Previous articleLimerick council wins engineering initiative awardNext article€5.8 million Limerick lottery win Editor Email Linkedin Contestants glam up for Miss Limerick pageant Newcastle West candlemaker Mary Ryan Enright of the Happy CandleA textile designer whose scarves are inspired by Limerick city streets and a Newcastle West family who create ‘happy’ candles will be showcased at the Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in Dublin’s RDS from December 5 to 10.More than 45,000 visitors are expected to generate more than €1million per day in sales at this year’s largest-ever six-day fair.Inspirational quotes and calm inducing fragrances have brought the sweet smell of success to Mary Ryan Enright’s family run business the Happy Candle.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up From her studio in Grange Lower, Newcastle West, Mary produces handmade and beautifully scented soya and rapeseed wax candles.“We want to encourage happiness in people’s everyday lives, the quote on our Good Life, lemongrass and ginger scented candle asks people to breathe deeply, love generously and live simply” said Mary.Limerick’s city streets inspired the latest collection from Kate Ramsey Artisan AccessoriesThe colours and textures of Limerick’s cityscape will be on display at the show thanks to Kate Ramsey Artisan Accessories.The vibrant city streets and the boat life on the Shannon have provided the inspiration for designer Katarzyna Ramsey’s latest collection of felt and silk scarves ‘Kate Ramsey City.’Also attending are Limerick-based knitwear designers Linda Wilson and Caroline Mitchell.Limerick knitwear designer Caroline Mitchell (on right) with model Aoife Hickey, will be showing her stylish creations at the Gifted Fair.Bespoke wedding dresses in soft knit and crochet are among Caroline’s specialities while Linda concentrates on stylish, contemporary separates.“Gifted is a brilliant show, all the best craftspeople in the country attend and it provides great opportunities with lots of important buyers there on the look-out for something different,” said Linda.The growth in Ireland’s vibrant design sector means that Gifted has been expanded by an extra day to become a six-day unique Christmas shopping experience.“Giving a Gifted gift to your loved ones this Christmas means that they will be receiving a special item straight from the maker,” said organiser Patrick O’Sullivan. Facebook NewsBusinessNational showcase for Limerick craft producersBy Editor – November 26, 2017 3288 Win cinema tickets Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 5-10 from 10am each day. Full details at www.giftedfair.ie Twitter Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCaroline Mitchellcraft and design fairGiftedHappy CandlesKatarzyna RamseyKate RamseylimerickLinda WilsonMary Ryan EnrightNewcastle WestPatrick O’SullivanRDS Advertisement Win cinema tickets Limerick fashion gets national profile with Adare event WhatsApp
WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Proposals for reform for EU Common Fisheries Policy next week Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By News Highland – July 8, 2011 Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterest News Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleMc Hugh tells Dail Letterkenny should be a Regional HospitalNext articleLetterkennys IDA office to close News Highland It’s been confirmed that proposals for the reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy will be published next week.Fisheries Maria Damanaki will launch her proposals next week after several months of consultation, which saw a substantial input from the North West region.North West MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher has argued throughout the process that there should be more regionalisation within the system, with more decisions being taken at a local level.He’s also hopeful that the Commissioner will ease some restrictions, particularly those pertaining to inshore fisheries and Islands……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/1cope830.mp3[/podcast] Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebook
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. By any method, legible or not, their input is vital.“When you tell someone something, and they go out and do it, that gets you excited as someone who is seeking to bring in the next wave, next generation of officials,” McCutchen said.Lewis’ group needed to spend only a few seconds on some plays, spent several minutes on others. Late in the first half of their game, Gilpin gave Golden State coach Willie Green a technical foul — the first one she handed out in a pro game. Green argued that he wasn’t waving dismissively at her, but rather he was waving to someone behind her.A few moments later, Gilpin missed a call.“I was in my head,” Gilpin acknowledged afterward.Lewis shrugged and told her to believe in her call, believe the tech was warranted, and move on to the next play. And besides, the call that she missed, one of her fellow refs made anyway.“If we can get them where you need to be, where you need to look and give you an understanding of the guidelines of what’s illegal and legal, then it becomes easy,” Lewis said. “They digest the play, they know the process and that leads to the right decision at the end of the play.”Fans probably wouldn’t believe that those decisions get honed inside a cramped concrete-block room, one with mustard-colored walls and dingy carpet, and a pile of towels strewn off to the side.But the tiny room is what gets the refs ready for the big stage.“The best part after a game is coming in here and re-watching it,” Sago said. “It’s all about getting ready.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins NBA referee Eric Lewis breaks down a play with referees Ashley Gilpin, left, and Natalie Sago, right, after an NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on Monday, July 9, 2018. Lewis and other established NBA refs are leading classes for summer league officials in Las Vegas as part of an NBA initiative to find future refs for their league. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)LAS VEGAS — It’s a half-hour after their game ended and the night is just beginning for referees Ashley Gilpin, Natalie Sago and SirAllen Conner. They’ve showered, they’ve changed clothes, but dinner and the bright lights of Las Vegas will have to wait.A long classroom session is up first.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding For now, there’s only one in the NBA: Lauren Holtkamp.“To me, it’s a bit embarrassing that we only have one working woman in our officiating ranks right now,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “There is no physical reason why that’s the case.”Up-and-comers like Gilpin and Sago could change that.Gilpin might have an ideal academic makeup for refereeing, with three degrees from Arizona, where she also played basketball — an undergraduate in psychology, master’s in administration and then a law degree. Sago played college softball, but has long had an affinity for basketball. Conner has worked 11 games in the NBA, most of those coming as a replacement ref during the lockout in 2009.At the game Gilpin, Sago and Conner worked together, at least a half-dozen referees were seated on the baseline and in the stands watching. McCutchen, at one point, saw a technique that Gilpin used and jumped from his chair in delight before going over and asking other refs if they had noticed the same thing.“If you can’t referee in front of them, you can’t work for them,” Gilpin said. “Sure, sometimes we get nervous because it is an audition. But if we think about every call, every ‘oh my gosh this is a bad call,’ paralysis by analysis, we’ll run ourselves out of this profession.”During their classroom session with longtime NBA ref Eric Lewis, the three spoke in sync, even finishing each other’s thoughts on a couple occasions. Retired refs Bernie Fryer and Mark Wunderlich were in and out of the room as well, offering their thoughts on whatever play happened to be on the screen at a given time.For the mentors, it’s serious business.“It’s my job to get them hired,” Lewis said. “I’m focused on the things I can do to help them improve and get a job.”They all monitor in different ways — at some games, James Williams took meticulous notes, pulling out a tablet and typing observations during stoppages in play. At other games, Joey Crawford would handwrite his notes, with penmanship that not even fellow ref John Goble could understand. View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Alaphilippe keeps France celebrating with Tour stage win In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs There were 81 referees — mostly from the G League — working games at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas, which ends Tuesday. All 81 have been exposed to multiple classroom sessions with current and retired NBA officials, who are there to essentially groom the people who could one day replace them. Programs like this have been in play for years, although it’s no secret that the NBA wants to increase its pool of referees by 25 percent before 2020.That’s why this summer might provide more big breaks than usual for those blowing the whistles at games. The overwhelming majority of refs working this summer won’t see the NBA anytime soon, and many never will, but for some the call is closer than ever before.“What we want to do in our training is give people the opportunity to have the tools to be successful,” said Monty McCutchen, the NBA’s vice president overseeing referee development and training. “It’s about teaching. I think one of the great disappointments of American culture, as I see it, is we don’t appreciate apprenticeship enough. We think that just by going to school you’re suddenly ready instead of having hands-on training that allows you to grow.“Here, we give that hands-on training.”Of the 81 summer refs, 19 were women — up from just five at summer league last year and nearly doubling the total of 10 who worked the event over the most recent five years. It is clear that it won’t be long before more women make it to the NBA level.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They walk into a tiny locker room, grab seats on folding chairs and open their notebooks. Everything they did on the court that night — where they stood, where they looked, what call they made, what call they didn’t make— will be scrutinized on video for the next two hours by NBA referees, tasked with teaching the summer refs what they need to know to make it to the league.Think of it as Referee University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Summer league is where players can get noticed by the NBA, and the same is true for referees.“We want them to watch us because we want to grow each and every game,” Sago told The Associated Press, which observed the feedback session with Sago, Gilpin and Conner. “We’re all trying to be NBA referees. So it’s a job interview for us just like it is for the players and the coaches.”
14 October 2013 South African Airways (SAA) and US aerospace giant Boeing are to work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in southern Africa, a first for the continent. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding at the Corporate Council on Africa’s 9th Biennial US-Africa Business Summit in Chicago last week. “South African Airways is taking the lead in Africa on sustainable aviation fuels and, by setting a best practice example, can positively shape aviation biofuel efforts in the region,” Ian Cruickshank, SAA’s head of group environmental affairs, said in a statement. “By working with Boeing’s sustainable aviation biofuel team, which has a history of successful partnerships to move lower-carbon biofuels closer to commercialization, we will apply the best global technology to meet the unique conditions of southern Africa, diversify our energy sources and create new opportunities for the people of South Africa.” According to the two companies, flight tests show that biofuel, which is derived from organic sources such as plants or algae, performs as well as or better than petroleum-based jet fuel. “When produced in sustainable ways, biofuel contributes far less to global climate change than traditional fuels, because carbon dioxide is pulled out of the atmosphere by a growing plant-based feedstock,” the companies said. Aviation biofuel refined to required standards has been approved for a blend of up to 50 percent with traditional jet fuel. Globally, more than 1 500 passenger flights using biofuel have been flown since the fuel was approved. Boeing has collaborated extensively with airlines, research institutions and governments to develop plans for biofuel supply chains in several countries and regions, including the US, China, Australia and Brazil. The partnership with SAA will be the first such project in Africa. “Boeing and SAA believe that new developments in technology will enable the conversion of biomass into jet fuel in a more sustainable manner without competing with other sectors for food and water resources.” The World Wildlife Fund-South Africa will monitor the partnership to ensure that the fuel being used “is sustainable and would lead to genuine carbon reductions”. SAinfo reporter
Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Bright Box#Cisco Jasper#connected cars#Jul#KT#MyHonda#NBIoT#Samsung Follow the Puck How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Cisco today announced at MWC that Cisco Jasper has completed live trials of NB-IoT on its Control Center connectivity management platform, making it one of the first IoT platforms to support NB-IoT. NB-IoT (Narrow Band-IoT) is a 3GPP-standard for LPWAN that is expected to drive growth of IoT at a massive scale, increasing the number of connected devices in excess of 3 billion by 2023.Supported by the GSMA, NB-IoT delivers a reliable, cost-effective IoT connectivity solution for low-cost devices. This is achieved by leveraging existing LTE infrastructure to enable lower power consumption while maintaining excellent coverage. Examples of industries where NB-IoT is expected to transform business models include smart meters, smart cities, smart parking, building automation, asset tracking, and remote agriculture.Cisco Jasper post-acquisitionI spoke to Macario Namie, Vice President Strategy at Cisco Jasper to learn more about the growth of Cisco Jasper. I was particularly interested to learn how the company has fared since its 2016 acquisition. According to Namie:“When we were acquired in 2016, our reach encompassed about 3000 enterprises which had about 17 million devices that were connected and utilizing the platform and those enterprises are now working with us via service providers or the network operators else which we had 35 partners at that time. Flash forward to today’s numbers. Really it’s been really fantastic. We’re now at over 9000 enterprises over 40 million devices growing at a rate of over a million and a half per month and have now reached a nice milestone that we have partnerships with over server 50 service providers.”Namie expanded on their growth:“This growth is a reflection of really two things. One is just you’re starting to see the maturity in the market and more specifically the cellular market where companies you know are starting to really trust their deployments and are starting to scale that up. And the second is we have maintained a very maniacal focus on our business and servicing our customers even while we became part of Cisco and very much credit Cisco for allowing us to do that and not get distracted with things that sometimes happen when you become part of a larger organization.”Namie also elaborated on their partnership with KT (Korea Telecom) which enables KT customers in Korea can manage their IoT services on a global scale from a single IoT platform thanks to Cisco Jasper’s partnerships with more than 50 service providers, which manage IoT devices across more than 550 mobile operator networks worldwide:“We’re now announcing the fact that we’re live we’re available for launch and so we’re really excited about some of the work there I think the Korean market has been arguably one of the most sophisticated and advanced markets in telecommunications KT has long been deeply interested in and investing in IoT and has been a presence in IoT events or things like mobile world congress. So to be able to pair us with some of the work that they’re doing I think is a fantastic result and will yield and open up the Korean market to international players who are coming in and making it just that much easier. So we’re we’re really excited about the relationship that we have with these guys and that puts us now at covering yet another market around the world. Every major market is now is now covered which is which is fantastic. I remember it didn’t seem that long ago that we had one and two but since then we made some big strides.” Cisco Jasper expands its reach in connected carsAlso announced at MWC, was a new partnership with Honda and Bright Box, a connected car platform for European Honda owners in Europe that provides services such as finding open parking spots based on GPS coordinates, and transmitting maintenance information to Honda. Cisco Jasper also revealed a collaboration with Jupl to provide a wearable mobile Personal Emergency Response System (mPERS) that promotes safety and wellness. The wearable device leverages the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch and purpose-built software from Jupl to provide a personal emergency response device without the need for a smartphone.It’s easy to envisage a small company being gradually melded into the larger organization upon acquisition with a resultant loss of identity. Cisco Jasper was able to avoid this from the get go as Namie detailed:“One of the things that was part of the discussion was that we would remain our own business. And so you know we’re we’re not simply Cisco we’re Cisco Jasper and the entire team is intact, the entire management team that joined Cisco in March. We haven’t lost a single senior leader and the charter remains the same. The vision remains the same and the mission remains the same. everything just feels like you know we now have basically a financial sponsor and a helper and for the most part is business has fundamentally not changed dramatically. And so that help us right that helps us remain focused and make sure we stay committed to what we set out to achieve.”IoT is still in its infancyIt’s easy to forget that as a sector of technology, IoT hasn’t been around all that long as a commercial entity compared to its contemporaries. Namie agrees:”For technology as a whole, IoT is still very much emerging and very dynamic. And so you know if you’re if you’re in a small business or you get acquired by a large organization you’re there for a reason, you’re there because you have a skill set or an expertise that may not necessarily be present yet in the organization of the successful partnerships they’re going to be the ones for they respect their expertise and Cisco very much respects our expertise and our skills. And so it’s been a very, very positive experience.” Cate Lawrence
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Hon. Olivia Grange, has urged Caribbean countries to place greater emphasis on monetising intellectual property (IP).Addressing the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies (ACCS) Regional Conference at the Royalton Negril Resort in Hanover, on October 7, the Minister said only a targeted multi-disciplinary approach to monetising IP, which includes the public and private sectors, will help Caribbean economies increase value-added and gain a greater share of the global economy.“Hosting these intellectual discourses signal on the part of Government and the Collective Management Organisations (CMOs), the importance placed on Intellectual Property rights in Jamaica. We are operating in a time and space when monetising intellectual property related to our creativity has become an imperative,” Ms. Grange emphasised.The Minister noted that as the Caribbean’s traditional export sectors – sugar, banana and bauxite – have stagnated in large part due to lack of economies of scale, increased competition in the global market, and/or high production costs, “our creativity has increased, yet we earn a mere pittance from those earnings.”Turning to the issue of copyright and royalties in Jamaica, Ms. Grange said although there have been modest increases in the collection of distributable royalties by the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) over the last few years, most of the funds have to be paid over to foreign entities, due to the high level of usage of non-Jamaican material.“It is interesting that $50.8 million was paid out to foreign societies, whereas only $19.1 million was paid to JACAP members based locally and overseas,” she noted.The Minister said although alarming, the imbalance in royalty payments represents both a challenge and an opportunity to decrease consumption of foreign content in the country’s tourism product, on the airwaves and in public spaces, while offering an opportunity to increase local content through quotas.She also expressed concern about the impact technological advancement in the digital environment has been having on music, and urged the ACCS to be advocates and vanguards in the challenging technological environment.“In 2016, US streaming revenue represented 51.4 per cent of music industry revenue. Digital downloads and ringtones represented 24.1 per cent, physical sales amounted to 21.8 per cent and sync sales 2.7 per cent. Globally, streaming income represented 50 per cent of total music industry revenue and overall, digital revenues increased by 17.7 per cent in 2016. Some 432 billion songs were streamed on demand in 2016,” she said.“Despite these phenomenally high numbers in relation to streaming and digital downloads, the low payment resulting from digital services is one of the most frequently mentioned problems in relation to the digital environment. Composers and artistes from all around the world complain about the low payment that comes from digital platforms, especially from those that use the technology of streaming,” the Minister said.
America earned a lackluster C- grade on child well-being, according to a national report card released today by First Focus and Save the Children. Artist ambassador for Save the Children, Jennifer Garner, joined Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn., retired) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) to announce the findings of America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.“The number of Americans living in poverty remains at a historic high, with nearly one in four children knowing all too well what it means to go without,” said Garner. “Childhood poverty sets children up for failure in school, impacts their health, and can pre-determine the course of their lives. So why, then, are children being left out of the conversation during an election season in which the economy is the primary issue? We need to do better for our kids.”Commissioned by Sen. Dodd and Sen. Casey, America’s Report Card provides a holistic picture of unmet needs in five areas of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood education, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety. The report also urges the American people to take action to boost children’s chances for success in school and life: vote in November’s general election for candidates who support investments in children; hold elected officials accountable for commitments to help children succeed; and engage with other local leaders to improve the lives of children in their own communities.More than 300 policymakers and congressional staff, children’s advocates, and concerned citizens attended the report’s launch. Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, described the grading system and provided an overview of the 2012 grades. Mark Shriver, senior vice president of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, urged our country’s leaders to summon the political will to end childhood poverty by investing in early childhood education, a key to a brighter future for our children, and our country.“Children can’t appear on cable talk shows, contribute to political campaigns or vote. Politicians know this and listen to the loudest voices in the political arena,” said Sen. Dodd. “With the election quickly approaching, you can be the voice for children. This November, cast a ballot for candidates who will put children first. And after the election, no matter which candidates win, it is up to you to hold them accountable to ensure children are a legislative and budgetary priority.”“The future of our nation rests in our ability to give every child the opportunity to succeed,” said Sen. Casey. “That is why I have fought to build support for initiatives to increase access to early learning programs and to ensure children have access to healthy food. Preparing children for the future must be part of our strategy to continue to grow the economy and create jobs. By giving our children the best shot at success, we can also boost the nation’s productivity, increase prosperity and fuel competitiveness.”“The presidential candidates this year are talking about building an even greater, more prosperous and more competitive nation. And yet, during the first presidential debate, neither candidate mentioned the poverty epidemic affecting the lives of 16 million children in America,” said Shriver. “Reducing the deficit is not mutually exclusive from reducing poverty. Childhood poverty costs our nation $500 billion per year. If the candidates are truly serious about building a stronger America, then a meaningful debate about ending childhood poverty must become part of the conversation.”“We grade kids all the time,” said Lesley. “It’s time to take responsibility as a nation for the decisions that determine whether kids can succeed. We can’t be satisfied with a C-, but raising the grade means getting involved, voting for kids, and holding politicians accountable.”The report card assigned the nation grades in five key domains of a child’s life: Economic security: D, based on the number of children living in poverty, experiencing food insecurity and unstable housing. Early childhood: C-, based on early learning program availability and enrollment, as well as access to child care. K-12 education: C-, based on children’s math, reading and science levels, school resources, the number of at-risk youth, and educational attainment. Permanency and stability: D, based on the well-being of children impacted by the child welfare, juvenile justice, and immigration systems. Health and safety: C+, based on the state of health insurance coverage for children, access to health care and preventive services, public health and safety, and environmental health. Source:Save the Children
The Army will sell the remaining parcels on the main post at the former Fort Monmouth on the northern New Jersey coast to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority for $33 million, under a draft agreement.While no date has been set for the two parties to complete the deal, LRA officials believe the property transfer should be completed by early fall, reported the Asbury Park Press.“There’s no doubt in my mind now we’re going to get there. It’s either going to be August, September or October,” said Bruce Steadman, the LRA’s executive director.The deal for the remaining parcels on the main post — which will be an outright sale of the property to the LRA — marks the second phase of the property transfer. The LRA plans to seek funding for the purchase from the Monmouth County Improvement Authority.The LRA plans to cover about $10 million of the debt through the sale of three parcels of land on the main post within a year of the transfer. The Army will retain all statutory environmental responsibilities on the main post, under the terms of the transfer.The Army earlier conveyed three parcels on the main post and the installation’s Charles Wood tract to the authority for $1. The Army receives 60 percent of the revenue from parcels sold under that agreement. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
© 2018 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A view of the Campi Flegrei caldera from Posillipo hill. Credit: Francesca Forni Journal information: Science Advances Explore further Campi Flegrei volcano eruption possibly closer than thought More information: Francesca Forni et al. Long-term magmatic evolution reveals the beginning of a new caldera cycle at Campi Flegrei, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat9401 A team of researchers from ETH Zürich, Cardiff University, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia and Sapienza-Università di Roma has found evidence that suggests Campi Flegrei could be re-entering a phase of pressure buildup. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of rock samples collected from the area and what they found. Citation: Study of rock samples suggests Campi Flegrei could be re-entering a new phase of pressure buildup (2018, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-samples-campi-flegrei-re-entering-phase.html The Phlegraean Fields (part of which is known as Campi Flegrei) is an area located near the western coast of Italy that has a long volcanic history—there are 24 craters and other land shapes in the vicinity that have come about due to eruptions. The most recent eruption was not very violent but it did create a mountain in the area back in 1583—it has been named, Monte Nuovo. Notably, Campi Flegrei is also close to Naples—to the west. Vesuvius is to the east. In this new effort, the researchers have been studying rock samples collected in the area to learn more about the history of eruptions. By learning more about the conditions that lead up to eruptions, volcanologists hope one day to figure out how to predict eruptions.Prior research has shown that Campi Flegrei experienced two major eruptions over the past 60,000 years—one approximately 15,000 years ago, and one 39,000 years ago. Both have been described as cataclysmic, offering a hint of what might occur should the volcano erupt similarly today—the area is home to approximately 1.5 million people. There have also been numerous smaller eruptions. What they all have in common are changes to rocks, glass and minerals that are moved from underground to the surface by geologic forces. The researchers studied rocks known to have been blasted or forced from the ground due to multiple eruptions and then compared them to see if they could spot patterns.The researchers found evidence suggesting that Campi Flegrei might be entering a new phase of pressure buildup—one that could potentially precede an eruption. But they also note that they found no evidence that suggests the volcano might erupt any time soon. The type of build-up they describe occurs over hundreds or thousands of years.