Hayfever and asthma sufferers facing a ‘perfect storm’ of extreme pollen counts

first_imgThe heatwave forecast will not come as good news for many of Ireland’s hayfever sufferers, who will have to endure very high pollen levels and high pressure weather this week. The grass pollen risk will rise to ‘very high’ during the warm weather this week and the season will continue for a couple more weeks. Weed pollen and spores are expected to be high this week also.Summer 2018 is shaping up to be a delightfully hot one for many people, but excitement levels are low amongst the 376,000 people with asthma and who also have hayfever. Pollen will reach its highest possible peaks – triggering debilitating hayfever symptoms and possibly serious escalations of their asthma. Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said Ireland is facing unusual pollen counts as a result of our prolonged cold winter and extended sunny and hot start to the summer.Ms O’Connor said: “We are looking at a perfect storm this week – grass pollen levels generally reach their peak at the end of June and the coming week’s weather is only increasing that level.“People really need to take care and manage their hayfever symptoms and for those who also have asthma, they really need to manage their health.”Tips to Survive Hayfever Season from the Asthma Society of Ireland: Talk to doctor or pharmacist NOW about taking medication to prevent / reduce symptoms. Don’t wait until you feel unwell.Keep an eye daily on the pollen tracker on www.asthma.ieKeep windows closed in your bedroom at nightKeep windows and doors closed when the pollen count is highStay indoors as much as possible on high pollen daysStay away from grassy areas, especially when grass is freshly cutPut Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollenWear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyesShower, wash your hair and change your clothes if you have been outside for an extended periodAvoid drying clothes outdoors , or shake them outdoors before bringing them inMinimise your contact with pets who have been outdoors and are likely to be carrying pollenConsider a purifier with a built-in air quality sensor to remove allergens and pollutants from the airFor asthmatics, hayfever can cause their asthma symptoms to flare up and may cause an asthma attack. People are advised to know the symptoms of an attack and know the 5 Step Rule to save a life – go to asthma.ie for more information on how to prevent and manage asthma attacks.Help and support on managing your asthma and hayfever is available by calling the free nurse Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64. Hayfever and asthma sufferers facing a ‘perfect storm’ of extreme pollen counts was last modified: June 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:asthmahayfeverlast_img read more

Secrets To Finding Good Jobs Not Advertised

first_imgNot all jobs are posted on Internet boards or advertised in the newspaper. A slew of good jobs aren’t ever broadcasted to the general public, but that doesn’t mean you can’t break into this hidden market. Be forewarned: finding an unlisted position is going to take creativity and perseverance and much more than traditional networking.There are typically a few reasons companies won’t make jobs available to the public: the hiring manager doesn’t want to get bombarded with hundreds of resumes; they know they need to hire someone, but aren’t ready to articulate what the position will be; or they want to keep it ‘hush hush’ for competitive reasons. Either way, the employer knows it wants to hire someone and it’s your job to get them to hire you. “You have to view job seeking as a sales job even if you are applying for a secretary position,” says Gal Almog, Chief Executive of RealMatch, a recruitment technology company.Conventional wisdom will say that the best way to get those unlisted jobs is to network, network, network, but if you are networking with the wrong people, it won’t get you anywhere. Instead of general networking, it’s much better to do your homework and target the hiring managers.But even before you do that, Jack Chapman, a career coach and author of Negotiating Your Salary, How to Make $1000 a Minute, says you need to have clarity as to what kind of job you want to do. It’s not enough to say you want to be in sales, but you have to figure out the type of sales you like to do. Do you like to cold call consumers or are you better at building relationships with the middlemen? Once you figure out the type of position you want, it will be much easier to target the right person to get a job. “You need to be clear of what you want to do and who hires for that and you need to get in to see that person,” says Chapman.Getting in front of the person that could ultimately hire you works particularly well in the situation where the person knows it needs to hire someone, but hasn’t really articulated the position in his or her mind. Once you are in front of that person, you can plant the seed so when they are looking for someone they will think of you. “It’s really about being in the pipeline instead of getting the position immediately,” says Chapman.  “Every manager worth his salt has a pipeline of people they know they could hire.”Building a relationship with the hiring manager in a company is the ultimate goal, but how you do it can be the challenge. RealMatch’s Almog says doing research on the Internet and using social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook are great ways to make a connection with the person that may ultimately hire you.  Picking up the phone and calling the hiring manager or sending an email are also effective tactics, he says.  Almog says to avoid the HR department because often times, HR will be an obstacle to getting in front of the hiring manager.  “I suggest you be your own recruiter and initiate the call to the company,” says Almog, noting that once you make contact you have to sell yourself and say why you would be an asset to the company. For example if you are trying to land a software job, lay out how you can save the company money because your skill level makes you a much more productive employee. If you are going for a sales job, explain how you can double the sales of the company.Another way to get to know the hiring manager is to befriend the people who work for that person, says Terry Pile, Principal Consultant of Career Advisors. Called “surrounding the hiring manager,” the idea is to become friendly with those that work for the person so they can put in a good word or recommend you when a position opens up. Working as a temp through an employment agency will also give you access to unlisted jobs, she says.“If there is a company you want to work for, call the HR department and find out what employment agencies they use. Then sign up with the employment agency and let them know Company X is your first choice for an assignment,” says Pile.After you’ve made contact with the hiring manager, Chapman says one way to get in the pipeline is to provide the hiring manager with valuable information pertaining to the role you are trying to land. Chapman had one client who was looking for a property management position and put together a report on eight things to keep a property looking good and gave it to property managers he forged relationships with.  Another in the trucking industry put out a report on ways to add $100,000 to the bottom line. “It helps you get visibility,” says Chapman.  “It shows your expertise and is interesting, unlike a resume.”last_img read more

Wildfire burns on Hanford Reach National Monument

first_imgRICHLAND — A fire on the Hanford Reach National Monument burned an estimated 12.5 square miles northwest of Richland.The Tri-City Herald reports Highway 240 from Route 10 near Richland northwest to the Vernita Bridge over the Columbia River was closed to traffic Thursday afternoon as the fire burned near the road.The fire, named the Cold Creek Fire, also closed Highway 24 between Highway 240 and the Silver Dollar Cafe until early evening.The fire was burning through wildland west of Highway 240 on a portion of the monument closed to the public, the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve, which includes Rattlesnake Mountain.last_img