Shannon Group seeking funding for Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and…

first_img TAGSBunratty CastleKeeping Limerick PostedKing John’s CastlelimerickLimerick PostShannon Heritage Print Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Facebook Twitter King John’s CastleSHANNON Group can confirm it is seeking a total amount of €6.4M from the government to keep Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle open until June next.Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said that the Group made a submission to the Department of Transport in July about securing the viability of both Heritage sites and is in daily discussions with government in an attempt to secure the funding to keep Bunratty Castle and King John’s Castle open to the public.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Covid-19 pandemic has, she said, led to major revenue losses at both sites which are hugely dependant on US and continental European tourists, who account in a normal year for 80pc of visitors.“Both sites are very important to the local economy and to tourism in the region and Shannon Group is doing everything it can to keep the two heritage sites open,” she said.“Shannon Heritage, which runs both sites, will require total funding of €6.4M to June 2021 when a pick-up in visitor numbers usually occurs.“Shannon Heritage employees have done trojan work in these very difficult and challenging times. When the Government brought forward their reopening plan to June 29, staff rallied to assist with getting the sites ready. Despite a major marketing campaign and a slight bounce in domestic visitors it hasn’t made-up for the loss of our international customers.“Our focus now is on protecting our employees’ jobs in the long-term, which requires difficult short-term decision so that we can survive, recover and rebuild. Unless we receive Government support, we will unfortunately be forced to close Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle on the August 31.“However it is our desire to keep both Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle open beyond the traditional summer season this year. That is why, given the significant losses that will be made during off-season, we have made a submission to government seeking funding to enable us continue operations at the sites.“We urgently await the outcome of that request and in the meantime are exploring all options around the viability of these facilities beyond 2020.” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleHSE maintains silence over Covid outbreak at Limerick direct provision centreNext articleAll you need to know as the Pro 14 returns with the clash of Munster and Leinster Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp BusinessLimerickNewsShannon Group seeking funding for Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s CastleBy Staff Reporter – August 20, 2020 116 last_img read more

Drowning plants

first_imgWith all of the rain Georgia has gotten this winter, it’s easy to forget the state was ever in extreme drought. But just because the drought is over doesn’t mean water conservation practices should stop. Too much water can be just as bad as not enough for plants.Overwatering wastes water, damages roots and causes the plant to slowly starve to death.“One of the signs that you’re overwatering is that the plant will often look wilted, which is absolutely the opposite of what you would think,” said Bob Westerfield, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist. “The plant will kind of begin to look like it needs more water, and if it does that pretty frequently, then chances are you might be overwatering.”Another sign of overwatering is brownish-colored roots. These roots are unable to absorb water and nutrients. Plants will yellow from the top down and begin to look dead. Additionally, high temperatures and water levels create the perfect environment for disease.Too much water moisture too quickly can also cause fruit to crack, especially tomatoes.If a plant has not reached a critical point, it will usually come back as long as it receives only the water it needs. “One of the most important measures you can take to prevent overwatering is buying a rain gauge,” said Paul Pugliese, a UGA Extension agent in Cherokee County.Rain gauges can measure water plants are receiving, Pugliese said. One inch of rain per week is typically enough. Most plants will not need much more, but vegetables might. Shallow-rooted plants like lettuce, spinach, mustard and radishes will not need as much water as plants with deep root systems like tomatoes.Checking the soil moisture is also a good way to tell if the plant needs more water. The soil should feel mildly moist.Also, a blue-green tinge or a slight wilting is not bad. “It is better to let your plants show small signs of stress such as early wilting or cupping before watering,” Westerfield says.When you do water, irrigate in the early morning and avoid getting water on the foliage. Westerfield recommends slow-drip irrigation because it gets the water where it’s needed and reduces disease risk. If needed, irrigate twice a week, half an inch each time and 4 to 5 inches down in the soil when plants are blooming and producing vegetables.The amount of water needed can vary depending on where the plant is growing. For example, a raised bed or pot will drain faster than a traditional in-ground garden.Westerfield is a proponent of planting in raised beds 4 to 6 inches above the ground. However, be careful or you may end up with too little moisture for plants.The type of soil also has an influence on drainage. Good soil, such as one with a high organic content, drains faster. Clay soils hold more water. Sandy soils hold less.Look to see where the water is coming from, such as gutters and driveways, and where it is going. With proper design, water problems can be fixed.Some solutions include terracing, changing the slope of the house or incorporating rain gardens. Mulch can fix some water problems. Even though mulch holds in moisture, it also slows down the movement of water and can keep plants from washing away.last_img read more

Chanderpaul signs new one-year deal with Lancashire

first_imgVETERAN Lancashire batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has signed a new one-year deal to remain with the county for the 2018 season.The former West Indies international, 43, hit 819 runs in the 2017 County Championship, averaging above 50.“I’m very excited to return for the 2018 season having thoroughly enjoyed last year’s campaign,” he said.“The club is extremely ambitious and there is a group of hugely talented young cricketers in the squad.”Chanderpaul made three centuries last season, against Surrey, Yorkshire and Warwickshire, as he helped Lancashire to finish second in Division One – their highest position winning the 2011 title.Prior to rejoining in 2017, Chanderpaul had previously played for the Red Rose in 2010 when he scored nearly 700 runs in eight matches.“I’ve really enjoyed playing my part both on the field scoring as many runs as possible, but also as a mentor to some of our younger players,” he continued.“Hopefully I can continue to pass on some of my knowledge and experience to them.”Meanwhile, leg-spinner Mat Parkinson and batsman Rob Jones, both 21, have extended their contracts with Lancashire until the end of the 2019 season.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Jane’s golfing journey from novice to captain

first_img Where will golf take you? Just seven years ago Jane Lakin didn’t even play golf – and now she’s a lady captain. Jane was heading for retirement and looking for a new challenge when she saw an article in the local paper about get into golf beginner classes in Gloucestershire. Today she’s a regular in the league teams and the lady captain at Brickhampton Court Golf Club. This is her story: “The newspaper article hit the spot!  I needed a new challenge, something which would get me out in the fresh air, in good company, learning something that I could hopefully improve at. “I had played hockey and squash in the past, and still played league tennis. So, with some trepidation, I made contact, and turned up, keen and very, very green, at the driving range at Brickhampton Court Golf Club.  The coach was fun and encouraging – and the journey in golf was underway! “I did know a couple of the ladies, but soon met loads more like me, who enjoyed sport, fresh air and a good chat afterwards over coffee. “I love the game! When you play well, you want to do it again, when you play badly you want to sort it out!  This was just the challenge I needed, as I was at an important stage in my life – empty nest with the boys having left home, and imminent retirement.   “I’ve been a bit of a career girl, but I’ve always loved sports, preferably playing, and golf has become a really important part of this new stage in my life. “I started by just playing for fun, particularly appreciating the support I received on the Tuesday nights ladies’ ‘turn up’ on the nine-hole course at Brickhampton. Then, it was on to the 18-hole course and it wasn’t long before the competitor in me meant that the friendly games developed into league matches. “So, in  just a few  years, with lots of support from fellow players, lady captains and coaches,  I now play regular league games across the county, and have been ‘encouraged’ to become the Lady Captain at Brickhampton this year. What an honour!” England Golf’s Get into golf campaign inspires adults to take up the game and offers great value coaching with PGA professionals. Click here for more information and to find a beginner course near you. 28 Feb 2015 Jane’s golfing journey from novice to captain last_img read more

Parchmnent working hard to secure gold in Rio

first_imgDespite the “unpredictable” and highly technical nature of the 110-metre hurdles, 25-year-old Hansle Parchment believes he has enough experience and confidence to upstage his main rivals and win Jamaica’s’ first-ever gold in this event at this year’s Rio Olympics in Brazil.”Everyone is potentially a medal winner, it (110m hurdles) is a very unpredictable event and anyone can win,” said Parchment, adding “very, very difficult in my discipline. Sometimes you are very relaxed and that’s when you are running faster, sometimes you tense a bit and that’s when you slow down. So it’s unpredictable.”He first crafted his hunt for supremacy with gold at the 2011 World University Games.Parchment is now Jamaica’s most successful hurdler, courtesy of an Olympic bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics and silver at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, last year.”You don’t know when you will run fast. You just have to work on your technique and set goals each time, and go with God,” he continued.With regard to this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he said of his target: “Gold. I am aiming for the highest, once I am healthy.”I am working really hard and I feel I can be among the top three,” he told The Gleaner.13-SECOND BARRIERThe former University of the West Indies athlete also holds a place in local history as the first Jamaican to break the magical 13-second barrier.”I am very positive, I feel good, and remaining healthy is the main aim for this season. Once I can keep healthy, I will perform very well and I am really looking towards the Olympics this year, I think it will be great for a lot of people,” Parchment said, while tipping himself to medal.Coached by the legendary Fitz Coleman, Parchment has already achieved what former outstanding Jamaican hurdles giants like Keith Gardner and Maurice Wignall before him did not.He, however, maintains not taking anything for granted.”I work tirelessly on getting my technique better each year. With this hard work that I am putting in, I want to give some really great performances this year.”last_img read more

OOL Cells Are DOA

first_imgNASA throws money at origin-of-life (OOL) studies that are doomed to failure, and at education programs to tell students that futility is good science.NASA Funds Rutgers Scientists’ Pursuit of the Origins of Life (Astrobiology Magazine). Protein nanomachines are anything but simple. They were essential for the first living cells, but so was DNA. A cell could not survive without both, but NASA is giving money to Rutgers in a vain quest to find out if chance could construct proteins from the ground up. It’s an ENIGMA—the name of the project and an apt description of the quest.What are the origins of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere? Did “protein nanomachines” evolve here before life began to catalyze and support the development of living things? Could the same thing have happened on Mars, the moons of Jupiter and Neptune, and elsewhere in the universe?A Rutgers University-led team of scientists called ENIGMA, for “Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors,” will try to answer those questions over the next five years, thanks to an approximately $6 million NASA grant and membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute.New cartoon by Brett Miller for CEH, published here for the first time with appreciation.It’s bad enough that these evolutionists are going to spend taxpayer money for five years to accomplish nothing, but they also want to indoctrinate the next generation of students into the cult of astrobiology (or, as we call it, bio-astrology).We want to develop an education and outreach program at Rutgers that leads to an astrobiology minor for undergraduate students and helps inform K-12 schoolchildren about the origins of life on Earth and what we know and don’t know about the potential for life on other planets. We also want to help make Rutgers a center of excellence in this field so future undergraduate and graduate students and faculty will gravitate towards this university to try to understand the evolution and origin of the molecules that derive energy for life.It may sound nice for them to teach “what we don’t know” about the origin of life. What this means in practice, though, is that instructors will tantalize them with visions of the “potential” for life, with the goal of attracting them to join the cult of bio-astrology. Initiates into the cult will then be tempted to go to the secular universities for further indoctrination. Learning facts about organic chemistry will be included, but that is only window dressing. It cannot address the core issue: can life arise by chance? Initiates will be carefully shielded from honest critiques of the bio-astrology cult, and will be led to believe that the Stuff Happens Law is scientific.Study reveals simple chemical process that may have led to the origin of life on Earth (Astrobiology Magazine). This article celebrates work in Tokyo that is also doomed to failure. Even if they get alpha-hydroxy acids to link up, chance would have neither the desire nor the power to make a wholesale change over to the amino acids which make up life, which degrade in water.While environments of early Earth might have had monomers that could give rise to life, it would have been difficult for polymers to arise from these without the help of enzymes. In this case, the team showed these polymers could have formed with alpha-hydroxy acids before the existence of enzymes on early Earth.This multi-national team showed that hydroxy acids polymerize more easily than amino acids, and that they could have provided the necessary toolkit to kick-start the formation of more complex molecules for the origin of life on Earth.Toolkits are used by toolmakers and builders who use intelligent design. Enzymes and proteins simply will not arise by chance; the sequence space is far too fast compared to the functional space, and further, nature has no way to select one-handed amino acids required for proteins. Biblical miracles require far less faith than thinking that proteins will arise by chance (see “The Amoeba’s Journey” from the Illustra film, Origin). The perhapsimaybecouldness index of this article is nearly as astronomical.We’ve got to stop the storytellers before they indoctrinate another generation into their cult. And how do you stop a cult? YOU TELL STUDENTS THE TRUTH. Cultist storytellers don’t want students to hear the truth. They want to corner the market and forbid alternatives. We are not the ones trying to silence academic freedom. We want academic freedom! The totalitarian dogmatists are the bio-astrologists and Darwinians. Their cult can only succeed if they are the only ones at the microphone. Their faith CANNOT STAND UP to the truth. Will you let another generation be sold this hopelessly anti-scientific, anti-rational bill of goods? The cult leaders will win by default, and you will have another generation rise up believing that Stuff Happens, and that is how we got here. Get angry enough to do something, or else the flag of science will continue to look like this new cartoon by Brett Miller (below). (Visited 480 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Call to ‘work for country Hani died for’

first_img10 April 2013South Africans owe it late SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani to work together on building the kind of country for which he fought and died, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.Zuma was speaking at a ceremony at Thomas Titus Nkobi Memorial Park in Elspark, east of Johannesburg to mark the 20th anniversary of Hani’s assassination.‘Selfless, fearless leader’Addressing a gathering that included members of the Hani family and leaders of the African National Congress (ANC), the SA Communist Party and trade union federation Cosatu, Zuma said that South Africa’s debt to Hani could only be repaid by an unwavering commitment to freedom and prosperity for all South Africans.Hani had proved on many occasions that he was a courageous and fearless leader, Zuma said. He never used his position for selfish gains, but “took his responsibilities very seriously in all structures”.Zuma said South Africans inside and outside the government needed to work towards ensuring that the ideals of economic and social freedom Hani fought for were realised.SA Communist Party General Secretary Blade Nzimande described Hani as not the kind of leader “who was hungry for wealth and positions … He was not about the arrogant display of wealth and ‘bling’, but a true revolutionary committed to the cause of liberating the people of South Africa”.Daughter’s tributeComrades, family and friends all described Hani as a “selfless revolutionary” who died for his political beliefs. But he was also a devoted family man who struggled to balance his political and family life.Hani’s daughter Lindiwe recalled a time “when we as his children were complaining that we did not see much of him. He convened a family meeting and he made us understand that he will never be happy doing anything else other than fighting for the liberation of his people.“I miss my father every day, just as the nation misses Chris Hani … We miss his courage and amazing leadership … As long as we hold on to his memory, he will always be with us.”10 April 1993On 10 April 1993, Hani was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, by Januzs Walus, an anti-Communist Polish refugee who had close links to the white nationalist Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB).Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis, at the time a Conservative Party member of Parliament, were sentenced to death for Hani’s murder, but ironically were saved from the gallows by South Africa’s new Constitution, which rules out the death penalty. They are both serving life sentences in Pretoria.Hani’s death came at a critical time for South Africa, with negotiators still busy hammering out the agreements that would enable the country to hold its first democratic elections a year later.It was Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress (ANC), who stepped up to prevent the widespread anger at Hani’s murder from spilling over into bloodshed.Appearing on state television, Mandela said: “To the youth of South Africa, we have a special message: You have lost a great hero. You have repeatedly shown that your love of freedom is greater than that most precious gift, life itself. But you are the leaders of tomorrow. Your country, your people, your organisation need you to act with wisdom. A particular responsibility rests on your shoulders.”An art and photo exhibition celebrating Hani’s life and work opened at the OR Tambo Cultural Precinct in Wattville, Benoni on Wednesday. The exhibition, open to the public free of charge until 10 May, aims to educate people about the role Hani played in making South Africa the democratic country it is today.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

The Hunt for the Ultimate Curation Tool: Cliqset is Getting Closer

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#web If a thousand social networks bloom, with cross-network communication and real-time replies, how will you manage to find and share the best things that your friends put into your stream? Innovative social network aggregator Cliqset launched a new version this morning that offers a very interesting answer to that question. Cliqset is a service that lets you publish and subscribe to 80 different social networks, from Twitter to YouTube to Delicious to Foursquare.Long a proof of concept more than an app you’d use, Cliqset can be so forward-looking it hurts. Today’s relaunch brings it closer than ever to making it my #1 choice for ways to interact with the river of news – in theory. The next few weeks should be even more exciting for Cliqset, with the introduction of an iPad version, Chrome desktop pop-ups and Facebook search integration. The service remains rough around the edges, but I sure love what the company is doing.Cliqset used to be a lonely place, displaying only content from other people you knew who had signed up for Cliqset (not many). Now you can read anyone’s Tweets through the service, and the interface for sorting, replying and watching conversations may be the most sophisticated we’ve seen yet.For example, if a well-known person throws out a Tweet (or if you do) and it gets a number of replies, you can view that Tweet alone on a page in Cliqset, with replies to it streaming in below it, pushed to your browser in real time.Previously, on CliqsetTop 10 Real-Time Technologies of 2009The Day The Highway Went Coast-to-Coast: 70+ SocNet Feeds Normalized by New APICliqset Could Be The Web’s First Read-Write Identity ProviderThe service’s integration of the Google-led Salmon messaging protocol lets Cliqset users message across social networks, something Cliqset hopes will be adopted by many social networks and breathe new life into the long tail. If you can message people on Status.net from inside Twitter, there’s all the more reason to take a long look at Status.net’s interface, for example.Curation is beautifully implemented in Cliqset, it’s easy to push any item into a curated stream that other people can subscribe to in real-time. That’s really nice, and just cries out for iPad integration.Right now the little company appears to be struggling under some launch-day traffic and its ambitious may never be realized if scalability remains a killer. There are also a number of little design considerations, though the site is very pretty, that seem unintuitive to this human user. Cliqset is warming up though, it feels less like the brilliant super-dork at a party that you can’t have a conversation with every day.The Future of CliqsetCross network, real-time streaming and curation? Sounds like something I want on my iPad. Sure enough, Cliqset says that’s not a big stretch at all. An iPad style-sheet will be in place in a matter of weeks.Likewise, the reason I stay with Tweetdeck for my work-Tweeting is because of the pop-up notifications for high-priority columns. Cliqset says the new Chrome HTML5 desktop notifications API is something it is working on and expects to implement soon.Finally, how about some Facebook search? I don’t understand why so few services have implemented search across not just Twitter but public Facebook messages as well. Neither does Cliqset, and the company says that’s right around the corner as well.Speaking of Tweetdeck, Cliqset says it is doing API work of its own that should enable Tweetdeck to serve up streams from 80 different social networks very soon. That sounds very cool, and like something that deserves its own coverage.Cliqset is the most sophisticated, forward looking tool for stream reading on the internet today. It’s also awkward, unstable, confusing and full of more potential than actualized usefulness. But that balance changes a little more with every iteration. You should check out Cliqset – sooner or later it could win you over. marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Another Chromecast Gotcha—It Hates The 5GHz Wireless-N Band

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#chromecast#connected TV#media#streaming adriana lee 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App The cheap, compact Chromecast streaming device can do a lot of tricks—from smartening up dumb TVs to turning our mobiles and laptops into handy controllers. It can even do a few unintended things, like letting us play the media stored on our laptops.But what it can’t do is function without Wi-Fi. Since the device has no ethernet port, all that streaming action comes courtesy of your wireless network, the beating heart of which is your trusty router. But merely having one doesn’t ensure decent streaming. In the Chromecast’s case, the experience relies wholly on a few specific factors. A Word About RoutersChromecast supports the faster 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, along with the older b/g standards. This is great news for people with dual-band routers, the most common type of consumer-grade wireless-N router. Unfortunately, it only works on the 2.4GHz band.  The 2.4GHz band is the one most devices use, and for good reason. It offers more wireless coverage over a greater distance, and can even work better through walls than the 5GHz band. But because of its popularity, more devices and appliances can interfere with this signal—including certain landline cordless phones, microwaves and baby monitors, among others. This is partly why 5GHz has a reputation for faster performance, and as a result, some people deliberately move gaming and streaming activities onto 5GHz whenever they can. If nothing else, there’s simply less interference.Too bad the Chromecast doesn’t work with this frequency. In fact, it can’t even recognize it. I tested this at home on my trusty Linksys WRT610N dual-band wireless-N router. The network name for my 2.4GHz frequency showed up, but Chromecast couldn’t detect the 5GHz band at all. Even though my mobile devices and the Chromecast were on different frequencies, they were still on the same network, so they were able to communicate. I could remote control the YouTube and Netflix Web streams from my mobiles, and also tab cast from my laptop. Location, Location, LocationSee also Have Chromecast, Will Travel … Er, Maybe NotEven the stronger 2.4GHz wireless signal only shows up at one or two bars in my home. That’s because I live in an old building with thick walls, and the originating router sits two rooms away. I got much better performance when I tested the unit at the office, where the access point is closer to the Chromecast and TV.Too bad I can’t relocate my Linksys unit—it’s hardwired into a gaming PC at the other end of my home. But I may add another router to my network to extend the signal. By all accounts, this should help boost performance. After all that, if the stream sputters or the lip sync falls out of whack, I may have to conclude that the issue is not inside my home. Sites, such as Ookla Speedtest, can help clue me in to whether I’m actually getting the speeds I’m paying for from my broadband provider.One final note: If you haven’t yet picked up a dual-band N router and you’re interested in one, make sure it supports both bands simultaneously. Most do, but some models (called “selectable“) can only transmit one or the other. And if you want it bring in streams of Chromecast joy to your television, you know which one that will have to be—and it’s not the faster one. Image of Linksys WRT610N router courtesy of Linksyslast_img read more

Tibet bus accident kills 44 people, injures 11

first_imgAt least 44 people were killed and and 11 others injured in China today when a tour bus plunged into a Tibetan valley after a three-vehicle pile-up.”The 55-seat bus carrying 50 people fell off a 10-metre-plus-high cliff after crashing into a sports utility vehicle and a pick-up truck,” state-run Xinhua news agency reported.Another five people were in the other vehicles in the accident which happened at around 4:25 pm (0825 GMT) in Nyemo County, west of the capital Lhasa, in the Tibet Autonomous Region.The bus passengers were mainly tourists from regions including Anhui, Shanghai, Shandong and Hebei.The injured were being treated at hospitals in Lhasa and did not have life-threatening injuries, Xinhua said. An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.Police have detained managers of the Feixiang Travel Agency and the Shengdi Vehicle Tour Company blamed for the accident.last_img read more