Limerick has highest rate of births outside marriage

first_imgWhatsApp Previous articleMary Davis labelled a ‘blocking’ candidate for Fianna FailNext articleSimon week to raise awareness of homelessness admin Email Linkedin Facebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick has highest rate of births outside marriageBy admin – September 28, 2011 567 center_img Print Advertisement MOTHERS who gave birth in Limerick city were among the youngest in the country, and Limerick also had the highest rate of births outside of marriage.New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 119, more than half, of the 231 births registered in the city in the first three months of this year, were born to women who were not married at the time.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This represents 50 per cent of the births, the highest percentage per head of population in the country.And Limerick city mothers were among the youngest in the country, with an average ago of 29.4 years, and an average age of 31,9 years in the county.But four in 10 who were not married at the time of giving birth said they were living with the child’s father.The figures for the county show that of 182 of the 609 births registered- almost one third – were to unmarried women, a figure lower than the national average.And there were 38 babies born to women from Limerick who were 40 years of age or older.The youngest were 11 woman from the city and one from the county, who were under 20 when they gave birth. .The majority of births in the city – 74 – was recorded amongst women aged between 30 and 34. In the county the corresponding figure was 242.In the same three months, there were 153 deaths registered in Limerick city and 240 in the county.The highest cause of death in the city was heart disease, which claimed the lives of 46 people, and in the county the highest number of deaths – 88 – were due to the same cause.Eleven city people and nine from the county died due to accidents or other external causes. Twitterlast_img read more

Improving the pollution-mortality link

first_imgAs the nation celebrates the 45th Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, researchers from Harvard and MIT are calling for an improved approach to studying the link between pollution and human health. In an article published April 18, 2014 in the journal Science, the researchers note that in recent years, one-third to a half of all benefits gained from major regulations in the U.S. have come from the regulation of just one pollutant: particulate matter. With particulate matter playing such a vital role, it is critical to ensure that the estimated health benefits are based on the best available evidence.“The first Earth Day reflected a growing need to improve protection of human health and our environment by relying on the best available science,” says Cass Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. “We’re celebrating this Earth Day by renewing that commitment. The best available science now includes quasi-experimental evidence, on which there has been a great deal of recent progress and success.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Balancing the practice of law and life

first_img September 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Balancing the practice of law and life Senior EditorA lawyer took his family skiing in the mountains. But rather than relishing the perfect scenery and refreshing exercise, he found himself scheming for ways to buy local real estate or a condominium.He wasn’t, author and lawyer Mike Papantonio said, enjoying the experience but instead was trying to figure out how to exert control — and in the process ruining his enjoyment.The lesson? “The best we can do for our family and the best we can do for our community is enjoy the moment we have now,” Papantonio said.Papantonio, sometimes showing a revival preacher’s fervor, brought that message to the Board of Governors at its August meeting. The lawyer and author of Resurrecting Aesop’s Fables and Searching for Atticus Finch was the luncheon speaker at the board’s Sarasota gathering and said his goal is to help lawyers bring balance to their lives.Papantonio has spent years surveying lawyers about what they like and don’t like about their lives and profession. Much of what he has found is that lawyers pour too much effort into their practice to the exclusion of other parts of their lives. And that eventually affects their personal, civic, and even professional activities.His talk was peppered with findings of surveys he’s taken of lawyers over several years. Among the findings:• 76 percent of respondents “said they dramatically needed to improve their quality of life.”• 97 percent “said addictive, destructive ambition is threatening to destroy the profession.”• “84 percent said “that lack of balance [in their lives] was causing problems, but no one was doing anything about it.”• “82 percent find it difficult to say they have enough.”• “80 percent characterize themselves as raising expectations after every accomplishment, no matter how unrealistic” those expectations are.• Only 16 percent said they ever took a course other than CLE.The result is lawyers spend so much time being lawyers, that their lives lose balance, their personal and family lives suffer, and they even wind up losing the perspective that makes them good lawyers, Papantonio said.As an example, he cited Clarence Darrow. Perhaps the most famous lawyer of the 20th century, Darrow quit the only regular legal job he had because he found it incompatible with his lifestyle. And despite handling slews of high profile cases, he always made time to travel extensively, and he wrote more than 50 books.Those diversions, especially traveling, didn’t hurt Darrow’s courtroom performance, but lent perspective and understanding, Papantonio said.“Sometimes we have to reject what has been handed down to us on how we’re supposed to lawyer and how we’re supposed to live,” he told the board. “How dare you tell young lawyers that it’s good for them to bill 3,000 hours a year. How dare you tell a young lawyer his future depends on the number of cases he brings in.”Lawyers frequently get caught up in the trap of seeking more personal wealth and possessions and more power, only to find they can never get enough of either, he said.“People don’t have a picture of how much is enough and whether their expectations will be satisfied and leave them alone,” Papantonio said. “One author called it the hamster syndrome — they’re running on a wheel, not quite sure when they are going to get off.“The basic problem is it’s driven by ego, it’s driven by unhealthy ego,” he added. “It’s driven by not having enough just for today, but enough for 20 years. And do they have more than the other guy.. . . It’s always a matter of trying to move into the next income bracket. It’s illusory. You can do it all your life and you won’t get there.. . . We’re addicted to having more than the other guy, and we’ve never thought about it in 30 years of professional life.”And the reason it’s particularly a problem, Papantonio said, is because De Tocqueville was right: Democracy works only because lawyers work. And that means problems in the profession mean problems for democracy.He urged board members to find balance in their lives and those of members of their firms.“Don’t wait until your next project comes in. Don’t wait until you’re elected to the next big office. Your family doesn’t care, and your community doesn’t care,” he said. Balancing the practice of law and lifelast_img read more