‘Shaking of hands acceptable’ priest

first_imgWhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Twitter Print Linkedincenter_img THE shaking of hands between worshippers at local Catholic churches is quite acceptable by the authorities, despite warnings on the transmission of swine flu’ from person to person.Rev Fr Paul Finnerty, diocesan secretary, was responding to calls from some massgoers to the Limerick Post, for the immediate suspension of the practice.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He confirmed that the diocese had been in touch with the HSE on the matter, and was assured there was no need to change policy.“I consulted with the HSE regards suspending the sign of peace in the form of a handshake at Masses. The position of the HSE was that there is no need to end the practice”. He insisted, however, that those who are feeling ill should not attend Mass.He continued: “I have noted the HSE’s concerns as to the dangers of persons with flu’ symptoms attending at Mass and other church services.“This constitutes the greatest danger of all in terms of spreading disease. It is advisable that persons with symptoms of flu’ not to participate in church services during their illness”.Despite the continuation of the practice of handshaking, he assures those who attend Mass that it will be reconsidered should the HSE’s position alter.He concluded: “We will continue to liaise with the HSE on this matter and should they have a change of attitude, I will then be informing parishes”.There are some churches in the diocese who have volunteered to drop shaking hands during Mass.One lady told the Post that she considered it inappropriate to continue with the practice at the present time.“All sort of precautions should be taken to prevent the spread of swine flu’ .We are constantly being warned of the dangers and to be on the alert”. NewsLocal News‘Shaking of hands acceptable’ priestBy admin – September 17, 2009 609 Email Previous articleLocal economy in recovery modeNext articleLast chance to impress ? adminlast_img read more

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Sustainable palm oil drive

first_imgNortech Foods has joined up with New Britain Oils Limited (NBOL) to offer fully certified sustainable palm oil in a packaged format to food manufacturers.NBOL, via its parent company New Britain Palm Oil Limited, has plantations in Papua New Guinea, which are certified as sustainable by the international Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. NBOL will provide Nortech with palm oil from its UK refinery in Liverpool, which will be fully commissioned this spring. The processing facility will offer all the main palm oil grades in a sustainable format at a price that is comparable with oil from unknown/unsustainable sources.The partnership will help to overcome the primary challenges facing the wholesale conversion to sustainable palm oil among the UK manufacturing and food-service industry, namely affordability and traceability.Andy Worrall, director at NBOL, said: “Our research tells us that over 80% of consumers want food manufacturers and retailers to know where their palm oil has come from and that it was produced in a sustainable way.”last_img read more

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UAE, Israel eye economic benefits of normalization deal

first_img‘Hungry customer’  Dubai, which has the most diversified economy in the region, saw its GDP contract 3.5 percent in the first quarter following two years of modest growth. Its Emirates airline, the leader in Middle East aviation, was forced to downsize and cut thousands of jobs.After years of growth, the Israeli economy is facing a “severe recession”, with GDP set to fall by 6.2 percent this year, according to official projections, while unemployment has jumped from 3.4 percent in February to 23.5 percent in May. Normalization could boost recovery. “Israel would benefit greatly if it can purchase UAE oil, and the UAE will benefit if it can sell to a hungry customer,” said Wald.Israel wants to attract business for its tourism industry, especially in the Mediterranean metropolis of Tel Aviv, and to attract Muslim visitors to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site.Currently most of the millions of Israelis who travel abroad each year head to Europe or the United States, but that could now change.In Israel’s third largest city of Haifa, which has a mixed Arab and Jewish population, travel agency Mirage Tours has already started advertising travel to Dubai with the promise “soon”.”I get a lot of calls from Arabs and Jews and there’re many Jews who ask me for a seat when there is a first flight,” said owner George Muhashim. Israel signed a peace treaty with Egypt in 1979 and with Jordan in 1994 but some of his customers are nervous about visiting two countries, with which the Jewish state fought bitter and bloody wars in the past.The UAE, however, is a dream destination Muhashim says.  Topics : Hard hit by the coronavirus, the UAE and Israel expect rapid dividends from their normalization deal, which gives the Jewish state “kosher” access to the wealthy Gulf for the first time.From oil to tourism to cutting edge technologies, the two countries hope to benefit from the ripple effect of their “historic” agreement to be signed in three weeks time.The oil-rich United Arab Emirates, with big ambitions in space and technology, is the first Gulf state to normalize relations with Israel and only the third Arab country to do so after Egypt and Jordan. Saudi Arabia has said it will not follow in the UAE’s footsteps until Israel has signed a peace accord with the Palestinians.Economically, “Israel and the UAE should benefit from this new relationship tremendously,” says Ellen R. Wald, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center.While Israel’s focus will mainly be on the Gulf state’s oil wealth, the UAE is set to invest heavily in Israel’s tourism and high-tech sectors. center_img ‘Kosher’ On Sunday, Israel’s Channel 12 television reported that the economy ministry had estimated exports to the UAE could reach between $300 million and $500 million a year. UAE investments in Israel were predicted to amount to up to $350 million a year. The sectors expected to gain the most were cyber industries, medical equipment, financial technology and communications, the report said. “The Emiratis admire Israeli competitive advantage and know-how in the cyber and high-tech sectors and they absolutely want to get access to said know-how, as a very forward-looking leadership,” said Cinzia Bianco, a research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Over the past 20 years, the Israeli foreign ministry has helped “more than 500 Israeli companies who wanted to do business with companies in the Gulf states, resulting in deals worth millions of dollars,” an official in Jerusalem said, on condition of anonymity.Prior to last Thursday’s announcement, business was done discreetly, according to Erel Margalit, head of Israeli investment company JVP – which specializes in innovation and cyber security.”But now it’s all ‘kosher’… we shall have a more direct relationship and things will move faster,” he told AFP.  ‘Headache’ Israelis would occasionally meet Emiratis at international fairs or use employees with non-Israeli passports to travel there but products could not be identified as made in Israel.Small Israeli start-up Bo&Bo Ltd had for two years been trying to distribute its advanced physiotherapy equipment in the UAE through third parties.”It was a huge headache as you had to manufacture it in a different country,” co-founder Gadi Nir told AFP.Since last week’s normalization announcement, things have accelerated, with Bo&Bo having negotiated a first contract in the UAE to distribute its “Made in Israel” products there over the next three years.But with the coronavirus pandemic still raging and direct flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai or Abu Dhabi yet to become reality, the contract signing ceremony is to take place on Zoom. last_img read more

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