Irish Libraries Service

Website: http://www.askaboutireland.ie/libraries/

Its a great site with lots of information and it has classified the information into clear headings and they also offer a simple keyword search option.

It is divided into following sections:

Public Libraries http://www.askaboutireland.ie/libraries/public-libraries/

Public Library Content http://www.askaboutireland.ie/libraries/content/

Books And Reading http://www.askaboutireland.ie/libraries/books-and-reading/

Irish Library News http://www.askaboutireland.ie/libraries/irish-library-news/

Netflix – Movies

Netflix, Inc. is an American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media available to viewers in North and South America, the Caribbean, and parts of Europe (Denmark, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom), and of flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States, where mailed DVDs are sent via Permit Reply Mail. In addition to Netflix’s disc rental service, Netflix separately offers an Internet video streaming service, which gives internet-connected devices access to Netflix’s online content library. The two libraries are also notably different, with the disc library having more movie titles available, while the streaming library has more Netflix original content. Among competing video streaming services, Netflix is probably the most widely supported among compatible devices.

A list of all movies search online @ http://netflixirelandcompletelist.blogspot.com/

Movies €7.99 a month – current price Ireland and they offer a free month for trailing the service.

Netflix website: https://www.netflix.com/?locale=en-IE

Netflix Fansite (ROI): http://netflixireland.com/

Expanding Role of Public Libraries

Title: Expanding Role of Public Libraries

Author: The Partners’ Network

Full Text & Source: http://partners-network.com/2013/08/27/expanding-role-of-public-libraries/
The Internet, 20/8/2014

Abstract: Public libraries are rapidly changing their role from lenders of books to community meeting places and resource centers. E-Books are taking over, reducing the touchy-feely emotions of searching for a book to read. The life cycle of books in collections are likewise being reduced with the large number of new books being published each year while the reference section is supplemented with Internet searches. Movies, music and courses on CDs and download versions are also available in most libraries.

I am on the board of the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation whose purpose is to raise seed money for new projects Private-library that are not covered by the Library’s regular funding. Our local library employs more than 95 people, is open 65 hours a week, has programs in its meeting rooms almost every weekday, has two large computer centers, a children’s section, a health resource center, two different exhibitions a month, a business resource center and is host to the local cable TV station – EBTV. Dozens of tutors use the library each week teaching their students and certified Library personnel serve as test proctors. The Library’s catalogue can be accessed online and reminders are sent by email reducing the number of past due borrowings. You can even get a visa photo, a new passport or an existing one renewed at the Library. I personally cut down my magazine subscriptions and go to the Library twice a month to review the latest issues of my favorite periodicals. Check-outs can be done on one of two electronic machines… of which our Foundation provided the funding for one of them.

Another program that our Foundation provided the money for that I have am simply amazed with is the “Just for the Health of It” program. Library card holders can come into our library and receive extensive research on specific medical conditions they are concerned about. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) has provided funding to have our Library provide a trained certified medical research librarian to offer this service for people using one of their fitness & wellness centers one day a week. This program has already received national attention with training being requested by libraries throughout the United States and a more extensive roll out of this program is being considered by RWJ. A health portal that was created by the Library and funded in whole or part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health and Human Services can be accessed at http://www.wellinks.org.

Things change… so do libraries. Check out your local public library and see what they are doing to make life easier and more enjoyable.

The case for repealing the Eighth Amendment – Abortion Law Ireland

Title: The case for repealing the Eighth Amendment

Author: The Irish Times, Newspaper, (irishtimes.com, Tue, Aug 19, 2014)

Source: http://www.abortioninireland.org/
The Internet, 20/8/2014

Text: The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, enacted following the death of Savita Halappanavar, was meant to bring to an end the agonising about Ireland’s abortion regime and the long failure to legislate for the existing constitutional provision. The news that a vulnerable and suicidal young rape victim was denied an abortion in a timely way and ended up having a Caesarean section to deliver her baby prematurely shows that it has signally failed to do so.

The facts of the case, as we know them, are horrific. The young woman came to Ireland following a traumatic rape in her own country, resulting in pregnancy. She immediately told certain statutory authorities (though apparently not the HSE) she wanted an abortion. She was not directed to the appropriate medical services. Her circumstances were such that she could not travel abroad for an abortion, so she was forced to continue with the pregnancy against her will, as evidenced by the fact that she went on hunger and thirst strike. When she eventually obtained medical help she was found by the panel of experts to be suicidal, but they considered it was too late for an abortion and medical intervention, also against her will, became necessary to save her life and that of the child.

The Act is silent on the gestational stage at which an abortion may take place to save the life of the mother. It is also unclear about who is obliged to pass on to the appropriate medical authorities the clearly-expressed wish of a suicidal woman to have an abortion, particularly if she is vulnerable and has communication difficulties, as this woman had due to not being able to speak English. Its restrictions clearly bear most heavily on the most vulnerable.

But even if these matters are clarified by further legislation, the Act falls short of a growing consensus that the abortion regime defined by the Eighth Amendment and the subsequent Supreme Court suicide ruling does not meet the needs of women in crisis pregnancies. The Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Dr Sam Coulter-Smith, along with a number of politicians, has urged a further referendum to remove confusion on the issue in the context of rape and fatal foetal abnormalities.

Abortion And Irish Law

Title: Abortion And Irish Law

Author: IFPA

Full Text & Source: http://www.ifpa.ie/Pregnancy-Counselling/Abortion-Irish-Law
The Internet, 20/8/2014

Abstract: Abortion is against the law in Ireland unless the pregnancy endangers the life of the woman. If you decide to terminate your pregnancy, you will have to travel to another country to access safe and legal abortion services.Legally the IFPA can provide you with information on abortion services abroad in a face-to-face-counselling session. It is not legal to provide this information over the telephone

Text: Abortion is against the law in Ireland unless the pregnancy endangers the life of the woman. If you decide to terminate your pregnancy, you will have to travel to another country to access safe and legal abortion services.

Legally the IFPA can provide you with information on abortion services abroad in a face-to-face-counselling session. It is not legal to provide this information over the telephone

Contact Info: General Queries
## IFPA Head Office – T: 01 607 4456 E: post@ifpa.ie

Rape Victim Forced To Give Birth & Refused Abortion

Title: Thousands at Dublin pro-choice march over Irish abortion laws

Author: Aine McMahon

Publisher: Irish Times Newspaper, Online, 20/8/2014

Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/thousands-at-dublin-pro-choice-march-over-irish-abortion-laws-1.1902968

Some 2,000 people turned out at the Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell street to protest at Ireland’s abortion laws.

The demonstration was organised by a number of pro-choice groups, including Choice Ireland and the Abortion Rights campaign in the midst of the latest abortion controversy.

Protestors chanted “not the church, not the State, women must control their fate” and “abortion rights now.”
Many protestors held signs which said “repeal the eighth” while other slogans included “I’m not a vessel” and “Raped, Pregnant, Suicidal, Forced C-Section – Ireland 2014”.

Gardaí at the march estimated that 1,500 to 2,000 people attended while organisers said up to 3,000 people had attended.

Protester Niamh Hanley said “I don’t believe in our political system and I don’t think anything will change unless we stand up and use our voice.” Jennifer Brennan said “I think this young woman has been treated appallingly. I think that we can do alot better for women in this country and for women who come from overseas.” Richard Hamilton said he came out to march because “the current law does not seem to be workable.”

Annie Hoey Equality and Citizenship Officer with the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) said the USI is calling on the Government to repeal the eighth amendment to the Constitution.

“The Government needs to recognise that women have rights to autonomy over their own bodies and to make decisions that are right for them,” she said.

Buzz O’Neill said he came out to protest “in solidarity with every woman that’s had to leave this country for an abortion.”

“There’s a child being brought into this world in the most scandalous of conditions and another young woman is distraught. It just has to stop,” he said.

Marcher Michaela Gonzales said that she wouldn’t normally protest but felt she had to come out because she had been “shocked” by the case. “Something has to happen, something has to change.”

Another pro-choice rally will take place on O’Connell Street this Saturday. Demonstrations also took place at Eyre Square in Galway, at Belfast’s City Hall, and at Cork’s Courthouse and Limerick and outside the Irish Embassy in Berlin.

Separately anti-abortion groups, the Life Institute and Youth Defence, have given a name to the baby of the woman at the centre of the controvesy which was delivered prematurely by Caesarean section earlier this month.

They have called the baby ‘Hope’ and are holding a vigil for the infant on Saturday. In a statement issued today they said the “You are not alone’ vigil for ‘Baby Hope’ will be held on Saturday at 4 pm on O’Connell Street. They are asking people to bring a candle

The latest abortion controversy began when it emerged that a woman’s pregnancy was delivered by Caesarean section earlier this month, at 25 weeks gestation. She says she was suicidal had been refused a termination under the new abortion legislation. She says she was pregnant as a result of rape before she came to the country and first asked for an abortion when she was eight weeks and four days pregnant

Sunrooms And Sunspaces

Title: Sunrooms and Sunspaces

Author: Ireland, Dept.Of Environment

Full Text and Source: http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/sunrooms-and-sunspaces
The Internet, 18/8/2014

Abstract: Sunspaces serve three main functions — they are a source of auxiliary heat, they provide space to grow plants, and they are pleasant living areas. The design considerations for these functions are very different, and building a sunspace that will serve all three functions requires compromises.

Text: Energy Efficiency First

Before you decide to add a sunspace to your existing home or new house design, remember that energy efficiency is the most cost-effective strategy for reducing heating and cooling bills. Choose building professionals experienced in energy-efficient house design and construction and work with them to optimize your home’s energy efficiency. If you’re remodeling an existing home, the first step is to do a home energy audit to prioritize the most cost-effective energy efficiency improvements.

If its primary function will be heating, a sunspace with sloped glazing, few plants, little thermal mass, and insulated, unglazed end walls will get very hot on sunny winter days. In practice, sunspaces are rarely built to serve only as heaters, because there are less expensive ways to provide solar heat.

If the space will be a greenhouse, plants need fresh air, water, lots of light, and protection from extreme temperatures. Greenhouses consume energy through the growth processes of plants and the evaporation of water — one pound of evaporating water uses about 1,000 Btu that would otherwise be available as heat. Plants require overhead glazing, which complicates construction and maintenance, and glazed sidewalls, which are net heat losers. The bottom line is that a sunspace designed as an ideal horticultural environment is unlikely to have much energy left over for supplementary space heating.

Most people want to use the sunspace as a year-round living area, in which case it should have minimum glare, only moderate humidity, and comfortable temperatures. Carefully sized thermal mass and energy-efficient windows that are well-shaded in the summer will improve comfort by stabilizing temperature extremes.

Orientation and Glazing

Ideally, your sunspace should face due south, but 30 degrees east or west of due south will provide about 90% of the maximum static solar collection potential. The optimum orientation will depend on site-specific and local landscape features.

The angle and type of sunspace window glazing will be important to the performance of your sunspace. Although sloped glazing collects more heat in the winter, it also loses more heat at night, can be covered with snow in the winter, and will cause overheating in warmer weather. Vertical glazing maximizes heat gain in the winter, when the angle of the sun is low and you need the heat most, and is easier to shade and produces less heat gain as the sun rises toward its summer zenith. Compared with sloped glazing, vertical glazing is also less expensive, easier to install and insulate, and not as prone to leaking, fogging, breaking, and other glazing failures. Vertical glazing is also often more aesthetically compatible with the design of existing homes. A well-designed overhang may be all that is necessary to shade vertical glazing in the summer.

Placing windows in the east and west walls is not recommended for sunspaces, but if it’s necessary, the east side is preferable to the west. The sunlight entering east-facing glazing occurs early in the day and is less likely to cause unwanted solar gain in the summer than afternoon sunlight. Solid insulated sidewalls are preferable, however, and will reduce unwanted solar gain and nighttime heat loss.

Heat Distribution and Control

Operable vents at the top of the sunspace where temperatures are the highest and at the bottom where temperatures are the lowest can circulate warm air into the house. They can be operated manually or with thermostatically controlled motors that open and close them automatically. Warm air can also move through doors, vents, or open windows between the sunspace and the interior living space.

If passive (i.e., nonmechanical) circulation is not possible or practical, fans with thermostatic controls can circulate air to the rest of the house. Other types of climate controls include shades or movable window insulation that can be operated with electric timers or sensors.

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