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New exhibition at Desmond Hall Castle

first_img Previous articleText alerts could cut Limerick hospital listsNext articleLimerick rents go through the roof Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsNew exhibition at Desmond Hall CastleBy Alan Jacques – May 13, 2017 1263 TAGS1916 RisingDesmond Hall CastlelimerickNewcastle WestOffice of Public Works (OPW)War of IndependenceWat Facebookcenter_img Email Advertisement Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival AN exhibition has opened in Newcastle West tracing Desmond Hall Castle’s links to 1916 Rising, Irish War of Independence and Civil War.Opened by Minister of State at the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, the exhibition of period uniforms, photographs, medals, artwork and other artifacts tells the story of people from West Limerick who played prominent roles in the fight for Irish freedom a century ago.These include Donal Sheehan from Newcastle West, the first rebel casualty of the 1916 Rising, Constable James O’Brien from Kilfergus, a member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police who was the first British Forces casualty of the Rising, and Con Colbert, the Republican leader who was executed for his role in the events of Easter 1916.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Desmond Hall Castle is a fitting home for the exhibition as it was used as a barracks by the Warwickshire Regiment of the British Army and the RIC Auxiliaries during the War of Independence and by the Anti-Treaty IRA during the Civil War. The uniforms of these military forces will be on display as part of the exhibition.Today managed by the OPW as a seasonal visitor site, it will open for a longer season until September 6.“I am delighted to see that the visitor season at Desmond Hall Castle has been extended by a full extra month,” said Minister O’Donovan.“The footfall at the site has been increasing steadily in recent years, reflecting the overall trend in our national tourism numbers. I’m delighted the OPW have recognised this and lengthened the season so that the local tourism economy in Newcastle West can benefit.“The exhibition will add variety and interest to the site for visitors all summer and I hope many tourists and indeed locals take the opportunity to come in and browse some of these interesting exhibits that have been organised and displayed by Paraic O’Ruairc, the OPW Manager in Desmond Hall.”by Alan [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Official Statistics: REACT-1 study of coronavirus transmission: November 2020 final results

first_imgREACT-1 is the largest population surveillance study being undertaken in England that examines the prevalence of the virus causing COVID-19 in the general population. It uses test results and feedback from over 150,000 participants each month.The study focuses on national, regional and local areas, as well as age, sex, ethnicity, socio-economic factors, employment type, contact with known cases, symptoms and other factors.The findings will provide the government with a better understanding of the virus’s transmission and the risks associated with different population subgroups throughout England. This will inform government policies to protect health and save lives.Read the pre-print version of this report.Read the press notice accompanying these findings.last_img read more

Recruiting is crucial for USC basketball

first_imgEuno Lee is a senior majoring in English literature. He is also managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Euno What Time it is,” runs Wednesdays. March Madness is right around the corner. Guess who won’t be participating? If you guessed “The USC men’s basketball team for the third year in a row,” pat yourself on the back. If you haven’t heard, Trojan basketball has been in a bit of a slump as of late.Running point · USC head coach Andy Enfield’s presence has already been felt on the recruiting trail, even as the Trojans struggle on the court. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe common thing to say in this situation is, “We’re just not a basketball school.” Oh, Trojan faithful. There are no “basketball schools” or “football schools” — thinking only makes them so. And Trojan roundball fans have probably been doing a lot of thinking, especially after another letdown against “that other school across town” last Saturday.At the root of this thinking is recruiting. USC dashed the Bruins’ hopes in football recruiting last week with the addition of two five-star recruits in the eleventh hour. Consensus national top-10 recruit Adoree’ Jackson in particular was clear in saying that a certain running back during the Pete Carroll era (the one not named Lendale White) was influential in his decision to don the cardinal and gold. And why wouldn’t it? USC has a star-studded pedigree to rest its laurels upon during the football recruiting process.To most people, this “pedigree” could similarly be applied to UCLA basketball. For every Troy Polamalu, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews the Trojans send to the NFL, UCLA sends a Kevin Love or Russell Westbrook to the NBA. The reason this analogy seems tenuous is because it is: The vast majority of blue chip basketball recruits stick around for one or two years before leaving for the NBA, whereas in football, players are required to stay at least three years.This essentially leaves each basketball program at the mercy of a recruiting carousel: Each year a roster is filled out with veteran players and, depending on the program, a couple of young “blue chip” recruits to lead the pack — unless you’re Kansas or Duke, in which case you’re “at the mercy” of a constant blue chip recruit carousel.USC has its own top-flight player in the 2014 recruiting class in Jordan McLaughlin of Etiwanda High School in Etiwanda, Calif. The point guard is nationally ranked as the sixth best at the position by ESPN, and received offers from Kansas, Indiana, and “that one basketball school across town.”McLaughlin turned down all of those schools and is officially signed to play for USC head coach Andy Enfield and the Trojans beginning next season.Considering this result, creating a program of top recruits in basketball seems slightly less complicated than the process for building a football team insofar as that it relies heavily on the potential minutes provided for the recruit to showcase his skills before moving on to the NBA. USC’s relative dearth of top-shelf talent allows recruits to showcase their abilities to NBA scouts relatively unobstructed.Enfield’s coaching style in his tenure with Florida Gulf Coast has already made an impact in the recruiting arena: He signed nationally ranked power forward prospect Malik Price-Martin despite offers from more “basketball-focused” schools closer to home including Louisville, Kansas State and Memphis. Price-Martin cited Enfield’s wide-open style of play as the reason for choosing the Trojans.Similar to how the Trojan football program’s pedigree precedes it, Enfield’s reputation and coaching style also precede him. The former maestro of “Dunk City” can parlay USC’s vast resources and impressive facilities to coax recruits into “buying into” the Trojan Family. The signing of Price-Martin and McLaughlin are both steps in the right direction for USC to rise to national prominence as a basketball program.The short tenure of basketball recruits also translates to a shorter timetable for a turnaround. Regardless of human resources, it will be on the Trojans to return to winning ways beginning next season. Enfield’s one-year probationary period is coming to a close, and the Trojans will be expected not only to be competitive in games — which they’ve managed to do all season — but to actually win games, and land an NCAA Tournament bid.All things considered, it’s been another “rebuilding” year for the first full season after the Kevin O’Neill era, one that Andy Enfield will certainly remember. And despite the consensus focusing on USC’s shortcomings in basketball this year, it only stands to reason that it will get better from here.last_img read more

‘Mud schools’ to be replaced in E Cape

first_img1 October 2012Two of the “mud schools” earmarked for replacement as part of the Basic Education Department’s Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Development Initiative (Asidi) will be handed over in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province by President Jacob Zuma this week.Accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Zuma will hand over Mphathiswa Senior Primary School in Libode on Tuesday and Dakhile Junior Secondary School in Lusikisiki on Wednesday.The schools are part of the first batch of 49 “mud schools” identified and planned for replacement in 2012 through a service delivery agreement with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).A total of 12 450 learners in the districts of Libode, Lusikisiki and Mthatha are expected to benefit from the initiative, which aims to eradicate inappropriate schools, as well as refurbish dilapidated and ill-equipped schools.Inappropriate schools lack water, electricity and sanitation and are usually referred to as mud schools.The Asidi National Outputs plan 2011-2014 will see the eradication and replacement of 496 mud schools, provision of water and sanitation to 1 257 schools and electricity to 878 schools.Education spokesperson, Panyaza Lesufi, said that a total of R8.2-billion had been budgeted for Asidi for the period 2011-2014, with R700-million allocated for 2011/12, R2.3-billion for 2012/13, and R5.2-billion for 2013/14.“R420-million (60%) of the R700-million budget allocated for 2011/12 has been set aside to eradicate all mud schools in the Eastern Cape and the remaining R280- million (40%) to fund basic services necessary in schools,” Lesufi said.Of the 16 contractors appointed to construct the 49 schools, 69% are based in the Eastern Cape.“The project has created 2 829 temporary employment opportunities with the use of 109 small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) subcontracted for the project.”The project includes the refurbishment of 61 classrooms, 359 new classrooms, 60 Grade R classrooms and 15 temporary classes.It also includes 49 administration blocks, 49 science laboratories, 49 multimedia centres (libraries and computer labs), as well as 49 multipurpose classrooms.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Cartoon: Whoa – Backup a Moment

first_imgTags:#Cartoons#web Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App More Noise to Signal. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Apparently March 31 was World Backup Day – a term I initially misunderstood, and took to be impressively but impossibly ambitious. Their message is well worth repeating: your hard drive will fail, and when it does, you’ll be a lot happier if you’ve backed it up.Everyone I’ve asked has a data-loss story to share. Here are two of mine, tales of wrenching heartbreak worthy of the full IMAX treatment:INT. A CHARTER BUS – DAYThe bus is filled with reporters and political staff, chatting, checking messages on absurdly large cell phones, perusing newspapers, and opening large, bulky laptop computers.TITLE: “Canadian federal election campaign, 1997”We pick out ROB, a staffer in his mid-30s, sporting a goofy ponytail and drumming his fingers nervously on the surface of his computer as it boots.ROBCome on, come on…Tight on the computer screen as it runs through the usual diagnostic messages… and then displays the fateful words “FATAL HARD DRIVE ERROR”.ROBNo.(he looks up, swallows hard, and yells toward the front of the bus)The, uh, speech may be a little late.FADE TO:EXT. DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER – DAYA busy city street in the full flush of a morning commute. A compact grey Honda pulls into a parking spot, and out comes ROB, his hair now greyer and close-cropped. He walks around the car and lets his DAUGHTER out of a rear passenger door, then locks the car. They walk away chattering to each other.Through the front passenger window, we can see a COMPUTER BRIEFCASE on the floor as their voices die out in the distance.A rock smashes the window. An arm reaches through, grabs the briefcase and quickly hauls it out. We hear the sound of running feet as we…FADE OUTOkay, so it’s more meditation-on-loss-and-longing than Michael-Bay-spectacle. All I know is I’ve played those two scenes over and over on the ol’ cranial QuickTime.That first time out, I was relying on someone else to be storing the speeches I’d written throughout the campaign; that turned out to be a false hope, and I lost everything I’d worked on for a month and a half. The second time, I’d only owned the computer for half a year, and was able to recover a lot of my older work from its predecessor; I resurrected a chunk of more recent stuff as attachments in sent email messages – thank you, IMAP! But I still lost a lot. (Crazy thing is, I’m still angrier about losing the bag than the computer. It was a damn fine bag.)Granted, I was being stupid about it that second time (“I’ll only be a minute, and it’s a busy street – I’m sure my laptop’s safe”). But sooner or later, nearly everyone seems to be dumb about data… and when it comes to data, fate loves yielding to temptation.Ever since then, I’ve become religious about backing up. My daily devotion is practiced via Apple’s Time Machine. It may not be the most efficient or full-featured piece of software, but it’s the best backup solution for me for one really simple reason: I actually use it. And although my company started using Dropbox as a collaboration tool, it also happens to serve as a perfectly good offsite backup for key business files.How about you – got a backup horror story to share? rob cottingham 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

India beat Pakistan by one wicket, reach semis of U-19 WC

first_imgIndia’s tail-enders held their nerves in the tense dying moments to edge out arch-rivals Pakistan by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller to cruise into the semifinals of the under-19 cricket World Cup here on Tuesday.After dismissing Pakistan for a paltry 136, India made rough weather of a small target as they were reduced to 127 for nine in 41 overs after being in a comfortable 124 for six at one stage.It was a nerve-wrecking final 25 minutes as Mumbai lad Harmeet Singh and number 11 Sandeep Sharma from Punjab held their nerves to eke out a narrow one-wicket win with two overs to spare at the Tony Ireland Stadium here.The two tail-enders played out seven overs to score the remaining 10 runs as the Pakistanis applied pressure with their fielders closing in.The victory came when Harmeet pulled Mohammad Nawaz towards the squareleg boundary to score two runs and take India to the victory target.The victory shot triggered off scenes of wild celebration in the Indian camp as his teammates rushed onto the field to hug him.India will now take on New Zealand in their semi-final on August 23. New Zealand beat West Indies by three wickets in the other quarter-final match.last_img read more

CIBC donates to Bahamas National Trust

first_imgCAPTION: Sean Blyden, Branch Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean Shirley Street branch, presents a donation cheque to Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Director, Bahamas National Trust. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew Providence, Bahamas, December 21, 2016 – The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has its hands full protecting the nation’s natural flora and fauna at the thirty-two natural parks that it manages across the archipelago.This holiday season, CIBC FirstCaribbean lent a helping hand by making a donation to the BNT to assist with the non-profit organization’s conservation and education programs.  “Corporate sponsorship like the assistance from CIBC FirstCaribbean is really important to The National Trust; we need all the support we can get,” said Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust. “It helps us to keep our programs like our Discovery Club and education initiatives open to the 10,000 kids who participate each year.”BNT conducts a variety of educational outreach activities through sixty Discovery Clubs scattered across eleven islands and through summer camps for students of various ages. CIBC FirstCaribbean has been a continuous supporter for BNT, having sponsored the Discovery Club and other programs in previous years.“The Bahamas National Trust brings together two important ideals for CIBC FirstCaribbean as an active corporate citizen,” said Marie Rodland-Allen, Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean. “Protection of the natural environment and the development of our youth are two central pillars of the bank’s corporate giving platform.  We hope that through this donation we can help the BNT in their goal to not only preserve our environment today, but to cultivate future leaders who will continue to do so tomorrow.” Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more