be a risk factor.The authors from the California Pandemic (H1N1) Working Group compiled their report on the basis of enhanced surveillance by the California Department of Public Health and 61 local health departments between Apr 23 and Aug 11. Their findings appear today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).During that period, California had reports of 1,088 cases of hospitalization or death from pandemic H1N1 flu. The median age was 27, which is similar to the median in other recent studies of severe patients from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mexico, Canada’s Manitoba province, Australia, and New Zealand.Infectious disease experts have pointed out several times that the pandemic virus’s predilection for younger patients sets it apart from seasonal influenza, in which the severest cases are seen in children under age 5 and adults over age 65. For example, in the CDC’s recent study the median age of severely ill patients was 21, and in the Canadian and Mexican studies the median ages were 32 and 44, respectively.The report from California says that 68% of severely ill pandemic H1N1 flu patients had underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk. For comparison, 81% of the patients in the CDC study had an underlying condition, as did 51% of those in the Canadian study.Obesity as risk factorOver the summer, obesity emerged as a possible risk factor for serious pandemic flu illness, a pattern not seen with seasonal flu. Public health officials aren’t sure why, but some have said that obese patients tend to have other underlying conditions and that carrying extra weight may contribute to breathing compromise.In the California survey, of adults for whom body mass index (BMI) data were available, more than half were obese and about one fourth were morbidly obese. The authors wrote that about 4% of adults in the United States morbidly obese.The most common causes of death in the California patients were viral pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Only 4% of patients had secondary bacterial infections—a finding similar to other recent studies and one that also seems to distinguish the pandemic H1N1 clinical picture different from that of seasonal flu. Bacterial pneumonia was seen in 24% of Manitoba’s severely ill flu patients. Few bacterial co-infections were found in the CDC study, but not all of the patients were tested for these infections, and most patients were on antibiotics, which could have reduced test sensitivity.The California investigators also found that though gastrointestinal symptoms are reported in fewer than 5% of adult seasonal flu patients, more than a third in their series had nausea or vomiting, and about one fifth reported diarrhea.Though infants had the highest hospitalization rate, 11.9 per 100,000, adults age 50 and older who were hospitalized were most likely to die, a finding that also stood out in the study of Mexico’s severe cases.At a media briefing today, Thomas Frieden, MD, CDC director, said the California findings are consistent with what the CDC and global investigators have found. He said the studies suggest clinicians should think of pandemic H1N1 flu in all age-groups, not just the young. “It doesn’t change what our recommendations would be for vaccination. Still the [largest] number of people who are affected by H1N1 influenza re people under the age of 65,” he said.Delayed antiviral treatmentOther studies have pointed to delays in the treatment of severely ill people with antiviral medication, and today’s study also highlighted treatment delays. One-fifth of the hospitalized patients never received antivirals, and about half received medication more than 48 hours after illness onset. In the past month public health officials have issued several advisories urging clinicians to start antiviral treatment early, even when rapid tests are negative and before definitive test results are known. Officials have also said it’s never too late to start antiviral therapy.The authors said their findings suggest that BMI data are easy to obtain and may be helpful for quickly identifying some of the patients who may be at greatest risk. They added that clinicians should have a high index of suspicion in patients who are older than 50 who have flu-like symptoms.Louie JK, Acosta M, Winter K, et al. Factors associated with death or hospitalization due to pandemic 2009 influenza A (H1N1) in California. JAMA 2009 Nov 4;302(17):1896-1902 [Abstract]See also:Oct 8 CIDRAP News story “Two reports offer new data on severe H1N1 cases”Oct 12 CIDRAP News story “Studies point up pandemic demand on critical care resources”Nov 3 CDC media briefing transcriptlast_img read more