Support the 421 challenge in aid of Pieta House

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LIMERICK man Tom Clancy will be part-taking The 421 Challenge in aid of Pieta HouseIn 2019, the number of suicides in Ireland recorded was 421 (most recent data from Central Statistics Office).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While that number does change each year, something that doesn’t is the pain, grief and trauma for those connected to each person.In simple terms, that statistic means that more than one person a day leaves Ireland through suicide and self-harm. That is simply too many, but together, we can make a difference.In memory of those we have lost and to highlight this scary statistic, I will be running/walking for 421 consecutive minutes, between 9:20am and 4:21pm on Sunday, May 16th, 2021.Yes – FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY ONE MINUTES – 7 Hours and 1 Minute.I am asking you to please donate whatever you can towards Pieta House so we can make a difference. No amount is too small and every cent donated will be going towards this very worthy cause.The price of a coffee or a pint will help Pieta continue their important work around the country.How far will I go in 421 minutes? I’m not sure, but each donation will encourage me to keep going and give me another reason to finish stronger.Last year I ran a Marathon in my locality and together, we raised in excess of €6,000 for PPE for Limerick Nursing homes/respite centres and Limerick Animal Welfare, let’s see if we can go one better!(Run route to be determined at a later date, keep an eye on page for updates).Thank you in advance for your support,Tom*If any business would like to get on board:Contact Tom via social media or Email – [email protected] hotmail.comAbout Pieta: “Pieta first opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin in 2006. Since then we have seen and helped over 58,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.We now operate fifteen centres and five outreach service across Ireland. Pieta now employs over 200 therapists and administration staff, and the demand for our service is increasing.”For more information on Pieta House visit www.pieta.ieIn crisis? Freephone 1800 247 247Text HELP to 51444The post Support the 421 challenge in aid of Pieta House appeared first on Sporting Limerick. Previous articleFour gardai and retired superintendent to face trials on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice over fixed charge penalty noticesNext articleTom Savage: ‘Underrated’ Conor Murray deserving of third Lions Tour Ronan Calvert Twitter Linkedin Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostPieta House Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash LimerickNewsSportSupport the 421 challenge in aid of Pieta HouseBy Ronan Calvert – May 14, 2021 55 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Facebook Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

Dodgers swept by Giants with 3-2 loss in 10th inning

first_imgThe sequence of events meant that having depth was more than a luxury Thursday. It was a necessity. The verdict did not arrive until the 10th inning: The Dodgers were tapped out.Justin Maxwell’s single off Dodgers pitcher Juan Nicasio (0-1) drove in Angel Pagan from second base, giving the Giants a 3-2 win and a three-game series sweep.“You’re going to have series where you’re not going to play your best,” Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick said. “It’s not that we even played bad this series. We hit a lot of balls hard this series, just nothing to show for them. That’s part of the game, too. We’re going to have a lot of games where we’re hitting balls and they’re finding gaps — just like that last home series. It just seemed like we could do no wrong that series.”A Dodgers bullpen that had limited opposing hitters to a .200 average when the day began lost its second game in as many days. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Down 2-1, the Giants loaded the bases against Joel Peralta in the eighth inning, scored a run against Pedro Baez to tie the game in the ninth, then won the game against Nicasio in the 10th.Nicasio had allowed a leadoff single to Pagan, who then stole second base. Brandon Belt was intentionally walked on a 3-2 count. Maxwell lined Nicasio’s second pitch into left field, prompting the Giants to spill out of the third-base dugout.It was quite a turnaround for a team that began the series with a 4-10 record, six games behind the Dodgers barely two weeks into the season.“Those guys have won three championships in the last five years,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the Giants. “I don’t think they need us to give ‘em life.”Guerrero (2 for 3) hit a solo home run in the second inning off Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. It was his fourth home run of the season and second in as many days.Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the third inning, his sixth of the season and his first since the Dodgers’ opening series. That gave the Dodgers a lead that held up until the ninth inning.For five innings, Bolsinger faced just three batters above the minimum, helped in part by a pair of double-play groundouts. The right-hander never broke 90 mph on the radar gun, but his curveball resulted in four of his five strikeouts. The other strikeout was a cut fastball that froze Buster Posey with two runners on base in the sixth inning.“I know their record doesn’t show it but they’re a really good team,” Bolsinger said. “Right now it looks like they’re getting hot at the right time. So you kind of put that in perspective in your head. I faced them before last year. Some of those guys, I knew how to pitch to them. It was just fun. It’s hard not to have fun in that environment.”Bolsinger pitched 5 2/3 innings — nearly as long as Kershaw the day before — and did not allow a run until his final pitch. He walked two and struck out five.Chris Hatcher (one-third of an inning), Yimi Garcia (one inning), J.P. Howell (two-thirds) and Joel Peralta (one-third) did not allow a run. Kendrick kept Peralta’s record clean with a spectacular catch diving up the middle to end the eighth inning.With the Dodgers leading 2-1 in the ninth, Baez squandered his first career save opportunity. Casey McGehee led off with an opposite-field single. The next batter, Brandon Crawford, drove in the game-tying run by smashing a triple to deep right-center field.But Baez came back to strike out pinch hitter Gregor Blanco, then retire Nori Aoki on a pop-up to shortstop Jimmy Rollins in shallow left field. Joe Panik flew out to deep left field to end the inning, but only after catcher Yasmani Grandal blocked a 98-mph Baez fastball in the dirt.“Young guys are going to make mistakes,” Grandal said. “They’re going to learn from it. (Baez) made a mistake and he learned from it there. After that it was lights out.”The Dodgers squandered a bases-loaded situation of their own in the top of the 10th inning, when Gonzalez struck out swinging to end a seven-pitch at-bat against Santiago Casilla.The San Diego Padres will host the Dodgers the next three days. A loss to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday left the Padres (10-7) and Dodgers (9-6) in a virtual tie for first place in the National League West.center_img SAN FRANCISCO >> There are limits to statistics in baseball. Batting averages, ERAs and won-loss records are not compiled in a vacuum. The statistics are compiled in sequences and situations that vary far more than a gray sheet of numbers would ever let on.So when the Dodgers boast about their depth, it’s convenient to point to the gaudy stats next to names like Alex Guerrero, Scott Van Slyke, Justin Turner and Andre Ethier, none of whom started on Opening Day.It might be more useful to point to a game like Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers had already lost a game started by reigning MVP Clayton Kershaw and another by Brett Anderson. Yasiel Puig was back in the lineup, free of pain in his hamstring. The roster was mostly healthy.Yet the Dodgers were on the verge of getting swept at AT&T Park. They entrusted the start to a rookie pitcher, Mike Bolsinger. Turner and Guerrero were both in the starting lineup for the first time this season. A 27-year-old making his 27th career appearance was asked to record his first career save.last_img read more

NSF Funds Misleading Cartoons on Origin of Life

first_imgA slick new multimedia website called Exploring Life’s Origins made its debut this month.  Dazzling artwork and vivid animations are highlights of the site.    The journey begins with a timeline of life’s evolution in which the viewer can drag a marker through billions of years of evolutionary progress.  Controversial theories about the formation of the planets and the moon, the alleged Late Heavy Bombardment, and the origin of earth’s crust and atmosphere are presented in vivid artwork.  Evolution and long ages are immune from falsification on the site, if and when controversies are admitted; e.g., “it appears that life evolved within a short billion years after Earth’s formation.”  Of the Cambrian Explosion, the caption says that a sharp increase in diversity occurred in a relatively short time span, but the cause is unknown.    The centerpiece of the site is a series of colorful animations of molecules coming together to form the first living cell.  The site gives prominence to the RNA World theory, though, surprisingly, the links page includes a reference to Robert Shapiro’s sharp criticism of it (see 02/15/2007).  Once the building blocks are assembled, animations show the ingredients of protocells coming together with little trouble at all.  The site makes all its visuals freely available to educators.    Where did this website come from?  A look at the About page shows that the animator is Janet Iwasa, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Corps Postdoctoral Fellow, working in collaboration with Jack Szostak from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Museum of Science.  A click on the link for the NSF site reveals that Janet received a $200,000 3-year grant primarily to “present chemical evolution in a clear and engaging way” to the general public.  As could be expected, the pro-evolution blog Panda’s Thumb is thrilled.A picture is worth a thousand blurs.  Visualization is one of the most powerful, attractive and deceptive means of propaganda.  For years we have presented technical reasons why these origin-of-life schemes do not work, mostly with admissions from the evolutionists themselves.  Recently, for instance, the treatises by Robert Shapiro and Leslie Orgel take opposite sides on the leading theories and essentially falsify each other.  Pigs don’t fly, Orgel said.  Well, with animation, they can!  Clever artwork can make anything seem real.  Mountains of contrary evidence are almost powerless against the propaganda power of misleading visualizations.    Think of the thousands, perhaps millions, of public school students who could be subjected to the seductive mythology of chemical evolution with these videos.  How many teachers will tell them about the problems?  Damaging cross-reactions, the implausibility of a genetic code arising from repetitive crystals (10/30/2007), the thermodynamics that drive reactions toward disorder, the problem of chirality (see online book), and a dozen more falsifying facts that militate against the story are glossed over in these visuals.  There is not one stage of the evolutionary timeline that is not subject to severe objections.  Gaze into the crystal ball of Iwasa’s miracle visions, though, and it suddenly seems so real.    What’s real is that evolutionists are enraptured by imagination, not evidence (see 01/17/2007 commentary).  Their faith rests on visions that could never come true in the real world.  This isn’t the science lab; it’s Disneyland.  It’s Journey into Imagination with Figment.  Fun.  Amusement.  Entertainment.  Escape.  Fantasy.  Virtual reality, conveyed by intelligently-designed false fronts backed by humans managing computers and machinery to create the illusion that impossible things happen every day (see 06/27/2005 commentary).  What they fail to remind you is that when it’s over, you have to re-enter the real world, get into your car, and drive home.  Then you have to balance your checkbook and realize what a fortune you just spent on titillating your imagination instead of getting any useful work done.    Disney loves to advertise the power of imagination, as do evolutionists (see 04/17/2008 and examples in the Baloney Detector under visualization).  The difference is that the Disney company knows their imagineering is just for show, but the evolutionists believe their visions are real.  They confuse their imagination with science.  That’s a very dangerous delusion.  Now, empowered with hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, these Priests of the Magic Kingdom are on an evangelistic crusade to spread their gospel of imagination to the next generation of impressionable students.    Disraeli warned that error is often more earnest than truth.  It will take some earnest reality checks to snap this crowd out of their hypnotic state.  Do your duty to prevent a whole generation of amusement-addicted, imagination-inebriated zombies from overrunning the world.  Want to get really mad about what’s happening with visualization in school?  Read this.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Satellite centre scores with Nasa

first_img18 June 2002Immediately after Nasa’s Space Infrared Telescope Facility launches in January 2003, mission planners anticipate a four-hour communication gap during which their tracking system won’t be able to “talk’ to the observatory.This could be a nerve-wracking time for those at the US space and aeronautic agency who’ve worked so hard on the mission, an infrared telescope that will study the early universe, old galaxies and forming stars, and detect dust disks around stars where planets may be forming.The solution to their problem lies with South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Satellite Applications Centre, a satellite tracking facility located in Hartebeesthoek, 60 kilometres north of Johannesburg. The Satellite Applications Centre will track the Space Infrared Telescope Facility for up to four hours, or until the Deep Space Network’s tracking station near Madrid, Spain, acquires a signal.“No one wants to sit on pins and needles for four hours,” said Pat Beyer, telecommunications and mission systems manager for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “So we contracted with Hartebeesthoek . to fill in the gap.”US-based technology giant Lockheed Martin has selected the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre (SAC) as a satellite ground support station for two upcoming Nasa missions: the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) mission, and the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission.The SAC’s X-band antenna that will track the space observatory in its launch phase over South African skies. (Photo: CSIR Satellite Applications Centre)The SAC will track the spacecraft, relay information and send commands when required during the launch and early orbit phases, as well as render daily mission support. SORCE is expected be launched in December 2002 and last until 2008, while SIRTF will be launched in January 2003.Piet van der Westhuizen, SAC’s business development manager, says the multi-million rand contract with the Lockheed Martin Consolidated Space Operations Office is significant both in terms of initiating business with Lockheed Martin and in terms of the importance of the missions.“For us it represents a milestone in our progress to be recognised by the world’s top aerospace companies as a reliable, professional satellite ground support station”, Van der Westhuizen said.Lockheed Martin, alongside Boeing – for whom the SAC will be supporting a host of Ku band satellites and launches with their new Delta IV rocket – are world-leading commercial aerospace companies.The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) will use the South African facility’s 5.4-metre and 12-metre antennae as critical back-up to Nasa’s Deep Space Network, which comprises satellite tracking stations at Robledo de Chavela, Spain, Canberra, Australia and Goldstone, California.The SAC will be the first station to contact the spacecraft after it separates from the launch vehicle, and will be the only ground station providing coverage for the crucial first four hours of the flight to outer space. Thereafter, the station at Madrid will have visibility of the spacecraft, although the SAC will back them up for an additional seven hours of this critical phase.The Space Infared Telescope Facility is the first new mission of Nasa’s Origins Programme, which strives to answer the questions: Where did we come from? Are we alone? It is also the fourth and last of Nasa’s Great Observatories, a programme that also includes the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory.The Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission aims to provide Nasa’s Earth Science with precise measurements of solar radiation. The satellite will orbit the Earth at an altitude of 640 kilometres with four instruments on board, which will greatly improve the accuracy of the measurements of solar energy.This data will be downloaded at the SAC and sent to Nasa daily, where it will be used by scientists to model solar output and to explain and predict the effect of the sun’s radiation on the Earth’s atmosphere and climate.The satellite will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The SAC is set to establish contact with the satellite approximately 40 minutes later as it passes over Africa.With only eight months before the first of the two launches, the SAC’s system engineers will be working non-stop to complete a new S-band uplink antenna and support systems to ensure 100% system compatibility and mission readiness. “Reliability is the key word for operators of multi-billion dollar air-borne technology. Our impeccable track record in this respect swung the deal our way. Now the pressure is on us to maintain this track record”, says Van der Westhuizen.The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the largest research, development and implementation technology agency in Africa, with a track record spanning more than 50 years.The Satellite Applications Centre has been managed by the CSIR since 1958. From 1960 to 1975 it was known as the “Jo’burg Minitrack Station” and became part of Nasa’s worldwide scientific satellite tracking and telemetry network, operated by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.It then became part of the French National Space Agency’s (le Centre National d’Études Spatiales) worldwide tracking network. Since 1989, it has been a programme within the CSIR’s Information, Communications and Technology reporter. Sources: Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Banyana edge Ghana on penalties

first_img22 March 2012Banyana Banyana edged Ghana, ranked second in Africa, by five goals to four from the penalty spot after the teams had played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday.South Africa’s goalkeeper, Thoko Mndaweni, starred by pulling off a superb save, diving to her left, from Ghana captain Florence Okoe in the penalty shootout. She then stepped up to slot the final spot kick to give Banyana the victory.Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula was on hand to hand over the winner’s trophy to Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini.‘A good test’“The Ghana team gave us a good test, and these are the kind of matches we need before we get to London. We created a lot of chances but were not able to convert them,” said Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza.In a clash played in front of a large crowd in chilly, wet conditions, Banyana showed just how much they have learned and improved by taking on top-class nations at the recent Cyprus Women’s Cup as they took the challenge to Ghana.The home side, ranked fourth in Africa, was unlucky not to go into the lead after just five minutes of play when striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi rose high to head home past Ghanaian goalkeeper Nana Ama-Asanetewaa, but Zimbabwean referee Pamela Chiwaya ruled that the tall South African forward had infringed on the visitor’s goalkeeper.GoalWith the South Africans looking dangerous on attack, a cross from the right struck the hand of Ghanaian defender Janet Egyir, and from the resulting penalty kick, Banyana Banyana striker Noko Matlou scored her 54th goal in her 69th international appearance as she fired the hosts into the lead in the 22nd minute.Clearly feeling the effects of several physical challenges from the first half, Ama-Asanetewaa was replaced at the start of the second half by Patricia Mantey, who did well to blunt several South African challenges.The home side had good opportunities to score more goals, with Mgcoyi presented with two superb close chances which were not capitalized on, while Matlou spooned a header over the cross bar just after half-time.EqualiserGhana managed to find the equaliser seven minutes into the second half, when goalkeeper Mndaweni mistimed a clearance effort which hit Mercy Myles and ended in the back of the South African goal net.Striker Sanah Mollo and winger Leandra Smeda got into the action in the second half at the expense of Mgcoyi and Mary Ntsweng, but the home side was not able to find the net again in open play.Refiloe Jane also got on to the park for Banyana Banyana in the fourth minute of optional time in the second half to earn her second cap, taking over from injured team captain Dlamini.Player of the matchIn delivering her usual level of consistency in the South African rearguard, central defender Janine van Wyk collected the Sasol Diski Queen (Player of the Match) award.After the contest, Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza emphasized that the search is still on for players who can add additional value to the Banyana Banyana campaign at the London Olympics.“We still have a few training camps coming up, starting with the High Performance Centre in Potchefstroom on Thursday (22 March),” said Mkhonza.“We will use these camps to work on our finishing because if you look at this match, and the tournament in Cyprus, we failed to score the opportunities we created. But we should be able to rectify these errors by the end of our training camps,” added Mkhonza, who will be conducting workshops and player trials at the Sasol League Road Shows in Polokwane (Saturday, 31 March) and Nelspruit (Saturday, 14 April).Banyana Banyana’s training camp in Potchefstroom ends on 31 March.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Free fishing weekend

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, residents statewide can participate in the annual free fishing weekend during Ohio’s Free Fishing Days. During this time, Ohio residents may angle in state waters without a license. It’s a great weekend to take adult friends fishing to introduce them to the sport without having to gamble the price of a license. What’s more, Ohio State Parks is also offering a camping discount during that weekend. Campers can receive a 20% off discount May 6 and 7 by using the promotion code 16ANGLER.The Free Fishing Days weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the chance to experience the fun ofcatching a fish. Here are some helpful tips for taking a youngster — or an adult — fishing for the first time:• Choose a pond, lake or stream with little current where children’s lines will not drift around too much.• Fish from shore, so the kids can run around a bit.• Use live bait, like worms, and bobbers.• A cane pole or spin-cast outfit is usually the easiest for kids to use.• Bring a camera and snacks.• Be patient — plan on spending time untangling lines, baiting hooks, landing fish and takingpictures.• Most of all, keep the trip fun and leave when the child asks to so it will be remembered as a fun experience worth repeating the next time you offer.Anglers 16 years and older are still required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters when not fishing on Ohio’s free fishing weekend. An Ohio resident fishing license is $19 a year for residents and are available at participating agents and sales of fishing licenses, along with the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program, continue to fund Division of Wildlife’s fish management operations. No state tax dollars are used for theactivities; they are user-pay, user-benefit programs. The SFR is a partnership between federal and state governments, industry and anglers/boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finder and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses the funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education, as well as acquire and develop boat accesses. So those dollars go for some great causes. I look at paying for licenses the same way I do paying library fines: the money benefits some great programs!last_img read more