Restriction on traffic accessing St. Patricks Street from 9th August 2018

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The controversial ban on private vehicles accessing Patrick’s Street that was previously suspended, comes into effect on Thursday, 9th August.

The restriction applies to private vehicles, with the exception of emergency service vehicles, delivery vehicles, taxis, cyclists and buses (public transport.) The restriction will be in place between 15:00 and 18:30 daily, including weekends. 

  • Any northbound traffic, approaching from the South or West via Dyke Parade, or Wood Street will turn onto Prospect Row, before the mercy hospital.
  • Approaching traffic from the Grand Parade, will be diverted via Cornmarket Street and onwards towards Lavitts Quay.
  • No access to Patrick’s Street from Academy Street. Drivers will turn onto Emmet Place, or continue onto Drawbridge & Perry Street.
  • No exit from Drawbridge Street onto Patrick’s Street, with the exception of emergency service vehicles, delivery vehicles, taxis, cyclists and buses.
  • Any Westbound traffic, coming from Merchant’s Quay should proceed along Lavitts Quay to Grattan Street.

All diversions will be signposted, and further information can be found on the Transport for Cork website.

The re-introduction of the bus priority corridor is being accompanied by a series of measures to improve and encourage access to the city centre. These include: 

  • A network of 26 set down parking spaces is being established on South Mall, Grand Parade, Parnell Place, Drawbridge & Cornmarket St to facilitate shoppers and visitors.
  • From August 9th, half price parking will be offered at Paul Street and North Main Street Car Parks from 1pm to 6.30pm.
  • The opening hours of the city’s Park And Ride service will be extended to between 7am and 8pm
  • The Park And Ride will be free of charge from 12 noonReduced bus fares will be available  from August 9th
  • Passengers on the northbound 203 and 215 buses will also be stopping on St. Patrick’s St. for the first time.
  • The extension of the Park And Ride service into the city centre. There will be additional stops at Merchants Quay, St Patrick’s St, Grand Parade and South Mall to improve connectivity between the Park and Ride and city centre.

The full, and updated press release from Cork City Council is below:

The re-introduction of the St Patrick’s St bus priority corridor is to be accompanied by measures to improve and encourage access to the city centre

Significant improvements to bus services in Cork city will result from the re-introduction of an afternoon bus priority corridor on St. Patrick’s St. from August 9 next. 

From that date, access to St. Patrick’s St. will be limited to buses, taxis, emergency vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists –  from 3.00pm to 6.30 pm each day .

The three and a half hour bus priority corridor is a key element in the City Centre Movement Strategy (CCMS) which seeks to address the serious traffic management issues associated with welcome economic growth ( 10,000 new jobs in the city centre within five years)  and the substantial increase in population and vehicles forecast for the years ahead. 

 Traffic congestion in Cork is now worse than it was at the height of the economic boom in 2007. Two thirds of the 110,000 vehicles entering the city centre every day are using it as a “through route” to other destinations. This through traffic brings no benefit to businesses in the city and makes it more difficult for those who work, visit and shop in the city centre to get around.

The changes due to take place on St. Patrick’s St. are a small but important step towards the establishment of a rapid transit system linking Ballincollig and Mahon, via the city centre, including the Docklands. 

In recent months, Cork city centre’s CORE Group, representing Cork Chamber, Cork Business Association, Cork Hospitality Alliance, Bus Eireann, Gardaí, retail sector, executive and elected members of Cork City Council has been working extremely hard to develop a suite of communications, marketing and operational initiatives aimed at ensuring a smooth and effective reintroduction of the bus priority corridor on St. Patrick’s St.

 A considerable body of work has already been completed by Cork City Council on the city quays to facilitate the changes which are limited to St. Patrick’s Street only. Even in the short period in which the changes operated in March/April last, bus journey times showed decreases of up 28% and car journey times in the city centre also showed significant improvements.

The new traffic arrangements will allow the city’s buses to transport people in the city centre much more quickly and efficiently. Last year, 12.6 million people used city bus services and St. Patrick’s St. is the main public transport “hub” with almost 1,000 buses using the street each day.

The development of public transport in Cork city is supported by the €200 million Cork Bus Connects programme that is identified in the National Development Plan.

As part of CCMS, an afternoon priority bus corridor was introduced in St. Patrick’s St. at the end of last March. Because of concerns raised by city centre businesses at that time, Cork City Council agreed to pause the introduction of this corridor until August 9th to allow for (1) significant engagement to increase awareness of the CCMS and its role in addressing traffic congestion (2) the development of a comprehensive promotional campaign for the city centre, in conjunction with business stakeholders.

 

Missing Person: Teenager – Jordan O’Driscoll

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Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of missing teenager; Jordan O’Driscoll from Togher who was last seen in Tralee, Co. Kerry at 11am on Saturday, 7th July 2018.

Jordan is described as being:

    • 5ft 3” Tall
    • Slim Build
    • Brown Hair
    • Piercing on His Left Ear

When last seen, Jordan was wearing:

    • White Shirt, with Black Stripes
    • Blue Jeans
    • Brown Timberland Boots

If you have any information, contact:

  • Togher Garda Station: 021 4947120
  • Garda Confidential: 1800 666111



Security Breach: Timehop Hack: 21 Million Users Affected

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Popular Social Media ‘memory’ / time-capsule application – Timehop has today confirmed that it suffered a data breach on the 4th July which affects it’s 21 million users. The data which was stolen included names, email addresses and some phone numbers.

Timehop have confirmed that no private/direct messages, financial data, or social media or photo content, or Timehop data including streaks were affected.

The unauthorised party (hacker) had compromised one of Timehops systems, which wasn’t protected by multifactor authentication which requires a two-step password verification method.

Read the full release below:

“On July 4, 2018, Timehop experienced a network intrusion that led to a breach of some of your data. We learned of the breach while it was still in progress, and were able to interrupt it, but data was taken. While our investigation into this incident (and the possibility of any earlier ones that may have occurred) continues, we are writing to provide our users and partners with all the relevant information as quickly as possible.

We commit to transparency about this incident, and this document is part of our providing all our users and partners with the information they need to understand what happened, what we did, how we did it, and how we are working to ensure it never happens again

  • Some data was breached. These include names, email addresses, and some phone numbers. This affects some 21 million of our users. No private/direct messages, financial data, or social media or photo content, or Timehop data including streaks were affected.

  • To reiterate: none of your “memories” – the social media posts & photos that Timehop stores – were accessed.
  • Keys that let Timehop read and show you your social media posts (but not private messages) were also compromised. We have deactivated these keys so they can no longer be used by anyone – so you’ll have to re-authenticate to our App.
    • If you have noticed any content not loading, it is because Timehop deactivated these proactively.
  • We have no evidence that any accounts were accessed without authorization.
  • We have been working with security experts and incident response professionals, local and federal law enforcement officials, and our social media providers to assure that the impact on our users is minimized.
  • You may have noticed that you have been logged out of our App. We did this in an abundance of caution, to reset all the keys.
  • The damage was limited because of our long-standing commitment to only use the data we absolutely need to provide our service. Timehop has never stored your credit card or any financial data, location data, or IP addresses; we don’t store copies of your social media profiles, we separate user information from social media content – and we delete our copies of your “Memories” after you’ve seen them.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR USERS?

Because we have invalidated all API credentials, you will be asked to log in again to Timehop and re-authenticate each service you wish to use with Timehop. This will generate a new, secure token. Because your data’s integrity is our first priority, we have deauthorized tokens as quickly as possible. As we mentioned, if you have noticed any content not loading, it is because we deactivated these tokens proactively. Additionally, user streaks have been frozen and maintained for the time being. If you have any issues please let us know.

Phone Number Security

If you used a phone number for login, then Timehop would have had your phone number. It is recommended that you take additional security precautions with your cellular provider to ensure that your number cannot be ported.

If AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint is your provider, this is accomplished by adding a PIN to your account. See this article for additional information on how to do this.

If you have T-Mobile as your provider, call 611 from your T-Mobile device or 1-800-937-8997 and ask the customer care representative to assist with limiting portability of your phone number.

For all other providers, please contact your cell carrier and ask them how to limit porting or add security to your account.

WHAT HAPPENED?

At 2:04 US Eastern Time in the afternoon of the 4th of July 2018, Timehop observed a network intrusion. The breach occurred because an access credential to our cloud computing environment was compromised. That cloud computing account had not been protected by multifactor authentication. We have now taken steps that include multifactor authentication to secure our authorization and access controls on all accounts.

The attack was detected, and two hours and nineteen minutes later – at 4:23 PM that same day – our engineers locked out the attackers (for a more complete technical description of the attack, please see this post). We have now updated our security to alert on the kinds of activities that were conducted.

While we continue to investigate, we have confirmed that this intrusion led to a breach of some data:

  • Names, some email addresses, and some phone numbers belonging to our customers have been compromised.
  • Additionally, “access tokens” provided to Timehop by our social media providers were also taken. These tokens could allow a malicious actor to view without permission some of your social media posts. (as you will read below, we have terminated these tokens and they can no longer be used). In situations where our social media partners made use of two-part keys – a user part and a “secret” part – our secret parts of the keys were not compromised.

While we investigate, we want to stress two things: First: to date, there has been no evidence of, and no confirmed reports of, any unauthorized access of user data through the use of these access tokens.

Second, we want to be clear that these tokens do not give anyone (including Timehop) access to Facebook Messenger, or Direct Messages on Twitter or Instagram, or things that your friends post to your Facebook wall. In general, Timehop only has access to social media posts you post yourself to your profile. However, it is important that we tell you that there was a short time window during which it was theoretically possible for unauthorized users to access those posts – again, we have no evidence that this actually happened.

All the compromised tokens have been deauthorized, and are no longer valid. In addition to our communications with local and federal law enforcement, we are also in contact with all our social media providers, and will update users as needed, but again: there are no credible reports, and there has been no evidence of, any unauthorized use of these access tokens.

HOW HAS TIMEHOP RESPONDED?

On the 4th of July, when Timehop detected the activity, our engineers moved rapidly to limit the damage created by this breach. It is moving aggressively and proactively to notify users, partners, and customers that the breach occurred. Timehop’s first priority has been to defend the social media and account data of its customers.

To that end:

  • Timehop has conducted an initial audit, and is conducting a thorough audit, of all accounts, credentials, and permissions granted to all authorized users; and deployed enhanced security protocols to secure our systems, remove the intruders and protect your data.
  • Timehop has engaged a well-established and experienced cyber security incident response firm to lead the response, understand any exposure or potential exposure of customer data, ensure that no follow-on attacks are in progress, and create a recovery architecture.
  • Timehop has engaged with its cloud computing provider to inform it of the incident and the actions taken, and to request follow-on assistance.
  • It has engaged a cyber threat intelligence and dark web research firm to gain intelligence about the attack and, working hand-in-hand with the incident response firm, helping to prevent further attacks.
  • Timehop is in communication with local and federal enforcement officials, and is providing all requested information to cooperate in all respects with any investigation.
  • Proactive and intensive collaboration and cooperation with our partners enabled Timehop to quickly assess the broader situation. We continue to monitor any impact with the help of these critical partners.

WHAT ARE ALL THESE TERMS, AND WHAT DO THEY MEAN

Attacker

An attacker is a user who gains access to our systems without our permission. Another common way to put it is that an attacker is an unauthorized user, or a “hacker”.

Compromise

A Compromise is an incident in which an unauthorized user breaks the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of a service – quite simply, it means that our security was broken.

Exposure

During a Compromise (or, “When our security is broken”) any data that the attackers – the unauthorized users  – may have been able to look at, copy, or download can be considered to have been exposed.

Breach

A Breach is when data is actually taken from (or, “exfiltrated”) from our computing environment. It means that the attacker was able to break through our security and take what they wanted. This is different from a mere intrusion, which just means that someone got in to our system.

Network Intrusion

A Network Intrusion is any time an unauthorized user, or attacker, is able to penetrate our network defenses and gain access to data or resources within our network.

Key

An encryption key is used to encrypt or decrypt, data. A computer uses an encryption key to access data or services in much the same way a human uses a user name and a password. An encryption key is a string of characters that is created to scramble and unscramble data.

Access Token

An access token identifies a specific account and its credentials; it is sort of similar to the way your bank uses a routing number and account number to send money.

Cloud Computing Provider

Cloud computing is a fancy way to describe a data center not within our corporate headquarters, where our servers are stored and operated, and reached via the Internet. The best known cloud computing providers are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, but there are many such providers.

Reconnaissance

Cyber Reconnaissance is the activity of looking around in a computer network and becoming familiar with what kinds of computers, services, and data are present.

Dark Web

The Dark Web is a set of Internet web sites that anonymize user traffic, and are accessible only using special encryption software. The Dark Web holds legitimate and illegitimate services and Web sites.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What was breached and when?

A database containing usernames, phone numbers, email addresses, and social media access tokens was breached on July 4, 2018. Social media access tokens were taken for all accounts. Not all accounts had names, phone numbers, or email addresses.

How sensitive is the information?

The names of some of our customers were breached. We note that In many cases these are not the customer’s full legal name but rather the social media name as listed on their account. Some of our customer’s email addresses were lost, and a smaller number of our customers’ phone numbers. No financial data, private messages, direct messages, user photos, user social media content, social security numbers, or other private information was breached.

How many users were affected?

Some 21 million accounts were affected with a name and email. Just under 22%, or 4.7 million of those accounts have a phone number attached to them.

Will this affect my Streak?

No! Many people have asked, and the answer is that we will ensure all Streaks remain unaffected by this event. If you have any issues please let us know.

Do you know if the data has been used?

We have no evidence that the data has been used. All the access keys have been de-authorized and cannot be used. Timehop has retained the services of a well established cyber threat intelligence company that has been seeking evidence of use of the email addresses, phone numbers, and names of users, and while none have appeared to date, it is a high likelihood that they soon will appear in forums and be included in lists that circulate on the Internet and the Dark Web.

What actions have you taken to ensure that this is the extent of the breach and won’t happen again?

There is no such thing as perfect when it comes to cyber security but we are committed to protecting user data. As soon as the incident was recognized we began a program of security upgrades. We immediately conducted a user audit and permissions inventory; changed all passwords and keys; added multifactor authentication to all accounts in all cloud-based services (not just in our Cloud Computing Provider); revoked inappropriate permissions; increased alarming and monitoring; and performed various other technical tasks related to authentication and access management and more pervasive encryption throughout our environment.  We immediately began actions to deauthorize compromised access tokens, and as we describe below, are worked with our partners to determine whether any of the keys have been used. We will employ the latest encryption techniques in our databases.

Has law enforcement been informed?

Yes. Timehop is in communication with local and federal law enforcement officials and will cooperate with all investigations on this matter.

What are the implications in Europe under the new GDPR privacy law?

Although the GDPR regulations are vague on a breach of this type (a breach must be “likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of the individuals”), we are being pro-active and notifying all EU users and have done so as quickly as possible. We have retained and have been working closely with our European-based GDPR specialists to assist us in this effort.”

Hosepipe Ban Implemented – Nationwide

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It’s been announced that Irish Water have implemented a hose-pipe ban that comes into effect on Friday, 6th July at 08.00am.

The ban which has been in effect in the greater Dublin Area since earlier this week, has now been extended nationwide as the country experiences the one of the hottest summers on record.

The ban will prohibit using hosepipes to:

  • Water Gardens
  • Wash Cars
  • Fill Swimming / Paddling Pools
  • Fill Ponds

The ban is said to continue into next week, as the hot weather and drought conditions continue.


 

The full press release from Irish Water is below:

Irish Water issues National Water Conservation Order commonly referred to as a hosepipe ban from 8am on Friday, 6 July to midnight on Tuesday 31 July as a drought continues across the country

We thank the public for their conservation efforts so far and we urge them to continue to conserve water to help protect water supplies now and over the coming months

Met Éireann advised that there has been little or no rain over the last 30 days, with an average soil moisture deficit of 60mm meaning even if it did rain, no water would reach our water sources for at least a week, as it will be absorbed by the ground

(Issued, Wednesday, 4 July 2018) Irish Water has confirmed that a National Water Conservation Order commonly referred to as a hosepipe ban will be in place from 8am on Friday, 6 July until midnight on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 for all domestic public water supplies and commercial premises for non-commercial activities e.g. watering gardens attached to a business premises. The scope of this Order is the same as the one applied to the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) on Monday, 2 July 2018. Irish Water may review the scope of both over the coming weeks.

The order has been issued due to the continued drought conditions and to help protect water supplies now and over the coming months. Met Éireann has advised that there has been little or no rain over the last 30 days and predictions show no significant rainfall is likely for at least a further week, meaning deepening drought conditions.

High levels of sunlight means significant evaporation levels on water sources. The average soil moisture deficit is currently 60mm nationally which means even if it did rain, no water would reach our water sources as it would be absorbed by the ground. The continuation of these drought conditions nationally is putting pressure on water sources as rivers, lakes and groundwater levels drop.

On average demand across all water resources nationally has increased by 15%, and given the environmental pressures on the aquifers and waterbodies, this cannot be sustained for any period of time. Due to soil moisture conditions, smaller groundwater sites in particular may take many months to recover. The National Water Conservation Order has the potential to suppress any non-essential increases in demand during this period, and prevent increased abstraction at a time when the raw water sources are least able to support these volumes.

Irish Water thanks the public for their conservation efforts to date and we continue to encourage and support the public in their efforts to reduce usage. We are grateful for all measures that have been taken in homes and businesses.

Irish Water’s top priority during the current dry period is to protect our water supply for use in homes and businesses in the coming weeks and months. As demand continues to outstrip supply and the warm weather looks set to continue, Irish Water has taken the extra step to use the legal options open to us. Section 56 (16) of the Water Services Act 2007 allows for an effective ‘hosepipe ban’.

The Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will be in place until midnight on Tuesday, 31 July for domestic users and for non-commercial use by commercial bodies. Irish Water will keep the situation under review and may have to extend the period of time the order is in place.

Water Conservation Order

The prohibited uses are as follows:

Use of water drawn through a hosepipe or similar apparatus for the purpose of –

  1. watering a garden
  2. cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a domestic hosepipe
  3. cleaning a private leisure boat
  4. filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool (except when using hand held containers filled directly from a tap)
  5. filling or maintaining a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds)
  6. filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes)
  7. filling or replenishing an artificial pond, lake or similar application.

This prohibition will apply from 8am on Friday, 6 July 2018 until midnight 31 July 2018.

The Irish Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) does not apply to private wells or private group water schemes. Working with the National Federation of Group Water Schemes we urge all water users to conserve water during this drought period and over the coming months to protect all water supplies.

Speaking about the legal move, Irish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager Kate Gannon said:

“Imposing a national Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) reflects the serious need for water conservation now and over the coming months. It is essential that our water supply resources are conserved to help avoid further restrictions and outages over the coming weeks and months.

“We are really grateful for the measures that people have taken to conserve water so far and we hope that placing a Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will make people more mindful of their responsibilities and the impact their water usage is having on their neighbours and communities.

“Irish Water is mindful of the impact that a Water Conservation Order might have on businesses and the tourist industry and for that reason the prohibition is mainly limited to domestic users but does include commercial premises for non-commercial activities e.g. watering gardens attached to a business premises.

“The utility continues to be in touch with large commercial users who have committed to conserving water and we are very grateful to them for their efforts. We are also appealing to them to limit all non-essential water use and to avoid using hosepipes or power washers where possible, particularly if it is for cosmetic reasons.”

ENDS

Update: Weather Warning: Status Yellow – Drought Conditions

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Update: 18:00 30/06/18

Met Eireann have updated the earlier weather advisory as forecasters say that little or no rain is forecast for most areas over the coming week, drought or near-drought conditions are expected to develop more widely across Ireland.

Issued: Saturday 30 June 2018 18:00
Valid: Saturday 30 June 2018 18:00 to Friday 06 July 2018 23:00

 

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather advisory, nationwide for drought conditions.

Forecasters say that drought or near-drought conditions will persist through the coming week.

Issued: Saturday 30 June 2018 11:00
Valid: Saturday 30 June 2018 11:07 to Friday 06 July 2018 23:59

National Weather Outlook:
The coming week will continue warm or very warm but there is the risk or scattered or isolated showers and although there will be good sunshine there will be some cloudier periods as well.
Sunday night will be mainly dry with broken cloud but there is the risk of showers in the south and east. Northerly winds will be moderate bringing fresher, cooler conditions to the north. Lowest temperatures falling to around 11 to 14 degrees, mildest in the south.

Monday will be mostly dry with some sunny spells or hazy sunshine and just the odd shower. Northerly winds will continue moderate and ease later bringing slightly cooler conditions to the northern half of the country with top temperatures around 18 to 23 degrees, but slightly warmer further south with top temperatures reaching possibly 24 to 27 degrees.

Monday night will become dry with good clear spells. Northerly winds will ease allowing for some mist or shallow fog patches to form.

Tuesday will become sunnier again and it will be mostly dry with light northerly or variable breezes and there is just a slight risk of a few isolated showers over the south. It will become very warm with top temperatures in the mid to high twenties.

And staying mostly dry on Wednesday with just isolated showers and some sunny spells or hazy sunshine. Winds will remain light variable or easterly with temperatures again reaching into the mid to high twenties but cooler near coasts in onshore sea breezes.

And indications suggest that the overall dry weather may continue for a few more days next week with just the odd shower possible. Also winds are likely remain light variable.



Ticketmaster – Security Breach – Announcement

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Popular ticket sales and distributor, Ticketmaster Ireland have today sent an email to certain customers who’s data may have been compromised in a security incident by a third-party supplier on June 23rd. Any tickets that were purchased by customers between February, and June 23rd 2018 may have had their payment information compromised.

Read the full email outlining the security breach here:
“On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Ticketmaster UK identified malicious software on a customer support product hosted by Inbenta Technologies, an external third-party supplier to Ticketmaster.

As soon as we discovered the malicious software, we disabled the Inbenta product across all Ticketmaster websites.

As a result of Inbenta’s product running on Ticketmaster websites, some of our customers’ personal or payment information may have been accessed by an unknown third-party.

We are contacting you because you purchased, or attempted to purchase, tickets between February and June 23, 2018. Whilst we have no evidence to suggest your data has been compromised, we are notifying you out of an abundance of caution.

Forensic teams and security experts are working around the clock to understand how the data was compromised.

We are working with relevant authorities, as well as credit card companies and banks.

What we are doing:

– Ticketmaster International has established a dedicated website security.ticketmaster.ie to answer your questions about the Inbenta incident. You can also contact fan.help@ticketmaster.ie

– As a precautionary measure, all notified customers will need to reset their passwords when they next log into their accounts

– We are offering impacted customers a free 12 month identity monitoring service with a leading provider.

We recommend that you monitor your account statements for evidence of fraud or identity theft. If you are concerned or notice any suspicious activity on your account, you should contact your bank(s) and any credit card companies.

Ticketmaster understands the importance of your personal information. We take the protection of that information very seriously and we are sorry to have to write to you in these circumstances.”

More information is available on the Ticketmaster website: https://security.ticketmaster.ie

Press Release: Warm Weather Advice from the HSE

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The HSE has issued a press release with some very useful tips during the current warm weather spell:

Sun Advice from the HSE Department of Public Health and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare:

HSE representatives in Cork and Kerry have appealed to the public to stay safe in this week’s rising temperatures.

Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health at HSE South reminded the public that higher temperatures increase the risk ofdehydration, fainting and heat exhausting, particularly for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and small childrenIt is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding unnecessary exertion.

Dr Augustine Pereira, said:

“Taking precautions like avoiding direct sunlight between 11pm and 3pm, seeking shade if out enjoying the weather during those times and covering up using a hat or loose long sleeves and wearing sunglasses can protect your skin and eyes.  Slopping on sunscreen generously is very important and more so for young children you are responsible for; it won’t provide 100% protection for your skin but it’s important to use a high factor sun protection.”

Children and babies have very sensitive skin which can burn easily.  The National Cancer Control Programme warns that getting a painful sunburn in childhood can double the risk of developing skin cancer in later life, particularly melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer.  

Met Eireann has predicted UV levels to be high this week, and it’s important to note that UV levels don’t fluctuate whether it’s cloudy or not.

Dr Pereira added:

“The most important thing is that people enjoy the good weather safely and don’t regret enjoying the good weather a few years down the line.”

Every year the HSE identifies close to 10,000 skin cancers, both melanoma and non-melanoma. Fortunately, you can easily study your skin and take time to monitor your skin for moles. If you notice any changes in size or colour of your moles, speak to your GP.

Priscilla Lynch, Head of Health and Wellbeing with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare urged the public to check in on those at a higher risk such as the elderly, young children and babies more often and ensure they are comfortable.

She also reminded the public to remember to wear hats, stay hydrated and use sunscreen.

Tips to stay safe in the sun:

Ø  SEEK some shade, especially between 11am and 3pm.

Ø  SLIP on a loose long sleeved t-shirt.

Ø  SLAP on a wide brimmed hat that covers the back of the neck as well.

Ø  SLOP on sunscreen generously and regularly (SPF 15 or higher and at least SPF 30 for children). Ideally, apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every 2 hours.

Ø  WRAP on sun glasses.

If you do have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat. Try to keep physical exertion to the cooler part of the day.

Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants. Drink plenty cold drinks and keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator.

For more information on child safety in the sun, see

https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/child/childsafety/csap-sun.html


HSE – Hot Weather Advice

 The HSE is today, Tuesday, June 26th, providing advice to the public following the alert from Met Éireann indicating that temperatures will hit 27 degrees Celsius this week with a high chance that an average temperature of 30C by day and 15C overnight will occur over the next day or so. These temperatures can have a significant effect on people’s health, if they last for at least two days and the night in between.

During a hot spell those with heart, respiratory and serious health problems are more at risk of potentially adverse effects of very warm weather, while babies and young children are also especially at risk.  

While the heat can affect anyone, the following are most at risk of serious harm:

  Older people, especially those over 75

  Babies and young children

  People with serious mental health problems

  People on certain medications

  People with a serious chronic condition, particularly breathing or heart problems

  People who already have a high temperature from an infection

  People who misuse alcohol or take illicit drugs

  People with mobility problems

  People who are physically active, like manual workers and athletes.

Top tips for keeping cool

  It is best to avoid getting too hot in the first place. Stay tuned to the weather forecast.

  Remember to think of those who may be more at risk from the effects of heat.

  If you’re planning to travel, check the forecast at your destination.

  Learn how to keep cool and safe at home HSE guidance


Stay out of the heat

  Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm

  If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection

  Avoid extreme physical exertion. If you can’t avoid strenuous outdoor activity, like sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day, like early morning or evening

  Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes and a hat to shade face, neck and ears

  Wear wrap around sun glasses with UV  protection 

  Wear sun protection factor: factor 30 or over with a 4 or 5 Star UVA rating on any areas that cannot be covered by clothing and a hat

  Young children, especially babies, and the elderly are more susceptible to sun damage so be extra careful.  

Cool yourself down

  Drink plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks

  Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content

  Take a cool shower, bath or body wash

  Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck.

Keep your environment cool

  Keep your living space cool.  This is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or those who can’t look after themselves

  Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped

  Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun

  Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat

  Keep plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air

  If possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping

  Electric fans can help but only if temperature is below 35C.       

Look out for others

  Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool

  Ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars

  Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heat wave

  Be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.

Advice on medicines

  Many prescription medicines can reduce your tolerance of heat. You should keep taking your medicines, but take extra care to keep cool.

  Danger symptoms to watch out for in hot weather include: feeling faint and dizzy, short of breath, vomiting or increasing confusion.   Take immediate action if danger symptoms of heatstroke are present: Cool down as quickly as possible. However do not take aspirin or paracetamol – this can make you worse.  Do however carry on taking all other prescribed medicines.  Seek further advice from a doctor, or ring 999 if the person has collapsed.

  Keep medicines below 25°C or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the packaging)

  Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications. 

If you or others feel unwell

  Try to get help if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache; move to a cool place as soon as possible and measure your body temperature

  Drink some water or fruit juice to rehydrate

  Rest immediately in a cool place if you have painful muscular cramps (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen, in many cases after sustained exercise during very hot weather)

  Drink oral rehydration solutions containing electrolytes

  Seek medical attention as needed if heat cramps last more than one hour

  Consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist.

 Seek advice if you have any concerns

  Contact your doctor or a pharmacist if you are worried about your health during a heat wave, especially if you are taking medication, if you feel unwell or have any unusual symptoms

  Watch for cramp in your arms, legs or stomach, feelings of mild confusion, weakness or problems sleeping

  If you have these symptoms, rest for several hours, keep cool and drink water or fruit juice. Seek medical advice if they get worse or don’t go away.

If you suspect someone has heatstroke

  Remember, heatstroke can kill. It can develop very suddenly, and rapidly lead to unconsciousness. If you suspect someone has heatstroke, call 999 immediately.

  While waiting for the ambulance, move the person somewhere cooler if possible, increase ventilation by opening windows or using a fan and cool the affected person as quickly as  possibly by loosening their clothes, sprinkling them with cold water or wrapping them in a damp sheet. If they are conscious, give them water or fruit juice to drink.

  DO NOT give them aspirin or paracetamol.

 HSE advises everyone to enjoy the sun but protect themselves against skin cancer

With Ireland experiencing it’s hottest summer in decades, the HSE National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) is this week advising people to enjoy the good weather but to protect themselves against skin cancer.    

Despite being the most common cancer in Ireland, skin cancer can be prevented.  Dr Patrick Ormond, Consultant  Dermatologist at St. James’s Hospital says,  “Over 75% of the  population in Ireland have ‘Celtic skin type’ where we freckle and burn easily.   We tan with difficulty, or not at all and we carry the highest risk of getting skin cancer.  People with a fair complexion need to be extra careful in the sun.  We can protect our skin by covering up (hat, sunglasses, long sleeved clothing), seeking shade and using a  ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30. 

“There’s not much you can do about your skin type or genetics, but there are two things you can do to protect your skin for the future and reduce the risk of skin cancer – No sun burning and no sunbathing.  Protect yourself from unnecessary sun exposure today, and your skin will thank you for the rest of your life” he added. 

Ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) from the sun or sunbeds cause 95% of skin cancers and eye damage including cancer of the eye.  Explaining the best approach to staying safe in the sun, the HSE advises that everyone should be aware of their skin type, Dr Ormond added:  “A person’s skin type is controlled by their genes.  This cannot be changed.  There are six different skin types.  Knowing your skin type can help you understand how UV rays will affect your skin.”  

The UV index measures the strength of the sun’s UV rays.  The higher the UV index,  the higher the risk of skin and eye damage.   When the index is three or higher, you need to cover up, seek shade and apply ‘broad-spectrum’ sunscreen SPF 30.  The UV Index is available onMet Eireann’s website and is also published in daily newspapers.”

“And never use a sunbed. People who use them before the age of 35  greatly increase their risk of getting a melanoma, which is the most serious of all skin cancers” he added.

Dr Ormond also outlined the following tips on being sun safe:

  Seek Shade: UV rays are the most intense between 11am and 3-4pm, so limit sun exposure during this time.

  Cover up:  Wear loose long-sleeved shirts and long pants.  95% of UV rays are blocked by cotton.  Wear a wide brimmed hat that shades the head, neck, ears and face.

  Wraparound sunglasses:  Wear sunglasses that block as close to 100% UVA and UVB as possible.  Sunglasses are just as important for children as they are for adults and can prevent cataracts in later life.

  Wear sunscreen: Use a ‘broad-spectrum’ sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB; – SPF minimum 30 (protects against UVB) and look for these signs (symbols) for UVA protection.  Apply at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply every two hours.  The amount of sunscreen that’s needed to cover the body of an average adult is around six full teaspoons of lotion.  It is important to know that sunscreen use alone is not adequate protection against UV rays; you need to be aware of your skin type and how strong the UV index is. Babies should be kept of direct sunlight. People who are at high risk of skin cancer should use SPF 50.

  Know your moles: Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.  over 1,000 people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma, and over 11,100 people are diagnosed with other forms of skin cancer each year in Ireland.  It is the third most common cancer diagnosed in 15 – 44 year age group.  Dr Ormond stressed that “when caught early, this type of cancer can be treated effectively.  However, if left untreated, melanoma can spread to other parts of the body.  There are many factors that increase the risk of someone developing melanoma.  These include a person with many abnormal moles, or a large number of moles – more than 50; fair complexion (fair skin, blue eyes, red/blonde hair); having had a previous melanoma or other non-melanoma skin cancer; immunosuppression (anyone who for example has had a transplant or is on immunosuppressive medication); anyone who has had a family history of melanoma; anyone with a history of childhood sunburn or anyone who has used a sunbed.”  

Noting that sun exposure is the best natural resource of Vitamin D and is essential for bone health, Dr Ormond explained that “the amount of time needed in the sun to make enough Vitamin D varies from person to person.  It depends on a person’s skin type, amount of skin exposed, season and the time of day.  People can make enough Vitamin D from short, sunlight exposure on a bright day, for example 10-20 minutes exposure to the face and hands is considered sufficient.”

HSE Exhaustion and Heatstroke information

UV Index information and weather forecast can be found at www.met.ie

For more information on Vitamin D click here  

Information on Skin Types is available here  

HSE Melanoma information and HSE National Melanoma Guidelines is here    

Ends

Issued by HSE National Press Office

Weather Warning: Status Yellow – High Temperature 🌡

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Met Éireann has issued a status yellow, high temperature weather warning for Ireland  today.

  • Forecasters say that temperatures will hit 27 degrees Celsius in places today and are expected to exceed it on subsequent days, this week.
Issued: Monday 25 June 2018 06:00
Valid: Monday 25 June 2018 06:00 to Friday 29 June 2018 21:00


#BonnaNight – Bonfire Night 2018: Free Events in Cork City

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June 23rd is known all over Ireland as St. John’s Eve, but more specifically in Cork as “Bonfire Night” or “Bonna Night.” A yearly tradition that is said to date back to pagan times where members of the public and communities build and light bonfires, or “Bonna’s.” Fires were originally lit to honour the goddess Áine.

Cork City Council are hosting free, alcohol free events throughout the city on June 23rd. The Project is being managed by the City Council , with the support of Community Wardens, Parks Foremen, RAPID Co-ordinators, the Gardaí, Emergency Services, Foroige, Cork City Partnership, local community groups and other agencies. 

Five major outdoor events are planned in City Council parks as follows, with a range of activities such as games, sports, inflatables,  face painting, local music etc.,

  • Kilmore Park, Knocknaheeny: 5pm – 8pm
  • Pophams Park, Farranree: 4pm – 7pm
  • Glenamoy Park, Mayfield: 5pm – 8pm
  • Loughmahon Park, Mahon: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Clashduv Park, Togher: 5pm – 9.00pm

In a statement on the Cork City Council website, they say:

“This year as well, Dowtcha Puppets have been engaged to work with local youth groups in the construction of Bonfires Sculpture in Mahon, Togher and Knocknaheeny. These sculptures have proved extremely popular each year.

Each Event has been designed by the local Organising Committees in each area, supported by the Councils Bonfire Night Coordinator.

Last year over 13,000 attended the Bonfire Night Family Friendly  Events, with 40 local community groups, and over 150 volunteers involved in their delivery.  The involvement and participation of these groups and volunteers is a key factor in delivering a successful night.

In addition support is also being given to other community events being organised at the Glen ( Comeragh Park),  Willow Park/Glencurrig/Ballincurrig Douglas Road, and at  Bishopstown (Bishopstown Youth Project, Community Association, Gardaí).

The Bonfire Night Project’s major aim is to provide alternative, safe, family friendly activities on the night and it has made a considerable impact as verified by the Gardai and Fire Services   in reducing the negative aspects  of the night in some areas.

The Council is also working with the Gardai and  residents who experienced problems last year with illegal bonfires

The Parks Department will have crews removing bonfire material throughout Saturday, particularly where there is a risk to health and  safety, property and power lines. Material can only be removed if unlit. Calls in relation to bonfire material should be made to 021 4966512 , but any call regarding a serious fire issue should always be made to 999.”

Missing Person: Tourist – Quadra Abed Abbassi

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Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of missing tourist; Quadra Abed Abbassi who was last seen leaving accommodation in Cork City on Monday, May 14. Gardai only received a missing persons report two days ago, (June 20th.) 5’6″, of slight build with black hair and brown eyes.

Quadra is described as being:

    • 5ft 6” Tall
    • Slight Build
    • Black Hair
    • Brown Eyes

If you have any information, contact:

  • Bridewell Garda Station: 021 4943330
  • Garda Confidential: 1800 666111