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VHI chief executive steps aside while Board investigates after he received vaccine at Beacon Hospital

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The chief executive of the VHI has stepped aside from his position while the Board investigates “to establish the facts” after he received a Covid-19 vaccine at the Beacon Hospital.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, the VHI said its Board learned on Tuesday morning that John O’Dwyer had received a vaccination at the Beacon Hospital.

“The Board is aware, and with Mr O’Dwyer’s consent, can now disclose that he has been a patient of the Beacon Hospital and St James’s Hospital for oesophageal cancer,” the statement said.

“The Board is commencing an investigation to establish the facts. While the investigation is ongoing John O’Dwyer has offered to step aside as CEO and the Board has agreed to this. Declan Moran has been appointed Acting CEO.”

In an earlier statement on Tuesday, the VHI had said: “we have been made aware that a senior executive at the company who is receiving care for a serious illness, was vaccinated at the Beacon Hospital”.

“At this point in time we are not commenting any further until we investigate the matter.”

The statement comes after The Irish Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that the VHI’s chief executive John O’Dwyer received a vaccine at the Beacon.

The second statement had been expected from the health insurer on Tuesday afternoon.

It is understood Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly spoke to the VHI chair about the vaccination this morning.

Under the national vaccine rollout programme there are four groups of people currently being vaccinated; people aged 65 years and older living in long-term care, frontline healthcare workers, people aged 70 and older living in the community, and finally, in group four, people aged 16 to 69 who, due to illness, are considered at very high risk.

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What’s the best way of getting rid of black mould in my home?

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I’ve got black mould in my home and don’t know how to remove it properly. 

What’s the best way of getting rid of it and ensuring that it doesn’t return in the future? EA, via email

Experts advise removing black needs quickly as harmful spores can get into the air and lungs

Experts advise removing black needs quickly as harmful spores can get into the air and lungs

MailOnline Property expert Myra Butterworth replies: Some properties suffer from condensation, with walls, ceilings and even floors damp and discoloured, often with mould growing on the surfaces.

Left untreated, black mould can be dangerous – particularly to young children and those with underlying respiratory issues – as the spores released from mould can get into their lungs. 

We outline some of the steps that you can take to help remove any black mould that appears, in a safe and effective way.

Susie Spence, of B&Q, replies: Mould is a problem that affects many of us each year, regardless of our living situation. 

While it is well known that mould can cause respiratory issues, it can actually lead to skin rashes as well.

Leaving it untreated is particularly dangerous for young children and those with underlying respiratory issues, as the spores released from mould can get into our lungs.

To get a better understanding of the prevalence of mould across the UK, we conducted a survey which revealed that 32 per cent of us have to contend with some form of mould, damp or condensation every year, but only 38 per cent of us would feel empowered to tackle it ourselves.

However, getting rid of mould using DIY products is relatively straight forward and shouldn’t leave us in a panic. 

We are working with our charity partner, Shelter, to help educate about how to spot mould, remove it and prevent it from coming back.

First, it is important to know how to spot the problem as mould might not always be obvious.

It thrives in damp and humid environments, and can often be found lurking in corners or dark spaces.

You should regularly check behind your cupboards for any mould that isn’t immediately visible. 

Not only that, but mould can get inside drawers and can even set up shop in your clothes, so make sure to be on the lookout when going through your clothing.

You should ensure your house is well ventilated to help keep mould at bay – including keeping furniture two inches from the wall where possible, to help with air flow.

Regularly opening windows is an easy way to do this, but you could also invest in a moisture trap that will help to draw moisture out of the air and prevent condensation that leads to mould.

Black mould can be removed to help prevent it from returning, using a mould remover spray

Black mould can be removed to help prevent it from returning, using a mould remover spray

Once you have located it, you should act quickly to remove it. However, if you are renting, it is best to alert your landlord straight away to fix any problems that are causing mould and you should not attempt to remove it yourself without checking with them first.

But, if you are a homeowner or a landlord, you can follow some simple steps to remove and prevent it for good.

Ensuring you are well protected when getting rid of mould is incredibly important, as harmful spores can get into the air, so you should make sure that you are wearing the correct equipment before getting started.

This includes using a mask, goggles and gloves to protect your lungs, eyes and skin, as well as some protective clothing as it can be a messy job.

It is also worth putting down an old towel or dust sheet to keep mould and mess off the surrounding area.

To remove the mould, there are several simple steps to follow, using readily available products.

First, you should spray the area with a mould remover spray and leave for 30 minutes so it can really take effect, making sure to open a window when you do this.

Once 30 minutes are up, carefully remove the foam and unsightly mould by wiping the area with a cloth and scrubber.

Next, it is important to keep the area well ventilated and leave it to dry completely.

Once dry, you can help to prevent the mould from coming back by painting the area with an anti-mould paint.

Once you have successfully treated your mould, it is important to continue to provide ventilation to keep it away.

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Taoiseach’s family shaped by their working-class roots

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As a special needs assistant at Bunscoil Chríost Rí in Turner’s Cross on the south side of Cork city, Mairéad Martin-Richmond is often asked how she manages financially.

Martin-Richmond, a 59-year-old separated mother of two grown-up children, is a sister of Taoiseach Micheál Martin and says her family’s working-class roots keep her grounded.

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Hines invests in industrial portfolio in Northern Italy

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Hines has reached a binding agreement for an off-market investment to acquire 20 logistics assets located between Emilia Romagna and Lombardy through the Italian fund HEVF II Italy managed by Prelios SGR on behalf of the Hines European Value Fund 2 (HEVF 2). The transaction involves the acquisition of the real estate portfolio from four different selling companies and the simultaneous 15-year lease of the same portfolio to Snatt Logistica Group, a leader in the third-party logistics (3PL) sector focusing exclusively on the fashion industry. The portfolio of 20 logistics assets provides a total of 200,000m² of logistics space around Milan, Parma, Reggio Emilia, and Bologna. They are strategic, well-established logistic centres that enjoy effective, rapid connections with Italy’s main cities and the rest of Europe.

 

“We are pleased to start 2022 with an important investment in the logistics sector that consolidates our presence in the main intersections in Northern Italy. At Hines, we believe in the potential of the logistics sector in Italy and have set an investment target of around €1bn in 2022,” commented Mario Abbadessa, senior managing director & country head of Hines Italy. “We are proud to collaborate with Snatt Logistica Group, which is an international 3PL logistics leader in the luxury fashion industry, and we are certain that we will be able to develop a shared path for growth, guided by common values, including ESG, which is key to our DNA.”

 

Paul White, senior managing director and fund manager for HEVF 2 at Hines, said: “This is an attractive portfolio of assets with a strong, innovative tenant at the forefront of Italy’s fast-growing third-party logistics sector for the fashion industry. We believe that e-commerce will continue to drive long-term demand for high-quality logistics facilities in Italy’s northern cities, pushing the value of these investments forwards, while there is also a significant opportunity to enhance the sustainability performance of existing assets here. This is aligned with our ESG objectives as recognised by GRESB, with HEVF 2 achieving the award of Overall Global Sector Leader in the Diversified Office/Retail category for sustainability performance in 2021.”

 

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